Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Thursday, July 2, 2020

FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER


TWO CENTURIES OF FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER - Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, the novel, was anonymously published by Mary Shelley in 1818.  Her name appeared in the second edition. Two years earlier 18 year old Mary rented a Swiss villa, along with her husband, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Their guests included: Lord Byron, also a poet, and his mistress/ Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont. John William Polidori, author of The Vampyre and vampire fiction pioneer, also joined them. They summered on Lake Geneva taking the boat out on the water, discussing ideas, writing stories, and telling ghost stories late into the night. Long spells of incessant rain kept the guests captive inside the villa. Lord Byron encouraged them to write a ghost story. That evening was particularly restless, and the young wife couldn’t sleep. Mary was visited by a reanimated corpse, in a waking dream, a creature so compelling she put him in writing. The byline refers to Prometheus, a mythological creature, who formed humans from clay, which provided them with fire. In Shelley's Gothic science fiction/ horror story, scientist Victor Frankenstein creates an unnamed monster from pieced together collected cadavers. Henceforth referred to as Frankenstein’s Monster, a hideous abomination. When he can’t socialize in human society, he exacts his due from Dr. Frankenstein, leaving the reader unsure who to root for. Just because he’s different, he is chased by villagers carrying flaming pitchforks. Hammer Horror produced 7 films with the character, but the best studio to film the role was Universal Pictures.  Don’t miss the 1931 pre-code version, starring Boris Karloff. His look is what comes to any reader’s mind, recalling the name Frankenstein. I credit Shelley with the creation of Gothic horror, and for its influence on speculative fiction to this day. She preceded Edgar Allen Poe (The Black Cat, 1843) by two decades. John William Polidori (The Vampyre,  1819) is said to have inspired Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla, 1872), who in turn inspired Bram Stoker (Dracula, 1897).  The stories written by these men, forebearers of genre, moved into a space created by an 18-year-old girl named Mary.





Friday, June 26, 2020

The Ninth Skeleton by Clark Ashton Smith MP3


PseudoPod 331: The Ninth Skeleton - PseudoPod

The Ninth Skeleton by Clark Ashton Smith It was beneath the immaculate blue of a morning in April that I set out to keep my appointment with Guenevere. We had agreed to meet on Boulder Ridge, at a spot well known to both of us, a small and circular field surrounded with pines and full [...]

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sponsor Me in the Clarion West Write-a-thon

Chad Schimke

Writing Sample stood on the cliff at the edge of her continent. Her gown flapped in the gentle breeze, air brushing her feet and legs. The Niharan sun hung low on the waterline, a rim of churning water, against a darkening blue sky. She inhaled the salty air through her nose, filling her lungs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

COOKING WITH RODENTS BY NANCY ETCHEMENDY


COOKING WITH RODENTS BY NANCY ETCHEMENDY - I’ve read lots of short stories, and this isn’t like most of them. The preposterous absurdities deepen and compound, in the best possible way. Written in form of a cookbook, this author whips up a delightful dish. It’s a fresh, one-of-a-kind take on what it takes to kept yourself fed, after the apocalypse. ‘Cooking with Rodents’ by Nancy Etchemendy was originally published in Rat Tales anthology in 1994. Check out Nancy’s website: https://www.etchemendy.com/

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (2010)

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (2010)
Cast out by his people, a Shin man is sent to murder the king of one of the world's most powerful nations. He possesses magic such as Honorblade, used to cut anything, and Surgebinding, that renders him able to bind things together.
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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS



THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - Hannibal and Clarice become clinician and client, parent and child, despised and cherished, never ceasing a game of cat and mouse. The serial killer sizes up the detective’s fancy bag and inexpensive shoes, her West Virginia accent, and her spunky determination. Both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins won Academy Awards for their roles in the 1991 film. Only the third in history to win the “big five” in a clean sweep. The Silence of the Lambs was directed by Jonathan Demme, based on the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris. It features an sweeping albeit discordant overture composed by Howard Shore.












Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Ninth Skeleton by Clark Ashton Smith full text

The Ninth Skeleton

It was beneath the immaculate blue of a morning in April that I set out to keep my appointment with Guenevere. We had agreed to meet on Boulder Ridge, at a spot well known to both of us, a small and circular field surrounded with pines and full of large stones, midway between her parents' home at Newcastle and my cabin on the north-eastern extremity of the Ridge, near Auburn.

Friday, May 22, 2020

REVIEW OF THE MERCHANDISER BY JASON


Review of The Merchandiser by jason - "A cross between The Twilight Zone and Stephen King, The Merchandiser will creep you out and make you a little sad all at the same time."




Saturday, May 16, 2020

ROAD KILL BY JEFF SEEMAN


Road Kill by Jeff Seeman - A startling burst of static on a CB radio. A quiet diner on a dark lonely highway. A walk-in refrigerator, filled with severed body parts on hooks.  A recording of “I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline plays on, in the background. A police radio crackles and the officer speaks: “I found another dead driver, along Dead Man’s Curve. Looks like the ghost took a new one.” ‘Road Kill’, along with many others in Tales for the Camp Fire, is a second time reprint, first appearing in the 2015 anthology 18 Wheels of Horror.

Tales for the Camp Fire, published by Tomes & Coffee Press, has now reached the first anniversary of its e-book launch. On release day, it rose to #3 in Amazon's Best Sellers in Horror Anthologies. The print paperback was unveiled at the Bay Area Book Festival and immediately sold out 100 print books.

Check out Jeff Seeman’s newest anthology, What Monsters do for Love:




Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (1993)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (1993)
In the Seven Kingdoms, Ned Stark executes a deserter who fled from the Wall. Meanwhile, the bastard Jon Snow joins the Night's Watch. And Daenerys Targaryen becomes betrothed to a Dothraki warlord.
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

REVIEW OF MIDWINTER BY MICK DUBOIS



Review of midwinter by Mick Dubois – “Short story about the bronze age origins of Christmas. Could very well serve as prologue of a larger work. Very well written and an enjoyable read.”




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

FABLE OF THE BOX BY ERIC ESSER


FABLE OF THE BOX BY ERIC ESSER - A witch’s daughter begs her mother to place the dead family dog in a magic box. But this isn’t any ordinary magic box. Place something dead inside to make it come back to life, but only for one day. The following day was the best one of her life. Her reborn dog showered her, and her little brother, with love and affection. But after a couple more goes, things change. That leads to an argument. The daughter punishes her brother, by daring him to spend the night in the box. ‘Fable of the Box’ was previously published in Awkward Robots Anthology: The Orange Volume in 2015. Part folk horror, part fairytale, part tall tale with a sprinkle of sorcery. There are many surprises, packed into a minimum of lines. 

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