Dec 30

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Whereas others have decorated their house for the winter holidays – namely, christmas, we’ve kept the arachnid Halloween decorations up in our entryway – Cirith Ungol (Sindarin for Spider’s Cleft, or Pass of the Spider).

All Photos by Yours Truly – Glen Green. Click on images to see larger versions.

In a ravine she lived, and took shape as a spider of monstrous form, weaving her black webs in a cleft of the mountains. There she sucked up all light that she could find, and spun it forth again in dark nets of strangling gloom, until no light more could come to her abode; and she was famished.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Of the Darkening of Valinor)

Shelob

Shelob

Glow in the dark spiders in the windows

Glow in the dark spiders in the windows

Spider feeds on a painted Dollar Store Hand

Spider feeds on a painted Dollar Store Hand

Skeleton Hand caught in the Web

Skeleton Hand caught in the Web

Silhouette of Spider back-lit against Halloween Lights

Silhouette of Spider back-lit against Halloween Lights

Cocoon Corpse Covered in Newly Hatched Spiderlings

Cocoon Corpse Covered in Newly Hatched Spiderlings

Spider Infested Skull Hanging Inverted from the Ceiling

Spider Infested Skull Hanging Inverted from the Ceiling

Spider with Glowing Eyes and Baby Glow in the Dark Spiderling

Spider with Glowing Eyes and Baby Glow in the Dark Spiderling

Cocoon Corpse

Cocoon Corpse

Cirith Ungol - The Spiders Pass in the Daytime

Cirith Ungol – The Spiders Pass in the Daytime

Shadow Casting Webs

Shadow Casting Webs

Giant Spider, Prepared to Drop Down on Unsuspecting Halloween Guests

Giant Spider, Prepared to Drop Down on Unsuspecting Halloween Guests

A Hall of Spiders and Their Victims

A Hall of Spiders and Their Victims

Cocooned Corpses Strung from the Ceiling

Cocooned Corpses Strung from the Ceiling

Dark Shapes, with Many Legs and Webbed Corpses

Dark Shapes, with Many Legs and Webbed Corpses

One of the pleasures of adulthood – you can pretty much do whatever makes you happy insider your own home. For me, that means a hallway of giant spiders will continue haunting and hanging all winter long, because, why the hell not?

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