Shannon

10 books that will make your skin crawl

 

Whether you're a fan of Halloween or just love spine-tingling reads,
the great reads in this list are guaranteed to chill your bones!

The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson:

Now a series on Netflix, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Salem's Lot by Steven King:

Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to 'Salem's Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris:

There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on — if it will help him escape.

World War Z by Max Brooks:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, World War Z brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman:

There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and other tales by Washington Irving:

The Headless Horseman faces off with Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," a ghost story of enduring popularity that takes place at the time of the American Revolution. "Rip Van Winkle," another traditional favorite from the same historic period, tells the tale of man who fell asleep for 20 years and found his small town in the Catskill Mountains much changed by the time he awakened. Both are included — along with many other tales — in this classic collection by Washington Irving.

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice:

In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.

Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey:

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. She's a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.
But there's another side to Liz---one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.
And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The Passage by Justin Cronin:

An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil.
Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
She is.
Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
He's wrong.
FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
It is.
THE PASSAGE.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill:

A spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, centred around a woman trying to save her son from a vicious, supernatural killer who has set his sights on him.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Do you have a favourite creepy thriller?
Let us know in the comments!

 

Cute Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

You've gone to all the trouble of picking out the perfect read for your loved one this Christmas,so it's only right that your gift wrapping should match!
We have scoured the internet (and our own brains) to bring you some super cute ways to wrap your books this Christmas.

Reindeer Wrapping - This one is perfect for kids or the young at heart!
What you need:
Book, Brown Paper, Black Paper, Red Paper or Felt Pen, Black Felt Pen, Sticky-Tape.
img_6795

Step 1: Wrap a book in brown paper.

Step 2: Cut out ears, antlers & nose.
Cut 2 slightly oval half-circle shapes from the brown paper
Cut 2 antlers from black paper. We freestyled ours, but you can draw them out and then cut if you like.
Cut a circle from the red paper. You can skip this if you are using a red felt pen.
img_6800 img_6799 img_6797

Step 3: Start Assembling! We have a quick video showing you how.

Using sticky tape, attach antlers, then ears & nose (or draw on your nose). Draw on your eyes.

img_6808

Add a ribbon as a little scarf to keep him warm on winter nights and you're done!
Feel free to be creative and draw on other little details like nostrils and a smile.

Little Words of Love - Perfect for anyone you are giving 3 (or more) books to!

This one is super easy. Wrap 3 or more books, tie them together with a ribbon, and write a Christmassy message on them! We used stickers, but felt-pen or cut out letters could do a great job as well.

Some suggestions for Christmassy Words: 3 books: Joy | 4 Books: Xmas | 5 Books: Merry or Holly

img_6807

Wrap it IN words - This is just perfect for anyone! 

Just find a book, photocopy some pages (our preferred size is A3) and you have beautiful wordy Christmas paper! Add a bow or a cute little Christmas picture and you're done!

Here's some pretty examples from the internet....

dscn5406 alice-in-wonderland-wrap-etsy

There's sure to be more inspiring gift wrap ideas out there. If you have one, leave a comment!
Merry Christmas!

Embrace the Christmas Spirit!

I have loved Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol every since I was a little girl. Despite the dreary backdrop, it holds a sense of magic and wonder that only Christmas can bring out in a story.

It's Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge - a grumpy, miserable old miser-  sits in his frigid counting house, with his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit. Scrooge dislikes the Christmas season and spits out a bitter "Bah, Humbug" to everyone that wishes him "Merry Christmas" including his own nephew.

carolLater that evening he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, with a dire warning: change your heartless, self-serving ways or you will suffer for eternity. A little rattled, Scrooge falls into a deep sleep, only to be rudely awoken by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a last-ditch effort to save his sorry soul.

Shaken by what the spirits show him, Scrooge vows to change his ways- his Christmas spirit renewed -whooping in the street in his nightgown (which I found hilarious as a littlie) and spoiling not only poor Bob Cratchit, but Bob's family as well.  As a reader, it's truly heart-warming to see a character you have been set up to dislike turn into someone you would actually invite to dinner.

The other thing I love most about this story, is that it shows how a little love and kindness can go a long way. Poor Bob Cratchit, who, let's face it,  had a pretty miserable existence working for grumpy old Scrooge, did the best he could to provide his family with the finest Christmas he could afford. A window into the lives of the poor of the time, your heart really goes out to them and when Scrooge finally comes through, you really feel a sense of joy.

Perfect for giving you joyous Christmas #feels, A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic that everyone should read at least once.

merry-christmas-images-4

You’re A Wizard… Android Users!

You're a Wizard Android Device Users!

(and fellow iPhone users are still muggles)

Ever wanted to be a witch or wizard? You're in luck! If you own an Android device,you've got access to magic - right in the palm of your hand.

Thanks to Google, you can cast THREE spells from JK Rowling's Wizarding World. All users have to do is talk to Android’s voice activated assistant and say “Okay Google, Lumos” to turn on the phone’s flashlight, and “Okay Google, Nox” to turn it off. You can also say “Okay Google, Silencio” to turn off the phone’s volume.

It really works (and we can't stop doing it!)

Don't worry non-magic folk, you can still have some fun!

You can use Google Street View to explore the 1926 streets of New York from the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as investigate MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) headquarters.

AND there's a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them game! Called Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World it allows you to solve mysteries and discover incredible beasts!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Slip ‘Into The Water’ This May

Fans of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train get ready... There's a new book coming and it's going to thrill the pants off you!

Into The Water will be published in May 2017 and the description on Penguin Australia's website definitely makes it sound like another twisting, mind-bending, page-turner!

newpaulahawkinsInto The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets.

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town.  Once again in Into The Water Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.

Paula Hawkins says:  “This story has been brewing for a good while.  For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves, the way voices and truths can be been hidden consciously or unconsciously, memories can be washed away and whole histories submerged.  Then two sisters appeared, and the novel began to form.”

Currently all we can show you is the amazing cover, but as soon as it's available to pre-order we'll let you know! We can't wait to get our hands on this one!