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A Fortnight of Fright 2017 | Intro & Sign-Ups!

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October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Wow. I can’t believe we are doing this for a SIXTH year in a row! Alyssa (blog and Twitter), Amy (blog and Twitter) and I try and host this two week feature where we celebrate all things Autumn and (if you want) HALLOWEEN!

I am basically just going to copy the same blurb I have for years cause 1. I am lazy and 2. It’s the pertinent info that ya need….SO for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to Autumn and Halloween! We work with you guys and sometimes amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MOAR! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!

Sign ups will be open from 9/11 – 9/22 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/9 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Wondering what we had going on from years past? Check it out:

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A Fortnight of Fright 2016: Intro & Sign-Ups!

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October 17th – October 31st, 2015

Wow. We are back here for a FIFTH year for Fortnight of Fright and I can hardly believe it!! As many of you know, September – January is my very favorite time of year and Halloween is my one true love! Therefore, it is no question that Fortnight of Fright is something that I love hosting along with Ayssa (Books Take You Places) and Amy (Tripping Over Books)!

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to Autumn and Halloween! We work with you guys and some amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MOAR! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!

Sign ups will be open from 9/12 – 9/25 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/10 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Also don’t forget about All Hallow’s Read and the giving of books in lieu of candy!

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Here’s a bit more about the event:

  • A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT runs from 10/17 – 10/31
  • Alyssa, Amy, and I are your hosts for this event so your FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT post would be posted on one of our blogs as a guest post (this goes for all topics — so even if you did a book review, it would still be a “guest post” on one of our blogs)
  • Once we have enough people sign up, we’ll put together the schedule and let you know on whose blog your post will appear and on what date!
  • We’re open to pretty much anything Halloween-related! Favorite TV shows, movies, books, candy, facts, celebrations… Book recommendations, book reviews, highlighting a specific movie or TV show… Recipes, Pinterest boards, crafts, how-tos, costume contests, Halloween costumes for book characters… Really, the sky is the limit! NOTE: Your post should be original content, not something previously posted.
  • Sign ups will be open from 9/12 – 9/25 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/10 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Wondering what we had going on from years past? Check it out:

PREVIOUS FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT POSTS

SIGN-UPS FOR A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT 2016

A Fortnight of Fright 2015: Intro & Sign-Ups!

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October 17th – October 31st, 2015

Wow. We are back here for a FOURTH year for Fortnight of Fright and I can hardly believe it!! It’s that time again! One of my favorite times of the year… Fall and HALLOWEEN!! October is almost here and that means our annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT feature is nigh! I am SO excited to be hosting this event again with Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and Amy (Tripping Over Books)!

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to fall and Halloween! We work with you guys and some amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MORE! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!  As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out! Also don’t forget about All Hallow’s Read and the giving of books in lieu of candy!

Here’s a bit more about the event:

  • A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT runs from 10/17 – 10/31
  • Alyssa, Amy, and I are your hosts for this event so your FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT post would be posted on one of our blogs as a guest post (this goes for all topics — so even if you did a book review, it would still be a “guest post” on one of our blogs)
  • Once we have enough people sign up, we’ll put together the schedule and let you know on whose blog your post will appear and on what date!
  • We’re open to pretty much anything Halloween-related! Favorite TV shows, movies, books, candy, facts, celebrations… Book recommendations, book reviews, highlighting a specific movie or TV show… Recipes, Pinterest boards, crafts, how-tos, costume contests, Halloween costumes for book characters… Really, the sky is the limit! NOTE: Your post should be original content, not something previously posted.
  • Sign ups will be open from 9/9 – 9/20 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/12 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/19 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Wondering what we had going on from years past? Check it out:

PREVIOUS FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT POSTS

SIGN-UPS FOR A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT 2015

A Fortnight of Fright 2014: Intro & Sign-Ups!

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October 17th – October 31st, 2014

It’s that time again! One of my favorite times of the year… Fall and HALLOWEEN!! October is almost here and that means our annual FORNIGHT OF FRIGHT feature! The past two years, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I brought you A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT — a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! This year, we’re hosting it collaboratively under our group On the Same Page which means the lovely Amy from Tripping Over Books will be joining us in hosting as well!

This is our call to all you Halloween-lovers — bloggers, authors, readers, whoever! — to participate in A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT this year! We would love for you to join us in this fun celebration of the best holiday of the year! (We’re biased.) Please see the form below if you’d like to participate! If you missed it last year or are looking for some ideas for posts, check out the collection of links below the sign-up form from previous years!

Here’s a bit more about the event:

  • A FORNIGHT OF FRIGHT runs from 10/17 – 10/31
  • Alyssa, Amy, and I are your hosts for this event so your FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT post would be posted on one of our blogs as a guest post (this goes for all topics — so even if you did a book review, it would still be a “guest post” on one of our blogs)
  • Once we have enough people sign up, we’ll put together the schedule and let you know on whose blog your post will appear and on what date!
  • We’re open to pretty much anything Halloween-related! Favorite TV shows, movies, books, candy, facts, celebrations… Book recommendations, book reviews, highlighting a specific movie or TV show… Recipes, Pinterest boards, crafts, how-tos, costume contests, Halloween costumes for book characters… Really, the sky is the limit!
  • Sign-ups close Monday 10/6!

ALSO — Another awesome Halloween thing you should know about is ALL HALLOW’S READ. All Hallow’s Read is a project started by Neil Gaiman and instead of giving candy on Halloween, participants give out books! Once again this year, Alyssa, Amy, and I will all be exchanging horror, paranormal, or general Halloween-type feel books for All Hallow’s Read! These books are not only exchanges, but we decided to do it present-style so each one we receive will be a SURPRISE! We’ll be reading and reviewing throughout the month of October so keep an eye out for those Halloween reviews!

If you have any questions about A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT, please feel free to email or  any one of us! If you’d like to contact me via email or Twitter, my info is in the side bar!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – October 29, 2013: Top Ten Books to read for Halloween

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Books to read for Halloween

Well. I don’t read scary books. You know this. So I’m just going to tell you my personal, fun Halloween picks or “Halloween Books for the Less-Horror Inclined”… And as usual, I’m not following the rules and I’m giving you many, many choices instead of just ten!

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The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is a perfect Halloween read. Ghosts, ghouls, night gaunts, witches, and all within a graveyard. It’s also positively delightful (and really not scary for you fellow scaredy cats) and the audio read by Neil Gaiman himself is absolutely fantastic!

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The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) – Megan Shepherd

THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is a nice HORROR read. I feel like horror is often combined with paranormal nowadays so it was really interesting to see this retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau and yes, there is a bit of “science” involved so I guess you could call it science-fiction? But I think it’s more horror!

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

THE NIGHT CIRCUS is another non-scary but perfect for Halloween book. We’ve got REAL magic masquerading as illusion and so, so, so much amazing imagery in this book! Wonderful characters, a beautiful setting, and a dash of mystery!

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Paper Valentine – Brenna Yovanoff

PAPER VALENTINE was definitely interesting. The main character is seeing the ghost of her best friend who recently died and unrelated to her friend’s death, there are serial killings going on all over town. With the help of her friend’s ghost, she ends up on the case of solving the murders.

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) – Susan Dennard

I read SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY last year for Halloween and it was so much fun! If you’re looking for a good zombie book with a steampunk twist, this is it! I’m slacking and still haven’t read book two yet, but I can’t wait to get to it. Oh, and Susan Dennard is positively wonderful and incredibly sweet!

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Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) – Jessica Spotswood

BORN WICKED was another one I read last year for Halloween and it was SO good. Real witches in a sort of alternate history… It was just so interesting! Another series I still haven’t continued YET but believe me, I will!!! And hopefully soon.

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Ten – Gretchen McNeil

TEN reminded me of the slasher movies of the 90s in a really fun way! It’s a retelling of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and it was just creepy enough that it wasn’t TOO scary haha. It’s totally a perfect Halloween read!

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Frostbite || Shadow Kiss || Blood Promise || Spirit Bound || Last Sacrifice

I always think vampires make for good Halloween subjects and I really loved the originality of VAMPIRE ACADEMY. I wasn’t sure I’d like the series before I picked up the books, but it really ended up turning into one of my favorites!

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Shadowlands (Shadowlands #1) – Kate Brian
Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) – Kate Brian

SHADOWLANDS has a serial killer that is positively CREEPTASTIC. I really enjoyed book one and it totally kept me on my toes! Definitely one to read at night. In the dark. Snuggle up!

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Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1) – Wendy Higgins
Sweet Peril (Sweet Trilogy #2) – Wendy Higgins

This series has some demons, both good and evil. Angels too, which I wasn’t sure I’d like but ya know… I really enjoy the darker side of it haha.

So there you have it! Those are my recommendations for some fun Halloween reads. Looking for more? Check out my “GUIDE” to paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy books!

Fortnight of Fright: Stephen King Guest Post by April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!

April from The Steadfast Reader has a guest post for us today on Stephen King! Any Stephen King fans out there?!

Stephen King: A Primer

 

Stephen Edwin King. Born in Portland, Maine on September 21, 1947. He and his wife Tabitha, own two residences in Maine and also owns property in Sarasota, Florida. May be considered by Floridians as a ‘snow bird’.

He is the undisputed master of horror, taking on the genre and breathing new life into it with his first novel Carrie in 1974. Less than a year later the veritable ‘Salem’s Lot was published. ‘Salem’s Lot is still hailed as a fantastic novel in the vampire sub-genre.

This Constant Reader first discovered Stephen King as a part of her father’s library with the novel Cujo. I was 11. I never looked back, my days with Nancy Drew and The Babysitter’s Club were over.

King has three distinct periods of his writing. His early career spans from Carrie in 1974 until The Dark Half in 1989. During the 1980’s King admittedly had a serious drug and alcohol problem until his friends and family staged an intervention, dumping evidence of his addiction in front of him. King agreed to seek help and has been sober since 1990. His early career is characterized by easily recognizable monsters such as Kurt Barlow in ‘Salem’s Lot, Pennywise in It, Randall Flagg in The Stand. Admittedly this is a vast oversimplification of King’s early works, but in general one can see the distinction.

The second period of King’s writing begins in 1990 with Needful Things, his first novel written in sobriety and ends with the vehicle accident that almost claimed his life in 1999. King’s ‘sobriety period’ is recognizable by a shift from outright ‘balls to the wall’ horror to something more subtle and closer to home.Rose Madder deals with domestic violence, though often overlooked by fans AND critics there were many individuals that came forward during a Reddit AMA that King did recently praising the strength and realness of the characters and stating that the novel was instrumental in helping abused readers realize they could get out of their situation. The Green Mile, which was originally published in serial format (more on writing gimmicks and innovations later on) deals with capital punishment and the reality that the American justice system sometimes executes innocent men and women. Most of King’s novels in this ‘sober period’ retain an element of supernatural and horror, but the monster is quieter and closer to home than most of us feel comfortable with.

In 1999, King was walking along the side of Route 5 in Lovell, Maine when he was struck from behind by a minivan. The driver was distracted by an unrestrained dog in the back and was not drunk or otherwise incapacitated. His injuries were severe, including a punctured lung, shattered hip and leg. King purchased the wreckage of the minivan to avoid parts of it from showing up on eBay. He also expressed a desire to smash up the van with a sledgehammer. It was crushed in a junkyard before he had the opportunity to do so.

By 2000 King was back to work on his memoir On Writing, despite being able to sit for periods of only about forty minutes without pain. On Writing is an invaluable source to burgeoning writers and Stephen King fangirls alike. From 2000 to present King’s work (for the most part) have become even more subdued. Though books like Cell hearken back to the gore and horror of his early works, there’s something different, more nuanced about it. Duma KeyLisey’s Story, and Under the Dome, are all still steeped in the supernatural but also very character-centric.

For this Constant Reader, 11/22/63 (2011) was a return to King’s heyday. Combining time travel with specific rules and deep personal connections, King crafts a story of a man who goes back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. It sounds hokey, but in the hands of the master it’s a compelling, deeply moving tale. His most recent novel Doctor Sleep, the much anticipated sequel to The Shining is a brilliant blend of the old and new King warm, yet scary, and yes, I just took a 12 hour car trip. and eyed every single RV with suspicion.

Finally there is King’s magnum opus. The Dark Tower it spans all of his works and worlds. Beginning withThe Gunslinger in 1982, Roland and his ka-tet, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake travel mid-land through eight books in search of the Tower. It’s a brilliant blend of fantasy, spaghetti westerns, horror, and a touch of science fiction. Space between the worlds are thin. It’s a long strange ride that’s so satisfying, after finishing the last novel The Dark Tower (2004) I immediately wanted to start again with The Gunslinger. Theses will be written on this work. I’ll spare you, for now.

Stephen King keeps himself relevant in kind of the same way that Cher and Madonna do – except that it seems he actually has it easier. But that’s what I like about Stephen King, he keeps re-inventing himself and his works and has delved into almost every ‘literary’ medium conceivable, even though he doesn’thave to. The Green Mile released as six serial novellas in 1996 are an example of the ways King is always trying to get to new readers. He’s always been interested in film and often cameos in the movie adaptations of his books. He collaborated with John Mellencamp for the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County which is currently touring! He released one of the original Kindle Singles with a delightful little piece entitled ‘UR’ when the Kindle 2 was launched in 2009.  He had a small guest role on Sons of Anarchy last season.

The best thing about Stephen King? He seems like a pretty awesome person. He does a lot of grassroots charity things like giving to local libraries, using his fame and money to do good things within his own community. He chooses to use his voice in a constructive manner to promote literacy. His essay Guns is easily one of the most rational and poignant pieces of commentary we have about the U.S. gun debate. Also, he loves to write. The fact that he writes because its his passion is inspiring to me everyday. How are we so lucky to have Stephen King as a national treasure?

Tabitha. It’s a great love story. From her pulling the first pages of Carrie out of the trash and encouraging him to keep going, to her threatening to leave and take the kids if he didn’t sober up when he was a millionaire it seems like she’s always been there by his side. So, thank you Tabitha King. Now I must go and rectify a problem that I am ashamed has gone on too long. I must read a Tabitha King novel.

Trivia
Loves the Red Sox, but always takes a book to the games.
Was in a rock band with Amy Tan and other literary giants. The Rock Bottom Remainders
Everything about Richard Bachmann.

May I also suggest you take a look at the piece from the New York Times entitled King’s Family Business?

Thanks, April!!! That was an awesome post — So much to learn about Stephen King and I love your enthusiasm for him and his works!