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Death and Taxes

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Death & Taxes:

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” (Can there be anything more terrifying?)


This is for the Fascination With Fright Contest, hosted by THE3-ContestEvents.

Theme: Create a Horror Photo-Manipulation

“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality."  

 - Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock

Aristotle suggested it’s cathartic to face our fears in fiction, where it’s safe to do so.

End Date: 5 November 2016 (Central European Time), Limit: 2 submissions


This is also for Mega Monthly Challenge October-Theme: The Story of Death, hosted by PirateLotus-Stock, ElandriaAeirmid.

Required Stock:  One or Both of Texture 197, by Malleni-Stock (Rain on windows)
And/ or Cuervo Texture 4, by Falln-Stock (Floor tiles rupturing under Civil Servants).


Thanks to all the Stock Artists and hosts.
Horror isn't usually my thing. (The world is usually quite horrifying enough as it is.)
But, this was fun.


Phrase Origin:

Several famous authors have uttered lines to this effect. The first was Daniel Defoe, in The Political History of the Devil, 1726:

"Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) used the form we are currently more familiar with, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789, which was re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817:

"'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Another thought on the theme is Margaret Mitchell's line from her bookGone With the Wind, 1936:

"Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them."

(From The Phrase Finder)

And, The Cobbler of Preston, by Christopher Bullock (Playwright, 1716)

“‘Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,”

-Death and taxes (idiom), Wikipedia

(Lora-Vysotskaya also visited this quote, in Death And Taxes.) 


Stock and Resources: (Required Stock Denoted by an * asterix):

Civil Servants:

* Pig in raincoat by YBsilon-Stock, by YBsilon-Stock

(Some may be more equal than others; but, in the end, all are equal.)

Skull png, by TinaLouiseUk

SKull pack, by tamaraR-stock

Skeletal Hand Bones + Arm, by FantasyStock

DSC09449 Fedora 2, by wintersmagicstock

DSC09448 Fedora 1, by wintersmagicstock

Steampunk Goggles png, by mysticmorning

 Me hooded white mask, by SilvieT-Stock

* Skeleton with sense by YBsilon-Stock, by YBsilon-Stock (scythe)

Stains on the scythe (from cutting Red Tape?) Wound Stock 2, by pulse-stock

** Cuervo Texture 4, by Falln-Stock (Floor rupturing under Civil Servants)

Smoke Textures, by JU5TPeachy

FOG/CLOUDS PNG. by Moonglowlilly

STOCK PNG white smoke, by MaureenOlder

STOCK PNG black smoke, by MaureenOlder

Steampunk Goggles Various Png Stock (reposted), by Mom-EsPeace

Room and Furniture:

Apartment Stock 2, by AreteStock

This Room., by Regression

Old seated stock pack, by Ecathe

Historical Sofa by YBsilon-Stock, by YBsilon-Stock

Potted Flowers, Courtesy TheFantaSim

Modern Lights, by YBsilon-Stock

Chair, by FrankAndCarySTOCK

Windows and Doors:

* Head Sculpture, by EveLivesey (on porch)

* Tree and Pigeons, by EveLivesey


Birds Stock 01, by Malleni-Stock

** Texture 197, by Malleni-Stock (rain on windows)

Framed Prints:

* Foggy Road by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

 * Evil Arch 01 by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Sunflower 01 by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Frame Stock, by Anomalies13

* Foggy BG 12 by CD-STOCK, by CD-STOCK

Autumn Forest Landscape 03, by FantasyStock

Golden Frame with leaves by YBsilon-Stock, by YBsilon-Stock

Other Resources:

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection, by daWIIZ



Listening to:

-All Souls Night - Loreena McKennitt - Lyrics - YouTube

 ArtistLoreena McKennitt, AlbumThe Visit, Released: 1991

-Meet Joe Black Soundtrack (Death & Taxes

Taxman -- George Harrison and Eric Clapton (live)


One day we’ll all have to give an account.

Best Wishes for Samhain.


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wintersmagicstockHobbyist Photographer
Brilliant work, thank you so much for using my stock
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Laughed my booty off when I saw and read this, sweets! Great job!!! Thanks for the great stock use!!!! XXXOOO!!!!!
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this  is cool
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EcatheProfessional Digital Artist
So funny and real. Taxes scares every people all over the world
Thanks so much for have used my stock :hug:
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Kitty Emote Thanks. To paraphrase, taxes pay for a civilized society; but, sometimes it's hard to tell that we're getting our monies' worth.  Facepalm 
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This ill scare everyone for sure. :scared: 
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  Talk about, 'Trick or Treat'-  Boo
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Eeeeeeek they've come for payment :sprint:
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ha-ha! (As the fox said, "Nobody here but us chickens!" )  Chicken Smiley
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Awesome job! Thank you so much for including my stock :) x
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Thanks you. :thanks: 
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