Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Just a few of my favorite books.  The first is from Stephen King, it is titled JOYLAND, and is very classic King.  When it came out, it was promoted as Stephen King's first mystery.  And it is a mystery, but it has all the classic elements of a classic Stephen King story.  I picked it up when it first came out and immediately dug into it.  I could not put it down and have since read it a few more times.

It is set in and around a seaside North Carolina amusement park in 1973.  When University of NH student, Devin takes a summer job at the park he becomes wrapped up in the story of a girl who was murdered in the park's haunted house ride.  The story has a carny fortuneteller who seems to be pretty "spot on", a ghost, plenty of secrets, a mysterious neighbor and her son and other creepy characters.  And of course he throws in a pretty rough southern storm and a little more murder just to spice things up a bit. 

Another book is by one of my favorite film makers, Tobe Hooper.  In 2011 he released MIDNIGHT MOVIE.  Tobe is invited to the screening of DESTINY EXPRESS a movie he wrote and directed when he was young, but "has not seen the light of days in decades."  When the murders start and dead bodies start to add up, Tobe sets out to put an end to the strange events the film seems to have conjured up.  The story is set in Tobe's documentary style, with all his classic humor and horror. 
One of my favorite photos of my favorite writers and film makers, Mick Garris, Tobe Hooper, Stephen King and Clive Barker.  It is from the movie SLEEPWALKERS.
Another is a short non-fiction about Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
 I became aware of her in the late '70's and quickly became fascinated with her.  For those of you who may not know of her, she is the most prolific female serial killer in history. 
She lived in Hungary from 1560 to 1614.  She and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young women between 1585 and 1610.  The stories of her crimes have been verified by testimony of witnesses and victims.  After her death, stories that she bathed in the blood of Virgins to retain her youth and participated in other Vampire like acts started to surface.
She was tried and convicted and imprisoned in solitary confinement until she died four years later.
There have been a several movies about her.  THE COUNTESS  from 2011; BATHORY from 2008 and several other fictionalized versions.  And there are countless books of her life.
She really is stunning for a serial killer, isn't she?
COUNTESS ELIZABETH BATHORY--The Life and Legacy of History's Most Prolific Female Serial Killer, is a short book that tells as much fact as possible about her and her co-conspirators.
A favorite coffee table book is TOO MUCH HORROR BUSINESS--The Kirk Hammett Collection.
The collection is amazing and the photographs breathtaking.
And as a guitar player, Kirk is the best.
Movie posters and props.
Toys and masks.

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