The Top Ten Worst Horror Movies of the Last Decade

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Okay, it’s a sad fact that it is far easier to make a list of bad horror movies than good ones. So we tried to make it a bit harder by choosing the absolute worst horror movie from each decade for the last ten years. Keep in mind, this list is only of movies that we’ve actually seen. So, while we’re certain there are some far worse movies out there, these are the stinkers that stood out to us. (And because we’re nice ladies, we also gave you a list of movies to watch instead from those years as well.)

Broke and Bookish are taking a break until August 15th with their topics for Top Ten Tuesday, so we’re going to fill the slot with some movie related lists until they’re back at it!

 

 

 

 


 

The Top Ten Worst Horror Movies of the Last Decade

 

2017

The Bye Bye Man

Synopsis: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.

The stupid. Just..the stupid. That’s all I can say. The only thing I can give them credit for is avoiding the one cliche move with the little girl at the end.

IMDB Rating: 4.3

Watch Instead: Get Out

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2016

The Blair Witch

Synopsis: After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

 I refused to watch this one on principle. And after reading Gracie’s review, I’m damned glad I did.

GracieKat: I loved the original and I was very sad that this was such a mess. It had a lot of potential to it.

IMDB Rating: 5.0

Watch instead: The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

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2015

The Gallows

Synopsis: 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

I still remember how annoying the characters were. Just thinking about this movie makes me hunch up my shoulders and shudder.

IMDB Rating: 4.2

Watch instead: A Christmas Horror Story

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2014

As Above, So Below

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Synopsis: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

Honestly, I know that I watched this one, but I’m pretty sure I was reading a book at the same time, it was so blah.

GracieKat: I generally don’t get sick from the found footage style of movie but this one made me a bit queasy and headachy. The main actress was kind of blah and they really didn’t make as much use of the catacombs as they could have.

IMDB Rating: 6.2

Watch Instead: Deliver Us From Evil

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2013

The Green Inferno

Synopsis: A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

 Oh, lookit, an hour of torture, almost torture, and public humiliation. *yawn*

IMDB Rating: 5.4

Watch instead: Oculus

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2012

The Apparition

Synopsis: A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.

 Everyone said this movie sucked. I was in a recalcitrant mood, so I rented it anyways. Dear god, it sucked.

IMDB Rating: 4.1

Watch instead: Sinister (NOT THE SECOND ONE!)

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2011

Silent House

Synopsis: A girl is trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Look, 2011 sucked in terms of horror movies in general. This one gets this list because a gimmick is not a strong enough reason to make a movie.

GracieKat: Yup. There’s only so many shots you can watch of a girl hiding and covering her mouth that you can watch until you long for a bit of plot to get going. 

IMDB Rating: 5.3

Watch instead: The Innkeepers

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2010

The Nightmare on Elm Street reboot

Synopsis: The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Do I really need to detail all the reasons this movie sucked? ‘Cause…ain’t nobody got time for that.

GracieKat: I…don’t want to talk about it *sniff*

IMDB Rating: 5.2

Watch instead: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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2009

The Human Centipede

Synopsis: A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums.

“You know what would be so disgusting? If a bunch of people were trapped ass to mouth.” “Disgusting means scary, right, dude?” “Yeah, man. Totally means scary!” “Oh, okay. Well, here’s  some money. Make the scary film, dude!”

GracieKat: I never wanted to watch it and the pictures that popped up definitely does not make me regret that decision.

IMDB Rating: 4.4

Watch instead: Drag Me to Hell

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2008

The Eye

Synopsis: A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

 While I am a firm admirer of Jessica Alba’s…well, not her brains or or acting ability … this movie had absolutely nothing going for it. Not all J-Horror flicks need to be Americanized, yeah?

IMDB Rating: 5.4

Watch instead: Pontypool

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2007

The Girl Next Door

Synopsis: Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Torture, brainwashing, child abuse, torture, brainwashing, child abuse. Oh gee, look, more torture, brainwashing, and child abuse. With a side of murder, rape and all that lovely stuff. *eyeroll*

IMDB Rating: 6.7

Watch instead: 28 Weeks Later

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Are there any movies you guys found absolutely uninteresting that we missed? Drop a comment down below. You’re free to try and defend a favorite that we tanked, nicely of course or we will have to sic Coolthulhu on you.

The Best Sci-Fi and Horror Books We’ve Read In 2017 So Far

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This is the big one, the one we’ve all been — Nah. It’s not that one. But what it is time for is our listing of the best books we’ve read so far far in 2017. Gracie and I both picked 5 to share with you. I have to say, counting just books with more than 150 pages, I’ve read 121 books this year, and only a handful of them even got considered for this list. It’s been mostly a ‘meh’ year thus far. I hope the second half is better or the Best Books of 2017 list is going to be seriously difficult to do! Our lists are ranked from least best to most awesome.

As usual, Broke and Bookish are responsible for the TTT prompt.

 

 

 

 


The Top Ten Science Fiction and Horror Books We’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Lilyn’s Picks:

Book cover for Killing Gravity

5. Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

Killing Gravity Synopsis: Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.

Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.

Read my review here.

 

 

 

 

Book cover for When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie

4. When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer

When Worlds Collide Synopsis: A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans. A crackling plot and sizzling, cataclysmic vision have made When Worlds Collide one of the most popular and influential end-of-the-world novels of all time.

Read my review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Kill Switch3. Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

Kill Switch Synopsis: What do you do when the power goes off?

A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out.

Joe Ledger knows how to stop them. He has the names, locations, abort codes. But a targeted EMP weapon kills the electronics aboard his plane. Joe crashes in the deepest and most remote part of the vast rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Joe and his combat dog, Ghost, survive the crash -but they are lost in the wilderness with no weapons and no way to get the information to the authorities.

Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers.

Joe and Ghost may have to kill the innocent in order to save the entire country from falling during a night of darkness and mass murder.

Read my review here.

 

Book cover for Devil's Colony2. The Devil’s Colony by Bill Schweigart

The Devil’s Colony SynopsisThe greatest monster is man. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft and Northwoods comes a chilling descent into the depths of horror and human depravity.

Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée . . . until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance.

Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.” Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.

To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.

Read my review here.

 

 

Book cover for Stone Cold Bastards1. Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible

Stone Cold Bastards Synopsis: Only a rag-tag team of gargoyles stands between humanity and extinction.

Hell has released its ravening horde of demons, leaving most of humanity a puke-spewing, head-spinning mess of possession.

Humanity’s last hope? A team of misfit gargoyles—including a cigar chomping, hard-ass grotesque—come alive and ready for battle during the End of Days. They guard the last cathedral-turned-sanctuary atop a bald knoll in the North Carolina mountains.

Gargoyle protection grudgingly extends to any human who can make it inside the Sanctuary, but the power of the stonecutter blood magic, which protects the sanctuary, may not be enough when a rogue grotesque and his badly-wounded ward arrive.

All the hounds of hell are on their heels. The last Sanctuary is about to fall.

Read my review here.

 

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Gracie’s Picks:

5.  The Minstrel’s BargainRichard Ayre

The Minstrel’s Bargain Synopsis:   ‘A tale of horror, hell and heavy metal.’
Newcastle. 1988….
They say that music is the food of love. Reporter Phil Sturgess would disagree with this. He would argue that some music is the stuff of nightmares. Some music can literally tear out your soul and drag it, kicking and screaming, down to hell itself.
Sturgess loves rock music. He loves it so much he makes a living from it. But when he hears of a band called Minstrel’s Bargain, Sturgess’ life descends into horror. As the city he lives in succumbs to ever more violent and macabre episodes of grisly murders and barbarous acts of self-destruction, Sturgess begins to understand that there is something very wrong with Minstrel’s Bargain. Something very wrong indeed.
With time running out for humanity, Sturgess is threatened with an age old evil. And to stop that evil he is forced to confront the terrifying stranger who has been dogging his footsteps for months. The only question is; will Sturgess do what needs to be done? If not, the souls of millions will be destroyed.
Sturgess has to make a choice. Fight or flight? Heaven or Hell? Live or die? Whatever he chooses, it will be a Devil of a decision.

Read My Review Here

 

 

4. Crow Shine Alan Baxter

Crow Shine Synopsis: The dark fantasy collection features 19 stories, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning “Shadows of the Lonely Dead”; and original title story “Crow Shine” in addition to two other never before published stories.

Read My Review Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Rites of Azathoth Frank Cavallo

Rites of Azathoth Synopsis:  F.B.I. criminal profiler Diana Mancuso doesn’t do field work anymore. Not since a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives. But when notorious serial killer Luther Vayne escapes from prison and resumes his campaign of brutal murders, the Bureau convinces her to take one last case.

To catch him, she must understand him. She must delve into the arcana that fuels his madness, risking her life and her sanity to follow his twisted path.

The trail plunges her into a shadowy world of occult rituals and unspeakable horrors, leading to a secret cabal operating at the highest levels—and a plot to summon the darkest of all powers, to bring forth an evil that does not belong in our world—to enact the Rites of Azathoth.

Read My Review Here

 

 

 

2. The Longest Con Michaelbrent Collings

The Longest Con Synopsis:  Larry Correia. Kevin J. Anderson. D.J. Butler. Orson Scott Card. Mercedes Yardley. 

Would you like to know – I mean, REALLY know – what they’re doing when they go to those fancy comic-cons? Because it ain’t just writing.

See, every year, thousands of people attend comic-cons dressed as monsters.
Of course, you probably already knew that.
But did you ALSO know that…
every year, thousands of MONSTERS attend comic-cons dressed as PEOPLE.

Sure. Nothing could POSSIBLY go wrong there.

Luckily, the con organizers have placed Wardens throughout the conventions. These undercover supernatural troubleshooters are tasked with stopping mayhem before it starts . . . or solving the murders after they happen.

I’M MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS: author of this book, and one of the Wardens. My job is to go to the cons, where I sell book

s, make fans, and kill the occasional monster.

It’s not just me, either. Those authors I told you about, and even more . . . you’d never guess what many of your favorite authors are REALLY up to at the conventions.

Luckily, though, you don’t have to guess.

JUST READ THIS BOOK.

And get ready to have . . . your . . . mind . . . BLOWN.*

* Disclaimer: your mind may or may not be blown.

Read My Review Here

 

1. Wicked Witchesedited by Scott T. Goudsward, David Price and Daniel G. Keohane

Wicked Witches Synopsis:  New England has a rich, dark history with the supernatural. From this region many writers of dark fiction have fueled their stories. One chapter in history has been the stuff of legends and nightmares: the Witch. Look to ancient mythology or your next door neighbor and you will find them, practicing arts both Dark and Light. The New England Horror Writers proudly present a new anthology which pays tribute to those whose ancestors were accused, hung, pressed, drowned, or burned at the stake. Enter these pages, wander the hard roads of Colonial America or modern corporate boardrooms, to face the Witch. Wicked Witches, fiction from New England’s most talented writers: G.D. Dearborn, Barry Lee Dejasu, Peter N. Dudar, Jeremy Flagg, Joshua Goudreau, Catherine Grant, Jan Kozlowski, Patrick Lacey, Izzy Lee, Nick Manzolillo, John McIlveen, Paul McMahon, James A. Moore, Errick A. Nunnally, Ogmios, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Doug Rinaldi, Rob Smales, Morgan Sylvia, K.H. Vaughan, Morven Westfield and Trisha J. Wooldridge Introduction by Penny Dreadful; Cover art by Mikio Murakami

Read My Review Here

Ten Books That Define Me (Us)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Imagine that you could introduce yourself to someone by showing them your bookshelf. What ten books would you put on that shelf that would give people a glimpse into who you are? They might not be all your favorites, but books that resonated with you in some fashion.

The Top Ten Tuesday topic for this week was supposed to be about series you wanted to start. Er, that doesn’t work too well for us since we can’t think of a single series we want to start. So we chose to gleefully derail the train for this week, and instead do something else. But, as usual, Broke and Bookish is responsible for bringing you the topics every week. They can’t help if it if we occasionally don’t listen well.

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These are the Ten Books That Define Me (Lilyn)

Book cover for Stone Cold BastardsThe Book: Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible

The Reason: The violence tempered with humor that pervades the book. I am not someone who screams and shouts when I get upset, but I do have a violent streak that’s only tempered with some very dark humor at times.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

Book cover for The Johnson ProjectThe Book: The Johnson Project by Maggie Spence

The Reason: The logical way the family in the book handle the responsibility of their cure for humanity appeals. Appeals so much. This amount of common sense makes me happy.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

Book cover for The Mammoth HuntersThe Book: The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel

The Reason: This is two-fold. The first is Ayla herself. She’s intelligent yet naive. She has trouble grasping social cues and often wants to just do the thing that it makes sense to her to do. I identify strongly with Ayla. The second is the rich detail that Auel uses to paint her pre-history world. Though I am not one that loves the thick fantasy books, I love sinking into one of these books and living in that pre-history world which is so believable.

 

 

 

 


 

 

The Book: House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

The Reason: Because House of Robots appeals to my inner child on a massive level. This series is pretty much perfect in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Book cover for Naked in DeathThe Book: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

The Reason: Eve and her inability to grasp why the hell humans act so…human. (Are you sensing a theme here?) She’s a complete hardass that’s tormented by her past, and it would be much easier if people just did the logical thing (and also didn’t try to kill each other.) Plus, she’s got a violent streak. Oh, and there’s Roarke, who is pretty much the definition of “Let us engage in act of coitus! Multiple times!” for me.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Book cover for Just One Damned Thing After AnotherThe Book: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

The Reason: I’m pretty sure Markum is my spirit animal. Beyond that, the unbridled enthusiasm that Max brings to anything she’s fascinated with, the absolute clumsiness she exhibits, and the snark that slips out of her mouth on an every-other-word basis. If there was anyone that came closest to being me in book form – it’s Max. With a side of Markum.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

Book cover for MagoniaThe Book: Magonia by Mariah Devanah Headley

The Reason: My daughter. Reading this book will make you understand how love and pain and life and the threat of death can all twine together so closely its almost impossible to tell one from the other.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Book cover for Damocles by S.G. Redling - 10 Science Fiction & Horror Books Written by WomenThe Book: Damocles by S.G. Redding

The Reason: Because it captures one of the primary reasons I love science fiction. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love a good military sci-fi, and a good sci-fi horror fic or flick can never go wrong. However, Damocles is all about the wonder and the possibilities in meeting an alien race. It’s gorgeous and touching and imaginative and… perfect.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

Book cover for The MartianThe Book: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Reason: Watney’s snark coupled with his inability to give up. That’s it in a nutshell. Mostly his snark, though.

The Review.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Book cover for Apocalypse CowThe Book: Apocalypse Cow

The Reason: The puns, the horny cows, it’s all there. If you don’t at least snicker looking at the cover for this book, then I’m afraid we simply don’t stand a chance of being friends.

The Re-Moo Review.

 

 

 

 


 

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The Book: Knight of a Trillion Stars

The Reason: Because it’s proof that I’m female? Nah, this one gets included just because its my favorite book, and I think that even if I can’t ‘identify’ with it or anything like that, the fact that it is my favorite does mean it deserves a place on this list. As long as whomever is looking at my shelf keeps in mind that it’s the only romance book on here. So, y’know, pulling the mooshy-gooshy with me has a slim chance of ever actually working. And I mainly like this book for the *-ahem-*. Well, it’s not for the exquisite plot, I’ll tell you that much. Not exactly a Catcher in the Rye type novel, yeah? Heh.

The Review.

 

 

 


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These are the Ten Books That Define Me (GracieKat)

The Book: Complete Collection of H.P. Lovecraft – H.P. Lovecraft

Reason: This should surprise exactly no one that knows me but I love the Cthulhu Mythos. I love most of the stories that don’t even have anything to do with the actual Mythos (except the Dream Cycle, I just can’t get into those). After getting tired of D. Seuss and Goodnight Moon I started reading Lovecraft to him. Worked like a charm. Plus, I find the deep ocean terrifying. Who knows what could be lurking down there?

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Book: Shock Rock – edited by Jeff Gelb

Reason: I love horror, I love music and I love short stories. Put them all together and hot damn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Book: Out of Tune – edited by Jonathan Maberry

Reason: Ok, this might seem like a bit of a repeat but hear me out. Shock Rock is more about modern music while Out of Tune is based more on folklore and balladry, which is the root of all modern music. Plus, people who talk about modern music being violent and filled with sex have obviously never encountered a murder ballad or raunchy tavern song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Book: A Pleasing Terror – M.R. James

Reason: I love classic horror and a lot of the stories are either completely dark or humorous. James has a knack for keeping his stories can be extremely dark or have slight touches of a dry humour to them that I enjoy very much. I don’t mind a bit of lap-stick comedy now and then but in general I prefer dry, caustic humour that can scorch as easily as it can make you laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 The Book: The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction – Dorothy Scarborough

Reason: I like reading about the history of things. Well, I’ll qualify that. I like learning the history of things I really like. At the end I was making a list of all the stories I wanted to look for. If anyone else has any more that they know of I’d love to hear them because I’ve read all of mine several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 The Book: Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

Reason: I really love Jane Austen and the reason I chose Mansfield Park in particular is because it gets dumped on so much. The heroine isn’t bright and sparkly and witty. She’s quiet, very timid and shy. I can certainly relate. Before I was the dazzling personage you see before you I was very shy with no confidence at all. I like Fanny a lot. Even though she is all of those things listed she also has an inner strength that I find endearing. She doesn’t cave in to peer pressure and does not bow to pressure to marry someone she is not in love with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 The Book: 365 Silver Screams – Bryan Senn

Reason: I love movies. A lot.  If you were to look at my movie shelves that’s almost the only kind of movie I have. I have been falling behind a bit in my movies but I’m very  stuck in my routines and I’m very adverse to change so I like to re-watch things a lot. Which brings me to another thing I love…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 The Book: Silent Hill 2 –  Sadamu Yamashita

Reason: I love video games and of all the different types or genres I love survival horror. They usually have unique stories to them. My first foray into the genre was the Silent Hill series. Silent Hill 3 as a matter of fact. Of them all I love Silent Hill 2 the best. It’s filled with intriguing characters, great music, symbolism and one hell of a twist at the end. I won’t mention it here, suffice it to say that it was the first game to make my jaw hit the floor in shock. If you’re curious, the second game to make me do that was the end of Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.  Thus, my obsession with horror games had begun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 The Book: Dracula – Bram Stoker

Reason: This is one of the first horror novels I ever read and as such it holds a very dear place in my heart. It also got me hooked on vampires. Throughout my teen years I devoured a ton of vampire books, movies and more. I’m not really sure why Dracula has been pegged as the start of the ‘sexy’ vampire (personally, I think Anne Rice holds that dubious distinction). If you really listen to the descriptions he does not sound sexy. At all. Distinguished at times, perhaps but sexy? C’mon! He has stinky breath and hairy palms. And we all know what that means. Don’t even get me started on the movie: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Or, by all means ask, just be prepared for a rant a mile long.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 The Book: The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

Reason: I generally don’t stray too far from my horror zone but when I do I prefer off-beat, somewhat darker titles. It’s a book that has no real conclusion or closure. It’s a bit different in that you know the end from the very beginning but are wondering what happens along the way. There is a ‘captive princesses’ theme with the neighborhood male teens fancying themselves the knights in shining armour. I’m not really sure what genre this book is in. If I had to choose one it would probably be of the avoidable tragedy dramatic variety. It’s also told in a distantly obsessive way that’s interesting to me.


Our Favorite Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This isn’t going to be a TTT that just draws from books. Because, for as much as we read, it’s hard to think of dads in science fiction and horror. At least that aren’t weird or disgusting or, y’know, murderous. And it’s for that reason that we also need to clarify that this list of our favorite dads in sci-fi and horror may not include all blood-related fathers, but also step-fathers, honorary fathers, and father figures. This is also not a list in any particular order.

Psst: As usual, the prompts for Top Ten Tuesday are provided courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 


Our Favorite Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

  1. Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Okay, while I had a seriously skeevy crush on the old man in tweed when I was younger, even I can admit he was also a great father figure to Buffy and the crew. I wanted him for his intelligence and his books. They needed him for everything else. And they got it. Giles stepped up for the crew in a way that no one could have expected, and I loved the family unit that they became, trials and allIcre Cream Gif.
  2. Bobby Singer from Supernatural. Can anyone argue there’s a more awesome father figure out there? Bobby has no obligation to Sam and Dean, and yet he would give his life for them. He loves the kids, comes to their rescue, and has no problem letting them know when they’re being ‘idjits’. And they are. Idjits, that is. Quite regularly. There might have been sniffles involved in the real world when Bobby Singer finally bit it.
  3. Professor X from X-Men. Okay, this is solely based off the movies. And we’re talking the Patrick Stewart Professor X. Not the weird reboot with the dude from Split. But Professor Xavier was awesome. Who didn’t want him to show up at your door, take you to a school where there were others just like you, and teach you to be a super-hero? Okay, he wasn’t perfect, and he was definitely the distant father-figure type, but you knew that he cared and that he was regularly trying to save the world. So totally earns his place on this list.Idits gif
  4. Harry from Silent Hill (game, not movie): While Harry in the movies was a good guy, Harry from the game was an awesome dad in a very strange situation. He and his wife originally found Cheryl after Cheryl was split off from the main girl, Alessa. Harry and his wife adopted Cheryl. After his wife’s death, when Cheryl was 7, they went back to the town of Silent Hill. Cheryl was rejoined with her other half, Alessa. After Alessa was killed she split herself into another baby and gave it to Harry. Harry took the baby, whom he named Heather and raised her until his death, when Heather was 17. So, to sum it up, Harry raised an adopted daughter until she went missing and literally went through hell trying to get her back. At her “death” he raised the baby left with him. Caring for Heather and protecting her from the cult that was trying to reclaim her. On the dad scale he gets a ten from me.
  5. Arthur Kritikos from Thir13een Ghosts. Ok, you can argue whether the movie is good or bad forever but one thing you can’t argue with is that Arthur is a great dad. After the useless nanny runs off with the kids and then gets separated from them, Arthur spends the rest of his time trying to get his family back together. He even leaps through spinning death rings to get to his kids. (Lilyn says: Executive decision – we both think its awesome, so if you don’t, you can go state your opinion somewhere else. Hmph.)

That’s all we have in terms of our favorite dads in sci-fi and horror. Let’s face it, in these two particular genres, good dads are a bit hard to find.  However, there’s some bonus content below this adorable video, so keep reading!

Bonus content: 5 Awesome Men Who Suck as Dads in Sci-Fi & Horror

  1. John Winchester from Supernatural – Okay, the lusty part of me looks at John Winchester and just thinks grownup thoughts, but when I can shove my hormones to the side for a moment, you have to admit, he’s an awesome dude. Sucks as a dad, considering he basically left his kids to raise themselves frequently, or foisted them off on Bobby, but an awesome ass-kicking monster hunter.
  2. Mr. Church from Joe Ledger – His relationship with his (known) child, Circe, tends to consist of “we don’t acknowledge our relationship ever”. And even when people get in on the know, he never goes out of his way to be dad. However, when push comes to shove, he will unleash hell to protect his daughter.
  3. Walter Bishop from Fringe – Crazy, lovable, previously psychotic Walter. He’s a genius, funny as hell, batshit crazy….and absolutely sucks as a father. He gets an A for effort though!
  4. Jack Taggart, Sr.  from Jeepers Creepers 2 – Okay, yeah, he’s not exactly a great dad, but the man does get vengeance for the Creeper’s nabbing his boy for spare parts in fairly epic stabby fashion. I don’t think anyone can disagree how awesome the harpooning of the Creeper is and that’s not enough for him. And then there’s the wheeelchair scene.
  5. Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid – Big Boss may not win any Dad of the Year awards but you can’t deny he’s one kick-ass mercenary. Creating a non-UN nation dedicated to freelance mercenaries takes a lot of time. It also requires the ability to recognize talent. Whether it’s in the soldiering department or brainiacs to create mobilized, nuclear armed mechs. His kids/clones don’t really want to spend Thanksgiving with him (especially after the whole Zanzibar Land incident) but he comes through in a big way for small countries struggling to make it on their own.

 

If you missed our Mother’s Day post(s), you can find them here and here.

Ten Creepy Kids Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this Tuesday’s Top Ten List, we’re going to be looking at ten creepy kids books that I’ve added to my TBR lately. These books aren’t necessarily ones you would find in the kids horror section, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an unsettling look or feel to them! (I feel it only fair to state that I’ve read or am in the proces of reading at least half of these, but technically I *did* just recently add them to my TBR, so it counts! – LG)

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday prompts are brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Covers link to Goodreads.

 

 

Ten Creepy Kids Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

Book cover for Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver – MarcyKate Connolly – Jan 2, 2018 – Purchase on Amazon

The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

The first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology, MarcyKate Connolly weaves a tale filled with shadows, danger, and magic that has the feel of a new classic.

Book cover for The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street – LIndsay Currie – October 10th, 2017 – Purchase on Amazon

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. A secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!

Book cover for GhostlightGhostlight – Sonia Gensler – August 4th, 2015 – Purchase on Amazon

Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.

Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.

As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

 

Book cover for Ghost KnightGhost Knight – Cornelia Funke – May 1st, 2012 Purchase on Amazon

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

 

 

 

Book cover for Time of Blood Time of Blood – Robin Jarvis – July 25th, 2017

Whitby has never been a more sinister and dangerous place to be, and the murdered dead refuse to rest in peace…

Trapped in Whitby’s Victorian past, with no hope of getting home, Lil and Verne must seek a way to destroy the invincible Whitby has never been a more sinister and dangerous place to be, and the murdered dead refuse to rest in peace. Mister Dark, whose malignant presence threatens everyone’s future. Fortunately the two young friends make surprising allies; Nannie Burden – the Whitby witch of the time, Brodribb – a mysterious man of many disguises, the secretive aufwaders beneath the cliff and a holidaying theatre manager called Abraham.

 

 

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Thornhill  – Pam Smy – August 29, 2017 – Purchase on Amazon

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as Ella unravels the mystery of the girl next door.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it’s shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s shadowy past.

 

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The Dead Boys – Royce Buckingham – September 10th, 2010 Purchase on Amazon

There’s a dark side to Teddy’s new town…

When Teddy Mathews moves to Richland, his main concern is making new friends. But something is not right about this quiet desert town: All the boys he meets seem to vanish before his eyes, while the imposing shadows of the giant tree outside his house appear to be hiding more than darkness.

With the branches of the massive sycamore scratching at his window, Teddy’s life becomes a waking nightmare that no one else believes. Can Teddy escape the tree’s terrifying grasp and solve the mystery of the missing boys before he becomes the next boy to disappear?

 

Book cover for I Text Dead People

I Text Dead People – Rose Cooper – June 9th, 2015 – Purchase on Amazon

You can’t block the dead.

Annabel Craven hopes she’ll fit in—maybe even be popular—at the Academy. She’s worried she’ll stay friendless and phoneless (it’s true). But when she finds a mysterious phone in the woods near the cemetery, one of her problems is solved . . . and another one is just beginning.

Someone won’t stop texting her. And that someone seems . . . dead. How is Annabel supposed to make friends when her phone keeps blowing up with messages from the afterlife? And what will happen if she doesn’t text back?

 

 

Book cover for The Ghost by the SeaThe Ghost by the Sea – Eileen Dunlop – December  1996 –  Purchase on Amazon

While a guest at Culaloe, Robin discovers that the spirit of Milly, a young girl who tragically drowned prior to World War I, is haunting the house, and she and her cousin, John, begin a search for answers to the mysterious happenings involving their family.

 

 

 

 

Book cover for The Stone Child The Stone Child – Dan Poblocki – August 5th, 2009Purchase on Amazon

What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?

Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That’s why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a handwritten, never-before-seen Nathaniel Olmstead book printed in code and befriends Harris, who’s as much an Olmsteady as he is. But then the frightening creatures of Olmstead’s books begin to show up in real life, and Eddie’s dream turns into a nightmare. Eddie, Harris, and their new friend, Maggie, must break Olmstead’s code, banish all gremlins and monster lake-dogs from the town of Gatesweed, and solve the mystery of the missing author, all before Eddie’s mom finishes writing her own tale of terror and brings to life the scariest creature of all.

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I know, I know,  there’s not a single Neil Gaiman book on this list. And I didn’t include the Night Gardner. But this isn’t a list of top ten creepiest kids book, but a list of the top ten creepy kids books I’ve added to my TBR lately.

So tell me, what creepy kids books would you recommend I add to my list?

More 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For! (July-Dec)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Back in mid-December 2016, I did a very popular post called 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For. That was a fun list to put together, but it only covered January through June of 2017!  So here is the second edition of this post, put together just to cover upcoming science fiction  and horror releases for July through December of 2017. And of course this time the list isn’t just from me! (Covers lead to Goodreads.)

This post topic was brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Note from Gracie:There were quite a few on the yearly coming out list that are making me drool and making my wallet cringe. Because I wants them my precious…. I have to be upfront about this. There are quite a few from Crystal Lake Publishing in this but it’s not a paid for endorsement in any way. I love anthologies and, let’s be honest, they put out some great ones.

 

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More 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For

Book cover for an Oath of Dogs

An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner – Published by Angry Robot | Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 4th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller

An Oath of Dogs Synopsis: Kate Standish has been on Huginn less than a week and she s already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. But extractions corporations dominate the communities of the forest world, and few are willing to threaten their meal tickets to look too closely at corporate misbehaviour. The little town of mill workers and farmers is more worried about the threat of eco-terrorism and a series of attacks by the bizarre, sentient dogs of this planet, than a death most people would like to believe is an accident. When Standish connects a secret chemical test site to a nearly forgotten disaster in Huginn s history, she reveals a conspiracy that threatens Standish and everyone she s come to care about.”

 

 

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Moon Beam by Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye – Published by Baen – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 4th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Of Interest: Middle Grade Novel

Moon Beam Synopsis: What happens when you get the one thing you wanted most in life? Lonely 16-year-old farm girl Barbara Winton has been following one reality show for years. Then in an instant she goes from fangirl to participant when the call comes from Dr. Keegan Bright: She’s been selected out of a horde of applicants to join him on the Moon.

She’ll be one of his Bright Sparks, six students with expertise in STEM and plenty of their own ingenuity chosen to work with Dr. Bright and given big responsibilities to undertake new projects important to the growth of the colony. Her first task? Build a radar telescope using an entire crater on the far side of the Moon.

But Barbara soon learns that life on a burgeoning frontier outpost like the Moon is a far cry from safe, civilized Earth. The loner from farm country must find a way to weld a functional team out of fiercely independent thinkers. Not only are they a bit trickier to work with than farm robots, not only is the working environment incredibly dangerous—she also has to perform this miracle in front of millions of fans….

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The Devil’s Colony by Bill Schweigart – Published by Random House Hydra – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 11th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror

The Devil’s Colony Synopsis: Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée . . . until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance.

Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.” Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.

To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.

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Dark Light: Dawn by Jon Land (Created by Fabrizio Baccardi) – Published by Forge Books – Picked by GK

Expected Release Date: July 24th, 2017 (Hardcover) – August 1st, 2017 (Kindle edition) | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Dark Light: Dawn Synopsis: With an uncanny ability to survive any combat situation, Max Younger has built a good life for himself as a Navy SEAL. That is, until a rogue rescue operation plunges him back into the past he thought he’d escaped forever.

Waiting for him back home in New York are terrible, long-hidden truths rooted in the tragic death of his father. But the origin of those truths lie further back than that, and Max finds himself ensnared in a sinister plot involving nothing less than the biblical apocalypse.

The explosive conflagration of events reunites him with the only woman he ever loved: Victoria Lewin, a brilliant expert in infectious disease who may be the only one who can stop the spread of a deadly pestilence threatening the planet. Max’s reunion with Vicky comes amid a firestorm being unleashed by forces that date back to the very origins of the universe.

Across the globe, the stage is being set for a final, epic confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Sides are chosen, a fearsome army rises, and the lines between science and superstition become increasingly blurred. Max desperately seeks to discover whether he is fated, under the shadow of the Medusa Strain, to help save the world . . . or destroy it.

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Bone White by Ronald Malfi – Published by Kensington – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 25th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror

Bone White Synopsis: A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims graves, in remote Dread s Hand, Alaska.
It s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.
But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.
And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. . .

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Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter – Published by Harper Voyager – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: August 1st, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Noumenon Synopsis: With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series, the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and told through echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, this is a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy—is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated “Convoy Seven”) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

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Book cover for VOlkVolk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination by David Nickle – Published by ChiZine Publications – Picked by GK

Expected Release Date: August 27th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror

Volk Synopsis: At the dawn of the twentieth century in the Idaho logging town of Eliada, orphaned farm boy Jason Thistledown and black physician Andrew Waggoner came face to face with monsters: the human sort, in the form of American eugenicists seeking to perfect the human race through breeding and culls; and the inhuman, a parasitic species named Juke, that lived off the hopes, dreams, and faith of humanity, even as it consumed it from within.

The year is 1931 . . .

In a remote valley in the Bavarian Alps, the Germanic students of those eugenicists seek to uncover the secret of the Juke and the promise of the Übermensch. In Paris, Dr. Andrew Waggoner enters his third decade of unravelling the mystery of the elusive organism. Jason Thistledown, now a veteran pilot of World War I, gets ready to embark on a new career flying mail and passengers in North Africa and, he hopes, forget the profound horrors that have shaped him.

Soon, they will all have to reckon with one other: a terrible synthesis of those horrors, which moves among humanity with an inexorable and terrible purpose—obliterating and reshaping that humanity until there is only one thing left:

Die volks.

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Cover Coming SoonThe Ghost Club by William  Meikle – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing – Picked by GK

Expected Release Date: September of 2017

The Ghost Club Synopsis: A Victorian supernatural short story collection from Crystal Lake Publishing. As you can see, information on this title is a bit scanty at this time so I will be updating as more becomes available. It caught my eye because of the Victorian era angle on the supernatural short story stood out. Also, The Ghost Club is a story by John Kendrick Bangs in 1894. William Meikle is very good at pastiches of other books from the era (Carnacki: Heaven and Hell) so I’m interested to see what will come of this book.I promise to give a proper synopsis when it becomes available.

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Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns – Published by Saga Press – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: October 31st, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Of Interest: GLBT pairings

Barbary Station Synopsis: Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing is as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury — they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. And it shoots down any ship that tries to leave, so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds. There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough.

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Book cover for Terminal AllianceTerminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines – Published by DAW – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: Nov 7th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi Comedy

Terminal Alliance Synopsis: The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.

 

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Bonus Time!

These books were included on the list because we couldn’t NOT mention them, but for various reasons they didn’t meet the criteria to be listed in the proper list above.

Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales – Various – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: Today! (May 30th)  — This looks so awesome we had to include it, even though it doesn’t fall within the publishing range. Unfortunately, one of the problems when trying to find stuff from smaller presses is that they don’t have their ‘coming soon’ lists out as far in advance as the bigger publishers do. But we were happy to get this!

Genre: Lovecraftian Horror

Of Interest: Re-Imagined fairy tales, Lovecraftian Horror

Twice Upon an Apocalypse  Synopsis: These aren’t your mother’s fairy tales.

Throughout history parents have told their children stories to help them sleep, to keep them entertained. But we’re pretty sure none of those parents had this in mind. These are the fairy tales that will give you and your children nightmares. From the darkest depths of Grimm and Anderson come the immortal mash-ups with the creations of HP Lovecraft.

These stories will scare and delight ‘children’ of all ages!
• Introduction by Gary A Braunbeck
• “The Pied Piper of Providence” by William Meikle
• “The Three Billy Goats Sothoth” by Peter N Dudar
• “Little Maiden of the Sea” by David Bernard
• “The Great Old One and the Beanstalk” by Armand
Rosamilia
• “In the Shade of the Juniper Tree” by JP Hutsell
• “The Horror at Hatchet Point” by Zach Shephard
• “The Most Incredible Thing” by Bracken MacLeod
• “Let Me Come In!” by Simon Yee
• “The Fishman and His Wife” by Inanna Arthen
• “Little Match Mi-Go” by Michael Kamp
• “Follow the Yellow Glyph Road” by Scott T Goudsward
• “Gumdrop Apocalypse” by Pete Rawlik
• “Curiosity” by Winifred Burniston
• “The Ice Queen” by Mae Empson
• “Once Upon a Dream” by Matthew Baugh
• “Cinderella and Her Outer Godfather” by CT Phipps
• “Donkeyskin” by KH Vaughan
• “Sweet Dreams in the Witch-House” by Sean Logan
• “Fee Fi Old One” by Thom Brannan
• “The King on the Golden Mountain” by Morgan Sylvia
• “The Legend of Creepy Hollow” by Don D’Ammassa
So what makes this Lovecraftian Fairy Tales anthology special?
William Meikle: Lovecraft was working on stirring some base emotions in the reader, asking us to reflect on the depth and wonder of the Universe around us. Fairy tales, whether from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or from the oral tradition are a similar means of tapping into something old and primal, and a fusion of both gives us added insight into how archetypes and myth might evolve in an age where the most frightening thing is ourselves.
Armand Rosamilia: The mashup of Lovecraft and fairy tales blended together way too easy. It makes you wonder… Reading through these stories you can see how the two parallel and fit nicely together, especially since the base for Cthulhu mythos and fairy tales are so dark and have that underlying gloom to them.

Why should readers give this horror anthology a try?
Armand Rosamilia: If you love fairy tales or Lovecraft or horror or reading or… There are so many levels to this anthology. So many stories you’ll read and then go back to read the original fairy tale to gain a new perspective on what you remember (or thought you remember) as a child. I went back and read all of the original tales and was a bit creeped out. Adding Lovecraft to the mix only makes it better!

 

 

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Whispered Echoes by Paul F. Olson – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: June 23rd, 2017 (It was so close to the cut-off we had to include it.)

Genre: Horror Collection

Whispered Echoes Synopsis: An ancient voice speaks from the depths of a long-forgotten cave…

As a violent storm rages overhead, the scratching sounds begin in the cellar below…

A man inherits the family talent, but what price does that legacy demand…?

A return to the family homestead brings overwhelming memories, but the darkest memory of all still waits in the ravine out back…

An unassuming tourist quietly strolls through town, leaving devastation in his wake…

A late-night call from an abandoned camp brings a frightened cop face-to-face with his darkest fears…

A wild joyride ends with a surprise reunion and an encounter with the impossible…

A man searches for answers at an abandoned lighthouse and uncovers an unspeakable past…

Listen closely. You can hear them. The whispered echoes of your darkest fears. In this stunning new collection, Paul F. Olson delves into the quiet heart of terror. Featuring eleven long out-of-print tales from the ’80s and ’90s, and the debut of “Bloodybones,” a brand new novella of loss, longing, and chilling horror. With a foreword by Chet Williamson and an introduction by the author, Whispered Echoes abounds with subtle shivers that linger long after the last page is turned.

 

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Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Sub-genre edited by Michele Brittany

Expected Release Date: August 20th, 2017

Genre: Non-Fiction

Of Interest: Movie study and Analysis

Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Sub-genre Synopsis: In sharp contrast to 1960s cinema which created an idolized view of space exploration, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) redefined filmic horror by terrifying audiences with the oppressive nature of space. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror films set in the great unknown, while also inspiring genre filmmakers to take Earth-bound franchises like Leprechaun and Friday the 13th to space. This unique collection of essays analyzes the space horror sub-genre and its rise as a cinematic phenomenon since the 1950s. With a focus on films including Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires, John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars, and numerous others, these essays provide a historical retrospective of the genre’s cinematic journey and an in-depth examination of how genre filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion, and supernatural phenomenons to terrify audiences within the confines of space.

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Cover Coming SoonTales of the Lake: Volume 4 by Various – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: October

Again, not much is known about this title yet and I will update as it comes. I wanted to bring it to your attention because I’ve read volumes 1 and 3 and they were both very solid, good anthologies so I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this volume.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland – Published by William Morrow

Expected Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy

The Rise and Fall of DODO Synopsis: When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.Small Sci-Fi and Scary Divider

Well, there’s our list of books we’re looking forward to for the last half of the year. Where’s yours?! Go on, share!

 

Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this Top Ten Tuesday, the ladies at Broke and Bookish told us to think Summer. Now, they mentioned Summer/Beach reads, but we couldn’t help going in the movie direction. If you have a good imagination, you could easily bring these to life in your head. However, we’d prefer to see them done with a big budget on the big screen! These are sci-fi and horror books that would make awesome Summer Blockbusters.


Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could

 

Assassin’s Code (Joe Ledger #4) by Jonathan Maberry – When I started thinking about this topic, I knew a Joe Ledger book would inevitably end up on the list. The question was which one. Honestly, it was a toss up between Assassin’s Code and The Dragon Factory. While the later books have plenty going for them, these two books stand out for some of the ‘visuals’. Okay, well, Assassin’s Code stands out for the epic arse-kicking Joe Ledger gets at the end, but…  Anyways, with the sheer amount of fight scenes, the race against time to find the nuclear weapons, and Violin, Assassin’s Code would be one of the great book-to-film Summer Blockbusters. (review)

Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible – Okay, so in most people’s worldview, this probably wouldn’t qualify. However, I can guarantee you that there would be lots of us that would line up at the theaters to watch this multiple times. Seriously, with the amount of ‘splodin’ heads and stone monsters going Rambo, it would just be awesome. Of course, you’d need a lot of money to spend on the CGI, but hey, we could just hire Michael Bay! (review)Book cover for When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie

Scooby Apocalypse, Vol 1 by Keith Giffen – Hear me out on this! Yes, they’ve made Scooby movies in the past, and they’ve been less than successful, I know! BUT they haven’t made this Scooby movie! Imagine a world where Daphne kicks serious butt, Velma’s a slightly reformed Dr. Evil, and Shaggy’s a hipster? And actual baddies? Oh, please please please please please!

When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie – Alright, I’m going to admit up front that this one would take some serious work for the film adaptation. It would need either completely updated in terms of timeframe, or they’d have to find a way to make us not fall over laughing at the shuttle if they do the retro-look. However, one of the signatures of Summer Blockbuster films is that the world is at risk. That, and there should be at least one epic destruction scene involved. Well, this book gives you allllll that and more! Perfect Summer Blockbuster material! (review)

Biblical by Christopher Galt – Coming right on the heels of When Worlds Collide, we have Biblical. Biblical would take some CGI magic to make certain scenes transition well, but it would be so worth it! This even already has that perfect WTF ending that will leave you yelling at the screen, and yet strangely pleased. Like all the books I’ve recommended for Summer Blockbusters, it’s not a particularly deep book, but it is a fun one. And while it might not get near Inception-level screwiness, if done right, it could still cause at least a few brain cells to get a work out! (review)


GracieKat’s Choices:

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft – I know there have been a few Lovecraft movies but they vary wildly in quality and quantity. In fact, it’s more common to find successful movies that use his themes than it is to find a decent movie directly from his writings. I think with a bit of tweaking to the narration heavy story and some decent effects this could make an awesome monster-fest of cosmic proportions.

The Night Boat by Robert R. McCammon – I have always, always wanted to see this as a movie. A U-Boat sunk off the shore of a small Caribbean island, dislodged and brought to the surface make for a compelling story. Throw in a voodoo-cursed crew and this could be an awesome, action-packed, zombie hunting good time.

Rites of Azathoth by Frank Cavallo – With a few tweaks to Diana Mancuso’s character this could be one hell of a movie. It has great action scenes and a decent cast of characters. The ending alone I would love to kick back and cheer on with a bucket of popcorn and a few understanding friends that wouldn’t mind a little cheering and booing at appropriate times.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon – Whether it was made directly from the book or games it would be an awesome summer movie to take the kids to. Imagine a bunch of creepy, animatronic animals skulking in a dark, abandoned theme restaurant? Creepy to the max and a rip-roaring good fun for the whole family. Well, perhaps PG-13 and over family fun perhaps, depending.

The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert – Ok, you’re probably noticing a theme by now. This book though would make an excellent movie. From the top to the bottom. They could employ different styles throughout and with some awesome effects their ‘trip through’ at the end would be insanely awesome. And it would be one hell of a trip.

10 Sci-Fi & Horror Books We’d Give Our Moms

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Well, for Mother’s Day, Lilyn already did a post on Awesome Moms in Kidslit , but we think we still managed to pull together a pretty good post for Top Ten Tuesday. Instead of talking about moms in literature, we’re going to talk about literature we’d give our moms. And by that we mean the science fiction and horror books we’d give our moms, because we got our twisted glee in science fiction and horror from somewhere and they’re both to blame.

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

 

 

 


Lilyn: So, my moms tastes are pretty similar to mine in a lot of ways. At least when it comes to horror, paranormal mysteries, and supernatural thrillers. I got her hooked on the Joe Ledger series, and now she buys the books before I do! Mother’s Day should be about giving your mom things you know she’d like, not things you want her to like, so I combed through my list and came up with 5 books I’ll end up buying my mom because I know she’ll love them.

  1. The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series by Jodi Taylor – I get at least half of my sense of humor from my mom (the other half is a product of my own twisted life). She’s not nearly as sarcastic as I am, but I crack her up when I get going. So, I know she’ll love The Chronicles of St. Mary’s with it’s bawdy charm, British humor, and occasional kick in the feels. – Review
  2. Alien Contact for Idiots by Edward Hoornaert – So, before I read science fiction and horror, I read romances. And the reason I read romance books was because that was what my mom read, and I was a voracious little bookworm even as a kid. (Side note: Now that I have an 8 year old who is an advanced reader herself, I realize how truly odd I was as a kid. Wow.) Alien Contact for Idiots is a witty, hilarious romance, so I know my mom would get a kick out of this book. – Review
  3. The In Death series by J.D. Robb – I just realized I’ve never shoved these into my mom’s arms. I don’t know how she hasn’t read these yet! Gah! I am a bad, bad child because these are right up her alley. Yes, they’ve got a science fiction edge to them, but mom would love them for the romance and the ass-kicking. And in these books you can always count on the romance and ass-kicking. – Review
  4. The Devil You Know by Mike Carey – She’s as bad as I am for drooling over paranormal/supernatural-themed books and movies. I definitely got my love of ghosties and ghoulies from her. Combine the paranormal aspects with a good thriller featuring a sarcastic protagonist? I know she’ll love it. – Review
  5. The Dark Man by Desmond Doane – A very well-written series that, although it lacks the romance angle my mom likes, would appeal to her love of creepiness. It never ventures into gore, and it’s very atmospheric. Considering this is the woman who let me watch Poltergeist waaaaaaayyy too young, I wouldn’t be surprised if she went crazy over it and ordered the rest of the series. Review

 


GracieKat: My mom introduced me to Stephen King at age ten. Also a plethora of horror movies, just as long as I covered my eyes during sexy times. Blood, guts and the unorthodox use of a crucifix were fine but a little nookie? Nope. By the way, it wasn’t until I was about fourteen that I actually realized exactly what Reagan was doing with that…and instantly clenched my legs. So, safe to say, I got my love of horror from her. Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were my first forays and I’ve never really gotten over the addiction to short story collections.

  1. Pandora’s Children (Volumes One & Two) – Two great short story collections that while I was reading them I couldn’t help but want my mom to read them, too. They remind me quite a lot of early Stephen King short stories but not so imitative that they’re absolute copes. Fotoshop of the Gods is an excellent homage to King and I think she’d love them.
  2. Shadows in the Asylum – My mom likes uniquely formatted books as well and the layout of this book is interesting, laid out like a doctor’s file with clippings and diary entries. I would get her the physical book though. Part of the fun is feeling like they are real and the e-book version just doesn’t cut it.
  3. Heart-Shaped Box – As I said, my first horror that my mother and I shared was Stephen King was Stephen King so I really think she would at least like to give a book by his son a shot. Heart-Shaped Box is one of my favorites by him so I really think she would like it as well.
  4. House of Leaves – Another very unique book that I believe she would like very much. It seems rather daunting at first but she keeps eyeballing it so I’m guessing that one day I will get her a copy of her own.
  5. Shock Rock – Along with my love of horror my mother also was the first to awaken my interest in music. The radio was always on to the rock station when I was younger so I think she’d really like this book. It has a mix of two of the things we both love best.

To Whom It May Concern: The Wistful Readers Wishlist

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday the topic was to talk about our reading wishlist. Not specific titles or anything like that. No, this is more concerned with things that we’d like to see more of in the books that we read. This was an interesting one to think about because lately when we’ve been reading, it has been case of wanting ‘more’ of something. Now we have a chance to directly address it without ragging on any one book in particular.

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

 

 


The Wistful Readers Wishlist

I want more mental health diversity in my science fiction and horror books. There have been a handful I read where a character’s mental makeup had a significant impact on the series, and I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for all sorts of diversity in what I read, but I really want to see more authors tackling the effects of mental disabilities and illnesses on a plot line without them being the cliche.

I want more science fiction for young readers! Trying to find more than a handful of books for my eight year old to read in the science fiction genre (which she loves) is a colossal pain in the butt. It seems like its comic books, House of Robots, or nothin’. And for kids younger than that? Hah! You get the token robot book every now and then.

I want more graphic novels like the Saga series. They’re not super-heroes, they’re not even regular heroes, and they’re flawed without being tragic. They’re all smart-asses, the lot of them, and the quips have me snorting in inappropriate places. Also they’re written for adults. These aren’t books that have an ageless appeal. These are books that will have you slamming the cover shut if your kid tries to peek over your shoulder. And that’s fun.

I want more books where the bad guy wins. I don’t get this obsession people have with ‘happy endings’. Sometimes its more fun if the protagonist doesn’t survive. If good doesn’t triumph over evil. Sometimes you want to watch someone try desperately to save the world, and the world burn anyways!

I want more science fiction and horror by non-English writers. My recent foray into Mexican science fiction made it clear that it’s not easy to find work from other countries. Not only do I want a chance to read it personally, but I want to start highlighting work from these writers on the site. I just have to find them first!

I want more post-apocalyptic books where humans aren’t the real monsters. C’mon, y’all, can we please bring the scary back? I read to escape the fact that humanity is a bucket of bodily waste fermenting in the sun. Give me scary actual monsters, please!


I would like to see less ambiguous horror. Sometimes I just like a straight up good vs. evil battle to the end. Whatever the end may be. It doesn’t necessarily have to be good always wins in the end but sometimes it’s nice for the battleground to be clear.

I would also like to read a thriller now and then that has decent detectives. I mean ones who aren’t drunks (yet still somehow manage to be brilliant), are incompetent and unhinged but somehow miraculously able to pull the case together because they’re just that good.

I’d like to see anthologies that are based on source material that stays a little closer to the source material. Sometimes it feels like some authors take the opportunity to just dump some random crap into it without any thought or referencing it in any meaningful way.

Please, please more anthologies or books using the King in Yellow. I love the original stories. The books and stories are usually better than the original source so I would like to see more, please.

This is more of a book/YouTube/Audible thing but I’d like better readings of older material. I love classic horror and with so many new/old ones being re-printed all the time I’d love to see more professionals tackle them. LivreVox has some good ones but they stick mostly to the more well-known ones and the quality varies from reader to reader.

Thus concludes our Wistful Reader Wishlist.

What about you? What is on your list?

Horror – Beauty of the Beast

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This isn’t exactly an official Top Ten Tuesday list. Lilyn had that covered with her sexy lemur and lizard people so there was very little for me to add. However, since I can’t help but throw in my two cents (or a severed limb or two) I thought I’d make a sort of companion piece to hers.  The horror genre needs a little eye candy itself from time to time, since said eyes are usually squished or melted or something equally gooey. So enjoy a bit of human (or otherwise) flesh that isn’t twisted or bent out of shape but instead dark and beautiful. Since the broody figures that grace the covers of horror tend to be all by their lonesome (I guess it’s hard to cuddle when your other half has been eaten by a werewolf)  I’ve separated them into three women, three men and three with…different tastes. Plus a bonus one just for me. Enjoy!

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Gory’s the New Sexy –  The Lethal Ladies

        

Come to the Cemetery – I like the red against the crypt in the back. It might be a bit simple and the cloak a bit Red Riding Hood but it stands out nonetheless.

Children of Roen – I honestly couldn’t help myself. The wings and clothing are so fluid looking that they enhance the beauty of the sole figure on the cover. It looks a bit lonely and bleak.

The Dead House – The cover links to a different cover. The cover shown was for a preview version but the official cover is so plain I honestly don’t understand why they got rid of this beauty for the current cover.

 

Try to Understand, He’s a Magic Man

(Please someone get that reference so I don’t feel too old. Pretty please?)

         

Carnacki: Heaven and Hell – I’ll freely admit I have a bit of a crush on the character of Carnacki. While this isn’t exactly how I pictured him but it’s fairly close (if you’re curious I pictured him a bit more rugged and clean-shaven…where was I again? Oh yeah, ahem, back to the list).

Arson  Mr. Arson certainly has a ‘smoldering’ look to him but if he can’t control the fire at his fingertips, things might get a little…warm in certain areas.

Critique – I honestly put this in just so I could make this joke: Christian Gray called, he wants his mask back. Lame, I know but I’m so glad to have gotten it off my chest to inflict on all of you. You’re welcome. Could’ve been worse. I could have made a Yu-Gi-Oh! joke and totally revealed my complete nerdiness.

Creepy Characters Need Love Too

           

Aberrations – Even though almost all of these characters are alone, this guy can take care of himself. And that’s all I’m going to stay about that.

Beckon the Dark – Even though they have each other I’m sure her hair can take on whatever evil may befall them.

Beneath – Even though it’s a little hard to see what the guy actually looks like under the hood, the tongue brings up so many possibilities. I’ll let you guys figure them out.

 

Last but not least…

Oh c’mon, you knew I’d work him in somewhere. The Elder Gods need some lovin’ too. Although I’d rather not imagine the mechanics of that.

 

I’d love to see some horror covers that get your hearts racing (or at least elicit an appreciative whistle). Feel free to link to your posts or just drop a Goodreads link in the comments section if you want!