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Mad Monster Lab

"For those beings Fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, There be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: The night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eyes? The snake. What hears with their ear? The Abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners.

They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters.

The spider-web hears them, trembles- breaks. Such are the Autumn People."
Ray Bradbury seemed to have coined the label, "The Autumn People" in his work called "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
So you see I am not trying to take credit for the creation of the Autumn People, in fact how could I say that? The Autumn People have been around far longer than I or even Mr.Bradbury.
This is the pumpkin patch at Gargoyle Manor - that is the name of our little quaint home, where we keep our private collection of monster toys and memorabilia from the movies. It is the place where monster kids never grow up.

My traditions center around Halloween, it is my families new year, last harvest festival, honoring our dead ancestors. and the night we give our children magickal gifts.
Halloween is the time that we get to dress in our traditional regalia - for me that consists of my black top hat, black vest, and black overcoat with cape. This was the time of year that I would "recharge" by taking a walk through the woods, letting the wilder side of my nature loose to run, howl , growl and be one with nature.
Walpurgis Night (April 30) is also a traditional time of gathering, it is the spring equivalent of the fall's Halloween. This is a traditional time for witches and other autumn people to meet, fore the veil between the worlds are opened once more as on Halloween, to honor the warmth returning to the earth. I use this time to plant pumpkins. There is exactly six months between Walpurgis Night and Halloween, so to grow the pumpkins and harvest for Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

As as an autumn person I think these verses that I call The Tao of the Addams family apply most proficiently.

Tao Of The Addams Family

To me the old dark-comedy of the 60"s "The Addams Family" represents the positive dark family ideals of the autumn people. I went through some of the books that had been written either when the television show was aired or the newer movies had been made in the 90"s and found sayings from these characters. From these sayings I found that deeper meanings could be gleaned from them.


"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos Nuc" "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us. Not just pretty words."

"It is said that a man who has himself for a lawyer is a fool, as god is my witness I am that fool!"
 
"After tonight you will never view worms the same ever again."

"Schools! I never went to any fancy schools, I had upbringing like no other, and see how I turned out."

"The secret is in the dung beetles, they give it that extra crunch."

"Psychopaths, fiends, mad-dog killers - roots, lest we forget."

"I like to think ones day begins at sunset, rather than ends. There's something invigorating about awakening to the first clammy shrouds of darkness! It makes the blood wonderfully sluggish."

"There are no Sampsons in slumberland! The greatest hero is hopefully incapable of defense when he's dozing."

"I make all my own clothes, I always say why buy your clothes off the rack when you spend all your time on the rack."

 

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