This year, as I sat myself down to write the annual Halloween post (below), I traipsed, as is my wont, over to the Literary Gothic site. Only to discover that it's no longer there. It thus joins Black Mask as a vanished archive of frequently rare Gothic e-texts. Unlike the HorrorMasters archive, which can still be accessed in its entirety via the Wayback Machine, Literary Gothic is completely kaput. (The Wayback Machine only has the home page and, on occasion, additional pages with dud links.) While I suppose one could reflect on the irony of a horror site vanishing into the electronic ether (it's...a ghost!), the site's disappearance has obvious ramifications for anyone seeking to save their students a bit of money by linking to free texts. Or, to put it differently, the site's disappearance demonstrates why the promise of free e-texts for students rests on a fragile foundation. And that's before one gets into the problem of assessing the quality of such e-texts, which varies widely and wildly according to the site. Anyone who suggests "it's all on the 'net!" should be reminded that, really, it's all on the 'net until it suddenly isn't.