Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weird, Bizarre, and Unexpected

A wonderful TV show called Tales of the Unexpected, created by Roald Dahl, was one of my childhood favorites. I love the twisted endings and dark humor.

This week's Web-find Wednesday is an online magazine that reminds me of that show: Weird Tales Magazine. With its bizarre artwork, creative fan fiction, and little-known facts, I've quickly become a fan.

Weird Tales Magazine

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

O Death

The Funeral of Shelley by Louis Édouard Fournier
Today's Web-find Wednesday is all about the dearly departed. These are some of the fantastic sites I ran across this week while researching death rituals for my work-in-progess.

1. Those crazy Victorians are at it again. It's hard to believe that people once wanted a mold of a dead loved one's face. Here's a great post I found on Victorian death masks:

2. This one is a little more disturbing and realistic than I can handle. The macabre practice of photographing the dead:

3. And from the Americas, the rituals of Voodoo, because there ain't
no party like a zombie party: The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Web-find Wednesday: Edward Gorey

Welcome to the first "Web-find Wednesday," a new regular feature here on MB&DTK for weird and wonderful things found on the Internet. Expect to find the bizarre, the gross, the disturbing…everything from websites to videos to Tumblrs, you name it. Today it's...

Edward Gorey!

Guys, I lovvvve Edward Gorey. Years before Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes took over PBS, I was watching Masterpiece Theatre. In particular, Masterpiece Mystery with its kitschy intro--those creepy, gothic black and white illustrations and the quaking damsel in distress. The amazing artist Edward Gorey created those wonderful characters and illustrated many books for children.

Some of his books are a bit disturbing to me as a former school librarian, with skeleton teachers embracing wee innocent babes (Gashlycrumb Tinies) ... but who am I kidding? I would've loved having any of his picture books as a kid!

"K is for Kate. Killed with an ax." (Yeah, I was a little morbid.)

The man himself was amazingly eccentric, loving fur coats and cats, and supposedly inspired Tim Burton.

There are lots of licensed products with Gorey's images. Visit for the official website, biography, museum hours, and products.

Go forth and enjoy Edward Gorey!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My news!!!

Dusting off the old, bringing in the new. I haven't posted in a while, but there's been a good reason for that. A VERY good reason--I've been writing! I've sold a couple of adult books, which was exciting. Meanwhile, I kept working on my YA writing. It's been a long and rocky trip, full of revisions and rewrites. Over the past two years I've had great help and advice from more people than I can possibly thank in one post. Now, finally I have the news I've been waiting to share:

My first YA Gothic novel will soon be published with….


I'm over the moon and can't wait to bring this story to you!!!!!!!! Until then, I'll return to regular posting here on the blog. 

What can you expect to see on MAD, BAD, & DANGEROUS TO KNOW? 


The grotesque,

The frightful,

The Romantic,

The lovely,

The desolate,

and above all… the unexpected.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wedding Day!!!

Saturday my son married a lovely young woman. They are absolutely adorable together, and I'm so proud of their accomplishments.

Friday I snapped a few pics at the rehearsal. It was a wedding straight out of many girls' dreams. Mine included!

The music included some songs that were special to them, played by a friend.

My son and his bride graduated from a Scottish heritage college, hence the friend with bagpipes!! 
--My personal favorite part of the wedding ceremony.

The venue included a pond. Just enough shade to keep guests from melting
 (well, maybe we got a little melty).

And the very romantic vows. Ah….

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Very "Romantic" Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I'm in love with this! The Cure's musical rendition of the romantic Adonais by Percy Shelley. One of the poet's personal favorites, it was written as an elegy upon the death of Shelley's friend, John Keats.

Mary Shelley kept a copy of Adonais in her desk until her dying day. When the folded poem was discovered there, they opened it and found her late husband's ashes within.

Okay, it's a little morbid, but oh so Romantic!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ode to George

It's been a while since I've posted, but since today is George Gordon, Lord Byron's birthday, I had to share. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Byron, so to celebrate his big day, I thought I'd explain why I adore him.

First, he's the original YA rebel/bad boy. Born with a birth defect (clubfoot), he was very shy. But early on his good looks won him the attention of females of all ages, including (supposedly) his nanny. He had a slight weight problem during his youth, so he tried drastic diets to shed the pounds. He became obsessed with his looks as he tried to dodge the boys who bullied him...and won the hearts of the girls who found him irresistible. Shall we call him the original Emo, as well?

Second, I love that he pursued his happiness. Shunned by his father and plagued by an overbearing Scottish mother, he longed to travel. He went on the "Grand Tour," visiting Italy and Greece. He began writing stories and poetry, and his works earned him overnight celebrity. That, along with a title, made him even more irresistible to the ladies. Some say he might have been bipolar, and he claimed that writing was his only outlet. He kept his personal demons at bay through the hours he spent putting words on paper. 

And lastly, I love that he stood up for his personal convictions. Even though he was a notorious heart-breaker (not always his fault), he tried to do right. He attempted to provide for his child born out of wedlock. And later, he fell in love with Greece. He was so enamored with the country and its people that he joined their fight for independence--eventually getting him killed when he died of malaria near the battlefield.

But what about his writing, you say? Oh yeah. That's pretty FANTASTIC, too!