October Fright: The Wicked Watch-List

Happy October, friends! One of my favorite things about this season is the horror movies. I absolutely love horror movies and even though I could watch a horror movie any time of year, there is always something extra special about watching them during October. Here is a look at a few films that I will be watching between now and Halloween. All of these are movies that I just haven’t gotten a chance to catch up with, but it is also not an exhaustive list. I have already watch a few horror movies and shows this month and will probably go beyond this list before October is over.

1. Attack the Block

I have been meaning to watch this movie for so long and it finally showed up on Hulu. I think this has more of a sci-fi feel than horror, but let’s call it a hybrid.

2. The Wailing

I really want to watch more foreign horror movies and I’ve heard really good things about The Wailing. I haven’t watched it yet because I know it’s on the long side and I have to set aside a bigger block of time to watch it.

3. Parasite

I can’t believe that I still haven’t watched Parasite. I really don’t know what this one is about beside a vague idea that it is a criticism of capitalism. I am always on board for something like this especially if it has a horror element.

4. Scary Stories

I heard this adaptation wasn’t very good, but I have been so curious for so long. I loved Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a kid, so at the very least this will give a hefty bout of nostalgia.

Are you a fan of watching horror movies during the month of October? What have you watched so far or what are you planning to watch? Let’s discuss in the comments!

October Fright: The Spine-Tingling TBR

I think the last time I did a Halloween-themed blog series was 2018. In recent years I haven’t had the time to devote myself to October Fright, but this year I am experiencing a bit of a horror renaissance. This summer I could not get enough of horror movies and recently all I have been wanting to read are horror books. I probably won’t start this list until the end of Latinx Heritage Month (October 15th), so I am treating this list as an October/November TBR. Halloween will not mark the end of my desire for all things horror and also, several of these are library holds that I am not sure I will be able to get my hands on before the month is over. Aside from horror books, I will also be indulging in horror movies which I will be sharing very soon, so be on the lookout. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

 alt=1. My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

    “In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for.
    Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies…especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.
    Yet, even as Jade drags us into her dark fever dream, a surprising and intimate portrait emerges… a portrait of the scared and traumatized little girl beneath the Jason Voorhees mask: angry, yes, but also a girl who easily cries, fiercely loves, and desperately wants a home. A girl whose feelings are too big for her body.
    My Heart Is a Chainsaw is her story, her homage to horror and revenge and triumph.”

 alt=2. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

    “A dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror.
    D. W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence, the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth.
    Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. When she’s not running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia, she’s fighting monsters she calls “Ku Kluxes.” She’s damn good at it, too. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh–and her own demons. Together with a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets out to save a world from the hate that would consume it.”

 alt=3. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

    “The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!
    Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.
    The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.
    But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?
    As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.”

 alt=4. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

    “Get Out meets Danielle Vega in this YA horror where survival is not a guarantee.
    Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead. In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school last year before taking his own life. Now a powerful, vengeful ghost, he has plans for his afterlife–plans that include Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about ghosts and the rules to life itself go out the window as Sawyer begins haunting him and bodies turn up in his neighborhood. High school soon becomes a survival game–one Jake is not sure he’s going to win.”

 alt=5. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames

    “Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.
    Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.”

 alt=6. Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

    “The Conjuring meets The Vow! This terrifying paperback original tells the unputdownable story of a girl, a dark angel, and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.
    Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents’ reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she’s the family outcast, lacking her parents’ innate abilities, and is terrified of the occult things lurking in their basement.
    Maxwell Oliver is supposed to be enjoying the summer before his senior year, spending his days thinking about parties and friends. Instead he’s taking care of his little sister while his mom slowly becomes someone he doesn’t recognize. Soon he suspects that what he thought was grief over his father’s death might be something more…sinister.
    When Maxwell and Vera join forces, they come face to face with deeply disturbing true stories of cults, death worship, and the very nature that drives people to evil.
    Underlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it.”

 alt=7. Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

    “Stephen Graham Jones returns with Night of the Mannequins, a contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?”

Which horror books are on your TBR for this Halloween season? Have you read any of these? Let’s discuss in the comments.

October Fright 2018: The Bone-Chilling Recap

Happy Halloween! It’s finally here, my favorite holiday of the year. If you’ve stuck around the blog for the last month, you’ve probably seen all the Halloween-themed posts I’ve put together. I’ve had a lot of fun as usual writing these posts and picking up all the spooky books. Doing a little recap here just in case you missed out on a post or two.

October Fright 2018: The Thrilling TBR – Take a look at the books I decided to pick up this October in order to get into the Halloween mood. I ended up reading 8/11 which is pretty impressive for me.

October Fright 2018: Five Horror Shows I’m Binge-Watching This Fall – I love creepy horror shows so much and there is no season more perfect to binge-watch these thrilling shows than fall. I finished The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and it was so great. I made a rule for myself that I was only allowed to watch episodes at night, by myself, in the dark and it upped the creepy factor quite a bit. Can’t wait to see if they decide to make another season.

October Fright 2018: Favorite Reads From Octobers Past – Here I shared my favorite reads from Octobers past. These are the books I’m happy I got a chance to read during the spooky season.

October Fright 2018: A Haunting We Will (Not) Go – I discuss some terrifying scenarios that I would never take part in. For example, you would never be able to talk me into participating in an exorcism. Leave me out of it.

October Fright 2018: Caution! Questionable Decision Making Ahead – On the other hand, there are some horrific activities that I wouldn’t mind being a part of like spending the night in a haunted house!

October Fright 2018: Underrated Eerie Reads – Because there are some thrilling books out there that don’t get the kind of attention they deserve, I comprised a list of underrated eerie reads for your enjoyment.

October Fright 2018: Dark & Horrifying 2019 Releases – For my final post, I compiled a list of sixteen spooky reads set to be released in 2019. If you’re looking to pick up some dark tales between now and next Halloween, be sure to check this post out.

And that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed October Fright 2018. Happy Halloween!

October Fright 2018: Dark & Horrifying 2019 Releases

Happy October! All month long I’ve been celebrating Halloween and if you’re like me, October isn’t the only month you like to pick up spooky reads. I’ve compiled a list of dark and strange book releases coming out in 2019 that have caught my eye. Be sure to keep your TBR spooky all year long with these wicked reads! Covers/Titles are linked to Goodreads.

1. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. Manus

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

      “Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
      The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
      Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.”

2. More Deadly Than Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror by Graeme Davis

Publication Date: February 5th 2019

      “Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after Little Women appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren’t alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night.
      More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories.
      In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist Theosophical Society, paints a picture of A Witch’s Den as vivid as any vision conjured up by the great pulp writers. Edith Wharton’s great novel The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to a comparative few.
      Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit as effectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genre—which was often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.”

3. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Publication Date: April 2nd 2019

      “Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

      After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
      Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
      Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.
      The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.”

4. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Publication Date: April 16th 2019

      “Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: ‘Let them see me!'”

5. Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge

Publication Date: April 9th 2019 

      “Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Myra Bloodgood was confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth—about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.
      Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell right away there are long-held family secrets buried within these walls, but when she wakes up from one of her nightmares covered in someone else’s blood, Ivy fears that whatever demons her mother battled while she was alive have come to roost in her own mind. Scared that she can no longer trust what she sees, Ivy seeks the help of a boy who thinks her episodes are connected to the sordid history of Darkhaven—but what they don’t know might kill them both.
      A moody and twisty gothic mystery with an impossible romance, Dreaming Darkly is an atmospheric, fast-paced page-turner written by comics veteran Caitlin Kittredge. “

6. Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Publication Date: June 4th 2019

      “Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.
      If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there—murderer, or monster?”

7. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Publication Date: June 2019

      “A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered—perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.
Seventeen-year-old Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember—so she and her best friend Poulton decide to explore the ruins. But are they really alone in the house?
      In 1851, sixteen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward—one of three, all with their own secrets. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.
      This haunting horror and captivating mystery redefines the horror and fantasy space.”

8. Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publication Date: August 1st 2019

      “The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.”

9. Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

Publication Date: August 2019

      “Pitched as The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls, the story follows 16-year-old Skye, who must confront her most savage secrets to save her missing sister, Deirdre, from the terrifying stick-and-bone monsters that have come to life in the woods behind their new home.

10. Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves

Publication Date: 2019

      “A YA horror novel in which 16-year-old Katie, reeling from bullying after her last relationship, moves to New Mexico and falls for a mysterious, beautiful girl who may be the ghost La Llorona. Publication is set for spring 2019.

11. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Publication Date: 2019

      “Coco meets Stranger Things in Claribel Ortega’s middle grade debut, based on Dominican folklore in which 12-year-old girl Lucely Luna must save the ghosts of her lost loved ones, living as fireflies, with the help of her best friend Syd and her witch grandmother Babette, before evil spirits haunting St. Augustine destroy them and the only home she’s ever known.”

12. Brooklyn Brujas, #3 by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: 2019

No synopsis available.

13. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Publication Date: Summer 2019

      “Razorbill has acquired Isabel Sterling’s These Witches Don’t Burn. The contemporary fantasy features a teen witch living in modern-day Salem who discovers that the tension with her ex-girlfriend doesn’t much matter when there’s a Blood Witch on the loose. To stop the attacks and score a second date with the new girl in town, she must uncover who’s causing the deadly fires before her coven is destroyed. The first book is scheduled for summer 2019.”

14. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publication Date: 2019

      “A historical horror-fairy tale that follows a pair of teens on quest to reverse a curse that causes the dead to rise every night, terrorizing the villages of medieval Wales.”

15. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Publication Date: Fall 2019

      “Argentine-American author Sara Faring’s genre-busting international debut The Tenth Girl was acquired by Erin Stein at Imprint in a two-book pre-empt. Inspired by the author’s Argentine family history and lore, the novel follows a young woman fleeing the country’s 1970s Dirty War who joins the staff of a notorious haunted boarding school on a remote icy cliff in Patagonia. She befriends a strange young man with a terrible secret as shadowy figures roam the halls at night and the students fall ill to a mysterious illness. The gothic mystery builds to a jaw-dropping twist when they need to escape from more than just the cursed manor. Author Sara Faring is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan, and film rights are represented by Michelle Kroes at CAA. The novel is set for release in fall 2019.”

16. These Wicked Waters by Emily Layne

Publication Date: Fall 2019

      “Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has bought Emily Layne’s These Wicked Waters, a YA paranormal novel in which 17-year-old Annie Mayfield moves to a cursed island with an ancient enemy lurking beneath the water. Annie channels her inner Nancy Drew—minus the skirt and pearls—in an attempt to uncover the ocean’s secrets. Publication is planned for 2019; Becky LeJeune at Bond Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.”

Do you like to pick up spooky reads throughout the year? Which creepy reads or thrillers are you looking forward to in 2019? Let’s talk in the comments!