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The Watcher by the Threshold and Other Tales
Although John Buchan (1875-1940) is best known for his spy novel, "The Thirty-Nine Steps," he was also esteemed for his short stories, many of them with supernatural themes. However, casual fans of such …
reviewed Tonic Studios 605 Border Punch System. December 02, 2010
Tonic Studios 605 Border Punch System
I have a Tonic Studios Border Punch System with nine interchangeable punches, but I find it very difficult to line up my paper so that each punched-out element is aligned properly with the previous element. …
Scottish Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Mystery &
Throughout its history, the story of Scotland has been interwoven with tales of the paranormal: Highlanders who 'see' the funeral procession of someone not yet dead; the ghostly reenactments of bloody …
The 1938 Hurricane Along New England's Coast
Powerful hurricanes are infrequent visitors to New England, but 'The Long Island Express' not only paid a visit---it dropped in unannounced on September 21, 1938 just as many summer residents were on …
reviewed DRG Publications Dynamic Resource Pub.... November 19, 2010
DRG Publications Dynamic Resource Publishing Paper
This book is an absolute hoot. Among the more than 45 projects by this HGTV `Queen of Crafting' are greeting cards made from toilet paper. Okay, partially made from toilet paper (see "Molded Tissue Cards")--and …
Originals: Handcrafted Cards Made Easy
This is absolutely the best-organized greeting-card craft book I've yet to read, and I've probably read over a hundred of them, if I count books on specialized paper crafts such as quilling and paper …
reviewed Cuisinart DLC-839A detachable stem.. November 12, 2010
Cuisinart DLC-839A detachable stem.
This detachable stem for the Cuisinart food processor may look kind of fiddly, but mine has lasted longer than the bowl and the bowl cover. A little metal ring finally rusted and fell out, after at least …
In Ghostly Company (Mystery & Supernatural)
The thirteen supernatural stories in this book were written by someone who obviously didn't have to earn his living as an author. I found them rather effete, i.e. "having lost character, vitality, or …
Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of
"There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months. Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still …
reviewed I Shall Wear Midnight. October 26, 2010
I Shall Wear Midnight
Terry Pratchett is able to take the most unpromising characters--in the case of "I Shall Wear Midnight, it is a pregnant-out-of-wedlock 14-year-old--and give them dignity, originality, and sometimes even …
Country Plumbing: Living With a Septic System
We are currently living with a septic system, and I thought it was about time I learned something about them. This book is perfect for my needs: it is short, very informative, and even hilarious at times. …
Michigan Turtles and Lizards: A Field Guide and
"Michigan Turtles and Lizards" is a companion volume to "Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders," and "Michigan Snakes." There are 10 turtle and 2 lizard (excluding snakes) species that live in our state, …
Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference (Extension Bulletin)
Michigan is not a state that is well-known for its amphibians, but we do have an abundance of frogs, and a lesser number of toads and salamanders.    "Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders" …
reviewed Interred With Their Bones. October 12, 2010
Interred With Their Bones
There are many historians who were (and are) reluctant to believe that works of genius can be produced by a person of relatively humble birth, especially one who does not possess a university degree. …
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That
Although I have been interested in Paleolithic humans for a long time, "The Seven Daughters of Eve' is the first book that fit all of the different archeological sites and scientific discoveries together …
reviewed Card Paper Pads 2.5 Inch X3.5 Inch -C.... October 08, 2010
Card Paper Pads 2.5 Inch X3.5 Inch -Christmas
Most of these 2.5 x 3.5" cards are Victorian-themed with children, Santas, and snowmen predominating. A few are plaids or multiple snowflakes that look like they could have been cut out of a piece of …
reviewed A Matter of Magic. October 08, 2010
A Matter of Magic
"A Matter of Magic" is a reissue of Patricia Wrede's two Regency fantasies: "Mairelon the Magician" and "The Magician's Apprentice."    It's getting so I can't read a Regency novel …
Interred With Their Bones - A Novel
There are many historians who were (and are) reluctant to believe that works of genius can be produced by a person of relatively humble birth, especially one who does not possess a university degree. …
All Saints Eve (Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of
Fans of Elizabeth Peters' "Amelia Peabody Emerson" books might be interested to know that her Egyptologist-heroine was partly inspired by Amelia Edwards, a Victorian novelist, travel writer, and Egyptologist, …
The Crimson Blind and Other Ghost Stories
The sixteen supernatural stories in this book are workmanlike without any spectacular standouts. The best story, "The Death Mask" is grimly humorous, and has been anthologized elsewhere. I haven't been …
Tedious Brief Tales of Granta and Gramarye
Arthur Gray (1852 - 1940) was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1912 - 1940, and the ten stories in "Tedious Brief Tales of Granta and Gramarye"(1919) are (for the most part) set in this venerable …
Ancient Haunts: The Stoneground Ghost Tales /
Coachwhip Publications is to be commended on reissuing these two collections of hard-to-find supernatural tales. I only wish there had been an introduction describing the two authors, and their connections …
The Shadow on the Blind and Other Stories
The seventeen supernatural stories in this book are just above pulp-grade Victorian fiction. I enjoyed them, but this wouldn't be the first book of ghost stories I'd recommend. The authors tend to telegraph …
Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of
This collection of 14 supernatural stories was first published in 1948, many of them tales from the British working class: hauntings in a steel mill and a lead mine; a doomed railway line and an automobile …
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for
When people in one of Africa's most malarious regions were asked for their top three wishes, they requested a bicycle, a radio, and a plastic bucket. To them, malaria is something they live with, rather …
Some Things Strange and Sinister
Editor Joan Kahn has some choice supernatural nuggets in "Some Things Strange and Sinister." Strange and sinister indeed is the boy who collects Lepidoptera and who is finally himself collected. Then …
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth
"The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories" is an anthology of 19 oft-collected ghost stories--Michael Newton's selection of what he considers to be the cream of the crop from Elizabeth Gaskell's "The Old Nurse's …
reviewed Nine ghosts,. September 01, 2010
Nine ghosts,
The stories in "Nine Ghosts" were written at irregular intervals between the years 1909 and 1942. R.H. Malden was one of M.R. James' earliest followers, and was his friend for 30 years. Although most …
reviewed Unholy Relics. August 30, 2010
Unholy Relics
This book is awful in just about every sense of the word. The stories are narrated by a couple of misogynistic 'antiquarians' who keep house together and don't have to work for a living. They pursue various …
Kent State University Press issued this 723-page comprehensive survey of supernatural fiction in 1983. Here is the blurb on the title page: "A full description of 1,775 books from 1750 to 1960, …
reviewed Couching at the Door. August 26, 2010
couching at the door
Dorothy Kathleen Broster (1877-1950), the author of this short story collection, was a popular British novelist and short-story writer. She was educated at Oxford, and served as a Red Cross nurse during …
Couching at the Door (Wordsworth Mystery &
Dorothy Kathleen Broster (1877-1950), the author of this short story collection, was a popular British novelist and short-story writer. She was educated at Oxford, and served as a Red Cross nurse during …
The Guide to Supernatural Fiction
Kent State University Press issued this 723-page comprehensive survey of supernatural fiction in 1983. Here is the blurb on the title page: "A full description of 1,775 books from 1750 to 1960, including …
reviewed Dr. G: Medical Examiner. August 23, 2010
Dr. G: Medical Examiner
I've always enjoyed reading books about medical detectives, e.g. "The Family That Couldn't Sleep" by D.T. Max and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sacks.  …
cover of the 1977 hardbound edition
Potential readers should know that author, Julia Briggs has a very Freudian view of the ghost story.  The Viennese psychoanalyst is more in evidence than many of my favorite English supernatural …
reviewed the alabaster hand. August 22, 2010
cover from the 1963 Four Square paperback
A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer) Munby (1913-1974) was in the antiquarian book trade prior to World War II.  He wrote "The Alabaster Hand" (his most famous work) while a prisoner-of-war from …
reviewed dark encounters. August 22, 2010
Dark Encounters cover 1963
William Croft Dickinson (1897-1963) was a professor of Scottish history at Edinburgh University, and wrote his ghost stories in the manner of M. R. James.  However most of Dickinson's stories …
Dark Encounters: Ghost Stories
William Croft Dickinson (1897-1963) was a professor of Scottish history at Edinburgh University, and wrote his ghost stories in the manner of M. R. James. However most of Dickinson's stories were based …
reviewed The Alabaster Hand. August 22, 2010
The Alabaster Hand
A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer) Munby (1913-1974) was in the antiquarian book trade prior to World War II. He wrote "The Alabaster Hand" (his most famous work) while a prisoner-of-war from 1943 - 1945. After …
Night Visitors: Rise and Fall of the English Ghost
Potential readers should know that this author has a very Freudian view of the ghost story. The Viennese psychoanalyst is more in evidence than many of my favorite English supernatural authors, including …
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