Spirits of the Dead by Edgar Allen Poe

Thy soul shall find itself alone
’Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness — for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne’er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

The Conjuring (2013)

Starring

Vera Farmiga – Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson – Ed Warren
Lili Taylor – Carloyn Perron
Ron Livingston – Roger Perron

Summary

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm-house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

-From IMDB.com written by Kenneth Chisholm

Review

Wow…just wow. Honestly this movie scared the living CRAP out of me. It was REALLY well done, not bringing in any of the gruesome things which most horror movies just SEEM to need to have (such as SAW (do not watch if you dislike blood and torture)). This played on your real life fears of things that scared you such as clowns/dolls, doors opening on their own, and things which just scared the living bejeezus out of you.

I can honestly, and happily, say that I left my seat about two times from jumping, and successfully screamed once. My dad even had the hairs on his arms stand up, which is quite hard to do. It was such a successful movie that I couldn’t sleep and then my dad just HAD to scare me by placing our old, and creepy, clown under my pillow. I nearly had a heart attack and it wasn’t funny. BUT, we still had a good laugh.

I couldn’t breathe after the movie and my heart was in my throat but it wasn’t so scary that you felt sick. There was almost NO special effects and I really liked that.

It’s a great Halloween movie but DON’T watch it alone, otherwise it will not end will for anyone. I would walk around my house with a knife and lock myself in a closet or something x.x

But anyway, overall it was REALLY well done. It is rated R and fits its rating, so I suggest that you be at least 16 to see this movie. I saw younger kids watching it, and know of them see it, and this was NOT appropriate.

But definitely check this out tomorrow or even watch it during Halloween. ^.^

Let me know what you think and enjoy!!!!

Warning! This trailer is quite scary and will make you jump. Do not have your volume too loud!
You have been warned. 

Interview with Emmy Curtis

I got the amazing honor of interviewing Emmy Curtis, the author of The Alpha Ops series (first book reviewed here.)

It was a fabulous interview and her responses were fantastic. I got a great laugh xD.

Click here to see her website with some information on her novellas.

The second book of her series was out yesterday so I can’t wait to read it, but until them, here is the interview. ^.^ Enjoy!!!!!!

1. What inspired you to become a writer and why short story romance?

Hmmm. I grew up always reading romance, at a time when they were mainly about men who veered toward being a bully to a much younger, weaker woman. I enjoyed them, but all the time I wanted to read books where the women and men were totally equal either physically, mentally or emotionally. I never really yearned for short-story, in fact the novella is really just a lead-in to the full length series, but I think some stories are better as novellas. With Josh and Grace in DANGEROUS TERRITORY, because the rescue is by nature short, I thought trying to string it out over a full length novel wouldn’t serve the reader or the characters well. My new book, releasing on October 7th, features two secondary characters from the novella, but explores their dynamic, personally and in combat, if you like, in a much deeper way.

2. When you were a child did you ever think that you were going to become author?

I’m sure my teachers at school would laugh, but yes, I always hoped. I was always jealous of my best friend, Jo, who used to write whole stories of our lives (fan fiction really), where we invariably hooked up with the boys we liked. They were SUCH good stories, funny and smart, that now I’m jurging her to write a full-length book now!

3. Where did you get your characters for your Alpha Ops series? Were they based on people in real life or were they just created from pure imagination?

They are based on men and women in the military who I have met. Whoa! Yes, I said it. The people in my book really exist. Maybe not literally, but all their characteristics exist in the people who serve right now. Some of their stories really happened. But mainly, I looked for these characters because I wanted to write about the combat forces often overlooked by novelists. Not every hero is a Marine sniper or a SEAL! So I decided to pick the special ops people in the air force.

4. When you write, what are some things that you have to have with you (ex. A box of mints, and candle, your favorite pencil, etc.) and your routine?

Coffee, and these:

5. Just out of personal curiosity, how and why did you choose your pen name?

My friend Shauna and I were discussing baby names for her soon-to-be-born baby around the same time that I was submitting DANGEROUS TERRITORY for publication. I shamelessly stole one of the names she came up with, which was Emerson. So now both her lovely daughter and my alter-ego have the name Emmy J

6. In your spare time where can you be found and what can you be found doing?

Shooting trap (clay pigeons), reading, walking my dog, traveling and watching Marvel movies!

7. What are your top 5 favorite books?

These change almost monthly, but for now:

Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck Hot, hot, hot (and really funny)

Abby Road by Ophelia London (sweet, sexy and funny)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (a dream of a YA book. Everyone should read this)

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (another YA book, that’s both funny and suspense)

Confessions of a Spy by Peter Earley (an amazing up close and personal look at a real double agent)

8. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Again, these change regularly!

Midnight in Paris (a love letter to Paris and writers everywhere)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (by the way, the new Captain America – and current Faqlcon in this movie – is a former Pararescuer like my hero in DANGEROUS TERRITORY!)

Keeping the Faith (Just a totally cute laugh-fest)

Wimbledon (The best romantic comedy ever. I mean ever. Go watch it.)

Sahara (I’m a big fan of this movie and I suspect I’m in the minority)

9. If you could go on vacation to anywhere in the world, cost not an issue, where would it be and why?  

Here: parrotcay.com

Private island, villas, infinity swimming pool, a spa, and gourmet food. Could a girl ask for anything more?

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could have 5 things dropped off to you (not including transportation, and food and shelter was not an issue) what would they be and why?

One – My fully-loaded Kindle, because I’d rather have that than a tablet I couldn’t read in the sun, even if it meant losing TV streaming ability!

Two – Unlimited Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pies.

Three – Unlimited Cadbury Flakes

Four – A Pararescuer like Josh, you know, to come rescue me .

Five – Good lingerie, because of number four! And maybe some spanx because of numbers two and three!

11. What are the top 5 things that you cannot live without?

My friends, my husband, my PC, coffee, and my bookshelves of signed books!

12. Where do you see yourself in the future; whether this is related to your own personal life or in relation to your writing

I suspect within a year I will be far, far away from where I am now. Being a military family and moving regularly is a big adventure! All I hope for my writing, is that I continue to write books that at least some people like. I know that no book pleases everyone, but even when people read my book and don’t like it, I am profoundly grateful that they spent their valuable time reading it!

 

To Read ASAP For Me!

It turns out one of my good friends has recently written a novel and to say I was shocked was an understatement. I know many people who love to write, but to actually get to the level where you can publish is a definite achievement and I am honestly so proud of her.

I haven’t read the book yet but I just found it on Amazon.com and I will be reading it really soon as it looks like exactly what I like to read.

The book is titled The Unknown by G.A. Viva! (Click to link to go to Amazon.)

I will definitely be reading it ASAP and getting a review out there. She has absolutely inspired me to try to get some of my writings published when I can finish them off, and I definitely will be trying to now.

So go check it out and let me know what you think. I’ll be reading it as soon as possible so look out for the review!

Have You Read Harry Potter Yet?

If not, you might like to know exactly how much time you will need to devote to plow through all the books. Of course, if you saw the movies it might be faster.

Well the good people over at Blinkbox Books (very worthwhile place to check out) have cleverly created an infographic to help you figure this out. HERE. Be aware there is some timed reading so don’t do this when you are really, really tired or you probably will get an incorrect result. Check it out and see what you think.

Banned Books Week – Graphic Novels That Are Challenged

It’s amazing exactly what gets challenged and banned……Captain Underpants??? Really?

 

Graphic novels are often targeted. I guess if you want to encourage the kid who doesn’t love to read then it is smart to ‘ban’ the book. Makes it more enticing and alluring. Reverse psychology.

HERE is a list of the 10 most challenged graphic novels. Go support the cause and check some of the out. And some background on how this came about HERE. Who knows you might love them!

It’s Banned Books Week!!!

 

Celebrate the freedom to read what you want. Not what somebody else doesn’t want you to read. Take a walk on the wild side. Choose a banned book, make it your friend and be the radical.

Don’t know what this is? HERE.

Do you know comics and graphic novels get banned too? HERE.

And books for kids going through puberty? HERE.

And more from MLCWO from other years. HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Go on, find a banned book and read it. Support your right to read what you want.