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It's time for a Halloween-friendly book giveaway!

To enter, you need to be 1) over the age of eighteen, 2) not me (or my doppleganger, Mirror Universe self, alternate universe self, evil twin, or future ghost), and 3) living somewhere on the planet Earth (because shipping costs to the International Space Station are outrageous).

The winner gets to choose one of these new paperbacks, and I will ship it immediately.


Option 1: A Lonely and Curious Country: Tales from the Lands of Lovecraft edited by Matthew Carpenter (2015)

Official Description: "Horror can lurk in the most unlikely places: from the secluded cottage to the teeming metropolis. Lovecraft knew that terror could be rooted in the geography of a place as much as in an uncaring cosmos or a man’s soul. In these 17 brand new tales of chilling Lovecraftian horrors by leading authors, discover new lands of terror. Learn the truth about the glories of Y’ha-nthlei and what really happened to Erich Zann. Discover the fate of Tillinghast’s monstrous machine and do a deal with Nyarlathotep down in the byways of Mississippi. Sometimes that lonely farmhouse, brooding silently in its isolation, can be more terrifying than forgotten monoliths on an uncharted Pacific island."

This collection features stories by Rebecca Allred, Christine Morgan, Robert M. Prize, Pete Rawlik, and many more.


Option 2: Sweeter Than Wine: A Story of Love, Sleuthing and Vampires by L. Neil Smith (2011)

Official Description: "With just one tiny exception, J Gifford is an ordinary, decent, small-town kind of guy. He pays his bills on time. He waters his lawn. He treats his neighbors and the folks with whom he does business with kindness and respect. He's good to children and small animals. The tiny exception? He's a vampire.

"Born in 1920, and "brought over" shortly after D-Day in a little French village, 90-year-old Gifford still looks and feels 24. He has friends, a place in the community, a thriving business, and a big orange tabby cat named Fiddlestring. He knows where all the good restaurants are. He's very tidy about that "tiny exception" and has never killed anybody. All he lacks in his life is the beautiful girl who made him what he is today -- and then mysteriously vanished. Now, suddenly, after sixty-five years, she's back and needs his help. But is she his long-lost love or a serial-killing fiend? Only time—and blood—will tell."



The giveaway is open now and ends on Friday, October 14.

Here it is!

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Now, here's a Discussion Question for you: If you could only watch one film on all of the Halloweens to come, which film would you choose? In other words, what's your very favorite "go to" Halloween movie?


“Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimaeras — dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies — may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition — but they were there before. They are transcripts, types — the archetypes are in us, and eternal. How else should the recital of that which we know in a waking sense to be false come to affect us at all? Is it that we naturally conceive terror from such objects, considered in their capacity of being able to inflict upon us bodily injury? O, least of all! These terrors are of older standing. They date beyond body — or without the body, they would have been the same. . . . That the kind of fear here treated is purely spiritual — that it is strong in proportion as it is objectless on earth, that it predominates in the period of our sinless infancy — are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadowland of pre-existence.”
— Charles Lamb: “Witches and Other Night-Fears”

Comments

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internet_sampo
Oct. 9th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
Would this be too obvious?



Why?

It was a really good horror movie around the time I was a teenager -- so I could really identify with the teen slaughter.

Pluses: Shatner mask, D. Pleasence
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
This is perfect! And it sounds like the timing was perfect for you, too. There's something key about when in your life you see a particular film, I think.

Pluses: Shatner mask, D. Pleasence

Yes!!!

whswhs
Oct. 9th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't watch a lot of horror, and most of what I like probably isn't on most people's classic list. I think I might pick Cat People: not the original, but the later version with Nastassia Kinski as Irene. Though I might be tempted by Ginger Snaps.

Edited at 2016-10-09 02:37 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting! I love the original Cat People (I'm a Val Lewton fan), but I haven't seen the remake. It sounds like I need to add this to my "to watch" list! Thanks!
whswhs
Oct. 9th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
I've seen the original Cat People, and it wasn't bad for its time. But the remake says more to me. I like, in particular, the New Orleans setting and the culturally Catholic eroticism that permeates the film.

A lot of films that I watched when I was younger no longer say as much to me, but I watched this one not many years ago and it was as compelling as the first time.

Edited at 2016-10-09 11:42 pm (UTC)
Abbie Culbertson
Oct. 9th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
That's a hard question, Professor! Something Wicked This Way Comes is perfectly atmospheric with the wind and the creepy carnival, but there's Bradbury's male protagonist problem, and last time I watched it, I fell asleep before the end (even though I still love it). Then there's Disney animated The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which gives me the vintage, kid-friendly Halloween feel that I absolutely love! Maybe that would be the one.... But also my newest obsession is ParaNorman. I love stop motion animation, and I really enjoyed the storyline. Who knows, maybe I haven't actually met my #1 favorite, go-to Halloween film of all time yet!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love ParaNorman! *Such* a good choice!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a nostalgic favorite of mine, too.

I know what you mean about Bradbury. I love his prose, and I love how he describes this time of year in particular. He can craft such a creepy scene. But his whole "First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys" always makes me pull up short and want to say, "And me! Over here! Me, too!" Sigh.
jan_u_wine
Oct. 9th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
gosh, that's a tough one. I also don't watch much horror (being of the opin that life itself is horrorshow!) I like all of Abbie's choices, but I think I'd go with "The Shining" (not sure if that is a "Halloween" movie) with a side-car of Young Frankenstein just to make sure i don't have a case of 'the frights' during the nacht!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
LOL! I like your "one-two punch" of a plan. That works for me! :D
jan_u_wine
Oct. 10th, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
:D
morningapproach
Oct. 9th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
Cool! Nice to come back to LJ for a bit and see a free giveaway :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! :) So happy to see you here. I'll have another giveaway up a week from today, too!
agameofthree
Oct. 9th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Our go-to Halloween movie is always Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. We watch it every year while we carve pumpkins. For me, it's the perfect "kick off" to the holiday season.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! It's so sing-along-able, too. Perfect choice for pumpkin carving!
gods_lil_rocker
Oct. 9th, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
I would be distraught if I could never watch IIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! again! I guess it's technically not a movie though, so maybe I get a pass? :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
That's close enough to a movie, as far as I'm concerned! I remember when I was little we used to have the Peanut's Pumpkin Carols book (which was pumpkin-shaped with orange pages), and after we watched It's the Great Pumpkin, we'd sing them! Great memories. <3
acciochocolate
Oct. 10th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
A great memory!
acciochocolate
Oct. 10th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
I vote for this as well!
ankh_hpl
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
Very favorite go-to Halloween movie? In the Mouth of Madness. Borderline Lovecraftian & thoroughly creepy.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very creepy and Lovecraftian! Great pick.
Ace Hamilton
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
The Bride of Frankenstein for me I guess. Hard choice!!!

Free screening of Young Frankenstein in Charlotte this Sunday!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
How can you go wrong with that one? Nice choice!

Woohoo! That is awesome.
morfin
Oct. 11th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
Like most, I always watch Great Pumpkin, but it's not a movie. Of my usual group of Halloween movies, I'd have to say the one I would want to watch EVERY Halloween is a cheesy Gene Roddenberry made-for-tv movie/pilot called "Spectre." Robert Culp and Gig Young are a Holmes/Watsonish duo of criminologists who are called to England to investigate the release of the demon Asmodeus.

My runner up is the 1950's British film "Night of the Demon" with Dana Andrews.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 12th, 2016 11:20 am (UTC)
Oooh, cool choice with "Spectre"! That's a unique choice, and I like it. "Night of the Demon" is a classic.
divadiane1
Oct. 12th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
oops that was me
Since I don't watch much horror, I'd have to say probably Young Frankenstein. It's also one of my husband's favorite movie, so we could watch it together in perpetuity.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: oops that was me
You can't go wrong with that one!
homespunheart
Oct. 12th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
If I could choose only one movie for Halloween it would have to be Dracula with Bela Lugosi! But my other choices would be Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Disney version), and The Mothman Prophecies. A Halloween movie marathon would have to include The Legend of Boggy Creek and our annual choice Hocus Pocus (just because!).
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
All of these are terrific, but special love goes to Dracula! Such a great movie.

And, of course, I have a super soft spot for Boggy Creek. :)
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