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For the Love of a Beetle

Lately I’ve been reading Richard Marsh’s 1897 novel The Beetle and, rather appropriately, I caught these two Junebugs this morning having sex. I heard a loud buzzing after I’d stepped outside and saw these two outside my sister and brother-in-law’s apartment, which is down the hall from mine.

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Gloomy and Morose and Dreary, the Black and Dark and Sable Armour and Protective Metal Covering was Sinister and the Women Swooned

So you have a “howling tempest”. But is it dismal? Yes, says the first line of The Animated Skeleton, a 1798 novel by an anonymous author. In fact, “Dismally was the tempest howling round the cottage of Jacquemar.” What the story lacks in character development or restraint, it makes up for in sheer abundance of…