Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Noir Dark Spirits

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Masonry And Amontillado

A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. For a brief moment I hesitated, I trembled. Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant reassured me. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. I reapproached the wall; I replied to the yells of him who clamoured. I re-echoed, I aided, I surpassed them in volume and in strength. I did this, and the clamourer grew still.

- Edgar Allan Poe

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Monday, February 27, 2023

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Friday, February 24, 2023

I Heard Them Lamenting For Many A Mile

I saw three witches
Asleep in a valley,
Their heads in a row, like stones in a flood.
Till the moon, creeping upward,
Looked white through the valley,
And turned them to bushes in bright scarlet bud.

-Walter de La Mare

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The Haunted Church

This is an amazing Haunt.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday

That day they fasted and wore sackcloth; they sprinkled ashes on their heads and tore their clothes.

- 1 Maccabees 3:47

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By Dahlia's Tear.

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Turnips And Termagants

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

I'd Buy It

Name: Three-bedroom former chapel in North Lopham, Norfolk.
Asking price: £490,000.
Features: Underfloor heating, oak flooring, glass balustrading, graveyard.

The Streets Of Philadelphia

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Haunted Spot

Here Silence dwells - a vague, wild terror gains
The soul before this mystery divine,
Evil in action, evil in design.

- Emma Lazarus

Ashgrove Manor

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Linear White, by Cell.

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Elixir Of Long Life

The sky is purple, the flare of a match behind a cupped hand is gold; the liquor is green, bright green, made from a thousand herbs, made from altars. Those who know enough to drink Chartreuse at Mardi Gras are lucky, because the distilled essence of the town burns in their bellies. Chartreuse glows in the dark, and if you drink enough of it, your eyes will turn bright green.

Poppy Z. Brite, Lost Souls


I always associated the anise liquors like Absinthe and Sambuca with the cooler months of Autumn.  Anything in that flavor range seems pretty appropriate for the dark cocktails of the Halloween season.  Chartreuse might not have anise in its mix of mysterious spices and herbs, but it's definitely in the same family with its flavors of citrus, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme.  Definitely a Halloween varietal.

Back when we visited Lambertville the week before Halloween, we stopped into a candy shop and picked up some liquor-filled chocolates.  One of them sported an absinthe filling we were dying to try.

It was in that green swirly one in the middle of the back row.  The absinthe wasn't as pronounced as it should have been, but it definitely tasted dark and seasonal.

We found a recipe for Boozy No Bake Fudge Squares and this time you can taste the liquor.  The recipe called for absinthe, but we used cool green Chartreuse that we had on hand.  Turns out fudge is a perfect conduit for strange liquors.  

Chartreuse fudge will definitely be a regular in the Fall lineup.

Recipe here.