(A little rebranding for September & October)
Peril the First
Haven’t been super-duper in the mood to read lately. Most things just haven’t been catching with me. The exception has been Moby-Dick although I’m keeping the leisurely pace of Brona’s readalong. Instead of what I have on my Fall TBR list, I decided to read The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg. It’s an “old” favorite. I posted my thoughts on it on Thursday, using my new, more relaxed review format.
I’m going to give The Other another go. I got bogged down reading it, but I don’t think it’s without merit. And as long as I don’t have to take it back to library on Tuesday, I’ll be reading The Small Hand and Dolly by Susan Hill next.
Peril of the Short Story
Listened to Poe’s “The Oval Portrait” and “The Masque of the Red Death” via HorrorBabble. These are the first HorrorBabble stories I’ve listened to and they were both well-made. They have a bunch of classic stories, so I’ll be dipping back in all #SomethingWickedFall.
I didn’t get to last week’s Deal Me In story (7♣) until yesterday. It was a clever little tale: “The Twenty Friends of William Shaw” by Raymond E. Banks. Mr. Shaw has the habit of helping down-and-out people. He never asks for anything in return, but his butler, Higgins, does… I have to admit, I kind of find the style of writing from the 1940s–1960s to be a bit…tedious. Most of the writers had a certain tone that doesn’t quite feel real to me.
At his best, Ray Bradbury avoids this problem, but not in this week’s Deal Me In story (A♣), “To the Future.” While both of these stories are from Alfred Hitchcock’s Stories Not for the Nervous, this story has a science fiction bent. William and Susan are fugitives from a dystopian future, but the Searchers are after them. You never know who the Searchers might be.
Peril on the Screen
There’s a new Addams Family movie on the way, animated. I’m on the fence about it, but it inspired me to watch The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), both directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. I’ve always like the Addams better than the Munsters. Their humor is darker and their world is closer in tone and look to Tod Browning’s Freaks than the Universal monsters. I haven’t watched these movies in years. They hold up, especially the performances by Raúl Juliá and Anjelica Huston, though the second movie is pretty uneven (but has the better trailer and Joan Cusack).
Oh Perilous World
I post a lot about the weather. Forgive me, I’m a former Midwesterner. But Monday is the equinox and the 100F temperatures are finally (probably) in the rear-view mirror. The lows are beautiful sleeping weather.
Writing: I’ve done some rewrites and one editing pass on One Ahead: The Case of the Horrid Haunting, so it’s time to work on the cover! (And then do more editing passes…)
Classes: The Victorian film class wasn’t quite what I was hoping, but I still learned a bit. I would have like more about the technology than just what types of films were being made. My next foray into online classes will be “Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up” via edX. Numbers and I don’t get along. They are slippery things for me, but I do like learning about probability and statistics.