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Review—House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

I read The Scarlet Letter in high school (like many other high school students, I’m sure). Throughout the reading, we were focused on the symbolism of the light, Hester Prynne’s “ignominy,” and the perils of an overly religious and judgmental society. 382 more words


Review: The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

We often resent books we’re forced to read in school, but The Scarlet Letter wasn’t like that for me. Even though it was assigned reading for high school, I could instantly sense how important it was in the history of American literature. 729 more words

Fiction Review

Some Things Borrowed: Nods to Other Stories in Help for the Haunted

Nina at the always-interesting Multo (Ghost) site has been a good friend to my efforts here to explore and expand the history of occult detective fiction. 710 more words

Help For The Haunted: A Decade Of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries

May Motivations: I

This month I will be posting quotes to help inspire. Hopefully they will provide me, and maybe you, with a little motivation to finish unfinished projects. 35 more words




In 1835 Nathaniel Hawthorne published his short story Young Goodman Brown. Set in 17th century Puritan New England (Salem, MA to be precise, a common setting for Hawthorne’s works), it deals with the themes of virtue, faith, and the conflict between good and evil. 1,011 more words

The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)- The Scarlet Letter (1995)

Adapting a film based on a novel is like walking a tight rope. The screenwriter or screenwriters and the production staff must be true to the novel and it’s fan base, but the movie must also be appealing to audiences, regardless of whether they have read the book. 251 more words


A Storied Salem House

Over the several years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve been trying to ascertain both the history and the imagery of as many seventeenth-century Salem houses as possible in a rather sporadic manner. 388 more words