Monday, January 17, 2011

A treasure trove of horror purchases.......A.K.A. The longest blog post ever!

With the HalloweenOverkill readathon adventure 2011 currently going I thought it was fitting to show all you ghouls out there the wealth of reading treasures I found at a local discount book store.  Some of the stuff may seem like garbage to you all but I think all of these finds are worth a look or two.  First off we have........
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GOOSEBUMPS!!!!  The Headless Ghost to be exact, and yes it is one of the original with the raised goosebumps and all.
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Another Goosebumps book. I like to pick up any of the Goosebumps books that aren't from the traditional series, as I believe these are a little harder to find, plus I'm a sucker for anything with a hologram on the cover.
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Book 3 from the Demonata series. The Demonata is a series of books by author Darren Shan, yeah, the same guy who writes the Cirque Du Freak series. These are honestly some of the goriest young adult books I have ever read and some really good reads to boot! I would love to see these books turned into a series of films.
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  Yes, that is exactly what it looks like. The official sequel to Dracula, written by a member of the Stoker family and endorsed by said family as well. I heard it's not such a hot read, but I'll be the judge of that. Any book with the Count himself or any incarnation of him is usually good in my book!
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Less than a month ago I didn't even know these suckers existed, but now I officially own two of them. This is the second Twilight Zone graphic novel that I have gotten my paws on, and I cannot wait to dive in.

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Do I even need to explain why I bought this? First of all, you all know my obsession with anything "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" related, plus not only am I a sucker for hologram covers, but glow in the dark ones as well.
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These little guys are actually magnet bookmarks. Check out the amazing artwork on them (I left them giant size so you could really see the detail, sorry if I cut out some of the HalloweenOverkill stamp on the right sides)  and then realize how jealous you are that I have them and you don't haha. They are actually really neat though. You just clip them on the page that you want to save and there is no annoying bookmark sticking out of the top of the book.
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The Gates: A Novel, by the wonderful John Connolly. All it took for me to purchase this book was the first few lines in the dust jacket. Any book that takes place on or around Halloween is surely going to be read by this sites curious caretaker. Now if I could just figure out if Nocturnes is actually a horror novel or not!
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I was gonna save this sucker for a new feature I had in mind, but oh what the hell, here it is! Scream Play by, Douglas Soesbe, is a book that debunks the old "never judge a book by it's cover" theory. I call bullshit on that old theory for this one. I judged this book by it's cover and deemed it worthy to add to my collection. Now whether or not I was right is yet to be determined. Expect this book to also pop up in a new feature being added to HalloweenOverkill. (Curious to know what that feature is? Let's just say you don't find books with covers as awesome as this one anymore, do ya?)

Now are some of the non genre related items I picked up on the cheap as well.....
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Not much to be said here. Some may call shenanigans on Mr. Brown, but I beg to differ, I love his style with the short chapters, and the mystery of his books, whether total bullshit or not, keeps me coming back for more.
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Everybody remember this book from Kindergarten and beyond?  No?  Well I do and it was a doosy!!!  As you read through the book there are hidden images to find in each picture and each of those hidden things in the picture all add up as clues that help you solve the book's main mystery.  Sound like too much?  Well it is and it isn't, you just have to have read it to understand.  I picked this one up mainly to revisit my childhood yet again (see a recurring theme here?) and also to pass on to my own little ghouls one day. 
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This book sounds crazy creepy, but in more of a retro reliving my childhood kind of way (so wait, reliving your childhood is creepy, one might ask? No, but you know what I mean). A young boy looks at himself in a mirror and is transported to a whole other world filled with wraiths, Alice in Wonderland, Nostradamus, and even some elements of advanced physics!!! Can't wait to read this one!
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Ahh yes, the old days when "point and click" adventure games were actually awesome. Now that's not to say there haven't been some good ones since, but everybody remembers the good old days of "Monkey Island", "Zork", "Myst", "Gabriel Knight", and of course "The Dig"!!!! I just had to add this to my enormous collection of old school pc adventure games!
So basically everything you just saw was purchased for wayyyyyy south of twenty bucks. Tell me that isn't amazing?
These next few items need a small intro to explain themselves. My wife and I are planning to buy a house sometime in the near future (or decade) and I (not my wife) plan on turning an entire room or hopefully the basement (if there is one) into a giant shrine/theater of all things horror. To help with this task I have been collecting any and everything that I would consider a collectible or something worth showing off in the future horror cave. I plan on plastering the walls with genuine movie posters that I have acquired and any other horror/Halloween ephemera/trinkets/stuff that I have deemed worthy (any one want to donate, let me know! haha) Well something that my wife found at the local Blockbuster going out of business sale were the plastic backers that they use in place of the movie case when it is rented out (they are a little larger than the front of a dvd cover). At first I didn't think these would be useful, but then EUREEKA!!! It hit me, I could use these bad boys as little mini posters to put on the wall of the "Theater of Blood" as it has been deemed (once they are framed you won't be able to see the little annoying bar codes and such that you see below)  Here are the pics of the horror ones we chose.
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Not all of those little posters represent my favorite horror movies of all time, but each of them at least have very cool and iconic covers, even if they are piece of shit movies. (cough Nightmare, cough Friday, oh what the hell let me just say it, FUCK remakes)  Oh and by the way if you were wondering how much I paid for these little wonders, a whopping two dollars, that's right, $2, for the entire set of these!!! (There were also several other non horror ones that we picked out as well, but we'll leave those out for now.)
I'd also like to point out that yes there are probably several grammatical/spelling errors throughout this post, but as it was a very long day and I am very very late to crawling into my coffin for the night, there is no way I am proofreading this monster of a post.  Sorry ghouls!!!  C ya tomorrow for a late Halloween picture post and I hoped you all loved the treats that I found this weekend!!!

5 comments :

iZombie said...

hey-o i love the covers of books, it's the draw me in factor to anything and everything... the game dig, is that the game plus the soundtrack? i think that if it has the score, it is worth bucks...

jeremy

The Frog Queen said...

Wow, that was one indepth blog post! Thanks for all the interesting stuff. I do have a few horror related items that I am willing to donate. Email me and I will let you kow what they are and if you want them. They are yours.

Cheers!

Kelly said...

Hey! This isn't about this post but your readathon. Tell me more about it, I want in but am not sure what I am to do exactly. Read a book that is related to your themes and post on my blog or yours? Let me know asap, hope I haven't missed and am too late.I love to read and have a HUGE horror collection.

Halloweenman666 said...

Hey Kelly, you are in no way, shape, or form too late for this little project! Please email me with your email so we can keep in contact about it. Once I get your email I'll fill you in on the details and how we're going to go about this!!!

jmcozzoli said...

Those zombie bookmarks are great. I'm amazed you got all of this for 20 bucks, plus those plastic backers. Nice haul.