Tuesday, October 26, 2021

On The Nightstand: Vampires

by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Classics, Horror, Gothic, Vampires | Published: 2013 (first 1872) | Goodreads | my rating: 4

Predating Bram Stoker' Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale—stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbinding

You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever.

When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself.

Dowry of Blood
by S.T. Gibson
Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Vampires | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

by Bram Stoker
Classic, Horror, Gothic, Vampires | Published: 2003 (first 1897) | Goodreads

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client's castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his 'Master'. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing into questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

WATCH OUT: waiting for delivery of this puzzle before I start up the audio version Dracula

Bran Castle
art and puzzle by Holly Carden (here)
(1000 pcs)

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 10.24.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Gold VIP animal masks from Squid Game
2. Holiday Fruitcake from Frog Hollow Farm (here) - always on the lookout for yummy fruitcake
3. Autumn leaves

The Chalk Circle
(Commissaire Adamsberg #1)
by Fred Vargas
translated by Siân Reynolds
Mystery, Crime, France | Goodreads

Diary of a Provincial Lady
by E.M. Delafield
Classics, Historical, Humor, England | Published: 1982 (first 1930) | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
by Yoko Ogawa
translated by Stephen Snyder
Short Stories, Horror, Japan | Published: 2013 (first 1998) | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Murder By The Book
See archive of this (here)
Family Plot
by Megan Collins
Thriller, Mystery | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by bookreporter
See archive of this (here)
Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land
Memoir, Poverty | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


AND watched: Netflix
Maid (2021)
Creator: Molly Smith Metzler
Based on book: Stephanie Land
Stars: Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Rylea Nevaeh Whittet
Drama | imdb | my rating: tba -so far, so good

After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job cleaning houses as she fights to provide for her child and build them a better future.

Squid Game (2021)
Director/Writer: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Stars: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Hoyeon
Action, Drama, Mystery, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Comfort Book Club 2021

The Comfort Book Club
hosted by Miranda Mills (details)
@thecomfortbookclub | YouTube
A monthly book club for fans of classic comfort reads.

84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff
Memoir, Epistolary | Published: 1990 (first 1970) | Goodreads | my rating: 5

Diary of a Provincial Lady
by E.M. Delafield
Classics, Historical, Humor, England | Published: 2016 (first 1930) | Goodreads

The Country Child
by Alison Uttley
Classics, Childrens, England | Published: 2016 (first 1931) | Goodreads

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril xvi: Peril of the Listen

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril xvi
September 1 - October 31 (details)
hosted by @perilreaders
#ripxvi #ripperils #ripcozy #riptradition #ripatmosphere
Peril of the Listen


Enjoying episodes from this one...

Macabre London
podcast hosted by Nikki Druce
Published: 2016 to present | Website
London’s gruesome history


* part of RIP xvi challenge (schedule)

Monday, October 18, 2021

Netflix Book Club

Netflix Book Club
hosted by Uzo Aduba (details)
A new book club with a Netflix film connection.



by Nella Larsen
Classics, Historical, African American | Published: 2021 (first 1929) | Goodreads
But Have You Read the Book? episode on November 16


Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu