The Fault Is Not in Our Stars: Shakespeare and Astrology

By Richard Monaco Set Up Challenged, by my then wife in 1970, to live up to my principle: look into things for yourself as deeply as possible and don’t trust anybody’s secondhand say-so, I began studying astrology and related “occult” information systems and never stopped studying. Like anything worth doing, astrology can’t be mastered, as … Read More

Judith Flanders – The Making of Home

Judith Flanders – senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham – has made a return of sorts with her most recent book, The Making of Home(2014), having moved away from her earlier The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003) to spend time in the urban worlds of her last two books, The Invention of Murder (2011) … Read More

The Shadow of Fall River – A Review of Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft

Cherie Priest writes books that kind of defy description. She’s one of those authors whose work is really intriguing and compelling; when you start reading her stuff, you seriously cannot put it down. But any description just sounds silly, kind of like describing a Joss Whedon show. Maplecroft, book one of The Borden Dispatches, is no exception. … Read More

Out of Time

A Short Story by Chris Bell The battery in my blue and rusted 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier went dead on a rundown street in North Avenue at eight o’clock in the morning.  I surveyed the scene.  At the corner, a group of men in dirty white tee shirts and ragged pants stared abstractly at the world, … Read More