Septembers Eve and R.I.P. VI

Happy September’s Eve! It’s that lovely time of year that is not only about back-to-school, exhaustive heat-waves, and the inundation of DIY Halloween food/craft projects–Oh, Pinterest, you, too?!  It is that lovely time of year when Carl V. over at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his Reader’s Imbibing Peril Challenge. As Carl writes, “it isContinue reading “Septembers Eve and R.I.P. VI”

in a dark vein

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories written/illustrated by Tim Burton. HarperEntertainment, 1997. Hardback, 128 pages. Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love Voodoo Girl Robot Boy Staring Girl The Boy with Nails in His Eyes The Girl with Many Eyes Stain Boy The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy Stain Boy’s Special ChristmasContinue reading “in a dark vein”

frightfully enchanting…

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess,Continue reading “frightfully enchanting…”

A Monster (Haunted) House

In the spirit of the Halloween Season we have been watching atmospheric films. But when my parents came for a visit, we had to hunt for a Friday Evening Fare the whole family could enjoy. Monster House (2006) was an easy pick. DJ has been watching the house across the street, keeping a detailed logContinue reading “A Monster (Haunted) House”

oh, dear…

May contain a few spoilers, which I felt was unavoidable. And while I did try to restrain the “harsh” factor in my critique, I didn’t want to not post on it. *** The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Razorbill (Penguin imprint) 2010. (hardback) 343 pages. Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little townContinue reading “oh, dear…”

the devil is in the details

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. 141 pages. Featuring a who’s who of authors and artists (Margaret Atwood, Avi, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lauren Myracle, James Patterson, Brian Selznick and many more), this collection of more than 70 chilling snippets is ideal for campfires and car trips. The stories — some aContinue reading “the devil is in the details”

the House that Mark built (1)

note: I am linking this review to the RIP V Challenge page so I will try valiantly to avoid spoilers. The spoilers will return tomorrow, with part 2. **** House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Pantheon Books, 2000, 2nd Edition (2-Color version) 709+ pages of text and other things. “Victoria Lucas once said, There’sContinue reading “the House that Mark built (1)”

tis the season…

Have a taste for the macabre*? Then you have a copy of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies. To be honest, I inherited my copy from Sean, but I claim proud ownership of it just the same. Why ever for? because it is a delightful little alphabet book, and who doesn’t find those absolutely charming? Dr.Continue reading “tis the season…”