Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Carnival the twenty-fifth, or the case of the puking pumpkin

Halloween, the Day of the Dead and the World Series have passed, but you can relive the memories of the first two at the latest installment of the Carnival of the Criminal Minds. Your host for this, the twenty-fifth Carnival, is that top-shelf blogosphere library, In Reference to Murder.

Host BV Lawson gets mischievous while remaining highly useful. Thus, you'll find the worst Halloween costumes of all time and a picture of a baleful Pop-Tart cheek by crust with handy information for writers. You'll find an introduction to some of the events planned for Edgar Allan Poe's bicentennial year of 2009 and a whole lot of Halloween-related goodies that will stay fresh long after that odd-looking but harmless light-brown flecking has coated your leftover Mars bars.

My favorite may be a link to a discussion of conspiracy theories and why we love them that includes this credo: "I believe in stupidity, randomness and chaos. That's what causes most of the misery in the world."

As usual, you can browse previous Carnivals, including the eighth, hosted by your humble blogkeeper, thanks to Carnival Queen Barbara Fister's handy archive. And what about the title of this post? Visit the carnival and look at the pictures to find out.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008



Blogger adrian mckinty said...

I see that they're bringing in Chris Walken to read The Raven, excellent choice.

Walken to Poe in 3 moves via Jerry (The Killer) Lee Lewis:

Jerry Lee Lewis marries 13 year old cousin who is played by Winona Ryder in the biopic who also appears on Saturday Night Live episode 505 with Chris Walken who's reading the Raven for the Bicentennial of Edgar Allen Poe who of course married his 13 year old cousin.

November 04, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The coincidence is eerie, creepy and uncanny, if not downright unsettling. The Poe bicentennial might create a spike in Jerry Lee Lewis' sales of whatever form music is sold in these days. I've attended a number of Poe events the past few months (I've become friends with Ed Pettit, the Philly Poe Guy), and Jerry Lee's name comes up whenever discussion turns to Poe's biography.

Christopher Walken has been a creepy guy ever since he played Annie Hall's brother in Annie Hall.

November 04, 2008  
Blogger Susan Bearman said...

I love the puking pumpkin and the three degrees of separation above, as well as the World's Worst costumes.

Ours are pathetically cute by comparison, although last year my daughter was Ann Boleyn, complete with severed neck.

November 04, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Cute, but not pathetically. And the severed neck is a nice combination of history and gore. How did you manage such a costume?

November 04, 2008  

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