Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Halloween horror story: Death and Professor Appleton

‘Tis the day of innocent trick-or-treaters, candy corn, bobbing for apples, ghosts, witches, and malevolent creatures that will treat your children as hors d’oeuvres before they come to eviscerate you. Yep, it’s Halloween, and time for a short story of … Continue reading

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Chapter 38 of Prophecies and Penalties a day early

Stephen Nash’s killers have been revealed, and they’re now dead. So all Emily has to do is relax, right? If you think “yes,” you’ve read too many mediocre detective novels. The consequences of Emily’s investigation are only beginning to be … Continue reading

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Review: Vernon Lee, Hauntings

Vernon Lee wrote in an essay that the supernatural and the arts were diametrically opposed to each other. So, of course, she wrote three collections of supernatural stories over the course of her long (1856 – 1935) life. How do … Continue reading

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Chapter 37 of Prophecies and Penalties

The killer has finally been revealed. Now Emily Fisher finds herself in a life-and-death struggle. Too bad she’s tied up! But this is not a battle that will be won with fists, no. It will be waged over stranger terrain, … Continue reading

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The parting of ways

Back a while ago, I mentioned that I was going to be teaching some history courses and set up a blog called Sillyhistory to cover material related to those courses. Well, I’m broadening the scope of Sillyhistory to cover all … Continue reading

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Review: the supernatural stories of Gertrude Atherton

After reading an anthology of Victorian-Era ghost stories by women writers, I decided I would read through a volume of supernatural stories by one of the authors with whom I was less familiar. As it turns out, I’ll be reading¬†three … Continue reading

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Chapter 36 of Prophecies and Penalties

Free of Lavinia’s control, Emily Fisher has to come to terms with how to¬†use her gift while pursuing Stephen Nash’s murderers. Just when is it fair to influence people to say and do things they wouldn’t do otherwise? What is … Continue reading

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