Lessons from History (and a Midnight Research Rabbithole)

Some of you may be familiar with my horror short, “East of the Midnight Sun, West of the Full Moon”, which is told from the point of view of a young Alaskan woman named Senka. Senka’s grandmother came to America when her family fled Europe to escape the Holocaust and this legacy both haunts and drives Senka as she sees history begin to repeat itself. While writing this story, I went down a research rabbithole into everything from average winter temperatures in Barrow, Alaska to how to kill vampires in various cultures’ mythologies to the history of antiziganism. Oh, the eyebrow raises my search history and open tabs would get.  Continue reading

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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I think of this quote often these days. I think of the Jewish lives, gay lives, disabled lives, Roma lives, and so many more that were lost to xenophobia and scapegoating and those who fanned their flames, whether out of hatred or political convenience. Continue reading

Small Business Saturday and Holiday Book Shopping

IMG_6957If you’re in the greater Concord area this Thanksgiving Weekend, why not stop into Gibson’s and take a gander. They have books, bookish gifts/apparel/stocking stuffers, mugs, Cards Against Humanity, toys, educational toys, delicious cocoa and crepes, and a book by yours truly. You can get your holiday shopping done, refuel in the cafe, and support the local economy (and maybe a local author).

If you aren’t in the Concord area, you can support your own local bookstores this Small Business Saturday (or whatever day you do your holiday shopping). Continue reading

Samhain: Summer’s End

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Hope you all had a great Halloween, whether you partied, passed out candy, binged Stranger Things, went to a haunted house or a ghost tour, marched in a Halloween parade, danced in the grove, or spent a quiet night at home. And who says the fun has to be over? You can curl up with a spine-tingling tale of the ghostly and the Gothic long after all the candy has been eaten and the zombie make-up has been washed away. Halloween may be over, but the dark half of the year is here to stay and it brings with it no shortage of superstitions or the supernatural. Continue reading

In-Betweens, Thin Veils, and a Ghost Story or Two

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The infirmary at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury NH, photo by Shannon Barnsley, October 2012.

“It was Gate Night, the night before All Hallows’ Eve. Distant memories of the old stories nagged at me. During All Hallows’ Eve the veil between the world of the living and the word beyond was lifted. Our world and their world all blurred together like ink running on a page in my old primer when we schoolgirls would try to run home in the rain, shrieking and splashing up mud all the way.”

– Shannon Barnsley, Beneath Blair Mountain Continue reading