He rides in a rickety old coach drawn by white horses that makes a god awful noise due to the stones he carries in it. When he takes someone’s soul, he drops off a stone. The Grim Reaper is not an omnipresent personification of death in charge of the entire world, but rather each area has their own Grim Reaper who serves as the Grim Reaper of the area until such a time as they find a replacement.
Decorations of him haunt tombs and graves, often with the engraving of “Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar and Thief…You will one day be were I am.” In some artwork the Grim Reaper is portrayed locked in embrace of Life (often pictured as a young woman.) The point is that life and death are connected and that life is as fleeting as the sweet bloom of youth.
The origins of the Grim Reaper go back far into the past and he was known by many names. In old Celtic folklore he was known as L’Ankou, sometimes called Father Time. To the Greeks he was known as Cronus and the Romans called him Saturn.
The Grim Reaper can teach us much. He serves as a reminder that life is short and to make the best of every day (eat dessert first and dance now), to cut away the dead wood and move ahead. The Grim Reaper also reminds us to care for out dearly departed. Go to the cemetery and care and lovelying tend a grave; go to a funernal and speak. Remember those you miss, however painful.
In modern day storytelling, the Grim Reaper takes the soul of a person when it is their time to leave the living world. Many people believe Death is a messenger of Satan, but it takes life when it is the person's time, regardless of what happens in their afterlife.
Figuratively speaking, the Grim Reaper is in the gap between life and death, essentially helping people pass from the living world to that of the dead. He is the sign of Death, and his representation is shown on the tarot card for Death.
Other representations of the Grim Reaper in shows such as 'Family Guy' or 'The Simpsons' show the more traditional counterpart, that his touch can kill instantly.
Many people claim that the representation of the Grim Reaper is seen before a person dies, and takes the soul of the person to lead them to a new place.
The reaper demanded the newly dead people follow him, so they got in thier cars and drove after him.
The ingredients are known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The spirits are meant to be the cheapest possible in order to replicate the authenticity of the Grim Reaper. Variations upon this formula include the Fancy Reaper (expensive spirits and wine), the Bloody Reaper (substitute white goon with red) and the Grim Suicide (3 full bottles in a cask of wine).
Served as four shots straight up in the one glass, usually consumed as quickly as possible for maximum intoxication. Some connoisseurs of the Grim prefer to sip the beverage while curled up next to the fire with a good book. The Grim Reaper also gives way to the drinking game 'Grims Til You Munt'.
The side effects are not well documented, with reports of dizziness, memory loss, feelings of grimness, random acts of extreme violence, unwitting transportation across state borders, death, irate messages and grand larceny.
It is believed that these ingredients are the basis for the drug PCP, weed killer and embalming fluid.
The controversy associated with the Grim is the inability to refuse once the beverage is suggested. Despite the danger, this can lead to a Double Grim and in rare cases a Triple Grim: some claim that Sid Vicious did 7 Grim Reapers before his death, however the evidence is unsubstantiated.
Guy 2: Hell yeah, last time I woke up in an acid rave party in the middle of the wilderness and it was off the Richter.
Boy 2: Well, I hate to be a grim reaper....but you flashed the police and then gave them the fingers.