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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

to all those who celebrate it. If not, Happy Thursday!

Congrats to Nicole, winner of the $15.00 Book Depository Book Halloween Giveaway.

If you're looking for a spooky short story, head over to Books Take You Places where I shared some experiences with the alleged Ghost of Hoyt Hall (pictured above).  Check out more exciting posts from The Fortnight of Fright

Discussion: Have you ever read a book that truly frightened you? If so, what about it caused that feeling? Do you find books scarier than movies or vice versa? Or do you tend to remain unaffected either way? 

I tend to night be bothered by most horror books. Some examples of books that have disturbed me are two Stephen King novels: Salem's Lot: the image of friends and neighbors lurking outside waiting to attack you, especially that little boy vampire, freaked me out; and Pet Sematary: mostly due to how it demonstrates how suddenly tragedy can strike. 

One other example of a book that gave me the creeps: Broken Harbor by Tana French. This literary gothic/mystery is part of the Dublin Murder Squad group of books and is my favorite of that series. It's a great examination of the effect the economic downturn has on a family, ultimately ending in murder. It also features a fascinating development of a partnership between two detectives. Reading it, you will get answers to your questions but enough ambiguity is left that this novel crept into my mind insidiously. I was looking at the walls with suspicion when I finished late one night, alone in the house. 

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As for movies, I tend to be more disturbed by images than words. I will never forget the scene in Halloween (1978) when after Laurie Strode discovers her friends' bodies, that white mask comes creeping up behind her. 

Feel free to comment about any books/movies that scared you, or what you personally find creepy. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Misc. & Discussion

Happy Halloween!

to all those who celebrate it. If not, Happy Thursday!

Congrats to Nicole, winner of the $15.00 Book Depository Book Halloween Giveaway.

If you're looking for a spooky short story, head over to Books Take You Places where I shared some experiences with the alleged Ghost of Hoyt Hall (pictured above).  Check out more exciting posts from The Fortnight of Fright

Discussion: Have you ever read a book that truly frightened you? If so, what about it caused that feeling? Do you find books scarier than movies or vice versa? Or do you tend to remain unaffected either way? 

I tend to night be bothered by most horror books. Some examples of books that have disturbed me are two Stephen King novels: Salem's Lot: the image of friends and neighbors lurking outside waiting to attack you, especially that little boy vampire, freaked me out; and Pet Sematary: mostly due to how it demonstrates how suddenly tragedy can strike. 

One other example of a book that gave me the creeps: Broken Harbor by Tana French. This literary gothic/mystery is part of the Dublin Murder Squad group of books and is my favorite of that series. It's a great examination of the effect the economic downturn has on a family, ultimately ending in murder. It also features a fascinating development of a partnership between two detectives. Reading it, you will get answers to your questions but enough ambiguity is left that this novel crept into my mind insidiously. I was looking at the walls with suspicion when I finished late one night, alone in the house. 

pic name pic name pic name


As for movies, I tend to be more disturbed by images than words. I will never forget the scene in Halloween (1978) when after Laurie Strode discovers her friends' bodies, that white mask comes creeping up behind her. 

Feel free to comment about any books/movies that scared you, or what you personally find creepy. 

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