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Thursday, 20 October 2011
October's Nocturne...music of the night!
As Samhain draws closer my thoughts naturally turn to all things phantasmagorical. I decorated my house a couple of days ago and now I have ceramic pumpkins gleaming at me in all the rooms and a skeleton hanging in my kitchen...its good to get into the spirit of the season! While Samhain itself is a sacred ritual night, I do enjoy a bit of a build up during the month of October and this is when I enjoy the 'Halloween' aspect. I watch spooky films by candlelight at midnight, and I enjoy all the Gothic drama that this time of year has to offer.
There is something magnetic and soul-stirring about the nebulous beauty of the Gothic genre. From literary classics such as Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles to the romantic artwork of Victoria Frances and Anne Stokes, immersing oneself in all things eerie and spine-chilling has a funny way of brightening the day! My favorite Gothic band is Nox Arcana and I have been listening to their albums all month. The ones pictured here are the albums which are most suited to Samhain; ghostly melodies and eerie, mournful dirges are perfect background music if you are having a special gathering or even just a kids Halloween party. Grimm Tales tales has a dark, fairytale quality while Shadow of the Raven is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe... listen out for the cries of a man who has been buried alive at the end; spine-tingling stuff! Listen to samples of their albums at www.NoxArcana.com