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The Thin Man Drinking Gamenick-and-noraraincoasterNick and Nora

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:50:11 +0000

Apparently TCM is running The Thin Man, one of the truly great movies of the Thirties, featuring two of the truly greatest performances, those of William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. And also, since it was released just after Prohibition was lifted, featuring an awful lot of every possible kind of […](image)


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Christmas Ghost Stories: A Christmas Story, by SarbanHandout photo of a statue of a wolly mammoth can be seen as snow falls on Mammoth Mountain in CaliforniaraincoasterOh, you'll see why I chose this picture later.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:30:03 +0000

This, the last in our series, is THE Christmas Ghost Story. Sure, it’s just called “A Christmas Story” but that’s because, like the Olympic gold medalist who says, “I’m a student” when asked who she is, it’s just being humble. Trust me, this is THE Christmas story. And there aren’t even any sheep or any […](image)


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Christmas Ghost Stories: Bone to His Bone by E.G. Swainsnowy-graveyardraincoastersnowy-graveyard

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 07:36:30 +0000

One does love a good ecclesiastical Christmas ghost story, one does. At least, this one does. As previously mentioned in this series, I have absolutely no understanding of church jargon like “narthex” and “reredos” which I’m not even sure is plural or singular, so churchly stories take on the atmosphere of science fiction for me. […](image)


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Christmas Ghost Stories: The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance by M.R. JamesPunch and JudyraincoasterPunch and Judy from the Royal Museums

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 02:45:20 +0000

It’s not every author who gets two kicks at the can in our advent collection of Christmas Ghost Stories, but M.R. James is a special case. Indeed, he, more even than Dickens, popularized the phenomenon of the Christmas ghost story, and he wrote some real creepers, as we’ve seen from the previously-featured Stalls of Barchester […](image)


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Christmas Ghost Stories: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall, by John Kendrick Bangswater-ghostraincoasterFace in the Water by ParaSci

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:55:27 +0000

It’s about time we had a Christmas ghost story with a little decent sexual tension and a few snarky one-liners! This latest in our series, The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall, is probably the first one I ever read (including A Christmas Carol), having somehow bullied its way into a Scholastic anthology of seasonal cheer […](image)


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