Dreadful Tales Book Club – November Edition

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Happy belated Halloween, boils and ghouls! Hope you had a spooktacular evening. I’m on this fitness kick thing, so after a long day at the office, instead of passing out candy to little spooksters, I took a jog and chased that with a couple glasses of wine (you know, to hydrate) and topped off the evening with American Horror Story: Asylum. No pumpkins, no costumes, no candy. Well, there was candy, but not for Halloween. I felt a tinge of guilt for being a spoil sport, but then Greg Lamberson posted on his Facebook that “Halloween is for posers,” so turns out I’m actually cooler than I thought. The guilt has washed away and I am clean again.

On to the important business of Book Club. I’ve been excited for every selection we’ve had of course, especially since I usually have a hand in picking out the selection, but I am particularly anxious to read this month’s novel. For November, we’ll be reading John Ajvide Lindquist’s Little Star. Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In settles easily into my top 5 horror novels of all time. While I’ve always intented to read his subsequent work, like Handling the Undead and Harbour, I just haven’t got around to it. Now is my chance!

Here is a synopsis of Little Star from Amazon.com:
A man finds a baby in the woods, left for dead. He brings the baby home, and he and his wife raise the girl in their basement. When a shocking and catastrophic incident occurs, the couple’s son Jerry whisks the girl away to Stockholm to start a new life. There, he enters her in a nationwide singing competition. Another young girl who’s never fit in sees the performance on TV, and a spark is struck that will ignite the most terrifying duo in modern fiction.

You can pick up Little Star here or wherever cool books are sold.

I hope you’ll join me this month. Please tell your friends, family, gardener, mechanic, or anyone else you know that loves to read horror. The more the merrier! And don’t forget to stop by the Book Club’s usual haunt, The Mortuary, to share your thoughts.

-Meli

Dreadful Tales Book Club – October Edition

Long time no see, Dreadful readers! There has been a lot of activity in the scattered home offices of DT. We’re keeping busy with everything from babies to job promotions and all the other life stuff in between, but we haven’t forgotten our beloved readers or the dark lit that brought us together. We hope to ease back into the swing of things little by little and find the puss-oozing pulse of what’s hot in horror fiction once again. Most importantly, we look forward to reconnecting with you all.

First, I want to kick off our first post of October with our Book of the Month announcement. We completely slept through September’s book A Bad Day for Voodoo (sorry, Jeff Strand!) which I take full responsibility for since the Book Club has always been my baby. Although I’m a week and a couple days late there is still plenty of time to dive into our October book.

This month we are reading Life Rage by the Bram Stoker-nominated L.L. Soares. You might remember Soares’ short story “Sawbones” from April’s Book (anthology) of the Month Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! Soares’ contribution to the anthology was met with rave reviews and he definitely stole most of the limelight from the other authors, which is no small feat given the talent included in that collection.

Soares is also a film critic and runs a horror movie review site Cinema Knife Fight which has a whole buttload of talented writers I think many of you will recognize.

Please join us this month for the October reading of L.L. Soares’ horror novel Life Rage. One reader dubbed this “a fix for those of us who thrive on darkness.”

You can pick up your copy for Kindle here and don’t forget to stop by The Mortuary (here) to chat about your reading experience and ask the author himself some questions!

-Meli