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1whitewavedarling
Jan 22, 2015, 6:06pm

Well, my first horror for the year was actually a zombie novel I edited a few weeks ago--when it gets released, I'll let you all know and review it; it was a kind of wonderful read, if you like the sort of thing this group is about :) But meanwhile, for January...

I read Zofloya. About what I expected, but there's a full review written. If you've read The Monk, you might be interested to know that at least one contemporary review of the text called The Monk chaste (!!!) in comparison... I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that, but there is certainly lust and betrayal and stabbing to go around in this one....

2Moomin_Mama
Jan 22, 2015, 6:50pm

Lust and betrayal and stabbing, oh my!!!

3whitewavedarling
Jan 22, 2015, 7:43pm

>2 Moomin_Mama:, lol: pretty much :)

4whitewavedarling
Fev 3, 2015, 10:12am

My next horror read of the year was Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival--It's not coming up with the hashtag, but if you search for it, you'll find it on both librarything and amazon. I was lucky enough to get an early review copy from the author, but it went live for sale today!

Full Review:

Bohannon's Empty Bodies is a fast-paced tale of a post-apocalyptic world where perceptions are constantly changing, characters are pushed from day-to-day-normality into survival mode, and strangers become the greatest confidantes. The book sucks readers in with page one, and as a new take on so-called zombies, it immediately turns into a fun and entertaining read. The characters are engaging, Bohannon's writing is well worth the time, and the story itself is frighteningly believable.

All together, this really is a thrill of a book, and comes absolutely recommended!

5saraslibrary
Fev 3, 2015, 4:13pm

>4 whitewavedarling: Nice! Best of luck with that one. :)

6whitewavedarling
Fev 3, 2015, 10:17pm

Sara,

Thanks...? I already read it, so that was my review :) I just wanted to post it here since it's a horror thread. I'll try to pop back in for that at least, to post horror. I'm not too sure anymore that I'll stick with the challenge itself. January was enough to remind me how 'done' I am with gothic, and the more I look at the categories, it feels like the challenge is built for gothic lovers more than horror lovers lol.

7saraslibrary
Fev 3, 2015, 10:53pm

>6 whitewavedarling: *face palm* I am so sorry! I was in a bit of a rush when I read your message. Obviously. ;) I did enjoy your review, btw. This time I took time to re-read it. :)

I'm sorry to hear you won't stick with the whole challenge anymore. I agree: there's a bit too much gothic reading for my taste, too. :/ But I hope you still keep reading horror!

8whitewavedarling
Fev 4, 2015, 12:02pm

>7 saraslibrary:, I'm always reading horror :) And, I really am going to do my best to check into folks' threads and keep updating my horror thread here--especially knowing there are at least a few other readers around who love horror more than gothic, I expect I'll be able to share some (more) recs and find some book bullets of my own :) For now, I'm reading Doctor Sleep, and loving it!

9saraslibrary
Fev 4, 2015, 4:16pm

>8 whitewavedarling: Good, I'm glad to hear you're sticking with the horror. :) And I've heard good things about Doctor Sleep, so I'm sure you'll keep loving it.

10LibraryCin
Fev 5, 2015, 8:43pm

I must admit there was more gothic than I'd hoped for, as well, but I'm still going to give it all a try!

I was going to use my thread to post for the challenge, but maybe I'll try to remember to post any horror reads there, as well. I don't get around to it as often as I'd like, though, which is why I was so excited about the CAT/KIT/Challenge that we're doing (even if it is heavy on the gothic); that's my excuse to read it more often. :-)

11whitewavedarling
Fev 15, 2015, 7:50pm

I finished Doctor Sleep today. HOLY BATMAN, was it wonderful.

Full Review:

King is nothing short of brilliant in this slow-coming beautifully-building follow-up to The Shining. It is, without a doubt, a fully different book, following up on the life of Dan Torrence (who we first met in The Shining), but it also carries on with the exploration of themes related to addiction, legacy, and enduring suffering...and in a masterful fashion.

There's no doubt that this work was percolating for years, and it does indeed live up to King's earlier work. I read the last 300 pages in less than 24 hours; it is frightening, wonderful, and all-consuming. Fans of King will find him at his best here, and the readers who've been waiting for this book will, I've no doubt, find everything they feared and wished for.

Absolutely recommended. Read The Shining if you haven't already. And then, read This.

12skrouhan
Fev 16, 2015, 12:52pm

>6 whitewavedarling: I totally agree with you, it does feel like more of a gothic theme... I realized in January that I've pretty much already read all the gothic classics that I am interested in. I'm definitely going to be picking and choosing my categories this year!

13whitewavedarling
Fev 16, 2015, 4:00pm

>12 skrouhan: Yep...maybe one of these years we'll put together a horror horror challenge lol... Meanwhile, though, I did realize today that I've never yet gotten around to reading Phantom of the Opera...I wouldn't necessarily call it Victorian, published in 1910, but it is about as close as I could get without reading something I'm just not interested in, so we'll see...

14whitewavedarling
Mar 14, 2015, 9:38pm

Also Read...

The Witness by Zach Bohannon: ... (and while the touchstones don't work, search by his last name on this or any other book site, and you should find it easily!)

Bohannon's newest work of horror is built perfectly for fans of the classic horror movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. Besides being creepy and original, it moves with plenty of turns,not slowing for a moment once it gets started. If you want a great piece of horror that proves itself a fast and scary read, this really is a perfect choice.

Recommended!

15whitewavedarling
Maio 19, 2015, 4:38pm

Also read...

Both Empty Bodies 1 and Empty Bodies 2 by Zach Bohannon. If you like horror and zombies, this is a fun series :)

16Moomin_Mama
Maio 20, 2015, 4:36am

>13 whitewavedarling: I'm enjoying this year so much that I'd happily take on a horror-horror challenge next year, if you want to do that :)

Glad to see you're still involved, even if not all the categories are for you. April and May have been less gothic and have been interesting months. You seem to be keeping up okay, looking at what you've read:

January (Traditional/classic Gothic works) - Zofloya
February (Supernatural) - Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival, Doctor Sleep
March (Victorian Gothic) - Phantom of the Opera
(I know you were considering it and it's the thought that counts!)
May (Women & non-English) - The Witness, Empty Bodies 2: Adaptation
(I'm sure they have some women in them!)

As for April, well, I tried, I really did ;)

17whitewavedarling
Maio 20, 2015, 2:09pm

>16 Moomin_Mama:, I'd love to be involved in the challenge next year :)

I didn't end up getting around to Phantom of the Opera after all--moving in late March and unpacking in April just proved to allow for too little reading time!

I need to get over to this group more...I've been on librarything so little lately, that just about all I've done is report in to my own thread on the 2015 challenge lol. I had every intention of reading something by Mo Hayder this month, but some of our bookcases broke during the move, which means some books (including hers) are still in the pile of boxes in our closet!

In any case, I'm going to try to keep an eye on this group still, and I'm definitely going to make sure to keep reporting in with any horror reads :)

18Moomin_Mama
Maio 22, 2015, 6:34pm

>17 whitewavedarling: Moving is stressful, it's no wonder you haven't had time for reading. Hope you're settled in and not living out of too many boxes :)

19whitewavedarling
Maio 23, 2015, 5:26pm

>18 Moomin_Mama:, We are settled in, and loving our new place & state! We were honestly trying to get out of PA for so long (no offense meant, anyone!) that being in the south again is just a dream come true :)

20saraslibrary
Maio 24, 2015, 1:09am

Congrats on getting settled in! :) I don't live anywhere near PA, so offense taken here. ;) I'm glad you've found a place you love.

21Moomin_Mama
Maio 24, 2015, 2:03pm

>19 whitewavedarling: Being in the south again - does that mean you've returned home? Really pleased for you that it's been a good move.

22whitewavedarling
Maio 24, 2015, 7:35pm

>21 Moomin_Mama:, Not home, but the south in general feels like home :) My husband is from South Carolina and I'm from Virginia, but we both just hated PA! We're definitely happier here, and a couple of our really good friends live just a few hours away, so we're in good shape :)

23Moomin_Mama
Maio 25, 2015, 4:39am

>22 whitewavedarling: The US is so big - the British feel friends are local when they live round the corner or down the road! I moved to South London years ago, from North London, and family are still reluctant to visit - I do all the travelling. Mind you, that might be a London thing; Londoners don't seem to like crossing the river... we're like vampires, ghosts or witches in that way :)

24whitewavedarling
Editado: Set 1, 2015, 10:22am

>23 Moomin_Mama:, I admit, I miss the days when I lived in SC and I had a best friend living just down the road--I never locked the door (why would I?), and I'd occasionally come in from the store to find him sitting on the couch with my cat and his dog, having dropped by to say hi in the midst of a dogwalk :) I don't mind driving, though, especially for good friends :)

25whitewavedarling
Set 1, 2015, 10:21am

I sort of wandered away because my summer was so insanely busy with work, but reviewing a piece of horror today made me remember to come on back :)

If you like horror and you like tattoos, you have to read The Lines of the Devil by Zach Bohannon. I read it back in July, and simply couldn't put it down. The touchstones aren't working here for some reason, but if you click on the author, or if you look up the book on amazon, you'll find it easily.

My reminder? The fact that I finished up Zach's Empty Bodies trilogy, which is also something to check out if you like zombie reads :) I really do love the roller-coaster horror novels he writes!

26saraslibrary
Set 2, 2015, 2:41am

>25 whitewavedarling: I saw his Lines of the Devil book got some great reviews on Amazon. I'm glad you found a winner for July! :)

27whitewavedarling
Set 2, 2015, 11:32pm

>26 saraslibrary:, I'm glad you noticed :) I can't decide if I enjoy that book so much because I like tattoos and don't think they show up significantly in books often enough, or if it would still be so enjoyable even if I Didn't have that extra bit of enjoyment, but one way or the other, it's my favorite of recent horror books I've read :)

28saraslibrary
Set 3, 2015, 2:09am

>27 whitewavedarling: You're right about tattoos rarely being mentioned in books, unless it's a brief description of some bad guy or something. I remember there are some horror movies out there based on tattoos (like The Tattooist, not super scary though), but not books as much. I'm glad it's become one of your favorite recent horror reads. I have yet to fall for a horror book this year, which is kind of disappointing. But the year's not over....

29whitewavedarling
Set 5, 2015, 9:00am

>28 saraslibrary:, I may have to look up that movie, even if it's not all that scary :) As for horror books, my only real luck this year has been with Stephen King and Zach Bohannon, but I've also got Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman waiting, and I really loved his The Necromancer's House, so I've got high hopes for it :) If you haven't looked him up, you ought to!

30saraslibrary
Editado: Set 8, 2015, 2:14am

>29 whitewavedarling: Good luck with The Tattooist if you decide to watch it. :) I also checked on IMDb and found a few more tattoo horror flicks (I haven't seen any of them, so I don't know how good/bad they are): Anarchy Parlor, Comforting Skin, Tattoo (1981), Tattoo (2002; tagged "drama, thriller, crime," so not really horror), Ink (a short film, so it might be hard to find), and Dead Ink.

I've never really heard of Christopher Buehlman, so I will keep my eyes open for his books when I'm out shopping and at work. Thanks! :)

31whitewavedarling
Editado: Set 8, 2015, 11:35am

>29 whitewavedarling:, that's a lot! I'll add them to my list :) I'll just have to think of an excuse to give my husband--the last time we did a sort of theme search for movies and then went through them all, we found some pretty horrid examples of movies! He likes horror, though, good or bad, so he might be game either way :)

Meanwhile, do look up Buehlman--I only read the one book of his so far, but I enjoyed it enough to immediately pick up his few others! (And by pick up, I mean obsessively find used copies and add them to mount tbr with the idea that I'd read them very soon...)

32saraslibrary
Set 8, 2015, 11:37pm

>31 whitewavedarling: Yeah, sorry. :) It was just a quick search, so there could be more out there.... *dun dun duuun* And, like you said, they're probably the really horrid types, too. :) That's cool your husband's into the good, the bad, and the ugly side of horror movies. Sometimes I have a soft spot for really bad horror movies (like vampire movies), but only once in a blue moon. Too many good movies I want to watch first.

LOL! I do the same thing: if I find an author I just love, I either wishlist the rest of their books and/or look for them in used bookstores. Best of luck with your Mount TBR! :) I think if everyone on LT combined theirs, it'd probably surpass Mount Everest. ;)

33whitewavedarling
Out 25, 2016, 6:20pm

I'm afraid I sort of wandered away from this group, it's been such a busy year, but I wanted to drop by because I know a lot of you have heard me recommend Zach Bohannon's work, and the first book in his zombie series is currently available for free in preparation for the final/sixth book's release. If you're interested, you can find it at: http://bit.ly/getemptybodies

I'm not a huge zombie person, but I've really enjoyed the series, so I just wanted to pass on the link in case any of you might be interested :)

34whitewavedarling
Nov 1, 2016, 1:24pm

If anyone is looking for a dark read, I read both Between Two Fires and The Butterfly Garden in October--both were beautifully written and insanely difficult to put down. Both were also incredibly creepy/dark; The Butterfly Garden especially was disturbing, and kept me from getting so much sleep as I should...