Author: Lemony Snicket
Title: Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
Narrator: Liam Aiken
Previous Books in the Series:
The conclusion of the All the Wrong Questions series finds Lemony Snicket and all the other characters of the series on a train crossing the sea. There are many twists, and dark humor, and betrayals, and when the mystery is eventually solved it is more sad than valedictory in the traditional Snicket manner. A good end to a good series. Creative and fun, and a little bit sad.
“The truth is like a doorknob. You can stumble around in the dark, and when you finally grasp it, you may end up someplace terrifying.”
Author: Austin N. Stevens
Title:Mysterious New England
Publication Info: Dublin, NH: Yankee Incorporated, 1971
On a visit to Brattleboro this summer I was reminded of the story “Wings Over Brattleboro” from this compilation of stories from Yankee Magazine about the creepy, weird, and unusual in New England. I remember enjoying these stories as a preteen – although I probably never read the book end to end – so I decided to check it out for some spooky October reading. I was a bit disappointed, as many of the stories are written in the bland, straightforward prose of mid-century magazine writers that don’t do justice to their subject. But many stories stick out, some I remember from decades ago, and some are new delights. These include the wandering Old Leather Man, some eerie ghost tales, Micah Rood’s blood-stained apples, the loss of the Willey Family to a landslide that spared their house, lots of unusual carvings and structures that predate European colonialism, ghost towns, the Borden family murders, and of course, a violent bird war over Brattleboro.