Monday With Mary Shelly


One of my favourite writers in the field of the Gothic Fiction,Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, later known as Mary Shelley was born this August in 1797.  I had planned to do this piece on the 30th as that would have been the anniversary of her birth but felt it would not fit well with the Weekend Funny Challenge. As…

Kushiel’s Legacy – Jacqueline Carey


The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land beautiful and its people welcoming and it was here that Elu and those angels who came from heaven to walk with him made their home in ages past.  The ensuing race, the D’Angelines, that…

Happy Birthday Charlotte Bronte


Writer Charlotte Brontë was born on this day, April 21, 1816, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England.  She was supposedly the most outspoken and ambitious of the Brontës, which was unusual for a woman of her time and background. In fact Charlotte was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt…

The Man Who Gave Us Dracula


On this day in 1912,  Bram Stoker  died at No. 26 St George’s Square, London. He was cremated, and his ashes placed in a display urn at Golders Green Crematorium.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook…

Trip Down Memory Lane


Some memories you wish you could banish forever and others are so wonderful that the idea of encasing them in amber seems the most fitting tribute.  Sadly we too often concentrate on those memories that cause us pain which is why when I saw the I Challenge You writing prompt for Nostalgia I was immediately…