The 2017 Horror Reading Challenge Home Stretch

Here we are at the next Horror Reading Challenge check-in! We’re in the home stretch of 2017, so I hope everyone got plenty of reading done for October, or at least has some planned for November and December.

Even if you are a bit behind, don’t give up! Sometimes annoying reality intrudes and we don’t always have the time we could wish for to read as much as we’d like. So, how is everyone doing? And remember, its perfectly okay to go back and re-read books you’ve already read before!

Please let us know how you guys are doing. If you need any suggestions just give Lilyn @scifiandscary or I @areyouscaredyet on Twitter. Between the two of us we cover quite a wide variety of horror so I’ sure we’d have something you’ll enjoy. Or drop us a comment down below!

How are you doing so far this year?



 Nervous Neophytes: You signed up to read up to 7 books

At this point you should have read at least 5 books.





  Intrepid Initiates: You signed up to read 8 – 15 books 

At this point you should have read at least 7 books.





  Omniscient Oracles: You’ve signed up to read 20 – 25 books

At this point, you should have read at least 15 books.

Lilyn is happy to report she’s blown this out of the water, and stopped counting at around 30 books!



IF the link for some reason doesn’t work, just comment below! And remember, this is good for both November and December, so keep coming back! You don’t have to wait and list them all at once.

2017 Horror Reading Challenge: We’re Baaaack!

For anyone that was wondering whether or not the Horror Reading Challenge will be going on as usual, never fear! Well, I suppose getting scared is the point so…

There have been a few changes but the root of the challenge remains the same!

2017 Horror Reading Challenge

First of all are the Challenge Badges, which you will win by completing the highest number of books for that level. I will list them below and they will be e-mailed to you at the conclusion of the challenge.



Neophyte of Coolthulhu’s Temple:  Read and review 1-7 horror books to receive the Neophyte badge

Initiate of Coolthulhu’s Temple:     Read and review 8-15 horror books to receive the Initiate badge

Oracle of Coolthulhu’s Temple:       Read and review 20-25 horror books to receive the Oracle  badge

MYSTERY BADGE     Read and review 50+ horror books in the 2017 Horror Reading Challenge to receive a special Coolthulhu-approved badge demonstrating your tentacly-awesomeness.

2017 Horror Reading Challenge Neophyte Badge2017 Horror Reading Challenge Initiate Badge2017 Horror Reading Challenge Oracle Badge


There Are Rules to This Game…

 This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2017-December 31, 2017. (Yes, we’re back-dating it so horror books you’ve already read this year count.)

 You can join at any time before August 1, 2017.

 Books must be read and reviewed in 2017.

 Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and cross-overs are fine.

 You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.

 Sign up on the designated link below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting us know what your personal goal is.

 Link up your reviews each month via the provided link. (We will be doing a monthly challenge update for everyone to list up on.)


Come join the Coolthulhu Crew and see how brave you really are!

Use hashtag #CoolthulhuCrew on Twitter!

Remember, you do have to officially sign up before August 1, 2017 so link up below to sign up and enter the challenge.


2016 Horror Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

The 2016 Horror Challenge has finally come to an end. I’ve got the details for the Rafflecopter entry below, but first here’s how my personal challenge went.

I was aiming for the Horror Hound badge, which was 16+ books.

I read:109

That’s too many to even think about listing with their covers and or linking them up, but I’ll just do a quick test list of them.

The horror books that I read this year (from first to latest, and including short stories):

Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates, The Little Death by Dawn Buckner, Little Cuts by HMC, The Soul Collector by Glenn J. Soucy, Badwater by Mitch Sebourn, Z-Minus 1 by Perrin Briar, The History Major by Phillip Michael Cash, Night Terrors III by Theresa Dillon, The Moon in Your Eyes by Adrian Lilly, Straitjacket by Terry King, The Thing That Knocks by Duke Thompson, Awaken: A Vampire Horror Story by Zach Bohannon, Experiment 26 by David Gallie, Confessions of a Monster Hunter by Eric Guindon, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below by Donald G. Firesmith, The Screaming by David Graham, You Have Been Murdered and Other Stories by Andrew Kozma, Life after the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair, World War Moo by Michael Logan, Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan, Hell House by Richard Matheson, The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke, Anywhere but Here by Jason D. Morrow, The Thirteenth Child by David Dean, Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler, The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, Blackout by Tim Curran, Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton, Rushed by Brian Harmon, Nightmare Man by Alan Ryker, Shutter by Courtney Alameda, Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard, Dr. OZ of Z-Industries by Jay Wilson, The Binding by Nicholas Wolff, Floor Four by A. Lopez, Jr, The American Dream by Jonathan David Jackson, Night Show by Richard Laymon, Sick by Christa Wojo, In the After by Demitria Lunetta, The Zyne Project by Sara Brooke, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Takers by Ann Swann, Reviver by Seth Patrick, Mercy by T. Fox Dunham, Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie, H20 by Virginia Bergin, Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright, Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz, The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker, Pure Evil by Jesse Bastide, The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor, A Walk on the Darkside by Corinna Underwood, Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, Dwelling by Thomas S. Flowers, The Express by R.K. Howard, Mother’s Boys by Daniel I. Russell, The Mark of the Shadow Grove by Ross Smeltzer, The Demonists by Thomas E. Siegoski, As the Blade Cuts by Eric Kapitan, Child of the Dead by Sara Brooke, Fallow Ground by Michael James McFarland, 3 Gates of the Dead by Jonathan Ryan, One Who Saw by A.M. Burrage, Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry, Zombie Park by Mark Cusco Ailes, The Dark Man by Desmond Doane, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, The White Night by Desmond Doane, Casualties by Dev Jarrett, The Haunting of Pitmon House by Michael Richan, Fury by Joan De La Haye, By Summer’s Last Twilight by Robert J. Stava, And Darkness Waits by C.K. Post, Chiral Mad 3 by Michael Bailey, Moving In by Ron Ripley, Guns, Gods & Robots by Brady Koch, Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain, Medicine for the Dead by Ambrose Ibsen, Mirror Image by Michael Scott, Below the Ice by Eric S. Brown, The Fireman by Joe Hill, Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole, Sage Courage by Heather McLoud, Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser, Land of the Hoosier Dawn by Nick Younker, Monstrum by Ann Christopher, Ancestor by Scott Sigler, Seed Me by Konn Lavery, Veterans’ Affairs by Joseph Hirsch, Chills by Mary SanGiovanni, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, The Mist by Stephen King, The Containment Epiphany by Vincent B. Moneymaker, The Belly of the Beast by Desmond Doane, Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh, Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight by Don Bassingthwaite, Infected by Gregg Luke, Shadow’s Embrace by A.I. Nasser, Blackwater Val by William Gorman, Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt, The Feast of All Souls by Simon Bestwick, Sunfall: Season One by Tim Meyer, Skitter by Ezekiel Boone, Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi, Sandman by William W. Johnstone, Sawfish by Rick Chesler, Sarah by Teri Polen, and finally First Contact by Kat Green.

My reading challenge next year is to actually read less books than I read this year.

2016 Horror Reading Challenge

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Grab the badge that correlates to the final number of books you

read for the challenge this year. (Just save and upload to your blog.)

Running Scared badge: 1-5 books
Brave Reader badge: 6-10 books
Fearless badge: 11-15 books
Horror Hound badge: 16+ books

2017’s Sci-Fi Reading Challenges

So, I’m hosting some sci-fi reading challenges for 2017!!

These sci-fi reading challenges were originally conceived as personal challenges. I simply wanted to push myself to expand my knowledge of science fiction works. Both old and new. However, talking about them with friends made it obvious that at least a few people were interested in joining in with me.

These challenges do have the chance of winning a small prize accompanying them, but they are really just for personal edification.

I do have a Goodreads group set up for these challenges, but you are not required to join. I just figured it would be a good way to keep track, plus to be able to talk with others about the books as you’re reading them.

There are two to choose from and there is one big deviation from the norm in how the challenges are run.

The Deviation: For both challenges, you have a set number of books you can take a pass on after you read to the 33% point. I truly believe that there are too many good books out there to waste your time on a bad one. I also know people have different definitions of a bad read. Now, this isn’t an excuse to read every book only to the 33% mark. (I give you a limited number of passes to avoid this being a problem.) However, if there’s a few that you just can’t stand, this will let you get over them with them STILL counting towards your read books.

Challenge #1rocketshipbadge Sci-Fi Reading Challenge

Decades of Sci-Fi

Scroll down to the bottom to enter the challenge.

This is the most straightforward challenge. 12 books, 1 a  month, 1 for each decade back to 1900.

They do not have to be read in any particular order, though I think there might be some fun in starting with the oldest and working forwards. (Links go to Goodreads.) I tried avoiding duplicates, but in the earlier sci-fi, it’s hard! Especially as I tried to choose books that were fairly easy to get your hands on.

You may DNF 2 at the 33% mark.

  1. In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells
  2. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  3. The Clockwork Man by E.V. Odle
  4. Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  5. What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown
  6. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  7. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  8. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
  9. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  10. Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
  11. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  12. Blindsight by Peter Watts

Chance to Win: 

Everyone* who completes the challenge  gets entered to win $15.00 in books of their choice from

(*age 18+, legal resident of the US)

Challenge Ends: Dec 31st, 2017.

Participants have until Jan 15, 2018 to confirm  their completion.

Winners will be announced January 19th, 2018.

**You must have some way for me to verify completion, whether it be a page on your blog where you’ve kept track, Goodreads shelf, or an entry in the Goodreads group if you wish to be entered to win the prize**


Challenge #2wiredintoscifi-1 Sci-Fi Reading Challenges

Wired into Sci-Fi

This challenge was inspired by Abe Book’s 50 Essential Sci-Fi Novels list.

Scroll down to the bottom to enter the challenge.

This challenge has 3 levels. Dabbler, Dreamer, and Connoisseur .

Choose a tier to aim for, and read an appropriate number of books from the Wired Into Sci-Fi bookshelf/list below.

Dabbler– Read 10 out of 30 of the Wired Into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 2 times, and still have it count as a read. Any more after that, you must select an another book from the list to read instead.

Dreamer – Read 20 out of 30 of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 5 times, and still have it counted as a read. Any more after that, you must select another book from the list to read instead.

Connoisseur – Read 25+ books of the Wired into Sci-Fi Books. May DNF at the 33% point 7 times. Any more after that, you must select another book from the list to read instead.

Should you read all 30 books, you don’t get a special prize, but you will know you are completely awesome.

  • You may note that most of these books are fairly well-known. That’s a deliberate choice, as they’re meant to be ones that are accesible. Not books you have to pay 15 or 20 bucks to get your hands on.
  1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  2. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1 by Douglas Adams
  4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  6. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
  8. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  9. Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
  10. 1984 by George Orwell
  11. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  12. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  13. Ring Around the Sun by Cliffard D. Simak
  14. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  15. The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
  16. When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie
  17. The Death of Grass by John Christopher
  18. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  19. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  20. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  21. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  22. Make Room! Make Room! by Henry Harrison
  23. Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan
  24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  25. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  26. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  27. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  28. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  29. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  30. Life by Gwyneth Jones

Chance to Win: (*age 18+, legal resident of the US)

Tier One:  A e-copy of Sci-Fi & Scary’s favorite science fiction novel.

Tier Two: Prize pack of 3  indie pubbed sci-fi novels that have received at least a 4* rating from Sci-Fi & Scary.

Tier Three: $25.00 GC to

Challenge Ends: Dec 31st, 2017.

Participants have until Jan 15, 2018 to confirm  their completion.

Winners will be announced January 19th, 2018.

**You must have some way for me to verify completion, whether it be a page on your blog where you’ve kept track, Goodreads shelf, or an entry in the Goodreads group if you wish to be entered to win one of the prizes**

Want to join the group? Click the big g!



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