Deb Atwood holds an MFA and lives in California with her husband and rescue dog Nala. Her time-slip novel Moonlight Dancer was selected as a front page Featured Review by Book Ideas. Deb’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Her interests include ghost fiction, Korean culture, quilting, and, of course, reading.
late. That’s because I hand quilt, carry lace-edged handkerchiefs, and prefer
train travel. So, yes, much of the 19th century suits me. Exception:
dentistry. When my dentist breaks open his pouch of silver tools, I say,
“Nitrous oxide, please.”
from the loved ones in my life, I’m devoted to reading. In fact, you might even
call me an addict. I read in bed at night. When I drive to and from work, I
listen to audiotapes. At my work break and before my rest time, I read. At any
one time, I’m involved in at least three books. If my bedside stack starts to
shrink, I get the shakes.
Among the books discussed are old favorites (The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson) as well as some indie gems few people will know about (The 20’s Girl, the Ghost, and All That Jazz by June Kearns). There are ghost novels for every reader, in genres ranging from historical to literary to romance. “
result of an inability to abandon Bag of Bones until the final sentence?
King’s novel, 2:53 AM found me munching cheddar cheese rice crackers and
ploughing through page after page of Bag of Bones.
empathizing with writer Mike Noonan as he struggles to come to terms with his
wife’s untimely death. I could not help but root for widow Mattie, her
precocious daughter Kyra, and Mike who falls in love with both of them and
joins their battle against a heartless and powerful grandfather.
through the book, the narrative veered into dark territory, and I experienced
reader shock. My mistake. This is, after all, Stephen King. What began as a
sweet damsel in distress love story (I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense as
Mattie possesses plenty of spunk and courage and strength) of the good guy vs.
bad guy variety morphed into GOOD vs. EVIL on a magnified scale. (I’m
thinking of the Richter scale here, and yes, I was quaking.)