Great Documentary About M.R. James From “Sherlock” Star/Creator

Writer/actor Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock, League of Gentlemen) writes and hosts this fine documentary on the greatest ghost story writer of them all: medievalist and Biblical scholar Montague Rhodes James. Special treats include locations from James stories (such as St Bertrand de Comminges, stuffed crocodile and all), a passing shot of a tombstone for “Mrs [Read More...]

Lost Sherlock Holmes Film Discovered

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A long lost silent film starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes has been discovered and will premier at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The find, made a few weeks ago at the Cinémathèque Française, is one of the most important discoveries in both Holmesiana and silent film that I can recall. The film marks the only [Read More...]

Minecraft: Game of Thrones

A group of gamers working on the WesterosCraft project have recreated the lands of Game of Thrones in Minecraft, and the results are … well, look for yourself. I’m blown away: [Read more...]

Best Writing Advice Ever

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Rest in peace, Dutch. Some of his other tips: 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. 4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely. 5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than [Read More...]

Barbara Mertz (aka Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters) Passes Away

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The great author Dr. Barabara Mertz died this morning in her Maryland home. She was 85. Barbara was an Egyptologist by training (and wrote two good books on the subject), but found her fame as a writer of best-selling thrillers (under the name of Barbara Michaels) and mysteries (as Elizabeth Peters). If you’re counting, that’s [Read More...]

Stoker at 165

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There is some debate about what is truly the first horror, Gothic, or vampire novel, but there’s no debate at all about the most important: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Vampires have become so ubiquitous and cliched that it’s difficult to read Stoker’s tale with a mind unsullied by Buffy or sparkling or other nonsense. It [Read More...]

The Hobbit Retold in a Single Picture

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Brandon Vogt, of the Thin Veil and The Church and New Media fame, posted this one, and I love it. The art style reminds me of Tolkien’s own art. This art was posted by “madbatter” on his DeviantArt page. And don’t forget to check out Brandon’s Africa eBook project.   [Read more...]

What, No Hyboria?

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Conan will not be pleased. Shamelessly stolen from Mark Shea. [Read more...]


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