Halloween season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with scary stories. One of my favorite children’s story collections is Ask the Bones. It contains short but scary tales from around the world, like the one about a man who sells his soul to be the best fiddle player in the world, and another about a disembodied head that’s been cursed by demons and forced to reveal secrets.
The most recent film I saw at the theatre was Man of Steel. This latest celluloid incarnation of the famed comic book character was pretty good – lots of action, a great villain to act as foil to Superman’s overgrown boy scout character – but it was missing something. While the movie had plenty of action sequences, they seemed repetitive. Like all movie action sequences are getting to be. There’s no realism any more. It’s just a bunch of computer generated fast-paced stew on the screen. "Screen Stew" is what I like to call it.
Your ancestor may have been a medical professional. If so, usually there is an indication of their occupation on census records, in county histories, city directories, or passed down by their descendants. MGC has several sources that show physicians from earlier times.
Do you love all things Halloween? If you answered yes, I’m sure you also love a good scary book, as well. I’m no stranger to this genre, and if I had to guess, you’re not either. Please don’t be fooled, I’ll read just about anything. But when it comes to this in particular, my spider sense tingles.
There are so many authors that come out with books tailored to this genre every year. It would be impossible for me to list all of them, let alone my favorites. Here are a choice few that are very popular with good reason:
I’ve worked in libraries for a long time, and I’ve read lots and lots of books over the years. I really like young adult fiction, and my reading tastes cover a wide range. But I have one weakness. Call it my reading kryptonite.
Mother and Son Team-up to Write Jolly Good Mysteries
After reading a couple of Charles Todd’s novels, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine that it took two creative minds to realize them. Charles and Caroline Todd’s series featuring Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard detective, is set immediately after World War I when wounds on the land and its people, both physical and mental, were still raw. Rutledge suffers from shell shock. We’d call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder these days. Trauma and healing are themes that touch almost every character.
Tom and Eliza Felps lived in a cabin on Miller Creek in Blanco County, Texas with their two children (Callie, aged 2 and Tom Jr., aged 6 months). That summer, Tom and Eliza took their children to the White ranch to stay with her mother while Eliza’s father, a county judge named Simeon Tracy White, was away on court duties. On July 21, Mrs. White kept the children while Tom and Eliza went to Cypress Creek to catch fish for dinner. There, they were attacked and killed by Comanches.
I remember the first time I heard them. It was a sunny day in 1992, either before or after school. I was a lowly freshman and was at the mercy of my big sister for rides. And if that wasn’t bad enough, guess who had control of the radio? Somehow, though (my sister took momentary leave of her senses?), that day, a powerful, snarly, thrashy, and melodic song found its way through those speakers. Could it be? Was there really music out there I actually enjoyed listening to that made me feel something?
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. There were 147 fatalities; most were women. David Von Drehle, in his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, chronicles the events leading up to and after the tragedy.