Category Horror

The Hiding Place by C. J. Tudor

Thrillers have always been one of my favourite genres, but there was a time I was completely taken aback by the “girl” in the title trend. As much as I liked Gone Girl and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I didn’t like any of the “girls” that came after them, so by the time […]

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom is a short story Sylvia Plath wrote in 1952 while she was still a twenty-year-old student at Smith College. Plath wrote it for Mademoiselle magazine, but when they rejected the story, she revised it by changing its name to Marcia Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, making it less ominous, […]

The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf

The Black Spider written in 1842 is a short novella set in a remote Swiss village. On a summer Sunday, the villagers gather to celebrate a baptism at a lovely farmhouse. During the feast (the child is the firstborn son, so food doesn’t stop coming!), one of the villagers wants to know the story behind […]