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31 Days of Halloween: Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn: The Influence and Beauty of Fairy Tales

As the preeminent icon of Western Culture, the U.S. gravitates towards its European heritage for mythical influences. 859 more words

31 Days of Halloween: Dan Simmons

Blending Truth With Fiction: An Introduction to Dan Simmons

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Cross, and I and my family have been the subject of a number of short stories by author Jeremy Billingsley. 520 more words

31 Days of Halloween: Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle’s “Dead End”

There exists a silent debate in the zeitgeist of literature about the relevancy of genre writing. Lisa Roney, in her creative writing text… 520 more words

31 Days of Halloween: Examining a Neil Gaiman Short Story

A Look at a Gaiman Short Story

Gaiman’s short story reads like a master class in horror fiction. The story revolves around a child being watched by his older sister’s boyfriend for the first time, and, as children seem to require before going to sleep, he asks for a final bedtime story. 701 more words

31 Days of Halloween: Day One -- Lovecraft's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

“Tekeli-Li! Tekeli-Li!”

H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness is written as a journal of sorts, a first person narrative recording the doomed Antarctic expedition where something older than man was found. 829 more words

Half Lit Mini -- Jennifer Egan

While I finish up my adventure in Milwaukee and Chicago, here is a quick look at a book I really enjoyed: Jennifer Egan’s The Keep: 989 more words

Novelist as Voyeur

Among many, I’m reading Gay Talese’s intensely bizarre The Voyeur’s Motel, and I squelched an impetus to conceal the unmistakable cover at the lake with my kids this afternoon. 282 more words