It’s been 70 years since H.G. Wells died and his works have been public for years. But a researcher just found an unknown ghost story by the legendary author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds and several other classics.
While magazine editor Andrew Gulli was searching “tens of thousands of pages” in the Wells collection at the University of Illinois, he discovered a manuscript for a ghost story called "The Haunted Ceiling."
After Gulli checked with Wells scholars and they checked “several narrative features and the distinctive handwriting,” they determined the manuscript is authentic.
As yet, there’s no theory on why this story went undiscovered for so long but somehow it’s unexplainable apparition seems connected to the story itself: According to Vulture, the story is “about a man who is going insane because he's being haunted by a ghostly apparition of a dead woman on the ceiling.”
Next year, the world will get a new story from the author of Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings book trilogy represents, by any measure, some of the most popular books in the history of English literature. And that's not even including the movie trilogy—one of films won the most Oscar awards of all time (2003’s The Return of the King).
HarperCollins will publish Beren and Lúthien some time in 2017.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s legend of the mortal man Beren and the immortal elf Lúthien is to be published next year.
Like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, Beren and Lúthien takes place in Middle-Earth, where Beren (a mortal guy) and Lúthien (immortal elf) fall in love. But her father opposes their relationship. So he gives Beren a near-impossible task he must complete before they’re allowed to get married.
If you’re a Tolkien fan, this story probably sounds familiar. Beren and Lúthien appear in The Silmarillion and in the trilogy, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen in the movies) references the couple.
The Guardian claims that this particular story meant so much to Tolkien that he had characters’ names are engraved on the headstone shared by him and his wife. Discuss
A recent survey found that, contrary to what all your parents' friends claim, print books are still vastly more popular than e-books and audio books.
The Pew Research survey, conducted earlier this year, found that since 2012 the percent of people who said they had read a book within the last 12 months has more or less remained the same: 73 percent.
Here's what interesting: Sixty-five percent of Americans have read a physical, printed book within the last year compared to 28 percent who have read an e-book and 14 percent who have listened to an audio book.
The way people read e-books has evolved over the past five years as well. People who read e-books have shifted to using smartphones and tablets instead of e-readers. Since 2011, the percent of people reading on tablets has tripled and those reading on smartphones has doubled, but the percent of people using e-readers hasn't changed at all.
Americans read an average of 12 books per year and the average American has read four books within the last year. On average, college graduates, people in the 18- to 29-year-old group, and women are more likely to read more throughout the year. Discuss
Good news muggles. You’ll soon have three more books from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to read. The site Pottermore announced that three new ebooks from JK Rowling are set to be released next month “intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series.” Each of the three books is a collection of short stories based around Hogwarts and characters from the series.
Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists focuses on the origins of Professor Dolores Umbridge, Voldemort and the history of Azkaban prison. Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies is about Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is about the school itself.
Each book is only about 10,000 words, so they'll will keep you busy for at least an evening. Discuss