Haven gets picked up for Season 2

great! I am into it now and we need to try and support ANY scifi/fantasy that makes it onto cable!

LiveFeed has it short and sweet:

Syfy’s “Haven” has been renewed for season two, with 13 episodes planned for a summer, 2011 premiere…

More about the show from TVSeriesFinale-

This supernatural drama is loosely based on Stephen King’s novel, The Colorado Kid. The series revolves around an FBI agent who arrives in town to work on a routine case and finds the community is a refuge for people with supernatural abilities.FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) is shrewd and confident and has a lost past. To solve the murder of a local ex-con, she heads to Haven, Maine. Thanks to her natural curiosity, she gets pulled into the middle of the activity of this curious town. Haven ends up being just that, a haven for a society of people with strange abilities.

Dry-humored Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) is a local cop who partners with Audrey after her arrival. His father is the Chief of Police (Nicholas Campbell), meaning Nathan isn’t always in a comfortable place in his job. He’s the yin to Audrey’s yang, as they complement each other well. His calm demeanor is put to the test as events in Haven begin to unfold at a rapid pace.

Mysterious jack-of-all-trades Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) is a charming free spirit. He lives on a boat and doesn’t intrude on anyone but his calm demeanor could be hiding something much darker.

Before long, Audrey is pulled deeper into discovering the secrets of Haven and its residents. As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey works to keep these forces at bay and discovers that she has her own surprising connection to this extraordinary place.

October 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Haunted Short Stories – 7 – ‘The Upper Berth’ by F. Marion Crawford (1894)

Courtesy of ProjectGutenberg

Somebody asked for the cigars. We had talked long, and the conversation
was beginning to languish; the tobacco smoke had got into the heavy
curtains, the wine had got into those brains which were liable to become
heavy, and it was already perfectly evident that, unless somebody did
something to rouse our oppressed spirits, the meeting would soon come to
its natural conclusion, and we, the guests, would speedily go home to
bed, and most certainly to sleep. No one had said anything very
remarkable; it may be that no one had anything very remarkable to say.
Jones had given us every particular of his last hunting adventure in
Yorkshire. Mr. Tompkins, of Boston, had explained at elaborate length
those working principles, by the due and careful maintenance of which
the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fé Railroad not only extended its
territory, increased its departmental influence, and transported live
stock without starving them to death before the day of actual delivery,
but, also, had for years succeeded in deceiving those passengers who
bought its tickets into the fallacious belief that the corporation
aforesaid was really able to transport human life without destroying it.
Signor Tombola had endeavoured to persuade us, by arguments which we
took no trouble to oppose, that the unity of his country in no way
resembled the average modern torpedo, carefully planned, constructed
with all the skill of the greatest European arsenals, but, when
constructed, destined to be directed by feeble hands into a region where
it must undoubtedly explode, unseen, unfeared, and unheard, into the
illimitable wastes of political chaos.

It is unnecessary to go into further details. The conversation had
assumed proportions which would have bored Prometheus on his rock, which
would have driven Tantalus to distraction, and which would have impelled
Ixion to seek relaxation in the simple but instructive dialogues of Herr
Ollendorff, rather than submit to the greater evil of listening to our
talk. We had sat at table for hours; we were bored, we were tired, and
nobody showed signs of moving.

Somebody called for cigars. We all instinctively looked towards the
speaker. Brisbane was a man of five-and-thirty years of age, and
remarkable for those gifts which chiefly attract the attention of men.
He was a strong man. The external proportions of his figure presented
nothing extraordinary to the common eye, though his size was above the
average. He was a little over six feet in height, and moderately broad
in the shoulder; he did not appear to be stout, but, on the other hand,
he was certainly not thin; his small head was supported by a strong and
sinewy neck; his broad muscular hands appeared to possess a peculiar
skill in breaking walnuts without the assistance of the ordinary
cracker, and, seeing him in profile, one could not help remarking the
extraordinary breadth of his sleeves, and the unusual thickness of his
chest. He was one of those men who are commonly spoken of among men as
deceptive; that is to say, that though he looked exceedingly strong he
was in reality very much stronger than he looked. Of his features I need
say little. His head is small, his hair is thin, his eyes are blue, his
nose is large, he has a small moustache, and a square jaw. Everybody
knows Brisbane, and when he asked for a cigar everybody looked at him.
“It is a very singular thing,” said Brisbane.

Everybody stopped talking. Brisbane’s voice was not loud, but possessed
a peculiar quality of penetrating general conversation, and cutting it
like a knife. Everybody listened. Brisbane, perceiving that he had
attracted their general attention, lit his cigar with great equanimity.

“It is very singular,” he continued, “that thing about ghosts. People
are always asking whether anybody has seen a ghost. I have.”

“Bosh! What, you? You don’t mean to say so, Brisbane? Well, for a man of
his intelligence!”

A chorus of exclamations greeted Brisbane’s remarkable statement.
Everybody called for cigars, and Stubbs the butler suddenly appeared
from the depths of nowhere with a fresh bottle of dry champagne. The
situation was saved; Brisbane was going to tell a story.

Story continues after the break:

October 7, 2010. Tags: , , , . American Literature, English Literature, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

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