| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:25 PM
At least since whoever wrote "The Arabian Nights" invented postmodernism, we have been visited by metafiction — literature folding in on itself to address its own fictionality. At its best we get "Don Quixote," "Tristram Shandy," Jorge Luis Borges'...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights lawyer and first black Supreme Court justice who was instrumental in ending Jim Crow segregation. His representation of schoolgirl Linda Brown...
| Aug 5, 2012
Sandi Tan's past is teeming with ghosts. The Pasadena-based filmmaker-turned-novelist isn't a "seer" herself — she's a self-described scaredy-cat and doesn't particularly enjoy supernatural books and movies — but her childhood in Singapore...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 5:48 PM
There's probably some great psychology/sociology book out there that analyzes why we like ghost stories, why they appear in nearly every culture, and why they're generally the first horror concept each culture develops. Presumably it has something to do...
| Aug 23, 2012
Zero stars (out of four)
In the astoundingly incompetent “The Apparition,” the most legitimate conversation involves a debate about whether or not Costco sells saguaro cacti.
Good news, green thumbs; it appears they do.
Pretty much every...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:55 PM
All summer long, Printers Row invited kids ages 5-16 to send in book reviews. Here's what young Chicago-area writers had to say. We've left the reviews mostly unedited to let the charm shine through. Watch for more to come.
"Frog and Toad All Year" by...
| Aug 30, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Last week's “The Apparition” contained an alarming lack of skill. So “The Awakening” represents a certain corrective because it disturbs for reasons other than nearly everyone involved in the horror movie not...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:19 PM
"Liesl & Po" by Lauren Oliver
"Liesl and Po" is about a girl, a boy, a ghost, and a ghost pet. Will (the boy), confuses a box containing ashes of Henry Morbower, who is Liesl's father, with the most powerful magic in the world. Liesl is locked in the...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 3:32 PM
A 10,000-square-foot replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction minus the 999 ghosts will go up for auction Wednesday on eBay for $873,000 or the next highest bid.
Photos: A virtual tour of the Haunted Mansion replica home
| Oct 16, 2012
| 7:11 PM
It’s Halloween time again which means several special events such as haunted houses pop up. The best event in terms of value, professionalism, and family-friendly (five years and older), is the Ghost Train produced by Los Angeles Live Steamers...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 7:02 PM
In the crisp autumn wind, as leaves fill gutters and darkness falls ever earlier on the Colonial-era streets of Maryland's capital city, ghost season arrives in Annapolis.
"Dying trees, boy, that's the good stuff," folklorist Ed Okonowicz said....