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My Foray into Reading Challenges

Every year around this time, my friend and fellow blogger Alison mentions that she is taking part in a yearly reading challenge (this year, it has been termed an event) called R.I.P. This delightfully spooky happening, hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings, asks readers and bloggers to commit to “imbibing all things ghastly and ghostly” during the months of September and October and then to share what they’ve read with others. Seeing as I have a taste for these types of entertainment all year round and I always read/watch more creepiness in October than any other month, I figured this had to be the year that I stop just watching from the sidelines and actually participate. Continue reading

Despair Has Its Own Calms

This week, as part of the coursework for a free online literature class I’m taking with Dut and my fellow blog warrior Erin, I read Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic vampire novel Dracula for the first time. Given my penchant for horror, it is no surprise that I loved it completely. So, with a tip of the hat to Mr. Stoker and without any further ado, I give you my foray into vampire fiction; just don’t expect any glittering or romance here.

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Michel Faber’s Under The Skin

Wowzers, it’s been a while! I know, I know: I’m a bad blog-father. I won’t bother trying to defend myself. Rather, I submit here to you, Internet, a review of Michel Faber’s Under The Skin, an excellent novel I just finished reading, published first on my Goodreads account. This novel blew me away.

The cover of Michel Faber's "Under The Skin"

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Dream: Night of 6/20-6/21

I usually am not much of a dream-rememberer. I awake with fleeting images of what took place in my subconscious, and by the time I enter the shower five minutes later, those images are gone completely.

Last night, however, I had a terrifying nightmare that I remember frame-by-frame. I have transcribed it into story form, taking care not to embellish wherever possible. I wish I could say I was making this up, but I certainly did not. This isn’t exactly an award-winning piece of storytelling, as the melodrama is nigh-suffocating, but it’s what my crazy-ass subconscious managed to come up with. Without further ado… Continue reading

"Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."

-Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"

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