Early Drawlloween

I was doing these before I got into the real “swing” of things–it often takes me a few days to get it in gear.

bACK FROM THE DEAD

 

 

Summons Day

 

Tombsday

 

And here’s the list from the official site!

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Book Review: Ghost Tales of the Uwharries!

 

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This book terrifies me to this day. I used to check it out of our library when I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s (nobody really monitored what kind of books I was getting each trip) and I firmly believe it still holds up.
The Uwharries (pronounced “uw-har-ees”),named by the Native Americans that originally lived there,are a mountain range that once towered 20,000 feet but now only rise a little over 1,000 feet and cover an area of about 50 miles through North Carolina, sort of in the Charlotte area. The African Americans, Germans and Scotch-Irish folk who populated these mountains left a rich oral tradition that author  Fred T. Morgan has taken a fine sample from for this book.
Ghost Tales of the Uwharries features twenty tales; some unsettling, some terrifying, and a few are just plain funny. One, called “The Phantom Family of Five”, is a touching story of a man’s love for his long-dead family and truly jerks at the heartstrings. A particularly violent one is “The Hatchet-Swinging Fire”.

 

 

 

 

The book is made even more frightening by its illustrations; a series of blunt, choppy woodcuts that get to the heart of the subject matter and do not go into fine detail. They have hovered in my mind for years, sometimes just popping up at the edge of my consciousness when I’m half-awake.

If you’re a stickler for scary tales handed down for generations, this book is a great choice, especially for Halloween. Read them out loud to friends and family on a chilly fall night, and if you’re good at southern dialects you’ll make them sound even more authentic.

 

A Box from Mother’s House, Part II!

Wow, this is a doozy! As my two brothers and I plowed through boxes of our old stuff at our mother’s house, a big pile of comic books came to light. They were all spooky,scary, mystical titles that I remember sneaking into my brothers’ closet and trying to read. I didn’t understand much but I loved it. My brothers gave me the books, and at last I can read them at leisure. I’ll post the pics, and feel free to review any you might  might have read. Here goes!

Werewolves: The Loup-Garou!

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The Loup Garou is common in Cajun legends, deriving either directly from French settlers to Louisiana or via the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago. It haunts the swamps and sometimes the fields and woods. The Loup Garou is often described as having a human body and the head of a wolf or dog, similar to a werewolf.

Stories of this Cajun werewolf instill fear and obedience, such as warning Cajun children to behave. In other tales, the Loup Garou will kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent. Coincidentally, according to French Loup Garou stories, one who breaks Lent seven years in a row will turn into a werewolf.

The Loup Garou is under the spell for 101 days. During this time, the curse can be transmitted from person to person if the Loup Garou spills another human’s blood. The beast returns to human form during the day.