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Old 03-02-2010   #11
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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

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'The door flew open, in he ran,
The great, long, red-legged scissor-man.
Oh! children, see! the tailor's come
And caught out little Suck-a-Thumb.'



That is simply terrifying.
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Yes--by Yog--that is terrifying. I'm reminded of the sole, really effective scare in The Exorcist III.

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

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'The door flew open, in he ran,
The great, long, red-legged scissor-man.
Oh! children, see! the tailor's come
And caught out little Suck-a-Thumb.'



That is simply terrifying.
-Jimmy
Yes--by Yog--that is terrifying. I'm reminded of the sole, really effective scare in The Exorcist III.
Oh, I love the Suck-a-Thumb piece. I remember it being mentioned in another thread.

And, oh yes, I do remember that scene from The Exorcist III. It was very powerful. A pity that the film itself was so uneven.

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

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I wrote this in 1967:Wordhunger
Say, Des: I like this piece quite a lot! Reminds me of some of Grant Morrison's better stream-of-consciousness writing. Kind of gets under the skin! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

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It is indeed a traditional rhyme. My source is Al Alvarez, who quotes it in The Savage God: A Study of Suicide. I have never heard that particular C93 song.
You haven't missed much. It's rather awful. Though the SixSixSix: SickSickSick collection of ep's is, overall, very good.
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I wrote this in 1967:Wordhunger
Say, Des: I like this piece quite a lot! Reminds me of some of Grant Morrison's better stream-of-consciousness writing. Kind of gets under the skin! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Dr L. very gratifying.

Just noticed - by using the search facility - that GSC quoted from it as a Clown Quote of the Day among many other DFL quotes-of-the-day* he once kindly made on TLO a year or so ago, i.e. second from the bottom here:
http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.ph...xophony&page=7

*all links for them HERE, not all quotes made by GSC, a few by other quote harvesters.

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

I just mentioned 'The Hobyahs' over on the Doc L interview thread, and they certainly seem (to me, at any rate) to fit on this one, as well:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/meft/meft27.htm

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

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I just mentioned 'The Hobyahs' over on the Doc L interview thread, and they certainly seem (to me, at any rate) to fit on this one, as well:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/meft/meft27.htm

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Fascinating, guy. you know, that little tale would've been even more effective if not for the (I thought) rather silly illustrations. To me, the Hobyah's should have more in common with Wilbur Whateley (also famously vulnerable to canines) than with--well--gremlins (of the Merrie Melodies variety):


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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

Of course, mentioning Merrie Melodies in the context of this thread brings one particular cartoon to mind: 'Bottles.' Too bad I cannot locate a link for it.

I agree about the illustrations in the Hobyah tale, of course. They don't match the images of the little Horrors in my mind.

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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

I can't help but add some Edward Gorey...


Excerpts from THE LISTING ATTIC by: Edward Gorey

There was a young curate whose brain
Was deranged from the use of cocaine;
He lured a small child
To a copse dark and wild,
Where he beat it to death with his cane.


Each night Father fills me with dread
When he sits at the foot of my bed;
Id not mind that he speaks
In gibbers and squeaks,
But for seventeen years he's been dead.


To his clubfooted child said Lord Stipple,
As he poured his post-prandial tipple,
"Your mother's behaviour
Gave pain to Our Savior
And that's why He made you a cripple."
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Re: Creepy Nursery Rhyme/Tale of the Day

One of my favourite nursery rhymes that my mother said to me in my childhood. I in turn said it to my own children.

Ding dong bell
Pussy's in the well
Who put her in?
Little Johnny Flynn
Who pulled her out?
Little Tommy Stout
What a naughty boy was that
Try to drown poor Pussycat,
Who ne'er did any harm
But killed all the mice
In the Farmer's barn!

PS: I've read 'Lexophony' aloud here:
http://www.ligotti.net/local_links.php?catid=1&linkid=62

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