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Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction?
I’m not particularly into Horror, no matter whether books or films, but if I’m in the mood for it I’d read Stephen King. My favourites by him are “Misery”, “Needful things” and “Pet sematary”. I haven’t read any of his new stuff.

2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
Hm, I’m not particularly into SF or Fantasy either, except for Marion Zimmer Bradley. So, I’d say her Darkover books.

3. Who is your favorite monster?
I don’t know many monsters. The easy way out would be to say Frankenstein’s monster, but I decided to go with Scylla.

4. What is your favorite Horror movie?
The Japanese original “Ring”

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills?
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6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?
Marie in “Innocent blood”, if it qualifies as horror.

7. Freddy or Jason?
I didn’t even know who Jason is and had to ask John, who, of course, knew. So, I suppose it has to be Freddy, even though I’m not happy with him either.

8. What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Halloween isn’t big over here. Are there special Halloween treats? I had no idea.

9. Ghosts or goblins?
Ghosts. Goblins are too ugly.

10. Friendly-faced jack-o’-lantern or scary one?
Friendly, I always prefer things friendly.

11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
You say that as if I was supposed to have tons of paranormal encounters. Well, I haven’t.

12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
I’m undecided on the subject.

13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?
Who would want to be a zombie? They are stupid, slow and decayed. Definitely an alien.

14. Favorite Halloween costume?
Haven’t got one. If I had to choose, maybe 18th century vampire or Medusa.

15. Best thing about Halloween?
No idea. We’re not into Halloween over here.

16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?
Corin, our 6 year old, but not out of tradition, but because he gets brainwashed by his friends, who in turn get brainwashed by American TV shows.

17. Are you superstitious?
Yes, a bit.

18. Share an unusual Halloween story.
Sorry, nothing to share.

19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid?
When I was a kid, nobody had even heard of Halloween.

20. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?
Guess what? I’ve never been to one.

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Release party for Reparation in blood

Finally “Reparation in blood”, the fourth and last part of Ariel Tachna’s “Partnership in blood” series will be released on Friday, Oct. 30 at Dreamspinner Press. Even though I can’t wait to read how the whole story will be wrapped up and who is going to survive the war I’m extremely sorry to see the series come to an end. Ariel promises us discussions, contests and other goodies, as well as exceprts from Reparation in blood and from her upcoming releases.

Come and visit her blog on Friday from 8am Pacific time on Friday.

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Under the Covers and between the Sheets

This is the title of a new book coming out on October 15. It seems to be the literary version of Schott’s Miscellany. Some of the topics sound interesting:

  • You Don’t Say: Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction-sometimes with very different meanings.
  • Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the world’s most cherished fairy tales-Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and more.
  • Hip to be Square: Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them.
  • Anthropomorphized Characters: The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures."
  • Time to Make the Doughnuts: Odd jobs of famous authors.
  • Parental Guidance Suggested: Dahl’s short stories, Seuss’s political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children’s authors.

I love those trivia books with random and usually quite useless information and find them quite entertaining.

Under the Covers and between the Sheets: Facts and Trivia about the World’s Greatest Books

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iSCRAP Halloween edition

Halloween edition

The new Halloween edition of quickpages for the iPhone and iTouch is available in the iTunes shop now.

Show your favourite treasured moments off with style. Once photographs are put into the templates they can be shown one at a time or as part of a slideshow. Make a wallpaper of the combined image and set it on your iPod or iPhone.

Get more information on John’s website John E. Donovan Mobile Solutions or go to iTunes.