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Many towns boast houses which are rumored to be haunted, but at most the “hauntings” typically amount to a creak here, a shriek there, a vague sense of unease when passing by. The tiny town of Peakwich has the real thing, however – a looming manse encased in brambles which locals have dubbed “Moribund Manor”. As haunted houses go, there is nothing subtle about this one: the trees around it have long since died, fog enshrouds it on the clearest of evenings and, within 800 feet of the looming edifice, the temperature drops no less than 20 degrees. These oddities pale in comparison, though, to the fact that Moribund Manor is unambiguously inhabited by the deceased victims of every tragic accident or unfortunate circumstance in Peakwich’s history. They include (clockwise from the lower left): Antoine Caput, the only suicide known to have successfully decapitated himself; Little Lorelei Lapides, trampled by oxen whilst sweeping the path; the Sallow sisters (terminal ennui); Owlwin Kestrel, born with his head facing backwards and finally succumbing to cumulative brain damage secondary to continually walking into walls; Rowena Reticule, who drowned subsequent to sleepwalking into a lake; Mme. Bilitus Bathory, from nutritional complications resulting from an exclusively plasma-based diet; Karinina Conniption, suffocated while holding her breath during a tantrum; Petunia Portage, trapped in a chimney while trying to spy on her ex-paramour; Balfour Ballon, tricked out of his head by a mischievous djinn; Daedalus and Rosabelle Deaddraught, drank poison during a pretend tea party; Jimmy Aldabra, Jr., nibbled to death by his giant tortoise; Embeth Ethery, tumbled out of a hot air balloon; Eugene and Augustus Malheure, just evil and creepy kids, no one was even sorry; and Monsieur Lechapeau, set upon by a crazed mob unnerved by his outrageous headwear. Even a giant octopus which was caught up in a haddock net has been spied undulating around the mansion. When one adds to all that an animated set of haunted armor clanking about by the light of a clouded harvest moon, no one is going near the place, believe me. Such a monument to tragedy! So if you are ever in the mood for a REAL haunted house, Peakwich is the place. Have a safe trip.

Just in time for Halloween! Moribund Manor, an original collage, is constructed of meticulously hand cut vintage images upon a 9” x 12” x 3/4” handpainted stretched gallery canvas and is accented with Thai lace paper “clouds” and “brambles”, satin ribbon, Dresden trim, art paper, black crystals and a brass lock and key. Perfect for Halloween or any time of the year, the detail in this piece will astound you!

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • VenusOak
    VenusOakover 4 years ago


  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 4 years ago

    Thank you!

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    “a creak here, a shriek there…” haha… where you come up with these phrases like “secondary to continually walking into walls,” i will never know, but i love them. i am very curious about this “plasma-based” diet, and that successful self-decapitation must have made an interesting scene…
    as always, i love this!

  • Thanks :-). I love my creepy little people and their stories just kind of…unfold.

    – WinonaCookie

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    ahhhh! and
    “suffocated while holding her breath during a tantrum!”

  • ::wheeze!::

    – WinonaCookie

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You made it into the top ten Challenge Creepy Houses and Buildings

  • leystan
    leystanover 3 years ago

    Nice work – Please consider joining the group “A Home Somewhere” and entering it in the challenge opening soon called “Houses and the Spirit of Halloween.” “Home” Host, Leystan

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your Halloween image has been featured
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  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in Art Universe! We would love to have this in The Best of RedBubble.

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    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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