Q: what do you call an ant from overseas?
I have to laugh to keep from screaming. I'd foolishly thought nothing would unsettle me as much as this - http://thehairpin.com/2013/09/we-need-to-talk-about-jellyfish - but the NYT keeps outdoing itself.
"The Westing Game", "From The Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Harriet the Spy" were my absolute favourite books as a kid. All have female protagonists, and I'm a dude (although admittedly am gay...does that skew things??). I have never understod the widespread antipathy many men have towards reading books by/about women. None of those aforementioned books are "feminine" in the stereotypical way that men might expect - they're not about makeup, or finding boyfriends, or buying fancy clothes, or whatever - so it breaks my heart that lots of boys out there will never read them.
I live in Toronto, and while I'm appalled that my city has been thrust into the international limelight for such a lurid reason, a small part of me is just thrilled that Toronto has been THRUST INTO THE INTERNATIONAL LIMELIGHT. Gawker never used to mention Canada at all, and now look! I feel like Carrie White - ignored for ages and then finally, belatedly, crowned prom queen.
(Never saw the entire movie...I assume it ends with Carrie being happy and well-adjusted and reigning benevolently over her contrite peers, right?)
If we're going for "creepy" rather than outright "horror", then I nominate almost anything by Algernon Blackwood. He wrote a lot about the dark, menacing side of the natural world. Remember the healing, unifying garden in "The Secret Garden"? Well, this is the exact opposite of that...the garden would house a lurking, unknowable evil and would probably steal your soul or drive you insane. I'm particularly fond of this story, "The Transfer", which I originally came across in a collection of vampire stories. It's about a 'dead patch' in a garden where nothing will grow. It's not a vampire story in a traditional sense at all, so don't let that turn you off if "Twilight" has made you wary of the word.
Full disclosure: I have a particular preference for all manner of genteel, old-timey British ghost stories. Your mileage may vary.
@de Pizan OH GOD THOSE ILLUSTRATIONS. They're emblazoned on my memory.
EW says she's playing Rosemary, the Giver's dead daughter.
I love Pocahontas. Reminds me of Cher in "Clueless."