Dreadful Tales Book Club – October 2013 Edition

Thanks to my Darkness, Mark Brown a.k.a. Dark Mark for the lovely banner

Thanks to my Darkness, Mark Brown a.k.a. Dark Mark for the lovely banner

Happy October, my wonderfully spooky lil Dreadites! I’m sure for all of you, as for all of us here at Dreadful Tales, October is simply the best month of the year. Suddenly, we’re no longer the weirdos. Every man, woman, and child is obsessed with monsters and any marketing exec worth his weight in cufflinks is catering to our every desire. Today is the first day of this blessed month and already I’m drunk off the fumes of pumpkin spiced lattes and candy corn…. Perhaps drunk on a bit of witches brew too.

Because this month is the greatest of all the months, we hope to keep our dreadful cyber pages jam packed with book reviews and whatever other spooky treats we can come up with.  To kick off the month, I have our October Book of the Month announcement.

Whether it’s a book that has collected dust on the shelves for far too long, a celebrated classic that never quite made it into the to-read pile, or a favorite author’s latest release, every Book of the Month is worth getting excited about. Still, I have to say that October’s title has me particularly pumped. So pumped in fact, that I must abandon September’s book Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, despite being an oft favorite among King fans and a title that I have neglected since I can remember. I’ll level with ya, I didn’t even break page 100. Nothing against the King, but work, family, and all that good life stuff has wreaked some serious havoc on my reading time. Normally, I would just keep chugging along, at a snails pace if I have to, until I finish every last word of the book I’m reading. But, after a vicious Dreadful Tales board meeting in which hair was pulled, flesh was clawed, and relationships were damaged beyond repair, the October Book of the Month was chosen!

I’ve kept you waiting long enough, so without further adieu (assuming you didn’t catch it in the banner) – the October Book of the Month is John Everson’s Violet Eyes! John Everson holds a special place on my bookshelves because he was my first taste of modern horror fiction. Several years before Dreadful Tales, Colum sent me 3 modern horror fiction titles, one of which was John Everson’s The 13th. While it sounds hyperbolic, that book changed the course of everything for me. It was horror pulp like I had only experienced in late night B movies. Everson gave me boobs, blood, and beasts. He offered just the right mix of eroticism and gore and it is a delicate balance I’ve loved in his work ever since. I’m sure the sex and blood is rampant in his latest novel Violet Eyes as well, but what I’m most excited about is the sci-fi element. Everson is no stranger to the supernatural, but a straight up sci-fi novel about murderous spiders!? Everson was born to write this! Just take a gander at this synopsis:

The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start. Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake. The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed. But the flies didn’t leave. And then the radios and TVs went silent.


That’s when the spiders came. Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight. Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied. Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh… through Violet Eyes.

I am thrilled to read Violet Eyes with you all, some Everson virgins, some long time fans. While King’s classic vampire tale can wait, my heart will not rest at the promise of a sci-fi pulp yarn spun (haha!) by my favorite, ever romantic, erotic horror author John Everson.

Hopefully my rambling did not scare you off. Please join all us crazies here to discuss John Everson’s Violet Eyes throughout the month of October. Pick up a copy of the book here and for more about Everson and his work visit his website here.


9 thoughts on “Dreadful Tales Book Club – October 2013 Edition

  1. OK. Just ordered the book. I’m reading the Twelve, Ghostwriter (well, just finished it), struggling to finish the Shining so I can start Doctor Sleep, plus I’ve got Orphan Master’s Son, and Bound by Night to read this month. But for October? A new horror writer (I think he’s new to me, I may have read something by him without remembering the name), yeah, I’m all in. Keep the comments coming.

    • So glad you’ll be joining us! I’m about 10% of the way through and the creepy crawly feeling is definitely in full effect.

      I’m also lookin forward to DR. SLEEP. I actually just read THE SHINING for the first time last year so it’s still fresh in my mind.

      • Hi. I tried to go in and join the discussion at your link, but I don’t seem to be able to. I registered, and the screen showed I was logged in, so maybe I’m doing something wrong? Is there some place to go to put in a comment? ‘Reply’ doesn’t work,(as expected, since the box at the bottom of the screen noted it wouldn’t. It was great seeing the author was in the thread!

      • Hey, Katy! So glad you tried to join the discussion, but sorry to hear you are having trouble.

        The Mortuary can be a bit finicky at first. The moderators work really hard to keep trolls and spam bots from joining and as a result, actual human beings often have trouble getting started.

        Did you try to reply immediately upon registering? There should be a brief wait (maybe a day or so) before you are properly registered and can post. Could you try to login and post again?

        If you still have trouble, please send me an email at dreadfultalesstaff@gmail.com and we can work through it…

        Hope to see you soon at The Mortuary.

      • Katy, I found a bit more info on The Mortuary… It appears an email to the moderator is in order to properly activate your account. See below:

        ” Once you receive confirmation of your registration, please email info @ cinephobia-radio.com with your user name to have your account activated.

        Due to the insane number of spambots trying to sully the forums with their inane gobblydeegook, automatic registrations have been disabled and all new members must alert the administrators in order to be approved.

        For more information about Mortuary policies and guidlines, visit The Parlour.”

        Give that a try! Hope to “see” you there.


      • I did send an e-mail initially as confirmation, identifying who I was because that was a suggested step when I first subscribed. Maybe they just haven’t answered their e-mails yet.

        I followed your directions again today, and when I went through the blog to the contact, and signed in with the outlook address I created, I just get a white screen. Not able to e-mail. Not sure what’s going on, but I appreciate all your efforts. I do enjoy reading the comments posted by the group so far.

      • OK, sorry to imply that you didn’t follow directions, but I just wanted to make sure. 🙂 Looks like you took all the necessary steps.

        It is highly likely that the emails haven’t been answered yet. The moderator in question is actually FEEDBACK from Rue Morgue magazine and the Rue Morgue podcast. He’s into all kindsa shit and quite possibly just hasn’t seen it yet. Still, I can’t imagine he will neglect you for too long as he is always on top of things.

        So, it’s been a couple days already, right? I think if you can’t get in by Friday, you should send me your info (like the email address used to register) and I can try to get in touch with FEEDBACK through other means.

      • Thanks! I thought they just might not have waded through all the e-mails. I didn’t take your comment to imply I didn’t follow directions. That note was kind of buried in their subscription confirmation information, and I almost didn’t see it. I’ll let you know on Friday.

      • Please do! I don’t want you to get discouraged, but I can assure you the effort will be worth it. There is much rich and lively discussion being had in The Mortuary between very intelligent and passionate fans about not only horror, but many other topics as well.

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