Monday, October 17, 2011

where books devour you blog hop

Welcome to JoAnne's Book Macabre...apart of the 'Where books devour you" mega author blog hop Halloween Special. *squeezes herself into her Elvira costume* I shall share with you, my favorite of all time, hair raising stories as told by some of the best horror writers out there...Elvira style! But before we begin, I must share with you the blog hop rules.... keep reading for my book macabre, and contest! I'm giving away one of my favorite choice!

*Opps, this Elvira dress is a little too small for me. Let me just readjust the girls* That's better.

Let's kick it off with the first ever horror book I ever read...which kept me up all night. with nightmares, tsk. I was a teenager! All innocent and the such like. Even the opening scene gives me the willies...still, to this very day.

James Herbet's Haunted

David Ash is a psychic investigator who is firmly stuck in a skeptic role, believing nearly all “paranormal” activity can be explained away by faults in the house and the such like. Upon beginning his investigations at Edbrook, a supposed haunted house in Surrey, England, he is drawn into a world of doubt.

Over the next three days, and nights, David is subjected to horrors and games that dredge up the nightmarish memories of his childhood. Can he so easily explain away the unexpected goings on with Edbrook as he would normally? Or is there more going on? Something...paranormal?

Haunted is chilling and suspenseful. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end with this one...Herbert’s descriptive writing paints graphic scenes of Edbrook House and the twisted features and personalities of the extended Mariell family. Haunted was made into a 'not so successful movie' in 1995 staring: Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews.

Haunted gave me a thirst for night sweats and edge-of-my-seat reads. I figured since I was too young to watch The Exorcist, I'd read it instead, and borrowed it from the library.
FRICKEN NORA! Was I too young for this story... demon possession, and crucifixes being rammed into a child's lady parts? I was not ready. Yet I could not stop reading. No nightmares, just simply lots of shock value. however, the movie was mega flat for me. I actually fell asleep! Mind you, it was a special, Halloween midnight showing. I was probably knackered, to be fair.

OPPS. That was the wrong video...or was it? Mwahahaha Darn it. Stupid wig is not supposed to slide to the right like that, surely? Ugh. Wait a sec, I need to go back into wardrobe. I don't know how Cassandra Peterson does this! Kudos, girl!

Is it safe to come out? this is by far my favorite horror movie and book! Here's JoAnne..I mean, here's really, here's Johnny. I ordered pizza and Johnny is the delivery dude's name! And funnily enough, he says the same thing...little pigs, little pigs, let me in.

I've not read this one... but I intend to. I've heard how ghostly it is, and I love the old b&w horror movies...the way they relay on atmosphere instead of guts and gore. They have me on the edge of my seat everytime. Opps. With all this talk of horror, I was so on the edge of my seat that I fell off, not ideal in an Elvira costume. You'll have to excuse me, again, while I squeeze myself back into this darn dress. While I do...

Why don't you enter the CONTEST? I'll be back at the end of the hop, costume fixed and wig on straight, to announce the winner. So be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out! Now, turn peeking while I get straightened up. Unless you're a hot vampire looking for some supper. And if you are, where the heck have you been all my life?


PSSST... I've also done a vampire movie macabre over on Brynna Curry's website in honor of Halloween. You know, if you find yourself getting bored while waiting to hear if you won a spooky story.


  1. Love this blog hop. Am finding so many new authors.
    Sue B

  2. Halloween blog hops are my favorite!
    good luck to all!!

  3. Thanks for dropping by and commenting xxx but don't forget to let me know what your favorite scary read is, and which out of my selection, would you prefer to win..and which format to be entered into the contest.
    Or, if you prefer not to enter but would still like to comment, just add NO WIN to the end of your post. Thanks...mwahhahahaha

  4. I had totally forgotten about Elvira!

  5. Just hopped in to say 'Hi', Great post

  6. I used to love Elvira LOL Great Blog Joanne

  7. I always like Bentley Little. His books are spooky. Out of the books I think i would like Haunting of Hill House in paperback.
    kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

  8. hi i like the haunted it a great story i lovescary

  9. My favorite scary read is Christine by Stephen King. I would love to win The Shining by Stephen King in paperback. I am a huge Stephen King fan, and I haven't read it yet, but I saw the movie and loved it.

  10. As always Joanne a great Blog, Not entering the contest just stopping to say HI

  11. Wow scary movies are not my thing but I can definitely can say that I do remember watching "The Shining" when I was a kid and for years afterwards my brothers and I would go around popping our heads into doors and saying "Here's Johnny!" LOL But man that was a long time ago.

    If I won I think I would like to read the book The Shinning. You know how most movies leave out lots of details and the books are 100 times better.

    Happy Halloween! I loved your post and I'm a follower.

  12. Hi JoAnne;

    Love Elvira! I love Shirley Jackson's book, but The Shining is probably my favorite scary book.

    Happy Halloween!


  13. I def like The Shining the best. I have read his books and watched his movies since I was a little kid (I have always loved scary movies). The only one that freaked me out was IT (I still think clowns are EVIL, lol).
    Thank you for the giveaway. I would prob prefer the movie if I won, although I would much prefer one of your books (SWEET IRISH KISS) if possible.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. Great blog hop, must confess totally forgot about Elvira, used to get such a kick out of her.
    Always have been a fan of Stephen King, my favorite spooky read is "The Shining" get shivers thinking about it.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  15. I think I'm going to have to go with It as my fav scary read... to this day I am still terrified of clowns LOL.
    I would love to win Hanuted, that's the only one I haven't heard of or seen the movie too :)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Your posting was hilarious and creative. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop.

    I'll pass on the giveaway though. I am terrified of much lesser things than these stories. (-;

  17. My favorite scarey read is Salems Lot

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. I'm a Spook-a-licious tour participant, so I just came by to say "hi."
    One year I rented an Elvira costume and wore a black wig (my hair is blonde). Too bad I don't have the ... uh ... ASSETS that Elvira has! But I had a great time anyhow.

  19. I totally forgot how funny Elvia was and still is. She's a class within herself

  20. awesome post sweets! no need to enter me im just visiting! i cant believe i wasnt following your blog even though i visit it regularly but i am now!! plus i stalk both your fb pages xxxxx

  21. awesome giveaway! thank you for the chance to win! ive never read a scary book, but ive watched nearly every scary movie out there. the one that scared the crap out of me was the exorcist. so creepy! the book id like to win is haunted. thank you!

  22. the excorist was so scary when I read it

  23. My scariest read would have to be anything Steven King... Dude is just freaky as HELL...

    Don't worry about entering me just stopping by my fellow hopper and saying hi.

    GREAT Post... Love Love Love Elvira.


  24. LOL, JoAnne! Love Elvira, she's a real character - and I agree, the book is way better than Exorcist the film - I laughed so hard, I cried. Just didn't scare me at all. JAWS was scarier, yikes. I slept with the covers up to my neck for YEARS after reading King's Salem's Lot. LOL Happy blog hop!

  25. My favorite scary read is The Shining. I'd like to win The Exorcist.


  26. Fun post! Just stopping by to say hello. And hop I go!

  27. Horror isn't usually my cup of tea, but the early Dean Koontz books kept me up at night - Night Chills, The Bad Place, and Midnight.

    Of the books listed - Haunted would be my choice. I was hooked at chilling and suspenseful.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  28. I LOVE all things horror!!
    My favorite horror books are anything from Stephen King! I just loved Cujo and Salem's Lot :)

    My choice of the books listed above would be Haunted bu James Herbet :)

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!! Good luck to everyone!


  29. Thanks so much for dropping by and taking part. The winner is... Krysykat! Congrats, an email has been sent your way xx please respond within 7 days. Thank you.