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“Alice Isn’t Dead:” Popular Podcast is Now a Novel

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Buckle in and get ready for a risky road trip! The podcast Alice Isn’t Dead has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and now fans have a novel to go with it (Harper Perennial) — coming out this month from Joseph Fink. The novel fits nice and cozy into the horror genre, but it’s probably nothing like your run-of-the-mill thriller. The overall story of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel is female-driven — that is, the protagonist is female and she drives a truck. Keisha is all-too relatable. She has fears, worries, likes, dislikes, and idiosyncrasies (like how she always gets a turkey club at roadside diners). She loves deeply, cares with her whole self, and will die for the…

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Explore Voodoo and the Paranormal in ‘The Big Easy’ with Author Alexandrea Weis

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Inspiration can come from anywhere and varies from writer to writer. For me, the eerie influences of New Orleans have created the ghosts, voodoo tales, and twisted characters appearing in many of my novels. The Magnus Blackwell Series with Lucas Astor is no different. What starts out as a ghost story, morphs into a thrilling supernatural series drenched with all the mystical and mysterious conjured by images of my hometown. Living with the paranormal in the Big Easy is a part of life like red beans and rice on Mondays and steamy showers every summer afternoon. We talk to them, nurture them, and celebrate their influence in a variety of festivals, superstitions, and traditions. From decorating our cemeteries every November…

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Interview with Alexandrea Weis and Blackwell (Video)

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Hell has a new master In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all. When Magnus meets Jacob O Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets. Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him. Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will…

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Halloween in July: A Spooky Reading List for Summer Thrills and Chills

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There’s a chill in the air… wait, no there isn’t. It’s the dog days of summer, but there’s more than one way to get a chilly thrill on the sweatiest of days! Instead of getting all hot and bothered reading summer romances or getting all sticky and sandy forcing yourself to read on the beach, cuddle up in the darkest corner of your abode and prepare to get freaked out. There’s a spooky book for every taste and occasion, and we’ve got the goods on what you should be reading to give yourself the nighttime shivers. If you’re into scary, but like not really scary: Fellside, M.R. Carey (Orbit, April 5, 2016) From the author of the much-loved The Girl…

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‘Stranger Things’ is Your New Summer Must-Watch — Plus, a Companion Book List

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If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we have, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major ’80s nostalgia, and is not something to be missed. And with Winona Ryder, who is herself “strange and unusual,” how can this show be anything but awesome? Ryder plays Joyce, single mom of two growing up in small-town Indiana during the 1980s. When her youngest, Will, suddenly disappears, the local police aren’t getting very far due to top-secret government experiments. Will’s buddies take the lead on their bikes to find their missing friend (*cough cough, Goonies, cough,…

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Dear TV Shows: Why I’m Breaking Up with You

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I’m a big fan of television, which is why I’m always raving about the new shows I’ve fallen in love with. From Netflix’s Sense8 to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, I’m willing to give pretty much anything a shot. And once I’ve fallen for a show, I’m loyal to a fault, watching for years and years, and trusting that the creators are going to consistently deliver an awesome product. Even when they don’t, I tend to stick around, hoping and praying the magic will come back (hello, Nashville). But sometimes there are shows that never seem to bounce back. Shows that get caught up in boring drama, irrational deaths and terrible writing, leaving almost nothing left to love or root for. That’s…

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Horror with a smile for your next watching (and reading!) binge

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I’m kind of a horror wimp. If we’re ever watching a slasher film together, expect a lot of squealing, a lot of covering my eyes, and maybe some nail gouging during the particularly gory parts. This is why I like my horror served up with a healthy side of comedy—if I’m going to watch someone get chased by monsters, I might as well be laughing, too. Funny, campy horror has a long history on television: I still remember the plots to old episodes of The Munsters and The Addams Family I watched as kid. And even now there are some great shows out there that regularly mix their fake blood with a few jokes. So if you’re looking for the…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Supernatural edition

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Fallen angels. Rogue hunters. Even the Wicked Witch of the West. The Brothers Winchester of CW’s Supernatural have had their hand full trying to set the world right. After nine seasons, one would think that the world had run out of ways to nearly destroy itself. That assumption would be so very wrong. Whether dealing with a “monster of the day” or the season’s “big baddie” John Winchester’s sons are never lacking for adversaries. True to form, Season Nine finds them Winchester boys and their adorable pet angel Castiel trying to unspill the milk from the end of Season Eight, with help from the snarkiest of unlikely places. So you got all the angels tossed from heaven? Not a problem.…

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