Category: Reading

Cover of the 1978 paperback edition.

Context is Everything—Or Is It?

I’ve been missing in action for some time. I spent the summer living in England and traveling in Europe. Although I fully intended to blog about my travels, it didn’t happen. (But, other writing did happen. Lots of writing. It was a good summer in all respects.) At the moment, big changes are taking place in Real Life. I’m trying to find the time…

Wood engraving by Sol Eytinge, form the 1839 Ticknor and FIelds edition.

Ode to Joy, Redux

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol It’s the holiday season, full of stress and cookies and stress and family and stress. Part of me wants to hibernate until June and another part doesn’t want to miss all the fun. In honor of the holidays, I’m rerunning a post I wrote for school, a year and a half ago. Please do not expect me…

Wild Fell

Michael Rowe’s Wild Fell

Quiet Horror is a misnomer. Quiet Horror is quiet in the same way the whisper in the night—while you’re lying alone and awake—is quiet. Rather than relying on jump-scares, shock, or visceral imagery, Quiet Horror seeps under your skin and into your mind and doesn’t let go. Michael Rowe’s Wild Fell, a 2013 nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award for outstanding…

DEEPCUTS

Evil Jester’s Halloween Madness!

It’s Deep Cuts weekend at Evil Jester Press’s Halloween Madness Event—your chance to grab Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery for 99¢! Warning: cuts may be deeper than they appear. 19 short horror stories to give you shivers plus 60 recommendations for powerhouse tales written by women—those bloody stylings and chainsaw rhythms that have lain hidden like deadly gems among…

PhoenixHB

John Dixon’s Phoenix Island

John Dixon attended the grad school program in which I’m currently enrolled. He was gone before I started, and other than on social media—where we once had a conversation about the joys of tomato sandwiches (fresh, homegrown tomatoes on toast with mayo and pepper, of course)—we’d never met. When Phoenix Island was released (January, 2014) it went on my To-Be-Read…