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Die Masken des Winters

Posted in Belletristica, Comics & Manga, Historia & Memoria, Interna, Interviews, Moving Images by Suzanne on February 12th, 2006 | BBC Wikipedia

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"Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.

The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed. The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat.

And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revellers around. But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood—and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror."

(Excerpt from The Masque of the Red Death by E. A. Poe)

The other day, while thinking about whether I should attend Lucerne's Catholic carnival or the Protestant carnival in Basel this year, I came to realise - thanks to my long education in Latin - that "carnival" derives from "caro" + "levare", which means something like "raising of/from the flesh".

Now I do understand that this probably has something to do with the resurrection of Christ at Easter, but I can't help to think that maybe - in the olden days - "carnival" was once a huge pan-Helvetic zombie reunion.

Anyway, have a merry Flesh Raising - wherever you are. :)


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Jeff Soto for L.A. - Let's Be Friends

Nosferatu - The original 1922 version of "Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie Des Grauens", directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Silas & Mange - The restored films of the long-dead silent picture stars.

Anémic Cinéma - Marcel Duchamp's visual Dada experiment from 1926.

The Notorious Bettie Page trailer - Looks rather disappointing, imho. In theatres April 14th, 2006.

Silent Hill trailer - In theatres 21st April 2006.

Art School Confidential trailer - Terry Zwigoff's & Dan Clowes' new masterpiece will be released April 28th, 2006.

Fashion Freak - Who'd say no to car-washing zombie chicks? (via Bibi)

L.A. - Let's Be Friends - God, I'd love to live in a Jeff Soto world!


© Jessica Joslin

Charles Burns interview (by Frontaal Naakt)

Gregory Crewdson audio interview (by National Public Radio)

Jessica Joslin interview (by WebEsteem Magazine) Yaaaay!

Michael Sieben interview (by Fecal Face)


Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine (by George M. Gould and Walter L. Pyle / English)

Bleak House (by Charles Dickens / English)

The Anatomy of Melancholy (by Robert Burton / English)

The Fall of the House of Usher (by Edgar Allan Poe / English)

Also, many thanks to Klav for directing me to the Howard Phillips Lovecraft WikiSource page!


The Book of Numbers - I doubt that this website has even a vague relation to the fourth book of the Pentateuch - but who cares? It's via Ample Sanity, so it's gotta be good.


N° 1

I never had any problems with spam comments on this blog before. Then, last Tuesday it suddenly started. Due to the fact that I was getting about 250 spam comments a day, I saw myself forced to create a blacklist of spam-sensitive words. It just got far too tricky and time-consuming to filter out reader comments from spam.

I'm sorry if it took a while before your comments appeared on the site. It should be fixed now.

Thanks for understanding.

N° 2

Malota, my very talented YH friend from Valencia has finally opened her MalotaShop, where you can buy all her cute little drawings, buttons and felt toys. Weeeee!

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9 comments to " Die Masken des Winters "

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    anaglyph says:

    I always read the 'Pointless Personal Remarks'.

    I am slightly puzzled that the 'Godzilla Bukkake' link on GIS leads me to a picture of a Dalek. And quite honestly the thought of Dalek Bukkake is very very disturbing.

    February 12th, 2006 at 5:52 am

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    Suzanne says:

    How strange... I get a Godzilla covered in... uhmm... snowy bits. o_O

    What Google language settings are you using?

    Btw, Warren Ellis adopted my invention in one of his short stories once. Weeeee!

    February 12th, 2006 at 11:07 am

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    anaglyph says:

    Oh, I see... yes there is your pic of Godzilla covered in... er... frosting, but there are also some links saying 'Godzilla Bukkake' after that, just little blue rectangles - they lead to the picture of the Dalek. It's kinda surreal, but I like it.

    February 13th, 2006 at 5:50 am

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    Hedi says:

    Personal Remark from Mutter e.V.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!and many happy returns,,,and happy Valentine's .
    I'm happy to be the first well-wisher.

    February 14th, 2006 at 12:08 am

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    Suzanne says:


    (Tochter e. V.)

    February 14th, 2006 at 12:16 am

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    meagan says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUZANNE!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I've sent something to you in the mail but as usual it's going to be a few weeks late - GAH!


    February 14th, 2006 at 12:50 am

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    Suzanne says:



    *jumps at you*

    Awww... you should really stop sending me things. I already have a very bad conscience.

    Mr Armadillo says hello too - he has a lovely pink birthday ribbon around his neck. Yay!

    Take care, my dear Meagan.

    February 14th, 2006 at 1:09 am

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    malota says:

    happy birthday hottie!

    February 14th, 2006 at 2:56 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Awwww... gracias, my precious!

    I really like your Valentine's doll.. err.. creature thingy. It's adorable - just like everything you create.

    February 14th, 2006 at 2:59 pm

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