Every month, the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club have an official theme; what else could it be in October but Halloween, and all things spooky, under the heading “Things That Go Bump? With each theme comes a dedicated blog post, handily known as “Inside the Theme”. Each post contains a series of questions to get you thinking about the theme. You can answer these – or not – how you choose, in the forums, or in a blogpost, as I am doing now.
This month’s questions are as follows:
1) Just empty your mind! What kind of sugar coated treat or mascot would form the giant ectoplasmic monster if you were in ghostbusters?
2) It came from the swamp! What classic Halloween or vintage horror monster is your favourite and why?
3) What spooky fairy tale, or campfire ghost story still makes you jump?!
4) Box of horrors. The closet door rattles… But we all know a great wizard can make the scariest things ridiculous! How would you diffuse your boggart?
5) Send a care package to the monster under your bed, in your closet or wherever he is. What do you include in yours?
Such questions seem like a rather good
excuse prompt for a Blogtober post. Here, then, be my answers:
1) The first thing that came to mind was a griffin. Such is the inner world of a medievalist.
2) My favourite classic horror monster is the Bride of Frankenstein, in the film of the same name, as portrayed by Elsa Lanchester. I am in love with the silent film actress aesthetic in general, and she takes that look to a wonderfully ghoulish extreme. The dark eyes, the dark lips, and that hair…
3) It has to be a spooky fairytale – campfire horror stories were never so enthralling. The creepiest fairytale I know is The Maiden Without Hands, by the ever-reliable, in terms of general ghoulishness, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
4) I had to think a great deal about what my boggart would actually be, never mind the means with which to dispose of it. If I don’t reveal what the boggart is, can you guess from my chosen method of extermination? That method is ink, lots of brightly-coloured, shining ink.
5) I never had a monster under my bed when I was a child; there were maybe two inches between my bed and the floor, which didn’t seem like enough space for a decent monster. The monsters in my bedroom lived in the shadows under the bookshelves.So what care package would best suit such creatures? Those shelves were rather high, so I think some climbing ropes would be useful. To stop the monsters very possibly eating my books (as I am now, so I was then), the care package would need to include some food. I’m really not sure what monsters eat though – if I thought back then that they may eat my books, then surely some kind of paper-looking/feeling/tasting substance, perhaps? The annual International Edible Book Festival might provide some good recipes. It can get cold in the shadows, so the littlest monsters at least might need some blankets, especially in the winter.