Blogtober 6, 2016

The Ghost
1963
Starring Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta

The blurb:

A woman and her lover murder her invalid physician husband in order to take his fortune and live their lives together. Watched by the physician’s faithful housekeeper, the two lovers begin searching for the money they believe is hidden upon the grounds of the estate. When mysterious occurrences begin to happen to the couple, they suspect that the physician’s ghost has appeared to seek revenge for their crime.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

I really enjoyed this one. And there is a nice little twist at the end.

Blogtober 4, 2016

Today’s selections are : The Murder in the Red Barn and The Ape Man.

The Murder in the Red Barn 

1935 Starring Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams

This film is pretty straight forward and short.

The blurb:

Based upon a true story, a small English town is the setting of a love triangle involving Squire Corder, the gypsy Carlos and young Maria Marten. While Maria is smitten with Squire Corder, the son of a rich businessman, she has attracted the attention of the roguish gypsy Carlos. When maria disappears after entering the Red Barn, suspicions fall upon both men as to what indeed happened to her.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

The Ape Man

1943 Starring Bela Lugosi, Minerva Urecal, Ralph Littlefield

The blurb:

Dr. Brewster is working on a serum derived from gorilla spinal fluid and tests his experimental formula upon himself. Unfortunately, the serum transforms Dr. Brewster into a simian-like creature and he desperately attempts to find a cure. Only human spinal fluid will return him to normal but Dr. Brewster uses some nefarious methods to extract his needed supply.

Watch it or skip it? Watch it!

Murder, She Wrote: Hook, Line, and Murder

The newest Murder, She Wrote novel Hook, Line, and Murder is out!

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I absolutely adore this series! I am pretty sure I’ve told you these things multiple times. It’s always a good day when the newest MSW is out.

The blurb:

Jessica enters a fly-fishing competition at a nearby lake. Joining her is the sheriff’s wife, Maureen Metzger, who surprises Jess with her enthusiasm for the sport. Their guide, however, is a surprise to both…

Brian Kinney is an ex-con. Jailed as an accomplice to Darryl Jepson, a convicted killer, Brian was later exonerated, but not before spending seven years behind bars. He seems like a decent enough fellow. Just a man trying to rebuild his life as a family man and fishing guide. 

Yet when Jepson breaks out of prison vowing revenge, and the lawyer for both men is found murdered, Cabot Cove becomes the focus of the nation as local, state, and federal authorities descend on Jessica’s hometown. And to add to the tension, Maureen has gone missing. Is she lost or is she a hostage? Jess soon finds herself caught in a netful of lies, deceit and ulterior motives. In order to save her friend, she’ll need to find some answers by hook or by crook…

I’ve already started this one and am a couple chapters in. This afternoon, I started a Brad Thor thriller because I had a bit of free time on my hands at work. Even knowing this bad boy would be waiting for me at home, I needed a little Scot Harvath fix. The MSW book will only take a few days (if that) to read.

Order Murder, She Wrote: Hook, Line, and Murder on Amazon here

Blogtober 2, 2016

Today’s film selection, The Demon comes from 1979. And, I think it should have stayed there. It stars Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Craig Gardner.

Seriously, this could have been a really great horror flick, but, it is quite a bit confusing because it deals with a series of bizarre murders and the unexplained stalking of the main characters by an unidentified man with no apparent motives.

The blurb:

A deranged killer is stalking the citizens of a small-town, brutally killing a family and abducting the daughter. The town is terrified of these events and is unable to find the killer. Only a former cop with psychic abilities appears to be the town’s only hope of tracking down the murderer and finding the missing girl.

With that being said, I found myself with my eyes not glued to the screen.

Watch it or Skip it?

Skip it and go watch Halloween instead.

Blogtober 1, 2016: Blogtober is back!

It’s October 1st! So that means, it’s another year of Blogtober! I missed last year, so I am very excited to get back to it this year.

This year, I’ve decided to make my way through a collection of 100 movies of the Legends of Horror/Greatest Horror Classics.

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Tonight’s selection is:

Jamaica Inn

This is a 1939 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Charles Laughton, Robert Newton, Maureen O’Hara

The blurb:

Adapted from a Daphne Du Maurier story, the film takes place at a small inn on the coast of Cornwall. The inn is the base of operations of a band of criminals who deliberately shipwreck vessels for their cargo. The arrival of one of the gang member’s niece and also a Lloyd’s of London investigator disrupt the gang’s plans.

No blood or guts in this one, but it’s still pretty good. Being a film from the 30’s, it is definitely from a different era, so many may be disinterested in it and not call it a horror classic. But I say to give it a chance. Plus it’s a Hitchcock!!

It looks like they did a remake of this film in 2015. I’ll have to check it out.

Remembering Gene Wilder

On August 29th, 2016, the world lost a great one … Gene Wilder.

I’ve been putting off blogging about this, because I somehow thought that if I didn’t post it, it would be true. But unfortunately, it is.

I’m not one to get too emotional when a celebrity passes away, but this one really hurt my heart. I believe that Gene is most famously known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is by far my favorite Wilder film. And my favorite part? When he sings Pure Imagination. It is just perfection. My other top Wilder flicks are of course Young Frankenstein, Haunted Honeymoon, and Blazing Saddles.

Alas, the world goes on, as it always does. But Gene Wilder will live on through his movies for many generations to come. And Willy Wonka will always put a smile on my face 🙂

 

Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey

Happy Book Pub Day to Jess Lourey’s “Salem’s Cipher”!!!!

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To start, I just want to say, that Jess is one of my favorite authors (in my top three, top two actually, ok ok, she’s my second favorite author) and I’ve been waiting for her new book for months!

The blurb:

Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world’s top security agencies ever since making a breakthrough discovery in her field of quantum computing. She’s also an agoraphobe, shackled to a narrow routine by her fear of public places. When her mother’s disappearance is linked to a plot to assassinate the country’s first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern-day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and centuries-old codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way.

Sounds good, doesn’t it????

Order “Salem’s Cipher” on Amazon here

Connect with Jessie on Her Website, Facebook, and Twitter

Be sure to check out my 3rd all-time favorite series, Jess’s Murder-By-Month series

Possession by M. Verano

Happy Book Release Day to M. Verano’s “Possession” (Diary of a Haunting)!!!!

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After reading “Diary of a Haunting” last year, I as very excited to learn about this second book in the series. I very much enjoyed the style of the book as it isn’t in typical novel form (written as diary entries).

The blurb:

In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, an ordinary girl with a strange illness that doctors can’t seem to diagnose recounts her experience with the dark and ancient entity that’s making her sick in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.

All her life, Laetitia Jones has only wanted to be a star. It’s more than an ambition—somewhere deep inside, she knows that she was born for greatness.

But her path to stardom now seems to be halted by a mysterious, undiagnosed illness that’s taken over her body. Doctors don’t have a clue and most days, she’s stuck at home documenting her strange symptoms—symptoms that start with fevers and chills, but soon escalate to bizarre bodily reactions.

Laetitia’s only escape from her illness is following the news—and the race riots that are moving closer and closer to her neighborhood. But when horrific visions begin to invade her mind, even the media can’t distract her and she begins to wonder—is her illness something biological…or is it something more? Are the voices she hears and the notes she finds in her own handwriting signs of insanity…or signs of something much more sinister and demonic? Or, perhaps, signs of something benevolent…something holy even.

Laetitia has always known she’d be famous…she just didn’t know it would happen this way.

Check out my Thursday Reads for “Diary of a Haunting” here

Purchase “Possession” on Amazon here

A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire

Happy Book Release Day to Jamie McGuire’s “A Beautiful Funeral”!!!

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I absolutely love the “Beautiful Disaster/Maddox Brothers” series by Jamie McGuire. And I love those Maddoxes! But, I must admit, the title of this book scares the crap out of me. Not enough to keep me from reading it though. I have purposely not read any of the reviews, so I am not entirely sure on what to expect, except that it will be a good read.

The blurb:

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

Order “A Beautiful Funeral” on Amazon here

Connect with Jamie on Her Website, Facebook, and Twitter

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Happy Book Pub Day to Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us”!!!!!!!

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I’ve haven’t read many of Colleen’s books (I have them, just haven’t worked my way through my huge and ever growing to be read pile) but the 2 that I’ve read (“Ugly Love” and “November 9”) I have absolutely adored! And I am very excited to read this one, especially since reading many reviews saying this is her best book yet.

The blurb:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

Purchase “It Ends With Us” on Amazon here

Connect with Colleen on Her Website, Twitter, and Facebook