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Only evil villains need apply.

A School for Villains (Dark Lord Academy) - Leo DeBruyn, Ardyth DeBruyn

This was a fun sort of retelling of Harry Potter.  

Except it's for 'Slytherines' only!  Sot hey can learn to be evil villains.

Although a 'Gryffindor' has managed to infiltrate the school.  

Because he doesn't want to be a hero, he wants to be a villain.  

And the villain doesn't want to be a villain, but doesn't really want to be a hero either.

Mostly he just want to go home.

 

An almost direct scene involves a troll being set loose in the history dept.

I laughed out loud.

 

However, I really want to know what's up with Igor.

We encounter him once and he's intriguing, but he never shows up again.

 

 

Entertaining and thought provoking.

Hogfather - Terry Pratchett

 

I hope Banjo (?) is getting on well.

I almost cried for the poor Senior Wrangler. 

Reading progress update: I've read 88%.

Hogfather - Terry Pratchett

 

Well, that was unexpected.

This whole re-purposing gods makes you wonder.

Almost makes me wish I had given the monster under the bed and in the closet more chances to scare me.

Almost.

Reading progress update: I've read 8%.

Hogfather - Terry Pratchett

 

Just as odd, but enjoyable, as I remember Moving Pictures to be.

Some leftover creepy stuff.

One Thing About the Night

 
 
I will never look at my reflection in a mirror  same way again.
 
Especially at night when the power is out and all I have is some candles.
Definitely not in the three ways that show repeating images.
Thankfully my bathroom mirror is not capable of that.
I may never again be able to go thru one of those fun house mirror mazes, watching myself move in infinity.
 
It's daylight now and I'm completely creeped out.
 
 
The story can be found in Cemetery Dance Select

No sequel?!

Flesheaters and Bloodsuckers Anonymous - H.C. Hammond

 

That was a fun little romp about a vampire getting caught feeding and thrown in jail.

The feds show up and offer an undercover deal.

Join a group therapy to try to become 'normal' again and find out what happens to the 'graduates' or starve to death in jail and/or be toasted.

Enough gore for those so minded, but I don't think enough to gross too many readers out.

 

But what happened to the slug?

 

What do you mean 3?!

and it ends.

and I can't find a book 2.

Rude, I tell you, RUDE!

 

 

 

The Winter Prince - Elizabeth Wein

 

An odd retelling of bits of King Arthur legend.

 

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Bingo: Blackout!

 Thank you to Moonlight and Obsidian for the fun game!

 

 

Ghost: The Case Files of Thomas Carney by Cleo Wolfe

Cozy mystery: Better off Dead in Deadwood by Ann Charles

In the dark, dark woods: Castaways by Brian Keene

Terrifying women: Daddy Won't Kill You by Caroline Gebbie

Chilling children: House of Reckoning by John Saul

Genre: horror: Urban Gothic by Brian Keene

Witches: Hag's Trail by Daniel Fox

Werewolves: Lila the Werewolf by Peter S. Beagle

Modern Masters of Horror: Ghoul (2007) by Brian Keene

The dead will walk: Dead Sea by Brian Keene

Diverse voices: The Old Forrestal Place by Jessie Tan

Aliens: Tritium Gambit by Erik Hyrkas

Haunted houses: Drummer Boy (Littlefield) by Scott Nicholson

Serial/spree killer: A Terrible Beauty by Graham Masterton

Terror in a small town: Torment by Brett McBean

American horror story: The Red Church Scott Nicholson

Monsters: Gecko by Ken Douglas

Vampires: In the Shadow of the Mountains by MR Graham

Magical realism: Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Book 2) Jim C. Hines

80's horror: A Crying Shame by William W. Johnston

Free Square: The Keep by F. Paul Wilson

Supernatural: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene

Amateur sleuth: Deadly Gamble – Charlie Parker by Connie Shelton

Demons: Demon by Erik Williams

Classic horror: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

Halloween Bingo: Classic Horror

Three Ghost Stories - Charles Dickens

 

I read The Haunted House for Classic Horror.

The beginning was good, although I don't know if I was supposed to be giggling as much as I was over everyones antics. The end seemed to be some convoluted dream or memory of his childhood pretending to be part of a seraglio.

 

I also read Green Tea by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu which was an interesting story about a demon slowly driving a pastor nutty.

 

They both seemed to reference the same house in London that was fronted by 4 poplar trees, which I thought was a pretty creepy coincidence.

 

Halloween Bingo: Full!

 

Oct 22

My card is filled, now I'm just waiting for squares to be called.

 

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 Oct 21

Thanks for the help everyone!


Some of the Poe I haven't read yet, but he's another one I have to be in the mood for..
I didn't know Dickens and Kipling wrote ghost stories except for A Christmas Carol.

 

I think I'm going to try out the Dickens and put Kipling on the list.

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Oct 20

https://youtu.be/yWP6Qki8mWc

 

I'm down to one square to fill, and I need a Classic Horror that I haven't already read!

 Any suggestions?

 I'm hearing the song in the tiny voice from the black and white version of The Fly.  LOL

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Oct 15

Vampires gives me bingo #4.

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 Oct 11

Far left column.

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Oct 9

2nd column from the left!

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Oct 5

Unless I've mis-marked something, here's where I'm at.

 

These books are giving me some really weird dreams - a fat, albino rat bunny dancing in my goat barn is the oddest so far.  

The trek I took through a town last night involving killing a wolverine with an arrow made of grass and trying to get out of the house of a giant but not really a giant was right up there in weirdness.

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Bottom row bingo!

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Getting there - some just haven't been called yet. 

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This is going to be like last year - how many can I read before getting a bingo.

I suppose if I looked at the rows or columns when choosing it would help.

 

 

Called:                 Read but not called              Called and read

                                          

 

 

Ghost: The Case Files of Thomas Carney by Cleo Wolfe

Cozy mystery: Better off Dead in Deadwood by Ann Charles

In the dark, dark woods: Castaways by Brian Keene

Terrifying women: Daddy Won't Kill You by Caroline Gebbie

Chilling children: House of Reckoning by John Saul

Genre: horror: Urban Gothic by Brian Keene

Witches: Hag's Trail by Daniel Fox

Werewolves: Lila the Werewolf by Peter S. Beagle

Modern Masters of Horror: Ghoul (2007) by Brian Keene

The dead will walk: Dead Sea by Brian Keene

Diverse voices: The Old Forrestal Place by Jessie Tan

Aliens: Tritium Gambit by Erik Hyrkas

Haunted houses: Drummer Boy (Littlefield) by Scott Nicholson

Serial/spree killer: A Terrible Beauty by Graham Masterton

Terror in a small town: Torment by Brett McBean

American horror story: The Red Church Scott Nicholson

Monsters: Gecko by Ken Douglas

Vampires: In the Shadow of the Mountains by MR Graham

Magical realism: Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Book 2) Jim C. Hines

80's horror: A Crying Shame by William W. Johnston

Free Square: The Keep by F. Paul Wilson

Supernatural: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene

Amateur sleuth: Deadly Gamble – Charlie Parker by Connie Shelton

Demons: Demon by Erik Williams

Classic horror: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The Pied Guitarist

Ratcatcher - V.J. Chambers

 

A creepy loose modern retelling (sorta) of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it actually turned out to be very good.

Halloween Bingo: Demon

Demon - Erik Williams

 

A fallen angel escapes his prison but can only stay free if he possesses a human host by driving out the human soul.

Chaos, madness, and mayhem occur if there are other humans close by during the battle for the body.

However, he can't go too far because a body without the soul falls apart fast.

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo: Amateur sleuth

Deadly Gamble (A Charlie Parker Mystery #1) - Leslie Lenz, Connie Shelton

 

We're drowning in minutiae here.

And the solving of the mystery is not particularly exciting.

The couple parts that could have thrown a nice twist into the works were glossed over, on seemed to be added just because.

 

Maybe because she's an accountant, even though she works for a PI, and they're supposed highly detail oriented, right?

Geez, 2 cliches in a row.

 

Because they were mean?

Seriously?

 

I managed to get through it, but I'm reminded of one of the reasons I don't read a lot of mysteries.

 

DNF at 87%

The Mystery of Hollow Oak (The Green Beans, 1) - Gabriel Gadget

 

 

I was going to use this one for Amateur Sleuth, but no attempt at solving the potential mystery even started until after 50%.

It was almost all about Little League and the most cliche 10 year olds and suburban homes on the planet.

 

When the kids finally head out, there's no build up - there go tearing through the woods about 11pm and meet bigfoots cousin who wants them to help save the woods.

 

Nope, done.

Halloween Bingo: Supernatural

Darkness on the Edge of Town - Brian Keene

 

Trapped in the dark with no way to leave town and the only one who knows anything is a nutty homeless guy.

Watch your neighbors slowly turn into savages as the darkness slowly insinuates itself in your minds.

The barrier isn't solid but anyone who crosses it never returns.

 

This was way better than Under the Dome.

 

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