Minotaurs are yet another one on the list I wasn’t looking forward to and I have a sneaking feeling I might be subconsciously cribbing a New Yorker cartoon but despite being another rush job I’m rather happy how this one turned out.
Today’s Halloween song I first heard in the Henry Selick movie, Monkeybone; “Hell” by the Squirrel Nut Zippers (which I always thought was called “In the Afterlife” until I was looking for it just now.)
I’ve been a fan of the Squirrel Nut Zippers for years and this is a great song to introduce them with.
This was another one I think I knocked off too fast. My knowledge of the Jersey Devil was vague enough that it’s the first of this series that I needed a visual reference to remind myself what it looked like. I remember first coming across the Jersey Devil when I was interested in cryptids as a boy. I remember it being the only creature in the book where even at that age I was able to say “no, that’s a folktale. ”
So anyway hope you like it.
This was another one I wasn’t crazy about to the point if I do this again next year I will take more time thinking about my list. So… Mummies… I confess having seen too many real mummies in museums I’m a little tired of the shambling bundle of bandages. Personally my favorite mummy is Boris Karloff’s undead sorcerer once the bandages are removed but that would require too much of a footnote. So here’s one who was young when it died very confused about where it finds itself.
This is one I grew up with from my Dad’s folk music collection. Burl Ives always had a “favorite uncle” quality about him that I pictured long before I ever saw him as the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but his version of “My Good Old Man” has this wonderful haunting scary quality to it even before it gets to the song’s punchline.