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The Forever House Blog Tour + Review

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The Forever House by Tim Waggoner. 

Publisher – Flame Tree Press.

Release date – 26th March 2020.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

Bram Stoker Award-winner Tim Waggoner consistently delivers the goods when it comes to hard-hitting horror fiction, with compelling characters and dangerous horrors at every turn. This is Horror

In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldreds . . . or each other?


My thought on the book

The Forever House centres around a new family who move into a quiet neighbourhood. Little do their neighbours know that they are actually demons who feed on the negative emotions of humans, and they plan to lure them into their house to feed on them.

The human characters in this book all have very complex lives and things going on that the Eldred’s love to feed on. The tension was spot on during this book and it was hard to put down once I got into it. It took me a while to become interested, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading.

This was such a unique horror story. It was creepy, gory, and mind-bending. There were some scenes in this book that were hard to read in terms of their content, so I don’t recommend this for the faint of heart.


About the author

Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and since then he’s published over forty novels and five collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular

Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and Transformers, among others, and he’s written novelizations for films such as Kingsman: the Golden Circle and Resident Evil: the Final Chapter. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Workshop of Horror, and Where Nightmares Come From.

In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. His fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year, and in 2016, the Horror Writers Association honored him with the Mentor of the Year Award. In addition to writing, he’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.

 


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My Top 5 Horror Movies (That Really Scared Me!)

 

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 25 and today I’m going to be sharing the 5 horror movies that really scared me! Now, let me tell you I’m a wimp when it comes to horror movies. I’ll hide behind my pillow and I’ll squeeze my eyes shut at all the scary parts. These movies are probably not scary for all you hardcore horror movie fans but these are the films that REALLY really scared me..


Sinister (2012)

This legit scared the hebee jebee’s out of me. I made the mistake of going to see it in the cinema (why?!) and the final scene has stayed with me for so long!


A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

I haven’t actually watched the original film made in 1984 – but the 2010 one scared me enough to put me off forever. And what’s worse then getting scenes from a movie in your head? Having that creepy song stuck in your head!


The Evil Dead (1984)

This is a film I watched when I was 15 years old – sitting there terrified and hiding my terror from my friends because I didn’t want to seem like the wimpy one. Even rewatching this trailer has freaked me out! It’s one of those films that’s weird but terrifying at the same time. I haven’t watched the remake but honestly I don’t want to!


Pet Sematary (1989)

Another one I feel is weird but terrifying at the same time. Now, I love my cats but I don’t fancy them coming back in the middle of the night to haunt me. I’ve heard there’s a remake coming out in 2019 and I am tempted to watch it to see how much its changed.


The Ring (2002)

After I watched this movie I was terrified every time the phone went. I kept expecting someone on the other end to be like ‘you will die in seven days’ – creepy!


What are some of the movies that have really scared you?

3 Word Creative Writing Prompts (For The Horror Writer In You)

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 20. Today I’m going to be sharing some more writing prompts. My favourite kind of prompts are the 3 word prompts – I love them because they are vague and you can interpret them however you want.

The prompts I’ve come up with have a place, a person and some kind of event. I hope you enjoy them and they help you with you creativity..


~ Asylum, student, nightmare

~ graveyard, nurse, new year

~ theme park, writer, apocalypse

~ mansion, witch, bonfire night

~ bedroom, banker, tsunami

~ village, teenager, Halloween

~ school, zombie, sports day

~ zoo, psychiatrist, tornado

~ amusements, paramedic, storm

~ canal, vampire, accident

~ Nightclub, child, missing persons

~ Beach, dog walker, explosion

~ cave, climbers, trapped

~ kitchen, devil, world domination

~ concert, bodyguard, kidnap

~ nunnery, artist, bloodbath

~ forest, gang, monster hunting

~ bathroom, child, thunder

~ cellar, family, hurricane

~ prison, guard, riot

~ mountains, werewolf, murder

~ plane, zombies, illness

~ castle, hospital patient, haunting

~ hospital, servant, snow storm


Did you find any of these useful? What’s your favourite kind of writing prompt?

Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0!

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Welcome to Blogtober day 8. Today I’m going to be doing this awesome tag that Paige @ Bookish Paige tagged me in. You should go and check out her blog, it’s awesome and she’s so lovely 🙂 Without further rambling here are my answers!

RULES 
Answer all prompts.
Answer honestly.
Tag 1-13 people.
Link back to this post.
Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
Have fun!


Witch – a magical character or book.

There is only one book I can mention for this and that’s Harry Potter. For me – there is no other book that can contend with the magical story and characters in this series.


Werewolf – the perfect book to read at night.

If you haven’t read Caraval (what are you waiting for?!) the game takes place at night. That reason alone makes this the perfect book for this one.

My review is here if you’re interested!


Frankenstein – a book that really shocked you.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman shocked me. Not in the sense that there were plot twists – but because of the content of the book. This book is set in a dystopian future where parents with a child between age 13 and 18 have the right to sign an order to have their child ‘unwound’. This is where they are taken to camps to have their body parts harvested for later use. I’m not a mom yet – but I could never imagine signing over my child’s life. Urgh.


The Devil – a Dark, evil character.

Lord Voldemort – A.K.A most terrifying villain ever.


Grim reaper – a character that never should have died.

Fred Weasley. Every. Single. Time.


Zombie – a book that made you hungry for more.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Luckily I read the first book in this series whilst 3 of the books were released, so I got to binge read those. However, it has left me hungry for more and the massive gaps between books makes me feel I’m going to be old and grey by the time this series is finished.


Gargoyle – a character you’d protect at all costs.

Dobby from Harry Potter. Even though he didn’t exactly go about it in a good way at first – all Dobby ever wanted to do was protect Harry. He just got his freedom – loving life – and then boom, he was gone. My heart breaks every time I think about it and I would protect him with my life.


Vampire – a book that sucked the life out of you.

Anything by John Green. I’ve tried to read so many of his books but they just aren’t for me. They’re not bad books – in fact many people love them – but it was exhausting for me to read every sentence and I just had to stop.


Ghost – a book that still haunts you.

My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih. I read this book not long ago (review here if you’re interested) and it was such a beautiful coming of age story whilst surviving world war 2.


Skeleton – a character you’d have a bone to pick with.

Nathan from the Half Bad trilogy. He was so mean to Gabriel and I spent so much of this series furious with the way he treated him.

My review is here if you’d like to read it!


Demon – a book that really scared you.

Asylum trilogy by Amy Cross. This book series seriously freaked the living daylights out of me. It also has a fantastic plot line!

Mummy – a book you’d preserve throughout time.

Now I was going to say Harry Potter again. However, because I’ve already mentioned that a lot I’m going to say We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

Review here.


Creepy doll – a cover too scary to look at.

I haven’t actually read this book yet – but I came across The House of Dead Maids by Claire B. Dunkle a few months ago and it’s legit probably the creepiest cover I’ve ever seen.


The monster mash – it’s fun to be with friends at Halloween. Tag your friends.

Ben @ Ace Of Bens.

Amalee @ Imagineamalee.

Marina @ Books Of Magic.

Sara @ The Bibliophagist.

Book Review | Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

TitleAnna Dressed in Blood.

AuthorKendare Blake.

PublisherTor Teen.

Publication date – 17th October 2011.

Series Status – Book One in the Anna Series.


Synopsis

‘Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy – he hunts dead people.

People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled I’m curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who’s ever dared to enter her spooky home.

Everyone that is, except Cas…’

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My thought on the book

The book started off promising but then seemed to fall flat. The idea behind the plot was original and the book was well written but I had a few issues.

I loved the idea of Cas falling in love with a ghost. I’m not into the romance genre but I loved this concept. The book had a creepy atmosphere but it didn’t have the ‘scare factor’ I expected.

I loved Cas. At the beginning he came across as been a bit of an idiot and thought he was better than everybody else. But as the story progressed it allowed us to see it was a defence mechanism. The author showed us how Cas was lonely, as most of his life he‘d moved from place to place, and didn’t have any real friends. By the end of the book – Cas had surrounded himself with friendship – showing us the character had changed by the end of the story.

I loved Anna from the very beginning. Throughout the book, she is portrayed as the villain, but she was still likeable. It’s heart-breaking when we find out how she died, but so beautiful when Cas finally frees her.

At times, the story was hard to follow because there was so much going on. The bulk of the book was Cas trying to deal with Anna, but towards the end of the story a bigger villain was introduced. Although it did add a surprise element, it felt like it didn’t belong.

Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but it didn’t grab my attention enough to continue with the rest of the series. It was an enjoyable and fun read but confused me in parts. It also didn’t give me the scare factor I was looking for. Saying that, the book was well written and the characters were easy to relate to, and the idea was unique. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, quick read but not to someone who’s looking for the scare factor.


About the author

‘Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes when hungry. Sue was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jacksom, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.’

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