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Top Ten Authors To Read This Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love reading scary books, and I’m clearly not alone in that.  What makes horror so attractive?  People who study children’s literature say that scaring ourselves is a way to process what’s truly scary in life.  It’s non-threatening because it’s not real.  That makes … Continue reading

Slade House by David Mitchell
Challenges / Highly Recommended / Paranormal / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

Slade House by David Mitchell

David Mitchell is one of my favorite writers, and this book didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a creepy haunted house story, this one is eerie and at times terrifying. This short novel is also a companion to his recent The Bone Clocks, and I think in that regard it’s a little less successful. But … Continue reading

Joyland by Stephen King
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Paranormal

Joyland by Stephen King

This is my last review for Halloween and the R.I.P. IX Challenge. Happy Halloween! Joyland is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age novel. There’s nothing ground-breaking about Joyland, but it’s the kind of novel that shows King at his best. He’s writing about real people experiencing real-life drama, it’s just in … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Challenges

The R.I.P. IX Challenge

It’s September, which means it’s time for Stainless Steel Droppings’ R.I.P. challenge (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX) (note the cool graphic by Abigail Larson.) For this challenge, you simply read books from any of the following categories: Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. The challenge runs from September 1 to – you guessed it … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Contemporary Fiction / Paranormal

Doctor Sleep Read Along, Chapters 1-6

I’ve joined the Doctor Sleep Read Along, hosted by Tif Talks Books and Cheap Thrills.  I’ve only read through Chapter Five, so I’m only a little behind. Dr. Sleep, for those who don’t know, is Stephen King’s many-years-later sequel to The Shining.  I can’t say The Shining was one of my favorite King novels, but … Continue reading