Friday, October 18, 2013

The Adventure of the German Student

The Halloween season is one of my favorite times of the year. The costumes, the decorations, the abundance of pumpkin-themed food items... October is a very season! This year, I thought it would be fun to have a weekly Halloween post--every Thursday excepting this one late Friday post! until the big 3-1!-- to share in the fun, unique and sometimes spooky Halloween spirit.

This week:

One of my favorite books growing up was the short horror story collection Short & Shivery, which featured retellings of ghost, monster and ghoul stories accompanied by various illustrations. One of my favorite illustrations was from a retelling of Washington Irving's The Adventure of the German Student.  The full original version of the story can be read here.

credit: my scan
"You should not be out here at this hour, exposed to the fury of such a storm. I beg you, permit me to take you to some friends."

In answer, she merely pointed to the guillotine, and shook her head. “I have no friend on earth.”

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