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— feeling sad
Birdman - Mo Hayder

 

It felt like that sometimes.

It picked up very  nicely, though it took long enough though.

 

A shitty way for Essex to take his leave.

It should have been Diamond.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Birdman - Mo Hayder

 

Okay, I take it back.  At least some of it.  :  )

 

It's still feels slow, but we've got a twofer, and it's skin crawling creepy.

 

 edit:  and my favorite characters are:

 

Quinn, a no nonsense, stick her arm into a nastily (and i do mean nasty - made my lip curl while reading it) clogged toilet to pull out some tights and comment that they'll have to be dried while the detectives are trying not to puke.  She also crawled head first and waist deep into a dumpster (wheelie bin) without batting an eye.

 

Essex, the comedian unless stuff gets serious then he's rock solid so far.

After they see curtains opened with large hands:

"I don't like this, Jack."

"What're you talking about? It's just a little old lady."

"Dressed to Kill," he hissed. "Dressed to fucking kill, that's what I'm talking about."

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Birdman - Mo Hayder

 

This has to be the most boring thriller I have ever read.

We know who, we know why.

Unless there's some weird surprise, we're just hanging out waiting for the police to find who it is.  And for DI Diamond to be handed his ass.

I can't let this book go!

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

 

I'm dwelling!

 

It made me want to cry at the end.

She had written so many books that people loved.

But never had a name she could call her own til she became a famous writer.

 

But, no one except the woman (twin?) hidden away in her house knew who she was.

And in the end , we don't know who, which one, she was either. 

 

Except, maybe through the stories she wrote.

 

 

 

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This turned out to be an emotionally intense book.   

And I don't really know which twin it was at the end.

 

And what this woman's name was if she ever really had one.

Which is a very heart wrenching thought.

 

 

Getting sucked into another series

Demonworld - Kyle B. Stiff

 

I'm about 20% in.

 

I haven't quite yet managed to wrap my brain around the entire premise, though it is highly promising.

I rarely read the chapter titles until I get confused,so there's that.  LOL

 

We have seven disparate people (only one woman) who have been dumped into the hinterlands filled with beings (flesh demons) who want humanity exterminated.  

However, apparently they need DNA from the humans. I think.

The dumping appears to be political, but also comes across as who will survive and make it back to save humanity.

 

A little confusing at the moment, and the writing comes across as young, but if this guy matures in his writing he's going to be good.

There are glimpses.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 82%.

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

 

It starts off with twins.  

 

Now I'm wondering:  Triplets? 2 sets of twins? A single no one talks about?  Aaarrgg!!!  

And now I have to interrupt the story because the geese and goats need to be fed!

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

 

This section made me laugh twice.

 

Margaret gets sick from wandering the moor in the freezing rain, so the doctor is called.

Once she comes around he's back for a check up, and asks her what she reads.

 

Wuthering Heights?  Jane Eyre?  Sense and Sensibility?  Read them more than once since childhood?

 

She's confused and wondering why he's asking about her reading habits.  Has decided he's laughing at her, and he pronounces that she is

 

"...suffering from an ailment that afflicts ladies of romantic imagination.  Symptoms include fainting, weariness, loss of appetite, low spirits.  While on one level the crisis can be ascribed to wandering about in the freezing rain without benefit of adequate waterproofing, the deeper cause is more likely to be found in some emotional trauma.  However, unlike the heroines of your favorite novels, your constitution has not been weakened by the privations of life in earlier, harsher centuries. No tuberculosis, no childhood polio, no unhygienic living conditions.  You'll survive."  

 

LOL

 

He then asks about her appetite, and tells her it will come back if she feeds it. He writes her a prescription and tells her the weakness and fatigue will be gone in a few days.

 

The prescription reads:

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.  Take ten pages, twice a day, till end of course.

 

That make me snort and laugh out loud.

Blackout!

Many thanks to Moonlight Madness and Obsidian Black Plague for another fun filled Halloween Bingo!

 

 

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Meg  by Steve Alton

Supernatural:  House Beneath the bridge  by Iain Rob Wright

Terrifying Women:  Pig Island by Mo Hayder

Slasher Stories: Video Night: A Novel of Alien Horror by Adam Cesare

Cryptozoologist:  Dweller  by Jeff Strand

Genre: Horror:  Goddamned Freaky Monsters by Rick Gualtieri 

Shifters:  Half a Prayer  by Rick Gualtieri 

Deadlands:  The Wicked Dead  by Rick Gualtieri   

Spellbound:  The Last Coven  by Rick Gualtieri

Cozy Mystery:  Witch is When It All Began by Adele Abbott

Baker Street Irregulars: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Suspense:  The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by  Andrew E. Kaufman

Gothic:  Harvest Home  by Tryon Thomas

Ghost Stories:  No One Gets Out Alive  by Adam Nevill

Southern Gothic:  Usher's Passing  by  Robert R. McCammon

Doomsday:  The Gates  by Iain Rob Wright

Modern Masters of Horror: Legion  by Iain Rob Wright

Free space:  Extinction  by Iain Rob Wright

A Grimm Tale:  Hunted  by Meagan Spooner

Creepy Carnivals:  The Traveling Vampire Show  by Richard Laymon

13:  Demon's Play  by David McBride

Relics and Curiosities:  The Skin Game by William Meikle

Classic Horror:  Benighted by J.B. Priestly

Terror in a Small Town:  Blackwater Val  by  William Gorman

New Release:  The Nightmare Room  by Chris Sorensen

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

 

   'She was mid-yawn when something began to happen to her face. First it was a sudden blurring in the center of her forehead, like a blister. Another mark appeared on her cheek, then beneath her eye, on her nose, on her lips. Each new blemish was accompanied by a dull thud, a percussion that grew faster and faster. In a few seconds her entire face, it seemed, had decomposed.

    But it was not the work of death. I was only rain. The long-awaited rain.'

 

That is the creepiest description of rain falling on a window reflection I have ever read.

Reading progress update: I've read 90%.

Devil's Island - Mark Lukens

 

We have a possessed house this time.  Or maybe the entire island.

 

Most of the groups activities have been fairly intelligent as they try to get proof of paranormal activity.  Although, I would not have been anywhere NEAR as patient with Nick not giving the full story of why he brought them there, or for him taking so long to give the promised background.  

 

The gate has been locked (skulduggery!), they find out the salt trick really does work at least a little on the demon/entity/whatever (YAY!), and they rescue Nigel from it's clutches.

 

Apparently, however, the 2 sent to cut the chain off the gate have forgotten, or it didn't occur to them, that healthy humans are usually faster than zombies, and water dissolves salt.

 

Instead of running back to the porch after the opening the gate and pouring their salt circles, they do it in the pouring rain in the midst of a tropical storm.

Halloween Bingo 2018 update

10/27/2018:  One to go!

 

10/25/2018:  7!

 

With yesterdays call, and finishing the Classic Horror square, I have 4!

 

 Bingo!  (actually yesterday, but I didn't get it posted)

 

 

         

called      read    called&read

 

 

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Meg  by Steve Alton

Supernatural:  House Beneath the bridge  by Iain Rob Wright

Terrifying Women:  Pig Island by Mo Hayder

Slasher Stories: Video Night: A Novel of Alien Horror by Adam Cesare

Cryptozoologist:  Dweller  by Jeff Strand

Genre: Horror:  Goddamned Freaky Monsters by Rick Gualtieri 

Shifters:  Half a Prayer  by Rick Gualtieri 

Deadlands:  The Wicked Dead  by Rick Gualtieri   

Spellbound:  The Last Coven  by Rick Gualtieri

Cozy Mystery:  Witch is When It All Began by Adele Abbott

Baker Street Irregulars: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Suspense:  The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by  Andrew E. Kaufman

Gothic:  Harvest Home  by Tryon Thomas

Ghost Stories:  No One Gets Out Alive  by Adam Nevill

Southern Gothic:  Usher's Passing  by  Robert R. McCammon

Doomsday:  The Gates  by Iain Rob Wright

Modern Masters of Horror: Legion  by Iain Rob Wright

Free space:  Extinction  by Iain Rob Wright

A Grimm Tale:  Hunted  by Meagan Spooner

Creepy Carnivals:  The Traveling Vampire Show  by Richard Laymon

13:  Demon's Play  by David McBride

Relics and Curiosities:  The Skin Game by William Meikle

Classic Horror:  Benighted by J.B. Priestly

Terror in a Small Town:  Blackwater Val  by  William Gorman

New Release:  The Nightmare Room  by Chris Sorensen

New Release

The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen

 

Holy shit!

I thought this was just going to be the usual ho hum but creepy haunted house story to fill in my last square. 

 

It seems to start that way, but culminates in an intense (what is real and what isn't?) and very satisfying ending.

 

For me, this ranks up there with watching The Amityville Horror the first time (I was very young and about shit my pants)with shades of The Shining and The Conjuring tossed in.

 

Poor clueless Riggs get's left behind drunk in a hotel room.  LOL

 

Terror in a Small Town

Blackwater Val - William Gorman

 

A fallen angel turned demon, a witch, a haunted house and ghosts.

Creepy goings on, the damned and the saved.

A little family of 3 to save them all.

Well, most of them.

 

Never judge a book by it's cover.

That person sitting next to you that seems oh so sweet as pie could be the devil incarnate.

The person you wouldn't give the time of day to could be an angel in disguise.

 

A slow start, with parts I either missed, or thought had no bearing on the story, coming together in an amazing ending.  With light bulbs going off in my head.  OH! That guy!  LOL

In case anyone one needs to know, the dogs survives.  Good girl!

 

DNF at 65%

Trollnight - Peter Tremayne

 

Another one down the drain.

 

The only thing that keeps this from being as bad as the last one is i don't know enough about Norway and the people and their myths/legends, to know how badly the author is butchering them.  I do know it's boring and annoying.

 

 The cover is cool though.

DNF at 27%

Relic of the Damned: The Coming - T A Bradley

 

That's it!  Done! The End! Fin! I can't take it anymore!  This is book is as annoying as it gets.

It might be my mood, but I think the book really does just suck.  

 

I hope everybody gets eaten. Or possessed.  Or butchered.  Or whatever.

 

Especially everyone who attempts to speak with a southern accent even though they're from Pennsylvania. 

Or acts redneck country even though they live in a suburb of Philadelphia.

Sorry guys, not even close .

 

I don't think I made it far enough to use for a square (nonexistent though it is) so i'm just chuckin' it.

Classic Horror

Benighted - J.B. Priestley

 

Creepy and atmospheric, but the mood keeps getting broken by interior and exterior delving into personal thoughts and matters.  That just seemed to go on forever.  The horse is dead people.

 

 

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