8 books to read this Halloween!

Yes, I am making my own list of books to read for your enjoyment this Halloween. I do understand that we are barely into September at the present moment but this gives everyone plenty of time to either purchase the books or check it out from your local library or however you normally acquire books to read. The list is in no particular order whatsoever. Enjoy!

This is a book I read last year around summer time. It’s a book about good versus evil, however, there are some horror elements to it.

This book is typically labeled as a mystery but I find it kind of scary. 10 people are stranded on an island and then people start mysteriously dying one by one. This book will keep the pages turning.

I read this book a couple of years ago but it’s still one of my favorites. A man who is a legendary rock artist who is haunted by a ghost, this book will stick with you even after you’ve finished reading it.

I read this book last year on my Kindle. It’s a great read for anyone who would enjoy a good haunted house story.

This is another favorite of mine that I read a couple of years ago. A group of people go to a house to investigate it to see if it’s “haunted” and by the end of the book, you won’t be able to sleep without the lights on.

This is one of my all time favorite books to read if you’re looking for a good scare. A teenage girl moves into a run down mansion with her father and weird things start happening as soon as they move in.

This isn’t really a haunted house story but more about a specific family that is haunted. There are some nice twists that will keep you reading.

Two sisters run away to go live with their aunt in order to escape horrible living conditions at home, only to find that the safe haven they thought they were walking into isn’t really as safe as they thought.

Comic books?

Do you consider comic books/anime/manga/graphic novels to be the same as reading an actual novel? Now, I’m not one to say that the book has to have a certain word count before it’s considered a “novel” and it can’t have any pictures or anything like that. I would say “yes” to that first question.

I’ve read the mini series “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” that was written by Joe Hill. It’s a prequel to the novel “NOS4A2” that tells you all about how Charles Talent Manx became the villain in that novel. It doesn’t add anything or take anything away from the book. It just gives you some back history on Manx.

I’ve also read the Locke & Key series, which was also written by Joe Hill. That’s my first comic book series that I’ve read and it’s what introduced me to author Joe Hill. It’s a good series but I would consider it and the mini series listed above to be for “mature audiences” only because of some of the content.

Did you see the premiere?

So, who here watched the premiere of “NOS4A2” (yes, I know I’m a little late on this)? Are you excited to see the next episode? What are your expectations for the first season? How many of you have read the book that this show is based on?

I know there are some little differences, so far, between the show and the book. However, I don’t think it’s enough to deter me from watching the show. Yeah, in the book, Vic McQueen was a little younger and she rode an actual bicycle instead of a motor cycle (that seems to be the big difference so far at this point). But I’m still interested in seeing how this show plays out. What do you think so far?

Looking forward to…..

Author Joe Hill has another book coming out later this year that looks interesting. I found this book while browsing the website for the local bookstore. It’s a book with several different short stories in it, one he even wrote with his dad…Stephen King. I think I’m going to have to get this book when it comes out on October 1st. I just have to decide if I want to purchase the physical copy or get this as an e-book on my Kindle.

Get a glimpse into Christmasland!

Back in January of this year, I had written an article about a tv show that they’re making back when they first provided a still photo of what the villain would look like. The book is called “NOS4A2” and it’s written by Joe Hill (there is still time to go read the book before the show comes out). Well, I am now happy to report that they’ve now released a trailer for the show and it will air on AMC on June 5th of this year. I’m so happy to get a little bit of an insight to the show and get a premiere date. June 5th can’t get here fast enough!

Author Spotlight (Chapter 3)

This is author Joseph Hillstrom King, however, he writes under the pen name of Joe Hill. He is actually the son of Stephen King but I didn’t know that until after I had already started reading some of his work (and because he writes under the pen name). I started out reading his comic book series “Locke & Key” that he did with Gabriel Rodriguez (the illustrator). I very much enjoyed the series despite the fact that I don’t normally read comic books (it’s for mature audiences only though) but that was ultimately what got me hooked on this author to begin with. Since then, I’ve read “Heart-Shaped Box” and “NOS4A2” which are both excellent reads as well. I’ve got some of his other works but I haven’t had a chance to conquer them yet because I’ve got so much on my “to be read” list that it’s not even funny. If you are someone who likes horror and/or dark fantasy, then this is definitely an author that you’ll want to check out!

Locke & Key

Locke & Key is a comic book series written by author Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. I read this comic book series a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed them a lot. Ever since I read them, I’ve heard rumors that they were going to make this series into a tv show and then I heard rumors they were going to make them into movies…..now I’ve finally found out that there is suppose to be a tv show based on this series that is being made for Netflix. Currently, they are filming this from February 11th till June 17th of this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I imagine (this is just my theory here) that we won’t get to see this show until very late in the year or some time next year. It depends on how long it takes them to getting through the post-production process and all that jazz. Anyway, I’m glad to finally hear that we are getting a show after hearing so many rumors floating around and I can’t wait to see this show.


NOS4A2

NOS4A2 is a the third novel by author Joe Hill and published in 2013. AMC ordered a 10 episode television series on April 10, 2018 that will be based on the novel. The series is suppose to air sometime in 2019. Jami O’Brien is the showrunner and Zachary Quinto is set to play the villain, Charlie Manx. Entertainment Weekly has released photos of Quinto as his character and I’m getting excited to see this show. There is also a comic book mini series called “Wraith” that is written by Joe Hill. This doesn’t really add to the story that appears in NOS4A2, however, it does give you some back story on Charlie Manx and basically tells you how he became the character that you see in the novel. I’ve read both the novel and the comic book mini series and I enjoyed both of them. They are definitely a good read and I’ll look forward to the tv show set to come out some time this year.

Synopsis: NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.