Here are a few literature names in honor of Halloween, which is this Friday…
Ichabod (from Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow):
On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!–but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of his saddle!
Lenore (from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven):
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”–”
Merely this, and nothing more.
Henry and Edward (from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde):
The evil side of my nature […] was less robust and less developed than the good which I had just deposed. Again, in the course of my life, which had been, after all, nine tenths a life of effort, virtue and control, it had been much less exercised and much less exhausted. And hence, as I think, it came about that Edward Hyde was so much smaller, slighter and younger than Henry Jekyll.
And, if none of the above work for you, there are 26 more in Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies:
I is for Ida who drowned in a lake.
J is for James who took lye by mistake.
K is for Kate who was struck with an axe.
L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.
M is for Maud who was swept out to sea.
N is for Neville who died of ennui.
What other good literature names can you come up with for Halloween?
P.S. – Last year’s Halloween post was on names from scary movies.