There is something pleasurable about being scared – about telling ghost stories around a campfire, or reading a scary novel by flashlight. Frightening movies, television shows, books, and even video games continue to permeate our culture. When gothic fiction first emerged in the late eighteenth century (with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto), the movement […]
Everyone has heard of Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. Most people even know about Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Rapunzel. But for every fairy tale that the wider populace is aware of, there are literally dozens more which have inexplicably remained in obscurity. Here are ten such fairy tales that will redefine your conception […]
Tom Clancy’s passing came as a blow to the writing community. The author of such novels as The Hunt For Red October, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of all Fears, and Patriot Games redefined the way that technological thrillers were written. The novels not only had to have a compelling narrative, they also had […]
There have been a lot of great books throughout the ages. They entertain us, teach us, and act as an outlet for us to face and address the great questions in life. We often are able to find answers and understanding in literature that can’t be garnered elsewhere. Sometimes, though, the questions we ask only […]
We all know reading is good for the mind and for the soul, but many of us just don’t have the time to spend staring at a book for hours. Luckily, we have audiobooks, the adult equivalent of having your parents read to you before bedtime. here are ten great books to start you off on.
For most writers, there’s a feeling of catharsis that accompanies having a book published. You had something to say, and now it’s out there for the world to view. It may become a bestseller or it might move five copies, all to your mom, but either way, you created something meaningful. Your high school classmates […]
Fewer and fewer people read magazines every year, not just thanks to the Internet, but also because fewer and fewer magazine are actually worth reading. Here we have ten of the worst offenders, from the way-too-specific, to the deadly dull, all the way to nightmarish and horrifying.
For millennia, the Bible has served as the most influential and read book in human history. It has been used and interpreted in many ways. One recurring theme in the Bible is the astonishing bravery and determination of both people and divine beings alike. This list features ten people and deities from the Bible who […]
Regardless of your opinion of the Bard, the man (or men) had the uncanny ability to take a phrase that was so perfect it couldn’t help but to catch on. Many phrases that we take for granted are an unintentional homage to Shakespeare every time we use them. Also, given the suspected authorship of some […]
In the original run of The Twilight Zone, there were a lot of current, as well as not-so-current, short stories used as inspiration. Recently, I had a discussion with friends about what other stories would have made a great Twilight Zone episode. The rules are that the story had to be written before the end of […]
With the theatrical release of The Hobbit earlier this month, it seems like everyone is once again catching “Hobbit fever.” And while the movies are filled to the brim with action, heroics, and bravery, there are quite a few characters from the books that have yet to make it […]
Once again, with the upcoming movie The Hobbit just around the corner, I thought I’d continue my celebrating. In case you have forgotten or didn’t know in the first place, I wrote a list last week that pulled together some rather fantastic portrayals of Smaug in anticipation for his second film appearance. This week, I’m […]
One of my favorite books growing up was The Hobbit, so imagine my excitement when I heard that it was going to become a movie from Peter Jackson! My excitement was great! And then I heard it was going to be a trilogy! My excitement diminished greatly. It’s not that I think that a trilogy, […]
As a writer, I’ve always been fascinated with the many ways in which language can be used in curious and unique ways. One way is the palindrome, in which words or phrases are used in such a way that they read the same forwards and backwards. Common palindromes exist all around us, in words like: […]
Evil can come in all forms: man, woman, child, adult, real, perceived, clown, doctor…you get it. There is much evidence on this earth to back up its existence, and has been throughout history, but some of the best depictions of evil have appeared as fiction–which is much better than having it in actuality. Some inspired […]