From the Guardian Homepage: "This Halloween, celebrate literature's fascination with fear and the unknown by trying our spine-chilling quiz [on horror novels]."
I proudly present my test result:
You scored 13 out of a possible 13
Your meek and demure exterior conceals truly frightening powers. We declare you Prom (and Quiz) Queen.
Take the quiz.
Getting in the mood: Here's the opening song of The Nightmare before Christmas (one of my favourite movies of all time - I have to resist the urge to freeze frame every. single. shot.), which introduces the town of Halloween.
( Warning: very catchy. )
Current Scent: Asphodel (BPAL)
I'm all a-flutter, the BPAL Halloween scents have arrived!
Gee, I just love the over-the-top, slightly purple-prosy descriptions of their perfume oils. The beautiful thing is that (most of) the scents definitely deliver the olfactory ecstasy they promise. I'm tempted of buying:
"Truly the scent of autumn itself - damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein."
* Yay, aphrodisiac pumpkin pie! Call me a hippy, but I actually like patchouli (in sensible doses, mind you).
(from the HAUNTED HOUSE series:)
THE CHILLING CELLAR:
"Wine just turning to vinegar, crumbling mortar, red clay, and the coppery tang of old blood."
* So Gothic it hurts. But in a good way.
THE FORBIDDING FOYER
"Thick shadows hang heavy across fungus-smeared, dilapidated wainscoting, cobwebs hang like fine lace across sagging mouldings, rats scuttle past gaping doorways. The faint scent of brimstone, ghostly breath laced with cognac, neglected mahogany panels, and rot."
* Sounds like a Grim Old Place (geddit?).
THE LURID LIBRARY
"The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants."
* I mean, the name alone... *squeeeee*
THE TWISTED OAK TREE
"Blackened, rotted oak wood blanketed in moss and choked by a cloak of grasping ivy."
* I love both woody and green scents, so this should be great.