|hi! i'm bernice. thanks for visiting me online.
since it's almost halloween, i want to tell you a halloween story. it's about this guy named jack. he was really mean and kind of weird and he played tricks on everybody - even the devil! one halloween night, jack was drinking too much cider at the local apple orchard and ran out of money. but he called out to the devil and said "i'll sell my soul for another glass of cider!" the devil appeared and turned himself into some money to buy the cider. jack grabbed the coin and stuffed the devil in his pocket! and the devil couldn't change himself back because the pocket was too small and i guess there was a silver cross in there, too! so the devil begged and whined and pleaded and jack finally took him out so he could change back as long as the devil didn't come back for jack's soul for ten years! the devil agreed and jack let him go. (i bet it was pretty stinky in that pocket, too, which is why the devil was whining so much. can you imagine a whiny devil in your pocket? i think i would've made a better deal.)
anyway... ten years later the devil shows up at jack's house wanting his very soul. jack had thought about a lot of tricks in the past ten years (i guess he wanted to keep practicing) and asked the devil before he goes, to go pick an apple for him off of the apple tree. the devil agreed (after all - you know the one about the devil and the apple trees!) and as soon as he gets into the tree, jack put lots of crosses around the tree so the devil couldn't climb down at all! and i bet that the apples weren't all that good to eat either so the devil started crying. jack made a new deal and told the devil he would let him go if he promised never to take him to the bad place. (i can't say it - mom won't let me!) so the devil agreed and jack let him go free.
jack continued on, playing tricks and being mean and forgot all about the devil. one day he died and besides hardly anyone going to his funeral, when he went up to heaven they told him he can't stay there, he was too mean! (boy, that's a big surprize - i mean, he played a trick on the devil!!) they told him to try the bad place, but when he went there, the devil remembered him and threw him out!!
"where will i go?" whined jack (he was even whiney-er than the devil.)
"back where you came!" laughed the devil and he threw an old coal at him from the bad place.
so jack put the coal in an old turnip for a lantern and was banished to walk the earth forever!!!
i guess this story is from ireland - that's why they're called jack o'lanterns (jack of the lantern) - except we use pumpkins - after all, have you ever tred to carve a turnip? it's really hard! my little brother, hamilton, tried it once - it didn't work very well and he just end up needing a band-aid. oh, well, it would've been interesting if it had worked.
there's a new issue of HallowZeen, the online publication, just in time for halloween! and that means there's two new comics! if you're hungry for a halloween snack and you ran out of candy corn, take a look at my recipes. and don't forget to check out my links and my interview. and i'd love to hear what you're going to be for halloween this year, so write to us. i want to hear all about it!
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