April 20th marked 100 years since the death of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
An interesting fact about Stoker is that he was a late bloomer in terms of his writing career. His work history included theater critic, civil servant and 27 years spent as the manager of the Lyceum Theater in London. Stoker didn’t publish Dracula until he was fifty years old.
Then a dog began to howl somewhere in a farmhouse far down the road, a long, agonized wailing, as if from fear. The sound was taken up by another dog, and then another and another, till, borne on the wind which now sighed softly through the Pass, a wild howling began, which seemed to come from all over the country, as far as the imagination could grasp it through the gloom of the night. ~ Dracula by Bram Stoker
When I saw the Classic Book Club site my first thought was, “Why haven’t I heard about this before?” My second thought was, “What a great idea for a site. I wish I would have thought of it.”
The site is filled with book reviews. The reviews aren’t scholarly. Instead they’re the opinions of someone reading the stories for pleasure. Did they like it? What part of the novel appealed to them? I found it refreshing to find other people who think that classic literature can be fun to read.
It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man’s energy. ~ The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
No doubt noticing the popularity of the Sherlock Holmes movies and the BBC’s Sherlock, CBS is planing to launch a TV show based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. It’s early days, but some details have been announced.
The tentative title of the show is Elementary.
Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dexter) will be playing the role of Sherlock Holmes.
Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Charlie’s Angels) will be playing the role of Dr. Joan Watson.
I’m reading The Scarlet Plague by Jack London. (pictured on the left) It’s a post-apocalyptic novel written published in 1912. The Scarlet Plague is available for free from Project Gutenberg and Amazon.
The novel has presented two shocks so far. The first one was that the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild also wrote science fiction. I received my second shock when I read the details of the apocalypse. In the world of The Scarlet Plague we don’t have much time left.
“2012,” he shrilled, and then fell to cackling grotesquely. “That was the year Morgan the Fifth was appointed President of the United States by the Board of Magnates. It must have been one of the last coins minted, for the Scarlet Death came in 2013. Lord! Lord!—think of it!”