13 Frightening Books and Stories

By , October 30, 2014 3:07 pm
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1. Edgar Allan Poe “The Tell-Tale Heart”

A chilling short-story narrated by a character of questionable sanity, who tells a tale about a murder that is sure to leave your heart pounding.

2. Stephen King The Shining

Jack, his son Danny, and wife Wendy become trapped in a hotel with many paranormal secrets, and Jack becomes consumed by the psychological torment of the spirits that haunt the Overlook.

3. Tom Harris Silence of the Lambs

FBI agent Clarice Starling enlists the help of cannibalistic murderer, Hannibal Lector in order to uncover the deadly serial killer “Buffalo Bill.”

4. Richard Connell “The Most Dangerous Game”

Sanger Rainsford shipwrecks on an island inhabited by the notorious General Zaroff, who challenges all stranded sailors to the ultimate hunting game.

5. W.W. JacobsThe Monkey’s Paw”

The magical monkey’s paw grants the White family three wishes, but the consequences are gruesome and terrifying.

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6. Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

In this novella, narrator, Mr. Utterson, uncovers the life of Dr. Jekyll, a pleasant man mysteriously intertwined with the life of Mr. Hyde, a cruel and violent man.

7. Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

A story of extreme vanity, the young and aristocratic Dorian Gray makes a deal with the devil to keep his beauty—the only catch is that he must avoid his flawless portrait which secretly portrays his true image.

8. H.P Lovecraft “The Call of Cthulhu”

Francis Wayland recounts gripping stories about a cult who serves a dark god beneath the sea, and the terror unleashed.

9. Stephen King It

A gang of outcasts team up to defeat the deranged clown Pennywise, a strange being known also as “it” for his shape shifting abilities morphing into the fears of young children.

10. Susan Hill The Woman in Black

Arthur Kipps tells the horror story of his time in Eel Marsh House and his mysterious encounters with a pony, a screaming child, and a woman in black.

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11. Bram Stoker Dracula

In the original tale of Count Dracula, his evil motives and vampires come alive; a few brave humans make it their mission to destroy this evil at all costs.

12. Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Ironically, a nightmare became a dream for Mary Shelley. The tragic story tells of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, who vows revenge on his creator due to a life of loneliness and desperation.

13. Irving Washington “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

On his way home to the quiet town of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod Crane encounters the Headless Horseman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

By , October 27, 2014 3:39 pm

bookshelfIt’s pretty safe to say, that basically all English majors dream of publishing a book one day. We spend our whole lives sitting in front of a computer screen or writing in multiple notebooks, hoping that maybe our words will reach an audience. The question is, where do we start? I’d like to think that my words would have some effect on the general public, but the risk of assuming is one that involves great consequence. So I must choose the best method for me; self-publishing or traditional publishing.

On one hand, self-publishing is a great new way for aspiring authors to get their books out quickly, and with the development and rise of e-books, they can easily hit the market without business officials and executives as middle men. E-books have swept the nation with their inexpensive prices and variety of options. A few years ago, one of the nation’s bestselling books, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, started out as a simple self-published e-book, but eventually expanded into a million dollar franchise, complete with hardcopy editions, sequels, and future movie adaptations. Sites like Lulu, Blurb, and Booksurge are popular among aspiring authors because they offer the best of both worlds—hardcopy editions for purchase as well as e-book editions to download off Amazon or Barnes & Noble for a fairly inexpensive price. Authors can also go to a company to self-publish, and by doing so they receive monthly payments and great royalty rates. It is an effective way to have control over all aspects of the process (editing, pricing, marketing, the works). But like all things great, there’s a downside. Self-Published books have a lower chance of hitting the market than books produced by big publishing houses due to the lack of proper management and money power. (Typically) Self-published book sales just aren’t up to standard, and it can really hurt your personal finances as a result.

If you don’t have the funds to self-publish, or if you feel like your book might need some marketing help, then strive for traditional publishing. Major publishing companies such as Random House, Simon and Schuster Scholastic, and HarperCollins produce most of the books in America. There are also publishing companies specific to genre such as Zondervan which produces Christian books and Bibles, and there are local publishers such as our press that cater to the regional area. Any of these places are willing to work with authors and writers; it’s just a matter of impressing them and adhering to their high standards. As a new writer, it might seem hard entering a company that publishes James Patterson or Stephen King, but if you can grab their attention, then it’s possible that your book will become a success. Larger companies have the money and marketing power, as well as top editors, professional cover artists, and greater success rates. But here too, these benefits come at a cost; the executives will have full control of cost, detail, editing changes, and ultimately your voice (because now it’s their voice too).

The world is full of books, one more creative than the next. When deciding what route to take, consider the pros and cons, an just remember no matter what type of writer you aspire to be, your voice can be heard.

A Night at the Holly Theater: Review of Macbeth

By , October 16, 2014 3:59 pm

macbethVoid of elaborate design luxuries such as, stunning visuals and expensive backdrops, the Holly Theater in Downtown Dahlonega has its own charm. Rather than a performance stage, the theater intriguingly resembles a small movie theater. Contrasting the uptight atmosphere often present at the Fox Theater in Atlanta or on Broadway in New York, the quaint local aspects make the Holly inviting and relaxed. These attributes made my overall experience at the Holly enjoyable.

While impatiently waiting amongst the audience for Macbeth to start, I began reading the program. I had never seen a Shakespearean play until the night of October 11th and it definitely met my expectations. I didn’t have any grand or over the top preconceived ideas about the play. The theater is small and locally managed, so intricate detailed set designs and costumes don’t come cheaply. Shakespeare’s plays are also full of soliloquy and dialogue rather than action, making the play more about the plot rather than the backdrop. True to these expectations, Macbeth, a story of the Scottish King, was slightly unfamiliar but the program’s short summary provided me with all I needed.

The cast did an excellent job delivering their lines, and projecting the character’s emotions in the setting they were given. I can’t remember a single slip in dialogue, and their facial expressions were a good mix of subtle and hyperbolic. Shawn Jacoby took on the role of an insane and misguided Macbeth with embellished enthusiasm, making the play more entertaining to watch. Although, the setting could have used a few more artistic elements for a fuller sense of location and imagery. The stage direction made up some for the lack of background scenery, and kept the audience on edge, wondering who was going to come out of which door next. The music, haunting, mysterious, and reflecting Macbeth’s unpredictability through intense violin rifts and deep chanting, also added an eerie touch.

Dr. Brian Corrigan, the director of the play, English professor at UNG, and Shakespearean expert, delivered a large scale play in a small town, and in my opinion he did so very well. Shakespeare is known as an extravagant and detailed writer, so audiences expect his stage adaptations to play out in this manner (no pun intended). But this production doesn’t need a high class presence to beautifully tell the story of Macbeth; after all “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

The play will be running the weekends of October 24-26th & 31st, as well November 1st and 2nd. I recommend everyone come support the amazing and dedicated cast and crew of this production. They surely will not disappoint!

If you haven’t already seen Macbeth, get your tickets here!

Papers and Publications: Call for Submissions

By , October 10, 2014 12:10 pm

Papers and Pub(lication)s is a regional, open access peer reviewed online and print journal of undergraduate research. Papers and Pubs is published by the University Press and supported by the Center of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at the University of North Georgia. Papers and Pubs promotes student learning by disseminating undergraduate research and creative works that make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice.

Papers and Pubs will begin accepting submissions for its fourth volume on November 3, 2014. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2015. Students in the southeastern region and their faculty mentors may submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional/national conference site. Original research papers are welcome from all departments and disciplines, including fiction, creative non-fiction, works of art, and poetry (providing the creative work has been presented at a conference or in a class). Faculty in the appropriate discipline will review all submissions.

Submission Guidelines

Students may submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional/national conference site. The work must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate; the student may submit research within a year after graduating. Original research papers are welcome from all departments and disciplines, including fiction, creative non-fiction, works of art and poetry (providing the creative work has been presented at a conference or in a class). The work may not be under consideration by other publications.

Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files. They should be typed, single-spaced, fully justified, with one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and numbered pages. Illustrations, tables, and figure legends should be embedded within the text at the locations preferred by the authors. Length: 5,000 words maximum. Citations should be formatted in the most recent editions of the citation style appropriate to their academic disciplines, e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, etc. The chosen format must be used consistently throughout the manuscript. Submissions must include an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a student author biography of 300 words (maximum). Append the biography to the manuscript itself.

Authors and mentors must sign and mail the Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval form within two weeks of manuscript submission. Manuscripts and works without an author agreement form will not be reviewed.

For article submission and complete submission guidelines, see: http://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/papersandpubs/

New Intern Spotlight

By , October 10, 2014 9:43 am

10375147_10152203856970197_2948900963235123506_nBorn a Gemini in the year of 1993, to Charles and ChiSuk Beard, I was given the name Amy. Over the course of my 21 years of existence, I have lived on 3 of the 7 continents. My indescribable wanderlust paired with a severe curiosity for fantastic cuisines fuels my gypsy tendencies.

Writing is my interest; food is my passion. My dream is basically to become a female Anthony Bourdain; creating a nexus between the practical and the palatable.

Additional interests include reading, running, hiking, EDM, Auburn football (WDE), and taking care of my dog.

As a senior English major, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at North Georgia. While at the university, I have met phenomenal people (peers and  faculty) and expanded my life experience through the fantastic opportunities  that our university offers.

I hope that my time with the University Press will allow me to broaden my academic skills and professional experiences while also allowing me a sliver of an opportunity to give back to a university that has already given me so much.

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