True Halloween horror stores that will chill your blood! (Although I prefer my blood served in an Old Fashion glass over cracked ice, frappé style:
On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, paving the way for Lutheran Hot Dish Night. Spooky!
On this day in 1846, a heavy snowfall trapped the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains. By the time the Spring thaw came, the adorable, tow-headed Perkins Twins were known as the “Jerky Boys.”
On this day in 1986, Dr. Howard Pierson, a resident at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, was serving a night shift in the Emergency Receiving Room when a patient with multiple gunshot wounds, severe blood loss, and no discernible vital signs was admitted. The supervising physician was prepared to pronounce the man D.O.A., but Dr. Pierson insisting on attempting resuscitation, and after an heroic effort, and to the surprise of all attending personal, the patient developed a faint pulse.
“I have to admit, for a minute there, I felt like God,” Dr. Pierson recalls. “Then he jumped off the gurney and bit my nurse, and I realized it was just a zombie.” But the budding medico did not allow the horrifying events of that Halloween night to sway him from his boyhood dream of helping humanity. He completed his medical education, and now administers lethal injections to Death Row inmates at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
And now you know…the rest of the story.
As for our own Halloween celebration: we live in a neighborhood which is, demographically speaking, fairly young and reasonably gay, so we never get any Trick or Treaters. Therefore, our plans are simple and earthy, involving Five Spice London Broil with a nice Pinot Noir, and the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum (thanks Tivo and TCM), which I’ve never seen, because I spend way too much of my life deliberately watching bad movies just to amuse you people!
Speaking of which, here’s a creepy interview with professional mad scientist and defense contractor, Dr. Erich Vornoff, from the old site. And, of course, Ann Coulter’s Beauty Secret. Happy Halloween, fellow Crapiers.*