A Hop, Skip, and a Dance Macabre

He says: M is for Macabre.

He says,

Macabre is the substance,

the art,

of

a Master of Horror,

suspense,

and Suspiria

She does not entirely disagree…

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Yet…

She says,

Macabre is the Knave,

a wicked, unprincipled man,

because he is naive…

she is naive.

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“From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Alone

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She watched horror films too,

as a child,

but zombies, vampires, and ghouls,

were the monsters of adults,

not children.

They made her laugh,

not cower in fear,

until…

she discovered Poe,

and a fascination for morbid delight.

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“From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Alone

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She says: M is for the Murders in Rue Morgue,

Matters of a Tell-Tale Heart,

PreMature Burial,

and other thrills of the poetic Macabre.

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“From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Alone

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Knave card - Medusa

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Death is Macabre,

especially in life,

a maiden clinging to youth,

unwillingly to let go,

of what is past…

afeared of the nevermore,

which taps at the virginal chamber door.

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