Fantasy & Optimism

James Branch Cabell born on 14 April1879 was an American author of fantasy fiction Since his surname was often mispronounced, he composed this rhyme: “Tell the rabble my name is Cabell” to clear up pronunciation issues.His works were considered escapist: according to him truthfulness was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against… Read More Fantasy & Optimism

Defoe and the Pillory

On 31 July 1703, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) English novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist, author of “Robinson Crusoe” and “Moll Flanders”, was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after penning the pamphlet “The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church”. English Dissenters were a group of Protestants… Read More Defoe and the Pillory


Henri Désiré Landru (April 12, 1869 – February 25, 1922) was a French multiple killer and real-life “Bluebeard”. During World War I,  Landru started to contact Parisian women through newspaper ads published in the lonely hearts sections. They usually read: “Widower with two children, aged 43, with comfortable income, serious and moving in good society,… Read More Landru