31 Days of Halloween – October 27

Conan Doyle is invariably linked to his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes. The stories skyrocketed him to fame and the tales are STILL spawning new fans, more than 100 years later. Conan Doyle wrote numerous other stories as well. Some were more of what we would call science fiction (like The Lost World, with time…

REVIEW: MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke

This is a brilliant, searingly creepy, psychological thriller — reminiscent of A Rose for Emily. Though written in the third person, it is entirely told from one point of view and in a type of stream of consciousness. It’s rather like what it would be like if you wrote down every thought and memory that passed through…

All Hallow’s Eve — Harrowing Writing Challenge

I invited some writers I know (and some I didn’t) to take part in a silly writing game. Each participant was asked to write 80-100 words to continue a Halloween-themed story. The only catch was that each writer was only given the entry immediately preceding theirs. No context, no idea what had happened before.  The…

REVIEW: WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon

This book was terrifying.  Delightfully so.  I rarely get so wholly absorbed.  I read all the time, but it is as time allows – a quiet hour on the weekend or a few minutes before bed.  With this book, I was making time to read so I could keep up with its breathless pace. I even…

REVIEW: YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE by Stefan Kiesbye

This book nearly defies description, but here goes. The novel is a spider web of small tales, each with an allegorical twist.  Somewhere vaguely Germanic, or possibly in eastern European, is the small town of Hemmersmoor.  These people live a simple, happy life.  There are still stores on the main street – bakeries, hardware stores…

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