It’s Monday, What Are You… 10/15

…Reading?

I haven’t officially DNFed Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (an author I usually really enjoy), but I’m moving on for the moment.

Nothing to Devour: Motherless Children #3 Something Wicked This Way Comes Paradise Lost

  • Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg – I’ve been looking forward to starting this ARC for a while now. Glen Hirshberg is one of my favorite horror writers.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Reading this slowly with the readalong.
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton – I’m rereading Paradise Lost as part of #FrankenSlam!—reading the books that Frankenstein’s creation read in Frankenstein. I have no idea what someone who has never read the Bible or Greek myths would make of this poem. I’m rereading it after 20 years of additional reading and I’m picking out so many new things.
  • Short stories! I have some Thomas Ligotti coming up this week.
  • Dewey’s 24-hour Readaton – This Saturday! I don’t know what I’m going to read for it yet.

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…Watching?

I pretty much binged Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House over the weekend. I’ve read the Shirley Jackson book several times (as well as many of her other books), I adore the 1963 movie adaptation called The Haunting, and I even made Eric go with me to watch the 1999 movie when it was in theaters. How does this series hold up? Well… It’s a pretty solid haunted house/haunted people story. Its cast, direction, and production values are great. It offers quiet chills along side the occasional shock. In particular, episode 6 is a really nice piece film-making and storytelling. As a Shirley Jackson adaptation? Some of the direct nods to the text work, some don’t. (And maybe nods to The Haunting as well—that spiral staircase looks so familiar!) In my opinion though, the main deviation from the novel really makes this not The Haunting of Hill House at all. Doesn’t mean I won’t rewatch it…

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/8)

…Reading?

Finished A Long Fatal Love Chase on Saturday. I plan on reviewing it on Thursday. This week:

Dead & Buried Something Wicked This Way Comes Candyman
  • Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – This is the second pick from my #RIPXIII TBR jar. Can’t say I’m too enthusiastic about it, but a pick is a pick.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – For #SomethingWickedFall. Which reminds me, Michelle posted the first discussion post yesterday.
  • Candyman by Jon Towlson – This book is part of the Devil’s Advocate book series of horror film criticism. Candyman (dir. Bernard Rose, 1992) is one of my favorite horror movies. I’m also reading the original Clive Barker story, “The Forbidden.”
  • Plus Paradise Lost, Black Cat short stories, and who knows what else!

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…Watching?

Not very R.I.P., but I rewatched Logan Lucky over the weekend. I do love a good comedy heist.

…Listening To?

Also not on the spooky side, but I started listening to the Secret History of the Future podcast. It’s a joint effort between Slate and The Economist, hosted by Seth Stevenson and Tom Standage,  author of The Turk. Indeed, the first episode is about the mechanical Turk and the “trick” that is some of today’s AI. I’m about three episodes in and they’ve all been good.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/24

…Reading?

It’s all about ladies being spookily in love this week:

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow A Long Fatal Love Chase
  • The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo – I’m at 20%. I expected a few more supernatural aspects, but there’s a lot of book left.
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – I’m nearly 100 pages in and it’s still ridiculous fun.
  • …a few gothic short stories for good measure.

And starting Saturday:

Yep, pre- and post- readathon readathons. And a Something Wicked This Way Comes read-along and watch-along. Can October get any better? All the details are up on the Seasons of Reading blog.

What do I have on my #Frightfall TBR?

Nothing to Devour: Motherless Children #3 Something Wicked This Way Comes

…Listening To?

I like the concept of  cover albums where each track of an album has been covered by a different artist. Nightmare Revisited is one of my favorites of that genre. (And tell me that Flyleaf’s cover of “What’s This” can’t nearly double as a Christmas song?)

…Doing?

Well, our first “for real” frisbee league game was rained out last week. On one hand, yay! rain! On the other, boo! soggy fields. Such is life in the Valley of the Sun. We are finally down around the 100F mark for highs—fall is here!  🍂

It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/17

…Reading?

I made a push to finish Christopher Sandford’s Houdini and Conan Doyle on Sunday. I should have my thoughts about it put together by Thursday. But with that out of the way, it’s pure R.I.P. for a while:

The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi, #2) A Long Fatal Love Chase The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko – I’m at about 60% and should finish later this week.
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – Pick from my TBR jar.
  • The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo – ARC.
  • Gothic short stories! I might also have a post about the first half of my gothic reading on Wednesday or so.

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…Listening To?

I’ve been listening to my Halloween master-list on random and this album from Collide has been played a lot.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/10

…Reading?

Houdini and Conan Doyle The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi, #2) The Circus of Dr. Lao
  • Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford – I should be finished with this book by Sunday. I have to say, reading this makes me a little sad. Conan Doyle was so wrong about so many things…
  • The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko – An ARC from the author. I really enjoyed the first in this detective series, so I’m looking forward to this installment.
  • The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney – Not on any List of Peril, but I finally scored a copy through Book Mooch and am reading it in spare moments. Might make a good comparison with Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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…Watching?

Rewatched season 1 of American Horror Story. This series is hit and miss for me. I’ll probably rewatch the seasons I’ve enjoyed in the past (4 & 5, or “Freak Show” and “Hotel”) and maybe give some of the others a second shot.

…Doing?

Ultimate frisbee league starts this week. It’s always exciting to see how a new team might come together…or not. I’ve played with probably half the players on the team in other leagues/at pickup. I’ll have info for the schedule sometime this week and will need to post that.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 9/3

Happy September, everyone! Yes, it isn’t autumn yet. It’s, like, 20 days until the equinox and, if you live in the Valley of Sun, substantially longer until it actually feels like *fall.* But it’s not to early to start dreaming. 🎃

…Reading?

Houdini and Conan Doyle The Wendigo

I finished both Memoirs and Confessions of a Stage Magician and the novelization of The Last Jedi before my favorite blog events kicked in: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril and FrightFall. Which meant my slate was cleared for two months of spooky reading…except for what I had planned for pre-existing challenges: Houdini and Conan Doyle (and later Paradise Lost). But that’s okay, both are sort of peril-adjacent. I’m also reading “The Wendigo” by Algernon Blackwood and few other short stories.

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…Watching?

(Trailer is NSFW due to language and a little gore.)

I was inspired to read “The Wendigo” after my first Peril of the Screen movie: The Ritual (2017). It was pretty good, though not too much beyond the usual “lost in the woods” fare. Next up in this vein is Trollhunter (2011).

…Doing?

It’s going to be a busy week. I’ve got a couple reviews I want to do for the blog. I’m updating the formatting on Eric’s Martian Engineer’s Notebooks. There should be league draft in there too. And then it’s time for another One Ahead editing pass.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 8/27

…Reading?

Bout of Books Wrap Up: I read 554 pages! Stumbled, bleary, into the Twitter chat Saturday morning! Participated in some fun challenges! It was a good BoB.

But what am I reading this week?

Memoirs and Confessions of a Stage Magician Coilhunter (The Coilhunter Chronicles, #1)
  • …Memoirs and Confessions of a Stage Magician by Donald and Joyce Brandon
  • Coilhunter by Dean F. Wilson
  • “The Enemy of All the World” by Jack London

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