I’ll be at the Mad Monster Party in July

If you’re not familiar with Mad Monster Party, I suggest you check out their website. This is a horror themed convention and I’ll have a vendor table. It’s happening in Glendale, AZ on the Fourth of July weekend. They have a great list of celebrities who will be in attendance. It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun. What will I be doing there? At my vendor table, I’ll be selling copies of my book “The Morbid Museum,” a collection of short horror stories framed around a curator and museum of death.

I’ll have paperback copies and a few hardbound copies. I will also have an exclusive collection of spooky haikus available for those spooky poetry fans. “Haunting Haikus” has 23 haikus along with some images. It’s a quick read but fun. I will also have a few bookmarks for sale. These will have spooky themes like skulls, pumpkins, and witches. I’ll post some photos once I have everything collected and packaged. I’m still waiting on a few deliveries. I’ll post more details as I get them. If you’ll be in Glendale, AZ on the Fourth of July weekend, come to the Mad Monster Party, find my table, and say hi. I’m looking forward to hanging with my fellow horror enthusiasts. 

Coffee and Contemplation: IT by Stephen King

I’m posting a little late today. Don’t hold that against me. Today’s book discussion is about “IT” by Stephen King. What can I say about this book? It came into the world around the same time I did. It was published in September of 1986. I was also “published” in September of 1986. Coincidence? I think not. But I digress. This book was long. Longer than it needed to be. While I enjoyed the back-and-forth of childhood and adulthood with the main characters, half the novel could have been left out. And the ending was anti-climactic.

I did enjoy the newest film adaptations of the book. The ending of “IT Chapter 2” was still lackluster. The first film was perfect and is still in my top ten favorite films of all time. But back to the book. Lots of scary sequences. I enjoyed most of the novel. As I mentioned earlier, several parts could have been cut out to make the overall novel stronger. Part of me also wants to know more about Pennywise before meeting the kids that eventually killed the hungry clown. It’s worth reading once. It doesn’t feel like something that needs to be read multiple times.

I do recommend this book. Definitely not for children.

Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 8/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Coffee and Contemplation: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

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 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐