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ME THEN: I’ve always loved books. You can thank my Nan for that. A day out with her would involve going to the local library where everyone knew her name and always had the newest book saved under the counter for her, and we’d emerge an hour later with a stack as tall as me. […]

THE GRAVEDIGGER

Bram (12) always has a half-baked scheme up his sleeve. He lives on an island in the North Sea where, in the sprawling underbelly of catacombs, his family tour business breathes life into tragic ghost stories. But business is dwindling. Tourists barely disguise rolled eyes and pitiful smirks, leaving damning reviews in their wake. Worse […]

2021: IN BOOKS

66 books read this year! I was lucky enough to stumble upon some real gems: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle; Mexican Gothic; The Night Gardener (to name a few!). I revisited some old friends: Shadow of the Wind; The Shining; The Haunting of Hill House. And I finally read a few ‘books I should’ve […]

Five Middle-Grade Books… Gothic

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and […]

Fall Writing Frenzy 2021

The Challenge Pick one of the Fall images (provided) and write a 200-word max piece inspired by that picture. My Entry: BAD APPLES (158 words) Three stinky children reeking of candyfloss and syrup stole into my garden one day, and with their grubby little hands plucked three of my ruby Red Deliciouses. Their eyes danced […]

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