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text 2019-08-06 18:53
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/06 (Day 6): Favorite Seasonal Covers -- Miscellaneous
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
Witching Hour (Lives Of The Mayfair Witches) - Anne Rice
Shining - Stephen King
The Raven - Gallery Books
Tales of Mystery and Madness - Edgar Allan Poe,Gris Grimly
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Dracula - Bram Stoker

These are books I've read, but my editions have other covers than those shown here ... which are so much more seasonal than mine!

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-08-05 19:59
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/05 (Day 5): Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements?
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection - J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The True Game: Kings Blood Four/Necromancer Nine/Wizard's Eleven - Sheri S. Tepper
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
The Dragonbone Chair - Tad Williams
Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart
The Green Mile - Mark Geyer,Stephen King
The Complete Vampire Chronicles (Vampire Chronicles, #1-#4) - Anne Rice

Hmmm, are we talking "series" as in "including trilogies and quartets" here, or does it have to be more than that number?  Also, what about works that were intended as one (very long) book but are traditionally broken up into several parts that are published separately (like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) and books originally published in several self-contained parts but now frequently combined into one omnibus volume (like Stephen King's Green Mile)?

 

Anyway, starting with the beasts that nobody can legitimately dispute are series and moving on from there, based on the assumption that it's "yes" to all of the above:

 

MULTI-BOOK SERIES ( >5 INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES)
Terry Pratchett: Discworld
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
Sheri S. Tepper: The True Game (all nine books, including the Mavin Manyshaped trilogy and the Jinian / End of the Game trilogy)

 

TRILOGIES / QUARTETS / MULTI-PART OMNIBUS VOLUMES
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
T.H. White: The Once and Future King
Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
Mary Stewart: Merlin Trilogy
Stephen King: The Green Mile

 

JUMPED THE SHARK
Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles

 

Unsurprisingly, almost all of my favorite supernaturally-tinged series are fantasy -- and I read both Green Mile and the Vampire Chronicles for pretty much everything but their horror contents.  That said, Rice jumped the shark for me when she insisted on using Lestat (of all characters) as a vehicle for exploring her rapidly altering expressions of faith ... shortly before going BBA and thus earning herself a place on my no-go list once and for all.  I still like the first books in the series, though, especially the first two.

 

 

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text 2019-08-05 18:34
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies or Others?
Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer,Stephenie Meyer
'Salem's Lot - Stephen King
Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Sorry all, I had to do some self-care starting this Friday through the weekend. Still feeling kind of out of sorts, but wanted to jump back in here. Talking to all of you and having fun things to look forward to is helping. That and sending out the bingo prizes!

 

-Blue

 

My first horror book monster that I fell in love with was definitely vampires. I remember when Christopher Pike was writing his teen horror books I read "The Last Vampire" in one sitting. Then of course there were the sequels all over the place too. 

 

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And who can forget R.L. Stine's vampire books as part of the Fear Street Series. 

 

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I then fell in love with Lestat in "Interview With a Vampire" finished that series to date as much as I could along with reading and finishing the Twilight series when I was overseas. I think there is something that had me going that it's so romantic to have an immortal being that would want to be with me forever so much that they would turn me into a vampire so we could be together always.  

 

I eventually grew up (literature wise) and realized that I tend to really only like Stephen King's views of vampires and that they are evil. Even though I wasn't down for everything in Salem's Lot, I appreciated what King was doing. He revisits vampires in his Dark Tower series as well as his short stories such as "One for the Road" (sequel to Salem's Lot), "The Night Flier", and "Popsy." Other vampires stories I have enjoyed are "Let the Right One In" and "I am Legend". 

 

I never really got into werewolves that much and I realized I didn't read a lot of werewolf books growing up beyond watching movies like Teen Wolf and Silver Bullet. And even though I grew up near Pittsburgh, I never got into zombies as a kid/teen/early adult. I think I only started really reading them after "The Walking Dead" got so popular. 

 

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text 2019-08-05 17:16
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
Dance of the Goblins - Jaq D. Hawkins

This one took a little thinking for me because I don't follow many series. When I do they tend to be Fantasy genre and the supernatural aspect is magic or shapeshifting. Horror tends to have more stand alones. So for what it's worth, these are the series that came to mind.

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text 2019-08-03 15:26
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/03 (Day 3): Favorite Ghostly Tales?
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Michael Slater,Charles Dickens
The Signalman: A Ghost Story - Charles Dickens,Simon Bradley
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales - Naguib Mahfouz,Raymond Stock
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Little Ghost - Otfried Preußler,Anthea Bell,F.J. Tripp
Violin - Anne Rice
Der Schimmelreiter - Theodor Storm
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton,Laszlo Kubinyi
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

As I said in my first pre-party post, I'm not much of a horror reader, and the ghost stories I like almost all either feature a ghost who is the author's messenger for some larger point, or they're chiefly characters who have had such an impact on another character's life, or on a given place, that their "ghostly" presence is in effect like a lasting shadow of their living presence.  Or, of course, we're really just talking fairy tale -- or satire / parody.

 

It goes without saying that this definition includes Dickens's A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Signalman; as well as the likes of:

 

* Aladdin from 1001 Nights (the genie is at least a kind of ghost, right?)

* A.S. Byatt: The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

* Wilkie Collins: Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

* Henry James: The Turn of the Screw

* Naguib Mahfouz: Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales 

* Toni Morrison: Beloved

* Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters

* Otfried Preußler: The Little Ghost (a wonderful children's story about not fearing "the other")

* Anne Rice: Violin (the last book by her that I read before she turned BBA)

* Theodor Storm: Der Schimmelreiter (The Dykemaster)

* The ghost stories of Edith Wharton (wonderfully atmospheric)

... and of course ...

* Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost

 

 

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