The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Co, Jonathan Stroud

Ghosts and dark days: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

 

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When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in. For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead, she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately, this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again.  (GoodReads, 2013)

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The Afterlife of my quest to examine my strength—or, The Afterlife Reading Challenge

Today marks the century of not blogging. The endless ‘to blog or not to blog’ dilemma must come to an end. Moreover, the fact of having a stalker (some men are mad, never takes no for an answer, never to understand: what is merely a pure friendship), which turned my life into the five stages of grief—to the understanding that I am too strong for this childish game.

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, so I shall tickle the areas of fantasy and Gothic literature this year—like every day for my past 32 years on earth, which drew me to The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand realizing that I wish to read more concerning the afterlife—in the aspect of amusing fictional manner, not hellish fires.

Because of Cynthia Hand‘s The Afterlife of Holly Chase, I will start a challenge of reading books that include: ‘The Afterlife of’; with a character that is living in-between life and death, fulfilling an achievement following their afterlife; or the setting in the afterlife.

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Film Review: Crimson Peak

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-Title: Crimson Peak
-Series: None
-Directed by: Guillermo del Toro.
-Written by: Guillermo del Toro.
-Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom   Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, and Jim Beaver.
-Written by: Guillermo del Toro.
-Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom   Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, and Jim Beaver.
-Genre: Gothic, Horror, Romance.
-Age Group: +16
-Source: Netflix
-Rating: 4/5

 

 

-Plot:
In Buffalo, New York, 1887, American heiress Edith Cushing (Sofia Wells), the young daughter of wealthy businessman Carter Cushing (Jim Beaver), is visited by her recently deceased mother’s black, disfigured ghost who warns her, “Beware of Crimson Peak.” Fourteen years later in 1901, Edith (Mia Wasikowska), a budding author, meets Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), an English baronet who has come to the United States with his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), to seek investors for his clay-mining invention. Unimpressed with Sharpe’s previous failures to raise capital, Cushing rejects Thomas’s proposal. Edith’s mother’s spirit once again visits her, bearing the same warning.

A brief assessment of Crimson Peak. One of the various tangled gothic tales of affection, which I discovered it as the most passionate. Hence, I have a view of the love tale.

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