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Andrew J. Wilson
05-01-2009, 01:50 PM
Since morbid mannequins and suspect side-shows are such recurring themes in Mr Ligotti's work, I thought the members of TLO might be interested in this reminiscence from the UK:

I took my lad to a Halloween theme park called Spooky World the other year.

It was a farm.


The "Ghost Train" involved sitting on a trailer behind a tractor with about 20 hyperactive kids and a dozen fractious parents, getting pulled through some trees. There were an assortment of mannequins hanging from the tree with knives sticking out of their bodies like a no-budget chamber of horrors.


Just as it was all over and you were thinking, Well that was a bit crap, a screaming maniac in a hockey mask with a whirring chainsaw came bursting out of the trees chasing towards us and trying to jump on the back of the trailer.


At least half the kids and several of the adults instantly started howling inconsolably and a thin layer of piss and #### lapped at our feet.


Brilliant, it was.This appeared as a comment after one of British satirist Charlie Brooker's columns in The Guardian regarding Lapland New Forest, which made the national news because it was so awful:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/08/lapland-new-forest-christmas

That's worth reading too.

The Black Ferris
05-01-2009, 03:30 PM
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Spotbowserfido2
05-02-2009, 09:30 AM
Mr. Wilson, a few years ago I read Lovecraft's "The Hound" during a Halloween Haunted Hayride with similar - but less dramatic - results. Humans are so jumpy.