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Somnambulism at the Sinner’s Ball

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by bluefall8

This edition of Hallowblog Flashback recalls a Word of the Week entry originally posted on Monday, October 26, 2009. The title of this entry was taken from some lines I had jotted down for a poem during the spring of 2007. The poem was never finished but I do remember that the lines were partly inspired by the song “The Bird and the Worm” by The Used. 

Alas, as it is the last Monday in October this will be the final entry in this year’s Halloween themed Word of the Week. In the true spirit of the season we shall not let this week pass quietly. On Devil’s Night the Haunt Trinity will end the haunt season with a triple shot of horror and then I’ll accompany Missy’s younger siblings for some prime trick or treating.

I’ve long been fascinated by sleep disorders, for a glimpse of a somnambulist check out The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, a very interesting silent thriller circa 1920. If you enjoy Tim Burton’s stylistic film making then you’ll appreciate the influence that this early film clearly had on him.

somnambulism [sam-nam-bye-li-zem]noun: an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (as walking) are performed

Wicked Ways on Tunneled Paths

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , on January 27, 2015 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry blinked into existence on Monday, October 19, 2009.

The third installment of the Halloween themed WOTW has a lot of descriptions, enjoy.

wicked [wi-ked]adjective: morally bad: evil, sinful; fierce, vicious

Pallor of the Waning Light

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry was originally posted Monday, October 12, 2009. In it, I waxed philosophical on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

So many of our favorite ghouls, goblins, creeps, and freaks owe part of their terrible appeal to this week’s word. Where would Count Dracula be if he hadn’t featured a ghastly visage? I dare say Romero’s foul ghouls would have enjoyed but a fraction of their eventual fame had it not been for their iconic pallor.

pallor [pa-ler]noun: paleness

Eerie Vibrations Cast the Frozen Features

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , on October 21, 2014 by bluefall8

This entry was originally posted Monday, October 27, 2008; the title was, as you may notice, the inspiration for the Horrorlust Eerie Vibrations Award. 

The last Halloween themed WOTW for 2008 has arrived and this one is a quality that many elements of the haunt season possess. It is a feeling, it is atmosphere, it is a being unto itself.

eerie [ir-e] – adjective: weird, uncanny.

Fortune Tolls

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , on October 9, 2014 by bluefall8

This edition of Hallowblog Flashback was originally posted Monday, October 20, 2008.

The third installment of the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week puts me in mind of carnival mystics, tortured protagonists, and the fine gray line between those that are cursed and those that are blessed.

fortune [for-chen] – noun: prosperity gained partly through luck; fate, destiny.

Mutation Spans Dungeons & Ages

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , on September 23, 2014 by bluefall8

This entry was posted Monday, October 13, 2008 and was the second installment in the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week series.

The second installment of the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week is here and it’s a dandy. This week’s word reminds us of so many freakish creatures that haunt our dreams and the waking world during this season. It is a concept rife with dread, the mutation of a cell that results in a zombie apocalypse or the stark change in a man whose experiments have run afoul and created a Jekyll and Hyde divide.

mutation [myu-ta-shen]noun: change, an inherited physical or biochemical change in genetic material; the process of producing a mutation, an individual strain, or trait resulting from mutation.

Enigmatic Whirlwind Senses

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , on September 9, 2014 by bluefall8

This entry marked the beginning of the 2008 Halloween-inspired Word of the Week series. Originally posted Monday, October 6, 2008 this entry chronicled all Word of the Week posts to date. All of those included in this particular entry can now be viewed on Horrorlust by clicking the drop-down menu on the right hand side of the screen and then selecting the Word of the Week category. 

Welcome to the third annual Halloween themed Word of the Week! In 2006 I decided to paint portions of this blog in a distinct shade of Halloween and the Word of the Week format presented itself as a ready canvas. Take a look back at the previous two years’ entries and enjoy.

2006

October 8, 2006 …Somewhere in the city of Necropolis

October 13, 2006 Corn Stalks were meant to be stolen

October 19, 2006 Eviscerate the Jack-o-lanterns!

October 26, 2006 Choose your Mask

2007

October 1, 2007 Emotion and weapon, it is Fear

October 8, 2007 Mischief managed

October 15, 2007 Rank Crypt of rotting flesh

October 22, 2007 Macabre, wonderful Macabre

The first entry in the 2008 Halloween themed Word of the Week strikes at the very heart of the holiday, the movies it influences, and the psychology behind the costumes we don each October the 31st.

enigmatic [en-ig-ma-tik]adjective: resembling an enigma; obscure, cryptic, mystifying.

Macabre, Wonderful Macabre

Posted in 2007, Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , on July 28, 2014 by bluefall8

Originally posted on Monday, October 22, 2007, this Word of the Week entry would prove to be the final Hallowblog post of the 2007 season.

This edition strikes directly at the historical roots of Halloween; the celebration of death and the recognition of transient spirits crossing the veil that separates the living and dead, the veil that blurs each year on October the 31st.

macabre – adjective: having death as a subject, gruesome, horrible.

Rank Crypt of Rotting Flesh

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , , , on July 15, 2014 by bluefall8

A Word of the Week entry from Monday, October 15, 2007. This one provided a little nod to one of my childhood favorites, Tales from the Crypt.

Another fine Monday in the great month of October, another Halloween themed Word of the Week. This entry is sure to put readers in mind of entombed ghoulies as well as that late night creep with the bone chilling screech and tales of the horror.

cryptnoun: a chamber wholly or partly underground.

Eviscerate the Jack-o-lanters!

Posted in Hallowblog, Word of the Week with tags , , on May 6, 2014 by bluefall8

This Word of the Week entry was originally written on Thursday, October 19, 2006. On that same date I made a second post entitled, Halloween Companion Number 1. The title may’ve been generic but the substance of the post was important. It was in the fall of 2006 that the foundation of Horrorlust was being laid even if I had yet to come up with the name. I’ll share Halloween Companion Number 1 next week. This post starts off a bit rambling, due in part to my use of topical humor. 

Some may argue that this week’s word has no inherent ties to the great holiday of Halloween; I’d call those people morons. Let’s face the obvious shall we? Iraq is a quagmire, but of course that has nothing to do with this entry at all. Haha! No, but seriously. The term eviscerate relates to Halloween in two simple ways. The act of evisceration has been present in many horror films and without question many horror films have, to some degree, been influenced by Halloween and its’ related themes and imagery. It is also fair to say that the aura of the holiday itself has grown and benefited from these same films. So the third installment of the Halloween themed “Word of the Week” is justified.

eviscerate-verb: to remove the entrails of, to deprive of vital content or force.