…there were twelve strokes to be sounded…

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Federico Castillon
Masque of the Red Death, 1968
But now there were twelve strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock; and thus it happened, perhaps, that more of thought crept, with more of time, into the meditations of the thoughtful among those who reveled. And thus, again, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had utterly sunk into silence, there were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked figure which had arrested the attention of no single individual before. And the rumor of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise — then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust.

Upcoming Big Read Events:

Tomorrow – The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Marshall Public Library (IL), 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Spend a spine-tingling evening in the parlor of Edgar Allan Poe as played by Brian “Fox” Ellis.

April 5th – Poe’s Gothic Psyche: How Poe’s Dreams Became Reader’s Nightmares

ISU Library Events Area, 6:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Matt Brennan as he uses passages from Poe’s works to illustrate how Gothic writers adapt their dreams to create a nightmare experience.

April 19th – ISU Ghost Walk

ISU Campus, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hear the legends about famous ghosts on the ISU campus. Assemble at the HMSU at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to register, call 232-1113, ext 2281 or 2282. You must be able to walk and climb stairs. Limited to 40 participants – call early.