The real Shawshank Redemption

The real Shawshank Redemption

One of my favourite works of fiction has long been Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was turned into an equally brilliant movie. But is it fiction? The “real” Andy Dufresne was a man named Frank Freshwaters. In 1957,...
IWSG: The comparison game

IWSG: The comparison game

From an early age, my writing life was all about comparisons. When I was a little kid I said, “I want to write a classic that will be remembered forever, like Charles Dickens.” When I was in grade school, I aspired to be like Gordon Korman, who published...
The curse of Tut’s tomb

The curse of Tut’s tomb

An ancient tomb is creepy enough. Add a fatal curse to the mix and you have the makings of a great horror story. Only in this case, the story might turn out to be true. British Lord George Carnarvon was obsessed with Egypt, so when archaeologist Howard Carter...
Too scary? Mattel turns monsters into princesses

Too scary? Mattel turns monsters into princesses

I wasn’t a girl who played with dolls. In fact, any doll that fell into my clutches met with a tragic end. When I heard about Monster High as an adult, I was so envious! Imagine being able to play with the daughters of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Werewolf....