“Vampire Night Bus Pounds My Butt” by Chuck Tingle

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I read this as part of the MacHalo group’s little Halloween buddy smut challenge.

Some buses are sentient in the Tinglerverse. Vlad is one of these buses and is technically Bus 13.

“These living vehicles are rare but not unheard of, and my scoffing at one could be seen by some as racially insensitive.”

But there is something a little extra-different about Bus 13. Not only is it a “living bus,” but… dun dun dunnnn!!!!

It’s a vampire bus.

Our hero, Rick, of course ends up on Vlad (in more ways than one!) and he is your typical vampire bus: Eastern European accent, “incredibly handsome in a dark and brooding kind of way,” with a “muscular chest” and abs.

Vlad “takes the long route” and they go for a scenic drive, where Rick gets a woody because he can’t resist “the strange charisma of this handsome city vehicle.”

Vlad takes him back to his castle where he proceeds to make all of his “darkest fantasies come true.”

Guess what Vlad drinks instead of blood? Guess…

So, Vlad’s peen is inside the bus. Of course, this is another “gay for you” story with Rick never having been with another man before Vlad.

Can’t you imagine the accent as Vlad says: “How do you like that vampire bus c**k?”

“Oh my dark lord of the night!” Rick says. LOL

The ending is great! Rick is afraid Vlad is going to make him a bat, and he doesn’t. He makes him a living bus instead! hahaha

That wraps up this short little Freaky Friday edition. I never get tired of Tingle’s “living object” stories. hehe. Until next time, stay freaky.

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Books to Read During Spooktober

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We thought we would compile a list of books to read during the month of October. These aren’t Halloween-themed books, but are perfect for anyone looking to be spooked, scared, thrilled, grossed out… you get the idea.

Shelly’s Picks

1. Dead Souls

I loved this book. It’s violent at times, but wildly entertaining, and is about selling your soul to the devil and the chaos that happens afterward. There are some truly WTF moments happening in these pages toward the end.

Here is my review at Goodreads.

2. Bird Box

This is more of a creepy thriller, but another book I gave five stars to at Goodreads. It’s got a dystopian/post-apocalyptic vibe, girl power, and will leave you thinking when you are finished.

3. The Red Mohawk

This book was a hoot! It’s offensive, irrevent, and violent at times, but it was like a Quentin Tarantino movie, in my view. Over the top crazy shenanigans going on. Not really scary, but definitely a good book to read for Halloween. My review at Goodreads.

4. Brother

This book kept me up until 2 a.m. reading. It’s got a backwoods hillbilly serial killer theme and was just so addicting. It can be pretty brutal, but is more than a slasher tale.

5. It

What horror list could be complete without the classic of all time, It? Pennywise the clown. Traumatizing kids and adults alike for decades. That’s pretty much enough said. A door stopper of a book, but one of King’s best, in my view.

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Sam’s Picks

So, it has recently been brought to my attention (at the moment I agreed to contribute to this list!) that I don’t read many scary or spooky books anymore. Why?! As a young reader, thrillers with an undertone of horror were a book staple for me. I really need to work on balancing my reading selections by adding more creepy goodness to my repertoire. However, I do have a few recs that I think pass muster. Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman (yes, I’m totally stealing Shelly’s rec!)

Like Shelly said, this is more thriller/suspense, but there is a vein of uneasiness that runs throughout the entirety of the book. The unknown can be terrifying, and this book makes great use of that premise.

2.  Cold Fire by Dean Koontz

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This was one of my first Koontz books and one of the reasons I fell in love with the horror/suspense genre as a teen. There are many, many books of his that I could add to this list, but I’m sticking to just this one. I haven’t read it in years, but thinking about it still gives me the creeps, and windmills, in particular, will always seems ominous and surreal.

3. Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn (which, incidentally, does take place during Halloween)

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Don’t let the title mislead you, this book is not about Edgar Allan Poe…at least not directly. At its heart, it’s a good, ole-fashioned ghost story that I really enjoyed. This was the author’s first published work, for which she won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category I might add. Shelly included another work by the same author in her list, so my advice is check both titles out!

4. Seed by Ania Ahlborn

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I’ll admit, part of what drew me to this book was the cover art. While it wasn’t technically a favorite of mine, the pages in between contain a story that had some genuinely disturbing moments with an ending I was not expecting (for some reason). Again, Shelly beat me to the punch with this author. To quote Cartman, “Whatever, I do what I want” so I’m adding it….plus it’s one of the few horror books I’ve read fairly recently. With this author recommended by both of us, I think she’s worth looking into!

5. Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror Book #3) by Karina Halle

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Y’all, I was such a fangirl of this series when I first discovered it. I literally had all of my IRL reader friends reading these books. The books were fun and quirky and more than a little spooky. Unfortunately, the series took a dive for me around Book #6, so I never finished it out (maybe one day). With that little disclaimer out of the way, this book still stays in my head for its creep factor. They spend the night on an island where shit gets crazy. I recommend Books #1-5 (plus the novellas), but after that you’re on your own.

BONUS (since I did technically repeat one of Shelly’s suggestions)

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk 

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Chuck never fails to elicit some type of emotional response with his works, though it’s usually more like revulsion or disgust with his macabre style and sense of humor (which I totally love by the way!) This one is no different. If you like books that leave you unsettled and twisted, you should totally check him (and this) out.

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Abby’s Picks

If you couldn’t tell by my movie selections, I don’t really do scary. But for some reason, I do really enjoy scary audiobooks. Don’t ask me to explain why, I’m not really sure. But it does remind me of sitting around a campfire telling ghost stories. So here are 5 spooky/creepy audiobooks that I highly recommend. I’m not sure if these will hold up reading them, so give them a listen.

1. The Haunting of Blackwood House 

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By Darcy Coates, this is the most recent scary story that I’ve listened to. I highly recommend listening to it. The narrator does a fantastic job. I listened to it at work and half expected an ax man to jump out at me.

2. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales

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I firmly believe any lover of horror should read the classics at some point in their life. For me, the audiobooks was the perfect way to do it. It took me a few months to get through the whole thing, but I was only listening to 1 or 2 stories at a time.

3. Forsaken (Shadow Cove Saga,  #1)

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You absolutely must listen to this story. It’s been over a year since I have. But I still get chills thinking about the narrator saying… Tap……Tap……Tap. 

4. Haunted 

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I’d rather not discuss how much this book scared me. So just go enjoy it if you want to be creeped out.

5. The Stand

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Believe it or not, I actually read everything Stephen King had written when I was in 6th grade. This may or may not be the reason I’m so chicken now, but I don’t think so. This one continues to be the most terrifying to me. It randomly pops up in my mind at very inappropriate times, like using the restroom. Every few years I go crazy and think I should re-read this. I’m clearly nuts.

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Kira’s Picks

Scary or spooky books are generally not something I gravitate towards. I’m not easy to scare, so maybe that has something to do with it. I second Sam’s recommendation for Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series. I was obsessed with it. Anyway my picks are a bit unorthodox, but these are the few spooky or horror books that I genuinely loved.

1. Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

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This is one of my favorite books ever! Not only was it dark and demented but gory as hell. Lots of murder and blood wrapped up in an Alice in Wonderland retelling. You can read my review here.

2. The Visitor (Graveyard Queen #4) by Amanda Stevens

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All around great series that gets quite spooky at times. This book in particular was the best, but they have to be read in order for what’s going on in this to make any sense. It has a strong paranormal romance element, so you may want to avoid this if that’s not your thing.

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Technically this a kid’s book, which really surprised me when I read it. It’s quite dark. I would have at least classified this as young adult although I read this to my kids when they were young and they loved it. After having his family slaughtered, a young boy wandered into a cemetery where the ghosts decided to protect him. It’s highly original. I’d recommend this for anyone of any age to read.

4. Horrorscape (Horrorscape #2) by Nenia Campbell

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The Horrorscape trilogy was my introduction to dark and demented books. Everything that happened in these was wrong on so many levels, and I couldn’t put them down. They were absolutely addicting. You’ve got to have some dark depths to your soul to find these appealing. I picked this book in particular because it more closely resembles traditional horror than the others in the series although the last one is definitely the most horrific.

5. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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I love Gillian Flynn’s books because they’re always dark. The Grownup is a horror short story. It had a nice twist at the end that I hadn’t seen coming. It’s a quick read, so pick it up if you’ve got an hour or less to spare.

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Author Q&A: Craig Schaefer (of the Daniel Faust series)

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We are super-honored to have an author Q&A with Craig Schaefer, who writes the Daniel Faust, Revanche Cycle, and Harmony Black series (links below in author bio section). Mr. Schaefer is one of our FAVORITE authors at the MacHalo group and blog, so we couldn’t be more delighted that he said YES to our request. We HIGHLY recommend all of his books.

The Daniel Faust series is gritty urban fantasy about the seedy paranormal underworld.

The Revanche Cycle is epic fantasy with tons of betrayal and intrigue, witches and corrupt politicians.

Harmony Black is secret government groups fighting paranormal crime with a heavy dash of conspiracy and magic thrown in.

So let’s get down to it.

Q: Which of your series would you recommend new readers start with?

A: I’d love for everyone to start with the Revanche Cycle, because that’s my personal favorite, but I’ve learned (the hard way) that a lot of urban fantasy readers have no interest in epic fantasy — which is the main reason the Faust/Harmony books are my bread and butter while the Revanche books…aren’t.

For UF readers, I’d suggest starting with the Faust series, specifically with The White Gold Score. While it’s technically book 1.5, beyond a couple of references it pretty much stands alone, and it was written much more recently. Every writer evolves (or should evolve) and I’d like to think I’m a much better writer today than I was when The Long Way Down came out, so it makes for a better introduction to my work.

Also, it’s a novella, so if you hate it, at least you didn’t waste much time on it.

Q: What is your favorite series and/or character you have written?

Favorite series? The Revanche Cycle, hands down. Favorite character? Ooh, that’s a lot tougher. That definitely changes with my mood. If I had to narrow it down to a core few, though? Renata Nicchi, the “ordinary barmaid” who shows the world what “ordinary” people are capable of, has to top the list. Jessie Temple, constantly at war with the forces of darkness both outside and within herself, and mostly winning. Nessa Fieri – gleefully and unrepentantly wicked, capable of immense cruelty and ferocious love – rounds out the top three.

Also, honorable mention for cannibal fashion designer Fredrika Vinter. Freddie’s scenes (along with her long-suffering BFF Halima) are always so much fun to write. (“Naturally, dahling.”)

Q: ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wants to declare her undying love for Daniel Faust and is a huge fan. She wants to know if there will be a Jessie spinoff and if Harmony Black and Daniel Faust will ever have a crossover with both characters being featured in a book?

No current plans for a Jessie spinoff. Jessie is a really tricky character in some regards; I’ve never shared this before, but one of the earliest very-partial drafts for the first Harmony Black novel (it ran out of steam around five chapters in) had her as the POV character instead of Harmony. The problem can be summed up by the scene in HB where she and Harmony endure a psychic parasite’s nightmare vision and she says, “That’s what it’s like in my head all the time.”

She’s funny and fierce, but that’s partially a shield to keep her friends from seeing the stuff she has to fight to keep a lid on, every waking moment of the day. This is a woman who was raised by a serial killer and forced to participate in her father’s crimes, without any kind of a moral compass until she was rescued in her early teens. Throw in the occult contagion from the King of Wolves and, well, it’s a lot easier to write about her from a slightly removed perspective; going first-person could take things from “just dark enough” to “way too dark” in a hurry.

Yes, there will absolutely be a Harmony/Faust crossover at some point. There’s already sort of one coming up in next year’s Wisdom’s Grave trilogy, where both characters make important appearances, but in a supporting-cast role. I really want to do a crossover that’s all about the two of them, I just haven’t figured out the best way to write it yet. Considering some people only read one of the two series, and I try to keep them as stand-alone as possible for that reason, I have to really think about what I can do with it plot-wise and which story elements I can resolve in a crossover that some readers might not be interested in picking up.)

(I will say, whether Harmony and Daniel make peace at last or not, you know we’re gonna see their respective teams square off and go a few rounds. I’m not a big fan of superhero tropes in general, but sometimes you just have to see who would win in a fight…)

Q: Several of us have noticed you write amazing female characters. They are strong, independent, no “damsels in distress.” Is this a conscious effort on your part or do you just naturally have an affinity for bad-ass females? 😊

Thank you so much! Yes, it’s a very conscious effort. As a writer and a feminist, positive representation is really important to me. Note that “positive” doesn’t mean “only positive character traits.” I don’t set out to create flawless, all-powerful Mary Sues, because that’s just as bad as wilting damsels in distress; both reduce female characters down to playing pieces and plot coupons. God save us from “kick-ass heroines” whose entire personality is 1) spunky/snarky and 2) they know kung fu, which is often exactly what Hollywood foists off on us.

My aim (I don’t always get it right, but I try) is to write female characters with authentic voices, inner lives, strengths and flaws. Which is really the standard we should all expect of any character of any gender, in all of our media, so the simple fact that it’s notable proves why it’s so important. It shouldn’t be extraordinary, it should be the baseline.

Ultimately, I write about the women in my life. No, I don’t hang out with murderous witches or mob bosses (as far as I’m willing to admit in public), but the heroines and villainesses of my fantasy novels draw their roots from the real women around me – from their struggles, their triumphs, their hopes, fears and joys. They’re my inspiration.

Q: Do you have any plans for a new series or book you can share with us?

This coming January will bring the first book of the Wisdom’s Grave trilogy, a special event crossover between all of my existing series. Fresh from the pages of the Revanche Cycle, Nessa and Mari – reborn as college professor Vanessa Roth and police detective Marie Reinholt – find each other once again in modern-day New York. Just like hundreds of times before, they’re cursed to meet, fall in love, and die, reenacting an ancient and forgotten fairy tale. But things are a little different now: someone’s spoiled the plot.

Forewarned of their fate, Nessa and Marie have one chance to break free, find the source of their curse, and demand justice. This time, they’re writing their own ending.

My initial outline notes described the trilogy as “a rock and roll road trip to the edge of the multiverse, with black magic and bullets.” The first book is with my editor as we speak; it’s arguably the darkest thing I’ve ever written, and absolutely isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste, but the trilogy is a passion project of mine so it had to get written.

Q: How long do you see your current two series running?

The Faust series will probably run twenty books or so, but the series outline has a lot of wriggle room so it can grow or contract based on what the fans want and how its momentum feels. (Yes, I know how it all ends. The final scene of the final book is already written – I wanted to have a goal-post of sorts to keep me focused – though it’s doubtlessly going to get a full rewrite by the time we actually get there.)

The Harmony series is more open-ended. I’ve got three possible ways to wrap the series up, and I haven’t decided which one I like best yet. I’d say we’ll see at least five more books, and we’re nowhere near properly setting up any of the three endings. My readers know I’m a big fan of playing the long game…

Q: Are we going to get more from the Revanche world – and anytime soon? Any little spoilers you can share?

I don’t know if we’ll ever go back for a book set exclusively in the Revanche setting, but I can tell you (and you heard it here first) that book two or three of the Wisdom’s Grave trilogy will definitely see our antiheroines taking a jaunt back “home.”

Maybe I can share two tiny spoilers. One: Hedy will be back. The Mouse is her mother’s daughter, and when the Owl needs her most, she’ll be there. Two: two particular characters from the final chapter of Queen of the Night will not be in it. They earned their ending, and they really did live happily ever after, or at least as happy as a contented life with the person you love can be. They are the only two characters I consider officially out of my keyboard’s reach. They won.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite books and authors?

If I had to pick an all-time favorite author, I’d have to go with Elmore Leonard. An absolute master of his craft, in the vein of two of my other favorites, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Amazing dialogue, lean and stripped-down prose, all three wrote purring and sleek engines of fiction. I’m nowhere near that good, but if I keep working hard, someday I might get close.

I also have to give a shout-out to an author I’ve only recently discovered and I’m eagerly plowing my way through her back-catalog. Mo Hayder is a top-notch crime/suspense writer, and her book “The Devil of Nanking” is amazing. It gave me the same goosebumps I got from reading “Silence of the Lambs” for the first time. Dark, sinister, depraved…you know, all the stuff I like.

Cold Spectrum, book four in the Harmony Black series, is released on October 31, 2017.

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Craig Schaefer’s books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).

Despite this, people say he’s strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact.

Schaefer lives in Illinois with a small retinue of cats, all of whom try to interrupt his writing schedule and/or kill him on a regular basis. He practices sleight of hand in his spare time, though he’s not very good at it. His home on the Web is www.craigschaeferbooks.com.

Craig Schaefer on Amazon.

Freaky Friday: Halloween Traditions

I hope everyone is home safe on this unluckiest of days. And didn’t stupidly plan on traveling today. It is the unluckiest day and the month where the Veil is thinnest. I’m only partially joking. Superstitions like 13 and Fridays being unlucky in multiple cultures is enough for me to not discount it. The idea that the Veil is thinnest this time of year in MOST cultures is enough to make me believe. But unfortunately for the evil spirits running amok tonight, I’m willing to risk my life to dye my hair teal tomorrow. I’m either incredibly brave or stupid. You can decide.

Either way, we need to discuss something freaky today. There are just way too many reasons for us to do it. So I thought it might be fun to talk about the parts of Halloween that aren’t normally discussed. I’m sorry in advance if I ruin anything for you.

Just kidding, I’m not sorry at all.

It is fairly common knowledge that our modern Halloween Traditions are heavily influenced by the Celtic traditions of Samhain. But we have definitely sugar coated some of them.

1. Jack O’ Lanterns

A lot of people know the idea that Jack O’ Lanterns were used to ward against evil spirits. (Which is why you should be carving scary faces people!) But actually, before the popularity of pumpkins, other root vegetables like potatoes and turnips were used. They also served another purpose. They were temporary homes for the spirits of your dead ancestors when they came to visit.

Honey, I’m home!

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To me that is funny because I actually imagine little potatoes walking around possessed by people. The part that disturbs me is that he will never look the same now.

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2. Bonfires

Everyone loves a good bonfire. Gooey Smores, melted chocolate, a reason to snuggle close. And most people think that Samhain fires looked like this…

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There is even a lovely legend about how centuries ago, women would take an ember from fire and use it to start the fire in their own hearth. I personally don’t actually believe this happened. It’s very impractical. They traveled days to get to a festival. I also know how much history was rewritten to further an agenda. And let’s face it, there would be a reason to rewrite the next part.

What most people don’t realize is that Samhain was the Celtic New Year. The reason why these fires were so lucky is because sacrifices were made to guarantee the next year was fruitful. Sacrificing part of the harvest guaranteed the fields were plentiful. Sacrificing livestock insured the remaining animals stayed healthy. So what do you think villages that were constantly warring sacrificed? That’s right….. prisoners of war. Two birds, one stone. Less mouths to feed and the gods were kept happy.

(Sorry, I couldn’t find any truly disturbing images of people being burned as a human sacrifice. So please pause for a moment to imagine it.)

3. Pooka

So Pooka isn’t particularly disturbing. But it’s one of my favorites. And not very well known. Meet Pooka.

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Legend tells us that Pooka is a black ghost horse with fire eyes. He roams the countryside at night. Anyone extremely foolish enough to accept a ride is spirited off to Hell, never to be heard from again. Oh what a lovely way to go. Who doesn’t love horses? Oh that’s right, I don’t. But even if I did, I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t ride one with fire eyes. Craziness.

But…. that’s not the best part about Pooka. Since Samhain is the harvest festival, they had to make sure there was motivation for people to work to get the harvest in. (Apparently possible starvation wasn’t enough.) So on Samhain, Pooka rides through the countryside as usual; however he pees on all of the unharvested berries, and the crops still in the fields. His pee is extremely toxic, making all of it inedible. So if a Pooka moves into your neighborhood, you better not dawdle bringing in your crops.

I hope you really enjoy biting into that crisp apple the next time you are sitting around the fire. Or choosing the angry eyes the next time you play with Mr. Potatohead. It would be a shame if their origins made them less pleasant. Just remember, we still have a few weeks until Halloween, so you should be safe.

But why risk it?

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Halloween Scary Movies – Cult Classic Style!

The wonderfully awesome Abby recently posted a blog called Top 10 Tuesday: Halloween Movies for the Faint of Heart. So I decided I just had to post my own version, but cult classic style. These movies are at times gross, cheesy, maybe a little scary still, and 100% classics! They are not literally Halloween movies, but a fun list to watch during this month and any other if you can stomach watching horror movies that might not have aged so well (and some that have). Some are more obscure than others. But all, in my view, are worthy to land a spot on any Best Of list like mine.

10. Parents

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This is a quirky horror film that slices up a chunk of meat long pig style. I haven’t watched it in ages, but remember it being creepy and gross, yet wildly entertaining. It’s out there and very over the top.

9. Motel Hell

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Here is another movie I haven’t watched in forever, but this movie seriously creeped me out. That garden scene, though. Another gross, over the top cult classic. You should watch it if you haven’t already. These two are real pieces of shit work.

8. Children of the Corn

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One look at that face still gives me nightmares. I remember being so freaked out by this movie. Truly scary. “Outlander!”

7. Nightmare on Elm St.

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I remember being so scared of this movie when I was younger that I was afraid to go to the bathroom by myself. Now, it seems campy, but at the time, this was Grade-A, top shelf horror, folks! lol. Remember Johnny Depp’s role when he gets sucked through the bed?

6. Hellraiser

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Another seriously scary movie for me. Pinhead was so creepy. Even though it was scary, there was something really unique and mesmerizing about it, in my view.

5. Nightbreed

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Another Clive Barker movie that I loved. Again, it was creative and weird and strangely compelling. For a horror movie. I highly recommend this one.

4. Scream

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This movie sort of changed everything. It was a mashup of all the horror tropes and starred like every single “hot” actor/actress of the moment. The story was good, it was funny, tongue in cheek, and just checked all the boxes.

3. Evil Dead 2

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One of the best. I kind of pretend the first movie never happened because this one was so good. (Although the first one terrified me as a teen.) Bruce Campbell just owns this like a boss. I love him. Making chainsaw hands look like they could be a cool accessory for any time of the year.

2. Fright Night

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This movie was a huge influence in my life and I even mentioned it in a previous blog, For the Love of Vampires! Chris Sarandon was so swoon-worthy as bad guy vampire, Jerry Dandridge. He was one of my first hardcore teen crushes. I mean, you can’t see it here from the gif, but I thought he was attractive, anyway. LOL

1. Lost Boys

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This was the first rated-R movie I saw in the theater. It changed my life. I crushed hardcore on every single actor in the movie! Kiefer Sutherland as villainous David, Jason Patric as Michael and even Corey Haim, the younger brother who has to  enlist Corey Feldman to help save his big brother. It’s just one of my all-time favorites and even had a good soundtrack!

Honorable mentions: Near Dark (another vampire movie, are you surprised), Maximum Overdrive, Event Horizon, and They Live.

Okay, that is my list. I noticed most of these are from the 80s, and that was when music and film really started to influence me (yes, I’m old). So I guess it makes sense that my choices would be from that time period. Have you seen any of these? Which are your favorites? Which would you like to see?

Until next time!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Halloween Movies for the Faint of Heart

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I love this time of year. And not because of pumpkin spice everything. Sorry, you may revoke my Woman card. I hate that stuff.

I love this time of year because it isn’t too hot or cold to be outside. There is a lot to do, such as hayrides and corn mazes. I love the flavors of most root vegetables, and apples dipped in caramel. But mostly I love it because everyone talks about supernatural things. No one looks at you like you’re crazy for liking witches, ghosts, or vampires. The weird becomes the normal for a month.

Alas, there is a drawback for me. I am completely chicken. I don’t like to be scared. And I don’t do scary things. So for me, I need Halloween movies that are a bit more fun, and a bit less scary. SHUSH, I don’t care if they are mostly children’s movies. I challenge you to watch one and not have fun.

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10. Nightmare Before Christmas  (1993)

I know it will be a very unpopular opinion that this movie ranks so low on my list. I wish I could give you a valid reason for it. But the truth is that while I enjoy watching it, I never think “hey, let’s watch this!”

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9. Casper (1995)

This is my list and I’ll do what I want. Honestly, this movie makes the list because of two little words

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DEVON SAWA! I was completely in love with him as an awkward pre-teen. I watched this movie over and over just for his 5 minute scene. Now this movie is just another way for me to relive my childhood.

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8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

This should need no explanation. If your Headless Horseman is scarier than the one above, I’m not interested. A Classic! No Halloween is complete without it.

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7. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge  (2001)

I actually love the whole Halloweentown series. Though admittedly, the last 2 weren’t good enough to make the list. But this one has a lot of funny little quips while Marnie races to undo the gray spell. Plus I just really want the talking headphones.

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6. The Birds (1963)

Okay, so this movie is actually scary. But it is more cerebral about it, so I don’t mind so much. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. But you will never look at a flock of birds the same way again.

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5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Accept no imitations. Only the real one will do. And you absolutely must go see it at least once as a midnight showing in a theatre.

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4. Hocus Pocus (1993)

So unpopular opinion time again. But hey, it did make my top 5. Don’t get me wrong. I love this movie. But it makes me cry, so it loses points. Sorry, not sorry.

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3. Twitches (2005)

“Go twitches! It’s your birthday!” Okay, so this movie is horrible Disney cheese. But I love it! Teen + Witches = Twitches. What’s not to love? Do not, I repeat, do not confuse this with the crappy sequel that always gets played.

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2. Hotel Transylvania  (2012)

If you seriously need me to explain how awesome both movies are, then you haven’t seen them. GO WATCH THEM NOW!  I’ll wait.

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1. Halloweentown  (1998)

I’ve already said that I love this series, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. So instead of raving about how much I love this movie…… here is a picture of the late great Debbie Reynolds on the set.

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I wish you all a safe and not scary Halloween season!

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Guest Blogger: Author Q&A with Stacey Marie Brown!

We have our very first guest blogger, Jessica, who scored an author Q&A with Stacey Marie Brown. Jessica is a member at the MacHalo group at Goodreads and she is awesome. So, without further ado, here we go!

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Stacey Marie Brown is an independent writer of urban fantasy/paranormal romance, but to me she is The Abolisher of Mundane Chores (cause that’s a thing!). She’s the reason I’ve ignored dishes, laundry, and sometimes sleep. Tying three series (Lightness Series, The Collector Series, and Darkness Series) together into an even larger story, she has introduced readers to strong female leads, lovable friends and sidekicks, hot men, magic, and lots of fast paced adventure. Her latest book (that will keep me awake – again) is Fall of the King, She carved out some time to answer a few questions and let me geek out and pick her brain. The fabulously badass ladies of Dust Off Your MacHalo gave me a place to share what I’ve learned. Here’s what Stacey had to say.

Jessica: I’m just going to dive in here and say the release of Fall of the King is right around the corner (like, days away! I’m a little excited for this! Questions. Right.). What are you able to share about this installment? How will it fit into the rest of the series? Will we see some old friends?

Stacey: Oooh, I don’t want to spoil the story, but Lars has finally met his match. And it will be a dual POV. You will see a different side to him…a more vulnerable side. I think some who may have not liked him before are going to see the man underneath. The true Lars.

We will definitely be seeing old friends! With every book in the Lightness Saga, I am tying in the Darkness and Collector series for one final bang! Lars is book 3, the next book is the FINAL one in all three series!!

Jessica: The world you’ve created and woven into 3 different series is vast and layered, with intersecting characters, all affecting each other. Did you know ahead of time which characters would be connected and that they would all be part of a bigger story?

Stacey: No! I was dead set against combining the series at first (why you can read Collector Series or the Darkness Series first), but as the story progressed, they decided for me. And it made sense that their paths would all eventually cross.

Jessica: Once you’ve come up with one of your badass story ideas, what’s your writing process like?

Stacey: I really wish I could say I have one. I get my butt in a chair and write. I do a very basic outline and mostly write as I go, so it takes me longer than some other authors. I have an acting/directing background and they play in my head like a movie. I’m just there to tell their story.

Jessica: There is mythology and lore themes in your books. Do you have to do a lot research? What inspires your mythology?

Stacey: I do enough research for me to understand and know the story, but then put my own twist on it…. or, I make it up completely. That’s what’s so awesome about fantasy. You can play with myths and legends.

The Fall of the King (Lightness Saga #3) is released on October 12, 2017.

It’s a steal of a deal for only $0.99 to pre-order now at Amazon.

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From Goodreads:

Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

That’s all for now, folks. Stay tuned for more from Jessica.

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