Saint Heron has opened a unique free libraryCatrina Painting, a skeleton in elaborate hat, with a Day of the Dead altar in front. Image by Marion Deeds Painting by Peter Perez featuring material from Black and Brown writers and poets.

Public Service Announcement: Dune the movie does not cover the complete novel, a fact that will not shock many of you. It opened last week, and reviews are in. CNBC quotes a couple of early reviews here. Richard Brody of the New Yorker  wants you to know that he really liked the David Lynch version. At Ars Technica, Sam Machkovech likes the new version and hates where it ends. Variety found it more coherent than the Lynch film, but gave it a failing grade in storytelling.

People may nitpick, but the film did well at the actual theater box office.

File 770 shared this Twitter thread about a disastrous project proposal aptly named Realms of Ruin. It included six YA authors, fanfiction, non-fungible tokens and cryptocurrency. What could possibly go wrong?

Publishers Weekly spotlights one of the west coast’s favorite bookstores, Powells, which is struggling to regain earnings and reputation after a brutal couple of years.

The Horror Writers Association has opened its enrollment for workshop scholarships connected with StokerCon.

Those of us who loved ABC’s low-budget, spooky gothic soap opera Dark Shadows may enjoy this website, Dark Shadows Every Day. It’s quite a labor of love—not only an episode by episode synopsis but tidbits about the show and the actors. (Thanks to my friend Jeff for introducing this to me.)

How about an archive of Victorian-era carnival funhouses and haunted houses?

This very short video gives a history of La Catrina, the skeletal female character who is a icon of El Dia de los Muertos.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.

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