Thursday, August 20, 2015

Announcing Gothic September and I missed my four year blogoversary!


That's right, folks. This humble little horror arena turned four on August 15th. Where does the time go? I thought I would mark the occasion by announcing Gothic September! This year, I'm doing all Edgar Allan Poe. Specifically, there will be read-a-longs of his short stories, Ligeia, The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher. I will also share some of his poetry and other tidbits throughout the month. I'm hoping I will get some people willing to guest post too. You will find the read-a-long discussion schedule after I tell you about the giveaway...

Why, yes...a giveaway! My sister site, True Book Addict also celebrated a blogoversary in August. As of August 5th, True Book Addict has been online for SIX YEARS! Wow! So, this will be a dual giveaway between both blogs. Here's how it will work. If you comment here on this post (either telling me you'll be joining in for Gothic September and/or the read-a-longs, or just to tell me how much you love Poe) and on this post at True Book Addict, you will get two entries into the giveaway.

What's the prize? You will have the chance to win a $10 digital Amazon gift card OR $10 worth of books from the Bargain Bin at Better World Books (these are gently used books and let me tell you...I love the site. You can get 3 books for $10 from the bargain bin! I order from them all the time and purchases benefit literary causes around the world. Check them out!).

To enter, as I mentioned above, comment on this post AND on this post at True Book Addict and then fill out the form below with the name you used to comment. You only have to fill out the form once so if you fill it out here, don't fill it out again at True Book Addict. This giveaway will end on September 10, 2015 at 11:59pm CST. Open internationally.

Thanks for entering, in advance for joining me for Gothic September (if you plan to) and for being a loyal follower/reader of this blog.

The read-a-long discussion schedule is as follows. I will put the post up for the full week to enable plenty of time for people to stop by and discuss. I'll also post the schedule in the sidebar.

Week of Sept. 7 - 13
The Cask of Amontillado
Week of Sept. 14 - 20
The Fall of the House of Usher
Week of Sept. 21 - 27

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  1. I am so in on this! It's been a long summer and I'm finally ready to get back to some hardcore reading/blogging. I've been reading with a Gothic bent on and off this year and I've been meaning to dig into some Poe. I'm also planning to reread Robert Bloch's Psycho, which Wikipedia tells me is a modern take on the form. It hadn't struck me that way, but it will be interesting to reading with that in mind.

  2. I LOVE Poe! I will try to participate in your readalong week, but I'm afraid to promise...though I REALLY want to. There are so many of Poe's tales and poems that I just adore. If you'll remind me, I'll post this on my FB pages and link with Twitter. :)

  3. Gothic September looks like it will be loads of fun.

  4. Happy blogoversary!!! I've never joined a read-along and this one looks like fun!!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  5. Happy belated blogoversary here too!!!!

  6. I discovered Better World Books in 2010. :) I ordered from them because they were offering a 3 book for $10 deal + a piece of chocolate (I was really into deals back then). I enjoyed getting the books in the mail, but I didn't enjoy my picks (had nothing to do with BWB really) maybe that's why I didn't order from them again.

  7. I've got a completely unrelated read-along that also starts on the 7th, but since these are short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, and I was already planning on reading some Poe during RIP X, I'll try to join in. I love this blog, by the way, and I'm checking out the Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge next! :)

  8. I'm in! :)
    Melissa @ Must Read Faster

  9. Yay! Thank you so much for hosting! Poe is amazing; I love The Fall of the House of Usher! I'm looking forward to reading the other works you've chosen as well! Happy reading! :)

  10. I'm in! Edgar Allan Poe is on my Classic Club list so I'm looking forward to crossing it off with your read-along. Thanks for hosting Michelle!

  11. happy blog anniversary! I'm starting late but I'm in!!

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