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The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Starred review: 7.5/10 stars

One of the newest books I’ve read recently is The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter. Published in June of 2017, my attention was caught initially by the cover (pictured above).   309 more words

General Fiction

Librarian's Choice: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

This blog comes from Ross, a Librarian Manager based in Local and Family History at Centeral Library.

Darken your summer with a little ‘gloomth’!

I like to imagine Horace Walpole as the Tim Burton of the eighteenth century. 935 more words


A Little Gothic Therapy

The day begins with a message that a dear one’s cancer has spread so far and so deep that only days remain. She is far away, and we will not get there in time to say goodbye. 1,015 more words

What To Read On Bad Days

Speculative Fiction Tuesday: More Pulp Titles, Plus New DOCTOR WHO Audios!

The newest audio CD releases from Big Finish Productions have arrived here at Annie’s here at 65 James Street in Worcester…. titles in the TORCHWOOD and DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST STORIES ranges as well as the newest main series title ALIEN HEART/DALEK SOUL, a Fifth Doctor and Nyssa adventure [#224]. 71 more words

Doctor Who

“Read a Damn Book – 021: The Woman in White”

For the last four decades or so, I’ve been a terrible sleeper. My poor wife, until my 40th birthday, had to deal with me, three or four times per week, failing to fall sleep, rolling over, and turning on a light so that I could read until I could calm my brain down enough to try and get back to Dreamland. 476 more words


Strangely Beautiful, Vol 1 by Leanna Renee Hieber

Gothic” in the overwrought, melodramatic sense.

There’s some fantastic ideas in here, but it was tough one for me to finish.

Three things I learned about writing: 78 more words


Spunky Ladies and Wicked Uncles: A Review

Castle Wolfenbach: A German Story, by Eliza Parsons (1793)


This is a 19th century adventure story for young women of all ages (yes, written in 18th century, but it’s ahead of its time). 516 more words

Steampunk Era Fiction