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What to read at night September 20, 2010

Most of you know by now that I love Halloween, I love dressing up, I love decorating, and I (triple) love all things spooky. With Halloween coming up next month, I have switched over to “monster mode” meaning I only watch scary movies (and Halloween specials on TV) and I bring out all my horror stories to enjoy late at night. From now until Halloween I will only be reviewing spooky books and movies. So let’s kick things off!

“The dead woman rose for a moment of agony, while she was lapped in the flame, and her bitter scream of pain was drowned in the thundercrash.”

This excerpt is from “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker. It was published in 1914 as a short story because it was cut from the original Dracula manuscript by the publisher. This is one of many stories in The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time. My sister received this book from a friend as a gift for her birthday which is, coincidentally, on October 31. I immediately picked up and started reading it later that night, alone, with one light on in my corner. I was setting myself up to get spooked and boy did I ever! The book begins with The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (one of the best writers of the genre in my opinion) a well-known story. It creeped me out, I know I heard my own heartbeat pounding. What I liked most about this book is that it isn’t just about ghosts and the undead, it’s also about psychological horror and unstable minds. These stories can be a lot scarier than physical monsters. Although I’ve read this book a few times now, the spook factor is still there, I recommend reading this book at night if you dare.

The complete list of stories:

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
Oh, Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad by M.R. James
The Country Of The Blind by H.G. Wells
The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions
The Call Of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Have a great spooky Monday!

 

Friday Thoughts September 3, 2010

Ah good ol’ monster flicks. Something about a vampire/werewolf/mummy/witch story just always catch my attention. Even if it’s just Alvin and the Chimpmunks Meet the Wolfman. Holiday specials are a different story (I can’t get enough of them!). With Halloween around the corner (58 days according to this countdown) I am starting to whip out my favorite monster movies and watching them every chance I get. One I saw recently for the first time was Wolfman. I loved it! I had never seen any of Benicio Del Toro’s films, but I think I’m in love 😀

Photo: Oblioo

Man where has he been? Better yet, where have I been? I missed his Academy Award winning role.

Halloween has to be one of my favorite holidays, I love dressing up in a costume. So leave it to me to start thinking about a costume back in July. Well I bought my costume yesterday! I am going to be a barbarian, but I’m thinking of making it look more like a viking with that hat with little horns on ’em. I don’t know, I was originally planning on being this:

Photo: Leg Avenue

Isn’t it awesome? I didn’t want to spend too much this year though, so I’ll save this one for 2011!

Do you have your costume yet?

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Thoughts August 6, 2010

It’s the beginning of August and yet my house is surrounded with fog and chilly wind. I couldn’t be happier! I love fall and winter (because it’s summer right now, wait until January and I will say I love spring). I hate really hot weather if I am not at the beach. Warm days fall somewhere in the middle, I sometimes love ’em or hate them. Today’s weather has me wanting to go to cabin somewhere with snow and pine trees outside. Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? It probably is, so I’ll just think about Halloween instead. Whenever I think of Halloween I think of cute Victorian houses with red and orange leaves in the front yard and decorations on the front porch. I found this Halloween village house on Amazon that shows what I am talking about:Anybody ever play the board game Life? Well if you have you know what I’m talking about when I say I would always want to buy the Victorian house (and not the darn split level!). I also like the way towns look in movies and television, like Hocus Pocus or Pretty Little Liars and in my opinion no home would be complete without a library, this one is from the Biltmore Estate:It’s so dreamy, but it’s not too much right? I would like to visit this estate sometime, maybe read a book sitting next to this ginormous fireplace.

Happy Friday!