Yes, I know - yet another single column for an entire year!
Again, all these missing columns are indeed here, they are
simply residing in the year they were expanded and revised. I
had sworn, back in these early years, to return to them and do
just that - at the time the possibilities of the coming internet
hadn't dawned on me, and I assumed they would come out in a series
of books, or something.
To be able to get them all up for the world to see in these
archives is a happy state of affairs indeed.
Anyway, 1990 found us still bimonthly.
For January / February I returned to Southern California folklore
and gave you the tale of the Phantom Ship of the Salton Sea.
I liked that story a lot, and put it online in September 1999.
In March / April I managed to devote an entire page to essentially
nothing. I had wanted for some time to expound a bit on what
I considered fair game for folklore columns, something I hadn't
really had the space to do without devoting an entire column
to it. We were, as you know, constrained by the limitations of
the printed page.
Now, of course, we have been online nearly six years, and
looking back on that March / April 1990 column I can categorically
state that I've made a better case for what I'm trying to accomplish
here many, many times. So, that column is obsolete, and unnecessary.
May / June 1990 almost made it here, but I wanted a fast column
online last month so I shamelessly stole it and put it up - when
archived, you'll find my little treatise on Mermaids in May 2003.
We then come to July. It was originally to be a simple bimonthly
issue, but come September both Mike and I moved, so the July
/ August issue became in reality the July / August / September
/ October issue!
Sadly, this issue is currently missing (when I refer to an
issue as "missing", I mean that neither I, Mom, Mike
or Dan have been able to locate a copy). My best guess as to
the column's contents, however, is that I delved into the tale
of Shirley Jackson, and the eerie occurrences that caused her
to write "The Haunting of Hill House". Assuming that
to be the case, I thankfully did reprint (and greatly expand)
the story in September / October '98, which is where you'll find
And so we come again to the Holiday Season, and I had a good
one all ready to go for this Christmas column. It would later
be reprinted for the print only newsletter in December '99, but
has never appeared online until now.