Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley

Back Cover: "Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders grave yards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling Gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her love Percy Shelley near Bryon's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity."
For Heather's of Age 30's Dueling Monster's Read-A-Long I decided to read Frankenstein since I had never read it before. Frankenstein was quite interesting given that it was written back in the 1800's by an 18 year old girl. It was slow reading simply because of the writing style back then. I was surprised by the story because I some preconceived ideas about it from various films I had seen over the years and those were shot all to heck.

The story starts with an Adventurer Robert Wallen, trying to reach the North Pole. He tells the story in letters to his sister, Elizabeth. Out in the middle of the frozen ice lands, they meet up with Dr. Frankenstein who is chasing the monster. Frankenstein takes over the narrative at this point, telling his story and how he came to be there.

He had created a monster. Upon creating this monster and shocking it to life, he became instantly disgusted with it and himself and abandoned it.

"The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and healthy. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep....

I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed: when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced it way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eye, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs." pg 58 -59

He leaves the house for a couple days and when he returns is overjoyed that the monster has left. The monster disappears for a period of time only to resurface angry with Frankenstein and kills his brother. Frankenstein knows the monster is responsible, however he is very depressed and travels up into the Alps to escape and sooth his weary spirit. The monster finds him and approaches and asks him to listen and help him. Seems the monster has managed to educate himself quite well.

"Be calm! I entreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery? Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it. Remember, thou hast made me more powerful that thyself; my height is superior to thine, my joints more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself in opposition to thee. I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king, if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me. Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection is most due. Remember, that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a friend. Make me happy and I shall again be virtuous." pg 102-103
Seems the monster has educated himself living in a storage shed by a French family's house and spying on them. He managed to get a hold of three books and learned to read. The three books: Milton's Paradise Lost, Plutarch's Parallel lives and Johann von Goeth's Sorrows of Werter. The monster wants Frankenstein to make him a woman, a mate who will keep him company and he promises to disappear forever. After some thought, Frankenstein decides to so. He disappears to a tiny island and in the middle of making the monster's mate, is so overcome with disgust, destroys the mate halfway through. The Monster, who had been keeping tabs on him, kills his best friend, Cherval and Frankenstein is put in jail for the murder. When he is acquitted, he returns home to his father and his lady love who is still waiting for him.

Even though the Monster told him he would be there on his wedding night and kill him and despite the fact the good Doctor tells his lady love he has a terrible secret, but can't reveal it to her until they are married, he and Elizabeth get married. Frankenstein sends his new wife off to bed, while he paces the floor in the library, overcome with worry about Frankenstein.

"She left me, and I continued some time walking up and down the passages of the house, and inspecting every corner that might afford a retreat to my adversary. But I discovered no trace of him, and was beginning to conjecture that some fortunate chance had intervened to prevent the execution of his menaces; when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream. It had come from the room into which Elizabeth had retired. As I heard it, the whole truth rushed into my mind, my arms dropped, the motion of every muscle and fibre was suspended; I could feel the blood trickling in my veins, and tingling in the extremities of my limbs. This state lasted but for an instant; the scream was repeated and I rushed into the room." pg 199

Yes, the monster killed Elizabeth and the chase is on. Dr. Frankenstein chases the monster until we get to the point where the doctor meets up with Robert Walden. He is in ill health and ends up dying. Robert discovers the Monster in the room with Dr. Frankenstein, saying goodbye to his creator. After a long and dramatic discourse over his body, jumps out the window and disappears into the night.

"But soon,' he cried, with sad and solemn enthusiasm, 'I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these burning miseries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames. The list of that conflagration will fade away, my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds. My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.' pg 225

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Week 43 - Book 44

Week 43 - Book 44

Today is the start of Week 43 in the quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks and should have you starting book # 44. We have 9 weeks left in the year and heading towards our goal of reading 52 books for the year.

National Novel Writing Month

Otherwise known as NaNoWriMo or NaNo is starting on November 1st so dust off those erasers, sharpens those pencils, crack open your brand new notebook, or back up your hard drive and get ready to write.

NaNo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word, 175 page novel by the end of november. Does it have to be perfect, no. The challenge is to ignore your inner editor and write, write, write. Be creative, brainstorm, let it flow without censoring yourself or your characters. You let your characters tell the story and you listen. Once NaNo is all over, you can edit to your heart's content. There is even a Young Writer's Program for those under 18 and many, many schools are joining in on the event.

I'll tell you a secret. Prior to joining NaNo in 2007, I never took writing seriously. I dabbled here and there and had notebooks filled with a couple chapters of stories, then forgotten. You get an idea, write about it, then forget it. I found out about NaNo a couple weeks before it started. Decided I would take the challenge and guess what. I had a blast! I now have two Works In Progress (WIP's) which I am working on editing. I have learned a great deal about the writing process and am still learning. I'm joining in for another round with a mystery story called "Eyes in the Ashes."

My challenge to you - go for it. If you've been thinking about writing something, do it now. Join NaNo and see what happens. You may just surprise yourself.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush


Becca Fitzpatrick

Sidewalk Drawing done for Simon and Schuster, Canada

Publisher Description: Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen -- and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

"hush, hush" is a very, very good young adult paranormal story in which teenagers act like typical teenagers, except with a twist. Nora gets paired with Patch in biology class. Their first assignment - interview your partner. However Patch makes it difficult for Nora because he is the silent, mysterious type and doesn't like to answer questions. She's persistent though which leads to all kinds of trouble. The more she gets to know Patch, the more difficult life becomes. Someone is following her and she thinks it is Patch.

She lends Vee, her bff, her jacket and Vee gets beat up. A homeless woman takes her coat in exchange for directions and is gunned down. Then the body disappears. Someone breaks into her house and her bedroom is totally ransacked. But when the police arrive to investigate, everything has been set back to normal. And the two young men who befriend her and Vee seem to be acting strange.

It all seems to center around Patch. Sometimes he acts like he wants her around, other times he doesn't. He seems to be everywhere she is. Is he the one trying to make her crazy? The story is full of twist and turns and at times you can't tell who the good guys are, which makes it all the more scary and interesting.

Thank you to Emily of Simon and Schuster via Shelf Awareness for sending me an ARC of hush, hush to review. I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I don't know how it really ends. Why? Because the hardcover release has a completely different ending. Looks like a trip to the book store is in order.

Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Released: October 13, 2009
Genre: Young Adult paranormal

Other Thoughts:

Steph of Reviewer X
(Teen point of view)
"...dark and both relevant and whimsical, with memorable characters, great quotability, and abundant humor. Hush, Hush doesn’t stop at exciting--it was an experience so complete and enjoyable, it tides you over."

Karin Librarian of Karin's Book Nook:
"HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitpatrick is an enjoyable mix of suspense and romance. Patch is definitely the type of dark and mysterious character that will make girls go weak in the knees."

Liviania of In Bed with Books
"Creepy moments and sexy moments abound, in a nice balance. Plus, several of Nora and Patch's conversations are snarky fun."

*non compensated, unbiased opinion - book received free of charge from the publisher.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Week 42 - Book 43

Week 42 - Book 43

Today is the start of Week 42 in the quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks and should have you starting book # 43. We have 10 weeks left in the year and heading towards our goal of reading 52 books for the year.

Barnes and Noble unveiled their new e-reader this week and I want one.

It's called the Nook!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009



"The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard" by Erin McGraw
(from back cover)
Trapped in Kansas at the turn of the twentieth century, Nell Plat is seventeen, unhappily married, and the mother of two baby girls. No realiity could be further from her secret dreams of glamor and excitement, dreams that tmpt her to do the unthinkable: she runs way to the woderland of Los Angels and its burgeoning motion picture industry.
Nell becomes Madame Annelle, costumer to glittering Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties. But a knock on the door threatens to rip apart the seams of her own carefully consturcted costume, and Nell is forced to confront the legacy of her abandonment and deception. Can she rework the delicate fabric of her life?

MY THOUGHTS: This book is about starting over. Turning your life into something that it wasn't and once you have that, the consequences of that decision. Nell is a young girl with nothing in sight except marriage and children. She lives in a shoddy on the parries of Kansas. Her only hope of getting out of the life she doesn't want is to runaway. She has her second child within a year of the first and can't see the end of the road coming to any good. Nell leaves her two babies behind and heads for California. The only thing Nell knows how to do well is sew. As Nell gets customers to sew for and builds up her clientele, she meets George and falls in love. She and George want a child, but Nell doesn't think she can a child again after the botched birth of her second child she left in Kansas. But Nell does get pregnant and Mary is born. When everything is going along great, Nell's past comes knocking at her door. Now she has to reveal everything to George and hope it all woks out. Will it work out? You'll have to read the book to find out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009



"The Dangerous Days of Daniel X" by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
(from back cover)
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel X has used his secret abilities--like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind--to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him by his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.

MY THOUGHTS: This book wasn't what I thought it was. I have never read a book like this by James Patterson. It is a Science Fiction book. It is also about a teenager who has secret abilities. He is an alien living on our planet as a human. Another alien came here looking for THE LIST. That is why his parents were killed. Now Daniel is hunting down all the aliens on that list. He has some help from people he has made up to be his friends. He also has his mom and dad, that he has made up from his memories of them. They are as real as if they were there. He is also just 15 years old. This is a very good book and I really enjoyed it a lot.


"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski
(from back cover)
Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.

Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.

MY THOUGHTS: I have heard of this book a lot, hopping around book blogland, and saw different opinions of it. I got the book Saturday at the library and was a little awed by how thick it was. 904 pages long. But once I started it I couldn't put it down. It kept calling me to finish it. I wanted to find out what happened to Edgar's father and what his uncle had to do with all this. As Edgar searches out the whys and hows a terrible accident happens that sends Edgar and three of dogs into the wilds of Northern Wisconsin. Edgar does a lot of growing up while on the run and finally figures out being home with his mother and dogs is what he wants. So he heads home to find a way to implicate his uncle in his father's death. I didn't really like the ending to this book. I left questions that would have liked answered. Other than the ending this book was written beautifully. I felt like I was with Edgar and the dogs while they were growing up together. Awesome book!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Week 41 - Book 42

Today is the start of Week 41 in the quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks and should have you starting book # 42. We are more than two-thirds of the way through the year and towards our goal of reading 52 books for the year.

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758.

The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary.

Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words.

Celebrate Dictionary Day by reading the "Good Book"......the Dictionary! We challenge you to learn some new words today.

Holiday Insights

Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict

Jesus of Nazareth: from the baptism in the Jordan

to the Transfiguration


Pope Benedict XVI

"Jesus of Nazareth" is a very interesting book and have to say am very impressed and awed by Pope Benedict's writing and theology. I found this book to be easy to read, awe-inspiring, mind altering and very rich in information. Pope Benedict is a great theologian whose insights and explanations give the Bible and the life of Jesus whole new meaning. His explanation into the symbolical meanings and history of and in the Bible are so clear and mind-expanding. It makes me see the bible in a whole new light.

Pope Benedict's book could be used as a bible study in its own right. It makes me want to read the book again, with my bible in hand, to underline and write explanations of the symbolic meanings Jesus uses in his parables or the history behind each book, so I will never forget them.

The Pope is an excellent writer and makes use of many resources to explain his viewpoints. In his own words "this book is my personal search for the face of the Lord."

The front flap of the cover describes the book "In this bold momentous work, the Pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI - seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent 'popular' depictions and restore Jesus true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh and blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter face to face, the central figure of the Christian faith."

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down.

The contents in this book are:

Chapter 1: The Baptism of Jesus
Chapter 2: The Temptations of Jesus
Chapter 3: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
Chapter 4: The Sermon on the Mount discussing the Beatitudes and The Torah of the Messiah
Chapter 5: The Lords Prayer (breaks it down line by line)
Chapter 6: The Disciples
Chapter 7: Message of the Parables
Chapter 8: Principal images of John's Gospel
Chapter 9: Two Milestones on Jesus Way: Peter's confession and the Transfiguration
Chapter 10: Jesus Declares His Identity

There are many points I underlined through out the book, too many to mention here. I sometimes get in the mindset of taking everything at face value or literally when reading the bible and miss the symbolic meanings of things. But one thing that stuck with me the most was when he talked about "the kingdom of God." First he provide a historical background regarding the Kingdom of God and then what it means.

Excerpt from Chapter 3, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God

"Jesus himself is the Kingdom, the Kingdom is not a thing, it is not a geographical dominion like world kingdoms. It is a person, it is he."

"We can put it even more simply: When Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God, he is quite simply proclaiming God, and proclaiming him to be the living God, who is able to act concretely in the world and in history and is even not so acting. He is telling us: "God exists" and "God is really God," which means that he holds in his hands the threads of the world."

You would have to read the whole chapter in context of course, but once I read that, it gave me a whole new sense to the parables. Like I said, this book will change the way you read the bible forever. I am looking forward to reading more of his books in the future.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Week 40 - Book 41

Today is the start of Week 40 in the quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks and should have you starting book # 41. We are two-thirds of the way through the year and towards our goal of reading 52 books for the year.

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested:
that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

~ Francis Bacon ~

Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

Dracula The Un-Dead


Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

Product Description: "Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents' terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined. One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down. Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?"
I recently received an Advance Reader Copy of "Dracula The Un-Dead" by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt from the Penguin Group through Shelf Awareness. I just finished reading "Dracula the Undead" and have to say I was pretty well riveted through the entire novel. Having never read the original "Dracula" by Bram Stoker (shame on me), didn't have any preconceived ideas about the story. Yes, it was a bit gory at times, but nothing I couldn't handle.

Once again someone or something is preying upon woman and leaving them torn to pieces much like Jack the Ripper of the olden days. Quincey gets involved in a stage production of Dracula written by Bram Stoker. Stoker put the story together from the drunken ramblings of a man he met many times in a pub. Little did he know the stories were true. And that his story would draw the attention of not only Count Dracula himself, but a beautiful and deadly vampiress from the 16th century. Who is attacking the heroes and how can they defend themselves. This supernatural thriller is very well written, full of heart palpating action, and entertaining.

Thank you to Carrie from Dutton of the Penguin Group for providing me with a courtesy copy. Dracula The Undead will be released on October 13, 2009. Check out the website for interesting tidbits about the book, plus events and to test your Dracula IQ. I scored a 7 and am a Dracula student and have more to learn.

Pages: 432
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Genre: Gothic Horror

Other Thoughts:

Lexie Piper of BCF Reviews:
"I love vampire stories, and this one was everything that I expected. I haven’t actually read the original Dracula story, but I’ve seen the film and know lots about the tale, but that doesn’t matter, Dacre did a great job of recapping the previous book without making it boring and repetative, and I never felt like I was missing any plot lines as it was always explained"

Sidhe Vicious Reviews - excerpt from chapter one

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

The Murder of King Tut

The Plot to Kill the Child King


James Patterson and Martin Dugard

Front Flap: "Thrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut was challenged from the first days of his reign. The veil of prosperity could not hide the bitter rivalries and jealousy that flourished among the Boy King's most trusted advisers. Less than a decade after his elevation, King Tut suddenly perished, and in the years and centuries that followed, his name was purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy.

Intrigued by what little was known about Tut, and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year old mystery, Howard Carter made it his life's mission to uncover the pharaoh's hidden tomb. He began his search in 1907 but encountered countless setbacks and dead ends before he finally discovered the long lost crypt.

Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence -- x-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages--to arrive at their own account of King Tut's life and death. The result is an exhilirating true-crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all."

"Murder of King Tut" is an intriguing look into the past. Taking you from the Present Day of Patterson's obsession with King Tut, to the 1930's and Howard Carter's obsession with finding King Tut's Tomb, to the time of 1492 to 1324 BC and the rulers in Egypt in : Akhenaten, Nefertiti and the rise of the boy king Tutankhamen.

Was King Tut murdered or did he perish from a head injury caused by a chariot accident in the desert. Part Fact and part fiction, James Patterson and Martin Dugard put together the case that Tutankhamen was murdered. The book is an interesting, simple read. What would had made "The Murder of King Tut" complete is an index page of references and resources for those who want to find out more, like me. I now want to read Howard Carter's own three book account of his discoveries starting with "The Tomb of Tutankhame: vol 1 - Search Discovery and the Clearance of the Antechamber. Thank you to Miriam of Hachette Books for sending me a copy of the book.

Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Released: September 28, 2009

Other Thoughts:

Wendy of Wendy's Minding Spot:
"The Murder of King Tut is written in the same fashion as Mr. Pattersons' previous works, meaning it's a page-turner. I was up late, too late, as I couldn't bear to put it down until the end."

Sandy of Monsters and Critics:
"The authors did an excellent job of blending what is known of Egyptian history with Howard Carter’s trials and tribulations to create a fast paced, plausible murder mystery. Those familiar with the research into King Tut’s untimely death won’t find the conclusions drawn too surprising but that doesn’t take away from a good piece of storytelling."

Ava of The Review Broads:
"Different from the Alex Cross series and other Patterson novels, this novel crosses the border into fascinating, historical – and true. Patterson’s passion wins the reader over early on, and I wanted more when I finished the book. The illustrations were wonderful but sparse, bringing Nefertiti, Tut, Carter and the other characters to the forefront."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Week 39 Book 40

Week 39 -- Book 40

Today is the start of Week 39 in the quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks and should have you starting book # 40. We are two-thirds of the way through the year and towards our goal of reading 52 books for the year.

I am designating October as spocktacular month and will be reading some interesting books. I'll be joining Heather of Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books
in reading Frankstein by Mary Shelley.

I'll be reading and reviewing "Dracula The Undead" by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt which will be released on October 13th.

Book Chick City is having a month long "All Hallows Eve" celebration and will be reading and reviewing books, doing some giveaways, guest posts, interviews and much more on her blog. Come join in on the spooky celebration.

Cool picture!

My husband and I got to reminiscing last night and telling our son about "Dark Shadows" which was a tv show we both watched back in the late 60's. It was campy, entertaining and spooky. We talked about the b horror movies, Bela Lugosi and Dracula. Now my son is interested in seeing Dracula. So, we will be introducing him to the wide world of B movies this month.

What spooky books will you be reading?