To Podcast Or Not To Podcast...and A New Bookshop: UPDATED!

 Recently, I entertained the thought of starting a podcast, thinking I might have something new and valuable to add to the podcast community that wasn't a re-hash of the thousands of podcasts out there. I truly wanted to bring a fresh idea to a tired one, hoping to grow awareness within the horror community not only of my online bookshop, but of other worthy interests in the way of art, music, lesser known films and the like.

Isn't it funny how these things work? Now I DO have a podcast! I never would have thought that's how things would go, but they have so I'm running with it. Just as I had dismissed the idea of starting a podcast--not even knowing the first thing about how to do that--Mr. Tony Giles of The Damn Fine Network asked if I would be interested in being a part of his podcast network. So of course I jumped at the opportunity, and as of this post 5 episodes are available. Be sure to check out the podcast and it's corresponding posts here.

Additionally, I have just re-opened my old record shop and have included vintage books there as well. JustCoolRecords now features not only vinyl records, but also Pop Culture, Biographies and Music themed books. In my effort to keep LaCreeperie about all-things-dark-and-creepy, I am currently in the process of removing these categories from LC to make room for more of what sells best; mainly Horror, Halloween, Paranormal and Gothic titles.

I hope you'll check out the not-so-new digs. Even though JustCoolRecords has been closed for the better part of a year, it is back up and running for the foreseeable future. The podcast will continue to bi-weekly, indefinitely.

Book Review: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

 As I've said before on this here blog, I'm a late bloomer. I'm also old. So I suppose it may come as a shock to some to learn that I have only just finished reading The Little Mermaid for the first time. It made me smile, it made me cry. But not for the reasons you might think. Intrigued? Read on...

First of all, I now understand where most mermaid stories have come from, or are/were at least inspired by. The fact that this story was written in 1837 absolutely blows my mind. Not because it's still around and being newly reprinted for the ga-zillionth time. It blows my mind because somewhere along the centuries, we've rather lost the desire to create and/or read stories with less-than-happy endings. Although this indeed has a happy ending, just not the one most have come to expect.

I'm not mentioning any spoilers here because I think everyone should read it. But the one thing I will mention is that the last couple of lines--which are simply a thinly disguised warning to children to be good and obey their parents--and included in most fairy tales, felt like an afterthought, and unnecessary. But hey, that's just me. Read or reread it, as the case may be, and decide for yourself.

P.S. Want another bombshell? I've never seen Disney's mega-hit animated version either. And at this point, I'm not sure I want to.