Wrapped in Black: ThirteenTales of Witches and the Occult
Read in November, 2014
I am a big fan of Sekhmet Press and their WRAPPED Series. Wrapped in Black is the third anthology in the series and the focus this time is witches and the occult. I will admit, witches aren’t my favorite characters to read about. I rarely find myself drawn to a book because it’s about witches, like I am with books about vampires or time travel. But Sekhmet has yet to disappoint me with their anthologies, so I was very happy to read this one!
I am very excited for my friends at Sekhmet Press. WRAPPED IN BLACK: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult has a great line up of contributors and I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection!
My Love of the King
My love for the writing of Mr. King is no secret. If you know me, you know my feelings for the Master of Horror. I have not read every single piece of his work, there are odd short stories out there that I will never have the joy of reading. Of his main list of published novels and collections, numbering 64 as of this writing, seven remain unread, and The Shining sits forlornly half-read. I’ll get to them all eventually, I hope. One of the joys of discovering King was the amount of titles. And his wonderful habit of releasing one book a year (lately two a year). I feel there will always be an unread Stephen King novel waiting for me.
Rewatching “The Eleventh Hour”
After participating in The Doctor Who Project with Allison M. Dickson and Justin Wasson, I have been rewatching episodes of the show. Tonight I watched “The Eleventh Hour.” This episode is the first adventure of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and his fiery new companion, Amelia Pond.
Here are my original thoughts of this episode from our Series 5 Review:
“I thought this was a great welcome to the new Doctor. I could already tell Eleven was going to be as brilliant as Ten, but with a little added insanity. The scenes with him and young Amelia in the kitchen are hilarious. I didn’t know how to feel about a new Doctor and a new companion all at one time. It was a little bit of a growing period for me. But Amy Pond has that independent spirit that all companions need. The story itself was only okay, though the comatose patients were a bit creepy. And the crack in the wall definitely opened up some questions. New Doctor, new companion, new showrunner, new TARDIS. Whoa, a lot to take in. 6 Sonics”
Well, this go around it was even better. I already love Matt Smith as the Doctor so there is no nervous anticipation. Plus all the knowledge I now have about the crack in the universe, silence will fall, the Pandorica opening adds a lot of value to the episode overall. The Doctor’s energy flows out of the screen and the viewer can’t help but smile the entire time. The ending is fantastic with a montage of all the past incarnations of the Doctor, all protecting Earth. And that, fellow Whovians, is what this show is all about.
The past few months, I participated in The Doctor Who Project with my friends Allison and Justin. In anticipation of the next season, I’ve been rewatching episodes. Tonight I decided to rewatch one of my favorite two parters featuring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor: Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead.
WRAPPED IN WHITE: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghost, and Spirits
After reading Wrapped in Red, a vampire anthology released by Sekhmet Press, I was very excited to hear about Wrapped in White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits. As a lover of ghost stories, this was a wonderful collection. The perfect kind of tales to read around a campfire. I was very pleased to see two of my favorite authors (Allison M. Dickson, author of STRINGS, and Patrick C. Greene, author of PROGENY) had contributed to the anthology. I also discovered some authors I was unfamiliar with who had some amazing stories in the anthology.
Here’s the breakdown, in TOC order.
Daddy’s Glasses by Allison M. Dickson
This is Dickson at her best. Great imagery, amazing character development, and her remarkable skill at grabbing the reader and never letting go. There’s a reason she’s one of my favorite authors, and this story is the perfect example of her talent.
This week my friends and I rank and review series six of Doctor Who! Check out our past reviews and top tens on our cool compendium page.
This week had some pretty stellar episodes, including one of my favorites The Doctor’s Wife, written by the amazing Neil Gaiman. This also had one of Allison’s least favorite episodes EVER, and Justin continues to make me laugh with some of his reviews. You can read all our reviews on Allison’s website.
The Doctor’s Wife
Be sure and stop by next week when we finish up with series seven! This also includes the 50th Anniversary Special and Matt Smith’s regeneration. You don’t want to miss it.
Until next week, fellow Whovians.