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”

The Castle of Otranto

Faint of heart… Continuing with my Gothic Literature Reading Challenge 2017, I head for the granddaddy of Gothic literature The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (try to say it fast).  After reading some of the Goodreads reviews, I expected this to be a real chore, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much IContinue reading “The Castle of Otranto”

Dracula Sonnet

Peasants fear the mention of his name, Grown men tremble at the setting sun, O’er the Carpathian mountain range Along the forest where wild wolves run. An elegant Count who charms everyone, Whose soul’s as foul as dirt where he lays, Garlic and mirrored reflections he shuns, Symbols of Christ, the sun’s golden rays. ForContinue reading “Dracula Sonnet”

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Victorian Brain Fever As part of my personal Gothic literature reading challenge, I start with Dracula by Bram Stoker. Here’s a book that I pretended to read in the past (I’d started it several times) but in truth I’d only seen the movies from Murnau’s silent Nosferatu to Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula , which IContinue reading “Dracula by Bram Stoker”

New Poem

From Remembering the Dead, a new book of poems by R. Saint Claire The Old Thundercloud Comes like black dread Chasing angels into other worlds. Where? They never said. Its lightning companion does his dance, The crackled dance. A sad display really. The old clown a show-off- Oh! Bring the angels back— Scattering all, evenContinue reading “New Poem”

A Christmas Poem

The holidays evoke ambivalent emotions for many people. I tried to capture some of that in this poem I wrote for a Christmas poetry challenge. There’s more baring of my soul on my poetry page . Blue Christmas Mall’s Mélange of Yule yodeling tunes, Thick with fossilized marzipan. Deflated Santa, dead balloons, Fruitcake in the mousetrap,Continue reading “A Christmas Poem”

Shadowland by Peter Straub

The King of Cats In the first chapter of Shadowland is the retelling of a scary little English folk tale (one that M.G. Lewis, author of the classic Gothic novel, The Monk, once terrified Percy Shelley with). It creeped me out too. A traveler, in other words my friend, was journeying on foot to theContinue reading “Shadowland by Peter Straub”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A House Without Love is Not a Home My introduction to Shirley Jackson is memorable in that it marks my first exposure to a particular kind of horror. Not the kind I experienced from watching my first monster picture at age five (Tarantula—and it was love at first sight), but the difficult to articulate kindContinue reading “The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”