December has crept upon us once again burying all traces of autumn in its wake and bringing with it cold mornings, bleak skies and snow. The second day of December was a little bit of a disaster for me as I had the misfortune of slipping and falling down the stairs, at the moment I feel as if I have endured a few rounds of a boxing match! I've got bruises and aches in countless places over my body and a very painful arm, but on the bright side no bones were broken!
My time has been occupied these last few days with a new book, a cosy blanket, our new sofa and countless mugs of hot chocolate which has definitely helped ease my aches and pains! Last year I pre-ordered this beautiful edition of Poe's Gothic short stories, illustrated by one of my favourite artists, Benjamin Lacombe, and I finally received it recently after two release date set backs!
~ Berenice ~
~ The Black Cat ~
~ The Island of the Fay ~
~ The Tell-Tale Heart ~
~ The Fall of the House of Usher ~
~ The Oval Portrait ~
~ Morella ~
~ Ligeia ~
Lacombe's large eyed and haunted looking illustrations have a certain surreal and eerie quality that works so well alongside Poe's tales of madness, murder and melancholy! With that same delightfully creepy edge that all of Poe's stories have, I honestly can't imagine another illustrator I'd be more excited to see lending imagery to these classically horrific tales! I particularly love those for Morella and Ligeia and I'm planning on making a copy of the picture above to hang in my living room! ♥
Other than my little trip down the stairs, December has brought with it plenty of things to keep me in high spirits, the first being our beautiful Christmas tree which we put up on the eve of December, I've been spending as much time as possible soaking in the festive atmosphere under the glow of twinkling lights. Another thing that I am extremely thankful for is that we're finally getting a new carpet laid in the living room this Thursday, which will mark the end of our living room renovation! I cannot express how happy I am with how it has turned out, all the time and effort has definitely paid off and I can't wait to share the before and after pictures! Lastly, after many years of searching and failing I have finally got my hands on a certain little taxidermy critter which is flying its way to me as I type but more on that later!
Happy December everybody!
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