Stories for a Spooky Night

I hope I will see some of you this evening at 6:00PM at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square for a conversation I’ll be leading about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, just out from Houghton Mifflin. Sponsored by the Harvard Book Store, the panel includes Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo. Unfortunately, neither […]

>I guess Dakota Fanning would be too obvious a choice

>for Alice, but Greenwillow reports news of casting choices for the movie version of The Last Apprentice, one of my favorite scary books.  Jeff Bridges as the Spook, huh. Saw him last night in True Grit, a movie that seemed to me compelling but not involving.

>"Now we had both done what we both swore we’d never do."

>Simon & Schuster has reissued V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind in an omnibus edition that screams “if you liked Twilight . . .” But oh how it brings me back. I began my career as a library journalist with Flowers in the Attic. SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt […]

>A question for the pop culture critics

>I’ve just started listening to an audiobook edition of Jane Eyre narrated by Juliet Stevenson. (Did anyone see her recent PBS Mystery turn? It was great.) Stevenson is terrific, but hearing the spooky scene in the Red Room makes me wonder if Stephen King has ever credited it as inspiration for the “Redrum” motif in […]

>Can I buy an umlaut?

>I love it when my second-favorite magazine meets the interests of my first: “The young miller is naive, vulnerable and over-enthusiastic, with a poetic imagination, but not psychotic! As to the cycle’s ending, his death in the brook makes me think of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials. Pullman imagines death as a dispersal […]

Two Scary Stories

Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode) writes in the Boston Globe about a scared-silly principal, who apparently isn’t down with her homonym. And Jon Scieszka leads off the Library of Congress’s Exquisite Corpse adventure. (Thanks to Leila for the tip.) I’m not sureI am down with the LC reading software but my eyes are old.

>Flunk reading, do not go directly to jail.

>Apparently some politicos are fond of spouting a factoid (please note correct usage, book reviewers everywhere) that links third-grade reading scores to the formulas states use to estimate their future requirements for prison beds. Not so. No word yet whether or not Baby Einstein foretells a playdate with Old Sparky.

>Futures trading for writers

>While I keep hearing about books about zombies, what I keep seeing are books about post-apocalyptic survival. Which makes me wonder if there’s less of a future in e-books than people are saying. I got a reminder of simpler terrors this morning on the subway, where I was listening to the new audio edition of […]