Massive Post of NaNoWriMo Awesomeness

Every autumn since 2005, I've spent preparing (or sometimes scrambling last minute) for the start of November, and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. For those of you that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the thirty days during the month of November. I'm... Continue Reading →

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Children’s Literature: Not Just for Children (Duh)

As a children's librarian I feel I've earned enough of a soapbox to proclaim and vehemently defend the age-old conviction that children's books are not just for children (duh.) While that may seem like common sense to most, one look in a Barnes & Noble will tell you otherwise: if you're looking for a copy... Continue Reading →

Byzantium–Just Another Vampire Movie?

For those of you out there that know me well, you know how much I love vampire stories. Yes, I'm one of those people that will probably read/watch something just because it has vampires in it. Do I think vampires are overdone, both in books and film/television? Hell yes. For every good vampire story out... Continue Reading →

New (to Me) Blog: The Days and Nights of kashmirgirl1976

I discovered this blog this evening, after she discovered us. She has a nice write-up this month of horror movies, and I recommend checking it out. Though I'm not sure I can trust her... she says that there might be "an adequate amount" of Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch on her page, and frankly, I don't know if... Continue Reading →

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Not Forgotten

Since we're getting in the Halloween spirit around here, with all the talk of haunted houses and creepy books, I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about my favorite anthology series. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling*, published twenty-one volumes between 1988 and 2008. I remember... Continue Reading →

Laugh While You Can… That Means You’re Still Breathing

The Land of Laughs was lit by eyes that saw the lights that no one's seen. Jonathan Carroll, The Land of Laughs In my irregular series on creepy books in honor of the impending autumn, I present to you one of the funnier ones. To a point. This book reads like a light surreal comedy... Continue Reading →

The Best Haunted House Novel?

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright,... Continue Reading →

The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

From Flavorwire. I have issues with a few of the books on this list (particularly when I think there are more frightening books by a featured author) but I've read at least three-fifths, and those books were all quite good. Anyone want to write a short blurb/ review about your favourite on here? The List:... Continue Reading →

The Phantom Tollbooth

Apparently, they've released a documentary film about the making of The Phantom Tollbooth. My life is more or less complete, now. -- CJKC (Thanks to Boing Boing for the tip.)

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