book review, horror

Fear Farm No Trespassers by S J Krandall

A series of connected short stories, starting with a woman on a train who is obsessed with missing person cases, followed by the possible true stories of what happened to the missing people. This is a wonderful idea for a book. Inspired by the author’s family farm, and peppered with photographs of the real location,… Continue reading Fear Farm No Trespassers by S J Krandall

book review, horror, Middle Grade

Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

It’s been over six months since the events of Halloween when Ollie, Coco and Brian first met The Smiling Man, and over three since their second run in with him after Christmas. Terrified of meeting him again, the three friends have hit the books in the hope of finding a way to get him out… Continue reading Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

book review, nonfiction

Deanna Durbin by William Harper

Lovingly written by a fan of the actress, Harper meticulously researched this short but informative book detailing Durbin’s movies and time in Hollywood. The rumor is my father’s favorite actress was Deanna Durbin. I never spoke to him about her, but he would have been a young man when her movies came out, and I… Continue reading Deanna Durbin by William Harper

book review, nonfiction

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

A series of essays on writing, Dillard talks about internal and external creative spaces, the dichotomy of simultaneously wanting to write and do anything else in the world, and the general nature of creativity and art. Backed up with quotes from other writers, her writing is often metaphorical but always wondrously descriptive. A muse on… Continue reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

book review, nonfiction

Gene Kelly by Clive Hirschhorn

I’m a big fan of Gene Kelly, and movies such as Anchors Aweigh, It’s Always Fair Weather and, of course, Singing in the Rain, are films that I watch repeatedly. However, I know very little about the man behind the actor/singer/dancer/director/choreographer. It seems that no one does either, as he was a introvert who kept… Continue reading Gene Kelly by Clive Hirschhorn