It's a pleasure to welcome back J.A. Saare, author of Dead, Undead or Somewhere In Between & The Renfield Syndrome.
In celebration, I thought I’d share five things I love about Halloween.
5. The Change in Season. I absolutely love the fall. Although I wear my boots year round, when autumn arrives, I’m actually in style when I venture out to shop. Sweaters are also a plus, since they are super comfy and wonderful to lounge around in.
4. The Decorations. Our yard becomes a creepy display of ghosts, skeletons, and headstones. I love searching for signs, things to hang from the trees and, of course, pumpkins to carve. With four children it has become a family tradition. By the end of September the kiddos are asking when we can pull the bins down from the attic and get the house (both inside and out) into proper form.
3. Horror Movies. I’m a horror movie nut, and Halloween is the perfect time to break out the classics. Fright Night, The Company of Wolves, The Monster Squad, Once Bitten, Trick ‘r Treat and Dracula are just a few of the favorites I watch each year.
2. The Costumes / Trick or Treating. Although I don’t dress up every year, I do enjoy helping the kiddos pick out or design their costumes. It’s especially fun when you pull out the make-up and turn them into something they think is super scary.
1. Haunted Houses. Every year my husband and I visit at least one. Last year we were fortunate enough to travel to four! I’m not easily rattled, so we kept searching for one that could make me scream or jump. We visited Sloss Furnace, Arx Mortis, Lester Hospital, and Atrox Factory. Unfortunately, I never got my fix. Even when I was in the front of the group at Arx Mortis, which should be the best seat in the house, the people behind me were terrified and wanted to rush through.
Not cool when you’re a gore whore and want to take it all in.
However, despite the lack of scares, Atrox Factory was a definite winner. The actors touch the visitors and the effects are amazing. I made sure to stay at the back of the line and walked through at my own pace. If you don’t scare easily, I always recommend you go to the back of the line. Yes, more things jump out at you, but you get your money’s worth. *grin*
So what about you? Do you love Halloween? Are you planning on visiting any haunted houses this year? Leave a comment and tell me what your plans are!
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THE RENFIELD SYNDROMEBy. J.A. Saare
Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.
Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she’s about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.
Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things; including those most trusted around her. When she’s faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she’ll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.
After all, when it’s all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.
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