October Fright: Fearful Flicks to Tune Into This Halloween

Halloween really snuck up on me this year. I can’t believe it’s tomorrow. Earlier this week I realized that I had two Halloween-themed posts I had yet to share, but it’s the day before Halloween so it’s not too late, right? I hope you, like me, have been indulging in all things frightening this month! For my final October Fright post I am sharing some of my favorite horror flicks that I’ve watched over the past year or so. If you’re like me, you love curling up with a good scary movie this time of year (and let’s be honest, anytime of year). So let’s wait until it gets dark, turn out the lights, and prepare to be scared!

1. Vampires vs. The Bronx

If horror isn’t really you’re thing or if you are just looking for something more on the fun side, Vampires vs. the Bronx is the movie for you. I love this movie’s take on gentrification and the cast of kids in this movie is truly a delight. I’m hoping down the line, we get a sequel.

2. Blood Red Sky

If you are looking for a fresh take on vampires, I highly recommend Blood Red Sky. At its core, this horror movie is about the bond between a mother and son. It’s more thriller than horror, so if you want to be on the edge of your seat rather than hiding under a blanket, this might be the one for you.

3. The Babysitter

I love when comedy and horror collide. The Babysitter was a pleasant surprise for me. I was looking for more classic slasher horror movies and knew people had been talking this one up, so decided to give it a try. It is ridiculous, but in a very fun and self-aware kind of way. I hate that I loved the villain so much. If she wasn’t so evil, I would want to be her friend.

4. Hell Fest

Speaking of slasher films, I recently watched Hell Fest and quite enjoyed it. If you want a more traditional slasher horror movie, this is a good place to start. I have always wanted to go to a Halloween-themed amusement park, but this movie has me reconsidering.

5. Fear Street Trilogy

I got really into slasher films over the summer thanks to the Fear Street Trilogy. These movies were a lot of fun and had some pretty grizzly deaths if that is your thing. Now that all three movies are out, there is nothing stopping you from binge-watching them!

6. His House

His House delivers plenty of scares while also commenting on the mistreatment of refugees. This movie has one of the most haunting endings I’ve ever watched. Be sure to turn out the lights to get the most out of this one.

7. Train to Busan

Because I realized I have never talked about Train to Busan on my blog, I must shout it out. It is the greatest zombie movie ever made. It has action, emotion, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This is essential for any horror fan and is still amazing after many rewatches.

What’s your favorite horror film that you watched over the past year? What would you recommend me based on this list?

October Fright: Recs to Keep You Up All Night

Hope you are all enjoying your October. I was originally going to divide this post into three parts. I was going to recommend middle grade horror, then YA horror, then adult horror. Unfortunately, when I looked back at what I’ve read over the last couple of years, I discovered that I was seriously lacking in the YA department. I feel like there has been an influx of demand for YA horror, but most of these still are not out yet. Luckily for you, I did realize that over the last couple of years, I’ve read more adult horror than any other age group and I have all the recs for you as a result. I really want to explore more adult horror, so if you have any recs for me, let me know in the comments.

 alt=1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Perfect for fans of haunted houses and those who enjoy exploring themes like colonialism in a horror setting.

    After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
    Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemí’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
    Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
    And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.”

 alt=2. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

One of the most intense books I’ve ever read. The squeamish should look away, but for those who don’t mind a bloodbath, you are in for one heck of a ride. 

    The creeping horror of Paul Tremblay meets Tommy Orange’s There There in a dark novel of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.
    Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.”

 alt=3. Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Cannibalism has never felt so plausible. Also avoid this one if you are squeamish. In fact, I’d recommend you eat dinner before picking this one up, not after.

    Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans —though no one calls them that anymore.
    His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.
    Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.”

 alt=4. Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

If you are in the mood for a good atmospheric horror novel, this is the one to reach for. Creepy witches abound and they are so very scary.

    A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.
    In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
    But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
    Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.”

 alt=5. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

If you don’t mind a book that will have you looking over your shoulder, I highly recommend this one. It combines horror and gentrification in a thrilling package.

    The gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…
    Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.
    But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.
    When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?”

 alt=6. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

I could not resist picking this one up at the beginning of the month. If you are in need of a quick, scary read this Halloween, this is the one. It’s deliciously creepy.

    Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.
    A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.
    It’s the perfect wedding venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends.
    But a night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.
    And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.”

 alt=7. The Eartheater by Dolores Reyes

If horror isn’t really your genre and you lean more toward mysteries, this unique story might appeal more to you, especially if you like the magical realism that plays with darker elements.

    Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people—an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives.
    Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Earth-eater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth—a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother’s death. Disturbed by what she witnesses, the woman keeps her visions to herself. But when Earth-eater begins an unlikely relationship with a withdrawn police officer, word of her ability begins to spread, and soon desperate members of her community beg for her help, anxious to uncover the truth about their own loved ones.
    Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Earth-eater is a dark, emotionally resonant tale told from a feminist perspective that brilliantly explores the stories of those left behind—the women enduring the pain of uncertainty, whose lives have been shaped by violence and loss.”

What is your favorite adult horror novel? Do you have a recommendations for me?

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!

Talk Chisme to Me: Recapping Latinx Heritage Month

Hello, friends. Today is the last day of Latinx Heritage Month. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve put together in celebration this year. Hopefully, I’ve brought some books to your attention that you might not have heard of. Remember that you can support Latinx authors beyond this month. Thank you for joining me ❤ Here is a little wrap-up of what I read including my most memorable reads. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Latinx Heritage Month Posts:

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Talk Chisme to Me: Latinx Heritage Month 2021 TBR

Talk Chisme to Me: New Favorites from the Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me: All About Middle Grade

Talk Chisme to Me: Most Anticipated 2022 Releases

Books I read this month:

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Favorite Read This Month:

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I read so many amazing reads this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many five-star reads within such a short amount of time. I’m so glad I went with this particular TBR for LHM because I could not imagine it being any better than it was. That being said, if I had to pick a favorite for the month, I would have to go with How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. I feel a certain kinship with Moon and fell in love with the writing in this book from page one. If you’ve ever read anything by Anna-Marie McLemore, I’d highly recommend this one because it filled me with a similar feeling I get from their books.

Favorite Instagram Photo:

This was difficult as I really liked all of the photos I posted on Instagram for Latinx Heritage Month, but I have a special place in my heart for middle grade, so I am going to go with this one. I absolutely adore all three of these books and would recommend all of them for fans of middle grade.

Favorite Audiobook:

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I was only able to read so many books thanks to audiobooks this year. If fact six of the ten reads I read this Latinx Hertage Month were audiobooks. Fun fact, I listened to more audiobooks this month than I have ever listened to in any given year. My favorite has to be Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Punching the Air. There was something special about listening to this novel in verse as opposed to reading it. I love when narrators infuse real emotion and Ethan Herisse does an amazing job with this one.

What was your favorite read during Latinx Heritage Month? What’s a book by a Latinx author you’re planning to pick up before the year ends?