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K.L. Kranes, Writing Reading Life

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The Haunting of Hill House: Book vs TV Show

The iconic opening to the novelĀ The Haunting of Hill HouseĀ is one that sticks in your brain forever. Its first paragraph ends with the words: "Whatever walked there, walked alone." The TV show begins the same way...

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Halloween Reads: Books for People Who Have a Darker Side

It recently occurred to me I am not one person. I am really two people existing in the same body.

My January Reads: The Most Books I Think I’ve Read in One Month!

Books make me happy in a way that may confuse many people. It's a kind of obsessive, craving love that would be unhealthy if it were directed at a human.

A LOT to Really Be Scared Of (My First Stephen King Novel)

I'm going to do it. I'm going to terrify myself again, willingly. I'm going to go back to that place, that time.

Spooky Story Podcasts to Get Ready for Halloween

I love reading. But I'm a busy gal. I likely won't be able to work my way through Stephen King's expansive horror collection before Halloween. What is a girl to do then? Lightbulb! Podcasts!

5 Books and Films to Read/Watch for the Upcoming Eclipse

It's literally a once in a lifetime experience. The blotting out of the sun. A total solar eclipse. Maybe that's why books and movies like to use eclipses for plot and metaphor...

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Surprisingly Dark and Twisted Plotlines from Your Favorite Fairy Tales

With all the swirl around Beauty and the Beast lately, I thought it might be fun to talk about fairy tales. Disney has done a laudable job of Disney-ifying classics with positive messages and happy endings. And while I remember obsessing over Disney's Aladdin well into my teens, I also remember going to Blockbuster and renting videos (yes I predate even DVDs) called Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. And Shelley showed the truth about those fairy tales - they were dark.

Go Rogue on Valentine’s Day: The Anti-Romance Book List

With all the rogue sites popping up - AltUSForestService, AltBadlandsNatPark, Resistance_NASA, Rogue NOAA, etc - It got me thinking. I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day. It's a Hallmark-created corporatized holiday that makes people who don't have a Valentine feel bad and people who do feel pressure to be romantic just because it's February 14. I'm all about embracing this sea-change of rebellion against a corporate, money-driven society and going rogue on Valentine's Day!

Halloween Journey in Pictures: Best Costumes Based on Literary Characters

It's finally Halloween! My house didn't get egged or TP'd last night. So I guess my neighborhood had a quiet Mischief Night. Now comes the fun part! I can't wait to watch all the kids suit up and threaten to play tricks on people unless they give them treats. It's a weird sort of custom when you think about it. (So I try not to think about it.) Since it's Halloween, here are my 13 (seemed like an appropriate number) favorite Halloween costumes based on literary characters.

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