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Character designs:




I didn’t want to focus too much on character design since I think that they’re not the most important¬† part of the story. 131 more words

1st Year

Halloween Havoc!: Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS (Universal 1963)

Many years ago, back in the 80’s I believe, I spent a week on Martha’s Vineyard. It was early in the morning on a gorgeous summer day, and as my friend was still crashed from the previous evening’s debauchery, I decided to walk down to the beach and catch some rays. 1,032 more words

Cracked Rear Viewer

North by Northwest to Psycho: The Breakdown of Moral Order on the Edge of the Sixties...

In the space of three years, Hitchcock produced Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.

Each of those three films is (rightly) regarded as a classic, and it is astounding that a single director could produce three such films back-to-back with only a year between each. 2,591 more words


Happy Halloween From A New Old Friend

Hello, Vixens!!!!

I have spent the last several weeks doing some traveling (posts to follow) and working on re-branding my blog.¬† As much as I love “The Vintage Vixen”, I am afraid it was getting lost in a sea of similarly named blogs and sites.¬† 262 more words


Frankenstudents: Experimenting with Horror Narratives

Warning: Students may have a hard time grappling with the difficult emotions that horror evokes.

This is a warning that I frequently hear when I ask other instructors about their experiences teaching horror narratives. 1,612 more words

Class Discussion

Random Friday

I blended up a blueberry and spinach smoothie this morning. Too bad the protein powder tastes like halitosis. Why are there only 2 decent protein powders at the supermarket? 326 more words

Mind-bending Monsters in Literature

By Chelsea Bennett, Reference Department

It’s October, and what better time of year to pick out a book that will give you the creeps? Today we’re going to look at five works of fiction that feature terrifying creatures. 1,346 more words

Book Reviews