It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Language presents puzzling paradoxes. A statement like, “It’s raining” is, in many ways, totally inadequate. Rain covers everything from a short shower to storms so strong they change people’s lives forever. The simple noun belies a broad breadth of weather with the simple common denominator of precipitation. Not surprisingly, English has an almost endless array […]

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The Man Whom the Trees Loved

“And, with the dark, the Forest came up boldly and pressed against the very walls and windows, peering in upon them, joining hands above the slates and chimneys.” – “The Man Whom the Trees Loved” by Algernon Blackwood I love the woods – always have. Though I don’t want to be confused with the creepy […]

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Well-Oiled Hinges

“The agent kicked aside some garbage with his shoe and, after a quick look around, stepped up to a solid oak door set into deep shadow beneath the porte-cochère. It seemed to Nora as if Pendergast merely caressed the lock; and then the door opened silently on well-oiled hinges.             They stepped quickly inside. Pendergast […]

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Cold Spots

“There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart” – The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe It is a staple of horror stories and movies for the unwitting protagonist to feel an eerie chill that foreshadows a spooky threat to come. In ghost-hunting shows, investigators often have some […]

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AMONG THE CHIMNEY TOPS

“A cheyer byfore the chemné, ther charcoal brenned, was graythed for Sir Gawan”[1] Writers have long understood how palpable the image of the fireside is. Who doesn’t love the feeling of sitting down in front of a hot fire on a cold night after a long day? Arguably, the appeal of these specific circumstances is […]

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