“The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” This week I chose to read “The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft for Short Stories on Wednesdays, hosted by Breadcrumb Reads. I had been working my way through a collection of Lovecraft’s stories during the R.I.P. Challenge,Read more

“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

Up until this point, I’ve generally been against participating in blog memes.  However, Breadcrumb Reads hosts a Short Stories on Wednesdays meme that I’ve decided will be the exception, as short stories are a very underrated form of writing.  For this week, I’ve chosen The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (see link for full text ofRead more

“Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders” by Neil Gaiman

Over the past two months, I’ve been participating in a groupread of Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things,” as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  For those of you who haven’t been following along, this is a spoiler-free review of the book. This book was the first timeRead more

Fragile Things Groupread, Part 6

Welcome to the next installment of the readalong Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things,” hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. The image to the left is the cover from a French edition of “Fragile Things.”  I’m a fan of the butterflies. From this point forward, there mayRead more

H. P. Lovecraft – Stories, Part 1

  I’ve been meaning to read H. P. Lovecraft for some time, as I’ve heard really good things about his writing, particularly his Cthulhu mythos.  The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, provided a good excuse, so I picked up an anthology of short stories from the library.  I’ll tryRead more

Fragile Things Groupread, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of the “Fragile Things” groupread, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The Groupread is also a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. This week’s discussion will focus on the next four stories in the collection.  From this point forward, there may be spoilers. Going Wodwo This is another ofRead more

Fragile Things Groupread, Part 2

Welcome to week two of the Fragile Things Groupread, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The Groupread is also a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, in which readers and bloggers share their thoughts on spooky stories. As with last week, there are no set discussion questions, so I’ll just talk a bitRead more

Fragile Things Groupread, Part 1

I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s short story collection “Fragile Things” as part of a group read hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The book is also a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. Unlike other group reads that I’ve done, this time we’re not using set discussion questions.  Each week, we’ll be reading fourRead more

“The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov

  Today I’d like to talk about the short story “The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov, which can be found full text here.  While Chekhov is most famous for his plays, his short stories remain among the classics of Russian literature, and “the Lady With the Dog” has been the subject of numerousRead more

“The Nose” by Gogol

“The Nose” is a short story by Nikolai Gogol, and is one of the first examples of surrealism in literature.  It was written in the 1830s, so it’s about a hundred years before surrealism became common.  For anyone who is interested in reading it, it can be found here full text in English. The storyRead more