Grimm is a fantasy/police drama that is inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Nick Burkhardt, a Portland homicide detective, has discovered that he can see supernatural creatures who also have a human form. Before she passed away,his aunt told him that he is a descendant of the Grimms, who hunted the wesen (supernatural beings).
There are six seasons of Grimm. Currently, I’m on season 5. I’ve given up looking for Cinderella. Grimm doesn’t seem to retell the fairy tales that most of us know. They writers have created their own stories that have their own history. Occasionally, there is a character that I recognize like the Chupacabra.
Most of the story takes place in Portland. It’s perfect for a show that deals with odd and sometimes spooky or creepy characters.
Before revealing his secret, Nick spent a lot of time trying to protect his partner, Hank, and girlfriend, Juliette. He makes friends with three wesen: Monroe, Rosalee and Bud. It’s almost unheard of for a Grimm to be friends with wesen.
It’s hard to decide who my favorite character is. Maybe Monroe is my favorite because he’s kind of nerdy and adorable but also a bit ferocious.
American Horror Story: Coven is part of the horror anthology series American Horror Story. Every season is different but all scary in some way.
American Horror Story usually has a large cast. AHS: Coven includes Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson as the main witches/voodoo priestesses. It takes place in New Orleans in 2013. There are also flashbacks to different periods of time – starting with the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
Jessica Lange is Fiona Goode, Supreme of the Coven. Her health is failing because a new Supreme is rising but no one knows who it is yet. Her daughter, Cordelia, is the headmistress of Miss Robichaux’s Academy, a boarding school for young witches.
There has been a truce between the witches and Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Priestess. Angela Bassett portrays Marie Laveau. No one has ever been a better Marie Laveau. Unfortunately, the truce has been broken so there is some fighting between witches and voodoo practitioners. Cordelia is trying to keep the witches together but they fight amongst themselves.
My personal favorite character is Myrtle Snow. How many times can she be burned at the stake and make a grand re-entrance? She’s eccentric and a bit snobby but she is dedicated to Cordelia and the coven.
AHS: Coven is definitely my favorite season of AHS. I’ve watched parts of this season twice. However, I’m struggling to get through AHS: Hotel.
Plus, Stevie Nicks makes a guest appearance. What witch doesn’t love Stevie Nicks?
Penny Dreadful is a Gothic Horror show. The show is set in London during the Victorian Era. Penny Dreadfuls refers to the popular serial dime novels published in the United Kingdom during this time.
Eva Green and Josh Hartnett are two of the main characters. Other cast members include Timothy Dalton, Patti LuPone, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper and Rory Kinnear.
There are three seasons. It originally aired on Showtime but it is also on Netflix. So far I’m in the beginning of season 2. I suppose I would be finished watching it but the tone of the show is a little dark and creepy.
Penny Dreadful has characters from Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Vanessa Ives, Malcolm Murray and Ethan Chandler are trying to figure out some supernatural things. I’m still trying to figure out why the demons want to possess Vanessa.
Maybe I should watch season 1 again. I’m okay with that. The show is kind of beautiful to watch. The scenery, clothes and most of the people are gorgeous. I mean Josh Hartnett as a werewolf is pretty handsome as far as werewolves are concerned.
My other favorite character is John Clare, aka Frankenstein’s Creature. It doesn’t seem fair that he cannot find love because of his appearance and Dorian Gray always finds love. When in reality John Clare has a beautiful heart and Dorian Gray has a cold heart. I know that Clare will eventually become violent and angry. Gosh darn it.
So if you are into Victorian era gothic horror then you will probably love this show.
Most of the Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes is set in New Orleans. Some of the book is set in what is known as the Bayou Teche are of Louisiana, which is mostly a rural waterway.
Marie Laveau was a real person. In fact, Marie Laveau had two daughters named Marie Laveau, which has made it confusing to know who the real Marie Laveau was. In the book, there are four Maries – the famous Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau plus the grandmother, mother and daughter.
In the beginning of the book, Marie doesn’t know anything about Voodoo. She’s just an innocent girl from the country near Bayou Teche. Marie travels to New Orleans with her grandmother. Her grandmother and mother were Voodoo priestesses; however, her grandmother converted to Christianity and never taught Marie about Voodoo.
Marie marries Jacque but then almost immediately leaves him for John, a Voodoo doctor. I imagine him to be like R. Kelly but with less talent. He’s a jealous, controlling, abusive person. I don’t see what attracts the women in Marie’s family to John. He doesn’t have any actual power as far as Voodoo. He makes a potion to remain ageless but he doesn’t have visions. John is insanely jealous of Marie because she is so connected to the spirit of Damballah.
If you are looking for a good fictional book about Marie Laveau then this book is a good choice. If you are planning on visiting New Orleans, Voodoo Dreams would be a good book to read before your trip. You cannot visit New Orleans without hearing about Marie Laveau.
If you are R. Kelly or someone opposed to women having power, then you might not like this book.
FYI: Ask for permission before you take pictures at a Voodoo priestesses house or place of business. Apparently, it’s frowned upon. Lesson learned.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more of a Gothic novel but it’s more of a mystery novel. It was still a great book. The Woman in White is considered to be Collins’ greatest work.
The book is set in the United Kingdom – Cumberland County, London and Hampshire.
There’s not just one main character. The story follows sisters Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, as well as The Woman in White, Anne Catherick. The drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, helps the sisters to piece together the mystery.
The Woman in White meets Hartright on the way to Limmeridge House, where Laura and Marian are residing. Anne has just escaped from the asylum, where she was placed by Sir Percival Glyde, Laura’s fiance. The question for most of the book is why is Sir Percival so interested in finding Anne? She must know something about him that could damage his reputation but what?
After leaving Limmeridge House, Hartright joins an expedition to South America. He and Laura are in love but she still marries Sir Percival. Laura and Marian both move to Sir Percival’s estate at Blackwater Park, where they meet Count Fosco, who is married to their estranged aunt. Count Fosco and Sir Percival are definitely plotting against Laura and Marian in order to get Laura’s fortune. It is unbelievable what people will do for money.
I cannot tell you anything without giving away everything. Trust me when I say, it’s a great book and worth reading.
If you like mysteries like Agatha Christie or Hitchcock movies, then you will love this book. If you are plotting against someone to get their money, then you should read something else.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is loosely based on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Think of the Netflix adaption as the darker, spookier sister of the 90s sitcom. Both shows are based on the comic book series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which debuted in October 1962.
So far there are two seasons with a third season more than likely coming to Netflix in 2019 or 2020. I cannot wait to watch the next season. I would have read more of Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics but it’s possible that no one in my family wanted to buy anything witchy or non-Christian.
Sabrina lives with her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, and cousin, Ambrose in Greendale. Salem, the cat, also lives with Sabrina. You might recognize Zelda, played by Miranda Otto, from the Lord of the Rings. Aunt Zelda might be my favorite character. She’s terrible yet delightful.
At the beginning of the series, Sabrina is a nearing her 16th birthday. She must decide whether she will go through with her dark baptism or continue with her life as a powerless mortal. She struggles through both seasons with the good and bad within her.
Some people are horribly offended that the witch coven sign their soul over to Satan. It’s a deal breaker for really devout Christians. Personally, I don’t think watching the show will make me . . . anything . . . Christian, Pagan, Satanist. I haven’t committed to anything spiritual yet and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t going to change that fact.
Stolen Bloodline by L.G. Rollins is set in London, possibly in the late 1800s or early 1900s. There wasn’t a specific year listed anywhere but I didn’t get the feeling that it was set in modern times. There aren’t telephones, televisions or computers.
If I had to guess, the book takes place during the Edwardian era (1901-1919). No one talks about the King or Queen of England but they do talk about the Emperor of China. The last two Emperors of China reigned from 1875 until 1912.
Jasper Wimple is an artist and extremely charming. For the short time, I thought that Jasper was a vampire. He’s a charming artist with amazing hair but also doesn’t really have any relationships with anyone. Apparently, he’s not a vampire but it doesn’t make him less interesting.
He’s been entrusted with the safety of Ju and Mrs. Zhi by the ghost of Mr. Zhi. The ambassador of China killed Mr. Zhi many years ago. At first the ambassador just wants to end the lives of Ju and Mrs. Zhi but he believes that Jasper can help him obtain a secret formula, which could make him extremely powerful. The ambassador threatens to harm Jasper’s family if he doesn’t photograph the secret formula.
Jasper has fallen in love with Ju. It’s a no brainer. She’s beautiful, kind and a talented dancer. However, she has put him in the friend zone because he flirts with everyone.
So what is Jasper going to do? How can he protect his family and the Zhis? How can he get out of the friend zone?
If you are interested in books set in Edwardian times with a hint of Steampunk and supernatural beings, then this might be a good fit. If you don’t like Steampunk, ghosts or romance, then this might not be the right book for you.