Now here's a topic I've been longed interested in. This doesn't surprise many people, considering the ouija board under my bed and the stocks of tarot cards on my desk. But there's something alluring about the extravagance and excitement of the early days of occult research. Spooky? Yes. A fraud? Sometimes. But it was certainly an encompassing thing.
Photographs, for instance, were considered to the be tool of science and could tell no lie. This thought process held tight to the public for some time.
But seance parties, ghost hunts and stories also saw a huge rise in popularity too.
Have to say, I'm tempted to play around a little with the craze.
Hope all my readers had a fantastic All Hallows Eve! I know I did, Samhain/Halloween is my favorite holiday after all. And as I celebrated with far too much candy and pumpkin flavored everything, I thought about how I would love to have one my stories set around this spooky time of the year. But which one?
If you've been keeping up with Runaways you will recall a rather morbid fellow how goes by the name of Gabriel. A juggler by trade and talent, this Spaniard has a flare for the macabre. Instead of the usual rubber balls for his show, he uses human skulls. Are they real, or are they simple props, I have yet to discover the answer. But one thing I do know is that he is quite enthralled with things dark and mysterious, yet always more in the realm of the artistic than the occult.
For a little insight, the work of Symbolist artists sums up Gabriel's taste.