Monday, October 4, 2021

Oh, October!

October is one of my favorite months! We finally get cooler weather here in Florida. Our household celebrates birthdays. And all things spooky take center stage. 

 

I do read, write and watch scary stuff all year long, but I like to ramp it up in October, binge on stories of things that go bump in the night. I've got stacks of books to choose from and jotted notes of movies and TV shows, but I'd love to hear your recommendations.

 

*** What books and/or stories had you checking under the bed before going to sleep? What movies and/or TV shows had you turning on every light in the house? What was it that made your skin crawl? ***

 

Wishing you all a wonderful month and a Happy Halloween! 


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28 comments:

  1. I can see why this would be an inspiring month for you to write. Hope you accomplish a lot.

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  2. Reading the news makes my skin crawl right now.
    It's a rare movie I find creepy. Last ones I can think of are The Ring and Event Horizon.

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    1. My husband and I watched a horror movie not too long ago and it was terrible. Just terrible. It was so bad, we couldn't even laugh about it.

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  3. I don't really do scary, so I can't give any recommendations.

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  4. Malignant (2021) was an interesting watch with a few really scary scenes that made me grab for my eye-covering blanket.

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    1. Making a note - thanks!

      I think I might need an eye-covering blanket. I usually just close my eyes, but I pretty much always end up peeking. :)

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  5. Hi Madeline -- Having lived over a decade in South Florida (thirty years ago), I remember what it means to finally get a cool down. Summers in Northern Colorado are a bit fierce as well, just less humidity, so fall is such a welcome season. I'm meeting a friend in a park with our lawn chairs today for an extra treat.

    My stack of books, including library books, is out of control again. I don't think I have anything too scary though, and at the moment I'm reading Brownies and Broomsticks for my Sisters in Crime book club. I haven't read a cozy in a while so it's a nice treat.

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    1. Every year I think I'm prepared for the summer heat and every year I am wrong. :)

      I sometimes find creepy scenes in books not labeled as horror but more as mystery, thriller etc. There are scenes from Alex North's THE WHISPER MAN and Catherine Ryan Howard's THE NOTHING MAN that still give me chills. :o

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  6. I too like October a lot, for one its my dad's birthday month, second there are a whole of festivals in that month.

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  7. I couldn't read The Shining at night, so I read it during the day, in the kitchen, with all the lights on.

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    1. Yes! There's an episode of Friends where someone is reading a Stephen King book and they get so scared, they hide it in the freezer. :)

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  8. I grew up reading Goosebumps. They gave a young 9yo plenty of nightmares.

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    1. I missed the Goosebumps era. I went from Judy Blume to Stephen King. :)

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  9. I love this time of the year, as well. Although I could never tolerate Florida temps. I'm a cold weather girl.

    I just finished watching Midnight Mass (Netflix). It's gotten rave reviews, but I thought it was fairly predictable. Not sure it was worth seven+ hours of my life.

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    1. I hear you about getting back those hours of your life. I'm not great at it, but I am getting better at stopping reading/watching something I'm not enjoying or am only kind of meh about.

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  10. It's been a while since anything scared me. The first book that got to me was from the '80s called Salem's Lot. The Shining, Halloween movies still get me. I'm blanking on the rest.

    Have a good October.


    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I think Salem's Lot is one of King's scariest books. I'm not sure why exactly, but all I know is that I've read it more than once and, every single time, it freaks me out. :o

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  11. I love October and fall as well!
    I remember reading a collection of short stories compiled by Stephen King from other authors titled something like “Stories that scared even me!” I like scary stories that are more psychological without the gore... I love the fun spooky side of Halloween - can’t write a good horror, I’m a big chicken!
    Hope you are well!
    Tara Tyler Talks

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    1. I tend to like the psychological scares more than the gore, too. More creepy, more suspenseful, that kind of thing.

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  12. Oh how I love October! I ramp up the scary reading and watching this month too. I haven't had a chance yet to sit down to watch anything real scary as my mom had been visiting, but lots of Halloween baking and pumpkin carving challenges have been watched!

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    1. Oh, fun! I've been so focused on the scary stuff, I didn't even think of baking challenges or that kind of thing. Thanks for the reminder!

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  13. Of all the scary movies I've watched, Orphan MESSED ME UP! The new IT Part 1 was also something that had me waking myself up when I'd see a clown in my dream.

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    1. Orphan doesn't sound familiar to me so I am definitely going to check that out. :)

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  14. I like this time of year too, but mainly for the food! I love pumpkin pie and all those warming vegetable soups. We love carving pumpkins and watching the fireworks on bonfire night too. I don't tend to watch or read much horror because I'm a massive wimp. Although, I do like psychological thrillers and those "twisted tale" type stories that have shocking endings.

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    1. I read lots of mysteries/suspense/thrillers and find some of them have scenes that totally creep me out and stay with me long after I finish the book. :)

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