The Dragon's Hall

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Warped Childhood: Maria Leach’s “The Thing at the Foot of the Bed”

One of the first ghost story books I remember reading was Maria Leach’s The Thing at the Foot of the Bed. This was my first introduction to such timeless folklore classics as “The Golden Arm” and “The Hitch Hiker,” and doubtless led me to further experimentation with such forbidden tomes as “Alfred Hitchcock’s Haunted Houseful” and Alabama’s most famous ghost collection, “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.”

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed is divided into six sections, as follows:

  1. Funny Ones
  2. Scary Ones
  3. Real Ones
  4. Ghost Games
  5. Witch Stories
  6. Do’s and Don’ts about Ghosts

Dover offers a reprint of The World Publishing Company’s 1959 edition, in both print and ebook formats.

I am glad to see others whose childhoods were likewise warped by this marvelous collection! Here are some links to their blogs:

Anticipating Fall: Disney’s “The Old Mill”

Our favorite childhood memories sometimes become incorporated into traditions. For me, it is the Disney short “The Old Mill,” a 1937 Silly Symphony cartoon. According to Wikipedia, “In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’” I believe I first saw this short as part of A Disney Halloween. (According to Disney Wiki, “The special first aired on October 1, 1983 and was shown during October for the following years on ABC and the Disney Channel until the late 1990s.”) Now, thanks to the magic of Internet archives, I can watch this gem online anytime, but it is a regular part of my “fall kick-off” ritual.