Saturday, January 9, 2021

Announcing the I Read Horror Year-Round Reading Challenge #IReadHorror

After determining there were no good horror reading challenges (that I could find), I decided to create one of my own. I'm going to host this one here at Castle Macabre, instead of at Gather Together and Read, because...horror. 

I mulled over different ideas for this challenge and finally came up with something I think horror lovers will like. There are 12 categories and 4 levels of participation. 

Here are the categories, or themes. (I created the additional graphic below which can be printed out, if desired.) 
  • Winter theme, or winter appearance on the cover (snow, ice, etc.)
  • Ghosts or spirits
  • Psychological
  • Monster or monsters
  • A body of water (featured in story, on cover, or in title)
  • Really scary book cover
  • Woman on cover
  • Written by a woman
  • Written by a best-selling horror author
  • Written by an indie author
  • Historical horror (must be an historical novel written by a contemporary author. Example: The Historian, Mexican Gothic, Interview with the Vampire
  • Folk horror (Ideas:


Spooky: Read 6 books from 6 categories
Chilling: Read 12 Books from all 12 categories
Frightful: Read 2 books from each category for a total of 24 books
Horrifying: Read 3 books from each category for a total of 36 books

Challenge runs from January 2021 (anything you've read thus far counts) through December 31, 2021. Cross overs with other challenges count. Short stories are allowed if you're reading an entire collection or anthology. Books must be over 100 pages. You do not have to pick your books ahead of time, but you can if you want.

That's it! I hope you will join me.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Horror Stories Master Post #SomethingWickedFall

This is the master post for horror books or short stories read during Something Wicked Fall. I will be updating this post with my thoughts on stories I've read during the event.

Please share what you've read/your thoughts on what you've read in the comments. I think this will make for some hearty conversation!

There's a tab in the menu for easy access to this post.

If you're still reading Gothic stories in October, the Gothic stories master post is still a available in the menu.


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Friday, October 2, 2020

An update (of sorts) on The Woman in White and #SomethingWickedFall

Yeah, so this event has not been going as planned. As many of you know, I moved from Tennessee to Michigan in August. It was a big move and not a fun one. Also, my grandfather passed away in September. My sister, my nieces and I traveled to Tennessee last week for the funeral. Needless to say, it has been a hard couple of months. My reading is suffering, as I'm still trying to get this house in order. Those who have moved house know the difficulties of continuing to work while unpacking/arranging. It's hard enough without a death in the family, and then trying to unpack and shelve 3000+ books. 

Anyway, I have not made it very far into The Woman in White. I'm on page 157 which is WAY behind the read-along schedule. You know what though? I'm giving myself a pass and that means you get one too, if you're also behind. 

My thoughts so far...

This is a beautifully written book. Collins definitely had a way with words. It's also a bit slow though I am enjoying it to a certain extent. I'm intrigued by what the story of the woman in white is going to turn out to be. I know I don't trust Sir Percival because the dog didn't like him. That's always a true sign. lol Also, wondering what's going on with Mr. Hartright, in light of his disheveled and downtrodden appearance when encountered by Vincent Gilmore. 

I will keep plugging away and hopefully will finish by the end of the month. Let me know your thoughts, if you're still reading, and how far along you are in the comments.

Gothic Stories in September 

Unfortunately, I didn't get around to any Gothic short stories in September, but plan to try to read a few in October. The three books we are reading for my TrueBookTalk book group (on Goodreads) would be considered Gothic so I will probably share thoughts on those as I finish. I'll keep the Gothic stories master post tab open in the menu for continued thoughts through the end of the event.

Horror Stories in October

I will create a horror stories master post and put the link in the menu for any thoughts you would like to share on what you're reading. I'm hoping to get to at least some of the stories in Stephen King's 
Bazaar of Bad Dreams.


Our first of three movie watch-alongs is tonight. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 9:00 pm ET. Visit the schedule post here for the Slack invite link. We discuss there while we're watching. The movie can be watched for free on Amazon Prime Video (if you're a Prime member) or on Pluto (which is completely free, but may have commercials). 

That's it for now. As always, thank you for bearing with me and Happy October!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

#SomethingWickedFall Watch-Along Schedule

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Friday, October 2 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT/6:00pm PT
Sleepy Hollow - Friday, October 9 at 9:00pm ET/8:00 pm CT/6:00 pm PT
Sweeney Todd - Friday, October 30 at 9:00pm ET/8:00 pm CT/6:00 pm PT

I had to make an executive decision on the dates. My time is limited because of my recent move. My grandfather passed away so I will be out of town for his funeral the week of September 21. My birthday (10/15) weekend is October 16 and 17, and then Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon the weekend of October 24.

I hope these dates/times will work for everyone. The October 2 and the October 9 dates could be moved to Saturday, if that would work better, but the October 30 date will probably have to stick due to Halloween. Thanks for bearing with me. I hope you will join us!

Here's the invite link for Slack (it's free to sign up) where we chat while we're watching. This link expires in 30 days so I will post the new link in October.

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