Adam’s Rib

Warren Attinger has been a bad husband, but his wife, Doris, has caught him out. She follows him one day and when she uncovers him with Beryl Caighn she has had enough. She shots him. And the wall, several times. He lives, but she is now on trial for attempted murder. This is a story […]

Wild Orchids

Lillie Sterling and her husband John are travelling to Java. A second honeymoon says Lillie, while for John it is all about the business. Even aboard ship he is constantly interrupted by urgent telegraphs and paperwork. He seems to take very little interest in his wife. Then Lillie encounters a man whipping his servant in […]

The Country of the blind - H. G. Wells

The country of the blind

Read online Long long ago, in a valley in the Andes, a group of settles were cut off from the rest of the world. They didn’t mind too much, they lived good lives and their land produced good crops. But a strange affliction caused their children to go blind. And their children’s children. And so […]

Rappacini’s daughter [essay]

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t :) Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares […]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But […]

Alice in Wonderland & Through the looking glass

This week’s essay for my online course is on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the looking glass : “One can’t help growing older.” Growing up is hard. As a child one can consider themselves the center of the universe. Parents will care for their infants, keep them safe, clean up after them. As their […]

Grimm’s Household Tales

The first assignment for the Fantasy & Science Fiction course I’m doing was on The Grimm Brothers’ Household Tales. For the assignment we were asked to “Please write an essay that aims to enrich the reading of a fellow student who is both intelligent and attentive to the readings and to the course. Each essay […]