Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag!

Halloween Creatures

Happy Halloween!!!

Therefore, a Halloween-esque tag today! I was tagged by Madge @CaffeineandBooks! Thanks friend, perfect timing! πŸ˜€


Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

I’m going with Moog from Kings of the Wyld. Moog is a wizard that’s a bit… goofy. He always get everyone out of a sticky situation just in the nick of time but man are there always weirdo consequences. He’s hilarious.

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain! This is a weirdo book, but it’s kinda creepy so perfecto for hot chocolate, a blanky, and a starry sky.

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville! Just thinking about this book makes me wanna reread it. At the time I rated it a 4, but really, it could probably be a 5. The ending of this book, man. Wow.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)

I always have such a hard time with this kinda question. Villains should be (and usually are) nuanced, meaning while they might be ‘evil’ there’s like… logic to it, I guess. Makes them more believable? Anyways, I choose All for One from My Hero Academia. He’s pretty bad, I think.

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

So… without giving spoilers, this one’s hard to explain. It’s not so much a death I wish didn’t happen, but… just… the fates of the characters? from The Queen of the Tearling. If you get to the end of the trilogy, you’ll get what I mean.

Zombie
A Book that Made You β€œHungry” for More.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Because see above for reason. PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER.

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m about 120 pages away from the end of the series and I’m SO SCARED AUGH. I CAN’T STAND IT. IF HE DIES I’M GONNA RIOT.

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

And I mean this in a negative way. This was a bit of a slog to get through for me. My poor soul, it’s mushy.

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

I’m just gonna keep sayin it ;~;

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

House of Leaves. This book was eerie, man. Honestly I didn’t care for it overall, but I still think about it a lot.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, particularly in the book. He’s just… augh he really grinds my gears. In the anime, he’s a bit more tolerable. A bit.

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls. I think the themes in this book are timeless, past or future, everyone can relate.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Communion by Whitley Strieber. Cheesey cover? Yes. But when I read this question this is the first book that popped in my head because when I was little, my mom had it on her bookcase. It was before I could read, and I was pulling random books off being a little kid, you know. I remember pulling this one off and getting really creeped out by it. Honestly I couldn’t remember the name of the book for the question, so I called my mom, who told me, and went ‘and you know what, I actually got rid of that book because it creeped me out!’. So… I guess the content matches the cover. Ahaha

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I tag Katy @Bookbinderway and allthingsmommablog (what is your name or nickname? I dun know!)

Happy tricking and treating!

Top 5 books featuring neato creatures

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is Top 5 {insert paranormal creature here}, so I just decided to do all of them. Today’s post will feature creatures that when I came across them in my books, they struck me as being particularly interesting or uniquely designed. So no ‘vampires’ or ‘werewolves’ in here, but creatures that I feel are nightmare fuel in their own unique way. And actually, I’ve picked out six. I couldn’t narrow it down enough to eliminate one. I suppose it partially makes up for the ‘witches’ list I made two weeks ago that only had three in it. Pbtbt.

Also, this coming Friday, I’m moving to a different city. Therefore, my posts this weekend will likely be non-existent. So will likely disappear entirely until Wednesday or so. Apologies in advance for falling behind on reading all your thingies.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


6. The monster from Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)This graphic novel series is a recent love of mine. So far, there are two trades of it out, so plenty of time to catch up if you’ve been planning to start. The monster in this book lives within our main character. It appears to be this dark, shapeless creature, ancient and difficult to control. At least, in the first volume, it’s shapeless. I haven’t read the second yet, so don’t tell me anything! The design of the thing is really neat. Being a graphic novel, you actually get to see it as opposed to reading about it.

The art in this graphic novel alone makes it well worth the read. The plot is pretty good too, but I’m definitely smitten with the dark art.

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5. The Mushi in Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 1The mushi, unlike the previous choice in this list, are relatively harmless. The lore is they existing long before life did, that they ‘live’ somewhere between a state of true life and a state of death. They come in all shapes and forms and only those sensitive to their presence can actually see them. This series is definitely more of a slow-going one, but the creatures in it are fascination. It’s a manga, again so you get the neat visual as well.

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4. The monster in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAnother illustrated book, you can actually see the monster in this one, too. Giant, dark and seemingly made from a tree, the monster in this book is not what you’d expect it to be. I went into this book without much expectation and came out of it loving this monster and having this book become one of my all-time favorites. There are editions out there without the artwork in it… skip those. Get the edition that I’ve shown here. The art in it is fantastic.

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3. The weaver from Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)My choice from this book is almost kind of arbitrary – there are so many fascinating creatures in this book. Giant bird men, vampiric slugs, humanoid creatures with bugs for heads, the list goes on. The one I’m highlighting though is the weaver, a giant, creeper spider thing that when I read about it gave me the heebie jeebies. I highly recommend this book, by the way. It was my first trip into ‘weird fantasy’ and I totally loved it.

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2. The anthropophagus from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)I think that this series is the only YA horror series that has actually scared me. And by ‘YA’, I mean technically it’s marketed as such, but man, there’s a lot of horror in here. I don’t know if I’d qualify it as YA myself. I feel their reasoning is that the main character, an assistant to a mad scientist trying to catch these things, is in his teens. But don’t let that lull you. This book will give you the chills.

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1. The Shrike from Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)While this creature is nowhere near the scariest, it’s by far the neatest. This book reads almost like The Canterbury Tales where a handful of characters are on a pilgrimage to Hyperion, a planet that is home to The Shrike. All of the characters on their way tell their stories and all of them somewhere always relate back to The Shrike. This creature is revered as a diety by some, feared by others, but overall, it’s definitely unique in this list of monsters. I can’t even fully describe it. When I finished this book, I wanted to go see The Shrike myself.

No additional picture needed. It’s on the cover. πŸ˜›


And that’s it! In ten minutes, I’ll be off to work, then one more day until my life is piled into a truck and moved somewhere else. See you in a week!

Top 5 Creepy Settings

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Hello! Guess what day it is! Today’s topic is creepy settings. And with Halloween looming near, I suppose I should read creepy books. Maybe. We’ll see. πŸ˜›

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

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5. The slow descent into madness seen in Diabolo by Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1I suppose this one is more of a plot point than it is a setting, but the entire book revolves around it, so it fits I think. This series follows the slow progression into insanity the main characters fall into after selling their soul to the devil. It has been a few years since I’ve read it, but I remember being thoroughly creeped.

This is a three-volume-long series so super quick if you’re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

 

4. The neato and chilling art seen in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAgain, not fully ‘setting’ but the art in this book is so atmospheric that it sets the tone for the whole book. It’s really lovely.

 

 

 

3. The abandoned, burned-out building in the movie Mirrors

Image result for mirrors movieAn actual setting! This movie takes place in an old shopping mall, years after it burned out and was abandoned. It follows a security guard who patrols it – he keeps it and the place’s hundreds of mirrors safe.

I couldn’t brush my teeth while looking in the mirror for a week after the first time watching this one.onlythrow

PS. Don’t watch the second one. Only the first –>

2. The creepy cultish world in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)This book was unsettling. You have the zombie apocalypse, right. But then you also have this band of super culty-religious people running likely the last stronghold of humanity. It. Was. Weird.

I really liked this book.

 

 

 

1. The terrifying idea of a sadistic AI ruling over what remains of humanity found in I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamThis short story was really really disturbing. It follows a small group of people. The last ones? Who knows. They certainly don’t, as they try to live while being the plaything of an AI gone rampant. They’ve no way to get out, even killing themselves will result in the AI just bringing them back for more torture. This seriously gave me the heeby-jeebies and I totally recommend it.

 

 

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And that’s it! Creepy things, creepy things. Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Spooky Settings

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First time in a long time that I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post (or posted regularly at all, whoop). This week’s theme is spooky settings, both ones I’ve seen in books and one I would like to see in books. So this is going to be a more… wordy post. If anybody knows a book that fits any of the settings I describe, do let me know, won’t you. The T5W group can be found here if you’d like to participate.


FiveThe Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

I really enjoy settings with cultist or religion-gone-crazy overtones, especially if the entirety of exactly what this group of people is doing doesn’t come to light right away. I love that moment of horror, of realization that I get when I see what is truly happening within the group. It’s unsettling and the reason I love it so much is because it’s the most real. People join groups and do horrible things all the time – I’m not condoning or encouraging people to join a cult or anything, but knowing that it could happen makes the book all the more chilling. A good example of this is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The main character lives in a town surrounded by fences. On the outside of those fences are the rest of what once was humanity. As the book progresses, the reader sees that the horrors outside the fence might be matched by the horrors within. It’s so good, it’s so unsettling, it’s so goooood. Another example could be the latest season of American Horror Story: Roanoke. I’m not going to go into detail, but it’s the first season that’s actually frightened me in a long while.

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Pitch Black PosterThe fear of the unknown is an excellent driver of horror in my book. Anything where the characters are surrounded by potential horror but they don’t know for sure. The movie Pitch Black is a good example of this. The characters find themselves on a planet covered in darkness and they can’t see or know what lies within it. Jump scares are common in this kind of writing/viewing and are usually super effective on me.

This could also apply to horrors that aren’t supernatural at all – being stranded in the ocean for example or lost in space. The movie Gravity terrified me even though it wasn’t technically a ‘horror’. The fear of getting lost or abandoned kept crawling up my skin while watching it and I couldn’t shake it for a while afterwards. Yuck, I love it.

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Monsters. I know that’s a cop-out in general to say ‘Monsters’ but I mean it. Monsters! Big ones, vicious ones, ruthless ones. Ones that don’t see humans as anything but prey. That’s what scares me. The thought of being devolved into nothing but meat. Three good examples of this are Attack on Titan, both the manga and the anime (watch it, oh my gosh – it’s available on Netflix), Troll Hunter (also on Netflix) and The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. All three call into question my humanity in the sense that… I may be a person, have my own thoughts, feelings and ideas, but there will always be something that doesn’t see that, that only sees the flesh on my bones. It’s creepy, I don’t like it, but I can’t get enough.

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Paranormal Activity PosterOne of my favorite horror elements is something that Paranormal Activity captures pretty well. Camera feeds. It’s always so nerve-wracking for me to watch a still feed and just have to wait for something to happen. I know it’s going to happen, but it still scares the doody out of me.

Another thing the camera incorporates is the low-pitched sound when something is approaching. A lot of testimony of people who claim to have seen ghosts or demons or whatever often mention hearing that sound and I think it’s great when it’s incorporated.

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My absolute very creepy setting is when the audience is involved in the horror. You the reader are involved. The best example I have of this is actually from an ongoing series written on the /r/nosleep subreddit on reddit (btw, /r/nosleep has a lot of spooky stuff on there if you want scary things to read). This series I’m talking about in particular is simply called ‘Correspondance‘ and was written by a user named ‘bloodstains’. It starts as a simple email correspondance and slowly devolves into horror. The writer involves the reader through technology. Pictures mentioned that have been ‘attached’ to the emails are linked in the posts, videos are linked. It allows the reader to see what the characters are seeing, hear what they’re hearing. It’s really unsettling, especially if you’re reading it in the dark by yourself. It’s like… do I really want to click on this link? Do I really want to see what’s being talked about? It’s creepy, it’s unnerving and it’s wonderful.

If you decide to read this one and are unfamiliar with reddit, know that after you finish the first bit of the series, you can click on the username that wrote it to access the next bits.

This is my favorite method of horror. It allows me to be in it but still at a safe distance.


Happy reading

Halloween Book Tag

Today is a tag. :”D I found the Halloween book tag here and it’s original creator is here. Since Halloween is tomorrow and I’m planning on doing a Nano post tomorrow, I figured I’d put up this one today instead. So here it goooes.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

RumbleAt this time last year, I would have said Twlight, but I have found a book I dislike even more. :”D So it’s gonna be my tinder instead. And that would be Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. I did a review on it (warning, if you liked this book, don’t read that). I didn’t like that book at all. I haven’t read anything else by Hopkins though, so I’m hoping it was just this book that I disliked.

Anyways, yes, it will provide me warmth.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)Treat: John Anchor from Iron Angel by Alan Campbell. John Anchor is one of my alltime favorite characters ever. He appears in Iron Angel, which is the second book of the Deepgate codex. Everywhere John goes, he pulls around a huge tether than strapped to his back and disappears up into the sky. Turns out, he’s the anchor for a god’s ship and leads it around on the ground. He’s a huge, bulking, intimidating character with a heart of gold. I loves him. I really wish someone would create some fan art of the guy. I’ve tried looking and failed. D:Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

Trick: Fuhrer King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Not gonna say anymore because spoilers, but ugh.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I grew up rereading this book, among others. I love this book. It’s so nostalgic for me, it’s always a treat when I get to reread it.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Like the video said where I found this tag, I feel like saying any character would be a spoiler, so…

Spoiler for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: I’d want Dumbledore to come visit. It would be so cool AND SAD, MAN.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)I think it’d be really cool to be anyone with the ability to fly (assuming the costume gave me the ability too ;”D). So maybe Goku or Piccolo from Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama would be awesome.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)I like how this question is just straight up Harry Potter, haha. I think my favorite would be the whole time turner thing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Though at the same time it mildly infuriates me. It had so much potential and after that book they just kind forget about it. Grr. But yes, time turner, Sirius Black, Buckbeak.

Btw, I CANNOT WAIT for the illustrated version of book 3. I’m SO EXCITED.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

MPD Psycho, Vol. 1The first one that pops into my head is MPD Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. This book is just gross, man. It’s about a serial killer that does messed up things and it totally deserves the title ‘graphic’ novel, because holy cow is it graphic. Yuck. I couldn’t even finish it and gave it away to a friend who likes gore. Beh.


So that’s the tag. :”D Happy Halloween everyone.

I tag:

Ace, Zezee, Analee, Panda, BooksatDawn, Orang-utan Scifi and Scary, Shivii and anyone else who would like to do it!

Haaaaave fun. :”D