To Podcast Or Not To Podcast...and A New Bookshop

 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 and the like.

Well, after serious thought I have decided against it. There are just so damn many podcasts already clogging up the vast airwaves, I found it entirely too intimidating to begin at the bottom and claw my way up. Besides, I'm supposed to be writing a book (which I am) and don't need yet another endeavor taking time away from the projects I already have on my plate. Speaking of which...

I have just changed my old record shop into another bookshop called JustCoolBooks, featuring Pop Culture, Biographies, Music themed books, Non-Fiction and more. In my effort to keep LaCreeperie all 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. Wait, didn't I just say I have enough on my plate?? Yes, but this is just a test, a six month trial to see if it's worth having two bookshops. Time will tell...

So for now, you will not be hearing my voice over the airwaves, but you can get more of the great service and selection you have come to expect within my new online bookshop JustCoolBooks. As always, a thousand thanks to all of my loyal customers who allow me to pursue this passion of keeping the written word alive in its physical form, I couldn't continue without you.

UPDATE 11/8/17: Isn't is funny how these things work? Now I DO have a podcast, and the new bookshop is closed. I never would have thought that's how things would go, but they have so I'm running with it. Be sure to check out the podcast and it's corresponding posts here.

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 a 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.