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Books of wonder: reviewing Ice and Picnic at Hanging Rock

There are stupid ideas. And I had one. Why not review two genre-bending works of fiction, both by female British Commonwealth authors, both published in 1967? Won’t the comparisons be fun and informative? And so I sat down to read … Continue reading

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Extreme emotional states in chapter 18 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane has never confronted a man pointing a gun at her before now. Then again, she just found out she’s one-quarter hell cat, not something that happens every day, either. Those two unprecedented events have an unprecedented outcome for … Continue reading

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Daphne is beastly in chapter 16 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane literally had something happen to her for which there were no words. But even what could not be described still has devastating consequences. Daphne faces not just the ruin of her mission, but possibly the permanent loss of … Continue reading

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Review: uncertain narrators in horror: novels by Hogg and Tryon

We tend to think of the unreliable narrator as a 20th century development. The unreliable narrator rejects the apparent objectivity of the omniscient narrator so beloved by the Victorians, warning us that all knowledge is subjective, all stories told from … Continue reading

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Movie reviews: many Cat People

Back some time ago, I reviewed the Midwich Cuckoo films, an odd trilogy that consisted of the original Village of the Damned (1960), a remake with the same title in 1995, and an odd offshoot, Children of the Damned (1964). … Continue reading

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The Day After Halloween, a new story

So after a night of trick-or-treating, which can mean different things if you’re a child, a parent, or a young adult, you wake up the next morning and everything is normal, right? Well, not for one father, who finds his … Continue reading

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A new story: To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Meet Daphne Vane. Daphne is, in her own eyes, a perfectly normal young American woman just starting out in life. She has a family that she thinks would be great contestants in a surreality game show. As actual family, they … Continue reading

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