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Post by Vanessa » Sat October 18th, 2008, 10:44 pm

I'm just about to start The Evil Seed by Joanne Harris, which is supposed to be a ghost story/creepy read! It's her debut novel which has recently been republished. She also wrote Chocolat.
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Post by Ash » Sat October 18th, 2008, 10:59 pm

I don't like to be scared (which is why my parents forbid me to watch Outer Limits - I had nightmares for a week), so rarely read Horror or the Macabre (sp?). But there are a few books that are supposed to be spooky, that I just found amazingly well written and entertaining: Ghost Written by David Mitchell, the short story collection Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, Asylum by Patrick McGrath (I actually have enjoyed all of his stories), Make Death Love me and Unadapted Eye by Ruth Rendell.

Devil's Seed reminds me of another spooky one: Bad Seed. Don't see the movie with its Hollywood ending. Read the book. Alone in the house

When we were 12 or so, my best friend and I read a series of spooky short stories. One was about a night at the fair, with a very spooky clown. The image on the cover has stayed with me all my life. I'm not afraid of clowns as some others are, but I've seen enough movies to know that clowns are not always happy golucky creatures....( Lon Chaney was a sinister clown in many silent movies)

Halloween for me is not to be scared, but to enjoy the fall season, and to have fun. Its really a kids holiday for me, so we have great fun at school (fortunately I do not live in a place that bans the celebration - yet)

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Post by Ash » Sat October 18th, 2008, 11:02 pm

[quote=""Michelle2""]I hope to read Dracula around Halloween. I haven't read it before![/quote]

Don't forget to read Frankenstein as well; I was amazed, when reading it for a book group, how many levels and themes it had.

Oh, favorite Dracula movie that I was tricked into seeing (I love silent movies) - Nosferatu.

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Post by Misfit » Sun October 19th, 2008, 12:16 am

[quote=""Divia""]I wasnt overly fond of Dracula. If I remember correctly its told in letter format.[/quote]

I'd rather read about the real thing. The Travel Channel has an episode on Vlad Dracula and I found it quite fascinating.

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Post by nona » Sun October 19th, 2008, 12:29 am

[quote=""EC2""]I love Disney's Hocus Pocus - See Sarah Jessica Parker in an earlier role as one of the witches.* I can watch the scene at 'Master's House' again and again.Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp is a great one too.* I like scary but not too scary![/quote]I love Sleepy Hollow, Depp was perfect for that role and so was Ricci. Hocus Pocus was such a cute Halloween movie.

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Post by nona » Sun October 19th, 2008, 12:32 am

[quote=""Ash""]

Oh, favorite Dracula movie that I was tricked into seeing (I love silent movies) - Nosferatu.[/quote]

Has anyone seen The Dark Prince:the true story of Vlad Dracula, Oh I love it history and myth!

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Post by diamondlil » Sun October 19th, 2008, 12:40 am

CC Humphreys has a new book out about Vlad.

CW Gortner interviewed him about it recentlyhere
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Post by Ash » Sun October 19th, 2008, 1:06 am

I forgot about Sleepy Hollow, another childhood favorite. The cartoon was on every year. We were in Hudson Valley a few summers back and got to see Irving's house, called Sunnyside, which was interesting.

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Post by nona » Sun October 19th, 2008, 1:27 am

[quote=""diamondlil""]CC Humphreys has a new book out about Vlad.

CW Gortner interviewed him about it recentlyhere[/quote]

thanks for the link, and another good book by the look of it.

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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
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Post by Vanessa » Sun October 19th, 2008, 12:49 pm

Has anyone read Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian? I'm sure that mentions Vlad the Impaler! I actually loved this book which seems to be a bit of a marmite book - you either love it or hate it.

My current read, The Evil Seed by Joanne Harris, is a good one for this genre. I think it's a ghost come vampire story. I'm enjoying it so far. It's a book which has been republished recently. It was out of print but due to readers asking for a re-issue, JH eventually did a small re-edit and voila! Apparently her mother hated the book.
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