Someone Just Walked Over My Grave.

Hands vermillion, start of five

Bright cotillion, raven’s dive,

Nightshades promise, spirit’s strive,

To the living let now the dead…

come alive.

Otho, Bettlejuice

 

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.

― Stephen King

 

I guess he’s going to Queens – he’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.

-Patty Tolan, Ghostbusters

 

You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!

–Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

 

People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.

― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

 

Sir, what you had there was what we referred to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class-5 full-roaming vapor. Real nasty one, too.

-Ray Stantz, Ghostbusters

 

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On Pembroke Road look out for my ghost,

Dishevelled with shoes untied,

Playing through the railings with little children

Whose children have long since died.

-Patrick Kavanaugh, If Ever You Go To Dublin Town

 

Finally, in answer to the question, “Who are you and what do you want?” the reply came, “I am a spirit; I was once very happy but have been disturbed.”

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If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.

― H. L. Mencken

 

Too often, people make the mistake of trying to use their art to capture a ghost, but only end up spreading their haunting to countless other people.

― Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

 

Damned spirits all

That in crossways and floods have burial,

Already to their wormy beds are gone.

For fear lest day should look their shames upon,

They willfully themselves exile from light,

And must for aye consort with black-browed night.

–Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2

 

In The Amityville Horror the ghost told them to get out of the house. White people stayed in there. Now that’s a hint and a half for your ass. A ghost say get the fuck out, I would just tip the fuck out the door! Lou Walker looked in the toilet bowl, there was blood in the toilet. And said, “That’s peculiar.” I would’ve been in the house saying: “Oh baby, this is beautiful. We got a chandelier hanging up here, kids outside playing. It’s a beautiful neighborhood. We ain’t got nuttin’ to worry about, I really love it, this is really nice.”

[loud whisper]  “GET OUT”

“Too bad we can’t stay, baby!”

Eddie Murphy

14 Comments

  1. theorangutanlibrarian

    Love these quotes! Especially the Bronte, Gaiman and Shakespeare ones!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Somehow Gaiman and Shakespeare come up for me every Halloween, and I was glad to include Bronte in this year’s list.

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  2. Library Heather

    The Stephen King quote resonated the most with me.
    Here’s to not letting them win.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Definitely let’s not let the monsters win. Stephen King has always seemed to me to be enough of an optimist that I think he believes the monsters may win the battle but the good ones will win the war.

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  3. mydangblog

    That Wuthering Height quotation always gives me chills. What a great collection, Chris!
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Every year I do a collection of Halloween quotes on a theme, and I was thrilled to be able to include Wuthering Heights this year.

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  4. Red

    Nice seasonal collection!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m so glad you like it. I’ve done signs, plants, devils, aliens, and now ghosts. I have no clue what next year’s Halloween theme will be.

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  5. Arionis

    Gotta go with T-Rex, Dromiceiomimus, and Uthahraptor as my favorite.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      The dinosaurs of Ryan North are definitely the best, and have some valuable words on many other subjects too, including a career in the arts.

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  6. Kristine Laco

    I can see Eddie delivering that line in his red leather jacket. I must have watched that 40 times and it made me laugh every damn time.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I embedded a link to Eddie doing that line. It’s one of my favorites and I can’t tell you how many times my Boy Scout troop repeated it around the campfire. It was really our favorite ghost story. I also like it that Jordan Peele said the title of “Get Out” was a deliberate tribute to Eddie Murphy’s bit.

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  7. Ann Koplow

    You’re good company, Chris, in every season.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Having good company makes it easy to be good company, and with your help I think I can do this, I can do that.

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