Relearning to Fear Vampires with Salem’s Lot

What do you feel when you encounter the word “vampire”? Do you experience an inexplicable primal fear? Or do you feel something different, filled with images of glittery attractive young people involved in political and romantic encounters with humans, werewolves, witches, etc., etc. etc.? Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is a throwback to the good old days when vampires were simpler and more terrifying. They come out at night and suck the life out of you–killing you or making you a

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A Short Journey Back to Elantris

Arcanun Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

The Hope of Elantris is the second story in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon Sanderson. The story takes place and contains major spoilers for the novel Elantris. You can also read the story for free on Brandon Sanderson’s official website. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads (which is a note from Sanderson himself): The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores

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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Arcanun Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor’s Soul is the first story in Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection.  It won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2011. The novella is set in the world of Elantris, the novel that introduced me to Brandon Sanderson and his writing. I’ve been craving for a new Elantris book for years, so I was really excited to read The Emperor’s Soul. Here is the novella’s synopsis from Goodreads: A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope

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An Ode to Stephen King’s Carrie

I used to hate reading books. This, despite my mom’s best efforts to get me into the habit during my elementary years. She bought me Roald Dahl’s children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia book set, among other books. She even bought me a bookshelf! But it was Stephen King’s Carrie that finally got me into reading. Thus, the clear divide in my history as a reader: before Carrie (B.C.) and after Carrie (A.C.).  I had few close friends in school

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