Doing something slightly different today in that I thought I’d introduce one of my favorites: Author M.R. James. I first read his Casting the Runes in college and never forgot its creepy vibe.
M. R. James, was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothicclichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story”.
Spooky Isles recently celebrated this great’s birthday–back in August.
I ran across an interesting article Kala Ambrose wrote for FATEMAG.COM . The thing that drew my attention was her mention of the famous Winchester House. There’s a house that holds some things that make one go “hmm…“, don’t you think? My dad was intrigued by it and it was a general joke that one day ours would look the same. That’s another story though….I’m not going to say it had any influence whatsoever on a certain little attic I wrote about in my novel but is it possible? *nodsnods* Maybe so.
I hope you enjoy Ms. Ambrose’s story on these ghostly guardians and mysterious houses as much as I did.
….possibly that I’ll do for–well, the next four years.
Today is election day! Have you voted yet? No. Well, get out tomorrow then, and vote! Democrat? Republican? Doesn’t matter to me. I just want you to make your voices heard (god knows that’s hard enough in this life).
You know what they say, if you don’t vote, don’t…..gripe! 😉
Political advert done. Now, second most important thing. Go out there and…read and have fun!
What do you think of Once Upon a Time? What do you think of the new season so far? I spent the last couple weeks, prior to the debut rewatching the season with Mom (DVRs rock) I have a few faves, but a few niggle points still stick.
I think their definition of fairy tale’s a bit loose, however loved the Alice episode (are you surprised?), and Pinocchio’s an adorable kid.(and what in the world is happening to him now??? (no, no. No spoiler…You have to watch last night’s episode to learn that. I’m not telling.
Here’s the biggest question I had at the end of season one: if a character’s secret is revealed in the first season….(like several all throughout the first season–or page one in book terms), isn’t it a mite too soon? For instance the end of OUAT, season one! Did they just blow the mystery out of the rest of the (presumably) seasons to come?
Now that you know what the secret is, what’s to keep you watching?
I ask this because I’m of the camp that Melanie Rawn spawned: Don’t tell all your secrets until you have to. (In her case, it was the very end of book two of one of her series–when will book three come out?????) *ahem* and it’s a big thing in Mystery writing. You lay out your secrets gradually. You do NOT reveal everyone’s GMC immediately (sorry romance writers, you’ve been taught wrong).
If I tell you “My Character is Actually The Easter Bunny In Disguise” on page two what’s left to keep you reading (or in the case of OUAT, watching)? That the other characters don’t know, to me, seems ….a lame consolation (easily fixed by a conversation–and we don’t like that either).
Still, will I keep watching Once Upon A Time? You betcha. Heck after that bang up season two open, even my hubby’s watching! 😉 And did you see Sunday night’s?
I also want to see who they’ll cover next (I’d kinda like to see them do the Swan Princess or Snow White and Rose Red) and how they’ll fix this mindF– that Mr. Gold caused. What about you? What fairy tale are you looking forward to this season?