About

Lenora of the Haunted Palace

I have a passion for history, literature and travel. I also love the darker side of things: the macabre and the supernatural. In my blog I try to bring all of these elements together. You can also visit my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/hauntedpalaceblog and https://twitter.com/haunted_palace 

Welcome to the haunted palace where the rooms are desolate and bare, peopled only by shadows and dreams of things past.  Here you will find strange things: facts and fancy alike.  Step over the threshold and enter of your own free will…

The Haunted Palace
by Edgar Allan Poe

In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace-
Radiant palace-reared its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion-
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This-all this-was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Miss Jessel has a fondness for history and legends and has travelled extensively.

Miss Jessel has a fondness for history and legends and has travelled extensively.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute’s well-tuned law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
(Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well-befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch’s high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!-for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh-but smile no more.

15 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘Being Alone With Style’.

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  2. Hey, Thanks for stopping by my blog, and the follow, looking forward to seeing more of your work, 🙂

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    • Hi, thanks for popping by and checking my blog out…I wish I could take pix as half as good as yours!

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      • Ah Thanks Lenora, I still consider myself a beginner, there is always something new to learn and develop. The trick is to keep practising, don’t be afraid to experiment, then you find your own personal style. Love your blog, Keep at it, 🙂

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  3. I do like Edgar Allen Poe, both his stories and poetry. Who is the picture by?

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    • – I should add, that in some cases I have used historical images (in the public domain) and these may not have known authors – where this is the case if you click the image it takes you to the wickimedia commons page with full info!

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  4. I love Poe too, and really MUST put some more Poe related work on my blog! The pictures are all by me unless otherwise attributed.

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  5. supernova said:

    Hi Lenora, I like your blog and your articles are superbly written. I will enjoy my visits here and look forward to reading more, I think this is classy work. Regards James 🙂

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  6. Hi James, thanks for the kind words. I love history especially the dark side of it! I love your blog too and am going to enjoy reading more of your posts!

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  7. Hi Lenora! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve mentioned your last communication with me regarding W. T. Stead here: http://freakyfolktales.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/the-ghost-census-of-1894/
    Regards, Paul

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  8. Hi Paul, thank you so much I am really flattered! Stead is amazing, and my friend literally had to go through boxes and boxes of material her father collected over the years. Stead was into everything!

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  9. Lenora – Here’s another writing right up your alley about ghost hunters between the wars in Britain. Enjoy. http://hwj.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/1/88.full

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  10. Dear Haunted Palace
    I love your website and all your interests. I’ve shown my magic lantern phantasmagoria at the Bram Stoker film festival in Whitby in 2012 and at the Manchester Gothic Festival last year. There’s a online reviews of these. I’m giving the show at the Bram Stoker again this year & attending the Goth week-end. My show: ‘Monstrous Hounds and the Phantasmagoria’ appears at the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference in September. You may also be interested in my eight recent posts for the Gothic Imagination website (university of Stirling) and my two books: Gothic Machine an,also, Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern.
    Good luck in all your creative endeavours. Thanks again for the terrific blog.
    David

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    • Hi David

      Thank you for visiting my site I am so glad you like it. Your work sounds fascinating I will be checking out the reviews you mention and the books as well…I just glanced at the details of the Company of Wolves [one of my all time favourite films] Conference and it sounds fantastic – it sounds like you will certainly have an appreciative audience for your show!

      Lenora

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