Tricks and Treats

by Jas Faulkner If you’re reading this not long after it was written (October 31st, 2013)  you have probably seen the many reports about an anonymous woman in North Dakota who declared that she was indeed passing out candy, but not to children she deemed “moderately obese”.  They would get letters addressed to their parents … Read more

Satan Claus Is Coming To Town

by Jas Faulkner

“He’s out.”

“He’s early this year.  Is there a reason for this?”  I could hear Sam joggle the phone as she rang up a customer and told them to have a good day.  A second later she was back.

“We got the guidelines from the not-the-city council  You know how Tab is about that.”

Bear with me and you, too, will know how Tab is about that.  But first, a little bit of history.  Ten years ago, a radio station decided to buy a three-storey building on the town square that was at one point  a storefront with apartments on the two upper floors.   They then proceeded to wreck the building, turning it into “haunted house” that was sufficiently detailed in its grue that they required a media professional to deal with the inquiries and it developed a fan following.  

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All Hallow's Read

Community involvement by brick-and-mortar bookstores is something that I’m always pushing for, so I figured I might as well actually offer a concrete example of this for once, and not just parrot some high-minded ideal. Neil Gaiman is an author.  Depending on who you ask he’s a great author.  I’m a fan of his, although I’ll admit … Read more

Hide in the Dark, An All Hallow’s Eve Mystery. Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Hide in the Dark—Frances Noyes Hart–1929–Doubleday Doran–OOP–but inexpensive copies are abundantly available Ah, a book after my own heart! Practically everything I love is within this title. An old manor in Maryland named Lady Court with ghostly undertones, a group of Jazz Age friends called the March Hares (anything that alludes to Alice in Wonderland … Read more