| Feb 16, 2011
The machine has won. Watson defeated the two top champions "Jeopardy" has so-far produced: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The IBM supercomputer finished the final round of competition on Wednesday night with $77,147 in winnings over Jennings' $24,000 and...
| Oct 25, 2009
The Vampire Archives
The Most Complete Volume
of Vampire Tales Ever Published
Edited and with an Introduction
by Otto Penzler
Vintage: 1034 pp., $25 paper
"You have heard, no doubt, of the appalling superstition that prevails in Upper and Lower...
| Oct 25, 2009
Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Dutton: 424 pp., $26.95
The ending of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897) has long troubled readers. Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the Dutch expert on the supernatural, repeatedly admonishes his band of...
| Mar 23, 2009
When Michael Holroyd takes on a subject, you know his sweep will be wide. This is not to say that he forfeits depth -- far from it -- but rather that he puts things in the fullest possible context. His groundbreaking biography of Lytton Strachey more than...
| Oct 13, 2009
| 10:39 AM
"Maus" by Art Spiegelman
Merely recalling the title tears my guts out. Art Speigelman’s Holocaust narrative “Maus” justly won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Drawn with intensity, the graphic text depicts anthropomorphized mice —...
| Oct 24, 2010
Is it ironic to point out that 'Dracula' seems dated? I mean, the title character has been around for 500 years, we're told.
But Dracula's story, onstage at the University of Central Florida, seems a throwback to another time. Watching Bram Stoker's 1897...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 3:50 PM
"Little Vampire Women"
By Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
HarperTeen, 320 pages, $8.99
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"
By Jane Austen and Seth Graeme Smith
uirk Books, 319 pages, $24.95
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
By Seth Grahame Smith...
| Oct 29, 2010
| 2:09 PM
As book publishers struggle to succeed in this economy, horror writers have to find alternatives to large publishing houses that, according to some authors, are accepting less material from niche genres. These writers are turning to small presses, where...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 1:19 PM
It's far too easy to stereotype an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's storied and much-beloved detective. After all, the pipe-smoking deductive genius, since his birth in the pages of Strand magazine in 1887, has inspired many admirers to...
| Sep 3, 2009
Lately people have been asking me with excitement what apps I've got on my iPhone, and I shrug and change the subject. It's a phone, it plays music, it gives me directions, it lets me e-mail from as many accounts......
| Oct 16, 2009
Turns out Bram Stoker was once a vampire???s assistant. The ???Dracula??? author???s day job was managing actor Henry Irving, a Victorian A-lister whose massive ego sucked the life out of his entourage ??? and was the inspiration for Stoker???s immortal.....