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A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay Book Review

Other jackasses have tried to argue that it’s John Barrett, not Marjorie Barrett, who becomes The Possession ’s true tragic figure, and that the show is really about his descent into madness, his being possessed by the ugliness of hatred and zealotry. His daughter’s illness, his family’s dysfunction, his unemployed status, and his beloved Catholic church abandoning him post-exorcism, are the aforementioned catalysts to his own psychotic break (see the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and their breakdown of the four types of men who kill their families), and blah, blah, blah. Fuck that bullshit.

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Vanishing Girls Book Review

Here comes yet another psychological thriller from Lauren Olivier (author of Before I Fall). The story revolves around two sisters who have survived a tragic car accident and are trying to get their lives in order in the aftermath.
Then Dara (the younger sister) vanishes on her birthday and Nick (the older sister) thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

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Poetry

One Sister Have I In Our House By Emily Dickinson

One Sister have I in our house,
And one, a hedge away.
There’s only one recorded,
But both belong to me.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Book Review

Since it’s still a haunting month, I decided to pick up the next book by Shirley Jackson after The LotterySummer People and Haunting of Hill House  and as it happens when you start reading too much of the same author, an image emerges. A lonely person, isolated, unsure, well read but afraid of people.

jackson_shirley.jpgI’ve read somewhere that Shirley Jackson was suffering from severe agoraphobia and she rarely left her house. She came out with a new horror story every now and then and her style definitely showed her condition.

Agoraphobia (literally: “fear of the marketplace”) is an anxiety disorder associated with a fear of open spaces. But really it’s more complicated than that. In particular, sufferers may be afraid of public spaces like shopping malls, airports and, in extreme cases, even simply leaving the house. Any place where escape might be difficult or help is not easily at hand if things go wrong could be a problem environment.

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Poetry

The Sisters (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Look how the same possibilities
unfold in their opposite demeanors,
as though one saw different ages
passing through two identical rooms.

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Each thinks that she props up the other,
while resting wearily on her support;
and they can’t make use of one another,
for they cause blood to rest on blood,

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when as in the former times they softly touch
and try, along the tree-lined walks,
to feel themselves conducted and to lead;
ah, the ways they go are not the same.

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