Eric W. Trant can write creepy.
"Wink," Trant's second novel, is a supernatural horror story that grabs you on page one and takes you for a wild ride until the last page. Besides the paranormal horrors that haunt the pages of Trant's work, he also deals with real-life horrors in "Wink": abusive parents, drug dealers, murder, gun violence and more.
I am a firm proponent of reading books by the same author in the order in which they were written. Maybe it's a little OCD, but I just think that it's the way things should be done. I like to witness the natural progression of a bigger picture.
So that's why I'm confused. Because now I've messed things up.
Beatings, brawls and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor may seem like unlikely hooks for a musical.
Nevertheless, James Jones' "From Here To Eternity" is coming to a London stage production co-written by "Lion King" co-writer Tim Rice — with some military advice from a rural Urbana man.
The play is scheduled to open Sept. 30 at the Shaftesbury Theater.
Poor Richard's Almanac said, "He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas," but that hasn't kept some of us from sleeping with our dogs.
Here's a poem about the pleasure of that, by Joyce Sidman, who lives and sleeps in Minnesota. Her book, "Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night," won a 2011 Newbery Honor Award.
Dog in Bed
Nose tucked under tail,
seeks despite a bleak night
her ray of Hope
— Iona Bermon, Champaign
Here are two new books which are getting lots of attention by critics and readers:
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Jan Morrill has written a beautiful debut novel, "The Red Kimono," which is a look at the Japanese internment camps in the United States after the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II.
I've written before here about how much I enjoy memoirs and the wide variety of human experiences that they depict, and this summer there have been quite a few new titles in this genre that caught my eye. I recently read three very different memoirs, all of which movingly explore the people and places that helped shape the authors' lives.
The mighty hawk
Fresh off the chase
Tossed in the wind
— Tucker Gritton, Champaign