The Hidden Almanac for
Friday October 30th, 2015
Episode 328
Previous episode: 2015-10-28
Next episode: 2015-11-02


Today we remember a man who may or may not have been the inspiration for Bluebeard. It is the Feast Day of the Unborn, and in the basement, there is no sherry.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is October 30th, 2015.

It is the birthday, in 1604, of Giles the Bloody, a murderous nobleman sometimes credited with spawning the legend of Bluebeard. This is unlikely, however, as stories of murderous husbands with multiple wives are common in many cultures. Folklore seems to simply grow on a culture in much the same manner that lichen grows on stones—slowly, but inexorably. There are a number of varieties, but they are often very similar.

In some cultures, this is the Feast Day of the Unborn. Those souls who have not died, but who, for whatever reason, have failed to be born, are honored today. Candles are burned in windows to guide these misplaced souls, and sprigs of rosemary may be placed for remembrance.

In the garden, there are leaves over everything, and the interns are busy fishing them out of the yuccas. Wet leaves can lead to rot if allowed to lie too long in desert plants. Other plants may prefer a layer of leaves to protect them from cold weather. The kinglets have returned from their migration. The Golden Crowned and Ruby Crowned Kinglet are the most common species, while the Spider-Crowned Kinglet is notable for the unpleasantly fleshy, waving growth on the top of its head.

In the basement, Pastor Drom has holed herself up and barricaded the door with a great deal of leftover furniture. I observed her preparations and asked if she would like me to send down a cask of Amontillado. I do not believe she saw the humor in it.

George the crow is not chanting at all, and in fact seems more interested in the contents of the candy bag we have laid in in case of restless spirits or trick-or-treaters. His advocate sent me a strongly worded protest over allowing him to eat Halloween candy, so he has been limited to a single handful of candy corn, carefully rationed out. Well…two handfuls. If one had large hands. George is an excellent crow and deserves something nice during the holidays.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by Scarlet Wombat Publishing’s latest self-help book, “How To Cultist Proof Your Basement,” by Pastor Drom. Hmm. I hope that she included air holes.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 30th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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