Golden Ages of Horror: Reading Elizabeth

About two years ago, I discovered Valancourt Books, which reissues out-of-print horror, generally from the 1970s and early 1980s, in really attractive slim trade paperbacks. My latest read from them was Elizabeth by Ken Greenhall (originally published under the pseudonym Jessica Hamilton). What a disturbing little book about a 14-year-girl who seems to be a complete sociopath … Continue reading Golden Ages of Horror: Reading Elizabeth


Happy birthday, Mary Shelley and Frankenstein!

This year is the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, and today is also Mary Shelley's birthday. So let's celebrate this great novel and author with ten facts about Frankenstein.  Mary Shelley's lover (later husband), the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, was friends with the poet Lord Byron (who both were not nearly as badass … Continue reading Happy birthday, Mary Shelley and Frankenstein!

Very useful words: Cavil

I'm starting a new occasional feature where I highlight words I've recently spotted in the wild that are useful to know. Today's word is cavil. Cavil (caviling, caviler), a verb, means "to complain about things that are not important" or "to raise trivial and frivolous objections." Synonyms: carp, quibble, fuss, niggle, nitpick. Cavil is a very useful word because … Continue reading Very useful words: Cavil