Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Let's Get In the Halloween Mood!

The Halloween Countdown, Day 6

Some odds and ends I find appropriate for the Halloween season...

Some years ago I happened across an enigmatic little tome entitled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (out of print but now available in a portfolio edition) by noted children's author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. There's no story, just a series of fourteen unrelated, captioned illustrations which could, the author suggests, be used as writing prompts; in fact, Stephen King did just that with "The House on Maple Street." I like looking at the pictures--they have the kind of strange, eerie, quiet charm I associate with Ray Bradbury.

She lowered the knife and it grew even brighter.

Tim Burton's first short, Vincent, has its own... uh... Burtonesque charm:

Vincent Malloy is seven years old
He’s always polite and does what he’s told
For a boy his age, he’s considerate and nice
But he wants to be just like Vincent Price
(read the entire poem here)

I love the fact Tim somehow managed to get the Vincent Price to recite it:

Mr. Burton is also responsible for Frankenweenie (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Ray Bradbury writes. What I didn't know is Ray Bradbury paints. Here's his oil-on-panel rendering of The Halloween Tree:

Autumn. Cool nights. Leaves changing. Bradbury. Halloween. It doesn't get better than this!.


Alex Anthony said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. The Halloween mood all around. I suggest a viewing of Michael Dougherty's Trick R' Treat, which if you are interested, I just picked up a copy of. It's one of the absolute best Halloween themed films ever.

.......... I'm reading Something Wicked This Way Comes right now.

G. W. Ferguson said...

"By the pricking of my thumbs..."