Friday, October 31, 2014

Barb's Book Review... Her Grave Secrets

First, I need to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with a copy of this novella in return for an honest review. And secondly, I am LOVE, LOVE, LOVING this series.

** Possible Spoilers (if you haven't read the first two novellas) **

Stevie, Zane and Seth are still working together to try and figure out who is the supplier of the drug C-22 (or Bacon as it’s called on the street) that is killing people not only has there been a death or two in relation to the drug there are still people dying around the coast. What's the hype about a drug that can kill you the first time you take it? An incredible high to be exact. Yeah, sorry nothing is worth your life, not even something called bacon.
Seems not all is as it seems in this little hidden town. Country folk stick together. As a country gal I see that all the time. So... when the crap hit the fan and the towns rumor mill starts going on by the time it gets where it's going you have a bigger conspiracy than it should be (that's a small town for ya). But with a new body uncovered things go from effed up to over the hill in a moment. Roy, our ex-police chief who disappeared two months ago... didn't disappear he was killed. Poor bastard didn't have a chance. Seems that after a little looking he was on the take. (On the bad guys or gals payroll) This throws Stevie and her family into a big depression at his loss. Not only was he a friend of theirs her was like extended family.
Then her father's tests come back. Her mother was right her father didn't die of natural causes. Whoever is behind all of this bacon business is cleaning house as the cops get closer and closer to the answers they need. Those answers almost cost Zane more than he was willing to pay. But thanks to Stevie and her mother’s 'feelings' she was able to save the day. More importantly, Zane's life. Now that the trail for the drug dealers and supplies is forging ahead I foresee things getting rockier and rockier for the people in this town.
What can Zane, Stevie and rest of the police department going to do? How will the community cope and adapt to the troubles to come? Wait... for the next book and we will all see together.

On a personal note... I think this series is great, I think it appeals to me for many ways but as the daughter of a retired Military Police Officer stories like this one hit home, ya know. Plus it's just kick ass! 

Until next time, happy Reading!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Emmy's Book Review... Queen of the Hill

This series just keeps getting better and better.  

After almost losing Rick forever in Kick the Candle Grateful is happily planning their wedding.  Things are finally starting to fall together for her: her and Rick are committed to each other, she is in no more danger of losing her home, she has the help of her new familiar, and she is starting to get the hang of this whole witch thing.  Naturally, that’s about the time that the bottom should fall out, right?  
Julius, the leader of the local vampire coven, goes missing, leaving nothing behind but the mutilated body of a woman he used for a regular feed .  Bathory, her big bad from the last book hasn’t shown her face lately either.  When Grateful goes to investigate she finds nothing but more questions instead of the answers she was hoping for.  A standout moment for me was the encounter she had with the murdered girl later in the book; she sees her entire life, and releases her soul on, but the whole encounter was very well written.   Julius missing poses more problems than you would think; if he does not return quickly then the vampires will choose a new leader for their coven.  There are some within the group that were Bathory’s flunkies and them coming into power would prove even more troublesome for Grateful and Rick.  Gary, Grateful’s ex, and now a vampire, is her inside man in the coven, and has no love whatsoever for either Bathory or her supporters.   Grateful is determined to do what she can to help Gary fight his way to the top, for her sake and his.  I really despised Gary at the beginning of this series, but I find in this book that he’s starting to grow on me.  

That’s not all of the trouble Grateful is facing - Tabetha, the Queen of Salem shows up on her doorstep demanding payment for the candle that she created for Rick in the last book.  In  a moment of overblown man-drama Rick went to Tabetha searching for a way to release the bond between him and Grateful.  Tabetha created a candle that  was engineered to turn Rick back into his human self.  He promised himself to her as payment, being sure that he would die in the process.  He came very close to it, but Grateful realized what he meant to her and agreed to marry him, which broke the spell.

That was all well and good, until Tabetha showed up to collect.  She says she is owed blood, and she wants Rick for her own, and nothing else will do.  That completely enrages Grateful, understandably.  I would be violent myself, if some chick showed up saying she was taking my man.  Tabetha is powerful, older, and more experienced than Grateful.  She has the benefit of being immortal, having no caretaker of her own.  Most witches wouldn’t sacrifice their immortality for the benefit of having one.  Tabetha has already taken over a nearby territory from another witch who “mysteriously” disappeared.  So she has her own powers plus those she absorbed when she took on the new territory.  All together she is someone not to be messed with if you can help it.  Grateful doesn’t have much of a choice here though.  Tabetha gives her only so long to satisfy her “debt” to her and agrees to meet with her later to hash out a price.

That’s not all - Grateful hid her spell book, The Book of Light, at Logan’s apartment in the second book, for safekeeping.  Logan has a thing for Grateful, but she shut him down in the last book, both to his face and by agreeing to marry Rick.  He’s got his panties in a wad about it, and is acting out - not wanting to answer her calls, to never being home for her to come get her book.  When she finally puts her foot down and comes to get it she finds Logan distant and cold to her, and protective spells that she placed around her book have been tampered with.  Also Logan has a new girlfriend whom he won’t elaborate on.  She feels any connection she had with him slipping away, which saddens her. She has a meeting with Tabetha to hash out the deets of her “debt” and finds out who Logan’s new girlfriend is - it’s Tabetha, and she intends to use her fondness of Logan to force Grateful to give her what she really wants - her territory.  Her territory, or Logan dies.  

Hecate - the real one, the mother goddess - appears to Grateful in a dream, and tells her that she has to defeat Tabetha.  Tabetha is stuffed with power that is not her own, and not meant to be hers -adding Grateful’s territory would give her power over air and earth, when she already has power over wood (her own natural element) and metal (inherited from Polina, the witch whose territory she took over). Hecate gives Grateful permission to kill her.  She doesn’t tell her how, however, which frustrates Grateful to no end.

Meanwhile, back in the city, vampire attacks are on the rise, as Julien has not returned and the contest to determine the new leader hasn’t happened yet.  Grateful winds up convincing Gary to fight for the leadership position, although his opponent, Kace,  is bigger, older and exponentially meaner than him.  Grateful’s dad is also attacked by a vampire, and winds up in her hospital, dropped off there by Gary, who found him afterwards.   Grateful loads Gary up with protective spells and the next night is the battle for the leadership of the coven.  Tabetha shows up too, and is helping Kace.  The battle between the vampires turns into more of a battle between the two witches.  From then on, this book only gets more intense.  Rick and Grateful’s wedding day is approaching quickly, which is also the date that Tabetha set for her payment.  Her dad awakens from his coma, and knows what attacked him.  Turns out that Tabetha was in on that too.  

Grateful winds up telling him about her being a witch, and assures him that the vampires are under control for now.  She devises a plan to keep Logan safe, and before she knows it her wedding day is here.  The day is beautiful, everything is perfect…...until.   Rick drops a bomb on her, right there in the church.  He says he can’t do this, he needs time, he has to prove to himself that she doesn’t own him.  O.O!!!

And I’m not going to spoil the best part of the book.  It was frigging awesome.  Epic.  Phenomenal Buffy would have been proud.  Like I said, this series just gets better and better with every book.  I’m actually wondering if the next book will have to have a new rating system made up for it - because surely it will be a six star event.  This books ends on a...well, not a cliffhanger, but there are definitely consequences that will have to be dealt with in the next installment.    The next book is called Mother May I, and it is supposed to be coming out sometime in March 2015.  Ugh, I don’t know if I can wait!!

Until next book,

Barb's Book review... Sudden Backtrack

Well hello Al's POV!!! I'm going to admit it. As soon as I saw the email from Kim's blog about a new short for the Hollows I preordered it! And, I'm so glad I did. Its a 'short'... so its short. But in the short little pages here you get to learn a lot about what happened between the Elves and the Demons. Something that's hinted and talked around throughout the Hollow's series. Gally (Al) and Newt face off against a hunting team of Elves. But what happens next makes it all too clear exactly why Newt, female demon, and one of Gally's friends goes nuttier than a basket of walnuts.

One of the biggest questions I had running through my mind since we meet her in the Hollow's series. And... I was right about it. Yes, I guessed it thanks to my detective skills and paying close attention to the series. But, I can't spoil it for y'all. You'll have to read and figure it out.

This is a Series that I fell in love with from book one and I hate, hate, hate to see it end but I am in no ways doubting that Kim Harrison won't bring us something new that will knock our socks off!

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Emmy's Book Review... Kick the Candle

As I have mentioned before, this series is a gift from my awesome sister-in-law, Laura.  

I’m not going to worry about spoiling the series this time, because if you read the first book you already know the big secret. Grateful Knight is a twenty-two year old nurse, and also a hundreds of year old reincarnated witch.  She is Hecate, the sorter of souls, the judge and jury of the dead.  In the last book she discovered who she was, thanks to two ghosts and her caretaker, Rick, who houses a piece of her immortal soul.  She placed that piece in him before she was killed the first time; it makes him immortal, and gives him the power to police the various beasties that are imprisoned in the Monk’s Hill Graveyard along with her. 

Most witches wouldn’t have given up any of their power and would have been immortal themselves.  She willingly made him her caretaker, so she suffers death and reincarnation, as a sacrifice for having him.  The powers he gained from this not only includes the immortality, but the ability to transform into a creature that is some kind of cross between a dragon and a wolf and a cat---it’s hard to describe. That being said, his blood can heal her.  Her blood gives him strength, and he has not been at his best in years, waiting for her to come back.  They have met and married more than a few times since the 1600’s (when this all started) and Rick is understandably eager to marry her again and become the preternatural ass kicking team that they have been for so long. Grateful isn’t so sure.  

She’s young, and in this incarnation is not completely convinced that Rick’s motives are altogether to her benefit.  She’s being cautious, which hurts Rick’s feelings - also understandable - but she is a whole new person now, and he has to make the effort to know her as she is now, not just assume that things will be as they always were.  Logan, who was the ghost in her attic in the first book, has been returned to his body (he was in a coma in the hospital where she worked the entire time) and he is trying really hard to kindle a non ghostly connection with Grateful.  He’s really determined to do this. This drives Rick MAD, and is the source of many disagreements between him and Grateful.  

Now the plot for this book:  The house that Grateful is living in actually belongs to her dad, who is a real estate agent.  The first conflict that arises is that her dad has an offer on the house.  If the house wasn’t her seat of power, this would be no big deal.  As it stands, she HAS to keep this house.  Besides the whole seat-of-power thing, it’s also right next to the graveyard that she has the keeping of.  She doesn’t feel that she can tell her dad about all of this, so she is scrambling to come up with a down payment to keep him from selling the house out from under her.  Now, you would think he would just take it off of the market, but no…..I’m not even gonna get into the comparisons with used car salesmen now, I think you get my point. Remember, she moved into this house because her ex, Gary, ran off with every penny of her life savings.  Gary is now a vampire, which brings in even more trouble, will get to that in a minute.  

Next plot point - Grateful is told that she HAS to find the Book of Flesh and Bone, which was the book that the original Reverend Monk (of Monk’s Hill Church, which became the graveyard) used to bind her soul to her body to kill her the first time.   A fun part - she discovers a spell to call a familiar to her, to amplify her powers.  She does the spell and a raven shows up.  She’s not too thrilled at first, but she names him Poe.  And then he starts talking!  Yep, talking familiar, eat your heart out, Harry Potter!  Snarky talking familiar, as well!  The book describes Poe having a “muddled European accent” but I couldn’t help it, the minute that raven opened his mouth and spoke I heard Alan Rickman’s voice in my head.  **Big Grin**  I’ve adored him since I was 13, so **nyah**!  

So, armed with a sarcastic familiar and a clingy caretaker, Grateful is trying to keep all the supernatural  residents of her town and the surrounding areas in line.  All this while holding down a full time job as a nurse.  And hunting for a dangerous book, that everybody and their brother is also hunting for.  A local vampire named Ann Bathory (yes, like THAT Bathory, it’s rumored that Ann is Elizabeth's daughter) is causing trouble, there are problems with the fae…..Grateful has her hands full in this book.  Rick is not understanding Grateful’s reluctance to commit to him, and takes matters into his own hands - with possible drastic results.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this series is awesome.  It’s been awhile since I tore through a series this quick, which says something to the quality of the writing.  The flow is good, the plot is tight….I can’t praise it enough.  And with the addition of her familiar and the new groups of supernaturals that have introduced to us in this installment, I know this series is only going to get better.

Keep it between the pages,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside... Release Day!

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for the BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE is an Anthology with 5 Erotic Romance novellas by 5 bestselling authors! This may be a mix of tales set in winter, but it is guaranteed to heat you up!

Baby its Cold Outside

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  About BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Anthology: Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire!   

Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle… Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate… With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind… Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series,melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan… What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…  
 About The Authors:
Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels, novellas, and ebooks include the acclaimed Marriage to a Billionaire series, as well as Searching for Someday and Searching for Perfect. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her at Facebook ** Twitter ** Goodreads          

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Tangles, Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She lives in a small town in rural New Jersey with her husband and children. Follow Emma on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her Facebook ** Twitter ** Goodreads      

Kristen Proby
Kristen Proby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Loving Cara and Seducing Lauren, as well as the popular With Me in Seattle series. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her Facebook ** Twitter ** Goodreads      

Melody Anne
Melody Anne is the New York Times bestselling author of the indie published Billionaire Bachelors series, the Baby for the Billionaire series, and the Surrender series, and she has a new series coming soon from Pocket Books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at Facebook ** Twitter ** Goodreads          

Kate Meader

Kate Meader is the author of the sexy new series Hot in Chicago, coming soon from Pocket Books. When not writing she works in an academic library in Chicago. Visit her at Facebook ** Twitter ** Goodreads                  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Barb's Book Review... Partners

Firstly, thanks goes to Lilliana for sending me an ARC of Partners; it was won in a contest she ran a few weeks back. I never win things so to win this from her was amazeballs. 

There is a first time for everything and at this moment, after finishing this novel I am speechless... It took me a few minutes to set my kindle down after I read the last page. Speechless for me, never happens but I have to say with this Prequel to the Fire & Lies series its a good speechless. The best really.

This is not my first Lilliana Anderson book and I can damn sure say it won't be my last. She is an amazing author and for Christ sakes she is an Aussie so she is like up on the ladder with The Avengers. (For anyone that knows me that means she is the bomb) Dude, like totes awesome!

Now, Jesus it's like I'm coming off a high or something. This novel sucked me in from page one and had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, choking at times from gasping or laughing. The dynamics of Aiden and Chloe is one of a bomb waiting to explode. They are head over heals. Both ready to rip the others close off and the whole time they are both looking at the 'job' at hand from different angles. They say be careful what you ask for. Trust no one. Keep your cool under pressure. Now, I get why they say that crap. It's not just words. It's good advice. 

Chloes Donovan, millionaires kid. Silver spoon prodigy who was knocked on her ass by her fathers head of security makes a vital mistake 3 years ago. She chose family over love and wanting to be with someone that makes her feel alive.

Aiden Price, ex military, ex head of security for Terry Donovan, Chloe's father and the man that makes her knees weak, panties wet and her face flush pink with just a glance. Head of his own security firm. Club co-owner. Boss. 

What do they have in common? Besides the desire to have him buried in her balls deep.... they have love. 

Or so you think. Maybe it is there, maybe it's not. But after Chloe left Aiden heart broken, messed up emotionally and a complete mess she waltzes back into his life needing help. Help she can only get from him. He wants to hate her but seems to be failing at that. They get into a tangled web of lust, passion and bank robbery. Can he trust her? He isn't sure. Does he trust her? No. 

And people, there is sex. Sweet Jesus is there sex. Well played out and placed sex. Just yeah.. so your ass needs to be over 18 to read it! (eyes you all) Trust me... you will approve of the way they make up for lost time together. 

But.... when a simple plan, that was not so simple goes a way no one sees coming it leaves you wanting to know, "What int he hell is going on?" and a little speechless. I'm not sure whether I am a fan of Chloe's yet or not. I like Aiden, love him really. He is the epitome of the good guy with a bad side. Chloe... uh so far she is a brat and a pain in the ass. But I have a feeling there is still more to come that will explore who adn what exactly little Miss Donovan is.

Now, there is noooooooooo way can I tell you what happens in this one. (Other than what I just did.. lol) The epicness that is Partners honestly speaks for itself. It's a fantastic read. Epic story and as a Lilliana fan it's a must buy. 

NOTE... WARNING EVEN: A quick release series, Partners is book one of the Fire & Lies Trilogy, contains cliffhangers in book one and two, with a HEA in book three.

Book two of the Trilogy, "Played" is out in December. You can pre-order it now. (Click Here) 

Until next time... happy reading and remember to review your books. Spread the cheer!

This just in... The Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser...

We interrupt the Halloween Spook Fest for just one moment to bring you this slice of awesomesauce:

**hyperventilates** OMG I CANNOT WAIT!

(laughs hard) Okay, incase Emmy's very vocal intro to the new Marvel's "Avengers, Age of Ultron" didn't get your attention you should know that she and I, along with my beautiful fiance are total Marvel fans. No, I ma not a comic book nerd. I have a few but not all into that. But what I am all into is The Avengers. Yes, I just guttered that and I wrote it. Welcome to my world. (dead) 

This is going to be the shit. And I mean that in the best possible way! Bring on... Captain America and Thor. Lauren (my fiance) and I need them... there I said it. (giggles) 

Emmy is waiting to see the Hulk and Iron Man. Ooopps.. I hope that wasn't a secret. (claps)

Now, rewatch the yummy and we will keep you posted on the deets of this here movie. Can it be May 2015 already? Dude, like seriously. (goes to rewatch again.


Halloween Post.. Urban Legends and Movies...

These are what our fears are based off of. They give births to Urban Legends and a mysteriousness people like me live for. The weirder, the creepier the better. Many Urban Legends have many variations but I look at it this way. It wasn't something that just happened. It had to start somewhere. It has to mean something.

The term “urban legend,” as used by folklorists, has appeared in print since at least 1968, has inflicted fear in many people for many years. Case-in-point; The Killer in the backseat...

The legend involves a woman driving and being followed by a strange car or truck. The mysterious pursuer flashes his high beams, tailgates her, and sometimes even rams her vehicle. When she finally makes it home, she realizes that the driver was trying to warn her that there was a man (a murderer, rapist, or escaped mental patient) hiding in her back seat. Each time the man sat up to attack her, the driver behind had used his high beams to scare the killer.

In some versions the woman stops for gas, and the attendant asks her to come inside to sort out a problem with her credit card. Inside the station, he asks if she knows there's a man in her back seat. In another she hits something, stops, and then the man gets in the back.

The story is often told with a moral. The attendant is often a lumberjack, a trucker, or a scary-looking man; someone the driver mistrusts without reason. She assumes it is the attendant who wants to do her harm, when in reality it is he who saves her life.

An Urban Legend that scared the crap out of me when I was younger. Its also the reason, no matter the time, weather or who I'm with.. before I get in any vehicle I check the back seat. (Laughs) No Shit!

Then you have the one about drinking soda and pop-rocks. Okay just to note this I have done it... I am alive and well they will not make your stomach explode. HOWEVER, they will make you have to swallow fast. -That sounded so wrong-

There is the one about the man calling the babysitter from inside the house. This one here again has to come from some event

A teenage girl is babysitting one evening. The children have been put to bed and the babysitter is in the living room watching TV. The phone rings, and she hears either silence, a man laughing, or heavy breathing. A man asks her to “check the children”. When she asks who he is, he hangs up. Rather than checking on the children, the teenager decides to ignore the call. The stranger calls back several times, each time angrier.

Eventually the girl calls the police, who ask her to wait for the man to call again, and they will trace the call. When he calls again, she manages to keep him talking, for a few minutes, and when the police call back, they tell her that the call is coming from a second line, inside the house, and to get out immediately, as they have already sent some officers over.

As she runs to the door, she sees a man, with a bloody axe, running down the stairs, and she just manages to avoid his blow. She runs outside, into the waiting arms of police, who quickly kill the man.

But even this one has a few variations. Then you have ones like: The Vanishing, Hitchhiker (which there are a few adaptations), The Bunny Man, The Hook, Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light? And my favorite... Bloody Mary... I'm gonna put it out there.. I've done it and again, I'm still here. It was scary as shit to do, don't get me wrong but I did it anyway. (May never do it again.. cause it was freaky.)

Now the list of Urban Legends go on for miles. Some of the most known are the ones that no matter what you will be reminded everyday of. They are a never ending “horror” in some peoples eyes.

Then you have what I call my true desires... Horror movies. Just to solidify my nuttiness I watch and read as much horror as I can. If its scary, freaky, bloody, and just awesome. There are so many good ones but there are many GREAT ones. The ones that when you watch them you get the chills. The ones that make your heart race and have you yelling at the TV. If it doesn't do that to you it doesn't mean its not a good one just means everyone takes them different. Take me... It truly takes a lot for a movie to “scare” me or to even give me the creeps.

The very first “Horror” movie I ever saw was The Exorcist, the one and only. The original. I did fantastic until Linda Blair's characters head started spinning. I screamed and cried and had nightmares for weeks. (As I've said before.. love it but Jesus it’s beyond freaky.)

A few years ago I asked my mom, who is a chicken when it comes to horror why she watched that movie, and why in the hell did she let a five year old watch it. Her response... “I like it and as for you. You're a stubborn ass and would've snuck into see it anyway so I let you. You also learned a lesson. Next time I told you, you couldn't watch a movie you didn't argue with me.” Bwahaha. Love my crazy mama.

My mama knows me so well. (Laughs) But she is right. I refuse ever since that movie to let one scare or freak me out. (Though I lose that battle at times.) Its built into our brains that if it says horror it has to scare the life out of us. That's not the case. Its the purpose and what the movie makers want but you have the control on the scared part. Horror is a wide genre.

The number of movies in the genre of Horror are all their own kind of horror. You have movies like The Omen, The Blob, Poltergeist, Rosemary's Baby, Invasion of the body snatchers, Child's Play, Dolls, Puppet Master, The curse of Frankenstein... that are great movies but not what I consider scary. But they keep your attention and they keep you entertained. Now I do know some people even a couple of the Temptresses that have issues with a few of these, as in the scare factor but each individual acts different to different things.

Then you get into the more advanced horror movies... Like A Nightmare on Elm Street, House on Haunted Hill, The Ring, The Candyman, The Mothman prophecy, The Prophecy, Stay Alive, The Ring, Jeepers Creepers, Mirrors. Any movie dealing with Ghosts, Demons and the supernatural.

Then you have the ones that make you want to turn the lights back on. An American Haunting, Friday the 13th, Saw, Hostel, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Vacancy, Wrong Turn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wolf Creek, and The Hills have Eyes.

I name the last group the scare the shit out of you group because a couple of them are based off of actual events. Or part of the characteristics of the story line are. Take the Texas Chainsaw Massacre leather face character for example. As most people know this character is based off the serial Killer Ed Gein. He murdered woman and skinned them and wore their skin. (shudders) Then you have Wolf Creek, an Australian based movie that is based on a true story. An American Haunting is based off of actual events as is the Exorcism of Emily Rose.

And I'm no fool the movies Hostel, Wrong Turn, the Hills have Eyes (based off of true life events) and Saw... let me just say this... I know I am not the only person to have these thoughts either... these ideas came from somewhere. All I can say is I believe anything can happen at anytime so I am a cautious biotch. (Just Saying)

As for Horror Book Series there is only one for me... Stephen King. I own and have read every book he has under his name and under his Sir name. He is my idol and that so explains a few things...  (laughs)

So my final thoughts... there is one Urban Legend/Movie/Book or story out there that no matter what will forever scare the shit out of everyone of us. It could be a simple movie like Candyman or a complex one like the Exorcist. So before you judge the book by the cover keep in mind you never really know what is behind the cover and if you open that book be careful it doesn't bite.

Keep checking under your bed...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Post... Serial Killers...

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret.... I have an obsession with Halloween, Urban Legends, Horror movies, Stephen King, and Serial killers. Yeah not a shocker there but its still a secret. (laughs) Emmy and I are both lovers of Halloween for reasons to each our own but this is the one time of year that sparks the crazy in some people more than others. But really, you keep the candy just give me the Horror movie marathons, or better yet the slasher marathons. What’s a little blood between friends. (That sounded bad, I admit that.. but meh.)

“When the worlds collide, fate intervenes and we all learn the price of life…”

We all have those thoughts in the back of our heads when we hear the words “Horror” and “Halloween” of ghosts, goblins werewolves and vampires. Maybe that is just me but.. the monsters of the real world and the fictional world have been known to collide. If you take the time to do the research you'd find that there are many cases of actual facts real life events being used in them.

Take one of my favorite movies... The Amityville Horror. This movie is based off of real life events that happened.

In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large house in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutz's moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutz's left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.

The loss of life as this family knows it is enough to make your skin crawl, but to know they live with the horror of it every day is enough to make even me, the horror queen, jumpy. It just goes to show you... you really never know what you're gonna get.

A good example of that is summer camp. We all know about summer camps, fire side stories and ghost stories. Did you know just because its a story doesn't mean its not based off of something real. Take the movies Friday the 13th. You have summer camp, legends of counselors being killed by a sick and deranged mother and isolation. Complete fiction but it gives you a good set of goosebumps. Or someone that can kill you in your sleep like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street); which is based of of actual events it was only dramatized for Hollywood. The list of boogeymen is a mile long and a mile wide.

Then you move on into the things that really go bump in the night, Serial Killers. The ordinary people around you. The ones you'd least expect. We all know their names if nothing else. Their names send a shiver down your spine. They make you think twice before getting in or out of your car in the dark.

This is where my true passion lies. Maybe passion isn’t the right word… my interests are vast but this is a subject that Em and I have talked over many, many times. I really can’t understand at times what makes these seemingly normal people snap. Its a little known fact that most Serial killers are men. Don't get me wrong the woman are out there to but with the exception of a few most woman serial murders/killers use poison. The very first document female serial killer used rat poison in her husbands soup.

Now, I'm going to share with you one of my favorite mysteries. It's not really a mystery per-say but its still unsolved so therein lies your mystery.

The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, taking only second place to Jack the Ripper. Even though police investigated over 2,500 potential suspects, the case was never officially solved. Hell even the Green River Killer was apprehended (after a long time) but not the Zodiac. There were a few suspects that stood out, but the forensic technology of the times was not advanced enough to nail any one of them conclusively.

In October, 1966 a ghoulish series of murders began that panicked the people of the San Francisco area. For years the Zodiac taunted the police with weird ciphers, phone calls, insulting and cryptic messages. Before it was all over, this clever and diabolical killer changed the lives of eight people, only two of whom lived to tell the tale.

The taunting of himself to the populations around California came in the form of letters. Cryptic as they were they each told a story. On Friday, August 1, 1969, the first known Zodiac letters were received by three newspapers. The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle and Vallejo Times-Herald each received an almost identical letter written by a person who took credit for the attacks on the four teens. He also gave details about the murders and included one-third of a mysterious cipher in each letter.

The self-proclaimed killer demanded that the three letters be published on the front page of each newspaper by that Friday afternoon or he would go on a rampage and randomly kill a dozen people over the weekend. The letters were signed with a crossed-circle symbol.

The letters were published and efforts to untangle the messages in the ciphers began by authorities and citizens. Police investigators stated publicly that they had doubts as to the authenticity of the letters in an attempt to get the killer to contact them again. The plan worked and on August 4 another letter arrived at the San Francisco Examiner.

The letter began with the words that have since haunted many involved in the case:

Dear Editor This is the Zodiac speaking...

It was the first time the killer used the name Zodiac. In the letter the Zodiac included information which proved he was present during the murders and a message that his identity was hidden inside the ciphers.

On August 8, 1969 a high school teacher and his wife cracked the 408-symbol cipher. The last 18 letters could not be decoded. The message read:


Every letter received from the Zodiac killer ended the same way. A simple signature that was his and his alone. Which only added to the illusions to the mysteriousness of this crazed killer.

Now what does the Zodiac have in common with other serial killers... okay besides the obvious. The suspect in the murders was an average, seemingly normal person. You know the saying you can't judge a book by its cover... I say well no shit. The outside doesn't always match the inside and the flip side to that is the inside isn't always as demented as the outside looks either. Don't get me wrong there are many creepy looking fuckers out and about, who when you talk to them are the nicest people ever.

The lack of sanity involved in theses acts of murder and mayhem is mind boggling to me. Case in point; Gary Ridgeway or as most know him, the Green river Killer. That case was unsolved for many years until a DNA match was made. His victims were mainly prostitutes and runaways. The ones no one would miss... The first victim was found by a fisherman in the Green River. He murdered a confirmed 48 women/girls between 1982-1998. As far as the numbers go he could have killed up to 90 or more total in the years before his conviction.

This is just a way to show you there is no way to know what anyone is capable of. The reasons a person can snap are many. Some people snap due to abuse, drugs, the voices tell them to do it and then you just have some sick fucks who like to just do it to torture people. This is where the movie industry, the book writers and the “copy cats” get their pay-dirt from. With every dollar the movie industries make, for every page of a book written and every life a copy cat takes a new horror or memory is made.

Today in the news or on a google search you can find a new serial killer on the books. Or at least they think Darren Vann is the newest in the long line of crazy SOB’s killing off people.

He is accused of killing 7 woman in Indiana. Did he do it? They think so, he says he did and they have the evidence.

“An Indiana coroner is asking for the public's help in identifying two of the alleged victims of Darren Vann, the 43-year-old convicted sex offender and former Marine who confessed to killing seven women whose bodies were found in Gary. “ (via people magazine online)

People close to him say he is a nice guy. His ex-wife says that too. His stepson says he was a creepy fucker so again like with most, we have mixed reviews. No one is safe. Keep your enemies close and your friends closer ‘cause you never know when someone is going to snap, slice ya up and make a pot luck dinner out of your kidney’s. (graphic I know)

Happy Hauntings.