Spooky Halloween Reads and More for 2015

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Books

Reviewed especially for Halloween:

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Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography by Victoria Price

The late Vincent Price was the master of horror and comedy. His movies had an eerie and unsettling quality that made him a horror film icon. Read a review of his biography written by his daughter, Victoria Price.

 

 

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The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

In the tradition of his enticing book Verliege, Rivers, once again, takes the reader on a supernatural adventure. This time, he chose the sea as a location for tragedy and suspense on board of The Black Witch—read what happens in this review.

 

 

GW_Oh_Shit_Im_DeadOh Shit, I’m Dead! by G.R. Williams

This debut novel by Williams is a short story into the afterlife. The character, Ray, takes readers along on an emotionally-charged journey to the final destination. Read The Oh Shit, I’m Dead! review.

 

 

 

 

Spooks Reads Recommendations

For this year’s Halloween, we put together some spooky reads that have been reviewed throughout the year on this website. Check out our Spooky Reads for Halloween 2015 list.

 

 

Further Reading

 

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The Mariner’s Shadow by Clive S. Johnson

Once again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews is able to present one of Clive S. Johnson’s popular poems The Mariner’s Shadow. Don’t miss out on his other two poems From a Moorland Walk and Remiss that were published on this blog in 2014. Clive S. Johnson is a science fiction author and poet. Check out a review of the book Cold Angel Days, the fourth book in The Dica Series.

 

Veronica Scott

Romance, science fiction author, Veronica Scott, presents a special post and illustrations dealing with Victorian Veggie People for Halloween.

 

HALLOWEENPALOOZA III: 31 Days of Halloween

There is a Halloween celebration going on on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA Facebook page. You can read short stories entered for this event on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA blog.

 

…and More

Last year’s movie reviews proved to be a success. This year again, we reviewed some movie classics for you:

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House of Wax (2005 | 1958)

A remake of the original House of Wax starring the legendary actor Vincent Price that does not live up to its 1953’s predecessor. The message conveyed in the modern version is that if you’re going to take a detour, take a lot of friends to keep the killers busy while you look for a way out. Read more about House of Wax.

 

 

 

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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

This movie was one of the first that introduced the audience to a formulaic plot line and gory details. It is a parody of southern hospitality, which at times, has a very comical effect. The film was mostly played in drive-in movies and became on instant success. Read more about Two Thousand Maniacs!

 

 

 

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The Screaming Skull (1958)

The Screaming Skull is a cult classic and a fun look at the classic, psychological horror genre. You won’t die of fright watching it, but it contains enough highly dramatic and scary moments to keep you watching. The movie was based on the classic horror story by the author F. Marion Crawford and originally published in 1911. Read more about The Screaming Skull.

 

 

 

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 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This horror, comedy movie is a British-French-American production dealing with an apocalyptic zombie uprising and has become a cult classic. Because of its satirical approach, it is now considered one of the top horror movies of the decade and the best zombie movie ever made. According to Screenrant, Shaun of the Dead is one of Tarantino’s top 20 movies.

 

 

 

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Ghost Ship (2002)

Originally, the screenplay was written as a relatively bloodless psychological horror movie. The script underwent several revisions and turned Ghost Ship into a gory film with an emphasis on the supernatural element.

 

 

 

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The Uninvited (1944)

This atmospheric and moody film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematorgraphy in 1945. The movie is based on the novel “Uneasy Freehold” by Dorothy Macardle that was published in 1942. The Uninvited is listed as one of the 11 scariest horror movies of all time by Martin Scorsese.

 

 

DVD_Attack_of_the_Killer_TomatoesAttack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

What type of movie do you get when scientists experiment with tomatoes? A musical, black comedy horror B-movie that is so bad, it became part of the pop culture. Although Attack of the Killer Tomatoes will probably go into the annals of the worst vegetable movie ever made, fans are pushing for a remake.

 

 

 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

This movie is a science fiction, a horror comedy that has reached a cult classic status. Aliens, who resemble evil circus clowns, invade a small town. Although the storyline is considered quite simple, the movie, in general, is reminiscent of past B-movies. Killer Klowns From Outer Space received praise for its special effects and visual design.

 

 

 

Around the Internet

On the Metro page you can check out the 5 tips (from scientists) on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Bored Panda has a great recipe for a red velvet zombielicious Brain Cake.

Live Science page has a ‘The Walking Dead’: How to Survive a Zombie Invasion article on their site.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition is having a Halloween round-up. Articles include the history and traditions of HalloweenThe Perfect Halloween PumpkinHow to Make Green Goo/GloopPumpkin-Potato-Polenta Dumplings and Scary Tales for Halloween.

Zombie Research Society is the leading expert on everything zombie. Their homepage is dedicated to zombie survival, zombie culture and zombie science. Enjoy articles like The Benefit of Cannibalism, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Zombie-Proof your Apartment, 7 Badass Zombie Kills, and the Apocalypse Check List: High-Tech Gadgets.

Business Insider released an article A giant ‘spooky’ space rock is flying close to Earth on Halloween, but that’s not the most disturbing part. We hope this is not any kind of zombie apocalypse.

Fast Company has run an article with photos of Running a Haunted House is Scarier Than You Think.

Missed Spooky Halloween Reads and More last year? check out our post now.

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Ship Illustration:
©Clive Johnson — All Rights Reserved

Skull Photo:
©Rowan Russell — All Rights Reserved

42 Books to Love for Towel Day 2015

Towel Day has been an annual tradition celebrated on May 25th to honor the work and remember the life of author Douglas Adams. Best known for probably the best science fiction book ever written, “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” Mr. Adams had a career that would endear him to the soul of the even the most casual reader and science fiction connoisseur. His work was imbued with a humor that was rare and an idea that life is to precious to waste. Hold your towel close today and if you’re looking for a really wonderful read, be sure to check out my list of recommendations below. Thank you, as always, to Rangewoman Inc for her tireless work in helping me format this post and be sure to check out her page for special events and interviews to celebrate the day.

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Recommended Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day 2015

downloadIf, like me, nothing excites you more than a comfy blanket and a good read, check out my list of recommended romantic reads for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

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Best Rabid Reader’s Reviews Reads of 2014

I’ve had the honor and pleasure to be asked to read some of the truly greatest books ever in 2014. Thank you to all the authors who asked me to read and review their writing. Below is a selection of the best of the best in no particular order. Thank you to Rangewoman Inc. for her invaluable help with this list and throughout the year.

 

 

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42 Books to Love for Towel Day 2014

Check out the list of 42 Books to love for Towel Day!

Towel Day is the International celebration of Douglas Adams and his work. From radio writer to novelist to screenwriter to observational Adams’s work has been read and admired by people from all walks of life. For more features developed for and information about Towel Day click here.

Much thanks to the fabulous Rangewoman Inc. who helped me immensely with this posting and also helps me immeasurably daily. Her dedication and time is always appreciated.

 

 

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Best Rabid Reader’s Reviews Reads of 2013

The best of the year is one of my favorite posts to do but its also one of the most difficult. How do I narrow down the many outstanding novels that I read this year to the best? What follows are some of my favorite reads this year in no particular order, and if any fall into your genre, you should pick them up. These are novels that deserve to be read.

 

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The Day that Jesus Rode into Croydon by Kirk St. Moritz

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

 

KS_The_Day_Jesus_Rode_Into_Croydon Joe is a twenty-something slacker who suddenly discovers that his simple life isn’t as simple as it might appear. The continuation of the world rests in his hands. Called to action by the Prophet and aided by his drug dealer roommate, Danny, Joe must find the missing Prophet — a man the world knows as Troy McCluresque star Jack Connelly.

 

 

 

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42 Books to Love for Towel Day 2013

 

 

Towel_Day_2013Is this not a Hamlet kind of day? Check out list of 42 Books to love for Towel Day!

Towel Day is the International celebration of Douglas Adams and his work. From radio writer to novelist to screenwriter to observational  Adams’s work has been read and admired by people from all walks of life. For more features developed for and information about Towel Day click here.

 

 

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Everyone Can Learn Math by Alice Aspinall (Author) and Alexandria Massey (Illustrator)

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

 

Everyone Can Learn Math by Alice AspinallIn Everyone Can Learn Math by Alice Aspinall, Amy is in 5th grade and is frustrated with her math homework. She struggles with a word question, sparking an outburst toward her mother, who also struggles with math but is doing her best to help her daughter succeed. Will Amy give up or will she learn the secret to unlocking her potential?

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