Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Excitement About Doctor Who


The premiere of Episode One, Series 8, Deep Breath, will be shown in theaters worldwide on August 23rd!
I'm going to need to take a deep breath so that I don't pass out from joy!
Check your local listings, or check in over at the BBC page for more info.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Game of Thrones Bloopers

This is one of the best things ever. Such a serious show, and yet, even they have funny moments on set. I just had to share this with you.



Monday, July 28, 2014

5 star review: The Winter King

Book description:


After three long years of war, starkly handsome, Wynter Atrialan, will have his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by taking one of the man’s beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter’s battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother’s death, rages on.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father’s palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig’s icy king is supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.
As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin’s wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter’s passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.


Review:

This book truly captivated me from the beginning to the end, finished in one afternoon because I simply could not stop reading until I learned the fate of Wynter and Khamsin. Even when I was doing my normal daily activities, mom stuff and whatnot I was thinking about what might happen in the book, so I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish and it was well worth the missing out on some shut-eye. This is a beautiful story of trust and love, a fiery romance that surprised me with its intensity.

Khamsin begins as a sort of Cinderella type character, the despised daughter of a ruthless and unloving King, locked away in the farthest part of the castle so she remains out of sight, forever to watch her three sisters (the Seasons) and brother live a life she'll never know. Despite that upbringing, Khamsin refuses to be broken, by becoming a loyal, fierce, brave, passionate, and incredibly kind woman instead. All of the Summerlea princesses are gifted with power and Khamsin is known as Storm to her family because she is a weatherwitch. She's never really learned how to control her abilities so they remain a reflection of her mood. What I loved about her was that she refused to be defined by her past, and that she never turned away from the connection she shared with Wynter, grabbing instead for the possibility for love. Her emotions and complexity were never predictable, making her strong in the face of great challenge.

Wynter was also shaped by a horrible tragedy, first when his parents were killed by a Frost Giant, and then later, when his younger brother was slain by the traitorous Summerlea Prince. He swore revenge and has gone to great lengths to attain his goal, using the Ice Heart to slay his enemies despite the cost to himself. When he takes a Summerlea Princess for his Queen he doesn't think of love or passion, she is a means to an end, nothing more, but their spirits call to each other in a way he cannot deny. Wynter could easily let the Ice Heart consume him and dull his humanity so that he wouldn't feel the emotions Khamsin brings out in him, but he doesn't because he is the noble Prince little girls dream of...protective, kind, strong, compassionate, willing to listen. He faces change like he faces everything else, head on, bold and unafraid. Wynter is the perfect match for Khamsin.



5 stars! I've read a few of C.L. Wilson's previous titles and always enjoyed the books, but The Winter King is the book that has made her a must-have author for me so I'm adding her to my keep list, for sure. Even if romantic fantasy isn't your usual genre I highly recommend giving this a try.

~Anna


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anthologies That I Love

Anthologies. I love them. You can just sit down and read a quick story or two. Get completely lost in another world for an hour and then come back and deal with your reality again. I have so many fond summer memories of picking up a book full of science fiction or horror stories from the library and just losing whole days immersed in other worlds. So, I wanted to share a few of my favorite here. Maybe you know some, maybe you've never heard of them, but these were books filled with stories that stuck with me permanently.

1. Sandkings, by George R.R. Martin


  Book Description:

"When Simon Kress returned to his home planet of Baldur from an off-world business trip, he was amused to find that his tank of Earth piranhas had cannibalized themselves into extinction, and of the two exotic animals that roamed his estate, only one remained. Now, in search of some new pets to satisfy his cruel pursuit of amusement, Simon finds a new shop in the city where he is intrigued by a new life-form he has never heard of before ... a collection of multi-colored sandkings. The curator explains that the insect-like animals, no larger than Simon's fingernails, are not insects, but animals with a highly-evolved hive intelligence capable of staging wars between the different colors, and even religion--in the form of worship of their owner. The curator's warning to Simon about the regularity of their feeding, unfortunately, was not taken seriously....
Contents
* The Way of Cross and Dragon
* Bitterblooms
* In the House of the Worm
* Fast-Friend
* The Stone City
* Starlady
* Sandkings"

Why this makes my list: 

The title story is one of those sci-fi tales that both horrified me and captivated me. Most importantly, it makes you think- about religion, God, and man's cruelty. Additionally, this isn't by far the only gem in the book. All of the stories have a sort of dark edge- sci-fi bordering on horror. In the House of the Worm is another particular favorite of mine.  This is the kind of anthology that I go back and re-read every few years because it was just so darn interesting. So, even after all these years, it is still top of my list. (Plus it doesn't hurt that MY copy is signed by George R.R. Martin himself, making it extra special to me.) This may be out of print- I checked Amazon and it seems they have it, but only used copies, so it may be one you have to hunt for, but it is worth it.



 2. Necronomicon : The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft



Book Description:

"Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmology that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome presents original versions of many of his most harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, in order of publication."

Why this makes my list:

I love Lovecraft. But I particularly love this volume. Why? Well, first of all, it looks cool. It is a black, creepy looking book, that is thick as heck, and it is chock full of eerie illustrations to go along with his stories. Here's an example page- an artist's rendering of the night gaunts. Is that terrifying or what?

So, all of the Lovecraft stories you want are there, in a suitably scary looking book that just adds to the sense that what you are reading is maybe just a little dangerous. Just a little forbidden- just like the "real" Necronomicon. And just a word of caution- reading these stories before bed can lead to some pretty crazy dreams. Speaking from experience, here.

3. Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories, Selected by Marvin Kaye


 Book Description:

"American ghosts and hauntings abound in this collection of blood-red, bone-white, and cold-blue stories. You'll meet the ghost of George Washington, the headless horseman of Paoli, a haunted football game, and a man who collects Poe. The Mudville ballplayer, Casey, gets a chance to redeem himself. A drunken cowboy commits murder and is brought to justice, but not by judge and jury. And a in a dark Boston museum, scientists attempt to reanimate an ancient mummy. The all star authors include Issac Asimov, L. Frank Baum, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Bloch, Willa Cather, Helen Eustis, H.P. Lovecraft, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Kuttner, Fritz Lieber, Washington Irving, Richard Matheson, Ogden Nash, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. These classic and contemporary tales are drawn from five broad regions of the United States: New England, the East, the South, the West, and the Midwest. There's also "The Midnight Tourist's Guide to Haunted America," a specially compiled directory to haunted sites in each of the fifty states."

Why this makes my list:

Of all types of anthologies, ghost stories are my favorite. I especially love the Victorian or Gothic stories. And this collection is chock full of them. There are so many stories that I read for the first time here that stayed with me forever- The Vacant Lot, Artemesia's Mirror, The Rider on the Pale Horse, They Bite, The Night the Ghost Got In... the list goes on. I loved that they broke the stories up in to groups by region of the country. It's like taking a ghost tour of America, and then they actually have a section in the back that lists real haunted places in the U.S.  Love it!

4. The Paranoid Fifties: Three Classic Science Fiction Novels  


Book Description:

Contains- The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham; I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson; and Time Out of Joint, by Phillip K. Dick

Why this makes my list:

This book introduced me to 1950s paranoia sci-fi, and I haven't looked back. Matheson and Dick became two of my favorite authors of all time because I found them here. Now, the down-side is, this wasn't a terribly successful volume, and is out of print. You can still get used copies on Amazon, but these stories are re-printed in other volumes too, so if you can't find this exact book, that's fine, but you should still read the stories. Oh man. Day of the Triffids is much scarier than the cheesy movie, and I Am Legend is NOTHING like that Wil Smith movie. Time Out of Joint is a mind-bender, and it has one of the best shocking twists I think I have ever gotten. So read them- in this volume or another- but just read them!

5 and 6. Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, by Stephen King



Book Descriptions:

Night Shift- 
"Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "The Lawnmower Man," "Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," and "Sometimes They Come Back"-which were all made into hit horror films.
From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time."

Skeleton Crew- 
"In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine.
A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction. A trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell. A woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. And a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged."

Why these make my list:

There just aren't bad short stories by Stephen King, in my opinion.  However, these two anthologies collected some of his most terrifying ones ever.

Night Shift was the first King book I ever read, and it has never stopped scaring me. I am not kidding. Jerusalem's Lot...Children of the Corn? Those would be worth it even if the other stories were duds, but they aren't. One of the MOST scary stories for me was The Boogeyman. It scared the crap out of me and to this day I DO NOT leave the closet door open when I go to bed.

Skeleton Crew was just as frightening. The Mist was one of his best, and so was The Monkey, but one of the lesser known stories, The Jaunt, has haunted me for years and ruined the idea teleportation for me FOREVER.  These two volumes were the sources of more of my nightmares as a kid than anything else.

7. The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson




  Book Description:

"The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range--from the hilarious to the truly horrible--and power as a storyteller."

Why this makes my list:
  
Many of you will be familiar with The Lottery. It is required reading in lots of junior high and high school curriculums and it deserves to be. It was shocking and thought-provoking. But if you've never read any of her other stories, you are in for a treat. Her work ranges from funny to odd to disturbing to downright terrifying. The stories are sometimes scary in the traditional ghost story sense, but sometimes more psychological. All of them are a delight.

These are my personal favorites. I'd love to hear yours, if you want to share in the comments. 

 












 









Friday, July 25, 2014

Coming Out Soon

Get your Kindles ready, VampChix! Here's a glimpse of what is coming for the end of this month, through early September.


Silver Shadows: A Bloodlines Novel, by Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29th 

Book Description:

"Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off."




Dark Skye, by Kresley Cole
Release Date: August 5th

Book Description:

"In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.
Eternal Obsession As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.
Endless Yearning Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.
Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance? With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?"


The 6th Extinction, by James Rollins
Release Date: August 12th

Book Description:

"A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! 
Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria.
The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading.
To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.
From millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past to mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, Sigma will face its greatest challenge to date: stopping the coming extinction of mankind.
But is it already too late?"


Sweetness #9, by Stephan Eirik Clark
Release Date: August 18th

Book Description:

"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T. C. Boyle
It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.
While testing a new artificial sweetener--"Sweetness #9"--he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.
Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?
David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are."




Windigo Island, by William Kent Krueger
Release Date: August 19th

Book Description:

"Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger.
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.
But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody’s talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, Minnesota, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the US for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he’s not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise—he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way.
Yet Cork holds tight to his purpose—Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl at the heart of this grotesque web, who is still missing and whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her, Cork prepares to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive, and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu."



 The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
Release Date: September 2nd

Book Description:

"An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit—it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable.

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls “the novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction.”


Dark Blood, by Christine Feehan
Release Date: September 2nd

Book Description:

"The fates of a warrior reborn and a seductive Dragonseeker are irrevocably entwined in the new Carpathian novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, “the queen of paranormal romance” (J. R. Ward).
At long last you are truly back with us...
Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…
Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth…
For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.
Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…."


Son of No One, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: September 2nd

Book Description:

"In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right.  Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.
Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?"




The Witch With No Name, by Kim Harrison
Release Date: September 9th

Book Description:

"The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series!
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul–eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day–walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world–changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything."










Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Hydra Protocol


The Hydra Protocol, by David Wellington

Book Description:

"To prevent nuclear annihilation, Special Forces operative Jim Chapel must infiltrate a top secret Russian military base and disable an unstable supercomputer in this high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure thriller from David Wellington, the acclaimed author of Chimera-an exciting, science-based thriller reminiscent of the works of Lee Child and James Rollins

On a routine mission involving a sunken Soviet submarine in Cuban waters, wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel, back in action thanks to medical technology, unexpectedly meets Nadia, a beautiful Russian agent.

Nadia shares shocking intel about HYDRA, a forgotten Cold War supercomputer that controls hundreds of nuclear missiles aimed at the U.S. Just one failsafe error, and America will be obliterated. And there have been glitches in its programming . . .

To disarm HYDRA before it plunges the U.S. into nuclear winter, Nadia and Chapel must travel across Eastern Europe and infiltrate a secret base hidden deep in the steppes of Central Asia. But as these uneasy allies discover, not everyone wants the weapon out of commission."


Angie's Review:

 I read the first Jim Chapel book a while back and I really liked it, so I had high hopes for this new novel. However, it comes up just a little short. 

First the good stuff-
Just like in the last book, Chapel is tasked once again with a super dangerous mission that couldn't be more critical. If he fails, it could me nuclear holocaust for the entire world. Angel, his mysterious assistant, is back and this time Chapel finds himself working with the lovely, exotic, Nadia. He is still reeling from a recent set-back in his relationship with Julia, and Nadia seems to be trying to seduce him. So, Chapel is torn between his lingering love and his desire for this woman who wants him right now. And the conflict within him is making it even harder to complete his mission. 

As before, this is exciting and fast-paced. There is a lot of technology and plot twists and turns, and it makes for a fun spy novel.

The down side-

For me, this just wasn't as good as the first book. What I initially loved about Chimera, was that it blended monster sci-fi with a spy thriller. In this book, it's just a spy thriller. Wellington is known for his previous series about zombies and werewolves, so I had thought that Jim Chapel would be fighting monsters in all of his books too. The first was called Chimera, and was about genetically engineered humans, and since this one had the word "hydra" in its title, I assumed it would be similar. Finding out that it wasn't was honestly a disappointment. I read thrillers from time to time, but I definitely prefer ones with a supernatural or sci-fi element. 

So, if you want an action-packed spy novel, this is a good read. If you were like me, and hoped to see monsters again, you may be disappointed. I give this one three stars.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FOLLOW THE NIGHT for only .99 cents!

If you read in Michele Hauf's Beautiful Creatures world, you may have read the Bewitch the Dark mini-series, which features the books From The Dark, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Devil to Pay.  Did you know there is a prequel to From the Dark which features the parents of heroine Jane Renan?  That story is FOLLOW THE NIGHT and is set in 18th century Paris.  It's now on sale for a limited time for .99 cents!  So go grab it!
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Steam Crow Kickstarter

Hey VampChix!

Just wanted to give you a quick heads up about a cool kickstarter campaign. Steam Crow is producing t-shirts of some of their coolest designs. They have Poe, Lovecraft, Tesla and Rasputin "altered ego" shirts.


Are those awesome or what? I have the silk screen print of the Lovecraft design on my living room wall. Now I need a Poe shirt for myself and a Tesla for my science nerd hubby.

The kickstarter runs just until the end of this month! So get on over there now before it's too late!

Here's the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/steamcrow/altered-egos



Not familiar with Steam Crow? Check them out at their website.
 http://www.steamcrow.com/
They are a family-owned small business that makes one-of-a-kind monster-themed art. They are regulars at Comicons here in Arizona and just super nice people in general.



Monday, July 21, 2014

A New Book From Stephen King Due in November

Revival, by Stephen King
Release Date November 2014

Book Description:

"A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe."

Sounds exciting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Annabelle


Remember that God-awful creepy doll from the movie, The Conjuring?
Well, she's getting her own movie. Annabelle will be in theaters in October 3rd!

The first trailer is out now. Take a look:


Gah. Creepy dolls are so....CREEPY!!

And let me just say...I'm having a hard time believing that anyone would have wanted this doll in the first place. NOT that it might end up haunted. That part seems plausible. LOL. Well, I loved The Conjuring, so I guess I will have to see this too. 
And then hide every doll in the house for the foreseeable future so I don't have nightmares.

Oh, and speaking of nightmares...read the story that inspired the "Annabelle" from the movie here.
I will never look at Raggedy Ann the same way.