Book Review: Charmer by Jack Olsen

Charmer: The True Story of a Ladies’ Man and His Victims by Jack OlsenMy rating: 3 of 5 starsMinus one star for the misleading (and arguably offensive) title and subtitle. The only way “Ladies’ Man” applies is if you are looking at the “Charmer” as an incel pickup artist. Which may be the point–I don’t […]

Episode 29: Unpacking the Bunny

episode 27: Halloween Enormous Stories The Blair Witch series: The Blair Witch Project Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows Curse of the Blair Witch (mockumentary) Blair Witch (Blair Witch 3) Blair Witch books: The Blair Witch Project by D. A. Stern Blair Witch Project: Book of Shadows by D. A. Stern The Secret Confessions of […]

Mental illness lies to us about isolation

View this post on Instagram Hi, my name is Carla, I’m 46, I’m a podcaster, I have 2 dogs…and I have chronic primary and secondary depression and anxiety. What I mean by this is that I have them as stand-alone diagnoses, then have them compounded as both symptoms of, and then also natural consequences of, […]

Book Lists: Chronic Illness

Listopia on Goodreads: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Firsthand Accounts of Living with Chronic, Invisible Illness(es) my chronic illness Goodreads bookshelf Bumped to the top of my to-be-read list from these two Listopia/Goodreads lists: The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness * Michael Stein The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness * Karen Armstrong In the Kingdom […]

Episode 28: Watching the Detectives, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series My Writing

Have you ever considered knitting? There’s no corpses in knitting, BeeGee. –Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives As I said in the episode, my novel is inspired by the true crime case of the missing person Maura Murray. Missing Maura Murray Podcast at Apple Podcasts the statement of the website of the podcast and soon-to-be documentary […]

Episode 26: Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard: Kindle, Audible (narrated by Tavia Gilbert), paperback formats Some books entertain you, some books distract you, and some books, if you are very, very lucky and find them, captivate you, and take your breath away from the very first page. You recognize them–and it almost feels as if […]

Episode 24: The Bell Tale Heart

  Ranker: 15 Bizarre Facts About the Tragic Life of Edgar Allan Poe the burial site of Edgar Allan Poe, 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Westminster Hall and Burying Ground E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore: Results of Tests on the Hair of Virginia and Edgar A. Poe: Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Uranium, […]

Episode 23: Look at This Tangle of Thorns

American Library Association > Frequently Challenged Books > Infographics and Statistics   I was within and without simultaneously enchanted and repulsed by the inexhaustible variety of life. —The Great Gatsby       Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whisky in the hands of another…There are just some […]

Episode 22: Black Bread, Water and Horses

LiveScience: The Mystery of Kasper Hauser mental_floss: The Mysterious Life and Death of Kasper Hauser feral children The British Psychological Society: Mirror writing ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Mirror writing: neurological reflections on an unusual phenomenon by G. D. Schott Philip Henry, 4th Earl of Stanhope Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland, neé Stanhope   Referenced and quoted Lost Prince: […]

Episode 21: Nine Days and Two Car Seats

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Against the Peace and Dignity of the Commonwealth

Susan Smith, Union, South Carolina My sources for this episode Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith by David Smith Violence As Seen Through a Prism of Color by Letha A. See The Color of Crime: Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment and Other Macroaggressions by Kathryn Russell Further recommended reading Sins […]

Review: Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Profilic Serial Killer

This book is not for everyone. The authors are very honest about what Kermit Gosnell, and what Gosnell did went far beyond abortion. He murdered and decimated. If you are uncomfortable with Ed Gein’s story, do not read this book, for Gosnell was the same type of hoarder. This book was finely investigated, so I […]

Episode 20: Green Foundlings: Fae or Nay?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Paranormal

The Green Children of Woolpit: Books about the green children, and fae folk tradition: both folklore research and paranormal research Main sources for this episode Unexplained,!: 347 Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Phenomena by Jerome Clark Mysteries of the Unexplained edited by Carroll C. Calkins “The Green Children of Woolpit”, Fortean Times 57 (Spring […]

Episode 19: The King’s Eclipse

  The King’s Eclipse: two works originally intended to be one, Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne   A huge thank you to Bev Vincent, my King consultant for this episode. He is the authority on all things King, and I highly recommend every one of his books. Here’s his work on the King: The Stephen King […]

Episode 18: Yellow

“The Yellow-Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of the finest short stories written in the English language…hopefully done some justice as read by me.   Collected in: The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper and Selected Writings   Academic examination of: Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of “The Yellow […]

Episode 17: Wolves and Hoods

Stories read in this episode “Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” by Charles Perrault: The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault “Little Red-Cap” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (related to them by Jeannette and Marie Hassenpflug): The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm “The True History of Little Golden Hood” by M. Charles Marelles, collected in […]

Episode 16: I’ve Got Something in My Pocket

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Girl Scouting

On my honor I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law. I will do my best to be Honest and fair Friendly and helpful Considerate and caring Courageous and strong Responsible for what I say and do And to respect […]

Episode 19 Teaser

Lovelies, I am sorry, but I am not going to be recording and publishing until tomorrow. I almost had a syncope (POTS fainting) episode today–luckily thwarted by last week’s ER doc’s medical advice, but even “almost” tears my body up. But it’s going to be a good one, and since I am late, I will […]

Episode 15: Old School Brownies

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Girl Scouting

The Scottish Brownie, from Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales, by George Douglas, 1901: The Scottish Brownie formed a class of beings distinct in habit and disposition from the freakish and mischievous elves. He was meagre, shaggy, and wild in his appearance. In the daytime he lurked in remote recesses of the old houses which he […]

Episode 14: Watching the Detectives

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series My Writing

 And they were all rich. Rich in looks, rich in opportunity, rich in already wasted opportunities, rich in network, and rich in funds. And rich in frustrations, many of which they could not even name. –Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives   As I said in the episode, my novel is inspired by the true crime […]

Episode 13: 20 Things About INFJMe

Book recommended in this episode: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Audible edition from Amazon) Sponsor Audible link to choose it for free and receive thirty days trial membership Quiet in Kindle format Quiet in Paperback format Another suggestions, also by Cain: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths […]

Episode 12: Driving, Dancing, and Pizza Hut

Book suggested for Audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler link for free copy of Yes Please and a 30-day trial of Audible, the wonderful audiobook subscription service and store with the best customer service of any bookstore link to purchase Yes Please in audio format, narrated by the author, from Audible’s partner, Amazon Books quoted […]

Episode 11: Wonder Woman and Highway 29

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Against the Peace and Dignity of the Commonwealth

When I was eight I had a friend with a pirate’s smile —Cyndi Lauper, “Sally’s Pigeons” The missing and the murdered Alicia Showalter Reynolds: missing March 2, 1996 while traveling to Charlottesville, VA from Baltimore, MD; found May, 1996 Julianne Williams and Laura “Lollie” Winans: murdered May, 1996 in Shenandoah National Park Anne McDaniel: missing […]

Episode 10: Boo Without Goo: Scary Movies For the Squeamish

Hecate: O! Well done! I commend your pains, and ever one shall share i’ the gains… Sec. Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks! —Macbeth, Willam Shakespeare Scary movies for the squeamish: the list of 31 films Paranormal Activity (2010) Paperhouse (1990), based upon the young […]

Episode 9: Family Trees

The most courageous is still to think for yourself. Aloud. –Coco Chanel All books, as usual, added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads. Quoted: The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From the World’s Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo To Kill a Mockingbird: novel and movie The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain […]

Episode 8: Toxic Doxology

Toxic Doxology Filicide: Books quoted To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk Recommended books on mothers mentioned Beyond All Reason: My Life With Susan Smith by David Smith My Daughter Susan Smith by Linda H. Russell with Shirley Stephens Susan Smith: Victim or Murderer by George Rekers Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting […]

Episode 6: Let’s Go to the Movies

Part 1: the movie briefcase Patton Oswalt‘s book: Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film The Godfather (1972) …also from a novel, naturally Movies from my childhood in episode: Star Wars (1977) The Rescuers (1977) …also from a novel Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Pete’s Dragon (1977) Superman II […]

Episode 5: Haunted Me and the Red Book

…and a true crime mystery from Carla’s past to solve. Truly! In which Carla extolls the haunting music of the musician she has been highlighting in episodes, bemoans the dentist appointment that makes this episode short (but 1 of 2 this week!), and reads you a Scottish folktale explaining how evil was loosed unto the […]

Episode 4: And Things That Go Bump in the Night

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Paranormal

First episode in series: Episode 3: True Boo, Part 1: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties Waverly Hills Sanatorium: 4400 Paralee Dr. Louisville, Ky 40272 ​official Facebook page official website: how to be a volunteer how to make investigation reservations as well as reservations for historic tours about the santatorium at Troy Taylor’s Prairie Ghosts USS North […]

Episode 3: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long Legged Beasties…

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Paranormal

True ghost stories as told by Carla, round one: Books recommended in/for this episode (all added to the podcast bookshelf on Goodreads): book which I used to verify my experiences with hearing family members go through their routines yet not be home: Grave’s End, by Elaine Mercado true ghost stories: Ghosts by Hans Holzer — This […]

Episode 2: Casey Anthony and Bonnie MacNara

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series My Writing

Mothers who killed their young children: one fictional, one frighteningly real, both related. Book recommendations: Before the list of true crime books, I must mention this splendid novel, about a father who learns that his son might be a murderer: Defending Jacob, by William Landay   Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait, by […]

So Many Books: You Were Forewarned

Books are my friends and my passion. I love words. I cannot emphasize that enough. When I’m not reading…I’m growing my TBR list (to be read) with one eye always hunting. Hunter-gatherer over here. I say I am a bookdragon–a bookworm is just the pupal stage of a dragon. The key is fireproof books, y’all. […]

Social Media Xanadu

All my (and the podcast’s) social media: That’s you all over. –The Tin Man to the Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz Follow my blog with Bloglovin and. . . Tumblr (will have posts from here and The Dollop Dot Net, the site I maintain on behalf of The Dollop Podcast) Instagram: There Might Be Cupcakes account, my […]