October 24, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition - Oct. 24th - 30th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome Ghouls and Goblins
to the
Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!
If you want schedule next week's thrilling question, click here to find the next prompt fright-fest. 
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How to participate in this week's creepy meme:

1. Post on your blog answering this haunt:

 You accidentally unleashed ghouls from a novel and they are now running amok. What fictional hero (book or film) would you like to help you defeat the ghouls?

2. Enter the link to your terrifying tale in the haunting list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in a curse).


3. Visit other haunters in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new creeper.  The purpose of the hop 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's Answer!

If this situation occurred, then I would have to ask Van Helsing from Bram Stroker's Dracula (book or movie version). I'm sure he would know how to dispose of the ghouls.

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October 23, 2014

Enter Into An Enchanting New World

There are literally too many book in the world and it isn't possible for me to keep up with every new release, let alone read every book that has ever been written, well, unless a nuclear apocalypse occurs giving me all the time in the world to read any book I want to, like in the classic Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last." In reality I don't have a whole lot of time to read anymore. Yes, I can speed read through a novel in an hour if I wanted to, but I have a hard time reviewing a book I just skimmed. I prefer to read every word on every page of a novel. Being a blog reviewer, I have any books piled up to review and the first ones to get reviewed are the ones for blog tours. That being said, I sometimes have to shove a few books aside until I have time to properly read them. This includes the fantasy novel The Sword of Darrow and its sequel The Dragon and the Firefly.

The Sword of Darrow (ISBN-13: 978-1935618478) is set in a magical realm of Sonnencrest, a peaceful kingdom that is until the evil goblin King Malmut and his army of creatures seizes the kingdom. The only survivor of the royal family is Princess Babette, who barely escapes the goblin's grasps. A powerful wizard, Asterux, takes in the young princess and agrees to teach her magic. Ten years passes by and Babette is now ready to take back her kingdom, but she cannot do it alone, so along the way she encourages a young boy, Darrow, to become a hero by giving him a sword that is light as a feather.

The Dragon and the Firefly (ISBN-13: 978-0984980987) takes place twenty-eight years later and focuses on the Queen Babette's twins, Prince Fenn and Princess Aster. A new enemy of the kingdom takes form and kidnaps Fenn. It is up to Aster and her dragon, Moakie, to rescue him. The twins must put aside their fears in order to defeat the upcoming evil.

DVD Review - The Quite Ones

The Quite Ones
Director: John Pogue
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Retail: $19.98
Running Time: 98 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Despite being a lifelong horror fan, I tend to avoid all the recent  so-called PG-13 horror flicks as typically they are horribly filmed. The Quite Ones happens to be one of the exceptions that caught by eye for two reasons:

1. Hammer Film Productions produced it! 
2.Olivia Cooke from Bates Motel is in it!

The Quite Ones is a found-footage flick and centers on a college professor (played by Jared Harris) and a group of students, Brian McNeil (played by Sam Claflin), Krissi (played by Erin Richards) and Harry (played by Rory Fleck-Byrne), who are all trying to prove that supernatural occurrences do not exist. They are especially trying to discredit a video of a possessed boy. Their plan is to run experiments on Jane Harper (played by Olivia Cooke). Of course strange occurrences occur, leading the students to speculate that a  demonic presence called Evey has possessed Jane.

October 22, 2014

The Gory Legend of Hull House

There was a huge surge of horror movies starting with the slasher classic John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978 and continued throughout the '80s, though the popularity started to wind down towards the'90s. Once of the last classic horror films from that era was 1988's Night of the Demons (originally titled Halloween Party.) The film was directed by Kevin S. Tenney and starred William Gallo, Hal Havins, Amelia Kinkade, Cathy Podewell and Linnea Quigley. The film centered on a group of teenagers having a party on Hallowen Night at the so-called haunted Hull House. After their host Angela holds a séance, a demon possesses her and one by other demons possesses the other teens, except for a Judy, Sal and Roger, whom all are trying to find a way to escape Hull House alive.

My first encounter with Night of the Demons was when I was nine or ten and my mother had set a timer to record the movie on Showtime for my aunt, whom is only six-years older than me. The movie was on early in the morning and I woke up early that morning before school, got a bowl of cereal and turned on the television just in time to see Jill Terashita as Frannie pop out of a coffin topless. Let's just say I only watched a few minutes before I turned the television off in fear that I would get in trouble for watching it. Five or six years late, I recorded the movie late one night on Showtime, so I could finally see the movie. I completely forgot about the film until I came across it on Hulu last year. Then when I heard about the Shout! Factory Collector's Edition, I went ahead and ordered it.

October 21, 2014

Review & Giveaway - Redeemed: A House Of Night Novel

A House Of Night Novel, book 12
by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-0312594442
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon


Yes, the time has come for the final installment in the popular A House Of Night series by the mother and daughter duo, P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast, that started with in 2007 with the first novel, titled Marked. A House Of Night is set in a world where some teenagers have "junk DNA." It triggers them to become vampyres (vampires), which the transformation between human and vampyre takes four years to complete. If a fledging is not near an adult vampyre at all times, then than fledging will die. This is why fledgings are sent to a House of Night school during those troubling four years.

Zoey Redbird has been the main protagonist all through the series, arriving at the House of Night in Tulsa as a teenager, her powers have grown and she is now known as the High Priestess who has the power of all five elements (air, fire, water, earth and spirit). When she isn't having boyfriend troubles, she is battling the forces of darkness along with her friends.

Redeemed picks ups shortly after last year's Revealed with Zoey accidentally killing two men with her powers. She leaves the Seer Stone at the House of Night and confesses her crimes to Detective Marx, who has no other choice but to arrest her for the murders. She is unaware that she didn't commit the crime, but instead her once mentor now turned enemy, Neferet, is the actual murderer.

Meanwhile, Neferet's role as the Dark Goddess as taken a turn for the worse, well, at least for the other vampyres and as well as the humans. The darkness has finally consumed her and she becomes outrage when she hears that Zoey has taken the fall for what she has done. Along with her army or minions, Neferet invades the Mayo and takes human hostage and declares war on the world.

Release Day Tuesday - October 21, 2014

If you would like to have a book, DVD or Blu-ray featured on a Release Day Tuesday post, please email me at billyburgess20@hotmail.com!

Autumn Blood
Studio: ARC Entertainment

Two young orphans in the Australian Tirolian Mountains come under siege by a vicious band of hunters. Frightened of being separated by child services following the death of their mother, a self-sufficient 16-year-old girl (Sophie Lowe) and her10-year-old brother (Maximilian Harnisch) - who hasn't spoken a word since seeing his father killed by the mayor (Peter Stormare) - strive to live offthe land in peace. Their innocence is shattered, however, when a group of hunters led by the mayor's son brutalizes and rapes the free-spirited girl. Later, when a well-meaning social services worker arrives too late to protect the terrorized siblings, the girl and her brother prepare to take a stand against their ruthless attackers.
October 20, 2014

Review - A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
Whispers On The Moors, book 3
by Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: October 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1401688370
Pages: 352
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/CsnBw
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/sladd


It sees like time is slipping away from me or something like that. Typically, I would have my review already written and scheduled for a blog tour, but for some odd reason I forgot to set this review up for the today.  As you can tell by the cover, this book is a Regency romance, a genre that I usually skip over, but in this case I have already read the author's other books (The Heir of Winterwood, The Headmistress of Rosemere), so naturally I signed up to review the third installment.

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is set in Darbury, England in 1819 and centers on Cecily Faire, a young woman with a haunting past that has been thrown out of her home by her own father, but she has built a new life by graduating from a finishing school to become a lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall. She plans on keeping her past a secret from everyone.

Nathaniel Stanton also has a haunting past, one that is tied to his late father, whom was once a steward of Willowgrove Hall. To his protect his mother and his sisters, he must keep his family's secret and deny himself from everything life has to offer, even love that is until he meets the lovely Cecily Faire, who quickly enchants his heart.

DVD Review - Autumn Blood

Autumn Blood
Director: Markus Blunder
Starring: Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgard
Studio: ARC Entertainment
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Retail: $20.99
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon 


Arriving on DVD from ARC Entertainment is the thriller Autumn Blood from director Markus Blunder. The movie made its round at the film festivals last year, winning Best Narrative Feature from the San, Diego International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival and winning Best Cinematography from the Irvine International Film Festival. There are no special features or extras on the DVD.

Set in the Austrian mountains, the film centers on a nameless 16-year-old girl (played Sophie Lowe) and her 10-year-old brother (played by Maximilian Harnisch), who are living on a farm outside of a small lawless town with their mother. Their father was murdered in front of them several years ago and the family have now shut themselves off from the outside world.

After their mother suddently becomes ill and dies, it is up to the Girl to take care of the Boy. She tells none of the townsfolk of her mother's passing and tries to live their lives the way they always did. The Girl even goes into town to pay her mother's bills, which the townfolks finds peculiar. The mayor's son, the Hunter (played by Samuel Vauramo) and his pals, the Butcher (played by Gustaf Skarsgard) and the Friend (played by Tim Morten Uhlenbrock), suspect something is foul and drive up to the Girls' farmhouse, where they rape her.

Fearing that the Girl or the Boy will tell someone, the Butcher and his pals return to the farmhouse with guns in the attempt to silence them forever. The Boy drags the Girl away from their home and into the mountains, a place they are familiar with. There they try to out run the the Hunter, the Butcher and the Friend, but they soon realizes that they must fight back.

Rating System

AMAZING!!! Go get this book right now!!

Great! Highly Recommend

It's ok. Borrow from a friend material.

Not that good but at least read the blurb.

Leave it on the shelf!

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