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ghoul

(in Muslim legend) an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either stolen corpses or children
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Ignoring the ghoulishness of asking for the highlights of a multiple murder when some of the victims are still bleeding out, this is a fair summary of one of the problems with following best practices.
In the Romanian folklore, tales of the supernatural had been circulating for centuries when Stoker picked up the thread and spun it into a golden tale of ghoulishness that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897.
The ghoulishness of this did not escape us: her evident need to reward children for observing fire safety.
Apparently, as soon as the news broke, Donald Metzger - Gandolfini's stunt double - received a flood of calls from paps, outdoing each other in their ghoulishness.
All the ghostly goings-on and ghoulishness helped create a supremely sinister and super natural atmosphere, and made you feel just about anything could happen.
(I.v.9-20) The ghost promises he could deliver a tale of such fantastic horror, it would "harrow up" Prince Hamlet's soul, "freeze" his blood, and transform him into a vision of stellar ghoulishness. Just as the "cursed hebona" worked metaphysical effects upon the king's physiological humors, so the ghost's story could induce awestruck paralysis in the body of Denmark's prince.
Now run by the National Trust, it even offers some familyfriendly ghoulishness. It has a crypt and an oubliette - a set of cellars where enemies of its previous owners would have been dumped and left to die and rot in full view of passers by.
(Jack was the spit of Wayne Rooney, though slightly prettier.) What I expected from The Witching Hour was the usual Gothic ghoulishness that has been part of the visual and literary lexicon since Henry Fuseli's The Nightmare, and has now turned into a clunking clich courtesy of the Twilight franchise.
Special effects employed for earthquake scenes are world-class; Feng ensures auds feel the horror and share the characters' ongoing sense of trauma, but doesn't indulge in the ghoulishness typical of many disaster movies.
In these etchings there is a hint of chaos, of otherworldly ghoulishness that evokes a timeless response that both repulses and invites for closer inspection.
I fear your columnist judges others by her own standards when she accuses us of attending the repatriations out of "ghoulishness", and her views will be outrageously offensive to thousands of people who have attended a repatriation - whether as the friend or relative of a fallen soldier or simply as someone who thinks it right to pay respects to those who have lost their lives in service of their county.