Armagideon Time

''Those K-Tel records and Warhammer sourcebooks are going to discuss themselves!''

The afternoon light is fading fast and the ghoulish revels shall soon begin, which means it’s time to draw down the curtain on this year’s Halloween Countdown.

I thought it went pretty well, all things considered. The month wasn’t as distraction-free as I anticipated it would be, but it didn’t keep me from dishing up some decent servings of dreadful delights.

Normal content should resume within a few days. For now, you can luxuriate in the sparse chilliness of this essential anthem of the spooky season…

Recommended listening: Joy Division – Disorder (from Unknown Pleasures, 1979)

More autumnal than spooky, this track has only gained potency in the quarter-century plus since I first heard it. It’s an associative singularity eternally anchored to the fall of 1991. While it’s playing, it almost feels possible to pull back the veil and step into that long-gone and distant land of skipping classes, perfect storms, and romances bad and good — all set against a backdrop of falling leaves and gray October skies and the vegetable reek of magenta Manic Panic hair dye.

Related posts:

  1. Halloween Countdown: October 29 – All that we have
  2. Halloween Countdown: October 14 – Dead spirits
  3. Halloween Countdown: October 31 – All that we have

2 Responses to “Halloween Countdown: October 31 – Take the shock away”

  1. Caffeinated Joe

    🎃👻🦇 Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🦇

  2. Scholar-Gipsy

    Another wonderful countdown; thank you again. I really do look forward to these all year.

    “Disorder” and “Unknown Pleasures” are the sound of the early 1990s for me too, especially of the summer before my senior year. Amazing album, and you picked my favorite song off it to feature on All Hallows.

    Happy haunting until next time….

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