One of the aspects I love so much about Halloween is the ambiance that comes with it. I adore the cotton spider webs, the glow of Jack-o-lanterns, the witches, the goblins, and everything else that makes my favorite holiday so dark and spooky. It goes without saying that this is the time of year when horror authors shine their brightest.I remember going all out one year in my outdoor decorations, making gravestones out of floral foam, buying dry ice to put in a cauldron on the porch, covering the entire front of the house with spider webs and plastic spiders, carving terrifying faces on the pumpkins, and compiling a track of midi horror songs. The display was so scary I answered the door to more than one parent who had to come to the porch in place of his or her child, who watched from a safer distance with friends or other family members.
When it comes to my choice in Halloween movies, I want just as much atmosphere. Give me Gothic castles, full moons, rolling fog obscuring dark nights, creepy music, and supernatural monsters. There’s something about watching Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein, or a good, old-fashioned Hammer film that really sets the mood. I also enjoy the themed episodes of my favorite television shows and the spirit of the horror authors’ community coming together to supply the unsuspecting reader with thrilling new stories to read.This year, I’m happy to help Coffin Hop Press promote its Halloween benefit anthology, Death by Drive-In, the proceeds of which will be donated to the literacy program Lit World.
While I’m not a contributing author, I support the cause and am happy to be a part of this year’s Coffin Hop. Nearly a hundred horror authors are banning together to support Death by Drive-In and make your Halloween especially creepy, giving away books and other goodies—and giving you all sorts of chances to win. Go to www.coffinhop.com for a list of other participating authors.For my part, I’m offering one reader a signed copy of my Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, and another an electronic copy of Death by Drive-In, so make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win. I chose Finding Poe because I feel it's the embodiment of all I love about Halloween: it’s atmospheric, dark, creepy, and twisted. Inspired by the best works of Edgar Allan Poe, the story speculates how his own writing—most notably, his unfinished, untitled short story most of us know as "The Lighthouse"—may have contributed to his untimely death.
More about Finding Poe:
When reality and fiction collide, there's no telling what horrors might ensue.
In the wake of her husband's haunted death, Karina must sift through the cryptic clues left behind in order to solve the mystery behind his suicide—all of which point back to the elusive author, Edgar Allan Poe.
Karina soon finds that reality, dream, and nightmare have become fused into one as she journeys from a haunted lighthouse in New England to Baltimore, where the only man who might know the answers to her many questions resides.
But will she find her answers before insanity rips her grip on reality for good? Might a man she's never met hold the only key to a truth more shocking than even she could have imagined?
Finding Poe was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in Horror.
What do you enjoy most about Halloween? What are your favorite movies to watch and books to read during the spookiest month of the year?
Today, I'm taking a short break from the "I Love Horror Novellas Blog Tour" to host the important event, Books for Bunnies. Stop by tomorrow for my continued participation in the blog tour. --LL
Books for Bunnies is an event set up by the administrator/blogger for The Bunny’s Review
and coordinated with the help of blogger Alchemy of Scrawl
These two ladies have worked tirelessly in getting authors to donate eBooks for the event. Currently there are over 100 eBooks that have been donated, along with over 30 print books. Some of the print books are even signed by the author’s themselves.
The event is to help raise money for the House Rabbit Society
. The House Rabbit Society (or HRS) is a 501 non-profit organization to help raise awareness and to rescue rabbits from animal shelters. Below is a little about the background of the HRS.
House Rabbit Society Background House Rabbit Society is a national, nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Richmond, California. Our mission has two parts:
- Through our fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them.
- Through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits — and to improve bunnies' lives — by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals.
In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.
Since HRS was founded in 1988, over 25,000 rabbits have been rescued through our foster homes across the United States. Many of these bunnies had run out of time at animal shelters and were scheduled for euthanasia; others had been deemed "unadoptable" because of age, health, or disposition. Because there is no time limit on our rescued rabbits, HRS foster parents are able to spend time getting to know each individual bunny and can then match him or her with an appropriate home. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs.
In caring for so many diverse bunnies, our all-volunteer organization has learned a tremendous amount about their social, behavioral, and medical requirements. By sharing the collected information these rabbits have taught us, we are able to help other people improve their relationships with their rabbits. HRS provides educational materials to veterinarians and humane societies and helps individual rabbit people solve behavior and health problems, primarily through our web site, www.rabbit.org
, and our quarterly publication, House Rabbit Journal.
Over the past 20 years, HRS has grown from 300 to more than 8,000 members, with local chapters and educators in over 30 states plus Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. Our web site, www.rabbit.org
, is accessed over 100,000 times a day by people in dozens of countries around the world.
We are asking people to donate money to the HRS at this link through Network for Good
. The person that makes a donation will receive either an eBook or print book equal to the amount donated. There are books ranging in price from 99 cents to $27.00. There are several print copies of the books that have been autographed by the author.
The person that donates will receive an email thanking them for donating. That email needs to be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This will show the amount that has been donated. Please remember there is not any donation that is too small. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. The HRS will use the money to either help pay for vet bills or help in finding a forever home for the hundreds of bunnies in their care.
Please if possible take a moment to donate a couple of dollars to the HRS you never know what bunny’s life you might be saving.
--Suzie & The Bunnies - CupCake & Coale
Books for Bunnies Website: http://booksforbunnies.com
I hope you are able to contribute to this heartfelt cause. Thanks for stopping by!
Today, as the final stop to the Particle Horizon Tour, I have an interview with author Selso Xisto.
Selso Xisto graduated from King's College London longer ago than seems possible, and went on to work in kid's TV for over ten years making promos for Disney and Cartoon Network. Perhaps as an antidote he writes gritty, epic science fiction; forever his first love.
Surviving his ongoing obsession with fast motorbikes and flirtation with the underrated virtual worlds of videogames, he somehow found time to put to paper his long-gestating scifi epic. Influenced by the great space opera of Peter F Hamilton and Yokinobu Hoshino, as well as a lifetime of digesting the classics of Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke, he lives and breathes SciFi in all its forms.
He lives in London with his wife and cat. Though the cat would phrase that quite differently.
Tell us a little about yourself, Selso.
I grew up obsessed with science fiction and read all the classics. Lacking the self-confidence to make a career of my writing, I worked for over 10 years in TV instead making promos for Disney and Cartoon Network; it’s a lot of fun and helps scratch the creative itch. The time eventually came though, that I had to scratch a lot harder, so my book is finally here!
Tell us about your book, Particle Horizon?
It deals with big questions of faith, what it is to be human and even the origin of the universe, but above all, I believe it’s a good old-fashioned adventure. It’s an ensemble piece, telling the story of a galactic conflict coming to a head from the points of view of three very different main characters.
Who do you think Particle Horizon would appeal to?
Anyone remotely like me! I tried my best to write my own favorite novel and included all the scenarios and characters and themes that pushed all my buttons. I’ve read and loved amazing writers like Peter F Hamilton, Greg Bear, Arthur C Clarke, Yokinobu Hoshino and many more, so I think I’ve been greatly influenced by them. If you like their work, there’s a good chance you’ll like mine.
Having said that, very early on I made a conscious decision to write a compelling story that would appeal to any reader of pretty much any genre. As much as I love Sci-Fi, it can often be heavily laden with quite alienating jargon and themes that can stop a lot of smart, tasteful people from enjoying these great stories. I hoped that my character-based story would appeal to anyone; whether I’ve succeeded or not, is for my readers to say!
Who is your favorite main character? Why?
I’d have to say Aja. In many ways, she has the least say in the grand outcome and events of the story, but I think she’s very much the ‘normal’ person caught up in the whirlwind of events around her. She doesn’t want to be there, she just wants to survive. She’s the one most readers would most easily associate with. She’s also a badass! Tough and not to be messed with, she’ll fight tooth and nail to protect her secret! I’m not telling you what that is though…
What literary character outside of Particle Horizon would Aja be friends with? Why?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I think she’d probably stay far away from anyone involved in epic adventures or dangerous quests! She just wants to live her quiet life somewhere peaceful, allowed to believe in her own faith. She’d likely want to hang out with someone from a totally different and peaceful genre!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
The authors I named before! In particular Yokinobu Hoshino; he wrote an amazing manga series called ‘2001 nights’ which so few people have heard of and it makes me sad that every sci-fi fan in the world doesn’t have his collection on their shelves. Apart from the beautiful, stark artwork, he writes such haunting, epic stories; like Arthur C Clarke in a more modern tone.
What do you like to do when you aren't working or writing?
I must confess to having a love of videogames! I think non-gamers are really missing out on some of the most gorgeous and fascinating virtual worlds imagined. A good game like Bioshock or Halo can really transport you into a world that simply couldn’t be conjured up in a book or film. A solid, three-dimensional world you get to walk around in and explore, and some great, great stories too.
About the novel:
From the blood and dust of New Jerusalem, the Legion of the LightBringer wages a galactic war against those who would replace their god. Now, the time has come for the Union of Free Worlds to make a stand. The front line is the idyllic asteroid world of Angelhaven, where the greatest mind in human history has discovered an elemental power with far-reaching implications. A power that both sides will do anything to harness.
Marine commander Gomes leads the crack Union task force. An unrelenting warrior driven by revenge and a need for answers, he hides a strange ability neither science nor religion can explain.
On the other side of the war, Aja is forced to fight for a cause she doesn't believe in to protect her own secret.
Caught between them is Una, a living machine who battles for her humanity as her world falls apart.
Outnumbered ten to one and stalked by a mysterious nemesis, all three will play a role in unraveling Angelhaven's enigma.
As the Legion invasion begins, unknown eyes watch with interest...To finish off the tour with a bang, Selso Xisto is offering his debut novel, Particle Horizon, for free on Kindle during July 4th, 5th, and 6th. Click here to get your copy. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Special thanks to Dana Fredsti for sharing at http://www.danafredsti.com/blog/?p=561
SF Bay Area Peeps! URGENT Call for Adoption!Must Rehome ASAP (Everywhere)Date: 2011-02-10, 7:57PM PST
Reply to: email@example.com [Errors when replying to ads?]Please help! After two long years of being on a waiting list for a dog, we have been notified by breed rescue that, at long last, our number has come up and … WE ARE HAVING A PUPPY!We must get rid of our children IMMEDIATELY because we just know how time consuming our new little puppy is going to be and it just wouldn’t be fair to the children. Since our little puppy will be arriving on Monday we MUST place the children up for adoption this weekend!They are described as:One male — his name is Tommy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), light blonde hair, blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn’t bite. Temperament tested. Does have problems with peeing directly in the toilet. Has had chicken
Pox and is current on all shots. Tonsils have already been removed. Tommy eats everything, is very clean, house trained and gets along well with others. Does not run with scissors and with a little training he should be able to read soon.One female — her name is Lexie, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), strawberry blonde hair, green eyes quite freckled. Two years old. Can be surly at times. Non-biter, thumb sucker. Has been temperament tested but needs a little attitude
adjusting occasionally. She is current on all shots, tonsils out, and is very healthy and can be affectionate. Gets along well with other little girls and little boys but does not like to share her toys and therefore would do best in a one child household. She is a very quick learner and is currently working on her house training. Shouldn’t take long at all.We really do LOVE our children so much and want to do what’s right for them. That is why we contacted a rescue group. But we simply can no longer keep them. Also, we are afraid that they may hurt our new puppy.I hope you understand that ours is a UNIQUE situation and we have a real emergency here! They MUST be placed into your rescue by Sunday night at the latest or we will be forced to drop them off at the orphanage or along some dark, country road. Our priority now has to be our new puppy.$10 rehoming fee but price is very negotiable. PS - If you laughed or understood the seriousness of this posting, please repost it in other areas of the country as well as continue to repost it. It doesn’t matter how quickly it was flagged the point is that SOMEONE SOMEWHERE will have read it and thought about it for minute.