The image chosen for this essay is a black-and-white reproduction of Arnold Böcklin’s 1880-1886 painting Isle of the Dead. Böcklin was a Romantic Symbolist painter whose works often portrayed the grotesque and the fantastical, and the Isle of the Dead was an epitome of such style. This painting was the source of inspiration for Sergei
The streets were alit with the haunting orange glow of jack-o-lanterns; overhead, thick, dark clouds billowed over the sky, almost smothering out any last glimmers of daylight. Add to it, a coldness to the air that is enough to send out some chills, and boy, does it ever feel like Halloween.