October Fright 2017: Legends and Myths and Fiends, Oh My!

Happy October everyone! October Fright is a month-long feature on my blog where I put together a variety of Halloween-themed posts. I love reading about different kinds of villains and I think that the horror genre has so much to offer in terms of unique baddies. For this post, I’m listing legends, myths, and other fiends that I would like to read more books about.

1. Witches

Yes, okay, witches are pretty common, but I love witches. I want to read about good witches and bad witches, ones that eat people’s hearts and others that heal them. I can’t get enough of this horror icon. If anyone mentions that a book or show features a witch, my ears immediately perk up.

2. Nightmares

I’ve only read one book that features a nightmare and it’s a creature I’d love to know more about. Anything that involves dreams or sleep makes for a good horror setting in my opinion. Some describe them as demons and come on, demons and dreams? Is there a more perfect combination?

3. Chupacabra

This is a widely-known legend, but why don’t we have any books with chupacabras? I think it would be a really interesting myth to explore. I need a book about a team of researches trying to debunk this myth only to be proven wrong.

4. Changelings

I love when books characterize fae as dark and sinister. And is there anything more sinister than replacing a newborn baby with a fairy changeling? I’ve read a couple of books with changelings in them and definitely prefer it when it’s used as a horror element.

5. Pied Piper

I think this might be the creepiest fairy tale villain. The story goes that a town is plague by rats, but this pied piper shows up promising he can rid the town of said rats for a price. The price it turns out are the children of the town and he ends up leading them off a cliff. There are just so many possibilities in my head for this one. Also, I do not know where this gif is from, but it looks terrifying.

6. La Llorona

Talk about a story that will keep children up at night. This ghost wanders near bodies of water, searching for her children whom she drowned. La Llorona has appeared in a few books I’ve read, but I’m hoping for one that’s pure horror.

What mythical creature would you like to see written more about? I’d love to hear any book recommendations you have based on the legends above. Let’s discuss in the comments!

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FLYTIP: Make Your Mark

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. Lonna is also running a giveaway for those who participate through the end of December. This week’s topic is: FLYTIP: Make Your Mark || Bookmarks aren’t just for saving your place in a book. They are artistic expressions. Share your expression with 5-10 bookmarks.

I personally think that bookmarks are a really great way for bookworms to express themselves. Some of us don’t bother much with bookmarks and reach for whatever scrap of paper is available. Some of us have a beloved bookmark we use in every book we read. Some of us own an absurd amount and others only a handful. Below are some of the bookmarks I own.

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I always smile when an order from Book Depository arrives and not just because it means book mail. One of my favorite things about this site is that they send you a bookmark with every book purchase. I personally don’t use these bookmarks, but keep them tucked away in the books they arrive in. And they’re always so darn lovely.

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I don’t buy bookmarks, but I do make them! I fell down the rabbit hole that is bookmark crafting earlier this year and now have a box full of beads, far too much string, and stock paper to last me a lifetime. I actually find making bookmarks to be a really relaxing activity. I’ve been thinking of making a few and doing some kind of giveaway. Would you be interested?

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This is probably the prettiest bookmark I’ve ever made. I purchased a craft hole puncher and used an old book to create the effect above. I haven’t used this bookmark yet, maybe because it’s too pretty or maybe because I have hard time letting go of my trusted purple bookmark.

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Speaking of my purple bookmark. This is the one that I use every time I pick up a book. It’s a DIY bookmark that I originally made out of a gift bag. This is my third version of the bookmark. Yes, I still have a bit of gift bag left and will probably make another one when this one starts falling apart. Hoping this doesn’t make me sound too obsessive.

Do you have a favorite bookmark? Have you ever made a bookmark? Let’s discuss in the comment and leave a link to your own FLYTIP post in the comments if you participated this week.

October Fright 2017: Thriller, Thriller Night

Happy October everyone! All month long I”m celebrating Halloween with some fun posts. For this post I have five thrillers that I’d highly recommend to anyone who might be interested in a novel that will keep them on the edge of their seat. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Twisted is a really good word for this book. If you enjoy unlikable characters or storylines that make you gasp, give this popular novel a try. It might make you reconsider how well you know the people in your life.

2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Is historical thriller a genre because it should be. In this one, the protagonist assists her uncle in trying to discover the murderer who’s been stalking the streets of London. If you like a little mystery, you’ll be racing to the end to discover the killer alongside Audrey Rose.

3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – This is one of the first novels I read in 2017 and I am still thinking about it. Mary’s voice pulls you in and does not let go. I’m really found of books that utilize the use of an unreliable narrator and Jackson’s debut may be the best I’ve ever seen.

4. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach – I can’t remember where I heard of this book, but I bought it on a whim and read it one October. Oh my goodness, it gave me all the tingles I usually get when watching a good scary movie. If I ever have any children, they are never having a penpal.

5. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – Because sometimes serial killer novels are just so much fun. You’ve got a kid trying to outrun his father’s legacy by trying to catch a killer. This whole series is just one wild ride after another. Also a good reminder not to play games with serial killers.

Bonus: Five Thrillers on My TBR I Still Need to Read

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Have you read any of the thrillers I recommended? What is your favorite thriller? Have you read the thrillers currently on my TBR? I’ve love to hear your opinion in the comments.

October Fright 2017: Seven Scary Fun T.V. Shows

I love a good horror movie, but I also enjoy television shows that deal with demons, the paranormal, and or even serial killers. For this October Fright post, I’m sharing seven televisions shows that I am quite fond of. If you’re a fan of any of these, I’d love to discuss them with you in the comments. If you have any television recommendations that are like the ones listed below, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

1. Wynonna Earp (Syfy) – I binge-watched the first season of this on Netflix right before the second season aired on T.V. It’s about a town cursed where demons run amok. The only one standing in their way is the the Earp heir and her trusted demon killing gun called Peacemaker. I love this show so much. It is all kinds of fun, really witty, and I find myself loving the entire cast of characters. Don’t ask me who my favorite is because I absolutely can’t decide.

2. The Walking Dead (AMC) – Of course I am including The Walking Dead on my list. I’ve been watching this show from the very beginning and though it’s had its ups and downs, I’m still a loyal fan. Michonne is my favorite and probably always will be.

3. Stranger Things (Netflix) – If you haven’t watched Netflix’s phenomenal series Stranger Things, what are you doing with you life? I absolute adore this show and its characters. I am beyond stoked for the second season and am currently rewatching the first season in anticipation.

4. Bates Motel (A&E) – I never expected to like this show, but I was in the mood to watch something new on Netflix and decided to give this prequel to Psycho a chance. Oh my gosh, it’s such an engrossing show. Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates is phenomenal. And I don’t know if I should be rooting for these characters, but I sometimes find myself hoping they get away with murder. I still have the final two seasons to watch, so no spoilers!

5. iZombie (CW) – If you love zombies and comedy, you must check out iZombie. I love it when horror shows/movies find a way to incorporate humor. I can’t believe I love a brain-eating zombie so much. Liv is a treat and Rose McIver manages to encompasses different personality traits in each show so effortlessly.

6. So Weird (Disney) – Going way back with this one. This is one of those shows that I look back on and wonder why they don’t make shows like this anymore. I have only fond memories of it and wish I could find the episodes online. I loved Fi and her adventures.

7. Channel Zero: No-End House (Syfy) – One final edition to this list. I just started watching this show about a group of people who are all drawn to this mysterious house. Inside they find some very unusual and creepy things. Finding a way out ends up being harder than any of them thought.

Which are your favorite horror television shows? Are you a fan of any of the ones I’ve listed? Let’s discuss in the comments!

October Fright 2017: The Chilling TBR

I think I’ve been dreaming about October since the summer. I love love love Halloween. It’s probably my favorite holiday. I’ve always been a fan of scary stories. Am I the only one who terrorized a younger sibling with scary stories? This October I will be picking up as many horror/paranormal/thriller/mystery novels that I can get my hands on in celebration. In the past I’ve kept this list reasonable short, but I thought it would be nice to compost a bit longer of a list to give myself plenty of options. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich

      “When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?”

2. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

      “Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
      When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.”

3. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

      “Five boys attacked her.
      Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.
      Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.
      One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
      She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.”

4. Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

      “When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.
      The bodies begin piling up, the deaths hit closer and closer to home, and it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren’t just hunting serial killers.
      They’re being hunted themselves.”

5. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

      “Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
      But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.”

6. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

      “College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.”

7. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

      “Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget.
      With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living–how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made–and why those changes are made–Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.”

8. The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

      “It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.
      As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There’s just something about her that he can’t put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie’s from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she’s been searching for something—a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes’s help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie’s dark past.”

9. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

      “The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.
      Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.”

10. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

      “Pay close attention and you might solve this.
      On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
      Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
      Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
      Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
      Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
      And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
      Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
      Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

11. The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega

      “Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.
      Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?”

12. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

      “Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”

13. The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

      “From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.
      When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.”

14. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

      “Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
      Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.”

15. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

      “Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.
      These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.
      Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…”

16. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

      “On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

Have you read any of these books or are you planning to? Which spooky read are you most looking forward to reading this October? Let me know in the comments!

October Fright 2017: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Am I the only one who has been holding their breath for October? Even though the weather hasn’t quite cooled where I am, I’m very much ready for all things fall and Halloweenish. You may have noticed that the blog looks slightly different and that’s because I will be celebrating my favorite holiday all October long. I have a variety of posts planned including my TBR list for this month (will go up tomorrow), a post about some of my favorite spooky television shows, and a list of thrillers that will keep you up at night. I hope you stick around all month long and celebrate with me. Happy October to all my fellow Halloween enthusiasts!

Are you planning any specific Halloween-themed posts this month? Any scary books or movies you’re planning to check out this month?