What To Read In 2014


I’m hoping to keep track of what I’ve read again this year but first I’ve been making a list of some of the books I’ve got and haven’t read yet. These will probably make up my 2014 reading list but it’s subject to change. Here’s my to read list so far:

  1. House Of Echoes by Barbara Erskine
  2. The Chemickal Marriage by G.W Dahlquist
  3. The Man In The Picture by Susan Hill
  4. The Mist In The Mirror by Susan Hill
  5. The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell
  6. The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell
  7. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
  8. The House By The Church-Yard by J.S Le Fanu
  9. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
  10. The Woman In White By Wilkie Collins
  11. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  12. The Uninhabited House by Charlotte Riddell (J.H Riddell)
  13. Ghostly Tales Volume 3 by J.S Le Fanu
  14. Ghostly Tales Volume 4 by J.S Le Fanu
  15. Ghostly Tales Volume 5 by J.S Le Fanu
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Five Fascinating Facts about Edgar Allan Poe


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1. He was the first person to use the term ‘short story’. At least, Poe’s use of the term is the earliest that has yet been uncovered, from 1840 – nearly 40 years earlier than the current OED citation from 1877. This is fitting, given that Poe was a pioneer of the short story form. (We’ve offered our pick of Poe’s best stories here.) Poe wrote ‘I have written five-and-twenty short stories whose general character may be so briefly defined’ in his preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. This fact was discovered by Martin Greenup – see his ‘Poe and the First Use of the Term “Short Story”‘, Notes and Queries, 60.2 (2013), 251-254.

Poe12. Poe carried on writing even after he’d died. At least, if you believe the rather outlandish claim of Lizzie Doten, the psychic medium whose 1863 book, Poems from the Inner Life, included…

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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Writing


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Here are ten of our favourite quotes about writing, from those who should probably know the most about it – writers themselves. Some of them are witty quotes, others profound, some a mixture. We hope you enjoy them.

‘Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.’

– Neil Gaiman

‘God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good.’

– W. H. Auden

‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’

– Thomas Mann

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‘Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.’

– Cyril Connolly

‘The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is that he’s given the…

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Captain Quasar


Do you remember a few months back I posted about an independent sci-fi film called Captain Quasar? Well for anyone interested it makes its YouTube debut today. You can watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHd8q-M0L6E. Why not check it out and let them know what you think?

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