Classic, Short Story, Fantasy-Horror-Gothic

The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story in the author’s quintessential style:  a melodramatic, macabre piece of horror and gothic fiction. Poe’s prose is eloquent and grandiose, and his ability to create a sense of foreboding and disquiet is brilliant. As in the majority of his work, Poe… Continue reading The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe

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History, Nonfiction, Survival Narratives

In the Heart of the Sea by Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea is a riveting study of the fortitude of the human spirit. A tale of endurance, perseverance, and resourcefulness, the story reads like a fictional adventure, but it is the recounting of the tragic true story that gave Herman Melville the inspiration for Moby Dick. In vivid detail,… Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea by Philbrick

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Spy Games

Transcription by Atkinson

When I began Kate Atkinson’s latest release, Transcription, I went into the read expecting a gripping thriller set against the backdrop of the Second World War and the jaded decade following it. Instead, the author has written a thought-provoking drama that is peppered with sinister intrigue but filled with linguistic and historical gems. The pacing… Continue reading Transcription by Atkinson

Classic, Fantasy-Horror-Gothic

Dracula by Stoker

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the foremost texts that helped found the modern vampire lore. A blend of gothic, horror, fantasy, and adventure, the tale is a study in desire and repression, history and modernity, superstition and science, and the classic struggle of good against evil. With an epigraphical preface that sets the story… Continue reading Dracula by Stoker

Documentary

Arctic Ghost Ship

Reviewed by Matt Berenguer The Public Broadcasting Service’s NOVA documentary, Arctic Ghost Ship, aired in September of 2015. The show details the culmination of a six year, five hundred plus square mile search led by Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists and the Arctic Research Foundation as the teams endeavor to solve a 170-year old mystery. The… Continue reading Arctic Ghost Ship

Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

Silence by Quinn

Anthony J. Quinn’s Silence is the third installment in the Inspector Celcius Daly series. The author’s talent for creating police procedurals that read with the disquieting lyricism of a work of literary fiction is on stunning display again with this tale. Daly is a taciturn, melancholy detective in Northern Ireland, and this mystery finds him… Continue reading Silence by Quinn

Classic, Modernist Literature, Southern Literature

Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! is a pivotal tome in classic American literature. The rich, complex narrative appears inaccessible to many modern readers, but the stream of consciousness style was the haute couture of the modernist era. Faulkner once again transports the reader to his famed—and fictional—Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, though unlike in his other works, he… Continue reading Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner