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Colin Dickey’s Ghostland

by meanlouise October 6, 2016 books + libraries

If you’re looking for a fun read for the Halloween season, Sam & Dean & I

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Horrorstör ruined my laundry rack

by meanlouise October 3, 2015 books + libraries

Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör is clever in all the right ways, but it’s also quite creepy. You can’t ask for much more from a high-concept horror novel. It’s a little too creepy and clever, honestly. I used to love our IKEA clothes drying rack. It folds flat and stores neatly in a nook in the laundry […]

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Our monkey butler made me do it

by meanlouise September 21, 2015 hell (other people)

I was out at the local coffeeshop not caulking the bathtub in our guest bathroom when I ran into a friend who asked me why I wasn’t at home re-caulking the bathtub like I said I was going to be. I’ve been avoiding re-caulking that bathtub for 6 weeks. I’ve spent more time talking about […]

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Grimmer than Grimm

by meanlouise October 14, 2012 books + libraries

Conference going (and organizing) and such haven’t slowed down my movie-watching much but they’ve slowed down my blogging. While I get caught up, and while my Grimm post is still hanging around on the front page, I thought I’d bring two related items to your attention. First up, Neely Tucker has an intriguing review of […]

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"The Evolution of Alice in Wonderland: A Book Cover Odyssey."

by meanlouise January 27, 2011 academia

In honor of this, the 178th anniverary of the birth of Lewis Carroll (nee Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Flavorpill gives us a survey of “The Evolution of Alice in Wonderland: A Book Cover Odyssey.”

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Among the Ghosts

by meanlouise October 13, 2010 books + libraries

To purge some of the crap I’ve been reading from the top of my brain, I read Amber Benson’s charming new book, Among the Ghosts. AMBER BENSON co-wrote and directed the animated web-series, Ghosts of Albion, (with Christopher Golden) for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. [edit] […]

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The Onion: "Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added To Curriculum"

by meanlouise March 2, 2009 books + libraries

West’s previous failed proposals include requiring the high school band to perform the tuneless flute songs of the blind idiot god Azathoth and offering art students instruction in the carving of morbid and obscene fetishes from otherworldly media. Several parents attending the meeting were not impressed by West’s outburst. “Last month, he wanted us to […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

by meanlouise March 2, 2009 books + libraries

Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Dr Seuss. Celebrate accordingly. (google is)

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by meanlouise February 7, 2009 movies

Husband had to work obscenely early this morning so I decided we might as well catch the early matinee of Coraline when he got home. We’d heard that the local theater was fairly dead on weekend mornings, so we decided to test the story out. I suspected choosing a so-called kids movie to see at […]

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by meanlouise November 29, 2008 books + libraries

I’m following Erqsome’s book meme. When I copied & pasted the list I almost left her commentary because I so agreed with her assessments. I think we’ve bonded in the past over our mutual dislike of Catcher in the Rye and Wuthering Heights, but I also think there was bourbon involved so I can’t be […]

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