A big welcome to Kendare Blake who is here counting down her Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween and celebrating the release of ANTIGODDESS, The Goddess War #1 (published on September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Kendare Blake’s Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween
This is a list of random things to do, books to read and movies to watch around Halloween, because I have no costume this year and no haunted house plans and am pissed off about it because the middle of October means Halloween overdrive around my place. This list is in no particular order.
Watch CABIN IN THE WOODS with friends.
Just watch it. It’s awesome. There’s a fricken unicorn, and a merman. A MERMAN! And after it’s over, go investigate some neglected crawlspace somewhere filled with stuff and try to freak yourselves out. But for pete’s sake, get a tetanus shot first.
Get a mask. Put it on. Annoy your friends.
This can be any mask. It doesn’t have to be a scary mask, like the animal ones in You’re Next, or the blank harlequin type ones like in The Strangers. It can be a child’s costume mask you buy at Target. They’re even better actually, because they don’t fit right and make your eyes look creepy. I’ve chased my best friend through the house wearing an old plastic Wonder Woman mask more times than I can count.
Read a Stephen King Book
Because look how cute Stephen King is, and he wants you to. May I suggest IT, or Pet Sematary, or perhaps The Shining followed by Doctor Sleep?
Read a Joe Hill Book
I was going to recommend N0S4A2, but that’s about a soul sucking serial killer and murdered children with fish hook teeth, so…more of a Christmas story. So how about HORNS? It’s about a guy with a murdered fiance who wakes up one day with demon horns growing out of his melon. In the upcoming film, he’s played by Daniel Radcliffe. Which explains the picture I used. Get all of the Harry Potter out of your head. Now.
Eat a lot of old timey candy.
Like Mary Janes. And Black Cows. And Smarties. And licorice! And coke bottle gummies! And Bit o’Honeys! Also, eat loads of new school candy. And chocolate. And popcorn balls. And candy apples meticulously checked for razor blades. And cakes decorated like graveyards!
Damn, I’m hungry.
Watch a Nightmare on Elm Street movie
May I recommend #4? Because he turns a girl into a huge cockroach in that one and then squishes her. Truly though, I like the meta one. New Nightmare. Features a creepy kid, and Heather Langenkamp as Heather Langenkamp. Sweet.
Adopt A Black Cat
If and only if you can provide an amazing home for said black cat. But if you can, then come on, it’s their season. And other times of the year, they have a hard time being adopted, because people are racist.
Watch a film by James Wan, like INSIDIOUS, or SINISTER
Because they’re good. And clever. And well-acted. And they have that red thing in the first Insidious, and manage to make “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” really creepy. Though to be fair, that song is always creepy. How the hell did people talk to Tiny Tim without screaming and pooping themselves? The world will never know.
Do a Haunted House Crawl
In which you select haunted houses and hayrides within driving distance of each other and do them all! I just sighed wistfully. I’ve always wanted to do this. Haunted houses are such fun. Only now that I’m married, it’s difficult to enjoy their splendor when I’m trying to keep up with my husband as he runs through them shrieking like a tiny girl child.
Get a Costume That Covers Your Face. Trick Or Treat.
Focusing especially on your friends’ houses. They will never call you on it, for fear of upsetting an uncommonly large child. And besides, you’re never too old for Halloween.
Kendare Blake lives and writes in Lynnwood, WA. Her work is dark and bloody and twisted, so needless to say, she’s a diehard romantic. She is the author of four novels, including ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES and ANTIGODDESS.
One copy of ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake
Available on September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen
The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.
Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.
These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.
Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.
Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin.
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