Down — certainly, relentlessly down! It vibrated within three inches of my bosom! I struggled violently — furiously — to free my left arm. This was free only from the elbow to the hand. I could reach the latter, from the platter beside me to my mouth with great effort, but no farther. Could I have broken the fastenings above the elbow, I would have seized and attempted to arrest the pendulum. I might as well have attempted to arrest an avalanche!

Day three, and the mid-week point for our “Take A Massive Steaming Poe” contest answer sheets, the first, second and third sections of which are NOW CLOSED.

This time last Wednesday 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. The clues here were twofold: any metalhead worth his salt would see the pit before the stage, and the banner on the stage itself announces the second part of the clue. There’s a pit. There’s Pendulum.

Easy peasy. The answer, of course, was “The Pit and the Pendulum“, a claustrophobic and terrifying tale of a man seemingly condemned to an excruciatingly slow and inevitable death at the hands of the Inquisition.

Loads of you got it, and the lucky winner of the third of our five prize packages is Dan Grover!

Well done, you big cuddly bastard. 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 twomore chances to win – it’s getting slim, somake sure you don’t miss out! The next winner, for day four, will be announced this time tomorrow.

– CG



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