7 April-Born Authors to Read This Month

7 April-Born Authors to Read This Month

April is the month of warmer weather, budding flowers, and April showers. More importantly, it’s also the birth month of numerous influential authors. As readers, we tend to stick to the genres we feel most comfortable reading. But now that many of us are social-distancing at home, we have an abundance of time on our hands, which is all the more reason to check out some of these works–even if you wouldn’t normally pick them off a shelf. Ranging from rich fantasy to 18th century settings, these books will transport you to a different time–and maybe even a different world.  …

5 Ghost Stories to Read on Christmas Eve

5 Ghost Stories to Read on Christmas Eve

Though we might not readily associate ghost stories with Christmas Eve and winter celebrations, it was actually a very common practice to tell scary tales during the 19th century and even earlier on than that. For a number of reasons, some of which can be cited back to Puritan ancestry, this story telling tradition fell out of practice in America. I, however, am a horror story buff, and I will look for any excuse to spin a scary yarn with friends and family.   Here are five ghost stories to read on Christmas Eve.     1. A Christmas Carol   …

‘The Turn of the Screw’ Movie Has a Creepy-Crawly Trailer

‘The Turn of the Screw’ Movie Has a Creepy-Crawly Trailer

The Turn of the Screw is a horror novella written by Henry James way back when in 1898 (a very good year for spooks). Today, a trailer for a film based on James’ work has been released, and fans can look forward to some good, old fashioned, spider-based scares.   Image via Amazon   On top of this, The Turning, as the movie is short-handedly titled, boasts an excellent cast. Mackenzie Davis, best known for her lead role in Black Mirror‘s “San Junipero,” plays a nanny looking after two young children who find themselves living in their uncle’s country home after the …

‘The Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti Returns for Another ‘Haunting’

‘The Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti Returns for Another ‘Haunting’

Victoria Pedretti, who made her first major on-screen role in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House will return for a second season titled The Haunting of Bly Manor. Netflix is continuing their anthology series, which kicked off with a bang with The Haunting of Hill House, which adapted Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. The second season, The Haunting of Bly Manor, will take on Henry James’ novel, The Turn of the Screw. The novel features the story of a governess, who is coming to care for two children, but it turns out that some supernatural forces have a hold over them. …

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

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In the wake of Darwinism, the world was left with one loaded question: what does this discovery say about God and the afterlife? This search for meaning helped to spawn the Victorian Era obsession with the supernatural, a movement that sought the answers to life’s big questions- by any means necessary. Seances, astral projection, and psychic readings caught the interest of the era’s intellectuals, including some of your favorite authors.   1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   As it turns out, the author and creator of famous detective Sherlock Holmes was supernaturally gifted. Doyle was a devotee of the Spiritualist movement, a widespread …