Why We Love Scary Stories

Halloween is nearly upon us (it’s not too late to take part in All Hallow’s Read) and therefore it is high time to think about scary stories because somehow most of us seem to find our ways back to them. Why else would movie franchises like The Saw and...

Something Awesome: SuperBetter

I’ve been lucky in many respects and one of them is that I’ve never been truly seriously injured nor do I suffer from clinical depression. From what I understand though both have in common a difficulty sometimes of even getting out of bed. Enter...

Anti-Caturday: Of Lice And Men

Like many others, I have an intense dislike toward blood-sucking insects and lice are in no way exempt from this dislike. Unfortunately they are also quite fascinating. For example, did you know that lice are highly specific? I mean to the degree that there are two...

Finnish Fairy-tale Monsters the World Is Missing Out On

Every culture has their own monsters directly out of fairy tales and even though for centuries Finland was merely a contested land between Sweden and Russia, we are no different. Some of them are pretty much what you’d expect but some of them… Well,...

Something Awesome: Jane Austen’s Persuasion

While Austen herself is more than worthy of one of these posts I want to focus first on what I like to call the forgotten Jane Austen novel; Persuasion. When the novel starts Anne Elliot is a still single woman of 27, the middle daughter of a vain baronet. At the...