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Netley Abbey and the Gothic by Tony Grant

Inquiring readers, Tony Grant, a blogger and contributor to this blog for a decade, has submitted this interesting post about Netley Abbey. He ties history, literature, poetry, and painting to Jane Austen’s fascination with the gothic novel, which led to her writing Northanger Abbey in her wonderfully satiric vein. 3,594 more words

Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey’s Scare Quotes

Happy New Year! It’s a pleasure to introduce Lynn Festa’s contribution to “Youth and Experience: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.”

(If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can catch up here: the first one was by Deborah Barnum, on the… 1,686 more words


In the spirit of Joan Aiken...

‘Once upon a time that never was…in an England that never existed…’ Joan Aiken wrote a story that was to become her signature work, a story that would live in the memories of readers and haunt them ever afterwards, just like the wolves of the now famous title. 687 more words

Wolves Chronicles

The Introduction to "Haunted Marquette"

In case you’re not yet intrigued enough by my new book Haunted Marquette, here’s the introduction to the book:

Introduction: The Ghosts of Marquette… 1,841 more words

Marquette History

It's a Joan Aiken novel - what did you expect?

Nowadays everyone is a reviewer, but are they all on the same page…

Joan Aiken was lucky enough to be regularly reviewed in newspapers and book supplements as her many adult novels came out, but she would have been astonished to see the numbers of readers who are now able to share their thoughts on sites like Goodreads, or  to post their reviews on Amazon, and to see the wild variety of tastes and opinions that can be offered on individual readings of the same novel. 673 more words

Joan Aiken Adult Novels

Percy Shelley

Percy Shelley was Mary Shelley’s husband. He was also a poet, writer, convict, political refugee and possibly even a child kidnapper, albeit in a strange attempt to replace the child he and Mary lost.


TV's Spooky Outlander Show and Time Travel Conundrums


Now before I get into my problem and questions with the very good Starz time-travel television series “Outlander,” allow me to digress for some needed context. 1,692 more words

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