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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WtF a Fantasy Podcast #16 – Juvenile Fantasy

Here’s the audio version of the week’s broadcast. Feel free to download and take it with you! Last night on the webcast we talked about juvenile fantasy, and how it isn’t just for kids. We discussed several works in the genre including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time,... Continue Reading →

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 →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #15 – Contemporary Fantasy

Here’s the audio version of the week’s broadcast. Feel free to download and take it with you! During yesterday’s webcast we talked about contemporary fantasy and some of the things that define it as a genre. We discussed various books, television shows, and movies that are good examples of contemporary fantasy as well. Tune in... 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 →

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