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Death personified, where did it’s current look come from?

Hi guys! I’m running off to Worcester MA this weekend to go to the Rock and Shock Horror convention. If you’re there tweet me @horror_made or message me on Facebook. I’d love to meet up. 🙂

Today, however, is a quick inspirational look at the anthropomorphic version of Death  our guest poster Jaqueline Kyle today.


Death and Dickens

deathpersonifiedThis Halloween you may be thinking of dressing up as Death: the shadowy figure with the sickle, the cowl robe, the invisible face and the skeletal fingers. If you do, give a little nod to Charles Dickens.

The term “Grim Reaper” wasn’t coined until 1847, but what we visualize as the Grim Reaper is actually Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come, from his 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Since then the character has evolved, gaining a face, a scythe and several movie deals.

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Here are some modern takes on Death since Dickens:

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come from A Christmas Carol:

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Death plays a game of chess in The Seventh Seal

Homicidal Maniac dressed as Death in Scream:

George from Dead Like Me:

Death in Family Guy

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come from Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter

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Jeanette here:

It really is interesting that Charles Dickens’ original imagining of Death has stayed in our imaginations for so long.

jaquelineKyleBWJaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman. 

Her most recent book, Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter is available for purchase via Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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