#MyrtleMondays: Ringing in the New

Well, Dear Reader, we’re almost there: time to say farewell (or good riddance?) to 2020 and hello to 2021!  New Year’s Day is my second favorite holiday (after Hallowe’en). I just love the brimming potential and possibility of the coming months, all the exciting new plans afoot!  I’m hard at work on Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries Book 4, (coming 2022), right now, which also finds Myrtle in the brand new year of 1894. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next months bring her! (more…)

Myrtle Mondays: ‘Tis the Season to be Spooky—the ghost stories of a Victorian Christmas

The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story. …For ghost stories to be told on any other evening than the evening of the twenty-fourth of December would be impossible in English society as at present regulated. –Jerome K. Jerome, “Told After Supper,” 1891

It’s no secret that I love ghosts. In my considered opinion, a ghost can improve pretty much any story. For this reason (along with the whole dressing-up bit), Hallowe’en has always been my favorite holiday. But Victorian England had an entirely different holiday for telling ghost stories, and that holiday was… Christmas! (more…)