Book Review: Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill

Penny Dreadful won’t be back until next summer, and the end of the season left me with a hangover. No worries, though, there’s a plethora of novels and book series in the same vein that can give me the same fix Penny Dreadful does. Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill, is the first book in a promising historical paranormal romance series that does just that. Read More Book Review: Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill

Crosspost: The Exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal

Since it’s close to Halloween, I thought I would share this morbid little tidbit about Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s fellow Pre-Raphaelites, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, and how he had her grave dug up so he could get the book of his poems that he had buried with her. Read More Crosspost: The Exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal

Book Review: Forever Your Earl, by Eva Leigh

Eva Leigh begins with a promising start to her new Wicked Quills of London series with its first installment, Forever Your Earl. Leigh takes us from the finest houses to the poorest slums of Regency London in this delectable treat of a book. Read More Book Review: Forever Your Earl, by Eva Leigh

Book Review: The Middle of Somewhere, by Sonja Yoerg

In Sonja Yoerg’s novel The Middle of Somewhere, Liz Kroft is about to turn thirty, but for someone so young, she has a lot of emotional baggage she needs to work through. The opportunity presents itself when she decides to take a solitary hike on the John Muir Trail in the Yosemite Valley. When her boyfriend Dante joins her, though, her plans change, and the secrets she carries become an unpleasant weight for her. Throughout their journey, they encounter a host of different characters: an actor who is unwillingly making the hike for a movie role; a devoted older couple who found love the second time around; and a pair of sinister brothers, both professional outdoorsmen, who have their own secrets to hide as well. Read More Book Review: The Middle of Somewhere, by Sonja Yoerg

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×10, “And They Were Enemies”

In Penny Dreadful’s season finale, we get a lot: a slam poetry showdown with an automaton, the final battle between Evelyn and Vanessa, Caliban deciding to go to the North Pole to see Santa, werewolf!Ethan saving the day, Evelyn’s prize doll collection being destroyed, Lyle escaping the clutches of the witch holding him captive without ruining his hair, an end-of-the-world party at Dorian’s house, Natural Born Killers Victorian style, and a sad good-bye to the stalwart Sembene. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×10, “And They Were Enemies”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×07, “Little Scorpion”

In the morning after Ethan’s transformation, Sembene remarks on what he saw. When he was younger, he had heard stories of humans who could shift into animals as well from the shamans of his tribe. He knew that many shifters couldn’t remember what they had done in their animal forms. Ethan’s ability is neither a gift nor a curse, but something that he needs to learn to live with. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×07, “Little Scorpion”