Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband's death by drowning, before she died... Continue Reading →

Coraline

Note: A short one today: originally posted on RagtagMagpie.com. This isn't the sort of stuff I usually post on my own site as it's not really a review, a critique a resource or anything else. So let's just say in honour of Neil Gaiman's new Masterclass series on Storytelling I thought I'd add this one in.... Continue Reading →

Clockwork Orange

13th January 1972 UK premiere Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was released in 1971, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film has become a cult classic, famed for its’ ‘ultra-violence’ themes. Despite being nominated for a best picture award at the 44th Academy Awards, in 1973 the film was withdrawn... Continue Reading →

Mary Shelley

A bit of a random post today...but one I wrote for RagTagMagpie some time ago, and, in these post Halloween days thought I'd share here... * Mary Shelley, born in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship... Continue Reading →

Opening Lines…and first impressions

“Once upon a time…” - Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm * This morning I was reading an article on the best opening lines in the history of the novel and got to thinking about how important they are: be it in a novel or a short story. After the cover, after the back-copy... Continue Reading →

Authors: An Extended Profile of Joe R. Lansdale

Series Note: This is one of a series of 10 posts looking at my favourite authors writing today. Not just the writers I like; I’m talking the ones I pre-order anything new that they release and spend unhealthy amounts of time and money searching out back catalogue books that have been written under pseudonyms or via... Continue Reading →

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