Halloween 2016: Surreal Tales

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Autumn is a time of introspection… and ghost stories. This issue contains tales to raise the hair on the back of your neck, horrific true stories of insanity, and thought-provoking analysis on modern film. Grab a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and maybe a teddy bear as you read along — you’ll need it.

Inside this issue:

Gone Gothic: The Turn of the Screw, by Rachel Sexton

Facing Our Inner Demons: The Forest, by Charity Bishop

Ghost Stories, by Marianna Kaplun

A King’s Madness, by Scarlett Grant

Time Marches On: Great Expectations, by Carissa Horton

Consuming the Past: The Lone Ranger, by Racehel Kovaciny

A Touch of Bedlam, by Scarlett Grant

Vincent Price: Double Dare, by Caitlin Horton

The Strength of Stranger Things, by Carol Starkey

The Horror Was for Love: Crimson Peak, by Elora Shore

(Links will be added daily until we’re caught up.)

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Archer: Espionage Adult Animation At Its Finest

SEPT / OCT 2016: BY SCARLETT GRANT

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Have you ever wondered what James Bond would be like in real life? Meet Sterling Archer.

He is arrogant and sexist, an alcoholic and a womanizer. At the same time, he’s also considered the world’s most dangerous secret agent. However, the only reason why he works as a spy is because it enables him to a luxury life of fast cars, spy gadgets, world travel and sex. As you have probably guessed, he is also the protagonist of the adult animated comedy, Archer (2010 – Present). Continue reading Archer: Espionage Adult Animation At Its Finest

The Slave Who Spied For Freedom

SEPT / OCT 2016: BY ANNA GARIBAY

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The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

In the summer of 1781, heat and silence settled over the British camp. Most of the men were unused to Virginia’s heat, and weary from the prolonged war against an elusive American force. Lord Cornwallis, commander of over 7000 men, was no exception, and today he invited a few other officers to his tent to have a glass of wine and discuss strategy. Continue reading The Slave Who Spied For Freedom

The Maltese Falcon

SEPT / OCT 2016: BY SHANNON H.

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Detective stories are the things that makes us turn each and every page, scratch our heads, and, yes, even get us to think. Sometimes, it’s the obvious; sometimes it’s not who you expect. Likeable characters become villains and so-called villains turn out to be good guys. Whether it’s Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian detective drama, we always know to expect the unexpected. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett embodies the spirit of a good detective mystery that leaves the reader on the edge, anticipating the next big surprise along with a stunning 1941 film adaptation that defines the genre of film noir. Continue reading The Maltese Falcon

Trixie Belden

SEPT / OCT 2106: BY CAROL STARKEY

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I first read The Secret of the Mansion at eleven or twelve. My mom owned the Trixie Belden books from when she was a teenager, and they looked interesting. She had the first ten books and I flew through them. Later, a teacher had the rest of the series and I devoured them. I never reread the entire series, but I reread the ten at home many times. Continue reading Trixie Belden