Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Hauntingly Good Month

by JoAnne Kenrick

Tis the season to be... scared out of your wits!
Whatever you call it, it's the spookiest day/night of the year. Ghosts and goblins come out to play... or rather our children dress as ghosts and goblins, or Big Bird? Or Katy Perry!
Many have a tradition to watch a scary movie or two, or to read a frightfully spooky book by the fireplace  under candlelight. Others have traditions that go back to the pagan days, of inviting their ancestors over for dinner by lighting candles and placing them in the window and having dinner settings out for them. Hey, it's 31st October, anything could happen!

My tradition is to watch heaps of scary movies throughout October. Looking for some good ones? Check out these lists: Debra Glass compiled a list of her favorite ghost movies, and Denise A Agnew has a wickedly huge list of horror movie recommendations.

I also plan whacky trick-or-treat costume for my kids. The teenage son claims he's too old for candy begging this year. Fair enough. Guess I'll have to wait until the Halloween party phrase starts for him. Meantime, it's just may daughter I have to get my thinking cap on for. This year, she was adamant on Katy Perry. I did get panicked for a little while there, as the costume sounded like it might be a homemade-job with lots of candy appliqué sewing type things to do. To my surprise, and wallet delight, Walmart have a lit up blue wig just the right color, and a candy dress! The two together cost me $30. Now all she needs is some homemade candy jewelry and we'll fabric paint up a white sweater to wear over it, make it look like a tour sweater or something?? Hey, it's October, it'll be fricken cold out at night. brrrr.

And no Halloween is complete for me unless I'm curled up with a good, traditional horror book while the kids are munching away on candy and watching something like Monster House or Disney's Haunted Mansion. We're talking haunted houses or possession type stories. And if they're based on true stories, even better! Sometimes, I'll cross into the romance horror genre. But mostly, I'll stick with the EEP books.

Here's some teaser lines from perfect halloween reading... got any favorite scary lines from horror books/movies? Share them with us in the comments section!

Suddenly, she heard a noise from behind. Spinning, she grabbed Jenny and pushed in front of her, ready to face their foe head-on. She was terrified, but she sure as hell wasn't going to show it. - Weekend at Wilderhope Manor , Lucy Felthouse

George and Kathy Lutz moved into 112 Ocean Avenue on December 18th. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror.Amityville Horror, Jay Anson  is the book I'm re-reading this year.

Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone. -- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was suggested by Stacy Graham of Girls Ghost Hunting Guide

The creature opened its mouth. An already bloated tongue darted out over cracked lips, and it issued a long, hoarse breath—a death rattle—as it approached. 
Intent, Sebastian realized. That was the thing different to the others. This creature moved with intent and from the glare in the dead man’s eyes, he guessed its intentions weren’t good.' - 
Dominion, book four in the Serenity. Out 30th October, Marissa Farrar

Listen to the children of the night. -  Dracula, a classic and a free kindle read. This line was suggested by the lovely Kathy.

An ominous howl of wild laughter drifted up on the night air from somewhere down the hill, closer to the Hudson River, in the mystical heart of Sleepy Hollow. - Sleepy Hollow Dreams, Taryn Kincaid
And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live. -- The Dark Towers, Stephen King

Looking for a book to read yourself this halloween, and want something a little sexy and a little dark? With a bite to it?

Series: Multi Author Series, 1Night Stand, book 48
ISBN # 9781613331392
Length: 11K
Heat Rating: four flames

USA Price: 2.99

UK Price: 2.32

Cathela's Office Halloween Ball is a complete bust. She spills out of her Dracula's Bride costume, and her vamp fetish chases away her boyfriend. Only redeeming feature to the night? Necking multiple shots of Dracula's Kiss—a lush Black Cherry Vodka cocktail—and an interlude with a gorgeous man dressed Gary Oldman style.

No one comes close to satisfying Alec Murray's needs until he meets Cathela during some lame-ass party for bankers. One taste of her blood, sweet yet darkly dangerous, he knows she's perfect for him.

A night of goth bondage is planned for one. For the other, a night of sexual control is a must. A perfect fit. Alec is compelled to reveal his true nature but can their relationship survive his dark secret?

1 comment:

Charity said...

This looks like a great quick Halloween read! I just bought it.