A monster will be defeated by the righteous ones With the help of a stranger from an unknown world Through the eyes of the Prophet these things will be done
In a distant sea, beyond the horizon Is a magical world full of illusion Impossible to reach by a Mariner Only those who are true and just may enter But the path that one seeks is filled with danger Over a thousand years since one has ventured For centuries this wonder was lost to all A prophecy of recent will make the call The new legend predicts a young man will come To conquer the obstacles with help from some By the words of the Prophet, shall it be done
Come here boy I have something to tell you It’s time you learned about a secret place Full of wonder and enchantment beyond The likes of which you may have never seen Yes, yes monsters and magic all around This is a place that can never be found How is this place so easily hidden Well it’s under water to begin with They say this city has never been reached At least not in the past ten thousand years Only one who is worthy; pure of heart Can cross the dangers that keep it apart What dangers are there? I don’t even know But you can bet your tail no one will live Through the traps that hide a place so special This amazing place no one can fathom Everyone has something to imagine An amazing place where the fish can speak They swim on up and ask you for money Such a wonderful place to go explore
Our discussion this week is about “Hear-Shaped Box” by Joe Hill. This was Hill’s debut novel, and you can see the influences from his father, Stephen King. The story gives a new, modern twist to the haunting story. The main character, Judas Coyne, buys a ghost on the internet. Turns out, the ghost is real and is trying to kill Judas. We get a lot of backstory about Judas and about the ghost and its motives. It’s interesting to think about the main character chasing after spooky, macabre things at the beginning of the novel only to run away from them for the majority of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Hill’s next novel “Horns” is better but that’s a discussion for another post. The video static eyes of the ghost as described in the novel is an interesting visual, but it made the ghost less scary for me. The book overall wasn’t terrifying, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. It feels more action/adventure than horror. It was a fun read. I liked all the characters, especially Judas’ two dogs. This book is good for teens and adults, though some parents may want to check it out before their children beginning reading.
I do recommend this book, but it’s not my favorite by Joe Hill.
Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 6/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️
To go along with last week’s image we have another butterfly photo. I don’t have many images that are featured as a pair so enjoy this while it lasts. We are barely touching on the many photos I’ve taken over the last couple years. It will take us until September before I run out of what I consider my best shots. And there are many more after that. I also expect to shoot more between now and then. There are some amazing sunsets here in Tucson that I want to capture.
This is the first of the two butterfly images I shot in Fairbanks, AK. This was in the same sequence of shots as the last butterfly image. And just like the other image, I used the standard 18mm-55mm lens that came with my Canon Rebel T7i at purchase. This is my favorite of the two butterfly images because it features more of the wings than the first image. Also, the butterfly looks less judgmental than they did in the other photo. Which is your favorite of the two? Let me know in the comments.