It’s Monday, What Are You… 10/15

…Reading?

I haven’t officially DNFed Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (an author I usually really enjoy), but I’m moving on for the moment.

Nothing to Devour: Motherless Children #3 Something Wicked This Way Comes Paradise Lost

  • Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg – I’ve been looking forward to starting this ARC for a while now. Glen Hirshberg is one of my favorite horror writers.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Reading this slowly with the readalong.
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton – I’m rereading Paradise Lost as part of #FrankenSlam!—reading the books that Frankenstein’s creation read in Frankenstein. I have no idea what someone who has never read the Bible or Greek myths would make of this poem. I’m rereading it after 20 years of additional reading and I’m picking out so many new things.
  • Short stories! I have some Thomas Ligotti coming up this week.
  • Dewey’s 24-hour Readaton – This Saturday! I don’t know what I’m going to read for it yet.

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…Watching?

I pretty much binged Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House over the weekend. I’ve read the Shirley Jackson book several times (as well as many of her other books), I adore the 1963 movie adaptation called The Haunting, and I even made Eric go with me to watch the 1999 movie when it was in theaters. How does this series hold up? Well… It’s a pretty solid haunted house/haunted people story. Its cast, direction, and production values are great. It offers quiet chills along side the occasional shock. In particular, episode 6 is a really nice piece film-making and storytelling. As a Shirley Jackson adaptation? Some of the direct nods to the text work, some don’t. (And maybe nods to The Haunting as well—that spiral staircase looks so familiar!) In my opinion though, the main deviation from the novel really makes this not The Haunting of Hill House at all. Doesn’t mean I won’t rewatch it…

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/8)

…Reading?

Finished A Long Fatal Love Chase on Saturday. I plan on reviewing it on Thursday. This week:

Dead & Buried Something Wicked This Way Comes Candyman
  • Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – This is the second pick from my #RIPXIII TBR jar. Can’t say I’m too enthusiastic about it, but a pick is a pick.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – For #SomethingWickedFall. Which reminds me, Michelle posted the first discussion post yesterday.
  • Candyman by Jon Towlson – This book is part of the Devil’s Advocate book series of horror film criticism. Candyman (dir. Bernard Rose, 1992) is one of my favorite horror movies. I’m also reading the original Clive Barker story, “The Forbidden.”
  • Plus Paradise Lost, Black Cat short stories, and who knows what else!

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…Watching?

Not very R.I.P., but I rewatched Logan Lucky over the weekend. I do love a good comedy heist.

…Listening To?

Also not on the spooky side, but I started listening to the Secret History of the Future podcast. It’s a joint effort between Slate and The Economist, hosted by Seth Stevenson and Tom Standage,  author of The Turk. Indeed, the first episode is about the mechanical Turk and the “trick” that is some of today’s AI. I’m about three episodes in and they’ve all been good.

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🎃 Fall Blogging Events II ~ October 2018

Here we are: October. Halfway through all this autumnal blogging goodness.

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Wrapping September 2018

Wrapping September graphic with pumpkin and cactus
While doing my morning pages today, I wrote, “Well, September was a bust.” But then I actually thought about it. The summer heat that lasted well past the equinox must have made me soft in the head. September was a really a pretty good month!

Reading

  • Books Finished: 4
  • Books DNFed: None! This is the first month in 2018 that I didn’t DNF a book. I did stick with a book I wasn’t quite thrilled with. More on that later in the week.
  • Short Stories Read: 26, bring my total for the year to 157.
  • Challenge Updates:
    • 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge: Finished Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford. My nonfiction percentage for the year is 36%
    • The rest of my reading was for #RIPXIII and #FrightFall:
      • 2/4 books for Peril the First
      • 20 or so stories for Peril of the Short Story & #FrightFall. I haven’t written about them all.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/24

…Reading?

It’s all about ladies being spookily in love this week:

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow A Long Fatal Love Chase
  • The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo – I’m at 20%. I expected a few more supernatural aspects, but there’s a lot of book left.
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – I’m nearly 100 pages in and it’s still ridiculous fun.
  • …a few gothic short stories for good measure.

And starting Saturday:

Yep, pre- and post- readathon readathons. And a Something Wicked This Way Comes read-along and watch-along. Can October get any better? All the details are up on the Seasons of Reading blog.

What do I have on my #Frightfall TBR?

Nothing to Devour: Motherless Children #3 Something Wicked This Way Comes

…Listening To?

I like the concept of  cover albums where each track of an album has been covered by a different artist. Nightmare Revisited is one of my favorites of that genre. (And tell me that Flyleaf’s cover of “What’s This” can’t nearly double as a Christmas song?)

…Doing?

Well, our first “for real” frisbee league game was rained out last week. On one hand, yay! rain! On the other, boo! soggy fields. Such is life in the Valley of the Sun. We are finally down around the 100F mark for highs—fall is here!  🍂

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Love and Marriage…and the Gothic

I sometimes forget that gothic literature is more often than not “romantic” literature. So many gothic stories are centered on match-making and weddings and star-crossed lovers. So far, a good number of my Gothic September stories highlight this very thing.

“Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter” by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1839) – Schalken, a poor painter, is in love with Rose Velderkaust, the niece of his mentor. Although he isn’t the richest or most handsome, Rose is a bit keen on him too. Alas, a mysterious stranger with a chest of gold asks for Rose’s hand in marriage and Uncle Douw can’t refuse. Rose disappears on the way to her new home in Rotterdam and Schalken is left to discover her fate. Le Fenu uses a nested narrative to tell this tale as part of The Purcell Papers. Rev. Purcell relates Schalken’s story as a story told to him by the owner of Schalken’s painting of events. Unnecessarily labyrinthine? Maybe.

“The Dream Woman” by Wilkie Collins (1874) – The subtitle of this story is “A Mystery in Four Narratives” and Collins also engages stories being told to others. We start with Percy Fairbank and his wife encountering a hostler, Francis, suffering from a nightmare (during the day, when he should be attending to his duties). Francis tells his story of a mysterious woman who he met on 2am of the night of his birthday. He married her, but through a dream he knows she will bring him ruin. Fairbank then relates how he tried to help Francis, but it’s all too obvious that his efforts will be in vain. The last narrative is that of a man set to watch over Francis on the night of his birthday. The set-up for the story is long, but it’s the inevitability that is chilling.

“The Ebony Frame” by Edith Nesbit (1893) – The narrator of “The Ebony Frame” has matrimonial problems as well. He’s engaged-ish to Mildred, a “dear good girl,” but he believes his destiny is the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite woman who inhabits a painting that he inherited. She totally real; he’s sure of it. “The Ebony Frame” is less unsettling than the others, but still entertaining.

In the land of perilous novels, I pulled A Long Fatal Love Chase by Lousia May Alcott from my TBR “jar.” A doomed, scandalous love affair with a tall, dark stranger seems to be the order of the day. More thoughts on it in the future.

Skull TBR "jar" with paperback of A Long Fatal Love Chase

Other Perilous Stories of Note

I’d also like to mention a couple of contemporary horror short stories that I read in the last week or so. Definitely worth checking out!

It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/17

…Reading?

I made a push to finish Christopher Sandford’s Houdini and Conan Doyle on Sunday. I should have my thoughts about it put together by Thursday. But with that out of the way, it’s pure R.I.P. for a while:

The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi, #2) A Long Fatal Love Chase The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko – I’m at about 60% and should finish later this week.
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – Pick from my TBR jar.
  • The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo – ARC.
  • Gothic short stories! I might also have a post about the first half of my gothic reading on Wednesday or so.

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…Listening To?

I’ve been listening to my Halloween master-list on random and this album from Collide has been played a lot.

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