Mystery & Horror Writing, Week Eleven

This week’s theme is “Murder in the Mansion.” We have a shortened class because of the Rosemont College MFA Reading Series (more on that at the end), so today we’ll be talking about:

  • Agatha Christie’s novella “Three Blind Mice.”
  • An excerpt from “The Locked-Room Lecture,” which is a nonfiction lecture about the locked-room trope in mysteries, delivered by a fictional character in John Dickson Carr’s The Hollow Man.

We’ll be discussing the pleasures and pitfalls of murder-in-the-mansion style stories, and what makes them so delicious and compelling.

Only two more classes after this! It’s hard to believe the semester is winding down so quickly. Next week is the final week of lecture/workshop/discussion/readings. The theme is “Haunted Tech.” We will be reading:

Also, tonight is this semester’s last installment of the Rosemont College MFA Reading Series, which will be held in the Main Building on Rosemont’s campus at 7:30 PM. I will be reading alongside Helen Klein Ross, author of Making It, A Novel of Madison Avenue, alumnus Ben Heins, and MFA students Vernita Hall, Matthew McKiernan, and Jane McNeil. If you’re in the Philly area, come watch!

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