Autumn Ghost Stories

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Fall Equinox may be a few weeks away, but once my birthday arrives in late August (and perhaps as a consequence of receiving school supplies for presents as a child along with my many years of teaching), it’s a signal that the summer is officially over;Continue reading “Autumn Ghost Stories”

A Taste of Evil is Delicious

Suuuuusan….. Summer reading (and viewing) demands a lapse of taste (let’s save the serious stuff for the first autumn chill), so I’ve been happily cooling off in a witch’s pond of pulp Gothic romances circa 1970. I adore them! A close aunt of mine, as eccentric as any dowager you’ll find on these faded pages,Continue reading “A Taste of Evil is Delicious”

My Cousin Rachel

My torment… I picked up the baton of my Gothic literature reading challenge again and went running down the track with one of my favorite novels  My Cousin Rachel  by Daphne Du Maurier. I was inspired by a Goodreads reading group to join in even though this is probably my third time reading going atContinue reading “My Cousin Rachel”

On Easter Sunday

by R. Saint Claire In our Sunday coats we stay. A sunny day! When colored Eggs and sweets we crave: A visit to the family grave. Up the thorny path we’re taken To the hill where marble crypts And busts of men (their ranks forsaken) Rest in shades of obelisks. An actor who revered theContinue reading “On Easter Sunday”

The Storm

The Storm by R. Saint Claire Sheets of ocean pierced by Titans Channeled on Leviathan’s back, Swells and lolls, crests and heightens, Mounting Sky’s sulphuric crack. In black, the mad widow divining From the shore, among the wrack, A golden sphere from her hand is shining, Sparkling remnants of the heart she gave. Tonight–at lastContinue reading “The Storm”

Frankenstein

Do you share my madness? The spark that lit the imagination of an eighteen-year-old girl during a bleak summer on Lake Geneva gave life to the Gothic novel. The Castle of Otranto may have started it, but Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is without doubt the genre’s seminal work. Scanning (with amusement) some of the one orContinue reading “Frankenstein”

Indie Horror Fiction Review #2

A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley A few months back I sent out a random tweet announcing I was looking for indie horror books to review and Steve Boseley (a nice English gent) sent me his collection of A Sinister Six: A Collection of Six Darkly Disturbing Stories. It took me awhile to get throughContinue reading “Indie Horror Fiction Review #2”

Why I Write (horror)

I’ve never been good at tooting my own horn; in fact, I suck at it. But I have to share how pleased I am to see positive reviews for my horror novel Unmasked. The development of this book has had a long history. Inspired by my youth spent reading trashy horror novels and watching TVContinue reading “Why I Write (horror)”

I wrote a novel. Now what?

It’s finished! It’s done! It’s on Amazon! Hurrah! Open the champagne! Does all that red wine I drank while I was writing it count? There is no celebration. I don’t throw a party, and no one surprises me with one. Cue violins… After much, much work, the damn thing is done. I finally hold theContinue reading “I wrote a novel. Now what?”

Rosemary’s Baby

Beware the chalky undertaste… Continuing  with my Gothic Literature Reading Challenge (no particular order) I reread Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, chowing it down in a few days. I enjoyed my Franklin Press leather bound edition (trying to collect all of the Gothic volumes). Good lit deserves quality bindings. This is one of those books I wishContinue reading “Rosemary’s Baby”