Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Week Guest Blog & Giveaway Day 2: Chloe Neill

UPDATE: The winner of FRIDAY NIGHT BITES is Ella (staging professionals Toronto). Please email your physical addy to contests(AT)knightagency.net! Congrats!
Nevermore! Poe, Grimm & Other Spooktacular Reads

Sure, I'll spend Halloween putting creepy webbing and skeleton bits throughout the yard. Sure, I'll also spread the cream cheese frosting over my favorite pumpkin cake in preparation for a visit from friends, and we'll bring out the fog machine to add a little something extra for the kids who come to the door, ready to be burdened with the weight of lots and lots of popcorn balls and candy.
It's Halloween, after all, and I'm a writer of paranormal fiction.
But at some point during the busy day, I'm going to try and grab some time for myself, curl into a chair, and sink into a deliciously gothic book. Here are some ideas for your own spooktacular reading!

The Raven
You can't get more Gothic than Edgar Allen Poe. You can start with the Tell-Tale Heart and move directly to The Raven, and imagine your own heart full of fantastic terrors and doubt, wondering at the mutterings of the "grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore."
The Crucible
The play might have been about blacklisting in the 1950s, but The Crucible tells a haunting story of the fears of the masses, set against the backdrop of the Salem Witch Trials. As it turns out, we are the only thing we have to fear...

Ready for a bit of Gothic romance? Curl up with the sisters Bronte: Charlotte's JANE EYRE and Emily's WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Consider the trials of unrequited love and haunting secrets against the backdrops of wind-blown moors and mysterious mansions.
Try out Jane Austen's gothic side by reading NORTHANGER ABBEY.

Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Centuries before Cinderella and her other princess friends were making merry in the Disney empire, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected creepy fairy tales. Try out their version of Cinderella, where the evil stepsisters definitely get their due.

Do the Monster Mash
If you're looking for classic monsters, check out Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, Bram Stoker's DRACULA, or Victor Hugo's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
Alright. Those creepy reads should keep you busy for some time. Remember to lock your doors, and happy Halloween!
Remember, there are TWO ways to win! Each day this week (Oct. 26 thru Oct. 30th) a guest blogger will give away a signed book to one person randomly chosen from the comment section. Today's prize is FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, Book 2 in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. Check back in this post tomorrow to find out if you are the winner!

Also, at the bottom of each post there is a scavenger hunt question. The answer can be located somewhere on the author's website. Send in all 5 correct answers* to the scavenger hunt questions, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card!!!

SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION (2 of 5): Name six of the 12 "official" North American Vampire Houses in the U.S.

*Please note, that the correct answers to the scavenger hunt questions must be sent in at one time. You must collect all 5 answers and send them in one email. Entries for the scavenger hunt will be accepted from Friday, October 30th thru Sunday, November 1st at midnight. The winner will be announed on this blog Monday, November 2nd, 2009. If you have any questions about this contest, please contact contests(AT)knightagency.net.

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Anonymous staging professionals Toronto said...

Hi. Nice review. I can't imagine this Halloween time without some good book or horror movie. I usually prefer classical stories like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Dracula from Bram Stoker. But I think I will change my habit and try to read something not so classical. Thanks for inspiration.

Best regards,

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 10:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Great post. You have listed some good books.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 10:49:00 AM EDT  
Blogger tetewa said...

I loved the first book and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the latest release!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:00:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Gloria Oliver said...

Cool suggestions! Thanks!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Rain Maiden said...

I love this time of year. So much to read and so little time. Wuthering Heights is on my list to read it, I have yet to read it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 1:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

I love her series!! Awesome giveaway!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 1:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger CarolynPrescott said...

It's been years since I've read Wuthering Heights, but it really does suit the season. Thanks for the suggestion!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the great post! I have never heard of this author I will have to go check her out!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LSUReader said...

Oooh. Great reads. I love Poe's works and Dracula, too.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger SusiSunshine said...

I love most of the books you listed but I have to admit I never read Wuthering Heights. *hides in shame*
But I certainly should.
Enjoyed reading your post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 2:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I must admit that I have read most of the books you listed. I am a big fan of the classics and enjoy reading them. Halloween is indeed a perfect day to re-read those books and enjoy a chilling read.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 3:48:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lisa N. said...

I like all the books by the Bronte sisters. I enjoyed Some Girls Bite and look forward to reading Friday Night Bites!

rocket_kay at hotmail dot com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 4:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Brenda Hyde said...

Poe IS Halloween:) My favorite was always the Tell-Tale Heart. I hope you have a spooky Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 4:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ellz said...

Great post. I want to read the crucible and the brothers grim. Please do not enter me for Chloe Neill's book (already have it). Thanks for the post Chloe!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 5:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Suzette said...

Wow, Poe huh? I read The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart way back when I was in school and never really thought to read them for pleasure. Could make for some enjoyable reading as I did enjoy them in school...just that it was school work, you know? LOL

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 5:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! I love this time of year :)


Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 5:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Pamk said...

great post and some great books there. Would love to try this series.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

Its sad, but I've not read any of the books you posted! I need to get on that! I also need to get on reading your books, because I've heard there really amazing!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 9:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carolina said...

Great post. I loved Jane Eyre and The Crucible! I will try to read the other books you listed before the year is over.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger donnas said...

Great post. You listed some good stories, I couple of which I should probably someday read. Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LD Ferris said...

Nice! Great recommendations - great reads. Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:55:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Van Pham said...

Great Post, I read some of the Grmm brother's tales...really different from Disney candy coated version haha. I remember reading the Crucible in middle school, good book.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 1:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger BrigidsBlest said...

Hawthorne and Poe ftw!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7:19:00 PM EDT  

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