And now for something completely different! Two things. Firstly, I sure write a lot of modern poetry for someone who hates it so much. Secondly, I love booktube.
I find booktube fascinating. There are tons of people there who read books and then talk about them. I get new book recommendations and hear people’s candid thoughts on them. Sometimes, people talk about their reading struggles, and sometimes people just gush over the books that they love. I enjoy having it play in the background, because I love books.
Sometimes, there are book tags, where people talk about their favorite books that fit a certain thing. One that I saw recently was “Halloween in July.” This was done by the vloggers on the channels Aimee Reads, Pages and Pens, and HardbackHoarder. There were others, I’m sure, those are just the ones I saw.
I thought I’d try this whole Book Tag thing out. So, here we go. Disclaimer, although I read a ton of Stephen King and my writing tends to be scary, I’m kind of a wuss.
1. What book gave you the creeps?
This one definitely has to be “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury. It’s got everything that I want in a scary story, compelling characters, mystery, and a mysterious carnival. There are wishes and dreams and horror. Also, Ray Bradbury writes with a wonderful poetry to his words. It’s like you’re there, which is almost creepier.
2. What book gives you the best Halloween vibes?
This might be cheating, but I’m going with “The Halloween Tree,” by Ray Bradbury. It’s a journey through time and space, learning about the symbols and traditions of Halloween. The whole thing happens while some children are trying to find and save their friend Pip.
3. What’s your favorite vampire book?
I feel like this one should be “Dracula,” but honestly, it’s not. I’m going to go with “‘Salem’s Lot,” by Stephen King, where vampires move into a small New England town. Things go the way you’d expect. It’s creepy and horrifying, and reminds me why vampires are not fun. Part of me enjoys the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlene Harris (not the whole series, just the first nine), but “‘Salem’s Lot” is just so good. King has a mastery in horror; taking the nightmares of all of us and putting it into words. And I kind of love it.
4. What book scared you so much that you had to sleep with the lights on?
Personally, this has never happened to me, but there is a book that I stopped reading. This was “The Dark Half,” by Stephen King. It’s about a writer and his pen name, but someone with the pen name, and the author’s DNA, starts committing murders. It’s been a while since I read it, but that was the gist. I remember thinking it sounded like “Jekyll and Hyde,” but with a modern twist. It was, but so much worse. This is one of five books that I have never finished in my life, and the only one that I didn’t quit out of boredom.
5. What’s your favorite book about witches?
I’m cheating with this one, but… my favorite book about witches is my book 🙂 If all goes according to plan, it’s coming out in October. Details coming soon!
6. What’s your favorite book about goblins?
I don’t think I’ve read anything about goblins, so I’m changing this one to my favorite book about werewolves. This also happens to be one of my other favorite books about vampires! Of course, I mean “The Parasol Protectorate” by Gail Carriger. It’s a steampunk supernatural series and it is amazing. Carriger is a funny and witty author, and this comes across in her fantastic characters. Characters include several werewolf packs, multiple vampire hives, humans, ghosts, and Alexia, a person whose touch cancels out supernatural powers. “The Custard Protocol” follows the next generation, and is also wonderful.
7. What’s your favorite book about ghosts?
I really enjoyed “My Plain Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. It’s “Jane Eyre” meets “Ghostbusters,” and I loved every minute of it. But then, there is also “The Shining” by Stephen King. Like most book by Stephen King, it’s just so good!
8. What’s your favorite book about demons?
This is a short story, “Children of the Corn,” by Stephen King. The story is in the collection called “Night Shift.” It’s a creepy story about children who go nuts and kill of all the adults in town, and any who visit the town. The whole story is creepy. Also, the story is much better than any film adaptation of the story. Maybe “The Shining” could fit here too? Honestly, I’m just a big fan of haunted house stories.
9. What book do I wish was scarier than it was?
I was surprised by the slow build-up of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” but I might have to go with “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” by Bram Stoker. It’s the story that all the mummy stories are based on. I love the Boris Karloff film (and the first two Sommers films. Don’t judge me), so I was expecting a bit more of the mummy. I wanted the book to keep going for a couple hundred pages after it was done. I think that’s where the scary would have come in.
10. What’s your favorite book that takes place in October?
For October books, I’m thinking of “The Mark of the Midnight Manzallia” by Lauren Willig, the tenth book in her Pink Carnation Series. It’s another chapter in this saga about English spies during the Napoleonic Wars. The story is fun, funny, and full of surprises.