The roots of Halloween lie in the ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, a feast to mark the death of the old year and the birth of the new. It was believed that on this night the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin and ruptured, allowing spirits to pass through and walk unseen but not unheard amongst men. The advent of Christianity saw the pagan festival subsumed in All Souls' Day, when across Europe the dead were mourned and venerated. Children and the poor, often masked or in outlandish costume, wandered the night begging 'soul cakes' in exchange for prayers, and fires burned to keep malevolent phantoms at bay.From Europe, the haunted tradition would quickly take root and flourish in the fertile soil of the New World. Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half-remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Hallowee'en was reborn in America. The pumpkin supplanted the carved turnip; costumes grew ever stranger, and celebrants both rural and urban seized gleefully on the festival's intoxicating, lawless spirit. For one wild night, the dead stared into the faces of the living and theliving, ghoulishly masked and clad in tattered backwoods baroque, stared back.The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead- family portraits, mementoes of the treasured, now unrecognisable, other. Torn from album pages, sold piecemeal for pennies and scattered, abandoned to melancholy chance and the hands of strangers.
F. Paul Wilson's engaging, selfemployed, off-the-books fixer, Repairman Jack,
returns for another intense, action-packed adventure just a little over the border
into the weird, in The Haunted Air. First introduced years ago in the bestseller
Author: F. Paul Wilson
Publisher: Forge Books
Jack is back, for 2002. F. Paul Wilson's engaging, self-employed, off-the-books fixer, Repairman Jack, returns for another intense, action-packed adventure just a little over the border into the weird, in The Haunted Air. First introduced years ago in the bestseller The Tomb, Jack has been the hero of a series of exciting novels set in and around New York City including Legacies, Conspiracies, All the Rage, and Hosts. "Repairman Jack is a wonderful character, ultracompetent but still vulnerable. Wilson strolls into X-Files territory and makes it his own, keeping the action brisk and the level of suspense steadily rising," said the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle. In Astoria, Queens, the lively ethnic neighborhood just across the river from Manhattan, a house is being haunted by the ghost of a nine-year-old girl in riding clothes. More than two decades before, she'd been abducted from stables in Brooklyn. Now it's up to Jack to uncover the truth of her story and liberate the pretty, blond spirit. Perhaps the answer is in the odd little store called the Shurio Coppe? Ah, but that would be telling. Jack does things no human being should be able to do, but we watch, in horrified fascination, as the forces of evil seem about to triumph and fill the world with eternal darkness. And then-- but you must read the book. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Haunted. Air: The. Current. and. Future. Missile. Control. Regime. Scott Jones
Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Trade and Security,
University of Georgia Each will have his personal Rocket ... each Rocket will
know its ...
Author: Daniel Joyner
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
This volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of the Multilateral Non-Proliferation Export Control system and the national and international context within which it functions. The book is an illuminating and valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners working in this important field.
As such, it was off limits to the public until the closure of the facility in the 1970s
and thereafter took on, not least for Sebald, an abandoned, haunted air. In a
passage from The Rings of Saturn that imitates a journey across the river Styx,
Author: Ruth Heholt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Literary Criticism
Examines the concept of landscape as a multitude of places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory, trauma and nostalgia in literature, art and film from Victorian times to the present.
Air”: The. Haunted. Air. Review. Sitting on a panel at a recent Midwestern science
fiction convention, best-selling writer F. Paul ... provides insight to the theme of
Wilson's latest foray into the universe of the Adversary Cycle, The Haunted Air.
Author: Russell Madden
Category: Performing Arts
The 33 essays in this collection begin with a lengthy interview with author F. Paul Wilson, reviews of 15 of his Repairman Jack novels, and other reviews and essays on books and other freedom-oriented topics including the movie "Colossus," Edgar Rice Burroughs, freedom-friendly music, and humor as a weapon for freedom.
Breathing that haunted air, the haunted air of modernism, meant that we no
longer remembered what we believed in, or why. I recall my first recognition of
this, in the late I960s, when our faculty faced a student demand for a new
Author: Joseph Adelson
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
There is a widespread and deep awareness that all is not well with American public education nor with the students, educators, and administrators who are charged with making citizens literate. Joseph Adelson's work has gained considerable prominence in this ongoing reevaluation. Writing with force, verve, and the tools of advanced study, Adelson's book provides what might be the most comprehensive look at American education since the work of Diane Ravitch. The materials include revised and updated versions of essays that caused a real stir when they first appeared in the pages of "Commentary, Daedalus, The American Scholar," and "The Public Interest," among other places. The work goes against the grain of rhetoric but quite with the grain of the best in social science: That the erosion of trust in the American young has been far less severe than in the American old, that the degree of pathology, alienation, and rebelliousness in the American adolescent population is far from alarming. On the whole, each and every serious research study shows the vast majority of teenagers to be competent, purposeful, at ease with themselves, and closely bonded to their families and their values. This is, however, no pollyannish version of American education, but a tough-minded critique of educators and administrators who prefer ideological generalities to empirical truths, and whose vested interests are not in the requirements of learning, but ultimately in its subversion. The invention of adolescence was a search for a problem child more nearly detected in problematic adults. "This is an excellent collection of essays on the political life course of adolescence. Most of these essays are carefully organized and well written. Readers might not alaways agree with Adelson's pungent, polemic style and dogged realism; and they might find some of his arguments wornbut they will always find in reading these essays a compassionate, first rate scholar searching for core principals to explain adolescent bejavior."--Richard G. Braungart, "Contemporary Sociology" "Joseph Adelson" is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Michigan. He has written widely in scholarly and popular journals, and is the editor of the highly regarded "Handbook of Adolescent Psychology."
The impetus for ghostly inklings may well have been the cathedral's own “ spooky
atmosphere ” and indeed “ haunted air ” —an effect stemming from the somber
setting and play of subdued light and shadow , and heightened by the presence ...
Author: Joe Nickell
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies from spontaneous human combustion and hauntings to aliens and stigmata, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis.
For O'Connor, the fetid air of nihilism is morally, no less than religiously,
asphyxiating: it is not an intellectual game of shifting about counters on a
philosophical board; rather, it is a life-posture dedicated to the destruction of life.
Author: Ralph C. Wood
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
For those looking to deepen their appreciation of Flannery O'Connor, Wood shows how this literary icon's stories, novels, and essays impinge on America's cultural and ecclesial condition.
... the idea nevertheless haunted Keats, and after some eighteen months, he
presented it again, entirely seriously, in Lamia. ... in opposition to the scrutiny of '
cold philosophy,' which, Keats says, will 'empty the haunted air' and 'unweave the
A faint smell of dust filled the air and a deafening silence that preceded every
sandstorm took over as the rising red ... In spite of their haunted air, this was a
colourful crowd, well-dressed western style, in the latest fashions of the late fifties.
Author: Margo Kirtikar Ph.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Once Upon a Time is creative non-fiction written in the form of a memoir which focuses on the fact that another Baghdad existed not too long ago when people of different nationalities and religions lived and worked together peacefully. The central point of the book is life in Baghdad during the 1940s and 1950s, a period remembered as the golden age of Iraq. The stories told are as seen through the eyes of a young girl and woman, the author, who was born and raised in a Christian multicultural middle class family in Baghdad of the time. The book spans the first twenty years of her life spent in the Middle East. Intertwined with her personal story, the author tells of the lives of others, family, relatives and friends, as she knew them in the Baghdad of her youth. Iraq was a nation of multicultural and diverse people of all backgrounds and beliefs, with a heritage that goes back thousand of years. Iraqis and non-Iraqis, Moslems and non-Moslems, Christians and Jews lived, worked and mingled together in harmony, each aware of their particular cultural boundaries and respectful of others. As the author narrates her personal story she reveals many insights into her life, customs and cultures of Christian and Moslem families, both Iraqis and non-Iraqis who lived and thrived in Baghdad. Interwoven with the personal stories are historical chapters and facts that enable the reader to gain in-depth knowledge of the complexities of the religions, cultural and socio-economic background of Iraq and its people. References to present day conditions in Iraq act like a magnifying glass, making the potential for the country¡¦s possibly hopeful future, if it can find a connection to its more happy past, all the more vivid. The story is not told chronologically. The author weaves back and forth making time and space, condense and merge. There is a co-presence of different eras and events giving the book an unusual richness. Flashbacks and leaps into the present co-exist simultaneously creating a weave not unlike the arabesque intertwining of Arabic ornaments.