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

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, my chronic illnesses of EDS, […]

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 27: Halloween Enormous Stories

Halloween, 2017 Contributing podcasts Creepy Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children Murder Road Trip Evil Podcast The Trail Went Cold Encrypted Podcast 36 Times Moms and Murder True Crime Island Cold Case Notes Bless This Mess Mad Scientist Podcast Minds of Madness Music used in episode Kevin McLeod Aesis Surrain Paolo Messere Kiddycar Share1TweetPin+11 Shares

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 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 […]