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Things that go bump in the night . . .
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With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I’d jot down the things about the macabre holiday that inspire me to write in the realm of the supernatural world. And then I thought, Wait! The easier question would be what about Halloween ‘doesn’t’ inspire me?
There ain’t much.
Halloween is like a homecoming for me. It could be the oranges and golds of fall, the scents of pumpkin and cinnamon floating about, or the whiff of fresh, cool air and the smell of fireplaces coming to life all around me. It could be all of those wonderful attributes, but most likely it’s the vampires.
I’ve always been attracted to the macabre. The first scary movie I saw was about a vampire. I was five, and I was so scared I couldn’t move. My father knew. He beckoned me onto his lap and wrapped his arms around me and suddenly I was safe. It was like magic. I could watch something scary and feel totally secure while doing it. He died a few months later but I’ve never forgotten what it felt like to be wrapped, utterly safe, in his arms after being so scared.
I think that’s where my love began and I’ve never been the same. It’s like a natural high and I crave my next hit like any respectable drug addict. But my high has fewer side effects. Who knew the pairing of supernatural elements and scary creatures could be so much fun?
Admittedly, I didn’t at the time. That movie was not fun. It was scary. But it sank its claws and hooked me. I’ve been fascinated with paranormal creatures, their powers and weaknesses, their good deeds and evil ones, ever since. Combine that with inspirations like Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Joss Whedon, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman, just to name a few, and you have yourself a cauldron of good times. (Get it? Cauldron? Because it’s almost Halloween?)
I absolutely love everything about Halloween, from pumpkins and ghosts to werewolves and zombies. From hot chocolate and s’mores on a crisp autumn night to warm apple cider and Halloween candy for weeks to follow. I love it all. And every Halloween I treat myself to a slew of ‘scary’ movies. And, yep, just like everything else Halloween, I love them all: Slashers, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, classic books remade like Sleepy Hollow and I, Frankenstein. I get chills just thinking about the marathon I’m going to enjoy.
What movies do you watch on Halloween while stuffing your face with candy and popcorn? And have you read any good horror books that you think would make great movies? Let’s talk things that go bump in the night!
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Seventh Grave and No Body
October 20, 2014
St. Martin's Press
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out Charley Davidson’s jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and as she retraces his last steps she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments have forced her to become a responsible adult. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
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