Winner & RTW: Spookiness

First, let's get to the winner of the signed copy of Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland:

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Congratulations, Tricia C.! Thanks to all who entered!

And now on to today's Road Trip Wednesday post. Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors and followers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: Halloween! What's your favorite scary book or movie?

My idea of a scary movie is probably laughable to a lot of people. Or at least to my husband, who still teases me about the time I ran out of the room during a "gotcha" moment in the movie The Changeling. Or to my childhood friend, who loved to torment me about Gremlins when we were in the POOL. A POOL FULL OF WATER.

But when it comes to books, my own brain knows how much I can handle so it fills in "monster" with something appropriately creepy or frightening, but not enough to give me too many nightmares.

So there are a couple of books that I like to read around Halloween, to help set the mood.

I haven't read any of her other books in ages, but The Witching Hour has the power to immediately transport me to another time and place. It's genuinely startling to look up from the pages of this book and not find myself caught in an intense storm in New Orleans.

Carrie Ryan's zombie series is another great Halloween read, for its dark ambiance and themes. There is one bit of creepiness that's almost unbearable (if you've read it, you'll probably agree which part that is) but so incredibly well-written.

What about you? What are your favorite Halloween reads or movies? Feel free to include the link to your RTW post in your comment if you're participating.


Laurie Dennison said...

I've heard good things about that one, but I haven't read it yet. Added to the TBR pile!

Unknown said...

Oh, Forest of Hands and Teeth is SO creepy. That's a great choice for Halloween! And awww it isn't nice to mock a fear of gremlins in a pool!!

Hope you have a great Halloween!

Jaime Morrow said...

I won a copy of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH from YA Confidential and still have yet to read it. Halloween would have been the perfect opportunity! :)

Samantha said...

I have copies of both of those books, but haven't read either yet. I'm not a big fan of scary books or films but maybe one day i'll get to them!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Oh my god, I don't know how I forgot to talk about The Witching Hour! It is by far my favorite Anne Rice novel!

EXCELLENT choice. Happy Halloween and Road Trip Wednesday!

Crystal said...

I have that Carrie Ryan book, I need to read it. Thanks for reminding me! :)

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! I have now removed Woman in Black from our Netflix queue, based on all the comments on your blogs.

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