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Friday, August 27, 2010

Around the Corner

It isn't here yet, but fall IS coming.  With fall, comes renewed interest in fairy tales, gothic tales, Halloween, and thoughts of cooler days and nights.  Although it will be quite a while before it is time for the falling leaves and logs in the fire in our area, I think those of us in the South long for them much more than other parts of the country.  We have no long, freezing winter to anticipate so our fall (though slow to arrive) is mostly pleasure.

We are having a cool snap here (our highs have been in the low 90's for several days--with low humidity), and I find myself mentally preparing for autumn.  Soon we will have Carl's annual RIP Challenge to help us into the mood.  Here are some of his latest Gothic/Horror reviews.

I love Swanbone's art; the visual fairy tales she creates have not necessarily been written, but I know she has recorded episodes in her head, that there must be a before and after to her gothic fairy tale art. 
From SwanBones Etsy Shop.
Books to review:  Henning Mankell's The Man from Beijing, Anna Dean's Bellefield Hall, Jeffery Deaver's The Burning Wire, Mark Stephen's Teaching Yoga, Dennis Vaughn's The Price of Revenge.  Can't seem to get back to The Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell, despite the excellent reviews.

What I want to read right now are gothic tales.  Good RIP Challenge books.  Some of my favorites in this category:  The Thirteenth Tale, The Woman in White, The Turn of the Screw, The Historian, Seance, Rebecca....

 Stories about haunted houses, ghosts, witches--supernatural and suspenseful stuff.  I'm a fan of Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly series, and she has a new one Grave Secret that I'll look for.



  1. Yep, I'm looking forward to Fall! I'm also excited about Carl's challenge. Always such a great excuse to add more mystery to my reading :)

    Have you ever read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill? I think you might enjoy it. Thanks for the tip on SwanBones shop. I hadn't seen that one before and will have to "heart" it!

  2. I read The Woman in Black a couple of years ago, probably for the RIP Challenge! I'm eager to see what others are planning to read and hope to snatch a few titles that way.

    Isn't the Swanbones shop great? I check in regularly because I love her imagination!