Review ~ Poe: A Life Cut Short

Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd Edgar Allan Poe served as a soldier and began his literary career composing verses modeled on Byron; soon he was trying out his 'prose-tales'—often horror melodramas such as The Fall of the House of Usher. As editor of the Literary Messenger he was influential among critics and … Continue reading Review ~ Poe: A Life Cut Short

Mini Reviews, Vol. 16 ~ Audio Edition

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday DNF. I listened to maybe an hour and a half of Trust Me, I'm Lying. The first 60 minutes were interesting and a little sickening as Holiday describes how he (and others) create buzz, hype, and news stories out of virtually nothing. But … Continue reading Mini Reviews, Vol. 16 ~ Audio Edition

Review ~ The Lady from the Black Lagoon

This book was provided to me by Hanover Square Press via NetGalley for review consideration. The Lady from the Black Lagoon Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured … Continue reading Review ~ The Lady from the Black Lagoon

Review ~ Laurant

Laurant: The Man of Many Mysteries by Gabe Fajuri In 1896, Eugene Laurant became a professional magician. 21 years earlier, as Eugene Greenleaf, he was born on the frontier, in the horse and buggy town that was Denver, Colorado. Billed as the "Man of Many Mysteries," Laurant spent almost 50 seasons on tour. His stage-filling … Continue reading Review ~ Laurant

Magic Monday ~ Review: The Amazing Harry Kellar

I like Mondays. I also like magic. I figured I'd combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead. The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The first magician to receive international … Continue reading Magic Monday ~ Review: The Amazing Harry Kellar

Review ~ The Nazi Seance

The Nazi Seance by Arthur J. Magida World War I left Berlin, and all of Germany, devastated. Charlatans and demagogues eagerly exploited the desperate crowds. Fascination with the occult was everywhere – in private séances, personalized psychic readings, communions with the dead – as people struggled to escape the grim reality of their lives. In … Continue reading Review ~ The Nazi Seance

Magic Monday Reviews ~ Houdini: A Life Worth Reading & Vera Van Slyke stories

I like Mondays. On Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and exhilarated by the possibilities of the week ahead. I also like magic. I like its history, its intersection with technology, and its crafty use of human nature.  I figured I'd combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a … Continue reading Magic Monday Reviews ~ Houdini: A Life Worth Reading & Vera Van Slyke stories