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December 10: Haruki Murakami: 1Q84: the magical in the mundane

I had someone recommend 1Q84 to me – repeatedly. It was in itself like a scene from the book. “She sits in the barely used upstairs loft of the cafe surrounded by empty tables. The thin woman with the pronounced … Continue reading

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December 1: Anne Sexton – “The Ghost”: ghostly comparisons

I recently posted on the Joyce Carol Oats’ ghost story “the Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly”. It was unusual, because it was a ghost story told from the point of view of the ghost as both she and … Continue reading

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November 19 Dorothy Salisbury Davis: “The Purple is Everything”: Reversing Expectations

There’s a book on my shelf that I’ve had there all of my life. Okay, let me clarify, it was on my father’s bookshelf when I was a child. When my mother dismantled the shelf, I asked if I could … Continue reading

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November 13 Joyce Carol Oats: Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly – An Essay on Rotating Perspectives

I’ve continued my Halloween reading despite it being a week into November (for some every day is Christmas, but not for this reader). I’ve been reading out of an anthology called Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves and Ghosts. It’s edited by Barbara … Continue reading

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November 1: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “Lot No. 249” – switching genres can be tricky

I think that Conan Doyle was talented at a lot of things. His scene descriptions are second to none. They’re evocative and accurate without being too wordy. Eerily accurate. He described the mountain in Salt Lake City, Utah in his … Continue reading

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October 28 The Brood by Ramsey Campbell – turning a well-known character sideways, the art cliché tipping

This was an interesting one for me. “The Brood” is a short story by Ramsey Campbell, the best in the field Horror author you’ve never heard of, and it’s about vampires. Or is it? They don’t stalk the night in … Continue reading

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October 19 The Song of Rig (and various Norse Tales) – the lost art of Form

I like folk tales and have never really out-grown fairy tales. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a good grown-up retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. (Ever seen Angela Carter’s bizarre 1980 film A Company of Wolves where the wolf … Continue reading

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