Hi Everyone. So I just officially signed up for NaNoWriMo which starts in less than 24 hours, and I’m already having to remind myself to breathe. I’ve been working sporadically on a YA book since I became disabled in 2014. It springs from my love for the tv series Supernatural, and for the first time it seems “real”, which is absolutely terrifying to me. Anyway, since this is a huge time commitment, my posts may be a bit sporadic from November 1st – November 30 so don’t think I’m neglecting By Hook or By Book. Okay. Well I sort of will be, but it’ll be for a good cause!
One of Dean Koontz’s early books when he was still writing straight horror. If you’re not a bug person this is not for you.
This technically isn’t horror fiction, but Ellis takes you deep into the mind of a serial killer in this controversial book. Good luck clawing your way out.
What would any scary book list be without this supposed “true story”. Fact or fiction, it certainly gave me nightmares!
Beautifully told, Peter Straub’s Ghost Story will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Once again, this technically isn’t a horror story, but when I read it as a high school freshman it horrified as well as transfixed me. Sometimes the scariest things can be found within ourselves.
I loved going to the beach until I saw the movie and then read the book. Even now after all these years I get a creepy feeling if I venture out into the water further than my knees.
As excellent as the movie and Linda Blair are, nothing can hold a candle to this terrifying book and the reader’s imagination.
SCARIEST HAUNTED HOUSE BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!
Obviously my entire list could have been compromised of The Master of Horror’s books, but I was determined to do ten different writers. Then being a Stephen King fanatic, I had to try to figure out which of his books scared me the most. After much soul searching “It” jumped out at me. Naturally there’s the fear of clowns, and if you weren’t afraid of them before, well once you meet Pennywise you will be. There’s also the underlying theme of being afraid of fear itself. That’s why this is my number one pick for the scariest book I’ve read. So, do you have any spooktacular reads you’d like to share?
Adrianna Wrote This Truly Inspiring Reminder For Us All!
If you’re going to be great, get some thick skin. Be so committed to your dream that the doubt waivers in it’s resolve.
Cynicism and judgment are in no short supply, creative, risk takers are an endangered species.
Save your tears for your dream. Don’t waste them on a no.
Idlers will always be jealous of the swiftest ones among us. They have all the time in the world to do just that – tempt and shadow the light.They don’t like the soulful stretch. Homeostasis is all that is and will ever be for them and we’re talking about a journey they’re not ready to take.
Count the No’s because the Yeses are soon to follow.
Like a levy breaking from the strain of the powerful waters so too do these blockages crumble before such truth of destiny.
Your dream is too bold to be quiet.
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Next Friday, Oct. 31 if you go on Pottermore.com there will be a 1,700 word backstory featuring our favorite evil Witch with a fondness for the color pink, cute cuddly kittens, and torturing children. Just be warned though. When Jo released her last short story this past July which featured Harry, Ron, and Hermione attending a World Quidditch Cup match, so many people logged on to the site that it crashed. So be patient.
Here’s a great illustration of me right now:
All it takes is a car, six teenagers, alcohol and a gun for a night out to turn into tragedy. Brendan (the jock), Felix (the stoner), Emma & Chloe (the popular girls), Anil (the studious one), and Maxi, (the newbie) all represent the typical cliques you find in the teenage world. Ghosting takes place in a small midwestern town but it could be set anywhere. From the first page it is obvious that what starts as an innocent night out ending with a trip to the local rundown house next to a cemetary is careening toward something horrible. Added to the mix is Emma’s fourteen year old sister who discovers where the teens are headed and wanting to prevent her big sister from getting into trouble, tries to head them off on her bike. And finally there’s Walter. He’s a sweet, mentally disabled nineteen year old who lives in that scary house with his elderly mother who suffers from dementia. He also has a gun and is not only protective of his mother, but sees himself as the sheriff in a wild west show. Every character, even the town’s police chief is given their own voice to relate the events unfolding. This is done in a free verse, streaming consciousness style of writing, but no character’s thoughts are written the same. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to teens, or adults. Though the writing is spare it is so beautifully evocative it will leave you breathless. Although each teenager fits into a stereotypical mold, they are all so much more than that, and even Emma and Brendan, the most obnoxious ones, will have you weeping for them. Before the “tragedy”, I found myself wanting to leap into the story to try to prevent the inevitable. There were so many moments where if just one little thing had changed… But that’s real life, which makes this story so much sadder. This literally could have been ripped from a headline. The ending is perfect because it leaves you with hope for all the characters. Yes they’ve been through something horrible, but they are all changed for the better by it, and isn’t that what anyone could ask for an outcome?
So, we’ll start at the beginning –
Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner wrote a post in August that resonated with me – I Got The Message Loud & Clear: Reading Isn’t Cool. I’m sure at some point in every Book Geek’s life they’ve faced the odd looks, sniggers and maybe even bullying over the fact that they
like love to read. Thankfully, the notion that reading isn’t cool seems to wear off as we get older, these days people practically admire the fact that I enjoy reading and studying (or maybe I’m just comfortable enough with my hobbies not to care what others’ think anymore).
Following on from this idea that reading in general isn’t cool, there has been a flurry of posts over the last few months (including The Reading Police Do Not Exist, Yes, I’m Reading A Romance, So? and Life’s Too Short For That) discussing…
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Synopsis: Twelve year old Callum Hunt has always been told by his father to stay away from magic because it’s dangerous. His mother was killed, and Callum’s leg was permanently damaged because of a war between mages. So now that it’s time for him to face the Iron Trial to see if he’s worthy to be accepted into the Magesterium, Callum does his best to fail. Unfortunately that backfires and he finds himself in a strange school where over the course of five years he and the other students will be trained in the magical use of the four elements; earth, fire, air, water. But there’s much more going on than Call ever could have imagined. “The Enemy” with whom a fragile truce has existed since Call was an infant is on the move and recruiting. Worse, Call is about to find out why his father was so determined to keep him away from magic.
As soon as I got home I immediately dived in. I mean a middle school book by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare! What could possibly go wrong? So I began reading about the beginning adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione at Hogwarts… Ahem. I mean Callum, Aaron, and Tamara at The Magesterium. The three are selected by the wisest wizard, er, Mage of them all, Dumbledore! Oops, I meant to say Master Rufus. Okay. I’m going to stop being snarky now. Obviously I feel this was just too much like Harry Potter. But honestly. Almost every character is a copy. Draco clone? Check. Snape clone? Check. Voldemort clone? Check. This is me halfway through the book:
As much as I’m a devoted Harry Potter fan I have no issue with books that are similar. J.K. Rowling did not corner the market on magical schools, wizards, evil villains, etc… One of my favorite children’s series after Harry is Jenny Nimmo’s Children of the Red King which over six or seven books follows young Charlie at a magic school. While there are similarities, there are also plenty of differences that make these books unique. The problem I had in this first book of what’s supposed to be a five book series is that the similarities were so numerous that it became distracting. Especially the villain, “The Enemy” which is really short for “The Enemy of Death” because he’s obsessed with defeating, wait for it, death! Seriously? These two authors couldn’t come up with something a little different? To be fair, although Tamara could be Hermione’s twin sister in spirit if not in looks, neither Call nor Aaron are complete carbon copies of Harry and Ron. And that is an example of why I gave this 3 stars and not 2. There are a few differences and twists with the characters and the plot that have instilled a small flutter of hope that perhaps starting with the next book, they will further be fleshed out. I also wonder if as I was reading it, was I looking at it too much as an adult. That maybe an eleven year old wouldn’t mind. Also, if the reader was someone who hasn’t read Harry, I think they may definitely like it. Arrgghh! This is so frustrating! So, will I try the second book? Probably. The question is will it be because of that small flutter of hope I mentioned, or because I’m a masochist? Your guess is as good as mine.
This is me having finished The Iron Trial:
Colleen Ritzer was an inspirational twenty-four year old geometry teacher at Danvers High School in Massachusetts who was loved by her high school students. It’s been one year since she was horribly murdered in a school bathroom, allegedly by one of her students who is now awaiting trial. She continued to inspire even after her death, uniting the communities of her hometown Andover, and Danvers where she had made such a lasting impression that the expression “Danvers Strong” was coined. If you can tomorrow morning, please just take a moment to reflect on Colleen and people like her who make it their life’s mission to help children. Oh. And in Colleen’s own words; “Find something good in every day!”
More news from the upcoming Mortal Instruments tv series! Since for me the movie was a huge disappointment I really hope this series lives up to the books!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, news regarding The Mortal Instruments‘ transition from film franchise to television series has been the hot topic in the fandom this past week.
Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to answer some more questions about The Mortal Instruments television series, including her thoughts on if the original film cast might return for the show, where they might pick up in regards to City of Bones or City of Ashes and the future of an Infernal Devices show.
On learning about TMI TV series:
Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.
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