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10 Legendary Monsters of Europe

There are monsters all around us -or at least the legends of monsters. Last week we saw some of the monsters of Asia. Now here are some of the scariest monsters of Europe. 1. Kelpie The Kelpie lives in the lakes and rivers of Scotland, and is often referred to as a “water horse” because it is [...]

Why Do We Say "The Butler Did It"?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The all-too-common phrase “the butler did it” is commonly attributed to Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958). Mary was a very popular writer who authored over 50 books, many of which became best-sellers. Known as “the American Agatha Christie,” Mary [...]

How to Swear Like a Librarian

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Let’s start off with some swearing — how to swear like a librarian, that is! My personal favorite, which I heard a third-grader say [...]

Roraima: the Strangest Mountain on Earth

If I were a better hiker, this would be very high on my list of places to visit before I die. It’s a landscape out of science-fiction — quite literally, as the exploits of early adventurers here is said to have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. While no one’s found any dinosaurs up [...]

The Quick 10: Pansy O’Hara and the Near-Names of 10 Other Characters

We’ve talked about alternate universe book titles for the past couple of days, but sometimes it’s just the characters who have undergone name changes (and in some cases, sex changes). Here are 10 of them! 1. Scarlett O’Hara was almost named Pansy. In fact, the iconic character didn’t receive her iconic name until just before the [...]

The End of a Beautiful Friendship: Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle

It seems strange that a man best known for creating the quintessential detective, who based his deductions solely on reason, would also be one of the biggest proponents of Spiritualism around the turn of the last century. Equally strange is that a man who based his career of performing illusions and magic tricks was one [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The “Real” Sherlock Holmes

All this week I’m posting excerpts from my new book, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook, available in a cute little hardback edition from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. Today I wanted to highlight one of the book’s many “sidebar” chapters, which examine Holmes’ world — 19th century London — and that of his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. [...]

The Late Movies: the Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

One of pop culture’s most beloved characters — and some say the most famous fictional character of all time — Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed on screens both large and small by dozens of men. Since I’m posting excerpts from my Sherlock Holmes book all week, I figured I’d make the leap from book to [...]

Airships and Tentacles

“QUANTUM SHOT” #584Link – by Avi Abrams There is a touch of sensuality in the pink tentacles, scarlet flowers, and protruding ship masts How can we not feature something that boasts airships, Arctic wastes, tentacles and sensuality – all at once? Impossible, I say! So here is the “Airships and Tentacles” Series by Myke Amend, combining Vernian [...]