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LIGHT AS A FEATHER, STIFF AS A BOARD: LITERARY AND HISTORIC REFERENCES IN THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

I—like so many of you, I’m sure—have been watching Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina . Now I’m not even halfway through yet, but I have to say, the literature and history nerd in me is totally alive and well as I jump into Greendale and hang out with the Spellman family. After a quick spell in Salem, MA a few weeks ago, the history and ghosts of the men and women involved in the Salem Witch Trials is still whispering to me at night. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, and Henry James the last few classes, and it’s easy to see why the occult has been brewing in my head. What I love most about this series so far is how much the writers are pulling from literature to build their characters while still managing to pay homage to the past. Some of the examples I’ve seen so far: Principal Hawthorne : This is a nod to either one of two people: (1) Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is a famous American writer who wrote about w

Season of the Witch: Wytovich Heads to Salem and the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Last week/end, Dennis and I drove up to Massachusetts for the 4 th annual MerrimackValley Halloween Book Festival , but before that, we made a pit stop in Salem for some witchy fun. Now Salem, MA has been on my travel-list for, quite honestly, as long as I can remember. I’m a huge Nathaniel Hawthorne fan, and obviously I feel a pull there for spiritual reasons as well, so when we rolled into town Thursday morning, I was beyond excited (despite the rain). Thursday I was a tad bit afraid that the commercialism for tourists (like myself) would ruin the experience for me, but honestly, I loved it. All the witches running around, the black/orange streamers and banners, the apple cider donut stands, etc. made it a beautiful fall event, and I was happy to grab a drink at one of many bars that lined Essex Street…which reminds me! If you folks like pumpkin beer, you totally have to try this drink It’s Shipyard Pumpkin with a cinnamon sugar rim and a shot of rum. Delicious! On our

SEX AND DEATH IN THE MADHOUSE: AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH AUTUMN CHRISTIAN

Hello Friends and Fiends! Today in the Madhouse, I have the pleasure of chatting with Autumn Christian about her upcoming novel, Girl Like a Bomb .  Christian is a fiction writer from Texas who currently lives in California. She is the author of the books The Crooked God Machine , We are Wormwood , and Ecstatic Inferno , and has written for several video-games, including Battle Nations and State of Decay 2 . When not writing, she is usually practicing her side kicks and running with dogs or posting strange and existential Instagram selfies. Girl Like a Bomb , coming soon from Clash Books , is a novel of self-discovery, an existential labyrinth of love, sex, and self-actualization where the only way out is through. When high schooler Beverly Sykes finally has sex, her whole life changes. She feels an explosion inside of her that feels like her DNA is being rearranged, and she discovers a strange power within. After chasing that transcendent feeling and fucking her way throu