Will Call #27 — Kid-Lit: Haunting Tales with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

Engraving by Cornelius Huyberts of one of Frederick Ruysch's anatomical dioramas; public domain

Engraving by Cornelius Huyberts of one of Frederick Ruysch’s anatomical dioramas; public domain

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Kid-Lit episode of “Will Call,” and she chooses our topic wisely to coincide with All Hallow’s Eve — haunting tales.

We put on our armchair psychologist/historian/archaeologist/sociologist mortarboards and dig deep to understand the source, symbolism, and explanation of the terror that has pervaded children’s stories since, probably, the beginning of time.

We can’t guarantee that ALL the titles we mentioned appear here in the show notes, but we’ll add them below if we’ve missed any!

Two places online that we encourage you to check out:

LibriVox—Free Public Domain Audiobooks. Visit the site to learn how to hear great works read aloud or to volunteer your time and voice to their mission of making as many public domain works as possible available as audiobooks.

The Wikipedia entry for poet James Whitcomb Riley, creator of my childhood poem of terror, “Little Orphant Annie.”

 

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

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Child-levitation-witchcraft-Saducismus-Triumphatus

 

Deirdre of the Arts

ARTSPEAK: Artists Networking in the Berkshires and Beyond

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Define Your Terms: Americana Music From Roots to Punk

The Scene: From the Renaissance to Hollywood

 

Young Children

 

Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny: An Original African-American Scare Tale, by Virginia Hamilton, engravings by Barry Moser; 2004

Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: An Original African-American Scare Tale, by Virginia Hamilton, engravings by Barry Moser; 2004

"Little Orphant Annie," by James Whitcomb Riley, included in "The Big Golden Book Of Poetry, 85 Childhood Favorites;" edited by Jane Werner, Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott – 1947

“Little Orphant Annie,” by James Whitcomb Riley, included in “The Big Golden Book Of Poetry, 85 Childhood Favorites;” edited by Jane Werner, Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott – 1947

"The Widow's Broom," by Chris Van Allsburg; 1992

“The Widow’s Broom,” by Chris Van Allsburg; 1992

"The Witches," by Roald Dahl

“The Witches,” by Roald Dahl

 

Chapter Books

"The Boggart," by Susan Cooper "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," by E.L. Konigsburg, 1967
"Hob and the Goblins," by William Mayne

The Power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe

The Power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe

 

Young Adult

"The Hounds of the Morrigan," by Pat O'Shea

“The Hounds of the Morrigan,” by Pat O’Shea

"Salem's Lot," by Stephen King

“Salem’s Lot,” by Stephen King

 

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