Why We Won’t Read Your Book

Sci-Fi & Scary gets a lot of science fiction and horror review submissions. That’s awesome! We love supporting indie authors and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon. We even purchase indie author books independently on Amazon on a regular basis. Just because they look good. Hoooooowwwweeevvveeer, there are some things that make us seriously disinclined to accept your book for review (or get it on our own from Amazon). As this Top Ten Tuesday prompt was “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book” we thought we’d take advantage of it to create a list of our reasons we reject (or consider rejecting) many of the books. This is not limited to indie authors, either! Some of these mistakes have been made by well-known authors and have us groaning.

We aren’t going to name names in this post, and any covers that we use will be quick mock-ups done by us to get the point across. As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Why We Won’t Read Your Book

Misspellings on the cover or in the summary on the back
. We rarely see this happen on covers but it does happen. We understand not everyone can hire cover designers, so many choose to make their own covers. If you do – good for you. However, for the love of all things tentacled, please make sure you have someone spell check your cover.  And have at least two or three people read your summary! This one we see errors in all the time, and it’s a bit amazing, quite frankly. Especially on more well-known books.




Incorrect capitalization. Yes, it happens to the best of us. However, sometimes you only have one chance to catch someone’s attention. So you want to make sure that all aspects of your cover are on point, yes? If you can’t manage to keep with at least a consistent capitalization, we’re not going to waste our time reading the blurb/summary.






Keywords in the title section on Goodreads/Amazon. Right now we’re both at the point where if we see this when we’re looking at your book, we will flat out refuse to get it. This is a stupid practice that needs to stop immediately. Keyword tagging your title is tempting, but just don’t do it.

However, it’s not just in the title section, either. If you shove a bunch of keywords in a row right into where your blurb/summary goes instead of giving a proper summary, or any variation of that, it still doesn’t look good.



Breaking up a story into multiple parts to cash grab. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule. Every single one of us can think of series that go past the trilogy stage. But every one of us can also think of cases where it was completely unnecessary, and this often happens with indie authors who will parcel out their story into bite-sized chunks (sometimes larger) and often end them on massive cliffhangers. Sometimes right in the middle of the natural arc of one plotline.



Listing your book under inappropriate genres to get people to read it. If we see this, especially if we see a decidedly adult book in the children’s section, we will report it. Not gonna lie. If it’s obviously mislisted, neither of us have any problem taking the 2 seconds required to let the appropriate people know.  It’s just shady marketing. It goes without saying that we’re also never going to pick up your book. That one, or any other one we ever see under your name.




Nothing but praise on the back. Look, we think it’s fantastic that other published authors are willing to sing your book’s praises. Really. It’s awesome. However, that doesn’t bloody tell us what your book is about, does it?! We’ve seen this one happening more and more, especially on some big name writer’s books, and it’s enough to make us facepalm. This trend towards including the summary on super tiny type on the inside of the dust jacket has got to stop. Gah.

A second part to this – praise for *another* book from the same author. We don’t care about the praise Sassy Serpents got if we’re trying to find a summary for Withering Witches. You get us?




The attractive woman in a seductive/sexy pose cover. You know the ones. Your book is about a kick-ass female *insert profession* and … well, sex sells, right? So you slap a picture of an attractive female on the cover, give it a title and all that, and call it done.

For me (LG), sex sells if I’m wanting to read romance or erotica. Then, show me the boobs or the ripply abs or whatever other cliche you want to show me. I’m still going to be more interested in the actual stories within, but at least I’m not going to roll my eyes so hard that they threaten to stick pointing straight up and walk straight by your book.




Not paying attention to the site’s notices for reviewing. Especially when they’re clearly listed on the top of the “Request a Review” form. Y’all… YOU ALL. Seriously. I can’t even… Look, I’m going to take a second to rant about this. When a site has it clearly posted that they’re only accepting certain formats, and people continue to send them requests to review alternate formats, it’s bloody infuriating. I’ve gotten to the point where if I’m feeling nice that day, I might respond denying to review your book. Otherwise, I just ignore it.

It’s clearly posted in the widget on the right sidebar that we’re only accepting audiobooks for the science fiction submissions right now. It’s also stated right at the very top (in bold) on the request a review form. The form that everyone has to fill out to submit their books for review. And yet y’all keep sending me requests to review your mobi copies. No. Nope. Not happening. Nu-uh. You blew it.  */end mini-rant from LG*

Okay, that’s not all the reasons why we won’t read your book, but it’s the major ones.

What about you, what stops you from reading certain books?







10 Things That Get Us in the Mood (to Read)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday, the theme was things that make us instantly want to read a book. There are lots of things that get us in the mood, but we’ve managed to narrow it down for you. (Mostly.) Note that this is a list from both Gracie and I but we’re not saying what belongs to whom. Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.






10 Things That Get Us in the Mood (to Read)


Monsters (and I’m talking proper *creatures*, not vampires and werewolves, thank you!)

If you put a Megaladon, a gigantic Squid, or even just some part of a monster like it’s ferociously intent eyeballs on the cover… I’m sold! Gimme. Gimme gimme gimme gimme.

Demons (or Possession)

Book cover for The ExorcistI may be an atheist, but if you tell me someone’s immortal soul is in danger, and some do-gooder is gonna have to go toe-to-toe with Satan or one of his minions? Let me grab the popcorn and I’m there!

Haunted/Haunting (or Ghosts. Ghosts is a good word too.)

Demons are the ultimate scary, but there’s something deliciously shiver-inducing about a haunted house (or car. Or anything, really.) The creak of a floorboard, the faucets turning on suddenly, a dark figure looming behind you when you look in the mirror. It’s all good. (And by good I mean terrifying, of course.)


Lovecraft / Cthulhu (Coolthulhu!)

Book cover for The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn ProbertIf you didn’t expect Lovecraft or Cthulhu to show up on this list, then you obviously don’t know where you’ve ended up. And you might want to back away slowly. Lovecraft’s mythos is legend, Cthulhu is awe-inspiring, and that is all there is to say about that.




The book cover for We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. TaylorI know, I know, I’m a walking cliche, but I love going into a book knowing I can anticipate a good shoot-em-up happening in space.  In terms of things that get us in the mood to read, you can’t go wrong with a long, strong phallic symbol getting ready to wreck death and destruction on some alien scum! *cough* Or a cute story about an AI named Bob works for me too.



Book cover for Tau ZeroYes, right on the heels of talking about phallic symbols, I’m bringing the word hard into it. However, I’m talking about hard science fiction, of course. So if you thought otherwise, well, we should be friends. That’s all there is to that.


Book cover for Book of CthulhuJust to prove I’m not a lecherous female (most of the time), we’re back to playing it perfectly innocent. I’m always drawn to collections of short stories whether they’re by the same author or a variety of authors. If it’s an anthology that has the words ‘Haunted’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Lovecraft’, or ‘Cthulhu’ in the title then it’s instant attraction.




Book cover for The Laptev VirusOooh, there’s just something about those words that make me happy. I don’t need it to promise death and destruction upon the world, of course (shut up, Coolthulhu Crew). But a breath-taking thriller starring something that needs to be stopped just in the nick of time, preferably by a smart-aleck anti-hero? Mine mine mine mine mine mine! (FYI, Laptev doesn’t have an anti-hero, but it’s still a bloody good read.)


Book cover for Shutter I love photography, so any time there’s a book with a horror or paranormal bent that involves cameras, I’m going to pick it up. I just have to. There’s not even a question about it. (I might pick it up and put it right back down after reading the back cover, but I am, at least, going to lift it from the shelf and cradle it gently whilst I peruse its prose.)


A Great Cover

Book cover for The Red TreeOkay, this isn’t a word or anything like that, but it’s true. There have been times when both of us have picked up a book we might normally not even look twice at just because the cover was so eye-catching. There are books I’ve carried home from the bookstore that I never end up reading, but I had to get it just because the cover was so shiny fantastically well-drawn or conceptualized.

Indie Zone: Talking with Todd Allen

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Author Bio: Allen lives on the East Coast of Canada with two beautiful ladies—his wife Michelle, and daughter, Maya. A lifelong fan of all things horror, Allen released his debut novel, Sacra Obscurum, in 2015. Allen’s second novel, No Greater Agony, was published in 2017. Influenced by the genre greats, M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft, and raised on Stephen King and Peter Straub, Allen aims to deliver his own brand of creeping, cerebral thrillers.


Interview with Todd Allen – Author of No Greater Agony

1. Your first book, Sacra Obscurum, was (in part) about finding a book. And now No Greater Agony is about writing a book. Was it a coincidence that both your novels revolve around books?

Todd Allen: No, I like the idea of dangerous books. Both stories feature books that end up causing a lot of harm. Most households have a shelf full of books or at least a few books kicking around. They’re such a benign presence in our everyday lives. I like the idea of something sinister waiting in our bookcases without us knowing.

2. There’s a little bit of fun in the fact that your second novel is about an author having trouble following up on the success of his debut novel. Did you have a few sleepless nights yourself or was No Greater Agony already in your mind for writing for a while?

Todd Allen: I assure you, my character had a lot more success with his debut than I did! When my first book was published, I decided to devote more time to writing. It can be difficult to strike a balance between time spent writing and time spent with family and friends and on other pursuits. But, you really need to find that healthy balance if you’re going to be the best version of yourself. The main character in No Greater Agony had that same difficulty. He never found that balance and suffered for it.

3. You say that you’re influenced by “the genre greats, M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft”. Where/how/will readers see this influence in your work?

Todd Allen: I believe, if you write horror, you’re influenced by those two whether you know it or not. They are the godfathers of the genre. James’ influence likely shows up more in my published work to date. His stories often feature scholarly men on some quest for riches or knowledge. They inevitably come to a point of no return and when they decide to forge ahead are met with danger. Many of his tales are cautionary and warn of overstepping or taking things too

4. Do you have another novel in the works yet?

Todd Allen: Oh yes. One in the works. One already complete. I’m writing a lot these days.

5. Tell us a little bit about Wabasso, the location of No Greater Agony. Is it based on a real location? 

Todd Allen: A real place inspired the story. I visited there many years ago and the place just kind of stuck with me. The fictional place I wrote about is quite different, though. Both places are beautiful and peaceful and have a bit of a wild vibe, but that is the extent of the similarities. Nothing supernatural ever happened at the real-life place—not to me, anyway.

6. What was the most difficult part of writing No Greater Agony?

Todd Allen: I didn’t really have difficulty writing this book per se. But, I did have some difficulty writing in general. I was supporting my first novel at the time, doing book fairs and literary festivals and launch events. You could say I was entering the writer’s community. I met a lot of writers. I met a lot of readers. I heard a lot of opinions. That was kind of the problem. For a time, I began writing to please other people. I lost sight of why I wanted to write in the first place. The work suffered. Ultimately, I learned to ignore those outside influences. And a lot of pages went in the trash, I am happy to say.

7. What’s your favorite horror movie (or book if you don’t movies) scene?

Todd Allen: Easy. The shower scene from Psycho. It’s fifty-some years-old and still one of the most terrifying scenes on film.

8. What, in your opinion, is the best horror novel to be released in the past 5 years. (And no, you can’t vote for yourself. 🙂 )

Todd Allen: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. I read the first hundred pages or so before bed and had nightmares about Pinhead. That never happens to me. And it just seems like Barker has a lot of fun when he writes. He sure a s hell makes it fun to read.

9. What is it about horror that attracts you?

Todd Allen: People frequently experience fear in one form or another. It’s an unavoidable part of the human condition. I have fears. I fear economic collapse. I fear North Korea and ISIS and Russia. These are everyday fears. When I pick up a horror novel, or watch a movie, I get to express that fear all at once. I can let it go for a time. It’s kind of like a reset for me. It’s therapeutic. Also, it’s just plain fun.

10. Given that you were ‘raised on Stephen King’, what do you think of Hollywood remaking It? Did you like the book? The first movie?

Todd Allen: I cringe a little when Hollywood tampers with any novel, but I have a bit of a soft spot for those old Stephen King movies, It especially. I really like Tim Curry. He was fantastic in the role of Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard will have some giant shoes to fill in the new movie. Pardon the pun.

11. Are you going to try to get an audio version made of No Greater Agony?

Todd Allen: I confess I hadn’t thought about it. It’s a great idea though, so long as I’m not the one reading it. I have a terrible reading voice.

12. What would your coffee cup say about you?

Todd Allen: My coffee cup should bear a warning label: If this mug is running low, duck and cover!

Todd Allen - No Greater Agony - Cover jpg No Greater Agony: Jack Bishop always dreamed of becoming a writer.

That ambition finally became reality with his critically acclaimed debut novel, but following up on that success has proved difficult. For over a year, he has failed to produce a new bestseller and his publisher is losing patience. In a last ditch effort to save his floundering career, Jack is sent to the renowned writer’s retreat, Wabasso Lake, with orders to finish his manuscript in record time.

Jack’s first impression of Wabasso is that of an idyllic place to work, but despite being surrounded by awe inspiring nature and the lovely Kate, a fellow author, he continues to be plagued by self doubt. It is with the discovery of a hidden manuscript that Jack begins to scratch the surface of the retreat’s sinister purpose. As visions of fictional characters inundate Jack’s waking life, he is driven to the brink of madness.

A diabolical intelligence has stirred. Wabasso wants something from Jack, but is he willing to pay that price to achieve his greatest desire?

Buy No Greater Agony now on Amazon.

Shadow Run Review (Young Adult Science Fiction)

Book cover for Shadow RunShadow Run: Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

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The Most Unique Science Fiction and Horror Books We’ve Ever Read

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday’s prompt was an exciting one for us. Considering the variety we come across in reading science fiction and horror, it’s high time we acknowledge these stand-outs. Whether it be for plot or characters, you won’t be forgetting these unique science fiction or horror reads anytime soon.

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.




Lilyn’s Most Unique Science Fiction and Horror Reads

Book cover for Deathworld Title: Deathworld
Author: Harry Harrison
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: The setting. The title of the book should give you a clue. On Pyrrus, everything – from the smallest animals to the very grass itself – is out to kill you. And yet humans are just too stubborn to go live somewhere else. Nature vs Man on an epic level.

Read the review.




Title: Apocalypse Cow
Author: Michael Logan
Genre: Horror / Comedy
It’s unique because of: The zombie cows. Seriously, zombie cows. “Forget the cud, they want blood.” Not only are they zombie cows, but they’re horny zombie cows.

Read the review.




Title: On the Edge of Gone
Author: Corinne Duyvis
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: A young female with autism is the main character in this science fiction novel. Other diverse elements included as well.

Read the review.




Title: Puppet Skin
Author: Danger Slater
Genre: Bizarro Horror
It’s unique because of: The premise itself. When kids reach a certain age, they get turned into living puppets. And then there are things that come from the wood. And a trip to somewhere unexpected, and we can’t tell you more without spoiling it, but you’ll definitely be wanting a strong stomach to read this at times.

Read the review.




Book Cover for the Manhattan Projects Vol 1Title: Manhattan Projects Vol 1
Author: Jonathan Hickman
Genre: Alternate History Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: Albert Einstein doubling as a barbarian badass. This is not the first book, nor will it be the last, to do alternate history with recognizable figures. However, it’s uniqueness lies it’s in its complete lack of giving a flying frog about respecting the reverence with which we traditionally treat major characters in science.





GracieKat’s Most Unique Horror Reads

Book cover for House of LeavesTitle: House of Leaves
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
It’s unique because:  Besides the very different, twisty-turny format with the creative layouts it is also an interestingly multi-layered story. Part of it is told through an unreliable narrator, through meandering footnotes, transcripts of a tape that may or may not exist and letters.





Book cover for EntwinedTitle: Entwined – Tales from the City
Author: A.J. Armitt
It’s unique because: The book is a series of short stories with each successive story tying into the previous one via a character from the preceding story. Sometimes it’s the main character, other times it’s a side or a very minor background character. The tales are woven together very well. They also skim from realism, fantasy, fairy tale and straight up horror. It’s a mix that should not work together well, but they do.

As a side note, I was a little disappointed and is also one of the common perils of reading indie authors. The end previews a teaser for a sequel that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been written yet and I was very interesting to know where else it could go.



Book cover for Shadows in the AsylumTitle: Shadows in the Asylum
Author: D.A. Stern
It’s unique because: I like the way it was set up as a case file with diary entries, newspaper clippings, etc. The transcripts of Dr. Marsh and his patients are interesting in the way it shows his progression into madness and obsession but yet he remains (realistically) oblivious to it. I would recommend buying the physical book.





Book cover for Shock Rock ITitle: Shock Rock
Editor:  Jeff Gelb
It’s unique because: Even though metal and horror often walk hand in tattooed hand it’s very rare to find a novel or even short story linking the two together. It may be more common of late but when I first came across Shock Rock I was ecstatic. A book uniting my two greatest loves! Music and horror. Swoon! (There is also a Shock Rock II but in my opinion Shock Rock I is the better of the two. Not that Shock Rock II is terrible by any means, I just think the first is better.)




Book cover for Emo Bunny That ShouldTitle: The Emo Bunny That Should –  A Story for Demented Children
Author: John H. Carroll
It’s unique because: John H. Carroll’s Stories for Demented Children are a fun spin on the typical children’s books. They take a normal fairy tale type trope and spins it around. My son and I read these together and absolutely loved them. His favorite of the series was Zachary Zombie and the Lost Boy. Another favorite was The Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies.





It’s your turn! What are your most unique books? (They don’t have to be unique science fiction or horror!) Let us know!

2017 Ohioana Book Festival (Bookworms Unite!)

Ohioana Book Festival 2017

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Today was the 10th Ohioana Book Festival. It is held by the Ohioana Library Association, which “was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians.”  The festival celebrates Ohio authors, whether they were both here or moved here. The set up has one main room where authors are available to sign their books, with bookmarks and other promotional material available. Then there are rooms that run the whole day for kids and one for teens. Then throughout the day are a multitude of panels on everything from writing and publishing young reader books to panels on sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.  While not extremely well attended, or particularly large, the atmosphere is fantastic and the panels were perfectly sized.   2017 Ohioana Book Festival

A few of the authors in attendance at the Ohioana Book Festival (and there were a surprising amount!) were: Edith Pattou (East), Tricia Springstubb (Moonpenny Island) from the children’s section. Terry W. Ervin II (Relic Tech) and Leanna Renee Hieber (Eterna and Omega) from science fiction and fantasy respectively. Along with Gary Buettner (Horror – Burial Suits),  Mark Dawidziak (Nonfiction – Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone), Nin Andres (Poetry – Why God is a Woman), Mindy McGinnis (Young Adult – A Madness So Discreet). Again, this was just to name a few. The ballroom was packed with tables, often 2 authors to a table.

We attended three panels. The one on writing and publishing for young readers, and the S/F/Horror panels I mentioned earlier in this post, as well as one on Crime, Punishment, and Political Intrigue. (You won’t hear me mention much about that one because my partner attended it whilst I was in the Young Reader’s panel.)

The Young Reader’s panel was laid back and very informative. Probably the coolest thing about this panel was how it brought home that both writing and publishing experiences for everyone can be so different. For the questions that were asked, each panelist had a different answer. I felt a bit out-of-place as everyone around me had notebooks and pens at the ready to take copious notes. And I just jotted stuff down on my phone. Annnyways…

I asked a question on age range, and how you figure out what age range your writing fits in/or is aiming for. I’ve paraphrased their answers below.

Carmella Van Vleet (Eliza Bing is (not) a Big, Fat Quitter) – “It’s a voice you develop (personally, I’ve found I have a middle-grade voice, or your editors tell you what group your book is for. “

David FitzSimmons (Curious Critters) – “Read your material to the group you’re aiming for. You’ll know if you succeed instantly. Also, my editors (and my wife) have helped me keep things appropriate. They keep scaling me back to where I need to be.”

Anne Vittur Kennedy (The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh!) – “You don’t decide [what your market is]. Editors or publishers do it for you.”

Edith Pattou (East) – “You just tell the story. It decides.”

2017 Ohioana Book Festival

The most interesting thing to come out of the science fiction, horror, and fantasy was the bluntness with the which writing for the genres to discuss. “Understand this, as soon as you write this [scifi, fantasy, horror], you are permanently relegating yourself to the children’s table when it comes to the writing world.” -Mark Dawidziak. (And yes, there was general agreement amongst the other three panelists.) Related to this was the general bemoaning about tags, and how they hamper the truly versatile. (Alfred Hitchcock – Well-known ‘thriller’ director versus Robert Wise, a much more versatile – but much less well-known director). And, of course, hearing the authors talk about their favorite author (considering we had authors from across the board) turned into a love letter to Stephen King.

This panel was one I definitely enjoyed, though I do wish the that the moderator would have taken notes from the moderator of the young reader’s panel, and let the audience ask questions from the beginning and not trying to completely run the show. We managed the young reader’s panel perfectly fine without someone holding our hand, funnily enough. Mark Dawidziak really stood out amongst the panelists. They were all interesting, but Dawidziak came across as charming, irreverent, and very knowledgeable about his subjects.

In regards to the Crime, Punishment, and Political Intrigue Panel, my partner didn’t seem as satisfied by his experience as I was with mine. Most of that he puts down to “People continually asking stupid questions”. But he did say that one of the authors shared an interesting (and scary) experience when they had written a true crime novel about the investigation of a young girl. Apparently, someone made a YouTube video of pictures of the author’s family and stated that he needed to stop what he was doing. That author now writes fiction instead of non-fiction (and who can blame him?!)

Overall, the Ohioana Book Festival was a very pleasant experience. I found that I don’t mind crowds of people if we’re all just there because we love books. We purchased about 6 books total (though admittedly the majority of them were for the kiddo), and enjoyed our brief hit-and-run conversations with a few of the authors. One of the books I ended up purchasing was Mindy McGinnis’ A Madness So Discreet after briefly talking to her about the research that went into it, as well as her main character.

We will definitely be attending this festival in the future!

I would like to take a moment to note that my partner, who said he doubted we should build more bookshelves because “Wouldn’t you just end up buying more books than you need?” purchased more books at The Ohioana Book Festival than I did. And no, I’m not letting him forget that anytime soon. 

Twilight Zone Tuesday – Time Enough at Last

Twilight Zone Tuesday – Time Enough at Last


Henry Bemis – Burgess Meredith
Mr. Carsville – Vaughn Taylor
Helen Bemis – Jacqueline deWit
Mrs. Chester – Lela Bliss
Narrator – Rod Serling

Highlight for Trigger Warning: Nuclear bomb, a dead hand in rubble, thoughts of suicide and holding a gun to his head. Wanton book dismemberment. End Spoiler

We begin in a bank with a bank teller counting out money to the lady at the window. His placard says his name is Henry Bemis. He’s pulling the old trick of reading on his lap (I used to do that in school) while he’s counting out the money. Which we all know is a recipe for disaster.

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5 Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Tales for Kids

It can be hard to get kids to sit down and read classic novels. The wording can be a bit dense, and the descriptions aren’t the most exciting. And often times they don’t even realize that movies they’ve seen and liked were adaptations of classic works.

Luckily, for those of us with little comic book readers on our hands, there are graphic novel adaptations of some our favorite classic novels available. And they’re for kids, too. Maybe we can hook them with these 5 graphic novel versions of classic science fiction and horror tales, and introduce them to the full versions of the stories they like the best? (btw, click on the covers to visit their Goodreads pages)

5 Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Tales for Kids

Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Journey to the Center of the Earth  is obviously a super simple version of the story (I kind of feel it’s missing a bit too much, actually..) But..it is definitely kid-approved. My little monkey caught site of what I was reading, and suddenly we were delving into it together.

She told me: “The only thing that would make it better is if it was longer and they went on another adventure!”

Pages: 32

ISBN13: 9781616412524



Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror

The War of the Worlds is 48 pages long and is a bit more vivid and ‘busy’ than Journey to the Center of the Earth is. It’s been around for a while (how am I just now discovering these?). Its interest level is perfect for 9-12-year-olds.

Pages: 48





Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror I loved the illustrations in this version of The Invisible Man. Definitely my favorite out of the ones on the list. It got the basic story across well, and I could see how it might actually nicely creep kids out a little bit.

Pages: 34

ISBN13: 9781616412517





Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror

Okay, so the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time is considerably longer than the other ones that I’ve mentioned so far. However, I think it’d be totally worth it. The kiddos might not be able to read this one all in one sitting, but you could easily make it a bedtime deal with them.

Pages: 392

ISBN13: 9780374386153




Graphic Novel versions of science fiction and horror classics for kids This graphic novel version of Dracula is novella length and has received lots of positive reviews -including many from teachers for its faithful adaptation of the source work. It’s also got some of the most original illustrations out of this batch.

Pages: 192

ISBN13: 9781402731525

Indie Zone: Talking with Teri Polen

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Teri Polen Author PhotoTeri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com



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Horrors! 365/7 – A Full Year of Horror Week 5

Horrors!  365/7 – A Full Year of Horror     #5

01/28/17 – 02/03/17

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

I will be reading one story each day and a weekly wrap-up review of the seven stories that I’ve read over the week.

If you missed the first post you can find it here.

Let’s see what is around the next page. You never know what may be lurking between the covers…of a book or your bed…

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