Bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman, who had dressed as Charles Dickens to do a reading of A Christmas Carol in December, dressed as "Dead Charles Dickens" for Halloween (in which costume he did a video interview at the New York Public Library).
In her article "The 10 Best Ghost Stories" for Publishers Weekly, novelist Lauren Oliver makes an interesting point about A Christmas Carol (which she ranks ninth): "This seminal and beloved novel proves that visitors from the other side don’t merely come to torment and harangue--sometimes, they come to torment, harangue, and help."
Next time someone tells you Dickens is too intimidating or too tough to read, you might point out that A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are both quicker reads than the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire. At least, according to this.
Here's a fun tidbit from the London Particular (the Dickens Fellowship Newsletter), submitted by Dr. Christine Corton: An episode of the British TV series Endeavour, titled "Neverland,"showed Morse, the main character, entering a firm of solicitors called "Vholes, Jaggers and Lightwood." Looks like they've got a Dickensian on the writing staff!
"If you're a horse and you're going to be named after a Charles Dickens character, chances are you're going to be named after a notorious villain," speculates Ben Linfoot at SportingLife.com. Linfoot is writing about a horse named Uriah Heep, so I can see why he might think that. But I think Tommy Traddles would make a nice horse's name as well. Or Jenny Wren. Or Newman Noggs . . .
The New Republic has a gallery of London sketches by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Dore, done at the same time that Dickens was working on The Mystery of Edwin Drood. "These images," writes TNR reporter Hillary Kelly, "though criticized at their publication as exaggerated, get close to representing the darkness and sadness that Dickens too wanted to capture."