The Man Behind the Incest: An Interview With V.C. Andrews' Ghostwriter

V.C. Andrews is practically an institution. Her young adult gothic horror novels have sold more than 106 million copies, been translated into 24 languages, and educated generations of adolescent girls about consensual incest. Hers is the longest-running literary franchise in history and she's one of the most popular… »12/05/13 4:00pm12/05/13 4:00pm


Flowers In The Attic: He Ain't Sexy, He's My Brother

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Flowers In The Attic', the 1979 story of a brother and sister who keep it all in the… »8/22/08 3:40pm8/22/08 3:40pm

Austrian Man Locked His Daughter In The Basement For 24 Years

Upon first reading the horrific story of 73-year-old Austrian Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter, Elisabeth, in the family cellar in 1984 and proceeded to allegedly father as many as seven of her children, my reaction was damn, that is some V.C. Andrews shit. But then I read more of the reports, and I can no longer… »4/28/08 9:30am4/28/08 9:30am

Were You a Judy Blume Enthusiast or a Babysitters Club Nerd?

In today's Washington Post, book critic Jonathan Yardley extols the virtues of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books as part of "An occasional series in which The Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past." Though I was never personally a fan of all those Prairie books… »11/08/07 2:00pm11/08/07 2:00pm