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review 2019-12-25 03:28
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story written by a woman who had a psychotic break from having absolutely nothing to do in life.


I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.


I gave it four stars.


"This work is considered an important early work in feminist literature and one which explored issues about women’s health, both physical and mental."


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Wallpaper-Charlotte-Perkins-Gilman/dp/1516943864

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review 2019-12-18 00:00
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Dale M. Bauer The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature.

The yellow Wallpaper is written as a series of diary entries from the perspective of a woman who is suffering(by what information we are given) from postpartum depression.

I found this one extremely well written and creepy for a story written in 1892 and it was heartbreaking how badly women’s mental health issues were dealt with back in 1800s and how terrifying and cruel treatments supposed to help patients turned into torture for them. This is a extremely atmospheric and creepy Novella and its only after you finish and ponder on what you just read do you realized how terrifying this was and how creative the author was to engage and draw the reader in, in so few pages.

A great read, very thought provoking and creepy.
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text 2019-08-08 19:07
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Past Halloween Bingo Squares
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
It - Stephen King
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie

Well I can't really say that I have a favorite square. I never care what square I get for the Halloween bingo.

That said, here are five of the squares that I liked seeing other people play during past Halloween bingos.




I have to say that I love a good Gothic novel. Us playing Halloween bingo got me immersed in the works of Victoria Holt and other writers. You can also read books such as "Rebecca," "Jane Eyre", and "The Haunting of Hill House."



So many authors that fit this square! I have to say finding out about authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Octavia E. Butler, heck even Nora Roberts has tapped into romantic suspense books which would fit this square. 




So many good horror books fit this square! I have to say that for me horror books taking place in a small town seem to throw out their own aura, you remember the town and the rest of the characters if the author does a great job with building up their fictional world. Some books that would fit would be "Carrie", "Salem's Lot", "Harvest Home", "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "It." "It" would be good to read for the new "Film at 11" square.



I like witches. That's all I got. Some books for this square would be "A Discovery of Witches", "The Witches Daughter", "A Secret History of Witches", and a book that I may try to read someday soon, "Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends." 



I usually just read an Agatha Christie book for this one. I love Miss Marple! You have so many books that fit this one for her, some of my favorites are: "Murder at the Vicarage", 
"The Body in the Library", and "A Murder is Announced."


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text 2019-08-07 16:10
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party - Days # 4 & 7
Deep Water - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn
Thirteen Guests - J. (Joseph) Jefferson Farjeon
Gothic Tales (Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection) - Arthur Conan Doyle,Darryl Jones
Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola
Cold Moon Over Babylon (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges

Favourite Books and Authors of Halloween Bingos past?


Sure! Lots of them!


I love finding new authors during Halloween Bingo, but I also look forward to revisiting authors that have already become favourites, none more so than Michael McDowell.


McDowell to date is still only author of the horror genre that I actively look forward to reading. And Halloween Bingo is the perfect time for it.


But HW Bingo has also allowed me to read more Farjeon, more Highsmith, more Du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle. Not like I needed a prompt for this but what is better than to spend the arrival of the longer nights and winter season with a few favourites that ooze atmosphere?


I have also found a few new favourites like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and I hope to read more by her soon.


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text 2019-06-20 18:45
25 Essential Reads-Char's Horror Corner
Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammon
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
The Fisherman - John Langan
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
The Cormorant - Stephen Gregory
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
Blue World - Robert R. McCammon



Per M.R.'s guidelines, they don't have to be classics, but some of mine will be, solely because I loved them, not because someone made me read them in school. 


1. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon should be read by everyone, I believe. This book helps to explain what happens to that magic you felt as a kid, but no longer feel as an adult. 


2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. This might be on some lists of classics, but it will always be on mine. The best opening paragraphs EVER. 


3. Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell. An epic covering several generations of an Alabama family. And a river monster! 


4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A fictional story based upon how women were treated by the medical profession, back in the day. 


5. The Fisherman by John Langan. This is a fine, fine piece of  literary, cosmic horror.


6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. A true American western. 


7. The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory.  A literary and chilling quiet horror story about a bird. 


8. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons A quiet haunted house story. Or is it? This was the only book of this type that the author ever wrote. 


9. The October Country by Ray Bradbury. A classic collection of stories from Bradbury-a few of which I'll never forget. (The Scythe, especially.)


10. Blue World by Robert McCammon. A more contemporary story collection, but with a wide, wide variety of tales. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" makes me cry every single time I read it. (And I've read it 4 times.)


11. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. My heart broke for poor Lily Bart.


12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The classic revenge tale. 


13. Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe Lansdale. A totally hilarious story about an Elvis impersonator and a man who believes he is JFK. They're both fighting a mummy in a nursing home. It's hilarious, it's touching and it's gross, all at the same time. 


14. The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. Every dog lover should read this book.


15. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Heartbreaking. 


16. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. So. Damn. Good.


17. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. In stark, staccato prose, Levin brings home this tale of motherhood gone wrong. 


18. The Auctioneer by Joan Samson. There's nothing overtly horrific here. It's just a building, building and ever building case of dread.


19. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book taught me that I could hate every single character in a book, but still be hypnotized by the story.


20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. A classic that taught me that poetry could be fun and whimsical.


21. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A faith based story, which really isn't my thing...but it's just beautiful.


22. The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Historical fiction based in NYC and focused on the start of criminal profiling and or psychology. 


23. The Sandkings by George R.R. Martin. Long before Game of Thrones, he wrote this rather moral tale. (He also wrote another favorite of mine: Fevre Dream. Vampires on the Mississippi!)


24. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Another case where my heart was broken. 


25. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I loved this coming of age tale where a boy is trying to save his mother. 



 Thanks go out to M.R. for coming up with this idea. It was fun and it gave me a chance to talk about some of my favorite books. What book lover doesn't love that?



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