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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Bicycle travels: Nashua River Rail Trail

This story begins almost two centuries ago, when the mills came to New England. They built great cities; Waltham and Lowell were but the first. And these cities sat on rivers, for the mills needed water power to run their … Continue reading

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Chapter 35 of Prophecies and Penalties

Especially after her meeting with the injured Sonia and Stacia, Emily needs some downtime away from the Sacred Lands. To borrow a phrase, Emily is “Going off the reservation” in chapter 35 of Prophecies and Penalties. But just as Native Americans … Continue reading

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Review: Women ghost story writers of the Victorian Age

Ever since the Women’s Lib movement of the 1960s, editors have produced endless anthologies of stories written exclusively by women to prove that women can write as well as men, and to bring undeservedly obscure female authors to our attention. … Continue reading

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