Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The Devil in Manuscript” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I was surprised to see that “The Devil in Manuscript” was written around the same time as the stories from Hawthorne’s first collection, Twice-Told Tales (1837), but was not actually collected until the … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Store of the Worlds” by Robert Sheckley

I can’t offer a permanent escape from the earth yet; not one that doesn’t involve death. Perhaps I never will be able to. For now, all I can offer you … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

“How the Brigadier Slew the Fox” by Arthur Conan Doyle

If you know any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work outside of Sherlock Holmes it’s probably his science fiction novel The Lost World, or maybe you’ve heard of the spiritualist book he wrote that perpetuated … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Jamie Freel and the Young Lady” by Letitia Maclintock

This short comes from Yeats’ collection of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. “Jamie Freel and the Young Lady” is a beautiful Halloween piece that focuses on the wild celebrations of the fae instead of the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

In her comments since writing The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Rachel Joyce says that she resisted writing this companion book to her wildly popular The Unlikely Pilgrimage of … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

“It is with the Deepest Sincerity that I Offer Prayers…” by Tatsuaki Ishiguro

Winged mouse research took off on a massive scale. Naturally, researchers must have hoped that any finding related to the winged mouse would make for a first-class paper… I’m not … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

After their parents mysteriously disappeared on Florida’s Styx river, young Margaret and Jerry Larkin had to struggle to take over the family farm. Now, fifteen years later, the same fate that took her parents … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment