This is the perfect melding of two of my favorite sources of inspiration: Dickens and folklore. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Update: I've also been trawling the public library's shelves as I need to hoard books (both e-books and print) for my upcoming medical leave. Next week will be my last full week at work before I go under the knife (well, my thumb will, anyway), and I need to keep myself busy between writing and keeping myself from turning into a boneless mass (read: exercising).
One series I haven't picked up after the first three books is the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan Howard. I loved the first novel, absolutely disliked the second, and was pretty cool with the third. Today I just checked out the fourth book:
I can't wait to lose myself between the pages again. :D There's one more book in the series, and as soon as I get this one done, I'll check out the fifth book. Hopefully the public library has a copy as well.
Update (part 2): Also just purchased this e-book from Amazon after getting a nice nudge in that direction by Sublime Horror (a site dedicated to reviewing and discussing the horror genre in every form):
"Don't Look Now" is one of my absolute favorite horror movies to date, and I'm stoked to finally read the novella - plus a bunch of other dark stories from Du Maurier that are less known. I'll still be digging around for gems to read, clearly. I just love this treasure hunt.
Update (part 3): Oh, what the hell. I went on ahead and placed a hold on a copy of The Fall of the House of Cabal, the fifth book of the Johannes Cabal series. With any luck, I'll be able to check it out before my surgery, so I'll be a happy, hoarding bookworm by that day.
I've never been this greedy and grabby for books in a long time. Plus I've got my KU trial subscription on the side, so I'm totally set. Also I never thought I'd miss doing updates on a specific blog post like this - the way I used to back in the good old days. This almost feels rather - Twitter-ish - with the randomness and brevity of updates to the same post.