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From Shore to Fiction: “Beneath the Lighthouse”

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Julieanne Lynch is the author of Beneath the Lighthouse, an eerie story on ghosts and family tragedy. Today we have the pleasure of learning about her creative process and the inspiration behind her chilling story. But first, here is a taste of her story: Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him. When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in. Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to…

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Baby Teeth Proves It’s Dangerous to Play Favorites

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If you are in need of a blood chilling thriller to make your heart pound, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press) is for you!  It is clear that author Zoje Stage mastered everything dark and suspenseful when she created Hanna, a seven year old, and the only child of Suzette and Alex.  Suzette had a difficult childhood, poor mothering and a continual battle with Crones Disease. When she meets Alex in a professional environment, he saves her from loneliness and despair by respecting her design work and falling in love.  Alex, an architect, is a cheery Swedish man who desperately loves his wife, Suzette, and showers his very bright but mute daughter Hanna with love and attention.  Both parents want to be…

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Ten’s Gretchen McNeil: How to Make Serial Killers Fun

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Gretchen McNeil is not only an incredibly talented author, she’s also a professionally trained opera singer, a natural performer, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. The hit YA author is probably best known for her book Ten, which won numerous awards before being turned into a Lifetime original movie. Then, just to cement her place in our hearts as the reigning queen of YA horror, she came out with with the two book Don’t Get Mad series, with Get Even being released in 2014, and the follow-up Get Dirty in 2015. Now, she’s back with a new YA horror novel, #MurderTrending. But this one’s doing something new, which is showcasing McNeil’s natural affinity for comedy. While we all know that comedy and horror together can…

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Riley Sager on Summer Camp and Stephen King

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Last year, there was one book at the top of everyone’s must-read list: Riley Sager’s Final Girls, which was so good, Stephen King himself called it “The first great thriller of 2017.” If that’s not proof enough that Sager knows his way around the thriller, then just know that his follow up to Final Girls has been lauded by the likes of The Woman in the Window‘s A.J. Finn, The Last Mrs. Parrish‘s Liv Constantine and The Perfect Stranger‘s Megan Miranda, just to name a few. The Last Time I Lied, Sager’s latest novel, was just released today, so make sure to carve out some time for yourself so you can head down to your local bookstore to pick up a copy. Not only does The Last Time I…

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Tess Gerritsen Talks Return of Beloved Rizzoli and Isles with ‘I Know a Secret’

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One of the most interesting and sometimes-complicated aspects of a writer’s life is the inspiration that they use for their breakthrough novels. Tess Gerritsen recently shared with us the inspiration behind her latest release in the beloved TNT Rizzoli and Isles series, I Know a Secret. Here’s the story behind her inspiration in her own words: As happens with most of my books, the plot of I Know a Secret is a fusion of two different ideas. This is often how I come up with my stories, by melding together two or more premises into one. My 2010 thriller Ice Cold, for instance, was inspired by two different news articles, one about a U.S. military nerve gas accident in the…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Kat Howard Talks Writing in This Friday Morning Coffee

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Kat Howard. Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians and Roses and Rot, talks to Daniel Ford about crafting the memorable characters you meet in An Unkindness of Magicians and why writers need to find the writing process that works best for them. Kat Howard is best known for her fantasy, science fiction, and horror writing. Her work has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. To learn more about Kat Howard,…

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Friendship is Tested in Hendrix’s ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’

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Grady Hendrix always leaves us wanting more with his compelling take on the horror genre, but he really outdoes himself with his novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism. This is one you won’t be able to put down, even when you’re on the edge of your seat in fear or wishing you weren’t crying from its dramatic flair! Abby and Gretchen have been friends ever since fourth grade in the early 80s, when nobody showed up for Abby’s birthday party. She wasn’t sure what it was – from the quiet way she held herself, to the lost look in her eyes, to the children’s bible she gave her for her present – but there was something different about Gretchen, and it…

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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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Author Katherine Winfield on the Influence of the Eastern Shore in Paranormal Mystery Series

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When my husband suggested, 25 years ago, that we move to the Eastern Shore of Maryland from the DC suburbs where I’d grown up, I must admit, I was reluctant. I had a list of reasons why I didn’t want to move: it was too far to commute, I didn’t know anyone, there was nothing to do across the Chesapeake Bay bridge. To me the Eastern Shore was a pass-through on the way to the beach in Ocean City. But it didn’t take long once I was there to discover how wrong I was. The mystique of the vast network of creeks and rivers that lead to the bay, the abundance of wildlife, the myriad of fascinating places to visit, but…

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Gear Up for FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Live with These Reads

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I first watched Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was in high school and my life was instantly changed. Dancing, crazy characters, outrageous flirting, and so much antici….pation. The 1975 musical film is about a young engaged couple, Brad and Janet, whose car breaks down near a creepy castle. When they search for help, they find the sexually ambiguous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his servants (each more interesting than the last). The Dr. sets out to separately seduce both Brad and Janet, which leads to all kinds of trouble. I won’t spoil the ending, but picture lots of murder, catchy dance numbers, and Frankenstein-style hijinks with extraterrestrial influences. It’s awesome.   It’s still one of my dreams to go to a…

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Stay Scared with the Most Iconic, Horrifying Books-to-Movies of All Time

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It’s kind of startling to realize how many of the best horror movies started out as novels. But it’s true: so many terrifying films found their start as equally terrifying books, including some that might surprise you. Since it’s Halloween (which is definitely the scariest time of year), we’ve rounded up six awesome horror movies that were originally adapted from books. If you don’t want to sleep for the next few nights, then it’s time to dive into both the movie AND book versions of these horrifying tales: The Shining It’s no surprise that The Shining started as a novel written by the king of horror himself: Stephen King. Both the movie and the book are considered classics of the…

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The Monster Mash Bookshelf We’re Imagining on Halloween!

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For me, Halloween means costumes, candy, pumpkins, and — of course — The Monster Mash. There’s no other song that’s as iconic this time of year, and even though I’ve heard it a hundred times (or maybe even a thousand), it’s still insanely catchy. Plus, I love the thought of imagining an actual monster mash taking place, with all those monsters partying together into the night.   Since it’s Halloween, let’s take it one step farther and actually imagine the Monster Mash characters sharing scary stories and maybe even their favorite book recommendations. Can’t you just picture Dracula lounging around on a daybed, diving into a good book? Or Wolfman perusing his bookshelf for the perfect scary read? On that note, here…

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Here’s Why Edgar Allan Poe Still Matters

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Celebrating the death rather than the birthday of the master of the macabre, is only fitting. On this day October 7, 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40 after he was found in a gutter on a side street in Baltimore, Maryland. Some people say he died from an opium overdose, others say it was alcohol poisoning, some believe it was pneumonia, or murder? No one knows. The circumstances surrounding his death intensifies his mystique. It’s eerie and strangely perfect at the same time that a man famous for composing the scariest stories ever would die under a shadow of mystery and suspicion. I had the fortune of being introduced to Poe when, at 9 years old, I…

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A Demonic Book List for Fox’s The Exorcist Miniseries!

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Halloween is coming early! Lately, it feels like everything is being remade for television, from Lethal Weapon to the Divergent movies (apparently). So, when we heard that Fox was remaking The Exorcist as a miniseries, we were a bit dubious. Seriously? You’re remaking what is thought to be the greatest horror film of all time, based on one of the scariest novels of all time, which was inspired by a real-life case of demonic possession in 1949? You’ve got to be kidding. Then, we saw the trailer:   Wait, was that Geena Davis? And Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? And spooky child exorcisms in orangey-lit settings? And weird birds crashing into windows?? And the old-school theme music from the…

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Horrifying Reads to Get You Ready for American Horror Story Season 6

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It’s no secret around the office that I’m a huge fan of FX’s American Horror Story (AHS). I even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking around the set of “Coven: Season 3”, meeting the writers and watching the actors film for six hours. Anyways, enough about me. As we all know, fall means Halloween time fun, which correlates to loving everything that is scary, especially a new season of AHS. From a depressing group of ghosts to an insane clown and most recently a group of hungry vampire children, writer Ryan Murphy is certainly not afraid to push the boundaries of television. But this year the AHS marketing team seems to be taking a different route. First of all, season 6 is starting a month earlier…

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Not Barstool Sports: Books to Read Before You Go off to College

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Just about to begin your freshman year of college, eh? Make sure you have your shower caddy ready, your matching bed set from Target (XL Twin, for sure), and all of those Cup Noodles you’ll never end up eating because you have a meal plan. College is easy! Just kidding, college is pretty hard, duh! However, if we were able to get through it, you probably can, too. With these books, you will have everything you need to be the big person on campus. The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty – 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel Hardcover, Tiffany Watt Smith (Little Brown and Company, June 7, 2016) You’re about to meet a…

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