Today I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, a weekly hop hosted by Billy B at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (originally created by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books). You can see the hop schedule here. “Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.” ~Billy B This week’s question: You are suddenly transported into a […]
Today I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, a weekly hop hosted by Billy B at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (originally created by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books). You can see the hop schedule here. “Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.” ~Billy B This week’s question: It’s getting close to Halloween. If […]
Last year I threw my first proper Halloween party (as I surprise for my husband, whose birthday is a couple of days before) and it was a blast! I got tons of ideas for cheap home-made decorations and spooky party food from Pinterest. Sorry in advance about the quality of the photos in this post; my phone does not do well in semi-darkness! The Decor The decorations were really fun and easy to do. I bought some cheap ones from the local pound shop, including themed tablecloths, plastic skeletons, ghost balloons, black and orange banners, a colour changing pumpkin and […]
Happy Halloween! Today I’ve been thinking about literary monsters, from mythological creatures such as Medusa to classics like Dracula and more modern horrors like Pennywise from Stephen King’s It. As someone with coulrophobia, the latter absolutely terrifies me. My favourite monster has to be Frankenstein’s monster-a poor, misunderstood creature who is the perfect example of the ‘noble savage’ archetype. His creator, Victor Frankenstein, is arguably the real monster of the story. Earlier I took this fun quiz made by Grammarly, a free online grammar checker. I got Dracula. “Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is one of the most iconic monsters in popular culture. […]
Happy Halloween! How are you celebrating? If you’ve not got a party planned, why not cosy up with a spooky book tonight? Here are some of my favourite spine-tingling classics and modern paranormal reads. If you like vampires… If you like werewolves… If you like zombies… If you like demons… If you like ghosts… If you like monsters… If you like witches… What’s your favourite horror or paranormal book?
Halloween gives me a great excuse to rave about Harry Potter! Tonight I’m reliving some of the fun moments from each Halloween in the HP books. Enjoy! The Philosopher’s Stone On Halloween 1981 Lily and James Potter are murdered by Lord Voldemort and he disappears after the killing curse aimed at Harry backfires. At Harry’s first Halloween feast, Professor Quirrel bursts in claiming there is a troll in the dungeons and Harry and Ron end up fighting it in the girl’s bathroom to save Hermione. ‘A thousand live bats fluttered from the walls and ceiling while a thousand more swooped […]
As part of my series of Halloween themed blog posts I’ve compiled a selection of my favourite spooky passages from classic novels on my bookshelf. Enjoy! ‘I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes. I saw that the dress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman, and that the figure upon which it now hung loose, had shrunk to skin and bone. Once, I had been taken to see some ghastly wax-work at the […]
[© Anstice Potts, Oct 2009.] I hope you are all having a great Halloween, however you’ve chosen to celebrate. I adore this time of year. I love the crunching leaves, the vivid sunsets, the smell of bonfires, the bang and pop of fireworks. I love dressing up for Halloween, carving pumpkins, doing spooky craft projects, decorating the house with fake cobwebs, apple bobbing and watching horror movies. The darker colder nights are a great excuse to wrap up in knitted hats and scarves and snuggle on the sofa with a warm blanket and some hot chocolate. Anyway, to celebrate this […]