Oct 31, 2014

Halloween Shenanigans

Tam Lin, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynnes Jones, and The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert

Halloween Shenanigans
I’m at two places today: first, at The Emerald City Book Review with a post about discovering Diana Wynne Jones’ Fire & Hemlock (and the rest of her work shortly afterwards). That book was a game changer for me in terms of realising what I wanted from stories, and it was great to have an excuse to wander down memory lane. Lory was kind enough to invite me to open Witch Week, an entire week dedicated to Diana Wynne Jones — she has lots of great content lined up for it and you should definitely stop by. Also, Fire & Hemlock is a “Tam Lin” retelling of sorts, which makes it perfect for Halloween.

Secondly, I’m at Lady Business discussing Mary Rickert’s horror story “The Mothers of Voorhisville” with Jodie. The story didn’t quite work for either of us, but it was still really interesting to discuss it because it gave us a chance to dig into the kinds of stories we tend to see (and not see) about motherhood.

Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates it! I’ll soon be curling up with Joan Aiken’s wonderful Midnight is a Place and a bag of sweets.