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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 308th birthday of lexicographer Samuel Johnson

Published September 18, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Samuel Johnson created the first great English dictionary.

Johnson was a poet, essayist, critic, biographer, an editor, and most importantly (today anyway) – a lexicographer.
His 1755 dictionary was the first truly comprehensive dictionary of the language, and remained the gold standard until The Oxford English Dictionary of 1884 — but one of the best reasons to remember him is – dude was hilarious!

Some of Johnson’s entries are still a complete crack-up. In fact, he was so funny that his buddy Boswell spent 22 years basically just following him around, filling 18 volumes with his various ‘Samuelisms’, creating The Life of Samuel Johnson.
Samuel Johnson was so funny that the only person in the English language who’s quoted more often is Shakespeare.

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To celebrate our fellow lover of lexicology, let’s giggle with some of Johnson’s most notable & quotable dictionary entries –

Lexicographer: A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.

Cough: A convulsion of the lungs, vellicated by some sharp serosity.

Distiller: One who makes and sells pernicious and inflammatory spirits.

Dull: Not exhilaterating (sic); not delightful; as, to make dictionaries isdull work.

Excise: A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid.

Far-fetch: A deep stratagem. A ludicrous word.

Jobbernowl: Loggerhead; blockhead.

Kickshaw: A dish so changed by the cookery that it can scarcely be known.

Network: Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections. (See how he defined ‘reticulated,’ below.)

Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.

Pastern: The knee of a horse. (This is wrong. When Johnson was once asked how he came to make such a mistake, Boswell tells us he replied,“Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.”)

Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.

Pension: An allowance made to any one without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.

Politician: 1. One versed in the arts of government; one skilled in politicks. 2. A man of artifice; one of deep contrivance.

Reticulated: Made of network; formed with interstitial vacuities.

Tory: One who adheres to the ancient constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the church of England, opposed to a Whig.

Whig: The name of a faction.

To worm: To deprive a dog of something, nobody knows what, under his tongue, which is said to prevent him, nobody knows why, from running mad.

“It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.”The Idler

“I have, all my life long, been lying till noon; yet I tell all young men, and tell them with great sincerity, that nobody who does not rise early will ever do any good.”The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

“At the tea table he had considerable demands upon his favorite beverage, and I remember when Sir Joshua Reynolds at my house reminded him that he had drank eleven cups, he replied — ‘Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?’” —The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 2

“It can scarcely be candid not to make a previous declaration, that he is to expect little justice from the author of this extract, a hardened and shameless tea-drinker.”A Journal of Eight Days’ Journey


How well do you think you know Samuel Johnson’s dictionary?

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Let me show you the way…

Published August 23, 2017 by Shadow Girl

 

Matt Shaw’s 200th Kindle Release!

Published July 22, 2017 by Shadow Girl

A new horror to sink your teeth into...

The

TASTE

of the food he’d cooked her was divine. When she told him, over their many online messages, what her favourite three course meal was – she never expected him to cook it for her and yet, that was exactly what he had done. Sitting opposite her, he watched her enjoy every mouthful despite not wanting any food for himself. A man content with the glass of red before him: A liquid dinner. Normally she would feel uncomfortable with a relative stranger watching her eat, but the food was so good that she didn’t care. Anyway, she knew this was her treat… Just as what he had coming for himself – as soon as she was done eating – would be his treat, not that he hurried her to finish. He was happy to wait. He knew

all good things come to those who wait

Have you read PLENTY OF FREAKS? OMG, Poor Matt could have ended up in so many of his stories!

To meTASTE feels like a re-imagining of the 2001 ‘Love Cannibalism’ case involving Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes.   Details on THAT are below… heh heh heh…

Like the rest of the White Cover collection, this short story is intended for those who want a quick read before bed, or members of Kindle Unlimited. If you’re looking for something longer, please try any of the Black Cover Range.

Warning: Strong sexual content.

See below for details on Armin Meiwes & Bernd Brandes –


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SCARES THAT CARE 2017: BOOKS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY PURCHASE

Published July 22, 2017 by Shadow Girl

Glenn Rolfe

I was supposed to attend this year’s STC convention, but due to some miscalculations on my part, I had to cancel and stay home. I had a blast last year.  I’m sure my friends, who are arriving in Williamsburg as we speak, will carry the torch.

That said, I wanted to give you a list of books you should grab while you’re there. So here we go:

34677623WE CAME BACK by Patrick Lacey

Patrick is one of the best new horror writers out there. This book is fantastic, and all of the proceeds are going to fight cancer in honor of his dad.  Win/win, make sure you help him sell every copy.


download (3) BONE WHITE by Ronald Malfi

Ron is my favorite author not named Stephen King. This book is out on the 25th, but Ron will have early copies for sale. I was lucky enough to get a copy a…

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Kink: A Tale of Extreme Horror by The Barns Brothers

Published July 10, 2017 by Shadow Girl

NEW from #TheButcherBrothers


KINK is brought to you by Crowley Barns:
The long-depraved but newly-published Barns Brother.

CAUTION: EXTREME HORROR CONTAINED WITHIN
There is bloody violence, gore and sexual content contained within this twisted story. Consider yourself warned.

Cassie and Rich have been texting for a few days, and now it’s time to meet.
No commitments, no strings. Just one afternoon of rough, and kinky fun.
She has a very detailed fantasy, and she knew Rich was the guy to fulfill her every dark, twisted, and violent desire.

HOW WRONG COULD IT GO?

Her text told him to arrive at 4:15.
Not 4:14. Not 4:16. Exactly 4:15.
All of her instructions were very… precise, (read: anal). But, you gotta love a girl who knows what she wants! Playing the aggressor in a violent fantasy with a smokin’ hot, older woman sounds freakin’ HOT – Rich just hopes he can immerse himself into her fantasy completely.

How can one compulsively planned & timed afternoon go to shit so fast? How did things get so terribly, darkly, and disturbingly fucked up?

Never give one person your complete trust. Ever. 

I just have one very small … ‘issue’ with KINK – 
I started the book expecting a demented and fucked up ‘killer’/‘murderer’ story,
but it took a kind of ‘sci-fi’ or ‘creature horror’ turn at one point.
In any other story, I’d usually be pissed. But, I got into it, it worked, and I liked it!

 Warren, Crowley, and Davey are The Barns Brothers (#TheButcherBrothers)
Authors of Extreme Horror, Sex & Violence, gut-wrenching Tales with a Twist, and Murderous Plots.

KINK is published by Broken Barn Publishing and can be found on Amazon, and Goodreads
You can stalk The Barns Brothers on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter
Crowley Barns is on Goodreads & Twitter
The cover art is by Warren Barns, and you can find him on Goodreads & Facebook
Davey is… hiding – for now.

 

psstt… hey… Crowley… What’s your pen name?

 

 

 

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Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror by Mark Matthews

Published July 10, 2017 by Shadow Girl


★★★★★  5 of 5 ★★★★★

* The reality of addiction is darker than any fiction. *
Drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience.
It’s the promise of heaven on earth,
but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness.”

Before I read even one story in this ‘reality horror’ anthology – Mark Matthews had me crying so hard that I could barely see. He presents an addiction anthology with compassion, casting no aspersions.

I wan’t to meet Mark Matthews, and give him the tightest hug ever.

“Imagine yourself drowning and being told not to swim to the surface for air.
Obsessions should be so mild.”

I’ll have my full review posted soon – I was going over my notes for this review, and I’m ’emotional’ again…

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Come to The Dark Side of Red…

Published June 30, 2017 by Shadow Girl

EXTREME HORROR AUTHOR SAM WEST

~ A NEW NOVEL, AND A BIG SURPRISE ~

Sam and I recently got together to discuss THE DARK SIDE OF RED, and before our conversation veered completely off course, like we knew it would, Sam was able to drop one Hell of a freakin’ bombshell!             ♫  ♪  ♬  I know something you don’t know…  ♫  ♪  ♬

Visit COFFEE TALK, or USE THIS DIRECT LINK, to see the latest Author Spotlight.

 

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