Thursday, October 14, 2021

Effacement Blog Tour #SciFi #dystopian The Future?

 

Today I welcome Hieronymus Hawkes, author of Effacement. 

* For more details & the next stops on the Blog Tour, see the BookReviewCrew page.

About the Book:

A future where offline privacy is illegal. A lethal plot permanently deleting people in power. One determined genius caught in an assassin’s sights.

2037. Dr. Cole Westbay is proud of having helped eliminate crime. Groomed to take over the company that makes the surveillance chip everyone is required by law to have, he’s alarmed by a series of suspicious deaths the hardware caused. And after launching an investigation, the brilliant scientist panics when he awakes with his mandatory neural link ripped out and his recently recorded memories erased…

Arrested for the federal crime of failing to have his life fully documented, Cole struggles to get back online and clear his name. And as his paranoia grows while the bodies continue to pile up, he fears government enforcers, friends, and even his fiancĂ©e may be in on the scheme to set him up for a deadly fall. Can the embattled scientist crack the conspiracy before his enemies hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on his life?

Interview with  Author Hieronymus Hawkes:

What inspired the story?

I read the blog of Charlie Stross, a Scottish science fiction writer, and he talked about the keynote address he gave to the USENIX 2011 conference in Boston on what the future is going to look like up through the next 500 years. He talked about lifelogging and how it will be a disruptive technology within 20 years.

If you had to live in this setting, what would you choose and why?

It’s only 15 years from now, so most of us will be living in this setting potentially. The only real difference is the neurochip in my story, but similar technology is already being developed, so who knows. I would likely embrace the neurochip, since I’m usually an early adopter of technology.

What were the hardest and easiest parts of writing this book?

The hardest part was making the main character relatable/likeable, which are two different things. I wanted to write about a person that is dealing with anxiety disorder, but not make them come off as too whiny. I don’t think I accomplished that in the first iterations. I ended up doing a gender swap for most of the characters and it opened my eyes to how I was depicting a few of the characters and it really informed my rewrite.The easiest part? Probably writing Kasia, she has a real attitude, and she was really fun to write. I am playing with the idea of doing another novel centered around her. 

What do you want readers to know about your characters?

I tried to give them all depth. Nobody is one thing, all good or all bad. My antagonist is presented more one-sided, though. I had originally written him with a softer side, but I think him being more menacing works. He does have a mother, though, and he loved her. =)

How much of your own life inspired the story and how?

I used some of my own life experience to inform the characters life choices. Especially Cole, as he wanted to get married early. I did too. It didn’t end well for me.

I had written a book, quite badly, by the way, and had some friends be honest with me and let me know how bad it was, so I decided to go back to school and get and MFA in writing. This story was based off my thesis novel, although it barely resembles it now. I learned a great deal. Certainly, and MFA is not necessary for everyone, but I had been out of school for more than twenty years and hadn’t paid that close of attention in my English classes, so it really helped get me back to where I needed to be. I was lucky to get a really talented mentor as well.

What's next?

I’m working on a space opera trilogy…vampires in space. The first book is basically done, and I am writing the second book as we do this interview.

What do you hope readers take away from this book?

Effacement isn’t really designed to send a message per se. the idea is to entertain. But, hopefully we learn to take personal privacy seriously going forward into the future. Social media is a very important part of so many people’s lives now, especially among our youth, and I can see where we can go off the rails if we don’t pay attention.

 


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

#OctoberFrights: Fall Reading List #apocalypse #ghosts #zombies #mystery


Leaves are starting to Fall (nooo!), so it's time to hone that reading list for those cozy nights in your favorite chair with a cup of hot tea or something. Some cool new reading here! (The top photo only shows a small selection!)

And the Halloween Reading List with even more spooky reading is also coming up, so stay tuned! The thing I like about doing these lists is I find some authors and books new to me, as well!

Apocalyptic - Post-Apocalyptic

Flood - A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (The Reset Series Book 1) , Kellee L. Greene - How do you carry on after losing everything? They intended to save the planet but at the speed of light, the world catastrophically changed into a dark and deadly place. Millions of people lost their lives but for those who remained, the fight for their lives set. As those who remained worked to find a way to survive amid the destruction, others began a quest to take control of what was left. The race to survival is on, but in the end, will anyone win?

Pandemic, A.G. Riddle - A hundred miles north of Alaska, a US Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification. It doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will rewrite our basic understanding of the human race.

 
 
  
 
The Edge of Collapse: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (Book 1), Kyla Stone - In the dead of winter, an EMP attack destroys the U.S. power grid. No electricity. No cars or phones. The country is plunged into instant chaos. But for Hannah Sheridan, it's the best day of her life. For the last five years, she's been the captive of a sadistic psychopath--until the EMP releases the lock of her prison. Battered but not broken, she emerges into a hostile winter wilderness with nothing but her determination to survive. Reclusive ex-soldier Liam Coleman  believed he was prepared for any disaster, until the EMP took everything he'd ever cared about in a matter of seconds. Two hundred frozen, perilous miles stand between them and their destination in rural Michigan. But the killing cold isn't the only threat, for Hannah's captor isn't about to let her go...

Unexpected World, (EMP Survivor Series Book 1), Chris PikeAssistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States. Anything relying on a computer is fried, including the plane his daughter is on. Gripped with the terrifying realization the plane has crash-landed somewhere in the expansive and dangerous landscape of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, Dillon sets out to rescue her before it’s too late. He's determined, well-equipped, and nothing will stop him. Or will it?

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Freebie: Love Letters to Poe, issue 1 - Sign up for the newsletter here and get the first issue of six Poe-inspired stories free through September. * Listen to the free podcast on Audible.

 Freebies

Become a Successful Indie Author, Craig Martelle - Tips  for independent publishing from the man behind the 20Booksto50K writing group on FB. Other books in the series are also free via Bookfunnel: Release Strategies; Collaborations; Pricing Strategies.

 Fantasy

Dragons' Magician, Steve Rouse CAN DRAGONS AND MANKIND JOIN FORCES TO SAVE EACH OTHER? An evil wizard tries to conquer the dragons' kingdom in a fight to reunite dragons and humanity. 

Ghosts and Monsters

 
The Feminine Macabre Vol. II: A Woman's Journal of all Things Strange and Unusual - Essays from women around the world on tarot, cryptids, folklore and more etc. 427 pgs.

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, C.A. Verstraete - Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination.  Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim? Companion novella (without zombies)  to the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series. Bonus: For however longit lasts, the price of the paperback is cut to $7.69!  Get it while it lasts!

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The Library of Hope,  Karla Brading - UK author brings an old ghost story to life as her book is brought to the US on Kindle. When the four George sisters are told they must leave the comfort of their coastal English home to stay with their estranged father in the South Wales valleys, they never imagined they'd find themselves without the one thing they love most:

Books. A house with no reading material. An abandoned library full of glorious opportunity.

An independent bookshop owned by an eccentric woman and her robot companion. A family of unique children with incredible talents, who will stop at nothing to bring books into their lives...Welcome to The Library of Hope.

The Love-Haight Case Files Book 1, Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle - Supernatural beings are willing to fight for their legal rights! Since the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco has been known for attracting weird and unconventional souls, but things got even stranger when the monsters moved in

Magic has returned to the world and with it a host of supernatural creatures—not just vampires and ghosts, but sentient gargoyles, ghouls, sprites, faeries, and more. The frightened citizenry, holier-than-thou bigots, headline-seeking reporters, and harried police refer to them as OTs (Other-Than-Humans), but Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love believe even supernatural creatures have legal rights. * Winner of three Silver Falchion Awards from Killer Nashville.

The Love-Haight Case Files Book 2, Fighting for Other-Than-Human-Rights, Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle - (Releases Sept. 20) Continue the series with more cases and more monsters as lawyers Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love fight for the rights of their supernatural creature clients in the City of Love. There's even an awesome Gargoyle with a "ton" of personality! Zombies, vamps and more!

Mystery

 

Enola Holmes and the Black BaroucheNancy Springer - Fifteen-year-old Enola Holmes, younger sister of the famous Holmes family, has the wits, skills, and sleuthing inclinations of  both her brothers. them both. When a young professional woman, Miss Letitia Glover, shows up on Sherlock's doorstep, desperate to learn more about the fate of her twin sister, it is Enola who steps up. It seems her sister, the former Felicity Glover, married the Earl of Dunhench and per a curt note from the Earl, has died. But Letitia Glover is convinced this isn't the truth, that she'd know--she'd feel--if her twin had died. (Loved the TV movie, too!)

Medium Dead: A Toni Carey Mystery, Book 2, Kate Thornton - Toni Carey is busy moving into her uncle's cottage when Sheriff's Detective Peter Martin sends her a visitor. The women of Loma Vista are under the spell of a charismatic preacher, and some have disappeared. Can Ray Collins actually contact the dead? When her visitor is found dead at the Plato Institute, a low-key think tank at the edge of town, Toni becomes intrigued by the murder. But the chief suspect is a charming sleep doctor who may hold the key to Toni's dreams.


 

Murder Outside the Lines, Krista Davis - With Halloween just around the corner, the fall colors in Georgetown are brilliant. As manager of the Color Me Read bookstore, coloring book creator Florrie Fox has arranged for psychic author Hilda Rattenhorst to read from Spooktacular Ghost Stories. But the celebrity medium arrives for the event in hysterics, insisting she just saw a bare foot sticking out of a rolled-up carpet in a nearby alley. Is someone trying to sweep murder under the rug?

One of Us: A Tower District Mystery Book 1, Lorie Lewis Ham - First in a new series from the publisher of Kings River Life and the Mystery Rat's Maze Podcast.  Children’s book author Roxi Carlucci finds herself starting over again after her publisher drops her book series. With no income, she has to pack up her life on the California Coast, along with her pet rat Merlin, and move in with her cousin, P.I. Stephen Carlucci, who lives in Fresno, CA. When he talks her into helping out with a community theatre production, little does she know someone would be murdered during a rehearsal, and that she and Stephen would be hired to find the killer.


 


Sins of Edom, Carl Brookins - Third in the Senior Sleuth series. When the beloved pastor of a church is murdered, members ask Marjorie Kane for help. The former exotic dancer turns to her partner, retired army intelligence officer, Alan Lockem, in help unlocking the mystery.  Together the duo take on puzzling cases of all sorts that may involve multiple law enforcement agencies, information trading, and nearly every other questionable activity of which humans are capable.

The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, Lee Child, editor - Short mysteries from noted authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, plus short story authors including Michael Bracken, John Floyd and others. 

The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries, Otto Penzler, editor - (Releases Oct. 19)  If you like your mysteries with gaslights, Bobbies and London fog, enjoy favorites from classic authors like Arthur Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Dickens and more. 640 pages.

Under a Dead Man's Hat: A Jude Avery ThrillerRobert W. Walker - Two Chicago medical examiners go after the toughest serial killer cases. Coming soon - the sequel, Under a Dead Woman's Corset, Robert W. Walker is a mystery featuring Edgar Allan Poe. See Prospective Press .(A new cover is coming!)

Zombie 

 

Bunker: Mission Critical Series, Book 1, Jay J. Falconer - Cyber-Attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive. When a coordinated EMP attack takes out the nation’s power grid, a small town finds itself at ground zero of an all-out invasion.With limited options and no time to prepare, the citizens have no choice but to turn to a mysterious drifter, Jack Bunker, for help.The former combat engineer has the skills to keep them alive, but he won’t be able to do it alone, not against an overwhelmingly superior force. Somehow he’ll have to find a way to transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade warriors and lead them into battle, despite his dark past that leads some to wonder whose side is he really on?

Crawlerz, Book 1: Red Sky in the Morning, RS Merritt - Are you ready for the end?An ancient tomb is unearthed live on cable TV after months of hype. It's billed as the archeological equivalent of Shark Week. The actual footage takes a turn no one ever expected. Those minutes of footage will be combed over by governments worldwide seeking to understand what horror came out of that tomb. They watched the news for weeks as an infection spread quickly across the globe. The videos posted online of people ripping into each other like cannibals on PCP were unreal. The support from the authorities was a joke. No one had a plan in place for this. At least not a plan that involved saving everyone...

Empty Graves, Jonathan Maberry - (Releases 9/1) 15 zombie tales span genres and Maberry's career. Includes a new unpublished story, from Wildfire Press.   

 

 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - Think you know the Lizzie Borden story? You know... Lizzie Borden took an axe.... She was acquitted but... what if she did kill her father and stepmother for a good reason? Because they'd turned into.... zombies! Follows the real-life events of the trial with some twists!

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - The story continues past the trial. Now Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers. When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost? NOTE: There are spoilers if you haven't read book 1.

Here Be Zombies,  Twelve tales of zombies and zombie hunters explore "Alice's Adventures in Underland" and more. 

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Monday, October 11, 2021

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop 3: #halloween #fiction

  Welcome to day 3 of OCTOBER FRIGHTS! bwaaahhhhhh-aha-ha 

(Check archives in left column for previous posts.)



October Frights  - all kinds of scary fun! A book fair and more! See A. F. Stewart's site for all the details! * There is also an October Frights Panel  - on YouTube.

  * How about some freebies? Check out the October Frights Giveaway from Oct. 1-31! 

* Check out the Book Fair!

Keep checking back as more titles are added!


 
* You can also get a free sample preview of the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series - see my website - cverstraete.com


Here's another favorite story, originally published in Sirens Call Magazine. (Download magazine PDF here.)

Beware... this one is kind of .... icky creepy! 
(Image: pixabay)


Jars

By C.A. Verstraete

 “Mabel, that kid needs to go do something and get out of this house. When I was his age…”

His wife shut out the oft-repeated recitation about what Harold said he used to do years ago. These days, she was lucky if he moved out of the recliner.

Despite his nagging, Mabel realized her husband had a point. Her lazy stepson did need to do something besides sit in his room.

“Ernie!” She yelled. “Take your bike out or go for a walk. Now!”

Aww, do I have to?”

She looked up at the whiny voice coming from the stairs. Its owner stared at her from a round face wearing coke-bottle glasses. She shook her head. “Yes, you have to. Go do something.”

Ernie waddled out the door, his stocky body perfect for football if he’d been at all athletic. He wasn’t.

Ernie fumbled with the bike as he pulled it out of the garage, missing the kickstand and stubbing his toe. Mabel watched him and sighed. She wished the boy was more coordinated and interested in other things outside the house. He needed friends. She decided to see he got some.

 

Ernie returned from his ten-minute bike ride flushed and tired. He came in, drank nearly a quart of soda and raided the cookie jar.

Mabel frowned and moved the cookies. “Ernie, no more snacking. You should cut down, you’ll feel better. Lose a little, maybe you’ll make some new friends.”

He started at her like she was the weird one. He’d tried making friends, but no one wanted to hang out with the nerdy, fat kid except for his one and only friend, Burt. He and Burt both liked playing video games. Maybe Burt was a little different. The other kids thought he was kind of strange, but he and Ernie got along fine.

Maybe he should go see what Burt was doing, Ernie decided. “I’m going over by Burt’s. I’ll eat dinner there.”

His stepmother nodded in approval. “That’s good, Ernie. Get out for a while. Have fun.”

 

Burt wasn’t surprised when Ernie showed up. “Playing a game,” he said.

Ernie nodded. “What you got to eat?”

“My mom’s working late,” Burt said. “I was gonna have peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches. Want some?”

“Sounds good.”

Burt jerked his head toward the kitchen. “Take the cooler upstairs. I filled it with root beer and lemon-lime. Reload the game and log in if you want to play. I’ll be back in a minute.”

Ernie lugged the cooler in and logged into the game before going back to the doorway. He peeked out, and hearing nothing decided to take a quick look around Burt’s room, something he never got to do since Burt hardly left for long.

A light in the closet caught Ernie’s eye. Now that looks interesting, he thought. Burt never left the door open. He pushed it and looked around in alarm when it squeaked. Luckily, Burt was still busy in the kitchen.

Ernie stood there in shock. Eyes wide, he stared at the closet’s stocked shelves. He never knew Burt had a secret hobby. He wasn’t sure whether he should run or throw up, but after a few minutes he leaned in closer for a better view. Row after row of jars met his eyes. Each jar held a different animal specimen. He stared, repulsed yet fascinated, at the various items. Some appeared to look back from dead, glassy eyes. He shivered.

A thump on the stairs told him Burt was on his way up. Ernie hurriedly closed the door part-way, thankful it didn’t squeak again. He grabbed a book from the shelf and plopped on the bed. Ernie hurriedly flipped the book around so the title, Undead Dinosaurs, was right side up just as Burt came in.

Burt nodded at Ernie before he set the tray on the table. “Found some pizza rolls, why it took so long. I just got that book. Whaddya think?”

“Pretty awesome art,” Ernie said and grabbed a pizza roll. He took a bite, making sure to block the image from his mind of the blood-red jars in Burt’s closet.

More than once, Ernie found his thoughts going back to his friend’s weird collection as they played the game. He knew he’d better get his mind on what he was doing when Burt swore at him a second time.

“C’mon, pay attention,” Burt yelled. “You’re screwing up the game.”

 

After a couple hours of bad play, Ernie decided to go home. On the way he thought again about his friend’s hobby, this time with new appreciation. It was a good way to expand his scientific knowledge, he decided. It could even prepare him for the taxidermy job at the natural history museum he hoped to have someday.

He walked in the door with an idea of how to develop his new hobby. Even his mother seemed excited when he asked her for some mayonnaise jars to start his collection.

“Why, that’s wonderful that you’re starting a hobby.” She got a few clean jars from the pantry. “Isn’t that great Harold? The boy’s collecting things!”

Ernie found it easy to sneak out of the house in the wee hours of the night while everyone slept. No one even suspected he’d gone out.

 

Several days later, Mabel started griping about all the time Ernie spent in the basement. Her complaints turned to screams as she got a closer look at Harold still seated in the chair, his bloody face turned toward the TV.

Downstairs, Ernie hummed as he admired the pretty colors in his collection. The Jar of Eyes had a nice assortment of blue, green, and now brown eyeballs. The Jar of Toes had some pretty pink, purple and green painted toenails he’d collected on his nightly jaunts.

He sharpened the knife, thinking of his stepmother’s bright red fingernails and the two-tone manicure he’d seen on the lady next door.

Time to start a new jar.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop 2 #Halloween fiction

 Welcome to another day of OCTOBER FRIGHTS! bwaaahhhhhh-aha-ha



October Frights  - all kinds of scary fun! A book fair and more! See A. F. Stewart's site for all the details! * Today I thought I'd share some creepy things I came across so keep reading for some CREEPY FUN! Come back to my blog tomorrow for some more creepy short fiction.

* There is also an October Frights Panel  - check it out today starting at 10 am Central onYouTube.

 

** How about some freebies? Check out the October Frights Giveaway from Oct. 1-31! 

* Check out the Book Fair!

Keep checking back as more titles are added!


 
* You can also get a free sample preview of the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series - see my website - cverstraete.com


Today I'm re-sharing a favorite short flash story today. Enjoy! Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop @ A. F. Stewart's site.



The Pumpkin Patch

Every year he sat in the pumpkin patch, waiting for that one special person to come his way.
   Day after day, he grew larger and a vivid, brighter orange as he turned into a grand specimen of the pumpkin family.
   Then it happened. A cute little boy with a big smile and freckles almost as orange as his skin came and picked him up.
   The boy’s hug felt nice, so good, just like his ancestors had told him it would.
   The others rustled their big green leaves on the vine in goodbye as the man carried him to the family’s car.
   He rode to his new home nestled in the arms of the boy. He relished the warmth of the boy’s hands around him. The pumpkin patch seemed far away now.
   The boy insisted on carrying him in. Wait, what was that? A flash of orange on the porch step caught his eye. Another pumpkin. But-but what was wrong with that pumpkin’s face?
   He didn’t have the chance to see enough as they carried him inside. A rustle of paper. He sat on the table waiting to be set in the place of honor. That’s all he’d heard as he grew up in the pumpkin patch—that the one chosen had a place of honor in the family’s home.
   “All right,” the father said. “Scary or funny?”
   “Funny!” the boy cried.
   Wait . . . what-what was happening? ARGGGH! Something sharp cut into his brain. No-No! What are they doing?
   Oh, the pain! The cutting, the searing pain, the stabbing, seemed to last forever.
   Then the worst came. The horrible humans dug inside, scooping out his innards—his heart, his brain—until he sat there, nothing but an empty shell.
   Through the magic of the pumpkin patch, he still felt, though. He still followed their motions. The little boy, who had seemed so good, so loving, turned his gap-toothed smile of terror in his direction. The man gave an evil leer and leaned ever closer with that instrument of torture.
   He quivered in fear as the man cut into his soft, tender flesh. One cut, and then another, and soon a big evil smile with five little pointed teeth decorated his face.
   In surprise, he blinked, his vision sharp and clear as the man cut two triangular eyes above his newly formed mouth and nose.
   The electric candle they put inside him gave an eerie glow and lit the space around him. He looked out from his place of honor by the fireplace, listening as the house quieted and the family went to bed.
   Slowly, carefully, he rolled and bumped his way off the fireplace bricks. He slid along the wood floor, going down the hall. At the door, he stopped and listened to the soft breathing where the little boy slept.
   Longing filled him.
   Chomping his teeth, he slipped into the room without a sound, eager to be with the one who had given him new life. ## 



* C.A. (Christine) Verstraete is the author of the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series and the spooky ghost-love story novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen (now on sale, 99 cts!). See her website for more details. 


Saturday, October 9, 2021

#OctoberFrights Blog Hop: Creepy Fun Items

 


October Frights  - all kinds of scary fun! A book fair and more! See A. F. Stewart's site for all the details! * Today I thought I'd share some creepy things I came across so keep reading for some CREEPY FUN! Come back to my blog tomorrow for some more creepy short fiction.

* There is also an October Frights Panel  - check it out today starting at 10 am Central onYouTube.

 

** Want some freebies? Check out the October Frights Giveaway from Oct. 1-31! 

* How about some books? Check out the Book Fair!

Keep checking back as more titles are added!

* You can also get a free sample preview of the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series - see my website - cverstraete.com

More CREEPY FUN Items!

* Remember the coffin race car that Grandpa and Herman Munster worked on in The Munsters Show? Here's your chance! It's for sale! See it in color on the page here.

Dress Like...

A Snail? haa! Everyone needs one of these (really bad) masks. This cracks me up. Sooo bad!


Now you can say you've seen Bigfoot - and won't be lying! (Oh, these are a riot!)


No backbone? How about a set of bone pens? (They have syringe pens, too,)

Organize Yourself:

Who doesn't need a desktop skull to keep their makeup brushes or pens and pencils in?


Even better, grab a paperclip in this skull pencil holder. Hope he doesn't bite! haa!


Tired of looking for that pen? Perfect zombie pen holder!



Decorate your garden:

 * Make some chicken wire ghosts.


* Be sure to come back for more Halloween fiction & fun!