It's Alive! Autumn and Halloween at mstrust's #7
This is a continuation of the topic The Merchant of The BBC- mstrust's #6.
This topic was continued by Farewell, My Lovely BBC mstrust's #8.
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You've found the Autumn location of The BBC, and I'm so glad you're here. We're desperate for
If this is your first Autumn on my thread, let me tell you how the sausage is made. Every day leading up to Halloween will feature something seasonal, whether it's decorations, movies, music, food, cocktails or books and stories. It starts out pretty innocent and then as the season progresses and you've been lulled into a false sense of security, you'll find the shop getting much darker, colder, more isolated. Possibly infested. It's lots of fun!
I'm adding a new and exclusive Scare Scale to my book reviews to help you decide what would be right for you. It's a highly subjective scale so you may not agree, but tell me I'm wrong and see how fast I hex you.
Here's how it works:
1- Not scary at all, but may not be intended to be scary. All sunshine and black roses.
2- Slightly scary or at least tense. Like walking past a graveyard alone at night.
3- Some effective chills. Walking through the graveyard alone at night.
4- Pretty dang scary. You're now working the night shift at the graveyard.
5- I'm afraid to be alone but I'm also afraid of anyone being near me. I may have wet myself.
I hope you'll have fun here. And whoever is closest to the door when the trick or treaters come has to answer it. I don't want our beautiful new place to get egged.
71. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- 4.2 stars
72. Monster Museum- 4 stars
73. Hocus Pocus in Focus- 4 stars
74. Breathers- 4.2 stars
75. Horrorstor- 4.2 stars
76. The Witches of Pendle- 3 stars
77. Twelve Stories For Late At Night- 3 stars
78. The Bell, the book, and the Spellbinder- 3 stars
79. The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury- 3.5 stars
80. Mapping the Interior- 3.5 stars
81. Rosemary's Baby- 4.5 stars
82. Scary Stories for Campfires- 3.5 stars
83. The Grip Of It- 4 stars
84. The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion- 4.2 stars
85. The Walking Dead: The Fall of The Governor: Part One- 4 stars
86. The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost- 3 stars
87. Fat Vampire- 4.2 stars
88. The Walking Dead: Call To Arms- 4 stars
89. The Walking Dead: The Whisperers War-4 stars
90. Shock Value- 4 stars
91. Gwendy's Button Box- 4 stars
92. Dear Fahrenheit 451- 3.5 stars
93. Greener Pastures- 3 stars
Witch Mountain- the big pile I'll be pulling my reads from.
X-The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor- parts one & two
Poe & Fanny
Henry VIII: Wolfman
X- Hocus Pocus in focus
X-The Bell, the book and the Spellbinder
X-The Road To Woodbury
X-The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Dancing Plague
X-The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion
In A Glass Darkly
The Man in the Picture
X-The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost
X-The Witches of Pendle
Howl's Moving Castle
Let It All Bleed Out
John Dies At The End
This Book is Full of Spiders
Once Upon A Dreadful Time
X-The Grip Of It
The New Dead
X-Mapping the Interior
X- Monster Museum
X- Twelve Stories For Late At Night
X- Scary Stories for Campfires
Knock, knock!! Can I come in? Oh, wait. It's Frankie. I wonder if he's in a good mood?
Hiya Kim! He's just going to pass you a glass of punch. Thanks for being our first.
Yeah! The Autumn/Halloween thread is up!! I'm looking forward to you 5 on the scare scale reads because I will definitely not be reading them. ;0)
>7 Berly: And you might like a shot of mandarin vodka in that. What can it hurt?
>8 drneutron: Thanks, Doc!
>10 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! If you don't like scary, that may be best. You'll find plenty of other fun stuff here.
>11 Carmenere: Yea, Autumn! If I actually find a 5 on the Scare Scale, I'll probably wish I hadn't read it. But I'm doing it so you don't have to. ; )
>12 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry! The place does have that homey lived-in and died-in look to it.
I need to add a few more titles I'd forgotten to Witch Mountain.
The place does have that homey lived-in and died-in look to it.
Hahaha; Happy New Tread to all at the BBC. xx
I snuck in when Frankie wasn't looking and I'm just going to lurk in a corner behind some pumpkins while I check the place out. Your thread is one of the first signs of Fall that I have seen and I can't tell you how happy I am that it's finally on it's way.
>14 PaulCranswick: Hey, Paul! Good to see you here. I believe the cocktails are going around.
>15 DeltaQueen50: Glad you made it, Judy! And I'm so glad to be a beacon of Fall. I've had a hard time finding my pumpkin spice stuff so far, the stores are dragging their feet, too slow about getting it out in my opinion.
I hope you don't mind that I brought an old friend. From his heyday, 1928, it's Conrad Veidt. His appearance in the German silent film The Man Who Laughs was the inspiration for The Joker. He just fits right in here.
>17 weird_O: Mr. Veidt and I have met before so thank you for bringing him, you're both welcome. The Man Who Laughs is one of those movies that make you say. "Wait, movies weren't suppose to be this advanced back then." It's fresh and complex, and I tried to find a good clip to include on my thread, but I didn't find one that really summed up the movie. And under that scary make-up, Veidt was a nice looking guy.
>18 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Good to see you.
71. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick. The story of young English widow Lucy Muir. Along with her two young children, Lucy moves into the isolated cliffside home of Gull Cottage. Eager to finally be free from her domineering in-laws, Lucy finds that she must deal with another strong personality, the long dead Captain Gregg, who owned the house and died there.
This is the book of the movie starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney and the book was re-issued by Vintage Movie Classics. The scare factor is almost non-existent, just a bit of apprehension about what Lucy will find when she first moves in, but this is a rather sweet ghost story. Well, if you put aside how Lucy behaves when she has a shot at romance.
Oh, how I wish the author had started her nom de plume with a "U".
Scare Scale: 1
Overall: 4.2 stars
I love the gothic atmosphere of the new place. Happy new thread, Jennifer!
Tonight's Corn Moon is amazing, so low in the sky and a bright orange-ish yellow.
And The Walking Dead fans need to watch the one hour preview for Season 8 that will be on Sunday night.
15 minute maple bars! Doesn't that sound so simple, Autumny and delicious?
Really? But I threw out candy.
Walkin' Daid! Walkin' Daid! Last year I didn't subscribe to save the 35 bucks or whatever it costs, and just didn't feel plugged into the human race at all. I might have to pony up the cash this year.
But this weekend is IT! I'm going with Curry because I'm old school and, frankly, he's going to be the better IT.
Of course I don't want to influence your decision, but you have to get The Walking Dead! You have to! What's going to happen next?
I agree, Tim Curry is IT. That original version is kinda weird in that the other actors look a little dated and the actual film has a dated look, except when Pennywise is there. He's so scary, luring little kids into the sewer, then squeezing up the shower drain.
And are you really "throwing out candy", or are you throwing out empty wrappers that have been closed up? Just sayin', we can hear you chewing.
72. Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer, illustrations by Gris Grimly. What a fun book. We join a class trip on their educational tour through the museum, in which each monster's story is told in rhyme. The illustrations of Medusa, a ghost family, King Kong and the class of private school children are quirky and perfect for the poems.
'Tis a shame that I left Ireland.
'Tis a crime I left the farm.
How folks quailed there
when I wailed there,
warning them of harm.
'Tis a shame that I left Ireland.
'Tis a crime, this urban sprawl.
With the honking and the blaring
and the whining and swearing,
not a soul hears a banshee at all!
Scare Scale: 1
Do you provide some fancy pumkin soup? After the surgery I can't eat much.
I believe the coming days will see some pumpkin soup, and some other items that are equally delicious. But pumpkin soup is a good, comforting dish.
I hope you're feeling better quickly.
I've just gotten the power back after it being knocked out for over an hour, so we're super happy we don't have to try and sleep without fans in the 96 degree heat.
>30 Ameise1: I'm sorry. Operations are serious and no fun at all.
>31 lkernagh: Thank you, Lori. I think it will be handy for letting everyone know what they're dealing with, terror-wise.
>32 tymfos: Thanks, Terri, and glad you found me.
Now here are thirteen cocktail recipes to choose from, and they all feature caramel. Caramel apple pie, caramel Moscow Mule, caramel and cranberry... Why don't we hear more about caramel and booze?
Here's the September Nocturnal Box. Really cool stuff, especially the tote.
1. The Wicked by James Newman
2. Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt
3. a metal water bottle with an emblem of Miskatonic University
4. organic rollerball sleep oil, made exclusively for this box
5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde enamel pin
6. The Howling notebook
7. Frankenstein tote bag
8. art print entitled "The Great Old One"
9. magnetic bookmark
>35 Ameise1: Who knew there were so many ways to make a caramel apple cocktail. And I'd try the caramel cranberry one too.
Because I'm greedy and the book box wasn't enough, we stopped in a bookstore last night after dinner:
Murders on the Half-Skull- a Hitchcock collection that I couldn't pass up, especially because of the cover.
The Edge of Tomorrow
Scary Stories for Campfires
I controlled myself.
Do you like coffee? I do. Yet I can't help but think that "The World's Strongest Coffee" is called Death Wish because it would likely kill me. Over 54 mg per fluid ounce, which sounds almost lethal. But they've got a pumpkin flavor!
>37 mstrust: - I love that fountain!
Death Wish coffee...??? The packaging seems to be appropriate for their name. ;-)
Hey Lori! Yes, the packaging looks appropriate and should be a warning. They have a chart on the website that shows how much stronger their coffee is in comparison to everyone else. Spoiler- a lot stronger.
And I'm almost positive that is the Central Park fountain that our pedicab tour guide made Mike and I pose like "Friends" in front of.
73. Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace. You'll never find a deeper discussion of "Hocus Pocus" than here. Chapters cover the influence of feminism and real witchcraft, the choices in casting and location, the musical choices, and how the movie flopped upon release but became a cult classic thanks to cable tv.
And then there's an extended discussion about the very weird pivotal plot point for a Disney kid's movie: Max's virginity. That aspect of this movie has always been a quirky mystery to me with so many questions. Who? What? Why?
There's a forward by Thora "Dani" Birch, the little girl from the movie, and it's interesting. If you're a Hocus Pocus fan, you'll want this heavily researched book.
Scare Scale: 1. But the extended discussion and analysis of a teenager's virginity, even a fictional one, is creepy to about a level 4.
For Sunday the 10th-
It's Pumpkin Day
I don't know how I haven't had an official pumpkin day on my Autumn threads before, but it's due. I like pumpkin and pumpkin spice everything, so I stock up on canned pumpkin this time of year. Coral loves plain pumpkin puree, and I can even get Mike to eat it if I don't mention "pumpkin" when I'm offering him pumpkin waffles, bread or cake. I think he knows that "spice" cake is really pumpkin spice cake, but we pick our battles.
Here are a few pumpkin based recipes that are quick and easy. First-
1. The Pioneer Woman's super-easy to follow recipe for Pumpkin Soup. This is pretty much how I make mine too, but she adds in maple syrup. That can't hurt.
2. From Southern Bite, here's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake. Sort of a two layer cheesecake with a pecan strudel on top, it looks like it came from a fancy bakery but the recipe is pretty short.
3. And here's one for your slobbery little babies. It's a really easy recipe for making homemade pumpkin dog biscuits. I've even tried this with rye flour and my dogs loved them.
4. And here's a new article about pumpkin cocktails and how to add more pumpkin into your life. There are lots of recipes in this, so unless you hate pumpkin, you'll find a cocktail you'll like. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin and ginger, pumpkin and vanilla... so many to try.
Happy Pumpkin Day, Jennifer! Sometimes we just have to take control and make these celebratory days happen. ;-)
I was going to make banana pecan muffins tomorrow but you are now steering me towards pumpkin millet, except I have no pumpkin in the house and I have bananas just right for baking. Darn!
Thanks, Lori, and Happy Pumpkin Day right back atchya! And the lack of pumpkin will definitely keep you from pumpkin muffins, although sweet potatoes are a nice substitute. But banana pecan sounds pretty great too.
I've had a very pumpkiny day so far. Le Mars had their seasonal fall flavors out, so I had a pumpkin spice donut. We hit a large Target to look over their Halloween stuff. They only had maybe half the stuff out but they had very cool Frankenstein animatronics. I don't know if that's the right word for all the stuff that has buttons to press.
I brought home many pumpkin spice items and they had a big selection of pumpkin and caramel apple flavors. I'll be including a list of what I try here in a week or two.
And I made a little 8X8 maple nutmeg cake with a maple glaze yesterday. It was a total experiment so I don't know how much flour or baking powder went in, but I substituted the brown sugar for maple sugar.
Happy Pumpkin Day, Jennifer! Sadly, I didn't celebrate it today, maybe a redo?
Name: Who wants to know?
Hobbies: Listenin' to Sabbath, making deviled eggs, disappointing my parents.
>44 Carmenere: Happy Pumpkin Day, Lynda! And luckily, every day for the next two and a half months can be Pumpkin Day if you wish. Cook it up until your family disconnects the oven. : D
Here's my latest tiki, which I finished a few days ago. I call it "Googie Man!" because of the design carved into the chest. This is the most paint work I've ever done on one of my tikis. And I've done it again with the tilted camera angle. I don't know why I do it, but apparently it's my thing.
Here's a drone video over Groton, Vermont. This is so stunningly beautiful that it doesn't seem real, but it is. It's real.
>45 mstrust: Love the Tiki!! And all the pumpkin talk. : ) Great Nocturnal box stuff. Life is good here!!
Tres groovy tiki. And it's googie, even better.
Holy cow, those scenes of Vermont are stunning. I'd move to New England in a nano second if it weren't for all the yankees.
>46 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I agree- pumpkins make life better.
>47 LovingLit: I re-watched "The Shining" last week after not seeing it for years and years. It holds up remarkably well and is still scary. There were parts I'd even forgotten, such as the series of sweeping opening shots through the mountains to show how isolated The Overlook was.
>48 RidgewayGirl: Thank you, Alison! Mike says it's his favorite of mine because the body and drum are so deeply carved.
>49 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you! I love googie and I'm lucky to have grown up with so much of it, being from So Cal.
Those Vermont shots are enough to make me want to pack up right now. We were there only a few days several years ago, visiting Mike's aunt and uncle, who live in James now but were in Putney back then. They're the stereotypes of the Vermonter, ex-hippies who still wear the sandals and no-make-up look, but just so very, very nice.
I'm not counting this one:
Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill. Twelve year old Rose loves Bach and pushes herself to perfect her cello performances. She's also a math whiz, she's very sweet, writes herself motivational notes, and she has a twin brother who exclaims things like "great idea!", as twelve year-olds do. I abandoned this book at page 25 and I had to push myself to get there, as I have a really low tolerance for perfect, sweet fictional children. Rose is unlike any child I've ever known, and by that I mean that she's unrealistic. I knew within three pages that I wasn't going to plow through to the end, which brings up another point- how many children would read a 434 page book that doesn't have Harry Potter on the cover?
I hate tearing into the work of a first-time author, I really do, and this was an LT advanced reading copy so I didn't even have to pay for it. And yet, for me, it was so off the mark.
Have you begun thinking about your costume? If Bubbles from the trailer park can be a rock star for the night, so can you.
>51 mstrust: Haha! Great cartoon.
You would like the weather in Wales right now. Highs of 15 degrees C, and yesterday there were high winds that drove the windchill down to 10!
>52 rabbitprincess: So 15C is 59F, and that's great weather. I would like it, and I'd also like going to Hay-On-Wye, you lucky girl.
It's been so many years since I was there, and I hear the U.K. has embraced Halloween now. Fact?
>53 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ain't that the truth. The title grabbed me as it had the phrase "giant pumpkin", which makes me giddy. I love seeing those freakishly huge pumpkin weigh-ins.
And I wonder how much damage walker Kitty can do without a mouth. Maybe rubs her cheeks on you and won't stop?
My sister Julie went to see the new "It" and raved about it, saying Pennywise was very scary. On the other hand, I don't think she's ever seen a movie she didn't like. She's seen everything, loved everything, so who knows.
And I found out yesterday, when I went to the site to buy tickets, that Keen Halloween has been cancelled, again. The husband and wife who own the concept had partnered with a production company for last year's event. I posted pics of the owls, the lecturers, the marketplace of home decorations. So it did well, but the couple and the production company had a falling out and everyone refused to work together again, so they cancelled 2017. Then a few weeks ago, it was back on with the couple setting it up with another event company. Tickets were for sale, the convention center had it scheduled... and they had a falling out. The dang thing was less than three weeks away and they couldn't hold it together.
This is cranberry season.
Want to see a lovely cranberry bog during harvest?
And here are a few things to do with cranberries. But learn from my experience. I really like cranberry juice and took a big swig of the juice I found in my MIL's fridge. Turns out, she only buys juice that is unsweetened, because she doesn't eat sugar and she's no fun. Cranberry juice in it's natural state will make your mouth pucker like it's caving in.
Simple, simple apple cranberry crisp:
And here's three and a half minutes to learn how to replicate a popular Starbuck's treat:
I'm just going to mention really quickly that Coral came to live with us two years ago this month. She sat for her official portrait last week, then went back to telling us what to do.
Pretty dog! I love boxers, plus they like to waltz.
Cranberries are yummy and it's not Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce.
Boxers make fantastic dancing partners. I used to cha-cha with Ava, our first boxer. She was so light on her feet.
I also really like cranberry and orange together, and tried out a delicious cranberry orange sauce at Thanksgiving one year. Like pumpkin, Mike won't eat cranberries, but unlike pumpkin, which can be blended into a recipe, you can't hide cranberries. That means that when I've made cranberry bread, it's all up to me in eating it.
BTW, Audible has over 300 audiobooks on sale for $4.95. There are a lot of books that I actually wanted, rather than the usual dreck Audible and Amazon seem to offer during sales.
Thanks for letting me know. I've had a Jim Thompson unread and a book of poetry unfinished on my Kindle for months, but I haven't listened to an audiobook in years.
So what are you listening to?
>54 mstrust: I did see some Halloween candy in Marks and Spencer today. Mostly M&S brand spooky chocolates rather than the Nestle or Hershey boxes of mini chocolate bars.
74. Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Browne. The undead experience from the zombie's point of view.
Andy fell asleep at the wheel, which killed both he and his wife. She remained dead and buried, but Andy stayed down only long enough to be embalmed, which is very nice for slowing the decaying process. Now Andy spends his existence hiding in his parent's cellar, guzzling away thousands of dollars of wine, watching sitcoms and trying to stay out of his enraged father's way. Though a percentage of the population has been rising from the dead for decades, zombies are reviled and have no rights. They have a midnight curfew, they aren't allowed to drive, take public transportation or use the internet, and it's legal to assault a zombie. About the only place Andy can be treated like the human he once was are the meetings of Undead Anonymous, where he gets a little therapy, makes zombie friends and meets Rita, the love of his afterlife.
Thanks to Larry, and I believe it was Judy who seconded, for suggesting this one to me. It's fun, original and very modern.
Scare Scale: 1.5
>60 rabbitprincess: Sweet! And are the stores putting out decorations?
Hi Jennifer, I sat down last night and watched the Walking Dead preview so now I am all ready for it's return on October 22nd. Can't wait.
There are both cranberry bogs and blueberry fields all around us here near Vancouver. I am very fond of both and my hubby is passionate about them. There are also lots of pumpkins grown in the fields here so we are well supplied for autumn.
ETA: Glad you enjoyed Breathers, I also thought it was quite well done.
I watched the preview too, and I'm ready to get started, so it clearly served its purpose. Let's see what Rick and Darryl do to Negan. Hopefully it involves taping his mouth shut.
That must be so nice to have that much growing around you. There are a few farms in Phoenix, but they're small family farms. During the fall they turn into corn mazes, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, chili cook-offs, and just a general place for school buses to unload a hundred kids and let them screech for a few hours. I think they have to turn themselves into something else for the season to survive.
Mr. Krueger is Trying
"I hate everybody," he told her one day.
"I hate, so I'll kill. They all have to pay."
"You don't mean that," she answered, "you need a break.
Take a trip, write a novel, learn how to bake!"
"You aren't taking me serious. I really have to kill."
She said, "Here's a prescription for Xanax to fill."
"I've made gloves with razors, to tear them apart."
"Listen to soothing music. I suggest Mozart."
"I'm wasting my money; you're not listening to me,
I'm following my dreams of a killing spree."
"Mr. Krueger, be seated, and take those gloves off,
layer on those striped sweaters,
you're developing a rough cough.
Stop blaming the children,
stop blaming their kin,
your low self-esteem is due to your skin.
I think I can help you
get where you aspire."
He threw his hands in the air.
"They set my ass on fire!"
"That may be true, and it may be a fact,
but you can't greet the world with a face like that.
Facials, creams, a skin graft or two,
change your complexion for the better
and you'll feel good as new!"
He thought and he thought
and he answered this way:
"I've listened, I've considered,
I've digested what you say.
But I'm a poor man
I can't even pay your bill,
due to economics,
you'll be my first kill."
Little Poems About Horrible Things
Here's a short clip of "The Golem", a famous silent film from 1920. This shows the supernatural creation of the creature.
I listen to audiobooks all the time, they are the bomb! A good reader can make a book sing. Right now I'm listening to The Stand, but at almost 50 hours I doubt I'll finish it. My car has bootoof (bluetooth) so all I have to do is get in and it picks it up from the Audible app on my smell flone.
Zombies and Golems - another day at the office for the BBC.
Noce to see the thread zipping along so nicely, Jennifer.
>66 SomeGuyInVirginia: I can see being able to get into an audio book on a long drive to work. I used to listen to them when I'd drive between Phoenix and Orange County. But now I don't have a time that's convenient for sitting and listening to a story. On the treadmill I listen to music because the noise of the machine would keep me from being able to hear the narrator. I have significant hearing loss in one ear and have since I was in high school. But I can hear The Misfits just fine.
>67 PaulCranswick: Hey, they have to punch the time clock like everyone else. And we're moving into the scarier territory very soon, so things will be getting more fun.
Just a tiny bat passing by...
It's Agatha Christie's birthday-
A candle for every million quid she's made.
A little Halloween tv info. Freeform has come out with the schedule for their 13 Days of Halloween. It begins Oct. 19th, and along with countless showings of "Hocus Pocus", they have a Tim Burton marathon on the 23rd.
So, another version of "Murder on the Orient Express" is coming out. Dame Judi Dench, Willem Defoe and Kenneth Branaugh (no, I can't spell his name) as Poirot. This story does have a particularly nasty murder.
Hope that's cherry filling.
Someone would make a fortune if they came up with a reliable way to get blood out of pile carpet.
I have seen the promised land! There were fallen leaves on the hood of my car this morning, and I noticed for the first time that the trees are changing color. How long has this been going on?
You should always do your murders out on the lawn so you can just hose the blood away.
Lucky! Now you'll be looking around at the trees every day. I'm hoping there's still plenty of color when we're in NYC in November. I want to spent a day along the Hudson.
Now we can all watch the trees turning. Here are live cams stationed throughout New England. The leaves have started, and the Vermont cams are in especially good locations.
I'm giving you two clips today, and they are awesome. In 1978, an infamous little made-for-tv movie called "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" was created, and the embarrassment still lingers 40 years later. The plot revolved around the rock band KISS, and they went to an amusement park, and then, uh, there were some dogs in clothes, and they may have been aliens or whatever... they could climb and everybody got into a fistfight.
First, the glorious intro:
And here is a fight between the band and the albino werewolf robots. Who wear spandex. Little known fact- the members of KISS throw off sparks when touched. It makes relationships very difficult.
75. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. A modern take on the classic haunted house story.
Amy works at Orsk, a home furnishings company that is very similar to IKEA, but not as good. She knows she isn't a great employee, so being called into her boss Basil's office was expected sooner or later, but Amy is surprised to see one of the best employees, cashier Ruth Anne, also waiting and expecting to be fired. Instead, Basil asks the two women to help him out by spending the night on a secret shift with him, trying to catch whoever is breaking into the enormous store at night and damaging the merchandise. For the extra pay, the employees agree.
They're soon joined by two more employees, aspiring ghost hunters who suggest holding a seance after discovering that the Orsk store was built on the site of a bizarre prison shut down a hundred years ago for being too severe in its treatment of the prisoners. Uh-oh...
Scare Scale: 4. But it can be higher if you're claustrophobic, because there are several things in this book that will set that off.
Here's a short list of some of the Autumn products I've tried out so far:
Autumn Radiance candle- in the triple layer of ginger pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin apple. I'm still on the top ginger pumpkin layer so far, but it does have a warm ginger scent.
Kit Kat pumpkin pie flavor- Has the regular cookie inside, covered in a spiced vanilla coating. Nice, not great.
Simple Pleasures pumpkin harvest hand soap- Has a pleasant spice to it, orange color, and a good seasonal pumpkin pic on the front.
Sprout's Old Fashioned Pumpkin Snaps- I mentioned last year how these tasted good but were so hard they could break a tooth. Seems like they're a bit thinner now, so less dangerous. They have a very good pumpkin spice flavor and they soften immediately when dunked in coffee or hot tea. And the dog likes them.
Russell Stover maple marshmallow candy- very mildly flavored marshmallow covered in chocolate and packaged individually. Not enough maple flavor.
Tea Time Magazine, Sept/Oct. issue- this magazine wouldn't appeal to everyone, what with it's focus on beautiful tea services and British travel, but this issue is full of Autumn recipes and tea suggestions, along with pretty Autumn photos.
Yankee Magazine, Sept./Oct. issue- Lots of fall foliage in Vermont photos, an interesting article about a leaf peepers tour group, and an article of wild mushroom recipes.
I'll have a lot more products to talk about later on.
Here's the wonderful autumncozy to check in on throughout the season. It's an amazing collection of pics and gifs that make you want to put on a warm sweater and walk in the leaves while drinking from a bottle of maple syrup.
Holy cow! You did it! That's great. I don't think I'm going to make it this year. He said, while online.
I used to use those old fashioned light up yard decorations as night lights. Easter chick, Santa, and a Halloween space alien. Drive an old house mate up the wall. I was ok with that.
There's still a few months left. What number are you working on?
Somewhere in my garage is a plastic Christmas elf from the 60s that my parents bought when they were first married. It's about two feet tall, painted in bright lime green and hot pink and dressed like Peter Pan. Plugging it in would ensure that the house catches fire, but my dad still liked it and gave it to me. A Halloween space alien sounds amazing.
We visited a Spirit store this morning. Not all the stock out, and they had a small shelving area that was dedicated to "Hocus Pocus" that was nearly empty. I'd like to see those products. But luckily all the "police officer/stripper", "witch/stripper", "queen/stripper" costumes were out. Wouldn't want to miss out on those options.
76. The Witches of Pendle by Rowena Akinyemi. A very slim (just 40 pages of text) book put out as part of an Oxford Bookworms series. It's the story of nine-year old Jennet Device, neglected, freezing and starving while her mother drinks away what little they have. Though she may not fully understand the consequences of her words, Jennet's testimony sends her entire family to the gallows as witches. The black and white illustrations by Susie Foster show the madness and cruelty of the situation.
Scare Scale: 2
>81 PaulCranswick: I know just a bare minimum about the Pendle witches, not much more than the fact that women were accused and killed. So I don't know how much of this book was factual, but it does interest me enough to read another book on the subject. Thanks for letting me know about the Ainsworth book.
Anybody interested in exchanging Halloween cards? I already send out a stack to friends and family, so if you'd like to get in on it, PM me with your name and address. I think I'd better keep it to North America for now, and sorry if that leaves anyone out. : (
Creepy Story Time! This might take all of 15 minutes to read, but it's going to stick with you. It begins with a foggy night on the water...
"The Voice in the Night" by W. H. Hodgson:
The John Lewis department store in Heathrow Terminal 2 has a Halloween display. Some food, some decorations, some plush black cats. Not super tacky. Thought you might like to know ;)
Thanks for the info, princess. Sounds like the holiday hasn't been fully, like maybe the airport display was for Americans.
And you must be home from your trip now! I'm looking forward to hearing about it.
Another reason for cake and punk- Dee Dee Ramone was born today.
Aaah! I read that when I was a kid and still remember it! Freakin' cray-pay!
OK, I don't want your head to explode or anything, but on October 2 Valancourt Books is going to release L.P. Hartley's collection of horror stories, The Travelling Grave. I KNOW! Oh my God! It contains two of the creepiest short stories I have ever read, The Visitor from Down Under, and The Travelling Grave. The Kindle version is $7.99. I read Grave when I was a kid and all I remembered of it, before spending a small fortune on a used copy and reading it again a few years ago, was thinking 'But that's impossible!'
I say no more.
>85 SomeGuyInVirginia: You're talking about "A Voice in the Night", right? 'Cause it is super creepy and a great one for Halloween.
I didn't know Hartley wrote horror stories! It sounds perfect, thanks for the heads-up. And I got your PM!
Here are a few more Autumn products that I've tried:
International Delight Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee- No. It has a weird chemical spice flavor.
Special K Pumpkin Spice Cereal- Love it, even though it comes in a box so thin that there are only a couple of bowls worth of cereal. I think this may be an exclusive to Target as I haven't found it anywhere else.
Nutri-Grain Pumpkin Spice Bars- very mild pumpkin that is overpowered by the cereal wrapping. Still, nice.
Food Network Magazine Oct. issue- just about evenly split between Autumn/Halloween recipes and tailgate recipes. Also a section of pumpkin related events in each state.
Autumn Style Magazine- beautiful, romantic photos and articles of travel and decorating your Edwardian manor with fairy tale pumpkins. Also a section on Autumn fruit recipes and another of nut recipes.
Family Circle Magazine Oct. issue- the black cover is unusual, but Halloween pumpkins are orange, not robin's egg blue. There's an article on home Halloween decorating that features much more blue than I think is necessary, and another on Halloween recipes.
Here's a deleted scene from "What We Do In The Shadows" that shows how economical it is to be a vampire:
Yepper, 'A Voice in the Night' is classic creepy.
I've seen two stories in the news about pumpkin spice products lately, one in the Washington Post and I don't remember where I saw the other, maybe WTOP.com? Apparently it's a thing.
The short story 'The Travelling Grave', not the book, completely blew my tiny pre-adolescent brain. I wonder what sicko put together those kids' collections of horror stories, because they tended to be the best and creepiest.
I agree, pumpkin spice is becoming a trend. I've even seen a pumpkin spice version of hot coffee, and a pumpkin spice cake. What will they think of next?
The story I read repeatedly as a kid was in a book of scary short stories that my elementary school had in the library. It was about a young bride who always wore a choker necklace and refused to take it off even when her husband demanded that she did. She would always reply, "You'll be sorry if I do." So while she slept, he cut the choker off, her severed head fell onto the floor and said to him, "I told you you'd be sorry." I have no idea about the title or author.
Oh, and just a mention that a new one from Grady Hendrix comes out today. It's called Paperbacks From Hell and it's a look at the awful cover art of horror novels of past decades. Sounds like fun.
77. Alfred Hitchcock Presents 12 Stories For Late At Night. A real mix of stories, some that lean more towards horror, a few that are more suspense. Stand-outs include "Side Bet' by Will F. Jenkins about a shipwreck survivor who finds that a very large and hungry rat is his only company. The most chilling story is "The Cocoon" by John B.L. Goodwin, about a little serial killer in the making who finds that he messed with the wrong moth.
Scare Scale: 2
That headless story had to have been scary. A story I read in middle school scared me so bad I kept reading it every few months. I don't remember much about it, except that two guys were investigating some catacombs under a graveyard. They had a prototype walkie-talkie that wasn't wireless but connected by a cable. They split up (first Mistake) and one guy soon hears a strangled cry. He calls into the WT 'Are you all right?! Can you hear me? and this hoarse voice comes back 'Heee's deeeaad.' At this point the story ended or I passed out and woke up in the nurse's office, I don't remember.
Have you ever read The Sandman by Miles Gibson? It's back in print as a pricey Kindle book by Faber Finds, but I foudn an old copy at a used book store. It's not scary, or not much, but it is an interesting read. Sympathetic serial killer, but not at all like Dexter, this guy is really a shit. I read it last year and remember thinking how Hitchcock would have loved to have filmed it.
>90 SomeGuyInVirginia: It's those stories you read at that age that loom so large in our memories, and then you find out that it's a story or author that no one else knows about. You expect everyone to know about something so terrifying.
No, I haven't read Miles Gibson and never heard of him. You're a goldmine of scary authors. I'm currently juggling a few books, one of them being Rosemary's Baby.
>91 SomeGuyInVirginia: Now those are scary masks! Texas Chainsaw Massacre, plus the Motorhead warpig, Eddie the 'ead, and The Misfits fiend. And they have the licensing for The Walking Dead masks.
But wait, there more!
I liked Rosemary's baby, and I liked the movie just as much. I don't really know a lot about scary books, I just started reading horror at a really young age. They scared the hell out me then and still can, sometimes.
>93 SomeGuyInVirginia: You're finding lots of scary stuff. I really didn't know that there were multiple Halloween mask makers. I guess I assumed that they were all being stamped out on the same machine.
I only saw the movie of "Rosemary's Baby" last year, and I had to look for it. It's not one of those movies that happens to be playing on a Saturday afternoon.
The Food Network's "Halloween Wars" is back! It starts Oct. 1st with a one hour pre-war show. And because its been so popular, they have a spin-off, called "Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror" that will begin Oct. 2nd. It seems like it will be an individual competition rather than teams, but I'm not entirely positive from the description.
And this is the place to steal your pumpkin carving ideas from. I do. You can even enter your own pumpkin carving right now and see if it's picked as one of the best of 2017.
Jeebus that's creepy. I can't access the site at work, it's blocked with a no-no sign giving the reason as 'Gruesome content'. Like that doesn't actually sell it.
It's Stephen King's birthday.
Yes indeedy, this is a cake of King's Pennywise. As much as I love birthday cake, I'd stay only long enough to see that it was cut into a hundred little pieces.
>95 SomeGuyInVirginia: Someone is way too good at painting the human iris. But that's surprising that the pumpkin site was blocked. If it counts as gruesome, so should every cooking site.
Now, let's see birthday boy's acting chops. Here's the Creepshow segment starring King, called "The Lonely Death of Jordy Verrell".
And here's a little extra. I don't remember King doing American Express commercials, but there are a couple of them from 1985.
And one for the libraries, which features the nerdiest "Hi!" ever:
I expect that when it sees someone with a knife approaching, it begins twisting around and snapping at the knife. If a cake ever fought back, it would be this one.
78. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder by Brad Strickland. Strickland continued this book series after the death of creator John Bellairs.
Thirteen year old Fergie is encouraged to take home an odd little library book by an old man hanging around there. Flipping through the book at home, it claims it will make the reader's dreams come true, and then it quickly becomes very specific, promising to make Fergie's dreams come true. The book both lures and terrifies the boy, while also making him surly to his friends. Johnny, Sara and Professor Childermass throw themselves into researching the book and author, finding that they must save Fergie from evil that has killed for hundreds of years. This one has a rather heavy dose of Catholicism towards the end that kind of comes out of nowhere.
Scare Scale: 2
Bring me the head of Pennywise the clown! That cake is amazing!
I still haven't seen the movie, it's going to start being phased out of the theaters if I don't git a move on. I looked up John Bellairs's books and they look like they could be fun.
Bellairs was nearly as prolific as King, and I've enjoyed every one of his that I've read so far. If you want to start with a good one, The House with the Clock in its Walls is probably his most well-known.
And you're the 100th post! Stop by the front desk to collect your prize:
I hope you don't already have one.
Oh man, it's rare to come across a candle that can be called terrifying, but that's exactly what that one is. Especially the center version. I love it!
It's the first day of Fall! Heee! (Now everything I post will seem perfectly normal.)
And I've got about 300 pumpkin recipes I want to try. I've started with a batch of Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles, which taste fantastic and have made the house smell amazing.
I have a few questions
and I may sound like a jerk,
but how can someone be decayed
yet still have eyes that work?
And how about those feats of strength
without any muscle or fat
a zombie can tear a man apart
now explain to me how they do that.
Their fingers claw through living flesh
like their bones are made of steel pegs
but their own skulls break so easily
like cracking open eggs.
How do their brains work well enough
to tell their legs to chase
yet memories of things like washing the car?
Those seem to be erased.
And here's my biggest question of all
would corpses really turn into cannibals?
Aside from the science
people are tricky to catch
so why don't zombies attack
a nice vegetable patch?
Little Poems About Horrible Things
It's time for another Creepy Story! Here's "The Perfectionist" by Margaret St. Clair, who usually wrote in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but here has a story of an evil auntie.
Why ask why, zombies just want to pick our brains.
And thanks for the link, I really like Margaret St. Clair's short stories.
I was unfamiliar with St. Clair but that story impressed me. And -spoiler- we got a happy ending, which is rare in scary stories.
It's definitely Fall weather here. We're expecting a crisp 89 degrees for the next three days, before it shoots back up to just under 100. Mike said he smelled wood burning when he drove home last night. Ha!
She wrote a pretty famous short story called 'The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes', and that was the first I knew of her, too. Science fiction really isn't my thing, and her short stories are out of print, so I'm always glad to run across something by her. That story had something like a happy ending, too.
Gah! I would puke blood if it made it up to 89 now. Or 100! It's still a little warmer than it was thing time last year.
I'm still listening to The Stand. I don't know why, I read it years ago and the idea of listening to all 60 hours of it again isn't appealing, but King's discursive forays can be really beguiling and I find myself playing it all the time.
I'm still listening to The Stand. I don't know why...
Ha! I know the feeling. I got up to the second to the last episode of the recent mini-series "The Stand". That's the point when I said to myself, "I don't care what happens to anybody." And deleted it. Same with "Fear The Walking Dead". The season just started back up, I've watched since the beginning, but I found myself so indifferent to what happens to them. Get eaten by a zombie, don't get eaten by a zombie, who cares? I think they lost me when they left us with that woman with the immobile face and annoying voice as the central character.
I was looking at the web cams from the link I put in >71 mstrust:. The leaves are changing and it really shows around Vermont.
Here's a look at this year's TransWorld convention. TransWorld is where professional haunters go to place their orders for their haunted house attractions or corn mazes. You can find all things horrifying, terrorizing, disturbing and creepy here.
I went to a haunted house that was staffed by people from the local
Bring me a bucket! I'm going to be sick! It's going to hit 89...TWICE...next week.
To be fair, I've known it to be broiling hot in September. For the past several years it's been a pretty cool month, though.
Not groovy, you know, just cool.
>109 mstrust: Looks a little like my hair when I woke up yesterday!
Have a great weekend all at the BBC.
>110 SomeGuyInVirginia: Now that's a story! Tell the truth. The next sentence out of his mouth was, "When did you get out?", wasn't it?
We're cherishing this little cool down because it's like gold. I've even worn long pants twice this week!
>111 PaulCranswick: And that looks like my face in the morning before I shave and put on the under eye concealer. We're having a good weekend at the BBC and hope you are too.
The urge to start baking came upon me today. I made my annual batch of cheese coffin crackers using a combination of sharp cheddar and smoked gouda, a tsp. of smoked paprika and black pepper. Delicious, and always a plus when it's something that Coral can eat too. Otherwise, she stares at me and I'm racked with guilt.
The seasonal Skeleton Key blog started back up on the first day of Fall:
79. The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. This story centers on the incompetent Lilly Caul and her friends as they arrive in Woodbury. The little town of survivors appears to be safe, as long as the residents follow The Governor's rules, because horrible things happen to those who don't. Among the citizens are Bob Stookey, Martinez and a version of Tyrese, all trying to keep from being killed by both walkers and The Governor.
I didn't like this one as much as the first in the series, but it's still a scary read due to the sociopath Governor.
Scare Scale: 3
I've been trying out some of the Fall iced coffee drinks from the big chains. First, I had a Maple Pecan Iced Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. It has a very rich flavor, rather strong, and I liked it until about halfway through, when it started to seem overpoweringly sweet. Oddly, they use granulated sugar in these, so you might get a mouthful of grains like I did.
I've had the McDonald's Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee. This is a burnt orange color, mildly sweet and seems like it's from a mix. But I like it.
The Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte leaves a bitter taste in my mouth so I haven't had one in about two years. I tried their Maple Pecan Iced Latte today. It had a bitter pecan flavor, like a nut that had been toasted right to the edge of burnt, until halfway through the drink. Even though I'd shaken it repeatedly, all the sweetener was stuck to the bottom because it's so thick. It tasted like caramel rather than maple.
This is a fun place to look around. The Candy Warehouse has all the regular Halloween stuff, plus some really unusual treats. Like candy urine, a crime scene set that includes candy blood, creature eye lollipops or chocolate covered scorpions. Throw some into a bowl of hot popcorn and see who finds the first scorpion, and if they're pleased about it.
Finally, I make it at your place, Jennifer.
>37 mstrust: Love the fountain and yes, just now I'm making a cappuccino for breakfast. Well, I'm a heavy coffee drinker and ususally after breakfast? I drink very strong coffee to keep me 'alive' ;-D
>41 mstrust: The pumpkin season will start soonish here, too. I don't put maple siroup into the soup but some potatoes which I think is very good.
>55 mstrust: We need lots of cranberrys now for making sauces or jam because the venison season has started here.
>73 mstrust: Congrats on reaching 75.
Wishing you a great start into the new week.
>115 Ameise1: Glad you made it!
I'm a pretty heavy coffee drinker too. Not only am I drinking coffee when I'm out, I have a Keurig and use it a couple of times a day. Which makes whitening toothpaste necessary. ; )
I've never put maple syrup in my pumpkin soup, but I have put just a teaspoon or two of brown sugar sometimes. I hope your week is fabulous!
Halloween heads up- the Food Network's Halloween Baking Championship begins tonight.
Oh, I have a stove! It's in the kitchen. Somewhere.
Kicking a migraine, getting ready to go home.
Never attempted to bake something? If you ever want to try, let me know and I'll give you the recipe for Moon Cake. It's chocolatey, delicious, and so simple that it's recommended as a starter recipe for children.
Sorry about your migraine, feel better soon.
I have a pumpkin on my counter now, waiting to be made into pumpkin soup. No maple syrup or brown sugar, but a bit of cream and a lot of fresh ginger.
>88 mstrust: I remember that scary bride story from when I was a kid.!! Eeeew. Gross.
>114 mstrust: Love the eye lollipops.
I already bought more (like I need any, but then can you ever too much?) Halloween decorations. A ceramic pumpkin for outside and a mini village (like the Christmas ones) with two haunted houses and about 8 figurines for outside: ghosts, tombstones, witch, signs, etc.
And my daughter's new boyfriend is VERY into Halloween, so I approve. They texted me from a store and got me a new door mat--don't know what it is yet...
>119 RidgewayGirl: I always put a bit of ginger in my butternut bisque, but I haven't tried it in pumpkin. It's time for me to get a couple of baking pumpkins. I really liked the 10 bean soup in a pumpkin that I made last year.
>120 Berly: Hooray, you're living proof that I'm not the only one who read that story! I wish I knew who wrote it.
Aren't those lollipops beautiful? Still creepy to be sucking on an eyeball though. I've bought a new door mat too, and it has a black raven on it. Or maybe it's a crow. I also bought a 5' wide spider web to attach to the house, and I found the giant spider I bought last year and forgot about. It'll be perfect for the web. I'm just holding back on putting all my decorations up now as we're having people in on Wednesday to measure our windows for blinds.
I'm way early with this, but we're going out tonight to see Danzig and I suspect I'll be sleeping late in the morning. ; ) So this is for Tuesday.
This morning I made "Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Syrup", for putting in coffee ( of course), but it can be drizzled on ice cream too. And I suspect it would do well in hot chocolate or a cocktail. I made mine extra spicy.
This is a very cool, creepy movie that is all of six minutes long and shows one danger of flying that you probably never thought of. Watch it.
Hi Jennifer, you will be happy to know that I am now terrified of public toilets! I have been watching Fear the Walking Dead but I totally agree with you, I don't really care what happens to these people. On the other hand, your clip from Shaun of the Dead reminds me how much I loved that movie!
WAKE UP!!! Hehehe.
Public toilets skeeve me out, I started to watch the clip and then nope.
>123 DeltaQueen50: Ha! Well, my goal is so give everyone a little fright for the holiday, so that's a gold star for me! Or just a Reese's cup.
Ok, so it isn't just me that thinks FTWD became too boring to watch. Nick and Ruben Blades are really good but they aren't in enough scenes to make me watch, and there's no one to really rally 'round and hope for like you do with Rick and Michonne and Daryl and Carol.
I love "Shaun of the Dead"! What a fun movie. Yet Netflix streaming doesn't have it.
>124 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm awake. Barely.
Well hehehe yourself- I put up something that was even too scary for you! I didn't think that was possible. : D
I'm a big fan of the BBC's (the other less well-known BBC) Fear on Four radio program. They're great, and Edward de Souza's voice is so perfect that for a while I thought he was a character created for the show. So here's an episode written by Roald Dahl called "William and Mary". I have to say that it's by far the most graphic I've heard yet, and truly frightening.
Oh yeah, the BBC is awesome. I've got their app on my smell flone.
OK, I watched Flush. Ewwww! To be fair, I thought it was a mordant retelling of the Larry Craig case.
I don't think I know about Larry Craig, but on re-watching it, I can see where someone might expect that a film made in a bathroom would head in a different direction, ha! I saw "Flush" for the first time on a PBS show about screenwriting, and it was introduced as a horror film, so I never had to wonder what kind of gross it would be.
Saw a similar mug on Autumncozy, and yes, said "Awwww" to myself.
And, in so exciting I can't believe it news, The Misfits with Danzig have announced a Vegas show in December!
Hi Jennifer! Loving the Halloween theme here! And congrats on hitting 75 already!
The Misfits and Vegas in December! It's be like something magical out of Dickens!
Totally jealous, that will be killer. Where will they be playing?
>129 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, glad you made it! Thanks, it seems like a whole bunch of us hit the 75 mark withing days of each other, like we were all turning the pages at the same rate.
>130 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes!!! They're playing the MGM, which has a very big concert arena. I don't know how we can swing it, as we'll be in Vegas the 25th for Christmas and the band is playing the 30th. I really doubt if Mike will close his business for a week. But I hope Danzig gets his voice healthy for the shows because it was torn up Monday night. They're also playing L.A. a few days before. I'm hoping for a full tour instead of just the "one show here, one show there, we're done" they did over the summer.
Hey Jennifer, I finally summoned the courage to pay your thread a visit. What do I see? A spooky thing holding a severed head. Going back to bury myself under the safety of my blankies.
80. Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones. A boy finds that if he stays awake til the early morning, he sometimes spots his long dead father walking through the family home. Rather than frightening him, the sightings spark questions for the boy. How did his father's spirit find the family when they moved off the Blackfeet reservation soon after the father's death? Why does the spirit appear in full dance regalia when the father had given up the circuit years before, and most of all, was his death an accident or murder? And then the boy's questions turn to his father's motives for being near his widow and two young sons, as his father's spirit grows stronger while the younger son grows weak.
This story could be read two different ways, as a straight-forward narrative, or as a story about a young boy becoming mentally unhinged, though I suspect it's meant to be the former.
Scare Scale: 2.5
>132 Carmenere: So now I've got multiple people telling me that my thread is scaring them. Yeah, I'm pretty proud of myself. : )
What's the scariest book you've ever read? I think mine would be The Exorcist, The Haunting of Hill House, and the couple of the The Book of Blood by Clive Barker that I tried and failed to finish years ago. In non-fiction, Batavia's Graveyard, the true story of a shipwreck hundreds of years ago. The survivors included a sociopath who quickly became the ruler of the island. Or, if you don't read scary books, what's your favorite Halloweenie book? I like the author John Bellairs, especially his Lewis and Rose Rita series, and Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.
This is great! It's the artwork of Basil Gogos, who painted so many classic monsters, and quite a few rock bands.
I'm reading The Exorcist for the Halloween themed read this month. Read it years ago and it scared the crap out of me. It'll be interesting to see how it feels this time around.
Oh man, those Gogos covers on Famous Monsters are awesome! I didn't know he did rock bands, as well.
Most books don't scare me, or maybe I don't scare easily. A few have, though. Lie to Me and Cul-de-Sac, both by David Martin creeped me out. I thought Prelude to a Certain Midnight was scary, and The House Next Door and Disch's The M.D.: A Horror Story are both really good. I put together a list called Scary October Reads.
Books I read as a kid could really scare me, though. I read Night of the Living Dead in a cold sweat, ditto The Exorcist.
>136 drneutron: Yep, that's a really scary one. You'll have to come back after and let us know how it went, you know, how many people had to be around, how many lights had to be on... ; )
>137 SomeGuyInVirginia: The "Famous Monsters" cover is awesome. That CD is a favorite of mine, though I've always wondered why 6'1" Jerry Only was drawn like he's five feet tall. : D
O.k., your list of scary books is why I look to you for those books and authors I've never heard of before. I've never heard of any of these, and I didn't know that "Night of the Living Dead" was a book. Did Romero write it?
Of course I have to look for a horror book called Cul-de-Sac now- I live on a cul de sac. And "Adam Ruins Everything" did a segment just this past episode about how dangerous cul de sacs are. Who knew?
>138 Oberon: That's a King I haven't read yet, and I'll admit it's because it's so big. At the rate I read, it would take me months. I've enjoyed everything I've read from him and my favorite is still probably Carrie.
Martin also wrote Tap-Tap, which I liked a lot and was pretty creepy. Along with Progeny of the Adder, two books about serial killers in Washington DC who think they're vampires. I really liked reading them because they use locations I recognize, especially Progeny.
I really don't know a lot about horror. I'd never read what I thought was crap, like Grady Hendrix in Paperbacks from Hell or that I see in the horror blogs, so I haven't read much of what's out there. I think short stories are creepier than almost all books, anyway. But when The Travelling Grave is re-released next week, you really, really need to read it. 'The Visitor From Down Under' and 'The Travelling Grave' are genuinely creepy stories. Also, Harltey's 'Something in the Lift', but it's not in that book.
>140 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hee! I was thrilled by the appearance of Paperbacks From Hell and the only thing that stopped me from getting it immediately is that I'm working on the enormous stack of books listed in >3 mstrust:. I'll pick it up in NYC if I see it.
I don't think of myself as a horror fan either, more of a Halloween fan because I like there to be a guarantee of candy somewhere. But Larry, I have many scary books in my library, and you have even more. Maybe we have to stop lying to ourselves and learn to be okay with what we are. ; )
And I'm so going to get those Hartley stories.
What I do have- tickets to the Sleepy Hollow Blaze! It's the annual gathering of thousands of jack o' lanterns that is put on in Sleepy Hollow at the colonial Philipsburg Manor. We won't be going until November 9th, but I've always wanted to see one of those huge pumpkin fests, and I wanted to return to Sleepy Hollow. It's a beautiful little town.
Here's the October schedule of all the classic horror movies TCM will be playing:
And here's the listing of movies that will be played on AMC's FearFest:
The scariest book I ever read was The Amityville Horror. I was fourteen and stayed up very late reading it one night. By the time the green jello was oozing down the walls, I was in a state of catatonic terror. I couldn't even move my arm enough to turn out the light. It was fabulous.
I really doubt it would have the same effect on me today, so I'm not going to reread it.
>142 Ameise1: Happy Friday to you, Barbara.
>143 drneutron: Yes, except it's only going to last a single week. Stingy! I wish they'd squeeze more Bruce Campbell movies in there.
>144 RidgewayGirl: I finally saw the original TAH movie a few months ago. I can see it as 70's scary. The part that filled me with dread was when James Brolin left the family dog in the house, but then he went back and saved it. Yea dog! And Brolin is that rare man who can cover himself in hair and still look good. ; )
I saw a crime show a few years ago and the guy who committed the Amityville murders was interviewed. It was nearly 40 years after the fact, but the guy just seemed like a regular guy having a discussion about something like cooking dinner. It appeared that whatever pride or evil or guilt he may have felt at one time was gone and he was just there.
>141 mstrust: Congrats, Jennifer, you never cease to send shivers down my spine. :0P
Speaking of James Brolin and 70's movies, I remember he starred in "The Car". This black driverless auto terrorized LA or there abouts. I must have been about 14/15 when I saw it and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
Have an awesome weekend!
I'm happy to be the supplier of shivers. And I'm glad you came back after the severed head scare!
I've never heard of "The Car". Was it a take on "Duel", or more a "Christine" with a possessed car?
Have a spooky weekend, Lynda!
I am not an animal! No, I'm a horror fan, I just think a lot of it is crap and don't read a much of what's out there. But I do read and enjoy scary stories. Hate excessively gory stuff, though. Yech.
>144 RidgewayGirl: I remember feeling like that. It was pretty great.
Hi Jennifer! I am so far behind with all the threads but I had to jump right in here to report that I came across a new-to-me pumpkin product while grocery shopping that I just had to buy:
Pumpkin Spice Lindor chocolate truffles. They are quite lovely, but not my favorite Lindor flavour.
Wishing you a fabulous weekend.
.... now I have to go back up to where I left off and mark the post so I can get caught up here when I find the time.
Hi Jennifer, I've read a fair amount of horror books but they don't usually scare me. I am more apt to be scared over a movie or television program. I do remember watching the movie "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" and I just couldn't get past the opening 20 minutes or so. It actually was a pretty silly over-the-top film but the first 20 minutes scared me silly. Also George Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead" absolutely paralyzed me and gave me a love of all things "zombie".
October 1st is Sunday and that's when I am putting up the decorations!! Happiness.
>148 SomeGuyInVirginia: Too true! A lot of authors and movie makers think horror is about the number of gory deaths. I'll take Shirley Jackson.
>149 Carmenere: Thanks!
>150 lkernagh: Oooh, I'll bet those are good. Lindor makes very creamy chocolate.
I had quite a pumpkiny day yesterday. Not only did I pick up a big carving pumpkin, I got a jar of pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin multi-grain waffles. I promise not to eat it all in one day.
>151 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! The title of "Let's Scare Jessica..." sounds familiar and I don't know why. I don't believe I've seen it. "Night of The Living Dead" has lots of fun memories for me. When I scroll through the new horror titles on Netflix, I won't watch if I really think it's going to be scary until Mike is due to be home. : D And the thing is, not much scares me. I think I'm working on the memory of being scared as a kid. Now, I find the true murders much more disturbing.
>152 Berly: Have fun with that! I started putting mine up Thursday, but I haven't gotten everything out yet. Man, it's a lot of work just unwrapping everything.
And I made a dozen apple spice cupcakes with maple frosting a few days ago. I found the recipe in the current issue of Tea Time magazine, and they were really good. Mike really liked them and took a big container of them to work so everyone got one. Tomorrow we're going to a friend's potluck dinner and I've been asked to bring a dessert, so I'm making dark chocolate cookies with walnuts toasted in cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate and caramel chips.
Does this SNL Halloween skit hit too close to home for anyone? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVueoznrt9Y
>153 mstrust: I love to read a nice scary story but I can not watch a scary movie. Too much gore and things that make me jump. My husband thinks I am a baby about not watching scary movies (or zombie movies) with him and doesn't understand how I can read some super scary authors, but I think it's completely different.
My 6'4" 300lb. husband is a big old chicken, so don't feel bad, you have plenty of company. I asked him last night if he'd like to go to one of the local haunted houses and he immediately said no but offered up some friends to take his place. Ha! He's terrified of roller coasters too.
The thing with books is that you usually get a synopsis on the back and maybe there are reviews here or on Amazon with plenty of plot information, and maybe some spoilers. I suppose if you're a horror movie buff, there are sites to discuss what's scary and, most important, what kind of scares to expect. But I don't know about any of those sites so I worry about seeing something that is disgusting rather than scary.
81. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. This book and movie are so well known that it may not need a synopsis. But here's a brief one anyway: young wife Rosemary and her husband Guy get very lucky by finding an apartment at the elegant Bramford. The neighbors are pushy but kind elderly people who have lived there for decades and immediately take the young couple under their wing, though Rosemary's friend Hutch warns her about the buildings evil history and warns her not to get too friendly. But living at the Bramford is mostly good, as soon after they arrive, Guy's acting career takes off and Rosemary finds that she's finally pregnant.
For me, the scary parts were very brief, but it's the always present sense of apprehension that permeates the story that makes this an excellent read.
Scare Scale: 3
Happy October 1st!
The trailer for "I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House", a Netflix original. The movie does a great job at creating an atmosphere of isolation and foreboding, plus, you get ghosts.
It's October, that wine dark month! YAY!
Plus, PLUS, Audible has The Woman in Black, narrated by Paul Ansdell, for $1.95 as today's Daily Deal.
>158 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes! It's finally here!
>159 amanda4242: I've been frightened by both the book and the movie. His writing was so effective that I wonder why Blatty didn't have a bigger career. I also wonder why the younger priest in the movie didn't have a more high profile career after being in this huge, iconic movie.
>160 Berly: Thank you, and I hope you have a fun October!
...and he likes to do a slow waltz.
For fans eagerly awaiting the premiere of TWD, there are a couple of magazines to get you all riled up. The official "The Walking Dead" magazine started back in production with the season's first issue coming out Sept. 19th, and the Sept. 29th issue of "Entertainment Weekly" has cast members on the cover and an article on the show's 100th episode. There are three covers to choose from.
Can't have Halloween with The Kids in the Hall.
"I'm looking...and what a sad sight."
"Don't mention this to anyone, or- chop chop."
>166 RidgewayGirl: She's fine, thank you for asking. She lives in north Vegas, so miles from where it happened. Mike and I stayed up til one this morning watching the coverage. It's horrible.
A four minute animation called The Colors of Evil. Really well done, fun and all about revenge.
Speaking of shorts, has anyone else caught the horror movie commercial for M&Ms? An entire story in about 90 seconds with just a tag for the candy at the end. Brilliant!
Thanks, Larry. Mom hasn't been to a concert in about ten years or more. She shops and plants herself at a machine in the casino.
82. Scary Stories for Campfires by Arthur Myers. A book of legends recounting supernatural phenomenon and the ghosts of both humans and animals of America and the U.K. The tales include the Headless Lady of Essex, the murderous hand of Paterson, New Jersey, silent actor Valentino's cursed ring, the ghost of Marilyn Monroe at her last residence, and Lady Wonder, the Canadian telepathic horse who solved murder of young Ronnie Weitcamp for the police. These stories would certainly spook young readers.
My edition has no author credited at all, and I looked everywhere for a name. It's only when I entered the book on LT that an author comes up. Weird.
Scare Scale: 2
Just a couple more Fall foods that I've tried:
Sweets Naturally Flavored Candy Corn- I found this at Sprout's. It has a long list of not-as-bad-for-you-as-Brach's ingredients. It's non-GMO, no artificial flavors or colors, cage free eggs, honey... But none of that matters if it tastes bad. This tastes good, really good, like honey and vanilla and just a touch of something else, maybe orange zest? The colors are pale yellow, orange and vanilla, and almost lustrous.
Pillsbury Pumpkin Spice Rolls- in the refrigerated section, these add a little pumpkin flavor to the product that is normally their cinnamon rolls. Nice, but the majority of the pumpkin spice flavor is coming from the delicious cream cheese glaze.
Trader Joe's Premium Pumpkin Ice Cream- mmmmm, pumpkin ice cream. This is the best one I've tried. It has cinnamon, ginger, cloves and is perfectly balanced.
And today I found that my local Lowe's is my arch enemy, so that very Halloweenish. Or just weenish.
If you haven't seen the immensely entertaining "The ABCs of Death", check it out. Each letter of the alphabet is represented and they tend to be wildly unexpected stories.
"B is for Badger": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAx5gLvRGFs
Pray tell, how did Lowe's unfold it's loathsome form?
I tried McDonald's pumpkin spice coffee and thought it was pretty good.
Hey Jennifer, I stopped by to check on your mom. Good to know she's alright.
It's all very sad - frightening - and so much still unknown.
Hope things are cooling down in your section of the world.
>172 SomeGuyInVirginia: I really like the McDonald's pumpkin spice too. I know it's got to be from a mix, and it's a strange burnt orange color, but I like it.
I'll try to make this brief, but when I bitch, I tend to do it thoroughly. : D
We've spent a week trying to get blinds installed from Lowe's. It's like trying to get The Three Stooges to split an atom. I spent four hours waiting on the guy who measures the windows to have the blinds custom cut because we have a very large front window. It took a couple of days for them to call me after that, but, long story short, they've called us down to the store twice to stand around while multiple employees look confused at the computer. On Sunday, we stood there for half and hour and were finally told to go and they'd call us when they figured things out. No on called, so yesterday I called, and a manager picked up and said she would figure out what was going on. Five minutes later, they call Mike at work and tell him to come down before the department employee's shift was over for the day. So he closed the shop and ran down- to stand around for an entire hour, as again, they couldn't figure out their computer system and he stood there watching her enter our information 20 times. Same thing as on Sunday, but the employee from Sunday had clearly not mentioned her computer problems to anyone, nor worked on figuring out our window measurements. She had just gotten us out of her hair.
So yesterday, after an hour, Mike finally said, "I have to go back to work, just give us whatever," and walked out. So I called the manager again, and we discussed the many ways in which this enterprise was failing, and that it seemed like we were the very first customers to have taken them up on their claim of blind installation, and she told me that they may have to send the window measurer out again. We've shown them the blinds we want three times now, no one is talking to anyone else in the store, I've listened to one employee bad-mouth another while she couldn't complete the order either... We have no confidence that this group of idiots will do something as simple as install the correct blinds. So in about an hour I'm calling to cancel the order and get the fee back.
>173 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! Thank you for thinking of my mom. You're right, so much is unknown. The guy doesn't fit any profile for someone who would do that. It's a crazy that came out of nowhere.
Two weeks ago, we had about four days of wonder weather in the 80's. Then it shot back up to the upper 90's, and we've even had a few 99-100 degree days. No one is enjoying it.
Check your McDonald's for a really good Halloween deal. Mine is selling booklets of 12 coupons to hand out to trick or treaters (or hoard) for free hamburgers, ice cream cones and apple slices. Twelve coupons for $1! They'll be a nice extra for the really cool costumes.
And have I missed "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"? Has it aired? I did watch a pretty cute show on Netflix called "Dear Dracula". It's very amusing to hear Ray Liotta as Dracula. And Disney Jr has a new show called "Vampirina" that is voiced by Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Wanda Sykes. It's cute.
The second season of "Stan Against Evil" starts Nov. 1st. If you haven't seen it, it's very funny and dark with lots of monsters.
I watched the first episode of "Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror" on the Food Network. It's still teams of sugar, cake and pumpkin, but they have three carvers per team, it's all outside on a "haunted" farm, and the ultimate judges were a group of giggling junior high girls. The winning team won $15,000.
And I watched about 30 minutes of the 2004 version of "Salem's Lot" starring Rob Lowe. No wonder I didn't know this even existed. It stinks on ice.
Does anyone remember them remaking "The Twilight Zone"? I don't. The film quality and fashion places this around the late 80's- early 90's, but it's a good creepy story about a nerdy boy who, yes, dreams of revenge. The plot is all too familiar, but it really has a good twist.
You've always got great links. I did not know that. I knew that there was a radio version produced in the 90s (I think?) that had strong religious overtones, but I did not know there was a tee-bee version.
Hey! I read Paperbacks From Hell! It's good. Not a lot of substance, but a nice overview.
My own Lowe's hate- I had a question about some cedar closet shingles and stopped a salesman to ask. He said 'I'm going on break.' I put the stuff back and said I was going to Home Depot.
To be fair, I have had some great help at Lowe's.
>176 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm glad you're enjoying the links! It's impossible to know if anyone is checking them out unless there's a comment. Now, do you mean there was a radio version of "The Twilight Zone"? And it was religious? *sigh* Everyone wants to be Rod Serling. That's a pretty good goal, but most people fall short of his writing skill.
Ha! You got Paperbacks From Hell! I expect it's just a snarky look at godawful book covers, and that spells funny.
>177 SomeGuyInVirginia: I have to admit that when I read the phrase "My own Lowe's hate", I thought for a second that you were going to tell me why you hate Rob Lowe, because I'd just mention him in >175 mstrust:. : D. I was all ready to hear about it.
I don't blame you for walking out after hearing that. He should have located another employee for you. We bought and had Lowe's install a washing machine two years ago, and that went fine. But this situation went so badly that I have declared we won't set foot in there for a very long time. There's a Home Depot three minutes further on the same road.
>178 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks for the rec! I put aside one of my Alfred Hitchcock anthologies last night as by the third story, it was clear that this was a volume of crime stories rather than scary ones. Still, I enjoyed the stories I read and will return to it in a few weeks.
Has my card reached you yet?
Mmmm, everyone line up for severed head cake. The body parts cakes (baby bellies, heads, hands) are so freaky with their nod to cannibalism. I can't believe some people order baby shaped cakes for baby showers.
The trailer for the upcoming PBS "Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive", starring Denis O' Hare as Poe. Airs Oct. 30th.
Never seen "iZombie"? It's a fun murder mystery show where the morgue assistant is a zombie, and her boss is pretty cool with it. Like "Murder, She Wrote", but with all kinds of interesting ways to cook brains.
Jayzuz! That head cake is really disturbing! I bet you it's supposed to look like someone the eaters know.
I wouldn't be able to eat a baby-shaped cake. Not unless it was chocolate.
That's probably the freakiest cake I've ever seen, aside from the baby shower cakes that portray the moment of birth. Yes, those actually exist. But that severed head cake looks like it was made in celebration of an execution. It's too realistic. Hold on, I just thought of something- what if it is real? Maybe there are people walking around who have heads made of cake.
Speaking of digging in, our state fair opens today and we'll go on Wednesday probably. Some of the interesting foods on offer:
a Boba tea stand
birthday cake and Flamin' Cheetos flavored kettle corn
a lobster stand serving lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese. Oh man, I love lobster rolls, but I don't know about getting it from a stand when it's 95 degrees.
pineapple cotton candy
cotton candy burritos
prickly pear lemonade
deep fried Little Debbie oatmeal cookies.
This is a version of a cotton candy burrito:
Looks like it provides some wild hallucinations.
>183 SomeGuyInVirginia: Isn't it crazy looking? And I showed the pic to Mike and we couldn't decide what was in the middle. Ice cream, frosting, the flesh of pixies? He's so intrigued that he's threatening to get one.
Thanks for the Greg Kihn mention. Didn't know he's a writer now.
>184 drneutron: Yea, another fan! I wish their seasons were a normal number of episodes. It seems like they get just nine or ten and the season is done in a flash.
Sweet jumpin' mamma jamma!
>186 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha, ewww! Cutting into a cake and finding a meaty rib cage is a hard sell for most.
Here's a too short clip from an episode of "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour". The episode, about two kids who pay a surprise visit to their grandpa (Christopher Lloyd) at his retirement community, and find that seniors are a dangerous group. For some reason, it's nearly impossible to get a full episode of any of these Hub Network shows even though the network was bought and dissolved several years ago. Anyway, fun show and the actors really put a lot of energy into their scary roles.
Fortunately the only thing bigger than Elvis's entourage was his wardrobe, so it's a quick change and he's ready for more wheel chair fu.
For Sunday the 8th:
>188 SomeGuyInVirginia: Elvis is a manly-man who goes into battle wearing white. He doesn't care, he's the King and white knows better than to stain when he's wearing it.
A few more Autumn products I've tried:
Purveyors Kitchen Moroccan Pumpkin Cooking Sauce- I found this at World Market, and we like Indian food, so tried it out. It contains pureed pumpkin and carrot, ginger, spices and red jalapenos. It's to be poured over cooked meat and simmered. I added in carrots, green beans, potatoes and raisins. It's very flavorful, and also very, very spicy. Too much for me, though Mike cleaned his plate. He likes jalapenos a lot.
Soft Soap Halloween scents- I've found two of these seasonal hand soaps, an orange "pumpkin" scent that is light, and the horrible purple "Berry" scent. It's powerfully strong floral scent is next to impossible to get off your hands. It's so strong that it verges on nauseating.
Here's the super "Pumpkinrot". a year round Halloween site. You'll find movie and soundtrack recommendations, decorations and photography. Definitely a place that Halloween fans should visit.
83. The Grip Of It by Jac Jemc. Young couple James and Julie buy their first home, located next to a forest in a small town. Part of the reason for their move from the city is to solidify their relationship, which has been under strain since James gambled away all his own money and a good portion of their mutual account.
The house needs work but it's cheap, and they even try to be friendly to the old guy next door who is constantly standing at his window staring at them.
At first the couple can come up with excuses for why they hear odd noises, why human-shaped stains appear on the walls and why Julie becomes locked inside the wall of the closet, but when huge bruises cover her body that she can't hide, and then the neighbor disappears, the police intervene.
A really interesting story involving quite a bit of disjointed, abstract thinking. The story is set up as a classic haunted house tale, but then the reader is led to a fork in the road- are we to believe it's a haunting or something else?
Scare Scale: 3
The Grip of It sounds interesting. I've been running into it all over the place, so I think it's time to grab myself a copy.
>191 RidgewayGirl: I've seen a couple of people mentioning that they're reading it, but I've avoided the reviews because I knew it was on my Halloween stack. I got it in the Nocturnal Reader's Box and I'm glad. The writing level is much more advanced than Come To Dust, which came in the same box.
We went to the nursery again, after giving up back in the spring when it got too hot to look. Our front yard is still pretty much a dirt lot, so we went for what I thought would be around 45 minutes of bickering but turned into three and a half hours of actually buying and designing. Wow, you have no idea how hard it is to pin Mike down to an actual commitment, so this was a huge surprise. In a week we'll have a landscaped yard, with a huge yucca gloriosa, a few coral fountains, a few Mexican firecrackers, a couple of Mexican bird of paradise and a large firestick.
Ready for something super creepy?
It's not often that you can describe finely-made porcelain as disturbing, but you have to see porcelain artist Ronit Baranga's work. Be sure to scroll down and see the plates. *shudder*
Hey Jennifer! Congrats on shortly having a landscaped yard! Don't forget pics when it's completed.
Not even tempted to click on the porcelain link.
I've only been gone for a few hours and you guys have already offed someone! RIP mujel625!
>196 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. I'm really looking forward to having something better to look at than dirt. I'll bet the neighbors have wondered when we were going to do something with it, so this might send the whole street a-twitter.
Ha! Not even a little curious?
>197 RidgewayGirl: They are really well done, aren't they? So clean and perfect and terrifying.
>199 SomeGuyInVirginia: It just seemed like the perfect opportunity. Who's gonna miss him?
>192 mstrust: Wonder what those pieces cost? And does anyone really buy them? Tough to dust, I imagine. Dishwasher safe?
And you can drink from the man bun!
>201 weird_O: I'm afraid I have no certain answers, but I suspect the plates can lick themselves clean.
Have you seen Dunkin' Donuts Halloween designs? The flavors are just vanilla, chocolate, orange, strawberry... but it's nice to see them getting into the holiday.
And this is a good story to go along with the sugar. From "Tales of Halloween", which is a fantastic and fun movie, here's the legend of "Sweet Tooth":
84. The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham. Beginning right at the first mentions by Disney about building a haunted house attraction in Disneyland, to his initial plans, and the team he put together to work on the project. The effects are explained, such as the ballroom ghosts and the seance room (the head of Madame Leoda wasn't an actress but a Disney imagineer, while her voice was the same actress who had played Malificent). The stretching room at Disneyland really is stretching, as it's an elevator that takes guests underground to the ride, and the script of the "Ghost Host" was written by an assistant pulled from the animation department, who also wrote the "Yo Ho Ho" song for The Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It was also interesting to read of all the office politics that went into making the ride what it is today, especially as Disney himself died before the attraction was finished. The attraction at Disney World is also covered, and a bit of the Tokyo version too.
The author isn't the most engaging storyteller and it took me a couple of chapters to warm to his style, which really shouldn't happen with such a fun subject, but the amount of information about The Haunted House ends up making this book well worth reading.
Scare Scale: 1
That sounds like a fun read. I rode the Haunted Mansion when I was in Disney World as a wee tot. It was very, very cool. I think I blacked out for part of it.
>204 SomeGuyInVirginia: In another author's hands, it could have been a really fun book, but with this author it was more about the research and the remarkable number of people he interviewed who had been involved with the creation of the mansion. I grew up literally seven minutes away from Disneyland, so every aspect of the ride that he discussed was very familiar to me. And it was nice to finally know the name of The Ghost Host. It was famous voice actor Paul Frees, who also voiced Boris from "Rocky and Bullwinkle" and worked on numerous Rankin/Bass shows.
I received the October Nocturnal Reader's Box today. Sorry, I put everything away before I even thought about taking a picture. Inside:
1. New Release What The Hell Did I Just Read?
2. New Release Valancourt Book of Horror Stories
3. Cold Moon Over Babylon
4. a tote featuring a design inspired by King's The Long Walk
5. a large beer glass with a design inspired by Gaiman's American Gods
6. a soy candle called "Dark Carnival". It's scented to cinnamon, apple and caramel.
7. a clothing patch from "The Ring" of the creepy girl.
8. a N.R. sticker
9. an enamel pin of Poe's "The Raven".
10. an art print by Ivan Belikov.
The three books look good, I like the tote and the candle smells great. I was hoping to be more wowed by an October box, hoping for more classic stuff along the lines of Poe or Stoker stuff.
Now I'm making it so easy for you to see a gen-u-wine 1950's horror B movie. It's "The Wasp Woman", the story of an aging CEO of a cosmetic company who believes her sales have declined because she isn't young enough to do the advertising anymore. But wait- she hasn't tried the magical power of injecting bee crap yet! That's right, it's called "The Wasp Woman" but it features bees.
The acting is actually good, and the story makes more sense than you'd expect. The star, Susan Cabot, had a decent career, but met a very tragic end.
Hi Jennifer - just 12 more days until The Walking Dead returns! I gotta say those dishes by Ronit Baranga are the creepiest things I've seen this Halloween season - I want one!
Ha! I really didn't expect anyone to say that! I'd be afraid of getting my finger near the mouth and being bitten.
I have the premiere of TWD written on my calendar. Waiting to see Negan die, thank you very much.
That gif of the floating vampire kid gives me the whim-wams.
>208 SomeGuyInVirginia: That's from Salem's Lot - one of the better adaptations of Stephen King. And yeah, it's pretty creepy. 😀
>208 SomeGuyInVirginia: Such a simple effect, yet it works. I think the smile really sells it.
Did you get cable so you can see the new season?
>209 drneutron: Yes, the good version of "Salem's Lot" with Olivier and Hutch.
I recall the 80's as being a blur of cheap King movies, and then he either stopped it or it played out. I was disappointed by the boring version of "The Mist" that aired recently, and yet intrigued as to why they must have made a conscious decision to gather so many unattractive actors in one show. It didn't happen by accident.
Going to the fair tonight!
Have fun at the state fair! I miss the Indian fry bread and the Crazy 8 races.
Did you enter anything this year, or did the chaos of last year put you off?
Thanks, Alison, I'm sure we'll have a good time seeing the animals and gorging ourselves.
The last year I entered the culinary competition was 2015. That's the year I was cheated! Cheated! And then I read about contestants that same year in the art competition getting their ribbons stolen, and worse, their art work stolen, or their prize money was never delivered. So last year, the difference in the number of contestants in most of the competitions was very noticeable. The culinary entries were so barren that they had to put in little displays of flowers and pitchers throughout to try and fill the cases out. The number of art entries was smaller, so were the woodworking entries, and the gem and fossil displays really took a hit. I don't know what happened there, but they used to get many great displays from local rockhounds and they were mostly missing. So it seems like the fair made some bad choices in terms of their supervisors and volunteers.
Back from the fair, where we ate and ate. First we went to see the animals and there were newborn chicks and piglets that looked maybe two months old. Then we shared a Navajo taco and a lobster mac and cheese. Looked at the art and culinary exhibit and went for a crepe drizzled in maple syrup and loaded with a pile of a butter and whipped cream mixture. It was an awesome crepe. We walked around for three and a half hours, I had a swirl cone and a strawberry agua fresca, he had a bacon wrapped hot dog. We left with a bag of caramel corn. I had a sample of the birthday cake kettle corn but didn't care for it enough to get more. We searched a ll over for the Popcorn Factory stand, but never found it.
If you love Halloween, visit Halloween Daily News site. Here you'll find a at least one new article a day related to the holiday, with an emphasis on movies.
Site is blocked, reason 'Entertainment, incidental nudity'.
What in God's name happened at the state fair? It sounds like it was run by the mob. And not a nice mob, a really mean mob. And you can't lead with a cheated story and then drop it!
The Smithsonian just accepted a bunch of props and items from the Walking Dead, including Hershel's haid.
It's sort of Fall-like here today, the first time in a week. Huzzah!
Thanks for letting me know. I didn't see any nudity when I looked around there, but I didn't check every corner on the site and some workplace software may be stringent enough to block nude tattoos. I've replaced it with the Halloween Daily News which is perfectly safe for work.
My cheated story: The year was 2015, and I had been entering and winning ribbons for about seven years. I made a maple apple walnut cake, pumpkin walnut bread and chocolate no-bakes. The fair started three or four days after turning the entries in, and when we went back, we searched for my stuff to see if I won. The pumpkin bread was on display, no ribbon, which was confusing because at this point, they were only showing winning entries. The no-bakes won first place. Mike finally found my maple apple, which I'd passed by because I was looking for my name. My cake had a first place ribbon and someone else's name on it, and it was identified as an orange cake, which it clearly wasn't. So, I spoke to the fair volunteer, showed her a pic of the whole cake on my phone, she agreed it was the same... ended up speaking to the culinary coordinator after going back a week later and it was still wrong. She blamed her staff, told me she'd make sure I got my ribbon...yadda yadda, never got my ribbon or prize money. So I haven't entered since just because it's the same woman still running it and now I'm hardened and bitter.
But last night, guess what I spotted- the orange cake with the competitor's name who had gotten my ribbon. It had the second place ribbon on it. She's probably been entering it ever since.
I didn't know that about the Smithsonian. Makes sense to me. Isn't it the biggest tv show ever?
Well, it was 95 when we got to the fair just after 5pm. We're suppose to drop into the 80s next week. Is it any wonder I'm so excited about going across the country and seeing Autumn?
Make it a scary one.
I read Daphne Du Maurier's short story "The Doll" today. I believe it's an early story from her, maybe from the 30's, so while it's very mild for modern readers, it must have been disturbing for readers back then. It's the story of a man, who the reader sees is unhinged right from the start, who falls in love with a very talented and eccentric violinist. Knowing how nuts he is, the reader is surprised to find the girlfriend is way crazier.
Who's scarier, Jason or little Corey Feldman in make-up and sprigs of hair like seedlings?
Corey Feldman killed Jason??!!
I got kind of a shock from the macrame wall art, too. The 70s are soooo scary.
>217 SomeGuyInVirginia: That movie is from the 80's, so a time when they should have known better. But if you watch the current sitcom "The Guest Book" on TBS, there's a big macrame owl wall piece that figures heavily in several episodes.
The Halloween Hit List:
1. First up is the oldest. From 1929, Fred "Sugar" Hall and his Sugar Babies with "T'aint No Sin To Take Off Your Skin":
2. Performing in 1975, here's eccentric Arthur Brown. There's so much to say about his performance, but you can see for yourself:
3. The Damned with "Grimly Fiendish". Great band, and though this isn't a favorite from them for me, it was a big hit and the video is very Halloweenie:
4. From The Ramones, here's "Slug". It was a demo that was only released within the last few years and it proves that even the material they didn't think was good enough was incredibly awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2NyyN4BQGU
5. We're ending with this one because it's the scary one. I didn't even know this existed until a few months ago when I read about it. From 1971 by The Buoys, it's the story of a mining cave-in called "Timothy". And it was a hit song! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqDu5LBT8_Y
85. The Walking Dead: The Fall of The Governor: Part One by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. The upkeep and brutal treatment at Woodbury continues with The Governor in charge. While most of the citizens are unaware that they have a sociopath as a leader, those closer to the man are getting ample proof of how he provides things like safety and entertainment to the town. His inhumane treatment of three newcomers, Rick, Glenn and especially Michonne, allows some to prove they will go along with The Governor no matter what, while others are appalled.
The previous book in the series, The Road To Woodbury, was pretty slow. This book is focused on The Governor and his absolute rule over Woodbury, so a lot going on at once, and a lot of brutality. This book contains a long step-by-step torture scene which is probably the most graphic I've ever read, but then I don't read a lot of violent books.
Scare Scale: 2
Oh, I just realized I have the First Edition.
Just catching up on everything haunted here. Bought a bottle of wine Called Bone Shaker and the label glows in the dark!! : )
This is for Sunday, as I have plans for tonight and pretty much til tomorrow afternoon.
>220 Berly: Very cool! Let me know if you like it. I'd love to get a bottle of Motorhead's label.
I've been drinking more red wines lately, merlots and cabs. Our latest find is a Spanish red we get from BevMo and I couldn't even begin to remember the name. But I do know that the next one up is called Drops of Jupiter and it's a 2014 California red from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. (It's sitting on the desk in front of me.) My sister has subscribed to the Naked Wines monthly wine club for a couple of years and raves about it.
When was the last time you watched one of the classics? It's easy for them to get shoved out of the way with so many new Halloween/horror movies coming out every year with their computer graphic skin peeling and psychopathic monsters, but I'm usually impressed when I see one of the movies that formed the genre. A couple of days ago I saw "The Invisible Man" for the first time. It's from 1933, and it's not likely going to frighten anyone now, but it used the latest special effects and quite a bit of humor, and became iconic even though it runs to just over an hour.
And this is a really great one, "The Bride of Frankenstein". A good story, well-acted, amazing make-up, and the cinematography is really beautiful, with some shots worthy of noir. Again, it's not much over an hour long, so see it if you get a chance.
>221 mstrust: A few highlights like those green ones and everyone would be envious!
Have a great weekend, Jennifer.
Unfortunately, my hair stylist seems pretty judgmental. Watching the movie, I wondered which of the two doctors had designed and custom-made The Bride's ultra sophisticated gown. It certainly wasn't just lying around the ol' laboratory.
I hope you're having a good weekend, Paul. We're still close to 100 degrees, but I've been shopping for warm socks and coats for NYC.
>224 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! That's so great. Of course, it says nothing about other insects, burnt hair, melted bits of plastic... Our fair has created an "ugly cake" category. I saw just two entries, but the first prize went to one that had written in frosting "I'm ugly, eat me".
Just a little heads-up for TWD fans. Throughout the week AMC will be having specials leading up to the new season, which starts Sunday. Some of these specials will be just a few minutes long, some an hour long.
Today we honor the theremin, the spookiest musical instrument of all. Every time an alien leaves the spaceship or a woman climbs the attic stairs, a theremin is there. There's even a yearly contest for the best original theremin (Moog) score. I don't know what the winner gets. Maybe a night in a haunted house?
A little spookier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeKnInq4ofU
The spookiest of all comes from the Moog company itself. Was it shot at corporate?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYFwE4ys0ts
86. The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost by John Bellairs. Johnny Dixon falls into a trance-like state with sudden fits of violence that lands him in the hospital. The doctors don't know how to treat him as they don't know the cause, but Johnny's friends, Fergie and Professor Childermass, recognize that Johnny's possessed. Their research leads them to a spooky old mansion where they hope to break the hold over Johnny and save his life.
I've read a couple in the Johnny Dixon series now, and more of Bellairs' other books. In the Dixon series, two things stand out for me. First, they tend to have some Catholicism. In this book, the local priest attempts an exorcism on Johnny and simply gives up and walks away. The second thing is that Professor Childermass is able to talk the parents of any child in town into letting him take their kid away overnight, or even for a couple of nights. This book was published in 1985 and set in the 50's, so yes, a more innocent time, but still. Here we have the Professor and thirteen year-old friend Fergie sharing a hotel room for several days and sitting on the bed together in just bathrobes. Could the ickiness be turned up any higher, Bellairs?
Even aside from that, the mystery element wasn't one of his best so I wouldn't recommend this one as someone's first read of Bellairs.
Scare Scale: 1
>224 SomeGuyInVirginia: Now I know how I'm decorating the Thanksgiving pies this year!
>227 RidgewayGirl: Everyone will dig into your pie first. The reassurance will make your baked goods very popular, I'm sure.
A Haunted House
Mr. Clovis haunts his house
the one he lived in all his life
the house he was born and raised in
where he lived for years with his wife.
Mrs. Clovis haunts the outside
the front garden, and back shed too
and when she wants to be inside
she trickles in through the mail chute.
Mrs. Clovis likes to make noise,
Mr. Clovis likes his peace,
it was a sore point all through their marriage
and continues now they're deceased.
He makes the lights go aflutter
and she answers with a shriek,
they carry on in front of homebuyers
which makes everyone pretty much freak.
The mailbox is bashed
so the windows are smashed
the chimney erupts
so the lawn is torn up
the roses are maimed
so the oven door banged.
It's as if they never died.
And day by day,
the house returns to the way
it had looked
when they'd both been alive.
A little Scottish history- the true tale of Sawney Bean and his cannibal clan: http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/Sawney-Bean-Scotlands-mos...
You know how it is, PR is everything. If your name gets out there enough you become number one, regardless of the quality of your work.
I saw this cocktail and had to pass it along, so it's an extra. It looks both Halloweenie and so delicious, it's called "Vampires Drip", AND it's garnished with chocolate bats. Chocolate bats!
The season premiere of "Stan Against Evil" is just a few weeks away and I'm looking forward to the return of this fun show. Here's a little clip from last season. In it, the former sheriff's dippy daughter is possessed, so of course she needs to be questioned by her dad and the new sheriff. And a bag of oranges.
87. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex. While vacationing in the Poconos with his family, chubby fifteeen year-old Doug is attacked and turned into a vampire. His attacker is known to him, as Victor is a popular football player at Doug's Philadelphia high school. While he accepts Victor's apology, Doug still has to deal with the changes that being a vampire brings, like the horrible sunburn from going to San Diego's Comic Con or keeping a low profile after he steals bags of blood from a Bloodmobile. He also must meet with his assigned vampire mentor, and all the while, he has a crush on the new foreign exchange student who has been sent to America because she "has the Google".
This is a fun "horror" story of teenage awkwardness and monster "reality" shows. I'll look for more from this author.
Scare Scale: 1.5
I've seen a couple of episodes of Stan Against Evil and thought it was pretty good. I like the guy who plays the retired sheriff, and his daughter. Demons blowed up real good.
What's that clip in >231 mstrust: from? I know I've seen the movie but can't place it.
I really like the show too. It starts back in early November and I'm glad it got a renewal.
The giggly gif? "The Brides of Dracula" from 1960. I have yet to see it, but it's a Hammer movie.
88. The Walking Dead Volume 26: Call To Arms by Robert Kirkman. Negan has been a captive of Rick and the Alexandrians for a few years now, kept in a cell but still feared by some. Young Brandon, who has lost both his parents, decides that the way to get even with Rick is to release Negan and the two of them will join The Whisperers in battle. When Negan meets Alpha and The Whisperers, he becomes a humble servant, only wishing to be trusted.
Scare Scale: 1
Yes! It's almost here! And here's the extra long trailer for Season 8 that was shown at Comic Con. Oooooh, Negan has a potty mouth...
Christ, I am sick again. I felt too good yesterday, I knew something was up. I often feel like a million bucks before I get sick. Nature's way of giving me da boid. I'd love to be able to go home.
I know, I know.
Awww, I hope you feel better soon! And it's always worse when you're away from home. Or do you mean you feel sick because Pennywise has found you?
Are you in NYC?
89. The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman. In this volume, the battle between the skin-wearing Whisperers, Alexandria and The Hilltop begins. The Kingdom is unaware of the fighting and The Saviors refuse to join. Father Gabriel is unceremoniously taken out of the equation and we find out why Negan named his baseball bat Lucille.
Scare Scale: 1
From the first episode of "The Santa Clarita Diet", Sheila has recently turned into a zombie, and has the addition problem of a guy at work who keeps coming onto her. Two birds, one stone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecIgxcsZ0PI
Newp, I'm in DC. I went to the doc's but he didn't give me any antibiotics. Said I'd feel better in a few days and drink juice or Gatorade. Which is what I was already doing.
I STILL haven't watched last season's Walking Dead. Any time I've been on Netlfix I haven't felt like being bummed out. I don't even know what a Wisperer is, but I think that some zombies are starting to talk? Wasn't that a thing in the season that ended in 2015? NO DON'T TELL!!!
I think doctors are being more conservative with the prescriptions these days, as the super germs are being blamed on them giving out antibiotics for everything. Which doesn't make you feel better at all. Sorry you're feeling so lousy!
Hot toddy on the way! Be sure to drink it all.
The Whisperers haven't shown up on the show yet, but maybe in this season that's about to start. It's impossible to say as the show may take an entire story line from the comics, or just a bit. But I can tell you that, yes and no, the walkers don't and do start talking. Isn't that intriguing?
Did I show you my Christmas present? Behold! The power of cheese!
Today is Mike's birthday! He put in an order for the exact birthday cake he wanted: three tiers, marble cake with white icing, mocha filling in between layers. So that's what he got. Otherwise, this will be just another day as he wants to save his birthday dinner for Ben & Jack's in NYC. In two and a half weeks, I will experience Autumn.
>242 SomeGuyInVirginia: Sweet! That is amazing detail. It looks more than a little like Merle from TWD.
You won't like this at all, but Sweetie loves Slayer. Anyone remember how he left me to live or die in the Slayer slam pit last year?
Happy Birthday, Mike! White icing is the best!
I don't remember that. Was it a sink or swim thing?
I'll pass it on, Larry, thanks!
The Slayer show? Very much so. I had naturally assumed that we would be sitting in the stands for the show as we'd seen other shows in that place, but as we were walking into the auditorium, he tells me that he paid extra to get us into the pit. The first I'd heard of it. I believe I swore at him at this point, and again after the show. I've been to plenty of shows that have mosh pits and I've always steered well clear of them because I don't want to die. The people who go in them tend to look like they've been waiting for it for weeks. So Mike planted himself in one place and simply pushed off anyone who bounced into him while I spent the time scrambling around to avoid being hit.
10 days til Halloween!
I know someone out there is hating me for this.
We've arrived at the really scary point of the thread. Let's go down to the basement and see what's there. You first.
As a former make-up artist myself, I like seeing all the make-up tutorials on Youtube that showcase the skills of really talented artists. Here's an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for turning yourself into an exact replica of young Regan in "The Exorcist". The thing runs for over 16 minutes, but the actual instructions start 90 seconds in and end at around 13 minutes. But she looks awesome.
And here's a short clip from the first season of the tv version of "The Exorcist". Very scary! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3AnFdcLgqM
Yesterday morning we went to Carefree for Ray Villafane's Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. Three members of his carving crew were there, two in the pavilion carving and one setting up the displays. I've got some great pics to put up.
We also happened to be near a Half Price Books, where I got:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Leonard:My Fifty Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
and a 2018 tiki calendar.
Somehow I saw this version of "Invasion of The Bodysnatchers" when I was a kid, and this horrifying image stuck with me for years as the only thing I remember about it. If you've seen the movie, you know the one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxyQYSJ3zQg
Jaybus! What the hell was that? I don't think I've ever seen any of the Invasion movies. Remember Carpenter's The Thing? GAH! That dog.
90. Shock Value by Jason Zinoman. A theater critic for The New York Times, Zinoman explores the making of a famous modern horror movie in each chapter. The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Alien, Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary's Baby, and many lesser known "exploitation" movies that either inspired or tried to ride the coattails of these famous movies that all broke new ground in some way. The majority of these were made on small budgets by unknown directors and actors, and here's where you have the discussions of the actual making of the film and the decisions that finances made.
A good non-fiction about the making of low-budget movies that sometimes had a big impact.
Scare Scale: 1
>248 SomeGuyInVirginia: Oh, that was new to you?! Heee!
What the hell was that?
Answer: it was the set-up for your nightmare tonight, my friend.
Well this is interesting- it's a compilation of urban myths from every state:
Hey--check out my thread for a link to my brother's work website for truly scary Halloween drinks!!
>250 mstrust: So I looked up SC and I'm a little freaked out right now. Y'all get nice old skin walkers and I've got boo hags to contend with. Boo hags!
>251 Berly: Hi Kim!
>252 SomeGuyInVirginia: Glad you liked it! Who knew that every state had something creepy skulking around in the shadows.
>253 RidgewayGirl: Ha! You have my sympathy! There is nary a one of these creatures that I'd want to meet, even if the "Melonheads" of Ohio sound like they'd be delicious.
91. Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. Just before her thirteenth birthday, chubby Gwendy meets Mr. Farris at the top of the Suicide Stairs, a local landmark where Gwendy exercises. She's wary of the strange, yet polite, man, until he gives her the button box. It produces valuable coins, delicious chocolates and has a series of tempting buttons that can destroy the world. This dangerous box is now Gwendy's responsibility, and that knowledge ways heavily on her.
Scare Scale: 2.5
Ok, now who wrote that old story about the box given to a couple who can press a button and someone they've never met will die but they will be rewarded?
Yes! Thank you! I knew I'd seen it on a tv show but couldn't remember anything other than Mare Winningham.
Say it with me: "You play a good game, boy."
This scene still holds up over the years. It's scarrrry!
I liked Gwendy's Button Box, but made the same connection with Matheson that you did. The ending was pretty strong, and that's where King usually goes off the rails.
I had to stop watching the clip at the tub scene, my own Parker D. Cat is black as night.
I'm going to be the only one in the office on Friday, so it's iPod and jeans for me! Whoo-hoo! Gad I love loud music.
Oh my. Oh my.
I think I'll sit over there under that bright light and read something light and bright.
>259 SomeGuyInVirginia: The Matheson story popped into my head as soon as Farris starting explaining how the buttons worked. *Spoiler* I was glad to see that King was able to give Gwendy a happy (ish) ending. You, know, if you don't count watching her boyfriend be murdered or having to send someone to hell and watch them melt.
The cat- yes, why did it have to include a cat? The whole scene is definitely horrifying. I was watching the first ABCs of Death last night and had to stop and dump it from my list because of the disturbing freakiness of the Japanese segments in particular. I'd really enjoyed The ABCs of Death 2 a few weeks before. It was humorous and cheeky, and turned out to have little in common with the first, which had some really twisted stuff.
The only one in the office? I hope I can count on you not to do anything immature like put plastic wrap under the toilet seats or put a singing stuffed animal in the ceiling.
>260 weird_O: Boo! Things are only going to get worse. On the bright side, we have lots of Halloween candy here.
Oh, and on Coral's walk around the street this morning, I saw that one of the neighbors has put out a carved pumpkin already. It has the Hunger Games bird.
That pumpkin is just asking for an M-80! Naw, I was never into vandalism and smashing pumpkins seemed as bad as tearing up a Nativity scene.
I used to want to collect those blow-mold trick or treat containers but my better angels prevailed. I've only got a pumpkin and Captain America. Because it's Captain America's head.
I should totally put it in a plastic Captain America shield and surround it with garnish.
>262 SomeGuyInVirginia: I have a couple of those pumpkins myself, with one being a traditional face and the other with an idiotic smile. I filled one up with candy and put it in Mike's waiting area for customers and it just makes him mad that people are actually eating the candy and emptying it out. : D
Some of you will remember a fun little show called "Tales From The Crypt". Here's a full episode about a failing restaurant that, well, let's just say that Meat Loaf is on the menu.
Hi Jennifer, I have been sort of avoiding coming by as I still haven't watched this season's first Walking Dead. I got caught up in watching the review of all six seasons and then last years finale. But I think perhaps you haven't watched it either as I don't see it mentioned here. I may sit down and watch the first show tonight. Your trip to New York is coming up fast, I bet that is going to be a fantastic time to visit the Big Apple.
>264 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy. I've watched the TWD premiere (and the two hour follow-up show) but didn't say anything here as you're my only visitor who is a fellow fan, and as you hadn't been around, I had no one to discuss it with. No one else cares about the fate of Rick and Daryl and stupid Negan but you and I. : D You'll have to come back after you've watched it and tell me what you think.
Yes, we're just about two weeks away from our trip and I'm excited. I spent some time trying to condense the number of grooming supplies we take, but since Mike is as particular as a teenage girl about his hair and shower products, I'm not sure if he'll go along with my plans. We need to lighten the bags, especially since I have a pair of rain boots that are adorable but weigh more than steel-toed work boots. We're going to get an overweight bag charge for sure.
Have you heard about the new Starbuck's Zombie Frappuccino? Caramel apple flavored and topped with a red mocha sauce and pink whipped cream to resemble brains. From what I've heard, it's very, very, very sweet.
I promise that I didn't intend today's scariness to have a theme, it's just serendipity. ; ) So here's the one good scene from an otherwise forgettable movie. Until now, I never thought about how many ways there are to accomplish this:
I'm a fan! I'm just too cheap to pay for the series. And I make La La La sounds every time someone starts talking about it. Ok, I get it.
Sometime it's the little things that really make a difference.
Well, my daughter and I now have plans after dinner tonight to go and get a Zombie Frappuchino. She loves those drinks and I like to look at them, so it's a win-win.
>266 SomeGuyInVirginia: That's so cool! If only it would work on chocolate chip cookies.
>267 RidgewayGirl: Come back and tell us what she thought. I had one of their maple pecan lattes a few weeks ago and it was delicious. It wasn't even on the menu, I heard the car ahead of us ordering it.
Here's something fun to check out today- "The Squishing of The Squash" from the Oregon Zoo will happen around 11 am. It's an annual event where they give pumpkins to the elephants to play with and stomp. They have a Facebook page and I expect it will be on YouTube also.
Somehow a Halloween-free book made its way in.
92. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence. Librarian Spence writes letters to books in her life, books she adores, others she doesn't, and some are just letters to tell a book how much annoyance it's caused her at the library. She apologizes to Marquez's Of Love and Other Demons for sending it home with a reader who came looking for something in the Fern Michaels style, tells Wicked that she tried to love it but couldn't, and writes to the entire Miss Marple series, calling it "the romping unicorn of the Mystery section" because it appeals to such a cross-section of the public. She tells Misery-
"You are...disconcerting. Something ain't right with you. A writer held prisoner in the home of his number one fan. I thought I could handle it....Not to mention that, just to freak my ass out more, you gave her my name."
It's a fun little book, and many of the titles she writes to are pretty obscure, which is why she's explaining why they are being weeded out. A good nightstand book. 3.5 stars
Ok, Larry, I am about to talk about The Walking Dead, I will try to keep it "spoiler-free" but you may want to skip over this.
I watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead last night and thought it was very good. I also watched the two hour "Talking Dead" special afterwards and loved seeing some old favorities return. They do appear to be a very close cast. During the premiere I particularly liked how they reenforced the connection between Carol and Daryl with hugs and concerned looks, and it had lots of references to the very first show which was nice. Negan has always been a potty mouth, but I thought he was particularly so during the show. I was wondering why Rosita and Michonne didn't go along with the others, cause even wounded I would have thought they would have been there with bells on. But apparently Rosita just had a baby in real life and Michonne was filming a movie at the same time as film TWD so the show made some allowances. Overall it was good to see the gang together again and kicking some ass!
>270 DeltaQueen50: I watched the five episodes of the BBC's Dead Set, about a Big Brother house caught up in the zombie apocalypse. It's great, and as good or better than the Walking Dead. And it is very, very gross. You can see it on Netflix streaming now. Plus, it predates the Walking Dead by two years. Holy cow! Watch it now!
>270 DeltaQueen50: I didn't know that Michonne was left out because she was doing something else. O.k., so when Rick had all the walls up and was shouting back and forth with Negan and telling the Saviors that they could change sides and they would live (but Negan wouldn't), why didn't Rick just shoot Negan and then tell the rest of the Saviors that they had to decide to join or fight. He had such a clear shot, why didn't he take it?!
The after show was fun. Michael Rooker makes sure he goes to as much TWD stuff as possible. He clearly loved being on the show and the attention it brought him. And Ezekiel turned out to be an exceptional attention hog too, lol. Running up center stage to yell was over the top.
I think they got a pretty negative response about season 7 so they're going to have less of the splintered group this season.
>271 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ok, that sounds familiar so I think I've watched a little of that show months ago and got sidetracked. I've gone back to the beginning of "iZombie" and have been watching that for about a week. I've also gotten very attached to a British show called "Toast of London".
>272 weird_O: Why, it's just like looking in a mirror.
Your blankets won't protect you from a nighttime visit from The Babadook. Sweet dreams!
We're having a plumber over Sunday to put in a new sink, faucet and garbage disposal, so that's going to take up a chunk of the morning, then a brunch with Mike's mom.
In an effort to make my library look a little less hoarder-ish for when our moms are here taking care of Coral for us, I've been rearranging my fiction shelves over two days. Yes, two days. I've shifted and cleaned about 500 hundred books and my back aches. But I've weeded 5 books!
We're in the last days of October, and Halloween is Tuesday. This month and thread have gone by quickly. Thanks to my visitors who joined in, and I hope you've had fun at The BBC.
A really scary and excellent scene from 2011's "Fright Night". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsradOjKyLo
Rearranging one's library is so satisfying!
I attended a Halloween movie marathon today. We watched Hocus Pocus, Casper, and Ghostbusters (1984). One of my friends hadn't seen Ghostbusters before, so the rest of us had to hold our tongues as best we could and not quote the entire movie verbatim! I love that movie :)
>275 rabbitprincess: It is, but I should remember to save this task for when it's cold. I have always arranged first by fiction/non-fiction. Then fiction has always been arranged by author's nationality. So for the past year I'd then arranged it by spine color, but now I've gone back to genre.
Halloween movie marathons are fun. I've done a couple, and the hardest part is getting a line-up that is appropriate for everyone, especially is there are kids or big scaredy cats. I'll admit that I'd never seen Ghostbusters until this year. It's true.
93. Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt. A collection of spooky stories by a new author. For me, the most effective was the title story, about two truckers who meet in a lonely truckstop diner, where one passes on the information of what he believes happened to a third missing trucker. I have to admit that I sometimes felt like I was slogging through unnecessary prose meant to display the author's prowess with language and it just ended up being confusingly vague paragraphs. I would have found the stories more effective without the showing off, but this books gets good reviews from most readers so maybe it's just me.
Scare Scale: 2
Two videos tonight! The first is "The Squishing of the Squash" from Friday. This is the annual event for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo, and they're having a great time. It's clear that they know exactly what to do and go running for the pumpkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYEzsWZ4omw
Remember how I've said that I hate spiders? Remember? This is why. I've saved it to the end of October because it's horrifying and it might happen if you stop sucking them up in the vacuum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_EtTKOwH4M
One day there will be scientific proof positive that spiders came from another planet. Bowie knew it and he tried to warn us through song.
>278 SomeGuyInVirginia: The specific planet is Mars, where they are the sworn enemy of the Little Green Men.
>279 drneutron: Yaaaaa.......nope! Wouldn't have them on my shelf as I'm positive they would try to kill all the other books. All those legs and eyes are just more room for pure evil.
I carved my pumpkin this morning and the final product called for some of that blood in a tube, which I smeared liberally around the mouth and fangs. Now my hand is stained red. I can imagine how happy someone would be if they used it on their face and found that it didn't wash off for 24 hours.
We're decorating the porch tonight when Mike gets home. I can't reach the porch lamps to switch the regular bulbs out for flickering purple ones, and we'll be putting up gray netting, gray spider webbing, a big black spider web with a big black spider sitting in it. Yes, I'm turning my porch into a nest of evil.
The "David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special" that aired the other night was very weird and had Tom Hanks voicing the character, so I liked it and will watch it again if they air it next year.
Thanks to everyone who participated here. Have a frightful day and a terrifying night.
And here's the last of this month's scariness, and it's a two-parter. From "American Horror Story:Coven", the witches call a meeting to work out a truce with a wealthy, old witch hunter family, which has become a big corporation. Let's see how that goes:
When going into negotiations, it helps to have the ghost of a serial killer on your side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrbhVcenLw
>283 SomeGuyInVirginia: Now that's the look everyone should have on Halloween. Happy Halloween to you, Larry! I imagine you'll be hugging a huge pile of candy tonight and saying, "Mine! All mine!"
>284 weird_O: This is Mr. Juice's second visit here for the season, and indeed, we can't have Halloween without him because he always manages to get in the door.
You have a Happy Halloween, weird_O!
Morning Jennifer! Happy belated birthday to Mike and happy belated Halloween to all!
So, yes, apparently it is possible to eat enough chocolate that you die and see God but I don't recommend it. Bring me one of my headache pills! No, the other one!
>286 Berly: Hope you had a good one, Kim!
>287 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! You may be late for the birthday and Halloween, but you're right on time for our anniversary, which is today. : D
>288 SomeGuyInVirginia: Awww, I think that's called remorse. ;- ) Normally I will say, "Why did I eat that? I could have had an apple." But not on Halloween. I dug in and ate too many Crunch bars last night. Well, I had to, as the forty trick or treaters we got last year didn't appear. We bought so much candy and only four kids showed up. Four! I sent Mike to work with a big bag of Starbursts, Tootsie Pops, caramels and chocolates. I've taken all the decorations off the porch but I have a lot of indoor decorations to put away today.
>289 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. As it's our anniversary, it's gonna be steak, champagne and Halloween candy day. I'll be putting a few bags of chocolates in the freezer so that in the coming months Mike can root around in there like a bear and come show me that he's found it. It makes him feel like I tried to keep it from him but he was too clever.
I know I need to set up a new thread, but tomorrow...tomorrow.
Happy Anniversary! Ermahgerd! You could have gotten married on Halloween!
>291 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! On every anniversary I let him know how many years I've been putting up with him. : D
>292 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, we met at a Halloween party, I believe on Oct. 26th. We had our first date on November 1st, so we got married on the anniversary of that first date. That's how I can find zombies and severed hands romantic. Plus there's the candy.
>293 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I hope to see you there!
>294 drneutron: Thanks, Doc!
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