Tag: supernatural

  • Donnie Darko Film Study

    Donnie Darko Film Study

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 film set in 1988, in a fictional Virginia town called Middlesex. This genre blend of drama, mystery and science fiction is precisely ambiguous enough to generate much discussion about what is meant to have happened. This is ideal ‘cult-following’ material. Note that Donnie Darko didn’t make much of a splash when […]

  • Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    With their roots reaching deep into the earth, trees encapsulate the tense relationship of history and modernity.

  • A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams Analysis

    A Woggle of Witches is a picture book written and illustrated by American storyteller Adrienne (“Dean”) Adams in 1971. In total, Adams wrote six of her own books; mostly they illustrated for other writers. Adrienne Adams was a prolific illustrator through the 1960s and beyond, and a two-time winner of a Caldecott Medal (1960 and…

  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters is a young adult novel by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, first published in 1986. Mahy wrote many stories for children, but The Tricksters seems to be one frequently talked about in scholarship circles, alongside The Changeover and The Haunting, which both won The Carnegie Medal. The Tricksters is a rare example of the new female mythic form, in which a main character (often femme, sometimes not) thinks and feels their way through a problem rather than leaving home to go on a journey and fight a bunch of opponents.

  • In A Dark, Dark Room And Other Scary Stories

    In A Dark, Dark Room And Other Scary Stories

    In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories written by Alvin Schwartz was first published in 1971 for emergent readers ready for scary… but not too scary. I recently looked closely at a modern picture book called Creepy Carrots, another excellent example of a ‘scary’ story perfectly pitched at 4-6 year olds. This collection…

  • How To Make Friends With A Ghost by Rebecca Green Picture Book Analysis

    How To Make Friends With A Ghost is a 2017 picture book written and illustrated by Rebecca Green. This cosy supernatural story is written as a non-fictional how-to guide and because this book deals with supernatural subject matter, covertly teaches how to be a good friend.

  • A Glossary Of Vampire Words

    A Glossary Of Vampire Words

    A list of words and concepts related to vampires. First, what do we mean by ‘vampire’?

  • A Glossary of Zombie Words

    A Glossary of Zombie Words

    Why all the zombies in stories? Zombies have unlimited potential as metaphor. Historically, storytellers have used zombies to explore tensions between conservative and progressive values. The zombies themselves represent widespread cultural anxieties of their era. Some storytellers use zombie stories to reinforce the status quo while progressive storytellers use zombies to critique it. Watching the…

  • Powers by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Powers by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “Powers” is the final story in the Runaway collection by Alice Munro, published 2004. I find this story the most challenging of the lot — as in, what in holy heck was that all about? I’m going to have to write about “Powers” in order to understand it. Here goes my best shot. What can…

  • Man-Size In Marble by Edith Nesbit Analysis

    Man-Size In Marble by Edith Nesbit Analysis

    “Man-Size in Marble” (1893) is a gothic short story by Edith Nesbit. You can read it at Project Gutenberg, as part of Nesbit’s Grim Tales collection. This tale is her most widely anthologised short story. What must it be like to be ahead of one’s time? It’s happened to scientists over the years. The guy…

  • A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Analysis

    A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Analysis

    “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is sometimes subtitled “A tale for children”. This short story reminded me of middle grade novel Skellig by British author David Almond. Sure enough, Almond has said in interview that he was influenced by the 1960 Colombian short story, and others have…

  • Werewolves In Storytelling

    Werewolves In Storytelling

    I’ve previously taken a close look at wolves in literature, specifically in children’s stories. Werewolves are a separate archetype from wolves and play a different storytelling role. In folklore and fairytale, werewolves are lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time, alongside. dragons, serpents and related creatures.  THE HISTORY OF WEREWOLVES IN A NUTSHELL Werewolf…