Poll: Which Picture Creates the Best Sense of Atmosphere?

For this week’s poll, I’d like to know which picture you feel creates the best sense of atmosphere. Does one of the pictures invoke a stronger feeling or response than the others?

The results of last week’s poll are as follows:

What Do You Find Scarier? 
Having the feeling that someone is watching you, when you believe you are alone. 33.33%    
Waking up in the middle of the night with the feeling that someone – or something – else is in the room with you when you should be alone. 33.33%   
Having an instinctual fear reaction, like the hair raise on the back of your neck, without knowing why. 16.67%    
Realizing that the sounds of nature around you have stopped when you’re walking in the woods by yourself. 16.67%   

Poll ~ What Do You Find Scarier??? 👻☠️🧛💀🦇               

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In the spirit of Halloween, I want to know what you find scarier:

 

Thanks for your participation, and if you have an idea for a poll that you’d like to see posted, please let me know in the comments section below!

The results of last week’s poll are:

Who is the best female villain? 

  1. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates in Misery) 33.33%
  2. Other: View 33.33%
  3. Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl) 16.67%
  4. Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar – Cruel Intentions) 16.67%

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Who is the Best Female Villain?

It’s my favorite time of year and I wanted to do something Halloweeny (it’s an actual word, an adjective-who knew!) for this week’s poll. Naturally, I started think of the best villains. Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface . . . notice a theme here?

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The most common villains are from horror movies. If you do a Google search, you’ll also get plenty of other villains, from gangsters to terrorists, but they’re almost all male. If you search specifically for female villains, they’re mostly from fairy tale, Disney, super hero and comics movies.

What’s going on here? I don’t think we as a culture shy away from portraying women as villains, but it does seem that they aren’t taken as seriously as their male counterparts. So this week I’m asking who you think is the best (realistic) female villain. Feel free to add your own if your pick isn’t represented!

 

The results of last week’s polls:

Which situation would you least like to find yourself in?
* On the side of an empty stretch of highway miles from anything with a broken down vehicle and no cell reception. 45.45%  (5 votes)  
* Any location where I was isolated and by myself with no way to communicate with others. 45.45%  (5 votes)  
* Spending a night in a derelict house believed to be haunted, all by yourself but with a working cell phone. 9.09%  (1 votes)  
* A ski lodge cut off from communicating with the outside world by a blizzard. 0%  (0 votes)  

* An Island resort cut off from communicating with the mainland due to unknown circumstances. 0%  (0 votes) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Bradbury #ShortStories #BookReview

18305955Ray Bradbury was nothing if not prolific. An American author and screenwriter who dabbled in a variety of genres, he’s sure to have written something for everyone.

This anthology was certainly an eclectic mix, and I feel like it gives the reader a good idea of who Bradbury was as a whole, from his likes (Stan and Ollie), to his dreams (flights to Mars), his moral views, his faith, his time spent in Ireland, memories of his boyhood, and everything in between, this man must have always been writing.

Which is why I read this book. Each story didn’t just give you insight into the author, but also his method. The ways in which he made you identify with his characters, his tricks for endearing them to you, investing you in the story and making you care about the outcome even if the story itself wasn’t something you’d normally read. (And let me tell you, I am not a huge sci-fi fan, yet probably 500 pages of this book was about space travel and Mars colonization and a myriad of other subjects I’d usually avoid, and yet I kept reading!) 4 stars!

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison ~ Fiction Book Review

36232011This book picks up shortly after where the previous book, The Butterfly Garden, ended. Same special agents, even a few of the same girls from the previous book, but this one has an entirely new main character, new mystery, and new killer.

I didn’t love this book as much as the previous one. I liked the character, enjoyed the mystery, and found myself repeatedly doubting my speculations as to who the killer was (always great when it’s not obvious). However, this one lacked the same spark of the other one. The clock wasn’t ticking as fast, the impending peril wasn’t as dark and pressing, and while the stakes were the same (life or death), they didn’t feel as breathlessly high.

It was, however, a fun read that kept me hooked, and I’ll definitely be reading the third and final instalment of “The Collector” trilogy, The Summer Children, as soon as it’s released. 4.5 stars!

You by Caroline Kepnes ~ Fiction Book Review

You: A Novel by [Kepnes, Caroline]Um . . . so that just happened. Interesting. In the beginning, I thought it was addicting, but at times it became a bit much. I needed some space. This one was an interesting journey, definitely fresh, and I’m glad I read it. I think.

It’s hard to comment without giving anything away. It’s also hard to pinpoint what kind of readers to recommend this to. I’d classify it as a psychological thriller, heavy on the psycho. It was hard to put down in a sick, can’t look away from the mess type of way, so if you’re feeling adventurous, give this one a try. 4.5 stars!

Pig Island by Mo Hayder ~ Fiction Book Review


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A thrilling mystery mixed with a dash of horror? At first, I wasn’t sure, but my opinion quickly changed to, “Yes, please!” This is a novel by Mo Hayder, after all, who, true to form, delivers a brutal tale that pushes the boundaries – it even made me look away from the pages in disgust once, which is no small feat!

I stayed up late several nights reading this book at supersonic speed, and the ending did not disappoint! Read closely, and you’ll even catch a pinch of the supernatural at the very end. Considering that one of the plot points of the book was to debunk the paranormal, this little inclusion, all too easily missed if you’re not paying close attention, makes the piece even better. Although this is a stand alone story, fans of Hayder’s Jack Caffery will probably love this one as well. 5 stars!

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards ~ Fiction Book Review

25153134I have to start out by saying that after reading the blurb, this book was NOTHING like what I expected – in the best way!!!! The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. If I was a nail biter, my nails would have been bloody, ragged stumps by the time I was done reading this book. Then it took a twist that completely blindsided me. Then another and another!

Few things feel quite as good as a book that gets under your skin – even if it gets under there with a creepy, crawly, spider leg prickle. I want to reveal some of the things I loved about this  book so badly – but then I’d spoil it for you! I will say that sometimes this mystery felt like horror, which made me wonder – should I read more horror?

I give this book 5 stars and will be looking for more written by this author.

Evil Games by Angela Marsons ~ Fiction Book Review

25067570I enjoyed Silent Screams, the first book in the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons quite a bit, but not enough to make me a die hard fan waiting for the next in the series. Then, I kept seeing a book (Goodreads, WordPress, Amazon) with a plot that sounded like an awesome must read story, which just so happened to be the third in this series. I didn’t see the sense in skipping a book, and I found a copy of this one (but not the third 😦 ), so I gave it a try.

Marsons is a talented author with one foot planted deep in the dark side of life. She’s not Mo Hayder dark, but she doesn’t write cozies, either. This installment of the series further develops the character of D.I. Kim Stone, making her more realistic and likable. It also delves deeper into the darkness and shadowy criminal psyche that Marsons seems to understand so well. Can’t wait to find book 3 in this that is quickly becoming addictive! 5 stars.

 

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb22Wow. I’ve got to say it again. Wow. This was the most suspenseful book that I’ve read in a long time, and the suspense lasted right through to the last page. It was dark, creepy, scary – it was everything you know you shouldn’t be reading but can’t resist. I could not put this book down. I must now read all the books that Elizabeth Hayes has written as soon as I can get my hands on them. Have I mentioned before how much I love British authors?

The story maintains the same narrator, Catherine, as it switches between years (2003/4 and 2007/8). This put me off a bit in the beginning, because you never know how important it is to keep track of the time until you get a bit into a story. My advice – don’t worry about it with this one, think of it as simply Then and Now. In the Then, Catherine is an outgoing party girl who gets the boyfriend who makes all of her friends jealous. In the Now, Cathy is an introverted homebody almost crippled by her OCD and fear. The story of how she got that way is intense. They story of her trying to move on and take her life back is intense. The culmination of the book is, for lack of a better word, intense.

This book disturbed me in a way that few books do because the story didn’t just seem possible – it seems real. Haynes is one of my new favorite authors and I’m definitely going to read her other books. 5 stars and a night light!