Laurie Strode Is Back! Rue Morgue Magazine #183…

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Halloween. He’s Still Coming Home…

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise that launched her career and shares insights into the character who has been tied to Halloween’s iconic Boogeyman for 40 years. Plus! Halloween director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride rethink horror’s defining franchise and a new look at Michael Myers’ trademark “William Shatner” mask.

The wait is over, RUE MORGUE #183 Jul/Aug 2018 issue is finally here! In it, the First Lady of HALLOWEENJAMIE LEE CURTIS, talks to us about her return to the franchise that launched her career and shares insights into the character who has been tied to the film’s iconic Boogeyman for 40 years.

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Current Read: Naomi’s Room–A Terrifying Ghost Story by Jonathan Aycliffe…

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“In a howling…story of past and present-day hell, Jonathan Aycliffe’s haunting psychological masterpiece is guaranteed to make you sink.”

This one has been called “a psychological masterpiece” that lives up to it it’s brand.

Now, you can start reading this novel with me, right here at TSW! See the links at the end of this post to take you to Chapter 1 after which there is information about the book and its author. After each chapter you’ll find a link to the subsequent chapter.


Start Reading here:


Dr. Charles Hillenbrand had everything he wanted, a promising academic career, a passionate marriage and a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Naomi. Then on that one Christmas Eve, it all vanished. He and Naomi were walking through Dickins & Jones, a London department store, and Charles looked away for just an instant to examine a toy train…

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Current Read: An Exorcist Tells His Story by Father Gabriele Amorth

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A wealth of information about an often misunderstood, very important, even dangerous job…

While I usually shy away from a biased reading of any type on any topic–this seems fair enough: start here, at the Church’s perspective, since it invented the rite of exorcism, and it is the entity in charge of the official ritual; the when, where, and whether it is performed–and by whom. A mysterious and often frightening topic for many of us, I figured this one is worth the read. – SW

The book, left, and the DVD edition of the book, right.

From Amazon:

“In this powerful book, Father (Fr.) Gabriele Amorth–the Roman Catholic Church’s Chief Exorcist having performed hundreds of exorcisms over the years–tells of his many experiences doing battle with “Satan” to relieve the great suffering of people in the “grip of evil”. According to Fr. Amorth, the importance of…

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Current Read: The Ritual—A Creepy Horror Novel by Adam Nevill…Read This!!

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“This was never a place for a man to be….”

This one is really creeping me out. Lights are all on! Definitely worth your time!

Sweden, high up near the Arctic Circle, is dark with deep forests and glacier-cut valleys where some very unnatural things lurk…four old college buddies are about to find out why there are some places human beings just don’t belong.

Above, left: The Ritual has had a couple other covers (see below), but this one is my favorite; right: English author Adam Nevill.

“‘The little hands are human. Mummified. Stitched on.’ Hutch turned to Luke. In the illumination from Luke’s torch Hutch’s eyes shone. ‘Just as mad as hatters. Crosses on the walls downstairs and a bloody goat in the loft. A dead man’s hands sown on. Mixing metaphors. Lunacy. Swedish lunacy. It’s the darkness and the long nights. Send anyone mad.’”

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The Best Witch Books Ever: Part One—Here Are MY Faves…

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Here they are…my faves–well part of them, anyway (stay tuned for Parts Two and Three); and they’re not in any type of order. I purposely refrained from giving them any kind of rating–ratings are biased by nature; this way, you can judge for yourself.

To me, they just have to be scary (adult scary–although I am a big fan of Roald Dahl). If you were burned to death tied to a stake, you’d be scary, too.

I also enjoy an eerie old-fashioned gothic atmosphere, which can add a complexity if written well that doesn’t always need scares to be effective. (The scary part usually rules out YA and Teen fiction for me; if you know of one I’ve missed, please send me a note!) Other than that just give me thoughtful characterization and good prose.

“By the Pricking of my Thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

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“The Devil-Baby at Hull House”—A 1916 Essay by Jane Addams & Some Cool Links on the Story!

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CEDF499C-885B-4F2E-B381-0A636341499DChildren in line near the retaining wall at Hull House, Chicago, 1908 (Wikipedia).

The Devil-Baby at Hull House*

Jane Addams, 1916

First appeared in The Atlantic, October 1926.
*Selected by Joyce Carol Oates for The Best American Essays of the Century (Houghton Miflin, 2000).




The knowledge of the existence of the Devil Baby burst upon the residents of Hull-House one day when three Italian women, with an excited rush through the door, demanded that he be shown to them. No amount of denial convinced them that he was not there, for they knew exactly what he was like, with his cloven hoofs, his pointed ears and diminutive tail; moreover, the Devil Baby had been able to speak as soon as he was born and was most shockingly profane.

The three women were but the forerunners of a veritable multitude; for six weeks the streams of visitors from every…

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