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Book Review: Poor Little Ghosts

I’m jealous of Davidt Dunlop. Not only did he write this charming tale, but he also created the remarkable illustrations that accompany it. That’s more than his share of talent, in my opinion. (He also has the most autocorrect unfriendly first name that I have ever encountered. Yes, goddmanit, I meant to type that “t” at the end!)

Like all good ghost stories, this one is short, poignant, and haunting. I mean that literally, it raises questions that stick with you. Questions about the nature and assumptions behind ghost stories.

gordon meyer with book cover

One tradition not questioned, thankfully, is the depiction of ghosts wearing bedsheets. I truly love a good sheet ghost (I blame Gilligan’s Island) and this book is chock-full of them. I’ve read it over and over for this reason, sometimes not noticing even a single word.

You can get a copy at Quimby’s.

The Vanishing: A Holiday Tale

The first to disappear was my next door neighbor. My wife laughed when I told her, pointing out it was Black Friday, and that she was probably just out shopping. But by Sunday evening, the nosey old lady and her yappy little dog were both still gone.

On Monday, at work, my boss wasn’t there. Had the dumb bastard been promoted and sent to another office? No, there wasn’t an announcement. He was simply gone.

After work, I rushed home to tell my wife the good news about my boss. Our house was oddly quiet. She, and all her belongings; utterly gone.
Never doubt the power of a wish.

Book Review: A Purple Thread

Author: Nina Antonia

Subtitle: The Supernatural Doom of Oscar Wilde

This booklet, published by “The Peculiar Parish of Fiddler’s Green” is utterly charming in both content and design. Just holding it and paging through is a pleasurable experience, and then when you begin reading, a whole new world (to me, anyway) unfolds with each page. As soon as I finished it, I went back to the start again, as if riding a soothing, lovely amusement park ride.

gordon meyer with book

If you’re a regular reader of mine, (thank you) you might recall that just over a year ago I was reading my first Oscar Wilde story. So, I can hardly be considered knowledgable about the man, but nonetheless I enjoyed this author’s exploration of occult and esoteric connections across his life and publications. I definitely have a new appreciation forming, and I look forward to exploring more of his works and legacy.

I got my copy of this book from Quimby’s in Chicago, and I encourage you to do the same, but you must also do yourself the favor of browsing the publisher’s website.

A holder for Square Moo business cards

There’s no doubt in my mind that Moo is one of the finest “online” print shops. They offer high-quality and unique designs, and the flexibility of mixing multiple designs in a single run. I highly recommend everything they offer.

In particular, their Square Format business cards on Luxe paper are like small works of art. Particularly when you add spot gloss or foil highlights to your design.

However, the card's unconventional shape means they won’t fit into any conventional business card holder. Moo sells a couple of different holders, but I’m not a fan of either. (Like Goldilocks, the cases are either too expensive, or too bulky.)

My solution is admittedly somewhat tacky, but practical. Buy a package of trading card sleeves, which cost a mere fraction of pennies each, and use those to put cards in the pocket of every jacket or bag you own. You’ll never be without your cards, and they will be pristinely clean when you proudly present them to a recipient.

gordno meyer hold card

And before you protest that each sleeve can only hold 3 or 4 cards, consider how often you hand out cards today (it’s a rapidly vanishing tradition), and that Moo’s own cases also hold a minimal number of cards. The sleeves are worth a try, right?