Hulloohhh my little jack-o-lanterns!
(I’m sorry, I’m running out of Halloween themed names for you all)
Today’s spotlight is pretty self-explanatory. I mean if you haven’t heard of H.P. Lovecraft then you need to run your butt to a book store pronto and literally enee minee mo it. Pick up any of them… or just buy this amazing collection cause its super cheap! I am of the firm belief that at this price, this collection is a steal. The book itself looks gorgeous and well its H.P. Lovecraft! These stories were what plagued my nightmares growing up!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! I’ve done a little reworking and there are less entries and easier submissions. Also the list of paperbacks will be included in post 8 so keep your eye open for that one! Until then… HAPPY HAUNTING!
(Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
My Rating: pfftt 5.0
In the 1920s and ’30s, H.P. Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction.
Lovecraft’s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation of the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe.
H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft’s groundbreaking fiction: “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dreams in the Witch House,” “The Haunter of the Dark,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Shadow out of Time,” “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” the full-length novels the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, and many others.
H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction is one of Barnes & Noble’s leatherbound classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft’s protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.
Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.
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Books will be from the ones you find on the #TipsySpooktacular Stops
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“I purchased this book with the intent to review. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own”
Hello My Lovelies
Growing up I was sick a lot, the books were a staple in my home. What started off as me emulating my sister turned into me falling in love with literature. By the time I was in fourth grade I’d read every book that wasn’t research in the school library. So we started making trips to the public library. And books and books and books and then I’d ask my dad to buy me some.
One author that we were proud to display was R.L. Stine. It was Michael to read an hour every Goosebumps book. Honestly, I don’t think I ever did. But I do know that I read a sizable portion of books by R.L. Stine. As I got older and my sister had a child, she started falling in love with books and just last year I gave her every Goosebumps book I owned but 2, Careful What You Wish For and Camp Nightmare.
Some of my favorite R.L. Stine books, come from the Fear Street line. In particular, I was and still am a big fan of The Fear Street Cheerleaders Series, The First Evil, The Second Evil and The Third Evil still sit proudly on my bookshelf.
So when I walked in to Barnes and Nobles with my best friend and I saw 2 new Fear Street novels my heart went pitter patter and I think I may have squealed. Actually… now that I think about it, I am pretty sure I did squeal because I vaguely remember my best friend telling me to keep it down. I remember him giving me that look, the one that says oh here we go again.
I decided I was going to kick off my October Spooktacular Halloween Giveaway Month by reading these two books and then easing into some other stay up late and hide under your covers books.
Now, without further ado, my review on the newest Fear Street Books.
Genre: YA Horror
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 4, 2015
In one volume, R.L. Stine presents two bone-chilling stories of teens in terror in his worldwide bestselling Fear Street series, which has sold 80 million copies around the world.
In Party Games, Rachel is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s exclusive birthday party on Fear Island. When Rachel arrives at the island, a scavenger hunt turns up some horrifying surprises. Soon, Rachel has to fight to survive the deadliest game of all — the game of murder. In Don’t Stay Up Late, Lisa is plagued by nightmares and hallucinations after a horrible accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks. Lisa is happy to take a babysitting job to get her mind off of the terrible events of the past. But then her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa’s nightmares coming true?With double the fear and double the fun, this Fear Street Super Chiller will appeal to fans of the original Fear Street series as well as the countless young adults who have grown up reading R.L. Stine.
When I first started party games, I had so many different theories. And I honestly enjoyed the introduction, I thought it was pretty cool, it was kinda like the opening dialogue that one would expect in a movie a sort of foreshadowing of the events to come. I genuinely liked these characters I felt like they had a realistic quality to them.
It was really fun to cells back into the world of Shadyside and Fear Street and I was particularly fond of the inclusion of an actual Fear character in this book as a main character of sorts.
I found Rachel to be a likable lead with pretty realistic reactions for the most part. But I didn’t find this book particularly terrifying, not even the littlest bit scary. It was more kitschy not really how I remember these books. Sure it had a surprise ending, but it wasn’t gruesome or gory. I had some predictable moments but nothing that really stood out to me.
That’s not to say that I did not enjoy the book. I found the book to be very enjoyable, it was funny and very much a book that takes place in a high school type environment and unique. I thought Brendan Fear was a very intriguing character, one you definitely want to learn a little more about.
I like the character interactions and I loved the setting. All in all I feel like this was a pretty interesting dive back into the Fear Street world.
This book, definitely took me down memory lane. This was exactly what I remembered from the Fear Street novels. It was a little later than what I was accustomed to but the premise of the story was for sure 110% Fear Street.
There was a lot that you can predict the story, its not hidden from you if you pay any amount of attention to the details but that doesn’t mean you don’t second guess yourself. It’s not as dark of a thriller as I was expecting, having grown up with The Cheerleaders, Dangerous Girls and 99 Fear Street but it did have it holy crap moments.
Out of the two, hands down don’t stay up late is my favorite. My only big complaint is the main character. I was not, in any way shape or form a fan of Lisa. Sure, I was rooting for her not to die and to solve the mystery but her character traits and personality irked me. I found her annoying and pretty unappealing, I couldn’t create a bond with her whereas I loved Rachel in Party Games. It’s also funny because I really liked Nate, and I get the feeling that I wasn’t supposed to.
This rating is based off of story content alone. I also have to point out that the ending was pretty inspired. I can’t say for sure how this new line of Fear Street novels will go. I don’t know if they will continue down this lighter road or slowly make a descent back into the spooky dark place most of us have come to love but I will say that the nostalgia alone is enough for most of us to pick up these books and read a couple of the next ones. I for one hope that we get a bit more of the darker side of Fear Street.
Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children’s literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.
R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.
Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read
Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.
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Genre: Horror, Thriller, Supernatural Thriller
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing
My Rating: 4 Stars
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/nM0QAA607yo
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The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home.
When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.
After graduating from the mortuary program at Mount Royal University, Camilla Carleton moves to a secluded town in the northern Yukon for her first job at a family-run funeral home. Her new employers, however, are the town’s most controversial citizens, and when strange occurrences begin happening around the morgue—including late night visits from children who were thought to be dead—she won’t stop until she uncovers the truth behind these paranormal events.
But unraveling the funeral home’s secret is just the start. When Camilla is faced with life and death decisions of her own, she must fight to undo a horrific chain of events while struggling to outsmart a serial killer, save her family, and escape the morgue alive.
My Take On The Book:
I was initially hesitant about reading this book, but after reading and re-reading the synopsis I decided what the hell and signed up for the tour. I’m really glad I did!
‘Come Little Children’ is an eerie, haunting and downright frightening book. There were parts that I found myself wanting to skim over, so it wasn’t a perfect read but it was close.
The Great (Pros):
- The Romance. While a prominent part of the story, it isn’t over the top or overpowering to the actual storyline. The characters had chemistry and at times their interactions make you or me in this case giggle like a schoolgirl lol.
- The Characters. Even the a-holes were well constructed. I didn’t have any scratch my head, what the hell moments in regards to their actions.
- The premise of the story. It was creepy and really creative so I really loved it.
- Peter. Swoon. A talented, ambidextrous, romantic artist. Loyal and passionate. What’s not to love about a man like that? He was a family man through and through. I want my own Peter 😉
- Camilla. She was an original type of character. A little on the weird side and definitely had some problems but I think that’s what I liked about her. Her differentness worked with this type of book.
- Abigail. I can’t say too much on this front except evil little Spawn of Satan. She was the perfect mixture of outward innocence and a vile child.
- The Ending. Tear jerker for sure. I really loved the ending of this book. It was different just like the rest of this story. There was just something so haunting about it. I kind of saw it coming but at the same time I didn’t. It was that will he won’t he moment and I loved it. I didn’t even mind the crying!
The Not So Great (Cons):
- Inconsistencies & Predictability. Really this is all that holds this story back from ah-maze-ing-ness. Like I said before this, was a near perfect read. Most of what I found I wanted to skim over were the bouts of information overload here and the lack of information there. The other parts were the predictable moments with the exception of the ending. It felt like the scenes in slasher flicks where you’re screaming “Don’t go in there” and they do it anyway.
I’d recommend this to any and all horror buffs. It pushes the boundaries of social norms. Leaving you to question your own morals and asking yourself what you would do in a similar situation. A stand up book and take notice book, worthy of your shelves.
About The Author
D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.
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