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Midnight Dawn Released Today–$0.99 for a Limited Time

“Midnight Dawn straps you in from the beginning and whisks you away on an emotional, breath-taking ride of romance, fantasy, and good vs. evil. It’s magic.” –Naima Simone, author of the SECRETS AND SINS series.

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Midnight Dawn (The Mortal Machine #2)
Release Date: August 4th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Embrace Imprint
Genre: Paranormal Romance

 
 

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Her soul remembers his touch, even if she doesn’t. 
With only three days until the wraith king turns the earth into an all-you-can-eat buffet, Addison Beckett is forced to enlist brooding sentinel Asher Green’s help to unlock the Mortal Machine. According to the founder, all she has to do is find the sanctuary—the same sanctuary she can’t remember because Asher erased her memories.
Trying to save humanity while navigating Asher’s lies is a royal pain. But the more time she and Asher spend together, the harder her soul tries to remind her what else he’s made her forget—that he loves her, wants her,needs her.
When she’s trapped by the wraith king and forced to pick who will stand by her in the coming battle, Addison is faced with an impossible choice: the sentinel she loves who refuses to love her back, or a powerful stranger who insists they’re meant to be together. Her decision will determine the fate of humanity, and once decided, can’t be undone.

 

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JoceAdamsheadshotsmAbout Jocelyn Adams:
Jocelyn is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories.

With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. She now has five published novels and has recently signed a 3-book deal with Entangled Publishing.

When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.

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Stone Cold Review #IronHillJinn

Book 2 in the Ironhill Jinn series, oh, how long have I waited for you? Too long. But, the wait is over. Lou Hudson is back on the streets of Ironhill along with old and new characters to tantalise and tease us with another epic adventure.

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Stone Cold (Ironhill Jinn #2)

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Genre: Romantic Urban Fantasy

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Lou Hudson makes a deal with the Isaac to save the Ironhill jinn from execution…and lands on the front line of a war between the vampire and his sire.

Daddy Dearest intends to have Lou for himself to spite Isaac and begins meddling in every corner of her life.  Her reputation shatters when people die, her monster-whispering skills shelved by public outcry and vampire politics.

When forced to confront their enemy, she isn’t prepared for the depth of Isaac’s plotting—or her increasing attraction to him—and to end their latest crisis will only cost Lou a piece of her soul. 

Jocelyn AdamsAbout Jocelyn Adams:

Jocelyn Adams is an office grunt by day and creator of romance and adventure by night. Born a farmer’s daughter with a vivid imagination, she spent her childhood dreaming up stories. With no formal training, she relied on the honest feedback of her writing group to take her from that first short story all the way to THE END of her first novel. When she isn’t slinging words, you can find her shooting her bow or enjoying the serenity of family life in her little house in the woods.

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Check it out. If you buy Stone Cold from the MuseItUp store, you get Stone Chameleon for free. Yes, free! And for a limited time, pick up Stone Chameleon at your favorite retail sites for only 99 cents!

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My Review:

If, like me, you’ve been waiting for the next instalment of the Ironhill Jinn series with baited breath, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve read everything Ms. Adam’s has written, and this novel is by far my favourite, and that’s saying something—her other stories are incredible too!

Stone Cold continues Lou Hudson’s story from where Stone Chameleon (the first in the Ironhill Jinn series) left off. Ace monster-whisperer, Lou, works tirelessly for the Ironhill pest control to keep all the city’s preternatural creatures in check. Her task is made all the more difficult in this instalment by feuding vampires and the emergence of a terrifying new/old foe pulling everyone’s strings. Not to mention poor Lou has to keep her jinn heritage on the low-down or risk an instant death penalty.

As the book cover promises, we find out a whole lot more about the brooding vampire hive lord, Issac, who has one hell of a hold over Lou—in more ways than one. The romantic tension between the two main characters literally vibrates off the page and up your arm, and everything you think you know about Issac will be turned on its head as the book progresses. He’s so tortured and captivating that I defy you not to completely fall for the blood sucker by the story’s end.

The bad guy in Stone Cold is bone shakingly despicable and takes this story to a dark place. Some readers might find one of the topics touched upon a little difficult to read about, but it’s important to the storyline and not just thrown in for shock value. If you like your bad guys bad, then look no further.

As with the first novel in the series, the Ironhill story world and the intricacies of the preternatural creatures’ politics and customs are mind-bogglingly brilliant. This really is a very well thought out novel with captivating characters and an intense plot that will leave you willing Ms. Adams’s fingers to type the next instalment much faster.

An easy 5 stars.

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Cover Reveal – Perry Road by Emi Gayle

Title: Perry Road

Author: Emi Gale

Release Date: TBA

Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing

Target Reader: Young Adult

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And The Blurb!

In 2132, “We the people …” means nothing, and it hasn’t for a hundred years.

Like all the citizens of the American Union, eighteen-year-old Erianna Keating is not to ask questions. She is not to believe anything except what the A.U. tells her. More importantly, she’s not supposed to know what she doesn’t know, nor that she’s a pawn.

Like everyone else, though, she is, and like everyone else, she is a hundred percent oblivious to what’s going on.

Or is she? Are they?

Erianna thinks going to Perry Road and joining the national registration program is her next step toward adulthood; the 2132 candidates for adult-classification, though, are in for a big surprise. Especially Erianna.

Thanks to Zane Warren, an awkward but hot guy who won’t shut up about a history that doesn’t—orshouldn’t—matter anymore, Erianna will know. Will learn. That includes finding out what actually happens after registration and doing something, anything, about it.

Fixing what went wrong, what caused the U.S.A. to split into two countries, though, is not on Erianna’s bucket list, but as she faces her future, she must decide whether to fall in line with the American Union’s plan for her, or to consider that Zane might not be wrong, and the time for revolution begins now.

Now, doesn’t that sound like an interesting read? And the cover…well, it’s got my attention!

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Happy Book Birthday to Remember Me

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I’ve been looking forward to the release of Remember Me ever since it was contracted back in March by Decadent Publishing. Since then, my story has been polished to a fine shine by editor Lea Finley and wrapped in a beautiful cover by the talented Scott Carpenter. I’m excited and proud to release Remember Me to the world, and I hope you enjoy Sera’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And now for an exclusive glimpse at a scene from the first chapter.

Father snatches the cover away and yanks my bare arm straight. Angry-looking bruises and red track marks riddle my paper-thin skin from wrist to elbow crease. He flicks a spidery-looking vein. “Dammit. Next.” My sluggish movements prove too slow for his liking, and he grabs my other arm. “We’ll give this one a try.”

I turn to Noah. Although younger than Father and not yet graying, his straggly black beard and tired-looking eyes make him appear older. He wears a worried expression and avoids my gaze. Perhaps he pities me, or my condition embarrasses him. Probably both.

The fog of medication descends in my mind and sends its glacial water surging through my veins. The barn wobbles, and my head lolls back on the pillow, giving me a view of the rafters. When it comes, the prick of the needle doesn’t hurt. Only the beautiful, melancholy song that plays constantly in my mind accompanies the odd sense of draining life.

Minutes, hours, days later—I can’t tell—Father holds up a full vial of blood to a shaft of sunlight streaming through the hole in the roof. “Thank you, my angel.” He kisses my forehead and squeezes my hand at the same time. I smile at the show of relief in his eyes, before my heavy lids close.

“She’s sleeping,” he says.

Footsteps draw near.

“She looks worse.” The disembodied comment comes from somewhere near the foot of the bed.

Father grunts.

“Her blood isn’t working anymore.” Noah’s voice sounds tight.

Silence.

“We ought to let her die peacefully.”

Yes, they ought to let me die peacefully.

“No!” Father’s breath comes in heavy gusts. “I won’t give up on her. We’ll capture the other one.”

“We’ll be damned.”

“Too late.” A loud clunk and something metallic skitters across the floor. “We’re already damned.”

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For the duration of the virtual book tour, I’m running a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Remember Me. Don’t forget to enter before you leave this page, and feel free to invite your friends to have a go, too.

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There are a number of awesome book bloggers and wonderful authors hosting the Remember Me virtual book tour. Please take the time to check out their fantastic blogs. Like them, follow them, subscribe. You won’t be sorry. :-)

June 12th – Jocelyn Adams

June 13th – Paranormal Book Club

June 15th – Cover Contessa

June 17th – Bookaroo-Ju

June 19th – Rebecca Hart

June 21st – Happy Tails & Tales Blog

June 23 – Stephanie Lawton

June 25th – Known to Read

June 26th – Kate’s Book Life

June 27th – Daily Dose of Decadence

June 28th – Jennifer Eaton

June 28th – A Diary of a Book Addict

June 28th – Kaidans Seduction

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Liebster Blog Award

I was recently (well actually it was nearly a month ago) nominated for this award by Emaginette, a lovely online author friend. Her short story will appear in J. Taylor’s One More Day anthology–slated for release in December–under her real name, Anna Simpson. Congratulations, Anna!

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Emaginette (Anna) has a great blog you should visit!

Thank you very much for the nomination, Em! I am honoured!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  • Each nominee must answer the 11 questions.
  • Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
  • Link back to who nominated them.
  • Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.
  • No tag backs!

My Nominees:

(I’m only nominating five bloggers because most people have already been awarded the Liebster Share the Love award): Joanna Fay, Sharon Ledwith, Liza O’Connor, Julie Campbell, & Sheryl Winters.

Q & A time!

Bear or Wine?

Most definitely wine. :-) Ever since visiting Australia and trawling around the vineyards there, I’ve had a love affair with wine.

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A picture of me (a fair few years ago) sampling wine in Australia

Favourite breakfast?

Toast. But it has to be perfect. Just the right colour, just the right amount of butter, and lathered in one of my two favourite toppings. Marmite or Marmalade.

Dog or Cat?

This is a tough one. I grew in a house full of dogs. My parents used to breed Tervuren Belgium Shepherd dogs. So, in my younger years I always thought I was a dog person. Recently, however, my husband and I bought two long-haired cats for my daughter. And now, I’m a cat person, too. :-)

Muffins or Cupcakes?

Neither really appeal. That’s not to say I won’t eat either of them if they’re put in front of me.

Autumn or Spring?

They’re both wonderful seasons, but if I had to pick one, I’d pick Spring. After a long, cold winter, the first hint of warmer weather, plants sprouting up from the ground, and trees turning green always makes me happy.

PC or Apple?

PC, but only because I haven’t ever used an Apple. I’m sure they’re marvellous, too.

What is your goal for 2013?

I would really like to finish four manuscripts that have been sitting idle on my laptop for a good while. If I get them polished, I’ll be set for (hopefully) getting them published in 2014.

What makes your day brighter?

My daughter. Her smiles warm me from the inside.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

The cold. I hate being cold. Stay away from me when I’m cold. I’m not a nice person when my hands are blue and I’m shivering.

How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Clause?

I was quite old, actually. I knew for a few years before my parents officially told me the truth, and during that time I set traps to try and catch them in the act of filling my stocking.

What do you write about?

Everything. :-)

 

Now, I’m supposed to set my own questions, but I’m lazy so I’m going to recycle the ones above. :-)

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Guest Post by Liza O’Connor Author of Saving Casey

As many of you already know, I’ve recently contracted my YA thriller, Remember Me, to Decadent Publishing’s mainstream fiction imprint, Bono Books. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce fellow Bono Books YA author, Liza O’Connor.

Thank you for letting me take over your blog, Amaleen.

You’re Welcome, Liza. :-)

I decided to break down the Amazon ratings for my book, Saving Casey, into topic categories to determine what my readers liked most about the story.

I’ve twelve reviews in total, nine of them are 5 stars and three are 4 stars. So I created an excel table with reviewers listed on the side and catch phrases on the top. By ‘catch phrases’ I mean memorable review comments such as: Couldn’t put the Book Down, Easy Read, Fast Paced, etc.

The first thing I learned is that my readers don’t think or like the same things. They are each unique, and bring their own preferences, beliefs, and interpretation to what they read.

The result of having unique readers is that what they read may not be what I wrote. No matter how clear I think my words are, when read through the filtering system of a reader’s brain, details can and do go askew.

I blame this on all those unpredictable twists and turns I throw in my stories. It causes problem for readers who hold to a planned route for my book. It’s the price I pay for writing stories that do not follow a normal path of expectation.  Since obvious path bores me, I will always wander off on strange and unexpected trails. That’s just me.

Happily, it turns out some readers like to be surprised. Thus, Saving Casey has won over readers. While I can never be sure what people have actually read, the consensus is that they love Saving Casey and that makes me happy.

Blurb: Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life. While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Casey Davidson.

When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts: One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss. Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum. Given this second chance at life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.

Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the “new math” she is forced to learn in school. In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does. However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them.

As determined as Cass is to turn this life around, Old Casey’s enemies are just as determined to end her life. She has no idea whom she can trust, but she knows she’ll never survive going it alone.

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After hours of analysis, here are the results:

Turns out my diverse readers’ reviews do not express themselves in similar manners. There’s not even one comment that is said by most of the reviewers.

The two most common comments were:

Saving Casey was fast-paced

I highly recommended it.

Four out of twelve readers–but not the same four–had this to say about Saving Casey:

They loved it!

Couldn’t put the book down.

Liked the characters and the plot.

Thought the story unpredictable with twists and turns aplenty.

Felt the story a page-turner, full of emotion.

So putting all the commonalities into a single collaborative review, I give you the following:

I love Saving Casey!

The plot is original and clever. The well-developed characters are interesting and unique. I laughed and cried during the unpredictable twists and turns of this fast-paced story.  I could not put the book down and finished it in a single reading.

Liza O’Connor is an author to watch. Saving Casey’s a well written book, a great read, and I highly recommended it.

A Must Read!

To be clear NO ONE actually said all that, but at least four people said all key parts of it.

You can read the full reviews here.

Oh, and the reason they couldn’t put the book down is because I placed super-glue on their Kindles.

I’m so clever…

BIO:

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

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Thank you so much, Liza, for a fun and informative look at your novel, Saving Casey. Wishing you much success and many sales. :-) Amaleen xx

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Christmas Magic with Terri Rochenski

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I’m thrilled to be part of Terri Rochenski’s Christmas Magic anthology tour. Her short story, Beginning of Forever, is one of three stories inspired by Christmas romance.

Terri is running a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a PDF copy of  Christmas Magic.

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

You can find out more about Terri on her Blog and Facebook, and also on Twitter and Goodreads.

Terri, It’s wonderful to have you on my blog today. Many of us have just celebrated Christmas. How did you spend the special day?

I spent the morning with my hubs and two yummy daughters. Then we visited one of my 5 sister-in-laws for a big meal & more presents.

Tell us about the most treasured Christmas present you’ve received.

When I was around 7, my grandmother bought me the Laura Ingles Wilder books. I read them dozens of times till they fell apart. Literally. It started my love affair with books.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

When I was a kid, my mom’s 5 sisters & their families travelled from all over the US to spend a few days at our farm house in central Pennsylvania. I have tons of cousins, so you can imagine the chaos. To a child, though, it was pure bliss.

Why do you love (or hate) winter?

I love winter. I love the snow. The silence. The invigorating air that chills my lungs with each inhale.

Beginning of Forever

When Wayne Edwards moves to town, Lillian Davis experiences stirrings she thought were long dead. Guilt ridden over betraying her deceased husband and the feelings Wayne inspires, Lillian reluctantly lets him in. Secrets of the past – an old promise emerges, but will it threaten their forever?

What prompt were you given to write the short story for the Christmas Magic anthology, and what was your process for developing the plot from that prompt?

The only requirement from Still Moments Publishing was that the story had a Christmas theme. I had originally planned my story for their Halloween themed anthology call, but didn’t get it written in time. I changed the timing of the story for Christmas Eve instead.

Your story is about a woman who rediscovers love after suffering great loss. Can you tell us about your character and her conflict?

Lillian Davis loses her husband on Christmas Eve, and this story follows her through the following six years as she raises their son alone. Alongside her grief, she struggles with feelings of guilt when a new man moves into town, causing stirrings she’d thought were long gone.

What’s the theme of your story, and what would you like readers to take away with them after reading it?

This story was inspired by my sister-in-law who lost her love and rebuilt her life. It takes strength and selflessness to raise a child alone. I hope this story is inspirational.

Six sentence excerpt:

I swayed and slumped to my knees on the linoleum floor, struggling to keep Steven in my grasp.
The floor is cold. I’m not dreaming.
“Mrs. Douglas?” The woman’s voice sounded muffled. Far away.
I lifted the slipping phone back to my ear. “Is he…Is Ronnie alright?”
“You need to come to the hospital immediately.”

Why, in your opinion, should readers buy the Christmas Magic Anthology?

Because my story’s is in it? Ha! Just kidding.

I’m hoping to touch a life with Lillian’s story. I’ve yet to read the other 2 contemporary romance stories in the anthology, but I know SMP wouldn’t put anything in there that wasn’t good.

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Terri, thank you for providing us with such fun and detailed answers. I’m sure readers will join me in wishing you much success with Christmas Magic and all your future projects.

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Scary Movies for Halloween – My All-Time Favourite

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll already know I love horror movies. (Not the slasher, blood bath sort – they’re just gross.) With Halloween nearly upon us, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favourites. Today is the final post in a series, counting down to my all-time favourite horror film. Now, I qualify that the general populous might not consider them frightening or even good horror films, but the ones I’ve chosen gave me nightmares for years. (And still do if I’m honest. :-) )

It’s time to reveal my all time favourite horror movie.

Poltergeist

I watched this movie in my early teens, and it scared the s**t out of me. As a child who already thought toys came alive after dark and monsters lurked inside wardrobes, this movie fed my worst fears.

 

The sound of static still completely freaks me out! Thank goodness TV stations no longer shut down for the night. (I’m pretty sure I had the best sleep of my life when Sky was installed in our house.)

 

I read somewhere that real human remains were used as props in this movie. But even more spooky is this film spawned its own urban legend about powers from beyond killing cast members. The Poltergeist Curse. Most notably, the little girl who played Carol Anne “They’re here” Freeling died while filming Poltergeist III. Gives me shivers just thinking about it.

So there you have it. My final recommendation for Halloween viewing. Have you watched Poltergeist? What did you think? What movie(s) would you add to my list of all-time favourite horror movies for Halloween?

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Scary Movies for Halloween – My Second All-Time Favourite

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll already know I love horror movies. (Not the slasher, blood bath sort – they’re just gross.) With Halloween on the way, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favourites. Today is the second post in a series, counting down to my all-time favourite horror film. Now, I qualify that the general populous might not consider them frightening or even good horror films, but the ones I’ve chosen gave me nightmares for years. (And still do if I’m honest. :-) )

It’s time to reveal my second favourite horror movie of all-time.

IT

Well, strictly speaking it’s not a movie. It’s a mini-series, but don’t hold that against me.

I remember watching this movie with my mum, who was (still is) a huge Stephen King fan. She’d read the book and couldn’t wait to see the film. Little did she know IT would ruin my enjoyment of clowns forever and make me view sewer drains suspiciously. To this day, I still can’t see a clown without thinking of Pennywise. **Shiver**

Having re-watched this movie as an adult, I discovered it’s not as terrifying as I remember. It’s rather too long and the special effects are laughable. But I have to place this movie high on my list of most scary movies because I simply can’t wipe away the image of Tim Curry peering up from the sewer drain. The mere thought makes me feel small and vulnerable and…scared.

Apparently, Warner Bros. plans to re-make IT. With today’s special effects, I’m seriously worried for the mental health of the next generation of horror viewers. :-(

So, have you watched IT? What did you think? Do you love or hate clowns?

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Scary Movies for Halloween – My Third All-Time Favourite

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll already know I love horror movies. (Not the slasher, blood bath sort – they’re just gross.) With Halloween on the way, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favourites. So, today starts a series of posts, counting down to my all time favourite horror film. Now, I qualify that the general populous might not consider them frightening or even good horror film, but the ones I’ve chosen gave me nightmares for years. (And still do if I’m honest. :-))

In third place, it’s…

Hellraiser

 

Hellraiser introduced me to some of the most terrifying monsters/demons I’ve ever seen on screen. In truth, I remember little about the human characters. It was the Cenobites, “Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others”, that fascinated and horrified me in equal measure.

There are four main Cenobites: Butterball, overweight and eyeless, Chatterer, whose exposed teeth click manically together, a female Cenobite with an exposed larynx and pierced cheeks, and Pinhead – as infamous as Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Now, tell me you wouldn’t be scared if these four uglies suddenly appeared in your house because you’d played with a pretty puzzle box.

The puzzle box I refer to is a key to another plane of existence. The solution of the puzzle creates a bridge through which beings can travel in either direction. I was twelve at the time, and the concept troubled me. I’d only just accepted that it might be possible for a group of children to travel to Narnia through a wardrobe. What other objects could rip a hole to another dimension? Were there more terrifying demons waiting to travel to earth? Could I innocently throw bread into the toaster, press the lever, and find myself in Hell with the Cenobites? What about flicking a light switch, looking in a mirror, walking thought a door? Was it still safe to play Monopoly? Yes, I had (have) issues.

That Hellraiser affected me so profoundly makes it a worthy of placing as my third all-time favourite horror film.

Have you watched Hellraiser? What did you think? Has Pinhead ever haunted your dreams?

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