The Librarian’s Cellar: At the Cinema: Winchester

Based on a real character, Sarah Winchester, the grieving widow of the famous William Winchester, inventor of the Winchester firearm. A tragic figure, Sarah has never gotten over the death of her husband and beloved child, and is haunted by the spirits of the people she believes died violently by the Winchester gun. Rich beyond her means as the sole heir to her husband’s fortune, she is compelled to build room after room in her rambling mansion (still standing and now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California) to house these spirits, and it is here that the film begins – when psychiatrist, Dr Eric Prince, is hired by the Winchester company shareholders to assess Sarah’s mental health and to diagnose her as mentally unfit and thus remove her as head of the company. However, Eric has demons of his own. The film is sprinkled with things that go bump in the night and some typically standard tropes, but overall, I very much enjoyed this film. Directed by identical twins, the Spierig Brothers, the film has some powerful visual effects and gorgeous production values. The classic haunted house, this one based in reality, Winchester, starring the perfectly cast Helen Mirren as Sarah, is well worth a viewing.

 

PG 13 | 1 Hour 39 mins | Blacklab Entertainment. Imagination Design Works | 2018

FRAMED, a product of my morbid curiosity!

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air

From ‘Haunted Houses’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
1807-1882

I am a sucker for haunted houses. I absolutely believe that bricks and mortar hold memories – like recordings – of past lives, echoes of presence and pain. But not necessarily pain – or any of the bad stuff! How many times have you entered an old house for the first time to feel totally at ease and content there?

Sometimes however, the complete opposite is true, and the only urge you might have is to get the hell out of there as quickly as you can! Unless you have a morbid curiosity, as I do…

As my character ‘Joe’ does …

Joe (Patrick Murphy) Photograph by Errol Farrell. 2018

I have just finished directing a short film called FRAMED, about a talented gothic artist whose fantasy is to paint his beautiful muse into one of his grotesque paintings. His wish is about to be granted, though not in a way that he could ever have imagined…

FRAMED is set in a rambling old house, and more information about the film and the gifted cast and crew I had the pleasure of working with can be found on the Facebook page: HERE 

Watch this space, FRAMED is coming soon!

NinnyHammer Productions. 2018

Caroline E. Farrell is the author of the novels, LADY BETH, winner of the Carousel Prize for Best Novel, 2017, and ARKYNE, STORY of a VAMPIRE. She has also written and co-produced the short films IN RIBBONS (2015) and ADAM (2013). 

Desert Islands and Fictional Characters…

“If you had to be stranded on a desert island with three fictional characters, who would you choose, and why?”

I love this question, posed by book reviewer Emma Moyles on her excellent blog, BOOKS AND WINE GUMS

My reply? There’s a character in my novel, Lady Beth, called Roddy (no spoilers!) and he fascinates me, so he would have to keep me company, along with Dorian Gray, so we can discuss the pros and cons of eternal life, and Mary Poppins, because she is magic, and could dig into her carpet bag for food! You can read the full interview HERE

So, with thanks to Emma for the question, who would you choose, and why?

 

Not in all me born days!

When I was a kid, Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I wasn’t privy to. When I was a teenager, working on the other side of O’Connell Street in Madame Nora’s (I know, sounds like a brothel, right?), Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I could rarely afford. When I was a young mother, Eason was a bookstore to lose myself in. To browse in, to inhale that new book scent, to flick through the pages of text, to marvel at the most beautiful cover art and read the blurbs and author biographies, but rarely to buy. In the days before I became a Librarian, before books would become extensions at the ends of my fingers, I even fantasized about working there, but not in all me born days, did I ever think that my book would find a place on those shelves. In Eason. But there it is.

https://www.easons.com/lady-beth-caroline-e-farrell-9781533698599

 

Now, Eason is a massive company, with a warehouse that bulges at the seams with thousands and thousands of books, huge boxes shoved around by forklifts on pallets to be transported, processed and distributed. I would expect that it takes some journey for one little book to find its way out to the company owned stores and franchisees, but the journey has begun, hallelujah, so here’s hoping the little book also finds its readers there!

Positive Feedback. Shouting it Loud!

This won’t be the first time I’ve referred to the writing process as a solitary one, as any writer will attest to. As an Indie Author however, the journey through publishing, marketing and connecting with readers and reviewers can also mean wearing many different hats, simultaneously! It is exhausting, it is time-consuming, though I am not complaining. It is my chosen path for now, and it is also most rewarding, especially when the feedback you receive is encouraging. Which is why, with no apologies, I shout it loud when the good vibes come my way!

Like this review, from book lover and reviewer, Cathy Brown and her brilliant blog 746 BOOKS

“Lady Beth is a perfectly paced page-turner of a novel which keeps the tension taut at all times. The darker side of Dublin city is perfectly judged, with well-rounded characters filling out the scenes around the titular Beth. Beth herself is a fantastic character moving seamlessly from unassuming office worker to avenging mother with an impressive lack of melodrama. Caroline has a filmic eye and the book swirls with a wonderful noir atmosphere as Beth digs deep into her past in order to build herself a future.”

This is what keeps me going, keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired – and keeps me juggling those hats!

You can read the full feature HERE, with thanks and appreciation for the magic, Cathy Brown!

 

LADY BETH is available from Easons, Dubrays, O’Mahony’s, Alan Hanna’s, Amazon and Kennys.ie

It is also available to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited. 

Lady Beth featured in Top Picks for 2017!

What an honour to be featured by author Louise Phillips in her top picks for 2017!

Some fantastic novels listed here…

https://www.writing.ie/guest-blogs/my-top-crime-picks-of-2017/

Happy New Year to You, with all good and magical things for 2018!

 

Lady Beth is available from bookstores, EASON, DUBRAY, O’MAHONY’S, KENNY’S, ALAN HANNA’S and AMAZON Worldwide. Also available on KINDLE

 

Lady Beth Novel

Nice little mention in the Irish Times for my novel, LADY BETH – and some wonderful words from author, Louise Phillips!

 

LADY BETH is available from selected bookshops nationwide and online from Kennys.ie and Amazon stores worldwide.

Reviews are very welcome!