The days are getting shorter in Georgia, and although it’s still hot during the day, my drives home are dark and foggy. Last October, I was listening to The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, narrated by Bronson Pinchot. The story was just okay, but Pinchot’s voice for Moundshroud was incredible, and after a year of not having…… Continue reading October Audiobook Picks
Phew. Unannounced month-long hiatus there. I realized — after making last month’s update post about being proud of the few but detailed posts I’d put up recently, which I still stand by — that I really needed a brain break. I went into my Goodreads today to log a book, and realized I hadn’t read…… Continue reading Update: October Halloween Theme!
Be safe out there friends!
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
I’ve been dipping my toes into horror this year, and I’ve enjoyed the new experience, but left to my own devices I admit I’m all about the spooky Halloween aesthetic more than actually feeling scared. Kids’ books are usually the way to go for that kind of thing (and a great way to get into…… Continue reading 5 Spooky Picture Books for Halloween
This month’s Star Trek post is basically about how the structure of the show lends itself to Kirk/Spock shipping, with particular attention to the famously shippy licensed novel Killing Time. It’s probably the best Trek post I’ve done in a while, if I do say so myself. But it’s certainly the topic that has interested me most, so…… Continue reading Update: October!
Before The Boxtrolls came out in 2014, it was getting buzz for its creepy Burton-style animation and a same-sex couple shown in one of the trailers. Then it hit theaters and I heard, well, nothing. That kind of response doesn’t really mean anything except that people didn’t go see it in the first place, but…… Continue reading Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)
Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Do your kids like books? Do you want your kids to appreciate your aesthetic, without being traumatized for life? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got eight spooky, scary, monster-themed book recommendations for Halloween, starting with an adorable picture book and working up to a legitimately scary middle-grade choice. And…… Continue reading 8 Spooky Halloween Books for Kids
It’s funny how themes just develop for these things every week. I don’t do it on purpose, I just keep track of things I want to talk about here, and a theme usually emerges. The theme for this week is friends introducing me to things! The cool link today is for the webcomic Band vs.…… Continue reading Sunday Summary 11/2 – Friends are Awesome: Webcomics, Games, Halloween, Romance
This story takes place in one of the rooms of Eclectic Alli’s Masquerade Ball. It’s based on an idea I had for a holiday in one of my fantasy universes. I’m still messing with the setting, trying out new versions and iterations of the ideas I have inside it… Eventually I’d like to spin the…… Continue reading Short Story: Solstice Night