When Anita Lewis heads to the local supermarket, she is expecting nothing more than a routine shopping trip. However, the attention of a concerned police officer is about to change her life forever…
Often times, horror hides in open view. We’ve all heard the stories of the quiet neighbor whose basement became a chamber of evil; the kind woman who slipped her foot into her slipper and discovered a brown recluse spider; or the young child who lured a classmate into the woods. Every day, in the bright light of our lives, evil happens. It comes from the most ordinary places, the most ordinary circumstances, and the most ordinary people. These stories will pull back the curtains, throw open the doors, and reveal the truth of the evils that hide in plain sight. Sometimes evil is sitting in the next seat over. Sometimes it looks like a freckled face boy, or the kindly old woman, or the sweet puppy. Pull back the curtains on the creepy house or see where the Brown Recluse lies in wait for the unsuspecting victim. Be wary of the person next to you, that cat in the tree, or even that thing that lurks in the dark of your mind. Sometimes you just have to look, and you’ll find the horror around us.
Nothing goes through life unscathed. Fractured examines the broken, from the literal breaking of object to the shattering of relationships and of self, through poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction essays. Available in Kindle and paperback formats.
The Fruits of Labor–Mamalode.com Birth stories told in a series of vignettes.
Indiscernible Leaves is a collection of non-fiction essays written by students in Indiana University South Bend’s English Master’s Program. These essays are those deemed best by the author and worked on throughout the semester by each student. They are a cumulation of feed-back and revision with topics ranging from family and love to decision making and growing up. As one of the authors, Nathan Siery states about the title “Indiscernible Leaves,” “Leaves here represent memories, past events strewn about the ground of memory. All our essays are about describing these indiscernible pasts, these things that we can never explain perfectly because they will never be like they were when they grew off of us, because now they’re brown and dead and never will ever look like they did. It’s refined shots in the dark, like trying to describe a single leaf in a pile of them.”
Lockwood is absent from nearly all criticism concerning the abnormal sexuality of Wuthering Heights, where the main focus is on the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff. However, Lockwood exhibits traits of voyeurism, both through his actions and his own accounts, and while there are no explicit scenes of sexual expression, his voyeurism presents itself with sexual undertones. At first, he utilizes Nelly Dean as a way to spy on Cathy Heathcliff through her storytelling, engaging with her in a type of seduction. He then progresses to spying on her in person, telling the reader of his actions using language that objectifies her. Lockwood also exhibits a need to establish power, as well as showing anxiety regarding his interactions with women, which are also characteristics of voyeurism. In this way, I argue that Lockwood has a legitimate place within the abnormal sexuality of the novel. Furthermore, the lack of critical attention enables Lockwood to successfully execute his voyeurism.
As a stay at home mom, she gave up her job and her outside life to raise her boys and be a good wife. Her family became her only focus. When Brian tells her he wants to “spice up” their love life, she is hesitant but agrees to his “surprise.” He lights the candles, plays the music, but when she opens her eyes, will it be the boost Brian hoped for or will it be the first domino to fall?