We Have Always Lived in the Castle: Shirley Jackson

“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.”

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Eight books to read for Halloween 2016

If you’re not a scary movie person, or if you’re too old to go trick or treating, then why not pass your Halloween with a spooky book? This is a list of eight frightening favourites (with a half a dozen bonuses included, just for value for money) from both the fiction and non-fiction shelves, appropriate to the 2016 holiday.

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