Friday, September 27, 2013

Halloween Mood: Books, TV Shows, Movies

Tales From a Gas-Lit Graveyard
Assembled by an authority on vintage thrillers, these 17 Victorian-era stories of the macabre include works from around the world by both popular and lesser-known authors. Among the more celebrated contributors to this collection are Ambrose Bierce, Robert Barr, R. Murray Gilchrist, Mrs. H. H. Riddell, Richard Marsh, and Guy Boothby.

Ghost in the Mirror
Inside Ghost in the Mirror, Rule documents more than dozens of stories of paranormal apparitions that reveal themselves on the other side of the looking glass. Rule's painstaking archival research presents factual clues to each haunting, along with her own dramatic black-and-white photographs that capture the eerie unrest of the scenes she explores.

Servants of the Supernatural
"Servants of the Supernatural takes us on a joyously weird circuit of the Victorian obsession with the supernatural... Riotously enjoyable." Judith Flanders "Fascinating... brings to life the wonderfully flamboyant cheats and frauds of the 19th century medium trade... His tale stands beautifully as a reminder to choose one's beliefs carefully" Deborah Blum, author of Ghost Hunters "Lustrous... the heyday of the Victorian seance in all its table-trembling, tambourine-tapping glory." Word Magazine "[An] engrossing account of seances, mesmerism and mediums." Scotland on Sunday "The story of the Victorian obsession with seances, spirit writing, communing with the dead and all the showmanship that went with it...Melechi tells it well and wittily." Express

Cabin in the Woods 
Both functional and aesthetically pleasing, each home in this extensive collection was handpicked for its beauty as well as its creative use of recycled materials. The homes are profound statements of ingenuity that honors the abundance of nature. Often called objects of art, these homes are also filled with extraordinary rustic objects that complement their overall design. Recognizably the leading authority on rustic design, Kylloe presents each home in glorious photography that reveals the heart and sole of its materials and setting and the families who live there. He teaches us that the homes are not just structures; rather, they are living, breathing entities that help to make the world a better place.

The Fortune Telling Book
Filled with practical advice, gypsy folklore, and both ancient and modern divinations, this lavishly illustrated primer reveals the future to all those who believe and shows how to employ crystal balls, tea leaves, and playing cards to predict the future. Full color.

Poems Bewitched and Haunted 
A delightfully ghoulish array of specters and sorceresses, witches and ghosts, hags and apparitions haunt these pages–a literary parade of phantoms and shades to add to the revelry of All Hallow’s Eve.

Late Victorian Gothic Tales
The characters in Roger Luckhurst's excellent selection are variously assailed by mummies, bewitched by revived pagan goddesses, and doomed to inexorable decline by the misdeeds of their ancestors. Times Literary Supplement.

When the Ghost Screams
I do not know or pretend to know what happens when we die. Still, I hear the ghost scream. I hear the screaming and am compelled to write the stories of those whose lives were snatched away. They are the murder victims, the ones who roam restlessly. They are the headliners of this book. --Leslie Rule

There are two aspects to this holiday, the ancient spiritual traditions and the fun and silliness. Someone may jump out and yell, "Boo!" but the shrieks of surprise and fear turn into shrieks of laughter. All of this is covered in Silver RavenWolf's book Halloween. Whether you are eight or one-hundred-and-eight, you're going to love this book. If you are interested in the spiritual and historic side of Halloween, you'll find the history and lore of the holiday in these pages, including how the modern traditions evolved from the ancient ones.  And if you're into fun, you'll find it here, too. There are all sorts of easy divinations to find out what the future will bring. You can do them with common items like a bowl of water or the pumpkin seeds from the jack-o'-lantern you carved. The book also gives recipes you can make, including Angel's Dreams and Wishes Pumpkin, Witches' Flying Mix and Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust. They're all tasty, easy-to-make, and delicious.  Also included are spells for doing Halloween magick. You'll find love spells and protection spells, house blessing spells, prosperity spells and many more. On a serious note, you'll see how there is a long tradition of honoring the departed on this night of the year. You'll be able to perform these rituals, too.  This is the most complete book ever on Halloween, and I think it is perfect of families and individuals alike.

Don't Go There! A Flash Horror Anthology
(by Sharon Day)
Got time for a short story? These short stories are timed! This 47,000 word book is an anthology of 16 short stories covering subjects from vampires to werewolves, clowns to gnomes, zombies to scarecrows, and so much more. Sharon Day takes the reader into some dark places the mind doesn't like to probe, some situations that are highly uncomfortable, and outcomes that were unexpected. Her love of atmosphere and mood and the desire to probe at the things we most fear has this writer satisfying your desire for dark tales. Each story starts with a short description, the word count and approximate reading time so that the reader can decide if there's time for a story while out and about or curling up in the evening before bedtime. As well, the author added bonus short stories telling real life tales of her experiences being in places alone where no one wants to be alone in the dark.

Growing Up With Ghosts
(by Sharon Day)
Popular blogger of “Ghost Hunting Theories,” paranormal investigator and author of several books including “Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition),” “Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse,” “Zombie Housewives of the 1960s,” “Paranormal Geeks,” “Was That a Ghost?” and the upcoming “Growing Up With Ghosts.” Sharon grew up in an actively haunted home that was a Civil War Hospital for both the North and South during the war. That experience fueled her passion for all things unexplained. She is well known for her humor and her outside-the-box questioning of the popularly accepted and rarely questioned beliefs in the paranormal realm. Her driving forces are to help demystify the unexplained, turn magical thinking into scientific thinking, help clients to reframe their experiences in actively haunted homes, and make everyone question the old ways and seek theories and concepts that replace fear with wonder.

Paranormal Geeks
(by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson)
“Paranormal Geeks” by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson is an endearing homage to those of us who are into everything from UFOs to psychics, Bigfoot to ghosts, zombies to conspiracy theories. These two humorous paranormal bloggers interviewed dozens of paranormal geeks to find what made them PGs, their types, degrees, and ways they express it in their lifestyles and hobbies. There is a quiz to find out how much of a geek you are and a certificate to honor you in the end. The book also contains a large resources section to get your paranormal geek interests advanced to the next level. These authors take you on a magical journey into the minds of paranormal geeks and in the end remind us that we have found our large and varied tribe. As the authors like to remind us, “we outnumber the normal people.”

"Paranormal Geeks" is an overview of an underestimated American subculture. It's good to know I fit in somewhere, and maybe you do too. Take the quiz and find out. (Cliff Barackman, "Finding Bigfoot" show on Animal Planet)

"I used to hide my UFO books and articles when my friends would come to visit. I knew it wasn't "cool" to be into aliens and spaceships and I didn't want to explain to them for hours how much they didn't know. Certified GEEK. Finally, a book that represents all those hiding in the paranormal closet! (Ben Hansen, "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" Syfy Channel)

Movies to put you in the mood:
The Fog
Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Trick R Treat
Night of the Demons
Night of the Living Dead
Sleepy Hollow

Halloween Food Wars (Food TV)
31 Days of Halloween (Syfy Channel)
AMC Walking Dead Marathons (mid October)


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