I’m currently working on a top secret, wonderful project and was deep into some research when something quite odd happened… I stumbled upon an obscure article referencing New Zealand’s first Gothic Novel ‘The Ice Station’, written in 1912 by Violet D’Ath.
The storyline sounded so good I immediately decided to find a copy and read it. But it wasn’t that easy, as you can probably tell by my title.
Continue reading “The Odd Disappearance of Violet D’Ath and New Zealand’s First Gothic Novel”
What’s the first nightmare you ever remember having? The first time you woke in a cold sweat, pulling your covers up to your nose and staring around your dark bedroom, completely terrified? This was mine…
The Mr. Tickle nightmare came out of nowhere when I was about four years old, but looking back at the text, it’s hardly surprising. And now I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who had this particular nightmare, thanks to the popular Mr. Men books by Roger Hargreaves.
SPOILER ALERT: This is how Mr. Tickle ends…
Continue reading “The Stuff of Nightmares!”
27 Cartoon Characters who gave us the Hots as Kids
This article in Huffington Post made me laugh. I remember only too well destroying my bumper Disney book so I could have a badly cut-out picture of Peter Pan stuck on my wall. My first pin-up!
But there’s a serious side too – apparently the type of cartoon character you fell in love with as a child can set up a precedent for the type of person you’re attracted to later in life. So if it was Gaston, you’re in trouble!
FROM THE HUFFPOST ARTICLE
“Do you remember, as a kid, watching your favorite cartoon and realizing that you were focusing a little too much on one of the characters? Lots of the characters were great, but there was one in particular who was so smart, so cool, so good at vanquishing bad guys.
Continue reading “Confession Time”
Seventeenth Summer by Margaret Daly (1942) is still being read and enjoyed today. Continue reading The First Ever YA Book?