THE “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour.

Welcome back for the second answer sheet for last week’s “Take A Massive Steaming Poe” contest, the first and second sections of which is NOW CLOSED.

This time last Tuesday we asked you to swing by Australian post-metallers The Matador‘s Facebook page and tell us to which of famed author Edgar Allen Poe’s works does the above picture relate. We think this one was a little easier than yesterday’s, but did require knowledge of mid-nineties superhero comedies, or a keen eye for slightly obscure death metal bands from the 00’s.

You see, the band of musicians in the picture are The Red Death, a now defunct five piece from Bath, New York. Even if you didn’t know this, however, I’d think it would have been obvious that Jim Carrey’s portrayal of The Mask never has been, nor ever will be involved in the death metal scene. OMG PHOTOSHOP.

Combining thes clues, you will naturally come to the title The Masque of the Red Death, Poe’s chilling 1842 short story concerning the allegory of death, and how it spares no man; rich or poor.

Ergo, anyone e-mailing us with the answer “The Masque of the Red Death” will have been in the running for the second of our five prize packages – which today goes to Nathaniel Mordain!

Well done young sir. We’ll forward your details on to the band who will send your prize on to you.

As for the rest of you, there are still three more chances to win – make sure you don’t miss out! The next winner, for day three, will be announced this time tomorrow.

– CG

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