Halloween Week

Halloween Week: An Introduction

Welcome Boils and Ghouls! We Smugglers have an announcement to make–Thea has hijacked the blog! For the duration of the week, we will be bringing you our favorite books, movies and ponderings, celebrating the Halloween season.

On Sunday, we’ll kick it off with a celebration of ghosts and hauntings. Thea will review one of her favorite haunted house tales, Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Ana will share her own ghostly experiences, and also some of our favorite films covering the genre.

Monday is devoted to vampires! Ana will reveal when and how her love affair with vampires began–from Anne Rice to Dracula. Thea will talk about one of her vampire favorites, Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot in a Page to Screen special. We’ll also do a survey of vamps out there in literature and pop culture, with everything from Nosferatu to Buffy!.

Tuesday we dedicate to demons, possessions, exorcisms and the like! Ana will talk about some of her favorite novels with of the demonic genre, from Constantine to Meljean Brook’s Guardians books. And speaking of the Guardians series, Thea will review Meljean’s Demon Night, and then will list her favorite films in the subgenre.

Wednesday we declare werewolves/lycanthropes/shifters day! We’ll have a joint review of the horror anthology The Beast Within, along with a survey of the shapeshifters in literature today. Thea will also share film invocations of the shifter, from The Wolf Man to The Howling.

Thursday, ZOMBIES ATTACK!!!! Although a week can (and WILL) be dedicated to zombies, we’ll do the best with a day (for now). Thea will give her essential zombie lit reading list, and essential zombie movie list–while Ana tackles Marvel Zombies and The Evil Dead trilogy! **Note: We are perfectly aware that The Evil Dead deadites are not really zombies and have more in common with the demons listed earlier. BUT, the films do involve reanimation of the dead, so we included them here.**

Friday is our day for favorites–we will have a joint review-interview style discussion of one of Thea’s Desert Island Keepers, Stephen King’s It (and a Page to Screen special too!). And, since no horror special is complete without it, Thea will examine the Slasher, from the old to the new school films.

Saturday we’ll close out the week with a look at horror from around the world! J-Horror to Filipino classics, we’ll share more of our international favorites and recommendations.

So, we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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  • Hagelrat
    October 25, 2008 at 1:49 am

    i loved Tales from the Crypt, Demon Knight was fab.

  • Katiebabs a.k.a KB
    October 25, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Someone hold me, I’m scared.

  • Ana
    October 25, 2008 at 6:08 am

    *kicking and screaming*

    Somebody help meeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heather
    October 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Oh I can’t wait!! You ladies think up some seriously righteous content. I’m a fan of this one Indonesian film which I want to recommend but I’ll wait until Friday. *rubs hands together*

  • meljean brook
    October 25, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I’ve been thinking about pulling IT out again since I read a review at Angieville … and since I’m having a really, really hard time getting into DUMA KEY.

  • Karen Mahoney
    October 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Sounds AWESOME! I’ll have to link to this. *makes a note*

    Also, I love House of Leaves – one of my favourite books. Ever! 🙂

  • Thea
    October 25, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Hagelrat–Oh man, Demon Knight is my jam!!!! I have the double dvd (with the far less good Bordello of Blood). Billy Zane as a demon? Probably my favorite role ever for him.

    Katie–*evil laugh* As you should be! Aww, don’t worry, Ana will keep you company 😉

    Heather–Thanks! And ooooh! I grew up (in part) in Indonesia! I can’t wait to see your rec *highfive*

    Meljean–you’re not the only one. Duma Key’s premise was a little uninteresting for me, and I’ve been reading a bit and putting it down. But, am rereading IT now, and it totally is enough to get anyone out of a SK funk 🙂 I’m excited for his new antho out next month too!

    Karen–*highfive* House of Leaves I love–and it’s one of those books that really scared me to the core. After finishing it a year or so ago, I went on a historical fiction/fantasy romance reading spree! LOL.

    Hope y’all enjoy the week! 🙂

  • Angiegirl
    October 25, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Okay, that picture of Pennywise has me all creeped out.

  • Kate
    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Argh! Pennywise! I remember when that was first aired and I made it all of through about the first five minutes. The second I saw Pennywise in the drains I had to change the channel because I was about to freak out. Tim Curry as Pennywise = nightmares for years. That clown doll in Poltergeist didn’t help much either.

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