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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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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.
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.
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.
that precipitated Alice's flight and her wreck (her detour through the flower shop on 48th Street), and for a moment, for a second, which if I hadn't shouted out would have opened a gap that allowed all the ghoulishness of life to pour through, I was completely lost, until I remembered we were living now at the Ducat, or had been before her hospitalization, and still were if that was what Henry had in fact told me, or Alice was, in our old room still paid for by funds from her nearly depleted trust account, and drove there and discovered she'd checked out--a (new) woman--not to be found in South Beach, or in the Glades at Henry's, or at her sister Senegol's house on Key Biscayne, or even at her stepmother's in the Gables--just gone.
Gould, less drastically, exhibited a slow collapse of his youthful good looks into a pouchy ghoulishness.
The parade down Key West's mile-long Duval Street falls on Halloween night -- and the festival theme of "Villains, Vixens, and Vampires" was chosen to heighten the gala's ghoulishness.
The ghoulishness of this state which presumes to godhead underlines for us how, for Waugh, it is the abandonment of faith in God that lies at the heart of what is both absurd and repugnant in this future and in those contemporary trends from which he extrapolates it.
This is not necessarily a criticism in a field where ghoulishness all too often masquerades as emotional connection: rather, this book should provide the analytical foundation for future studies which engage further with the cultural and the experiential.