As AC/DC put it, “If you want blood, you got it.” Brian Moreland’s horror short story The Girl From The Blood Coven delivers a heart-pounding thriller with just enough mystery to whet your appetite for the follow-up novella, The Witching House.
So a blood-soaked girl walks into a bar…oh, you haven’t heard this one? Let me explain. The girl is Abigail Blackwood, a known member of a hippy commune in the woods. She claims that her entire family has been massacred. Lucky for her, Sheriff Keagan is there. He sets out to investigate the Blevins House, a place rumored to be the site of witchcraft and blood sacrifices. Is Abigail the victim or the killer? Keagan is about to find out.
Published in the Spring 2013 issue of Five on Five magazine. Originally written and posted June 2012 for ACRD’s website.
“They’re gonna eat you alive.”
That’s what my seven-year-old son said when I joined Apple City Roller Derby (ACRD) in Wenatchee. I would never admit it to my kid, but he had a point. I’m a mommy. I worked in customer service. Moreover, with my braces and pigtails, I was the furthest thing from intimidating. I thought about all the skaters I admired, those women who were larger than life. Skaters like Betty Ford Galaxy (BFG) of the Rat City Roller Girls in Seattle, WA.
Whenever I see an awesome blog or YouTube channel that displays their posting schedule I feel like I showed up to school and forgot my homework. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. If I’m inspired to write a post, I do and then post it right away. I usually post twice a week, but you never know when it’s coming. My next post could be behind you now. It’s not because that’s ridiculous, but you get the idea. It dawned on me though that you (yes, you!) may require more structure in your life.
I’ve been so inconsiderate. There you are pacing your room, wondering when the next post is and here I am just tossing content out there with as much thought as a monkey throwing dookie.
Or maybe you’re not, maybe you are just fine with our current whirlwind relationship and don’t want it to ever change.
But I don’t freakin’ know. I’m not a mind reader. So, please, help a girl out. Let me know what you think of blogging schedules and if you think I should get my act together and adopt one. If I do, I’ll probably pick every Tuesday. Because I like Tuesdays unless you don’t in which case tell me what you want already! I just want you to like me and read my nonsense.
Wow, that sounded crazy-needy, but no worries, right? You get me, so tell me whatcha want, what you really, really want and I’ll talk it over with my people and get back to you (my people is my dog just so you know).
I’ll admit, when I first heard a Goosebumps movie was in the works, I was skeptical. Movie adaptations of any book are hit and miss as it is, but a single film based on an entire series? Come on. Then I watched the trailers with my Goosebumps obsessed son. After seeing him fankid over the trailer—pointing out characters he recognized, developing plot theories, and laughing throughout—I’m in. This looks like a movie kids will love especially if they are a fan of the books.
From my mature, worldly, adult perspective this looks like Cabin in the Woods for kids. The deal was sealed when I read Goosebumps author R.L. Stine’s interview about the film with The Source:
I’ve seen it. It’s really fun. It’s a great kids’ movie. And Jack Black—Jack and I are like twins. He is a very evil version of me, very sinister, and it has got a million monsters in it—all the monsters from the early Goosebumps books. They all come alive in the movie, it’s really fun.
Just take my money already!
After hearing that Stine might make an appearance in the film, I took a peek at the cast list on IMDB. So far, his is listed as playing himself which is interesting since Black is also playing him. Amid the monster chaos will there be two Stines? Maybe Stine will play an older version of himself. Or maybe the filmmakers want to surprise us and the credit is there to throw us off.
If you’re not familiar with the plot, the trailers will spell it out for you. And yes, you should watch both trailers since they have different footage. My only question, after watching Zack (David Minette) release The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena from a book, is how do all the other monsters get out? You’d think Zack would have learned his lesson after letting the first monster loose. I’m not complaining, the more monsters the better, but I’m curious to see how this plays out.
Interestingly enough, this is not Minette’s first rodeo with R.L. Stine’s creations. The actor also starred in two episodes of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour now streaming on Netflix.
According to iHorror, Goosebumps will be in 3D so, prepare to see the Shocker of Shock Street coming right for you. iHorror also put up a gallery of a few of the monsters from the film. I was excited to see The Haunted Mask in the line-up.
Goosebumps hits theaters October 16, 2015 (just in time for Halloween). Watch the trailers and then leave a comment and let me know what you think.
True horror is not buckets of gore but fear—fear that creeps up on you, hangs on tight, and lingers. Few authors understand this as well as Joe Hill. His novel Horns (2011) is one of my favorites and his last release NOS4A2 (2013) was scary as Hell. His first published book, 20th Century Ghosts (2007) is a collection of horror and literary short stories. As a Hill fan, I thought it was about time I checked it out.
Ghosts opens with “Best New Horror,” about a horror editor seeking the author of a bizarre manuscript he aims to publish. No story has ever captured the dread I felt the first time I watched Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre better than this one. It wasn’t the plot that was familiar, but that sense of gritty, realism and fear. My only complaint is the abrupt ending. Continue reading Joe Hill’s ’20th Century Ghosts’ Will Haunt You→