The 2011 Vampdaddy Halloween Post

Back from the Dead….BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Howdy, ghouls…Sorry I’ve been dressed as the “invisible blogger”. If it’s any consolation, I’ve spent the time as the very visible Dad, which is of course what this is all about, so kudos to me, I guess.

Now, on with the horror!

Evil, Evil Books…..BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Author Neil Gaiman — whom I am becoming a growing fan thereof — has launched the first annual “All Hallows Read”. I’ll let him and his Undead Friends explain:

So in the spirit of the pro-literacy movement, I bequeath you my recommendations for a sleepless night of reading:

1. The Passage by Justin Cronin . Forget your zombie armageddon (sorry, Walking Dead fans). While waiting for the next season of Alien Armageddon , sink your teeth into the Vampriric end-of-days. In Cronin’s vision, a virus found deep in the jungle is brought out into the world to be weaponized by the military, with fang and blood-filled results. This book was considered a hot read in Summer, 2010; yes, Vampdaddy is a bit behind. But catch up with me – you won’t regret it.

2. The Historian by Elizebeth Kostova. Dracula is still dead and loving it in this novel, which borrows from the correspondence-tracking format of the original novel to follow a women on the hunt for the king of the undead. Again, this came out a few years ago, but well worth dusting off the cobwebs.

3. Invasion of the Blue Lights by Ruth Glick. Okay, pretend your in 7th grade and it’s 1983 (mostly because this is a junior novel and was published then — good luck finding a copy). Trust me, this book with have you at the edge of your seat. When a boy sees what looks like two warring UFOs battling over the sky above his town, his quest to find the aliens who are up to no good is quite page turner — at least I thought so at the time. The scene of the boy looking in the closet of an abandoned house for the creature had my heart leaping out of my chest. Enjoy.

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Seems silly to celebrate All Hallows Read without a nod to its creator. Another youth novel, but highly engaging for adults, The Graveyard Book tracks the upbringing of a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghost parents, and the non-parental-adult-pro-social-mentoring of a vampire.

5. Hellfire by John Saul. Another one from my youth. During my teen years I devoured books by Saul. Loking back the format was always the same – take some teenagers and their unwitting adult supporting cast, expose them to something horrifying, gross or supernatural (just a touch of “Stephen King” sauce for taste). Mix well and enjoy while leaving all of the lights on in your house.

Those are mine — what are yours? Use your comments to share other scary stories with the masses in the spirit of the holiday.

Children of the Night – What Sweet Music they Make, BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Don’t forget to stop by Music on a Stick for my 2011 Halloween Music Post.


In 2007, self-proclaimed “vampire hunters” broke into the tomb of Slobodan Milosevic and staked his body through the heart.

Let freedom ring.




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One response to “The 2011 Vampdaddy Halloween Post

  • Esmertina Bicklesnit (@Esmertina)

    Thank you for these!

    My childhood favorite ghost story, which is more sweet than scary, was called In a Blue Velvet Dress, by Catherine Sefton (whose real name apparently is Martin Waddell? Who knew?!). A girl has to spend the summer in an old house in a small town, and her luggage gets lost including all her books. Then old books begin mysteriously appearing on her pillow. Turns out they are being left for her by a sad and wistful young girl ghost (in a, you guessed it, blue velvet dress). It’s girly gothic nirvana! I see it’s on Amazon for $2.74 — a bargain at twice the price!!

    For outright spine tingling hair raising omigod I have to stop reading I can’t stop reading horror, I gotta go with The Shining. I love the episode of Friends where Joey has to put the book in the freezer because it gets too scary!

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