October 03, 2018

Back to Black: Introducing the 2018 Halloween Backlist

Pumpkin photo: free from Pixabay. Graphics: Offbeat YA

 Hello sweeties, and happy/scary October! 😱
This year, I'm attempting something I've wanted to do for a long time. Every October since I started my blog, I kept seeing my fellow bloggers celebrate Halloween with their posts. Now, while I don't really observe the festivity (so to speak) IRL, I've been toying with the idea of joining the virtual fun with a series of blog posts myself, also because I DO enjoy dark things in my reading (except the brand of body horror for which Stephen King is renowned. Sorry guys, I tried). This resolution was stated in my Goals for 2018 post as well, as it was the intention of reviewing more backlist this year (well, so far, I haven't be able to squeeze many old-ish novels in my review plan for the year - but hey, still better than the ZERO of 2017...😏). So, I decided to accomplish two goals at once, and to spotlight four old and/or old-ish books from the dark side this Halloween, one every Wednesday till October 30th itself. Here's the plan...

Wed. 10th: 13 Tales to Give You Night Terrors by Troy H. Gardner et al. (as the name promise, a short story collection, especially hinging on the supernatural, but with a variety of flavours. Both Adult and YA age ranges are represented)

Wed. 17th: Shallow Graves by Kari Wallace (Afterlife - YA)

Wed. 24th: Spellbound by Christopher Pike (Thriller/Supernatural - YA)

Wed. 30th: Requiem for the Devil by Jeri Smith Ready (Urban Fantasy - Adult)

Side note: strictly speaking, this isn't a "beat the backlist" series of posts, since I've read all these books already - just never gotten around to reviewing them. So I'm only beating my review backlist. But honestly, who cares. So, buckle up, hold on tight and prepare to SCREAM!!!

OK, of course, Dean doesn't scream. But the look of fear/distress on his face is PRICELESS πŸ˜†


  1. Who cares indeed! You're still getting things done and MULTITASKING lol

    And, as is our way, I do not have any Halloween posts planned for Halloween for the first time in years lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Do you want to do Christmas instead? Because I have that slot free πŸ˜‚.

  2. I am SO excited for your reviews, and happy that you're joining the Halloween fun!

    1. Thanks! I know you love your mystery/horror stuff, so maybe you'll find some new book to add to your TBR list! I mean...sorry to add to your pain LOL.

      Of course I plan on visiting YOUR posts - probably over the weekends. Darned time...

  3. I love how you are getting a twofer here. I hope all the books are fabulous!

    1. Ha, that's what it is, isn't it?

      Thanks! I've had these reviews scheduled for months now LOL - so I know they are good books.

  4. Multitasking for the win! I don't think I've done a Halloween post? I do tend to save my spooky/scary books for this time of year (like The Lantern's Ember), so it's nice to see it here on your blog. I love, love, love Jeri Smith-Ready. I think she is a beautiful person! However, I haven't read her UF series, so I'm curious to see what your thoughts are. Will they actually make me scream?? ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. Haha, I don't think so, but the one I'm reviewing is a rather dark standalone, Requiem for the Devil (her first book). I suppose you're familiar with her Avery Cockburn material...I have read her WVMP Radio series, and reviewed it in the past (it's in my Adult Room, in case you're interested). That series was the reason why I came across Karen's blog, I think.

      Maybe you can do a Halloween post/series of posts next year! After all, I only did it after 6 years of blogging, so you have plenty of time πŸ˜‰.


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