| Oct 18, 2010
Ghost stories have a bad rap these days. Thanks to slasher films, ghost stories call to mind burnt-faced men with hooks, bloody decapitations and other gruesome ends.
None of that sort of thing comes into "The Turn of the Screw," adapted by Jeffrey...
| Oct 23, 2010
| 5:40 PM
You have one week. Not to live — until Halloween. Sorry, didn't mean to scare you.
As you know, Halloween is the official, certified start of the holiday season. How is that possible? Wasn't the Fourth of July about six weeks ago? Wasn't Labor...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 4:08 PM
The line delivered by little Carol Anne in 1982's "Poltergeist" is probably the most famous on-screen interaction between child and ghoul and its just one of many movies that feature the paranormal communicating with children....
| Oct 29, 2010
| 10:09 AM
Here's where the coolest zombies, vampires and other ghouls will be hanging out this weekend
As befits a city that counts Edgar Allan Poe among its favorite sons, Baltimore puts on quite the show every Halloween. Whether it's through late-night tours...
| Nov 23, 2010
| 3:46 PM
Going into Friday night's Phoebus-Hampton showdown in the Eastern Region, let's check out who else is out there in Division 5. And, as you'll see, there are some familiar names.
The Phantoms-Crabbers winner will travel to the Central champion next...
| May 16, 2010
The Eyes of Willie McGee
A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South
Harper: 404 pp., $26.99
In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering...
| May 30, 2010
One of the first lessons any writer should learn is that where you start isn't necessarily where you end up and that your defining books are often beyond your control. Michael Koryta arrived auspiciously at the authorial gates when his first novel,...
| Feb 14, 2010
As Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor describe it, there was no need for the cast of Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" to have long, philosophical discussions about the movie's creepy real-life parallels.
It wasn't necessary, for example, to dissect...
| Oct 30, 2009
The cutesy, hackneyed frights of Halloween will come as a welcome reprieve to the real-life terrors we've lived through this year. Ghastly stories of unemployment and bankruptcies have been an everyday occurrence. And even with the good news Thursday that...
| Nov 1, 2009
Even after the costumes are worn, the candy collected and the ghoulish jack-o'-lantern turned back into a pumpkin, Halloween doesn't have to be over -- if you are willing to be entertained by a good ghost story.
Almost anywhere you look in Southern...
| Nov 6, 2009
The new Disney A Christmas Carol is another epic achievement in motion-capture animation, advancing the art form closer to photo-realism than The Polar Express or Beowulf. Dazzling, ornate visuals take us to the snowy London of 1837, swooping over its...