Macabre Month of Horror: Review #21 “F.E.A.R 3”

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fear 3Welcome to the 25th day of our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror. Today’s review is on the video game “F.E.A.R 3”

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #25 “F.E.A.R 3”

Macabre Month of Horror: Review #20 “F.E.A.R 2”

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fear 2Welcome to the 24th day of our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror. Today’s review is on the video game “F.E.A.R 2”

Description from Amazon “Confront terrors both known and unknown in a explosive battle for survival with F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin for PS3. This action-packed follow-up to Monolith Productions’s award-winning supernatural shooter F.E.A.R. begins where the previous game left off. This time, you’ll come up against Alma’s powers from the perspective of special forces operator Michael Becket. After an enormous explosion has devastated the city of Auburn, you’ll quickly discover that what seemed like an ordinary mission to retrieve and interrogate Genevieve Aristide is anything but.”

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #20 “F.E.A.R 2”

Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #10 “Creep”

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creepWelcome to the 10th day of our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror. Today’s review is on the obscure b-movie “Creep

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #10 “Creep

Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #6 “Phantasm”

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phantasmWelcome to the 6th day of our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror. Today’s review is a Jumping Off Point Review on the movie “Phantasm

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #6 “Phantasm

Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #5 “The Return of the Living Dead”

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the return of the living deadWelcome to the 5th day of our Fourth Annual Macabre Month of Horror. Today’s review is on the movie “The Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead” is often confused with being a sequel to “Night of the Living Dead, but it is not. “Night of the Living Dead” was the first true zombie film. It was directed by George A. Romero and written by Romero as well as John A. Russo.

Return of the Living Dead” does not take itself seriously at all. That is my favorite aspect of the movie. The movie is self aware of how ridiculous it is, and has fun with itself. It goes over the top and has a great time. The acting is appropriately over the top to match the style of the film, as well as the special effects.

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Macabre Month of Horror: Movie Review #5 “The Return of the Living Dead

If it’s up for a Bram Stoker Award you know it’s going to be an awesome scare

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Bram Stoker Awards statuetteOn February 23, 2014 the Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the Final Ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®.

The HWA is the premiere organization for writers of horror and dark fiction. Each year since 1988 the HWA has presented the awards for superior achievement. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a haunted house, designed by sculptor Steven Kirk.

Rocky Wood, the HWA’s President, said “We are proud to present a particularly notable slate of nominees this year, showing the horror genre is strong and popular,”

The 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® banquet will be on May 10, 2014 during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2013 BRAM STOKER AWARDS ARE

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Kate Jonez – Candy House (Evil Jester Press)
  • John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm (Berkley Trade)
  • Rena Mason – The Evolutionist (Nightscape Press)
  • Jonathan Moore – Redheads (Samhain Publishing)
  • Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Patrick Freivald – Special Dead (JournalStone)
  • Kami Garcia – Unbreakable (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Joe McKinney – Dog Days (JournalStone)
  • Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Harry N. Abrams)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2013)
  • Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man” (Limbus, Inc., JournalStone)
  • Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2013)
  • Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain (DarkFuse)
  • Rena Mason – East End Girls (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot” (Blood & Roses, Scarlett River Press)
  • David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2013)
  • Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • John Palisano – “The Geminis” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Michael Reaves – “Code 666” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde” (Ramaco Media I, Castelao Pictures)
  • Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
  • Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif” (Dino De Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN: Original X Production, Gaumont International Television)
  • Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur” (Flame Ventures, Playground, Universal Television, Carnival Films)
  • Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs” (AMC TV)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5 (Cutting Block Press)
  • Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death… (Dark Moon Books)
  • Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties(Hummingbird House Press)
  • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One (Grey Matter Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
  • Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories(Night Shade Books)
  • James Dorr – The Tears of Isis (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean)
  • Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady (Bad Moon Books)
  • S. P. Somtow – Bible Stories for Secular Humanists (Diplodocus Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson)
  • Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror (Scarecrow Press)
  • William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press)
  • Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors (Scarecrow Press)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
  • Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
  • Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
  • Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements (Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press)
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

World Book Night spreads the love of reading from person to person

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On November 24, 2013 the Word Book Night organization announced the addition of three book titles for book givers to choose from because of overwhelming demand. The number of books to be be given away will increase to 550,000.

According to the Carl Lennertz, Executive Director of World Book Night U.S.,  “Sadly, the call for books for at-risk teens across the country is growing, from underfunded schools to foster homes to tutoring programs, but it’s encouraging that our givers are seeing that need and want to reach out with a book. “

The additional WBN US picks for 2014 are:

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Zora and Me Me and Earl and the Dying Girl The Raven's Warrior

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews (Amulet/Abrams)

Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.S. Simon (Candlewick)

The Raven’s Warrior” by Vincent Pratchett (YMAA Publications)

World Book Night U.S. is part of an ambitious campaign to encourage light and non-readers to read. A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America April 23, 2014 by 25,000 volunteer book lovers.

The online giver application process opened on October 24, 2013 and continues through January 5, 2014. Applicants must state where and to whom they intend to give out their 20 WBN special paperbacks.

The 35 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2014, alphabetical by author, are:

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Bobcat and Other Stories Bridge to Terabithia pontoon Catch-22 Code Name Verity

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Enchanted Hoot Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Kitchen Confidential Miss Darcy Falls in Love

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Presumed Innocent Same Difference Sunrise Over Fallujah Tales of the City


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The Botany of Desire The Dog Stars The Lighthouse Road The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Ruins of Gorlan Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1

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The Tipping Point The Weird Sisters The Zookeeper’s Wife This Boy’s Life Wait Till Next Year

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Young Men and Fire Wild Where’d You Go, Bernadette When I Was Puerto Rican Waiting to Exhale

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The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton)

Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco)

The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown (Berkley)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky(Simon & Schuster)

After the Funeral” by Agatha Christie (William Morrow Paperbacks)

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1” by John Flanagan (Puffin Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (in Large Print) by Jamie Ford (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

The Lighthouse Road” by Peter Geye (Unbridled Books)

The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books)

Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

Catch-22” by Joseph Heller (Simon & Schuster)

The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller (Vintage)

Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon” by Garrison Keillor (Penguin Books)

Same Difference” by Derek Kirk Kim (First Second Books)

Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Miss Darcy Falls in Love” by Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks)

Bobcat and Other Stories” by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books)

Young Men and Fire” by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press)

Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin  (HarperPerennial)

Waiting to Exhale” by Terry McMillan (New American Library)

Sunrise Over Fallujah” by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson (HarperTrophy)

The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan (Random House)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

When I Was Puerto Rican” by Esmeralda Santiago (Da Capo)

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña” by Esmeralda Santiago (Vintage Español)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple (Back Bay Books)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple in Large Print (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

Wild” by  Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing)

Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion)

This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff (Grove Atlantic)

100 Best-Loved Poems” edited by Philip Smith (Dover)

Macabre Month of Horror #25 “The Strain” Guest review by Amy Lyn Kench (when did I become a guest on my own blog?)

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan Published by Harper

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan Published by Harper

If there is only one book you have the chance to read this Halloween season, “The Strain” is it. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring back the evil, dark, twisted and tormented vampire in this shake you to your skeleton thrill ride.

If you are a fan of the Twilight books you will be shamed to learn, vampires are not sparkly or cute boys looking for love. They are blood sucking, emotionless, death mongers. So, deal with it!

Whether it was the gripping tale or the fact that I was too scared to turn out the lights, I could not put this book down! “The Strain” will stay with you, it will haunt you in the way true horror lovers appreciate to no end.

Description from the publisher:

“An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in “The Strain” – the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer.

Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, “The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.”

COMING SOON – “THE STRAIN” MADE FOR TV MOVIE

So, I have to say I’m more than a little excited about this. It’s not just because Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote the book and screenplay, nor because Del Toro is directing. (I mean seriously, come on, who else could handle this monster?) After seeing the cast list I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see this sure to be horror masterpiece.

As soon as I read Corey Stoll was cast as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather I just knew there was no way this movie could go off the rails. He is amazing in “House of Cards” and I can totally see him taking this role to the next level.

English: John Hurt at the Cannes film festival

More perfect casting is John Hurt as Professor Abraham Setrakian. The man is a master of walking that thin line of nice and wise older gentleman to slightly deranged loon.

The cast list is fantastic and I’m especially excited to see

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 as The Master. He is going to kick some serious ass!

Trilogy Books ~ by Amy Lyn

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I was just reviewing my most recent books read on my Good Reads list and I noticed I’ve been reading a lot of trilogies lately. It started when I finished the  Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and I was looking to try something new.

I’d heard a lot of buzz about the “Millenium Trilogy”  and thought I’d give it a go. This was well before the Americanized movie version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was released.

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I actually read the first book then watched the Swedish version of the movie starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander on Netflix. Noomi is fantastic and totally convincing in her role. I then read the second book, watched the movie and the same with the third. I can not imagine anyone playing it better and refused to watched the American version, even though I am a fan of Daniel Craig.

I must admit though, after the first 25 pages or so of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” I almost gave up on the book. It was so boring talking about the magazine and finances blah blah blah. I scanned forward about 50 pages and BAM, there she was kicking ass and taking names. So I flipped back to where I had stopped and pushed on and it was soooo worth it. My advice, skip the first 50 or so pages then dive in head first.

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The next trilogy I read was “The Heritage of Lancaster County” by Beverly Lewis. I came upon this set of books when I was looking for the most recent book in the “Elm Creek Quilts” series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini. The one I was looking for was out and someone had mis-shelved the first book in this series “The Shunning“. 

This was a really captivating tale of mystery, longing, heart-break and romance. A truly eye-opening view into the Amish way of life and the emotional aftermath of a shunning.

But, I’m not much for the romantic novels and needed something meatier to sink my teeth into after that tear jerker trilogy. Honestly I didn’t set out to read another trilogy. But it just so happened that I spotted the name Guillermo del Toro on the new book shelf and immediately thought, “Oh this is going to be good.”

the strain trilogy guillermo deltoro chuck hoganThe “Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan was a vampire story like none I’ve ever read. I hadn’t read a really good, scare your socks off horror in a loooong time. So a big THANK YOU to the authors for scaring me sleepless and making me jump at every little bump in the night.  This set of books will be getting a review all their own from me soon. I read all three in January, I just couldn’t put them down. Now that the images aren’t so ingrained in my head, I think I’ll go back for another bite and read through them again.

The Books of History Chronicles by Ted Dekker
Rounding out my trilogy reading was “The Books of History Chronicles” by Ted Dekker. According to the author this trilogy was a “circle book”. Meaning you could start with any of the three books and still be able to follow the story.

I picked one of the books and read the author’s preface that said he recommended starting with “Sinner” first then “Saint” then “Showdown”. But, after reading all three books I would have read them in the opposite order. By starting with “Saint” I felt like I was working my way counterclockwise around the story. “Showdown” really introduces you to the characters and lays the groundwork for the why of it all.

These books are a fantastical story of good versus evil with lots of biblical references and what if scenarios. What if there were books you could write in to change the path of history?