Wednesday, November 27, 2002
I recently happened upon the story of H. H. Holmes, one of the U.S.A.'s first serial killers. I apologise, but your name came to mind. Have you heard of him? If so, do you have any thoughts on why his story isn't more well known these days?


I don't know. They just don't teach Inventive Victorian Serial Killers and their Hotels Of Death in school enough these days. Gene Wolfe and I did our bit for Mr Holmes in "A Walking Tour of the Shambles", although the H. H. Holmes in the Shambles might, of course, have been someone else.


I was wandering by an old bookstore with some friends the other day and I could have sworn that I saw you on the cover of a book. It, from the second or so that I saw it in passing, looked like it was about houses and it appeared to be you standing in front of a very Addams family type house (which I believe sounds like your very description of your home.)

Of course, when I had a moment to go back the store, the book was no longer in the window and the owner gave me the 'that's very nice but please step away from the counter you deranged person look' when I asked her about it. What is this book and what is it called?

Also, I know you are a Lou Reed fan and I saw this in the new issue of the rolling stone:

Lou Reed has enlisted David Bowie, Laurie Anderson and Ornette Coleman for 'The Raven', an album that musically interprets the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Interesting.....


Jamey Barlow

The book is called The Faces of Fantasy, by Patti Perret. And the only time I ever had dinner with Lou Reed he recited the first paragraph of "The Telltale Heart", so I'm not at all surprised.

I notice that you have no Coraline tour pictures. I have some to send. My name is Dena. Friend of MYA and button-eyed beings. I was one of the girls at the documentary shoot in NYC. I don't know if you remember me. But I'd like to contribute to your now vacant section of the webpage. Please let me know if you could use these photos and where I should send them.

Hullo Dena, of course I remember you. Say hi to Mya and the button-things for me. You can send photos (and anything else for the site) to our web-master, Julia Bannon, whose e-mail address is at the bottom of practically every page of this website.