Halloween: Day 11

Arsenic and Old Lace

For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.

The movie’s roots as a stage play are clear, with minimal set changes and a focus on witty dialogue over visual interest, but there’s sufficient dynamism that it doesn’t feel like a stage production. This movie is all about Cary Grant’s comic timing, and if you like black comedy and haven’t seen it you’re missing out.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (Gunnie Rose #1)

For some reason I thought that (like Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas; etc.) this novel was going to be in the same setting as Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries, but it’s a brand new “weird west”/alt hist setting. Among other divergences, after (or before?) the February Revolution the Romanovs fled to California along with their court wizards, and (following the collapse of the USA during the Great Depression) established the Holy Russian Empire on the west coast. Gunslinger Lizbeth Rose is an interesting main character, but the worldbuilding is much stronger than the plot; it’s a good setup for a series but hardly anything actually happens in this book.

Black Fang, B. Nektar Meadery

Mead with blackberry, clove, and orange zest. I recall this having an overwhelming amount of clove in the past, but this bottle is much more subdued.

Stan Against Evil S2E6

Monster of the week: babies.

Stan Against Evil S2E7

You know what they say about eyeballs: they don’t gouge themselves out.

Monster of the week: Stan.

Stan Against Evil S2E8

Monster of the week: time travel. (Boo, hiss.)