Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.
— excerpt from “Spirits of the Dead”
by Edgar Allan Poe, 1827
The above illustration is a working version of my 2018 Halloween card.
Spirits of Samhain (illustration by Squeaking Cat)
‘Twas the dusky Hallowe’en —
Hour of fairy and of wraith,
When in many a dim-lit green,
‘Neath the stars’ prophetic sheen,
As the olden legend saith,
All the future may be seen,
And when — an older story hath —
Whate’er in life hath ever been
Loveful, hopeful, or of wrath,
Cometh back upon our path.
Extract from Song of the Deathless Voice
by Abram Joseph Ryan, 1880
Hey-how for Hallowe’en!
A’ the beesties tae be seen,
Some are black, an’ some tangerine,
Hey-how for Hallowe’en.
This is the prototype illustration for my 2014 Hallowe’en card.
Have a Happy Hallowe’en!