Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

The Classic: Cain, a Mystery (1821) by Lord Byron This is a rather obscure play, and as such I couldn’t find a good blurb, but basically it’s a play in poetry clearly inspired by Paradise Lost, telling a story about Cain and his conversations with Lucifer leading up to the murder of Abel. (“Mystery” is used here…… Continue reading Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Classic: The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Classic: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories (1883-1890) by Anton Chekhov The first English translation of many of the lost early stories by the world-renowned author of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya. Each story in this fine collection is a fresh reminder that this prodigious dramatist and storyteller charted unexplored depths of the…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Comics · Romance

Two Pride & Prejudice Graphic Novels

Pride & Prejudice is, deservedly, famous. It’s my favorite of the three Jane Austen novels I’ve read, but it doesn’t seem to work well in adaptation. It’s long, it’s detailed, it’s subtle. I do love Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, but I have no particular attachment to other elements of the movies/miniseries/zombifications/etc. I found two separate…… Continue reading Two Pride & Prejudice Graphic Novels

Adult Fiction · Queer · Romance

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)

The Classic: Beebo Brinker (1962) by Ann Bannon Designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction” for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon’s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters…… Continue reading Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)

Adult Fiction · Comics · History · Nonfiction

Classics, Comics, and Continuity, or, How to Explain Books You Like

I was browsing through my local library’s online catalog recently, as I often do, and found two interesting books listed next to each other: How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom, and How to Read Superhero Comics and Why by Geoff Klock. “That’s gonna make an interesting blog post,” I thought to myself, so…… Continue reading Classics, Comics, and Continuity, or, How to Explain Books You Like

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (Classics Club)

The Classic: At the Mountains of Madness (1936) by H.P. Lovecraft When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form – until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost…… Continue reading At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (Classics Club)

Adult Fiction

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Classics Club)

The Classic: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955) by Flannery O’Connor In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O’Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these…… Continue reading A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Classics Club)

Adult Fiction

Review: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Hartley & Hewson

This review is about an Audible exclusive audiobook, which I realize limits its accessibility. However, if you’d like to read a cheaper ebook version, that’s also available. Most of us are pretty familiar with Hamlet. I love the play and have read the original a few times, seen three or four movie versions, and read any number…… Continue reading Review: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Hartley & Hewson

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Guest Posts and A to Z Thoughts

This month’s Star Trek column on Comparative Geeks is a short review of the mobile game Trexels! I also recently reviewed a similar game called High School Story, one of my favorites. I also had the pleasure of writing for Write On Sisters again last week, with a post on ways writers can use the…… Continue reading Guest Posts and A to Z Thoughts