Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blogtober - Day 17

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Hocus Pocus

Can you believe I've only seen this movie once?  And I really don't remember anything about it.  I know plenty of people love it dearly, say it's their favorite Halloween movie.  I should see if I can find it cheap at Walmart right now since all the festively spooky movies are out now.  And just now when I was looking for a possible pic from the movie to post I saw that McGee from NCIS was in it?!  Now I really need to see this again.

Are you one of the many who loves Hocus Pocus?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Book Review - Haunting of Blackwood House

The Haunting of Blackwood House
by Darcy Coates
2015
358 pages

'Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with séances, scam mediums, and talk of ghostly presences.

When Mara left her family’s home, she vowed she would never allow superstition into her life again. She’s ready to start over with her fiancĂ©, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts.

But her past isn’t ready to let her go just yet.

Mara and Neil purchase Blackwood House, a derelict property outside of town. They’re warned about strange occurrences in the crumbling building. Doors open by themselves, voices whisper in the night, bloody handprints appear on the walls, and cold spots linger in the basement, where the house’s original owner was murdered.

But Blackwood was dirt-cheap. Mara loves her new home, and she disregards the warnings.

Because ghosts aren’t real…

…are they?
'

*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

I had noticed this book on Goodreads, read a little blurb of it on Amazon, and was immediately excited to get it and read it.  I love a good ghost story!  I saw that this author has a whole string of haunted house books and was all giddy, thinking I'd happily plow my way through all of them.  But sadly, no, I doubt that will be the case.

This book was rather disappointing.  The writing is quite weak.  The characters are inconsistent and I never did like the main girl.  I never felt any bond between her and her boyfriend even though they're supposed to be so deeply in love and saving each other from the horrors of this house.  Their actions throughout the book were always so, I don't know, unrealistic?  Senseless?  It was so hard to follow a timeline because they're having breakfast then suddenly it's 11pm and they're hearing noises in the attic again.  Or they've just made it through a highly emotional and stressful incident and they're like 'Oh let's go sit in the kitchen of this demon house and have tea.'  Ok, what?

The story itself was okay.  It was rather predictable and nothing *really* creepy, but still a decent enough story.  I would say the creepiest part of these non-creepy ghosts was that they repeated their antics each night.  They didn't create random chaos or take interest in the living.  It was like they were trapped in a loop of reliving their deaths, and that was kind of sad.

There were a couple missed opportunities in the story, things that at that moment were like 'Oooh!  Freaky!' but then never panned out.  Both were related to her connection with the house, and then after finishing the book you're like 'Well, wait, what about [this and that point]???'

From what I gather, each of these haunted house books from this author is a stand alone novel but this one did seem to have a few things left open just in case the story were to be revisited down the road.

While I was disappointed in the writing and the story was somewhat predictable, it was still a fun, quick read, especially during this Halloween season.  I might pick up another of these books just to see if maybe this one in particular was lacking.

Are you a ghost story fan?  Have you ready anything by Darcy Coates?

Blogtober - Day 16

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Skeletons

I'm not fond of skeletons.  I don't hate them.  They don't creep me out.  I just don't find them interesting when it comes to Halloween.  I don't really have any skeletons in my Halloween decorations.  That craze of skeleton-everything in outdoor decorating is just boring to me.  I don't have much to say about them.  Huh.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Blogtober - Day 15

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Witches

I love witch movies and books.  I love stories from the old Salem days, the witch hunts and trials.  I loved the movie The Craft.  I loved the Sweep series of books.  I'm intrigued by modern day so-called witches even though I don't really believe any witches at any time had any of the powers history or imagination tells us they had.  Well let me clarify a bit.  I have no interest in the attention seekers who dress all gothy and make a big deal about their witchiness.  There are, however, a couple of adult women who come to mind who are self proclaimed, practicing witches.  They don't get all weird about it and draw attention to themselves but work the craft into their regular everyday lives.  Those are the ones that intrigue me.  What powers do they believe they have?  DO they have powers?  Are people born witches, or can they become witches by learning the craft?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Blogtober - Day 14

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Ghosts

I usually say I don't believe in ghosts.  There are people in my life who absolutely do believe in them and the stories they tell me about their encounters often have me shaking my head or trying to keep a straight face.  I usually don't even engage in such conversations any further because hey, they believe what they believe.  The closest things I've had to ghostly encounters are a time when I was a kid and could swear a hand brushed across my foot in the night, and in my adult life there were times after one of our cats died that I thought for sure I'd felt him jump on the bed at night, which he always used to do in life.  Both of these things can be explained away.  The foot thing, people insisted was probably just a breeze from the bedroom window.  The cat thing, I was used to the cat hopping on the bed to join us at night so thinking I'd felt it could have just been an 'old habits die hard' type thing.

I don't believe in a lot of stuff.  I'm too logical, too science based.  I need proof and evidence.  Now, having said all that, I *love* a good ghost story!  Give me a good, creepy haunted house movie any day!  I'm not as impressed with scary faced ghosts that scream in your face for shock value.  I like the creepier, more subtle ghosts that go about their business like they don't even know they're dead, or the ones who maybe quietly latch onto someone in their sadness.  Ghost stories where you don't even realize the ghost is a ghost are pretty awesome.  I don't know, the creepier the better.  This does not mean more blood and guts and gore.  That stuff is not scary, it's just . . . gory.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Have you personally had a ghostly encounter?

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Blogtober - Day 13

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Corn maze

I've never done a corn maze.  The local pumpkin place we used to go to has a corn maze but we've never gone it.  There is another local place that is know for it's huge, elaborate corn maze each year.  I casually suggested to hubby last year that maybe we should go check it out some time but, of course, we never went.  Ya know, I'm getting kind of depressed writing about these fall activities each day that I never participate in!  lol

Friday, October 12, 2018

Blogtober - Day 12

Today's October daily word prompt is:

Fall festival

For as much as I love fall, I don't think I've ever been to a fall festival.  Thinking about it, what exactly is a fall festival?  There are fall activities around my area but, offhand, I can't think of any larger events that would be of 'festival' caliber.  We never go do anything fun anymore anyway.  My work schedule often screws up many things.  And the past couple years most of our time has been taken up with the barn project and various craft things.

Still, I'd like to someday start enjoying many more of the things that fall has to offer.  I'd like to go to a fall festival, go to some local apple/pumpkin places, maybe do a corn maze or a haunted house.  I'd like to do a lot of things, but in the end . . . I don't.