Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Glass Is Run...

Greetings Ghost Fans,

Ever wonder what some of the non-anagram sayings on the graveyard tombstones say? Some are just old sayings like Memento Mori (Remember Death), but then there is also My Glass Is Run. The message is simple enough but where did it come from?

The line comes from a poem called Tichborne's Elegy. It was written by Chidiock Tichborne shortly before his death for practicing Catholicism in a time when doing which in England was a punishable offence.

Ticheborne's Elegy

My prime of youth is but a frost of cares,
My feast of joy is but a dish of pain,
My crop of corn is but a field of tares,
And all my good is but vain hope of gain;
The day is past, and yet I saw no sun,
And now I live, and now my life is done.

My tale was heard and yet it was not told,
My fruit is fallen, and yet my leaves are green,
My youth is spent and yet I am not old,
I saw the world and yet I was not seen;
My thread is cut and yet it is not spun,
And now I live, and now my life is done.

I sought my death and found it in my womb,
I looked for life and saw it was a shade,
I trod the earth and knew it was my tomb,
And now I die, and now I was but made;
My glass is full, and now my glass is run,
And now I live, and now my life is done.

I want to give GREAT THANKS this week to Dan Olson for doing the research of this topic, pretty much all of the hard work.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

In Memory of our Patriarch...

Greetings Ghost Fans,

In celebration of Fathers Day, we look at a few pieces of artwork created by our Patriarch, Dear Departed Grandpa Marc. These are a few select pieces that he did for mansion. Davis' concepts for mansion alone reach into the hundereds, if not thousands.

Monday, June 11, 2007

A Picture Is Worth 999 Words

Greetings Ghost Fans,

I know I have been focusing on Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion here lately quite a bit. Since I came back, I have a lot of brand new information about it and with its rehab, I am posting on a few things that most likely won't be there when it returns in September. However, new information about the Disneyland Haunted Mansion is arising and I will be making more posts along those lines eventually.

This week, we take a gander at the Sinister 11. It is said that the portraits have been removed and a new scene, which is similar is taking its place during this rehab. All of the portraits feature something interesting. Many characters were leftover changing portrait concepts that were unused. One painting featured our Ghost Host, another the Mariner from an old sub-plot, and others just feature characters inspired by concept art of ghosts.

One portrait, which features a woman standing behind her seated husband was to be a changing portrait featuring the wife choking her husband. While this is interesting, there appears to be something MUCH MORE interesting lurking in the background of their Victorian setting. There is a vase with a plant but also a painting on the wall. What is this painting you ask?

Its a landscape of a fammiliar old house. The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion. There is some speculation as to what is being seen, wether it truly is the WDW Haunted Mansion, but if you look closely, the tower is defined, the dome on the top is very similar, you can even see the concrete railing outside of the conservatory with urns on top. Some even speculate that Tom Sawyers Island is visible on the left side of the painting with the river. What is also interesting is that it is VERY similar in style of Sam McKim's painting of a Ken Anderson concept of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion from 1958.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

"Stop reading and get in your doombuggy!"

Greetings Ghost Fans,

This week we have yet another wondeful post about.. BOOKS! Yes, indeed, books. The mansion is full of them. Books in the library, books in the ballroom and books in the attic. However, there are even a few more books sitting around the mansion. One book in particular that many know of is the one on the table in the Walt Disney World load area. Many have said that the book, a dictionary, is on the page of Death and Ghost and other spooky words. Well, indeed, the book is placed on a page full of spooky words. This page features the words Ghost through Ghoulish. I guess sometimes that even Ghost Writers need help spelling.