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Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

Title: About Love and Other Stories Author: Anton Chekhov Translator: Rosamund Bartlett Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1885-1902) Genre: Short stories Summary: While his popularity as a playwright has sometimes overshadowed his achievements in prose, the importance of Chekhov’s stories is now recognized by readers as well as by fellow authors. Their themes – alienation, the… Continue reading Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

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Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

Title: The Dangers of Smoking in BedAuthor: Mariana EnríquezTranslator: Megan McDowellPublisher: GrantaDate: 2021 (2009)Genre: Horror / Short storiesSummary: Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness… Continue reading Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

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Book Review: The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Title: The Garden Party and Other StoriesAuthor: Katherine MansfieldPublisher: Penguin English LibraryDate: 2002 (1922)Genre: Realism / Short storiesSummary: ‘They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it.’ A windless, warm day greets the Sheridan family on the day of their garden party. As daughter Laura takes the reins… Continue reading Book Review: The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

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20 Haunting Recommendations for Halloween

Halloween is coming up so I thought I’d recommend some spooky/scary/haunting books! Some of these are classics, so they’ll have links to free online editions, but some are newer books. The Monk by Matthew Lewis (1796) Set in a monastery in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of greed, power, and sexual obsession. It’s… Continue reading 20 Haunting Recommendations for Halloween

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Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Lottery and Other Stories Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2009 (1949) Genre: Horror / Classics / Short Stories Summary: In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson’s best-known story,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

Title: Dark Tales Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2017 (2013) Genre: Short Stories / Horror / Gothic Summary: There’s something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an… Continue reading Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 3)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 3)

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 2)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 2)

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 1)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 1)