Who doesn’t want to dive into a good, creepy book this time of the year? With Halloween around the corner, we’re giving away ten books, written by the contributors of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies edited by Vanessa Morgan (released April 2019).
From vampires and werewolves to ghosts and serial killers, these terrifyingly brilliant books will have you enjoy the creepy season that much more.
You can win all of them by filling in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The giveaway is open worldwide, and ends October 31st, 2019. Good luck!
Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies by Vanessa Morgan (ebook)
This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.
Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.
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Discover The Horror: One Man’s 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All by Jon Kitley (paperback)
For over five decades, Jon Kitley has been on a never-ending quest to explore as much of the horror film genre as possible, from the early days of terror television to movie theaters and drive-ins, from the video explosion to the creation of his long-running website. Now, for the first time, fans of Kitley’s Krypt can read how it all started (and continues to this day) as Jon shares his personal “tales from the road” experiences, having attended over a hundred horror movie conventions from coast-to-coast, as well as thoughts on different sub-genres, critics, reference books, and so much more. Plus, discover plenty of tips on how YOU can get the most out of your own journey into Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All!
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Wholesale Theft and the Least of One’s Problems by Chris Hewson (ebook)
Focusing on sexism, B-movies, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Wholesale
Theft is about the adventures of Edith Donnegan, a young woman who
invariably finds herself up against killer robots, mad scientists, and
lizardmen. All the while, she has to deal with incessant chauvinism for the
most absurd of reasons, but she strives to succeed.
The Key in the Grave: A haunting in a feared old mansion catches the attention of Edith, who decides to play amateur ghost-hunter to discover what happened in the past, and what’s happening now.
Empire of the Future: While on holiday to Luxembourg, Edith witnesses the world change into a bizarre hybrid of past and future technology. If she wants any chance of getting back home, she’ll have to stop a power-mad ruler before the changes are permanent.
Undead Teenagers of the Lost Island: On an uncharted island, mysterious and dastardly experiments threaten a group of visiting teenagers. Can Edith rescue them in time from the clutches of a villainous mad scientist?
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Corporate Wolf by Stuart R. West (ebook)
It was supposed to be a corporate retreat
and a series of morale-boosting exercises. It was a weekend Shawn Biltmore
nearly didn’t survive.
There was something else playing in the woods that night, something other than a bunch of corporate drones with paintball guns.
And it had chosen Shawn as its new chew toy.
…rip ’em to shreds.
The local authorities chalked it up to a bear attack.
So did the doctors.
Shawn knew the truth, however, as much as he wanted to deny it.
But when one of his coworkers is viciously killed, Shawn must face the truth…
He’s a killer who needs to be put down.
Or is he?
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Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri (ebook)
There are reasons we fear the night. He’s NOT one of them.
Bill Ryder was a dateless geek, but then he
met a girl to die for. So he did. Sadly, that was just the beginning of his
troubles. He awoke as a vampire but, fangs or not, he was still at the bottom
of the food chain.
Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier, and a hell of a lot cooler than he is … and they all want to kick his ass.
Bill isn’t exactly average, though. A vamp like him hasn’t been seen in centuries. He’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude that makes him too damned obnoxious to quit.
Join him in this hilarious tale of bloodthirsty monsters and the unlikely hero who’s not afraid to flip them all off, even if it gets him killed – again.
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Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh (ebook)
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains – the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?
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Suckers by Anne Billson (ebook)
Everywhere you looked, there would be women
dressed in black – white faces, black hair, mouths painted scarlet. It was The
Look. You saw it on the street. You saw it on the covers of magazines. You saw
it presenting arts programmes on TV.
And some of us saw it in our nightmares…
Anne Billson’s debut novel, described by Christopher Fowler in Time Out as ‘dark, sharp, chic and very funny’, is set at the end of the ‘greed is good’ era, and features a gothic love triangle between a man, a woman and the 300-year-old vampire they chopped into pieces a decade earlier.
But now she’s back, and this time she’s building a bloodsucking empire…
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Saucy Jacky: The Whitechapel Murders as Told by Jack the Ripper’ by Doug Lamoureux (audio book)
Come into the East End of London, England, 1888.
Walk the streets of Whitechapel and slums of Spitalfields, side by side with history’s most notorious serial killer.
Overhear his plans, and listen – or try not to – to his secret thoughts as he waits in the shadows. Keep pace, if you have the nerve, as he stalks his victims.
Watch, if you have the stomach, as he commits his outrages. And run with him, if you’re still upright, as he escapes the swarming forces of police desperate for his hide and head.
Imagining the unimaginable in this unabashed novel of terror, award-winning author Doug Lamoreux takes you inside the mind of the infamous killer who was never caught.
Discover the Whitechapel murders…as told by Jack the Ripper himself.
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Blood Bar by Daph Nobody (ebook – French edition)
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Peripheral Visions: The Complete Ghost Stories 1988-2015 by Robert Hood (ebook)
Peripheral Visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood’s
44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume.
These memorable tales display Hood’s uncanny ability to make the fantastic
real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives – both inner
and outer – haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own
worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through
disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly
apocalypse. Hood’s stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in
the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own. Though many of these stories
draw on the traditions of the past, they are far from traditional in approach.
As you turn each page remember this: not everything here is as it seems. There’s always something more, barely glimpsed, out there on the periphery.
Each section has an evocative, disturbing illustration by noted artist, Nick Stathopoulos.
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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm. But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.
As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.
About the McKinley Mysteries:
Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way. This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I have read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books including the first three books in this series. Even though I’ve missed several of the books in the series (I’m planning on catching up at some point), I knew that all of these books are stand alone so I didn’t have a problem reading number 11. I like the author’s writing style so I was looking forward to reading Halloween is Murder.
Sean and Sara McKinley are private investigators. They used to be detectives in New York but they were able to quit their jobs after Sean received a windfall and immediately proposed to Sara. After solving a couple of murders, they decided that opening a PI business would be a good idea. And all of the money they make goes to charity.
Another project for charity is a haunted house for Halloween. When the reporter who did a piece on the haunted house suddenly dies, Sara is sure that it’s murder but Sean isn’t so sure. After the reporter’s sister asks them to look into the death, Sean caves and agrees to investigate. What they find isn’t quite what I expected.
The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries. Halloween is Murder is a quick and fun read. It includes mystery, a little romance, a little suspense, and even a couple of twists. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sean and Sara’s adventures.
About the Author
I found this interesting and wanted to share. I had no idea Halloween had been around so long! If you like all things Halloween, I found this website, ThingsThatGoBoo, that has everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween including monsters, poems, songs, books, and more.
Author: Hagit R. Oron
Illustrator: Or Oron
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
About the Book
Elphie is easily frightened. Phante is brave.
Elphie is calm and kind. Phante is hot tempered.
When they go trick or treating together, Elphie and Phante use their strengths to empower each other.
Read the book and teach your kids that the sweetness of friendship lasts more than that of a sugar-coated candy.
Available on Amazon.
I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.
I read Elphie and Dad go on an Epic Adventure and Bravo and Elphie so when the author asked me if I wanted to read the latest Elphie book I was happy to do so. Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is an adorable book for young children. It’s about Halloween, and Elphie is planning on dressing up as a tiger but his costume is so scary that he is afraid to go trick or treating in it. His mom takes off his costume and lets him go as himself.
Elphie goes trick or treating with his friend, Phante, who is dressed up as a pirate. Phante ends up being jealous because a lot of the neighbors give Elphie extra treats for his “costume.” Elphie is so nice that he splits the candy with Phante. With a hug from Phante, Elphie feels like he is brave enough now to be a tiger-elephant and he changes into his original costume.
Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is a cute book with colorful pictures that will keep the attention of young children. It also teaches the importance of friendship. It’s the perfect time for this book with Halloween just around the corner!
About the Authors
Hagit R & Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together.
Hagit R is an electronics engineer. She writes computer code by day, but when she takes off her suit she lets her imagination run wild. Really, it takes her to such weird places, words aren’t able to describe.
Or is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. Imagination is the biggest tool in her toolbox. Really, it’s as big as a continent.
Together they are an undefeatable team. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world.
How? One picture book at a time.