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Halloween 2020 is fast approaching and I know that it won’t be the same for anyone. Having said that, Curiosity Corner Dublin is here to provide you with some high-volume stories to binge or read.

1. Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country Trailer

Holy-moly, this year’s most weird, most sassy and probably most watch-worthy TV series is Lovecraft Country. Weird doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Go ahead, have a look at the trailer, and get hooked in this twisted, borderline eerie story.

I will not even explain it. Go! Watch it!

Be horrified. Be inspired. It’s both, it’s all.

Wow.

2. Discovery Of Witches – series 1 of (at least) 3

Discovery of Witches – Season 1 promo

Don’t like to read? Then I have one cool and presently released first season of Discovery of Witches, which, if you haven’t lived under a rock, might already be on your radar.

Cool love story, cool actors, cool and intriguing story line. What more do you want? Witches, vampires, dæmons. Got ya covered.

Season two will not be far behind, being released on 8th January 2021, so go my free, fantasy-lover friend and catch up, introduce yourself to Diana and Matthew, before they whisk you away to the past.

For those of you, my reading fiends, I can say that there are 3 books currently published and some more that builds on some other characters. You want to look for the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

So buckle up. Set. Ready? GO!

3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season 1 promo

This ain’t your typical teenage witch, and if you have Netflix, you’re in luck because if there ever were a binge-watch-worthy TV series, this is that.

The devil is coming to town and yikes he is scary. Sabrina re-invented is intriguing, funny, yet bold, and she is a force to be reckoned with.

3 seasons out and you may catch up in time for the concluding season 4, being released on 31st December.

So. What are you waiting for? Go and watch it.

4. Nora Roberts – Year One – series 1 of 3

Chronicles of the One – Book I

Love a little romance, love a little chill? This lady has you covered with both.

I can promise you, that this book (first book of The Chronicles of the One) will be one that you will scarcely put down before it’s done.

I have read it and were eagerly waiting on the following two books, which admittedly doesn’t happen to me very often anymore.

There is betrayal, monsters, weird creatures and dark in need of defeat.

Go on. Have a go. I’d bet my money you’ll be frantically searching for more of Nora Roberts’ books. Luckily, she’s got plenty.

5. Edgar Ellen Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart

Audiobook of The Tell-Tale Heart

Oh, how weirdly wonderful this short story is, I cannot tell you. I know that it will have some chilling discoveries to be made.

Curiosity Corner recommends you to read it in dark while listening to some ominous music, to add to its essence.

It isn’t long, but I promise it is worth reading, every line of it. To make it easier to access, just click HERE. Otherwise, have a listen above. ‴️

6. Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

Woman in Black trailer

Woman in Black is, first of all, a book. It is a pretty cool film too though, so this is a double goodie.

I highly recommend reading the chilling story first, as Hill presents you not only with a cool storyline, but also twists and turns that will make you rethink sleeping in the dark for a while.

Then, for comparison purposes, do watch the film with Daniel Radcliffe. Either way, this Halloween you’ll have the scares, should you want them. 😎

Have you seen the film already? It’s still good, so watch it again. πŸ‘πŸΌ

7. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Frankenstein 1818 text

You don’t know who the real Frankenstein is until you have read the original Shelley version.

Is it really the monster? You’ll never know if you never read this.

Mary Shelley is one of the best classics out there and she definitely will make you think twice about the genre of horror.

Her story is heartbreaking with unexpected turns. In my opinion, it is hard to put down.

I recommend getting your immaculate paws on the 1818 version of the text, as the later editions don’t reflect the original essence of Shelley’s story telling.

Have a go, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Not enough?

I know, there isn’t enough on Curiosity Corner’s list. So, for those of you in need of more, have a look at the best Halloween book list from Goodreads, and a bunch of cool film recommendations from IMDB.

Surely, something will catch your attention. πŸ˜‰ 🀑

Have a good read/watch and Happy Halloween!

May we all have satisfying conversations.

Szabina at Curiosity Corner Dublin

The Playground – Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Story that I wrote in College

The only noise that I hear is the swing creaking, and as I turn around to see this little girl, pale, with long auburn hair, that seems unwashed, hanging around her face in disarray. Her expression is distant. Her clothes ragged as if she has just come out from under something grave. Torn here and there, stained.
β€œAre you lost?” I ask, with a gentle voice; whether I use it for her or me, I’m not entirely sure.
β€œNo.” she answers, but she keeps swinging, expressionless, her little feet working away at it. Her voice is bleak. Uninterested.
Nothing else seems to move around her. I feel like I can’t even move.
I feel her little eyes fixed on me and I see that she stopped swinging and just stares at me. There is no curiosity in the eyes as there would be for any other child, it’s something else. It’s something weird. It’s something that gives you goosebumps after you hear a voice in a room when there is no one there, you’d swear. It’s entirely unnatural. I notice that the eyes are black, like a hole, that’s too deep to decide where it might be going or whether it has an ending. Can it actually be that black and deep?
I want to ask her another question, but her scrutinising eyes stop me; they compel me to stay unmoved and as quiet as she is. I feel bound, like a pile of rock washed up by the sea, light and heavy all at once. I notice that the skin of her small figure is discoloured, ash-like, and there is some sickeningly sweet odour in the air vividly entering my nostrils. It makes me nauseous.
Suddenly I hear this high-pitched tone, like an echo backwards, at first like a distant memory of a kettle boiling. Then it becomes louder and louder and louder. Finally, it seems unbearable. I can feel my eyes stuck on the vision in front of me, as the creature starts moving towards me. Then, as a relief, I realise that I can close my eyes if nothing else to shut out the sight if I couldn’t shut out the sound.
I hear my scream mixing in with the enclosed darkness I find myself in.
It hurts. It hurts.
Then it is gone, and I force my eyes open. No sharp sound, no devilish child, just me staring at the swing creaking.

Written in 2018

5 tips on how to write poetry for beginners πŸ“

Some well tried and tested poetry writing advice for beginners from Curiosity Corner Dublin

Writing poems might sound like something of a daunting task, but I can assure you, it is easier than you think and it is most rewarding. When I started out and I penned my very first poem (in Hungarian), I showed it to my brother and he told me this:

Every poet-to-be starts somewhere. It may not look like a poem right now, but it’s a skill, so you just need to practice.

My brother to 12 years old me

Poetry is a rather creative way in that it can help processing your troubles, observations, and gives a concise voice to just about anything that you can think up.

I like to think of poems as the most packed short stories there ever were.

I think it is a great start to writing as a whole because you really have to think about what words to use, how to place them and in which order you want to commit to each stanza (if you were to use any). Your punctuation can lead the reader, or you can go without any, break the rules of the grammar and make it up as you will.

I have one thing to note before you start:

ANYONE CAN WRITE POETRY, and you can do so in any form you choose. Trust me!

You need only to read up on some styles to start with and just practice, practice, practice. Book Riot has got you covered on the forms and their explanations.

Have I got your attention? Good. πŸ˜‰

Now lets have a look at some ways in which you can get down to your poem-experiments:

1. Listen to music 🎢

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If you’re anything like me, music of any kind will stir your emotions. It will make you happy, sad, will make you dance or will calm your nerves after a hard day.

So, the thing to do is what’s called active listening. It is a practice and a life-skill that will help not just your poems or writing in general, but your everyday life, whether you are still in school (have gone back to school? – hello there fellow mature student) or have a tedious meetings to attend at work.

How do I do it? I will put on music (lately I like ambiance music such as The Spirit of Fall or Wonderful Movie Soundtracks), any music will do. I try to find a quiet spot for this. As I sit and listen, it will evoke a certain feeling, will point out a sensation and all I have to do is to try and pin it down in a word or two or a phrase.

Once I pinned my instinctual thoughts down, all I have to do is sit with them and try to write a poem.

2. Use a writing prompt πŸ–‹

Some people use prompts to write poetry, and it can be a good place to start for someone who is not sure where to get their inspiration from. Prompts can be many things, such as phrases, colours, specific subject matter, tarot cards. You can make up your own word cards as well or find some online.

Thinkwritten has a 101 prompts for you sink your teeth into, for those who like a bit of a challenge.

3. Write in other poet’s style 🀝

This is an important trick I have found to be very cool and have given me rather interesting poems as result. Figuring out how someone else writes will impact on your writing.

Just reading other poets will not make you the next poet. What will is if you learn from those who come before you. Look at their style, the subjects they write about, the feeling their work inspire in you. It isn’t cheating if you try your hand in a style you aren’t familiar with but another is.

Never recreate their work, but let yourself be influenced by it.

Check out the Poetry Foundation or Poets.org for some instant reading, and do use the poems as an extra prompt exercise. I know you’ll be the better poet for it! πŸ™ƒ

4. React to something impactful πŸ†’

We live in uncertain times, but there are centuries worth of poets who have gone through similar. People like William Blake, who wrote about chimney-sweepers in 1789 to Margaret Atwood writing in 1939 of the passing of memories.

Any poet (and writer for that matter) have one thing in common: They wrote about what impacted them as people as well experiences of the past or the present.

Be it a forest fire, a social and political situation of your home country, past of present troubles, people working together in unison, whatever. If it impacts you, it will have an impact on others. It can be anything small, and only the sky is the limit.

Any poem is a piece of history that you get to write in your own unique perspective! Think of that! 😲

5. Write of what you see πŸ‘€

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I often walk around alone in nature or just on ordinary streets, but you’d find me on benches when people pass me by.

Life around you in valuable if you observe it well. All you need is just to see a scene or two that grabs your attention. But for that, you have to give yourself the opportunity of observing the world around you.

So have pen and paper with you at all times (or your phone) and don’t forget to jot down some fun stuff.It doesn’t have to be a whole idea. Have a phrase, a feeling written down. You’ll thank yourself later.

Always be ready to observe and experience. On a bus, outside, on the dart, at an airport or in a park. Be ready.

Don’t forget… πŸ’¬

These tips, of course, are not only good for poetry but also for writing. Let your moods lead your words and with practice it will decide how many stanza and lines it requires. Don’t worry too much about the styles either, just pick the easiest looking to start with, and you will fly from there.

Most importantly, have fun, play with the words, write for yourself and one day, if you work up some courage, share your work on kind sites, such as All Poetry or Writer’s Cafe.org

It is a game you play to keep sane first and foremost πŸ€ͺ

For a more professional point of view on poetry writing, you can also check out the Masterclass. Highly recommended!

Thank you for getting this far in this post and I hope to hear about your poems one day. 😊

May we all have satisfying conversations. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Szabina