October Fright 2017: The Spine-Chilling Summary

Happy Halloween! I’ve had such a blast this month with spooky-themed posts, creepy horror movies, and frightening novels. Donning my witch leg earrings, referring to my red nail polish as the “blood of my enemies”, and delighting in a myriad of dark, twisted stories will no longer be socially acceptable tomorrow. But we have today and so I’ll close this year’s October Fright feature with a small recap of the posts I’ve put together this month. Covers below are linked to Goodreads.

October Fright 2017: The Chilling TBR

I’ve done away with monthly TBR lists, but have been making an exception for this one each year. Click here to take a peek at all the books I planned on reading this month. I got through more than half of these titles, so I consider it a success.

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

In this post, I share some of the horror-esque shows I’ve been watching. A lot of these have found a way to incorporate the dark and light, balancing horror and humor, which is something I’d love to see more of. Click here to take a look.

October Fright 2017: Thriller, Thriller Night

If there’s one genre of books that I’d like to read more of, it’s thriller. All that anticipating and trepidation makes for an edge-of-your-seat kind of read. Click here to have a look at some of my favorite thrillers.

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

There are some monsters that you can’t get enough of in the horror genre and many more that you’d like to see explored. Here I share a few myths and legends that I’d love to see star in more horror novels. Click here to check it out.

October Fright 2017: Your Guide to the “Just Moved Into a Haunted House and Am Now the Lead in a Horror Movie” Trope

This was by far my favorite post to put together this month. If you’re looking for a new home, but are scared that you might end up in horror story, check out these tips. Click here to find out more.

October Fright 2017: Keep Your TBR Frightful All Month Long

As always, I’ve composed a list of future releases that will keep you on your toes all month long. If October isn’t the only month you crave a creepy read, check out this list here.

Did you enjoy your October? Was it fantastically creepy? What was the last horror book you enjoyed? Hope you enjoy your Halloween!

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October Fright 2017: Keep Your TBR Frightful All Year Long

For those who don’t need October as an excuse for a scary read, this list is for you. Who says October is the only time you can pick up a frightfully fun book? If you’re already counting down the days until next October, stay scared with these books set to be released later this year and next. Covers are linked to Goodreads (or titles if a cover is not available).

1. Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin

Release Date: November 7, 2017

When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and kissing Jules’s crush. Then things get weird.

Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, she’s startled to see a pentagram carved into her back. Soon white roses start turning up on the front porch, a rabid dog bites one of Jules’ sisters, and Jules’ parents, who never fight, start arguing behind closed doors.

Jules pieces clues together and discovers that Mae may be a survivor of the strange cult that has taken over a nearby town. And they will stop at nothing to get Mae back.

2. R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Release Date: November 28, 2017

When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.

Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.

3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Release Date: January 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”.

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

4. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Release Date: February 20, 2018

Tuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents’ ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAM John Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream…but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

5. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Release Date: March 1, 2018
Synopsis currently unavailable, sequel to The Bone Witch.

6. By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

Release Date: March 6, 2018

LeGrand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older. Seventeen-year-old Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl In the Box, passing out fortunes and searching for the poor soul she can transfer the curse to with one frosty kiss, Emmaline begins to fall for the quiet carnival carpenter Ben Singer. Ben is just as desperate to start a life outside the carnival as Emmaline is to escape her destiny—but giving in to their undeniable attraction means Ben’s fate would be sealed.

Breaking the curse seems like their only chance at happiness—but no curse means no charm, either, dooming every circus worker they’ve grown to care about in the process.

7. In Her Skin by Kim Savage

Release Date: March 27, 2018

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late..

8. Circle Unbroken by Zoraida Córdova

Release Date: April 1, 2018
Synopsis unavailable, sequel to Labyrinth Lost.

9. The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

10. Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the desert in search of her father. But the desert is not kind to travelers, and not everyone will pass through alive.

11. Lizzie by Dawn Ius

Release Date: April 10, 2018

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth. But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye. Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown. Secrets have their own power.

12. The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass

Release Date: July 12, 2018

One year ago, Kitty’s boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he’s dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade–a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic… and Kitty’s late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he’s letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.

13. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Release Date: Summer 2018

Razorbill has bought Lily Anderson’s Undead Girl Gang. Pitched as Veronica Mars meets The Craft, the novel follows teenager Mila Flores as she investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally brings the girls back to life, forming an unlikely vigilante girl gang.

Are any of these books on your TBR as well? Are there any future horror/paranormal/thriller books you’re looking forward to not on the list? Let’s discuss in the comments!

October Fright 2017: Your Guide to Avoiding the “Just Moved Into a Haunted House and Am Now the Lead in a Horror Movie” Trope

Welcome, fellow Halloween enthusiasts! This October Fright post is probably the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. I have a few tips for potential homeowners looking to buy, but who want to avoid succumbing to that classic ‘moving into a haunted house’ trope. Pay attention, these tips might just save your life. I might have had far too much fun putting this one together.

1. Check the House’s History – I did a little google search on this and depending on which state you live in, those selling the home (realtors, agents, sellers) aren’t necessarily required to disclose whether someone has died in a house. I live in California, so the law states that any death that occurred three or more years ago does not have to be disclosed. That’s all fine and good, until you discover that strange scratching sound you’ve been hearing in the middle of the night is the ghost of a murdered child still trying to escape its grave from the walls of your new home.

2. Take Note of Attics/Basements That Have Been Sealed Off – Don’t believe any realtor who says a previous owner sealed off a basement because of potential flooding issues. If you can’t physically inspect a basement or cellar before buying the house, it’s probably a good idea to pass. You’ll thank me later on when you don’t find yourself waking up on the cold basement floor with no memory of how you got there, your escape route completely sealed off, and trapped in a serial killer’s lair that you should have known existed if you hadn’t shrugged off the “permanent” sealing off of basement doors.

3. Get Rid of Any Belongings From Previous Owners – No, you did not just happen upon an antique armoire/piano/porcelain doll collection left behind after the demise of that older couple that passed away under mysterious but plausibly natural circumstances. These heirlooms are perfect vessels for evil spirits to bide their time before another unsuspecting family moves in, so they can terrorize you. Before you know it, you’re waking up with a porcelain doll with a suspiciously creepy face (this should have been your first clue) sitting next to you in bed and the sudden realization that you’re paralyzed with fear as said doll’s head slowly begins to turn towards you.

4. Pets Are Early Alarm Systems – Think Fido just barks at the dark recesses of a closet for no good reason? Think again! Take your cue from your pets. If Fluffy is hissing at some unseen entity on the other side of your bedroom door, best cut your losses and get out of there. It’s just a fact that animals are more sensitive to sounds than we are and you’ll count your blessings that Whiskers warned that your new home was full of poltergeist before you or one of your family members is sucked into a closet. I should also note that when a little kid tells you they just met a new friend that you can’t see yourself, maybe take it a little more seriously.

5. It’s not just your imagination – Think that wispy apparition you just caught the tail end of is a figment of your imagination? Oh ho ho ho ho. No. Spot a little girl skipping down the hall at night, hear someone whispering your name when you’re home alone, or suddenly notice items around the house disappearing and showing up in places they shouldn’t? Congratulations, you’re very own horror story is about to begin. Leave now.

6. Reach out to/hire a priest/medium/ghost hunter – If you’re still not sure if you’ve just purchased a haunted house, check those good ol’ Yellow Pages and call your local *insert appropriate profession depending on how hard and intense you want to go when it comes to taking down potential paranormal entities*. You are in no way equipped to investigate yourself. If you choose to wait up until the quietest hour of the night, enter the attic all alone with nothing but some low-quality camera to document what you’ll find, and suddenly you’re trapped when the attic door swings closed inexplicably, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

What tips would you include for anyone looking to avoid purchasing a haunted house? Link me to any Halloween-themed posts you’ve put together for your blog and I’ll visit. 

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!

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!