…a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances.


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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
1975.39.06
There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp or candle within the suite of chambers. But in the corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all.

Upcoming Big Read Events:

Tomorrow – Welcome to My Nightmare

Sinfonietta Concert, Scottish Rite, 3:00 p.m.
Free Books! Tickets available at the door. $10 adult/$5 student

March 23rd – The Mystery of Orchids

Paris Public Library (IL), 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Edgar Allan Poe wrote stories filled with mystery, terror and wonder. No plant fills gardeners with more terror than orchids. Dick Wells of Hilltop Orchids will guide us through the mysteries of these wonderful flowers.

March 24th – Tree-Stump Tombstones

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10pm-12:50 p.m.
Professor Emerita Harriet McNeal will discuss a particular type of tombstone that looks like a tree and is found in cemeteries across the U.S.

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