All Hallow’s Grim 2012 Giveaway


This year, the All Hallow’s Grim bounty takes the shape of three uncanny tales I love (and a surprise, shhh!) If you read “I’m Blaming It On the Approach of October,” then you understand why we are not having our usual giveaway extravaganza—time, time, time! But the prizes are still delicious, my Wicked Luvs:

1The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I read this book at least once every year. It is dark in a way that makes me cry and laugh at the same time. It contains the best line I’ve ever read about storytelling: “…silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grown pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you.” And there are some really strange human creatures, too. 

2The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling – This is just a super fun read. It is mentioned in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, but it reads like a dark fairy tale. I was enchanted by Dumbledore’s and Hermione’s commentaries. Their arguments about the tales make the book feel real.

3Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Audiobook) by Kevin Hearne – “Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches.” But things don’t stay that way for long… after a while he has to care about all sorts of things if he wants to keep his head. His journey made laugh like a lunatic. I enjoy the way Hearne uses myth and wit in his urban fantasy. And his interpretation of the some gods is, um... unique.
 You Get 5 Chances to Enter the  All Hallow's Grim 2012 Giveaway
1st Entry – Leave a comment, here, telling me about the strangest book you’ve ever read.
2nd Entry – Join All Hallow’s Grim 2012: The Darker Side of Faerie. You know you want to ;-)
3rd Entry – Leave a comment on Dee,”my party post over at Pagan Culture
4th Entry – Follow magalyguerrero.com, my writers site. Or is that writers site? Hm... tricky. 
5th Entry – Tell me about your plans for All Hallows Eve. Yes, Im nosy ;-)

*Leave separate comments. Please. My laziness will be grateful. And grin. It’s very good exercise for the soul.
**The winner will be chosen on October 28th
***As always, I wouldn’t be too upset if you blogged about it, shared it on Facebook, Twitter… 

Have you joined The Darker Side of Faerie yet? Lets to dance together around the All Hallows (Faerie) Grim

62 comments:

  1. The strangest book I have ever read was by a Japanese author, called something like "Waiting for the sun" (in German - I am not bold enough yet to read Japanese books in Japanese). It was a rather sad story (or a bunch of sad stories stapled together) about people who had lost something, or someone, or their place in the world. I really like Japanese authors, I guess.

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    1. Never read it; will sure check it out.

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  2. I am already following your writer's page. ^^

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  3. My plans for All Hallow's Eve... well, there's a bunch of plans. A party at our place on 31 October, a Pagan celebration at the "Witchs' tower" in a town nearby on 01 November - and I am pretty sure I will make time for something special on the next two dark moons. :-)

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    1. I'm a bit jealous! I don't know if I'm going to any public ritual this year. I will be busier than usual *sigh*

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  4. I can't remember the name of the book...I was on holiday(babysitting)with an uncle and aunt when I was 16. The cottage had a selection of books, so I chose one at random. It was about a scientist who brought statues of the Roman/Greek Gods and goddesses in the museum back to life, and they ran riot through London, partying and fornicating. He made arms for the Venus de Milo from plaster of paris, and they fell in love. It ended with them all returning to the museum(to evade arrest) and he and Venus settle into a naked embrace as they slip off the magic rings, and the museum acquire a new and erotic statue(though police were baffled as to where the de Milo has gone). I know there have been a lot of film versions of this story...but the book was much better :D xxx

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    1. Now, I'm all curious. If you find the title, do share.

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  5. For Samhain...I will be dying my hair...adding some fake dreads and scaring people...as well as preparing pumpkin pies topped with slices of apple and cream. I only make pumpkin pies around Samhain, like others have figgy pudding at christmas :D XXX

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    1. WoooHooo! I want pictures, of you and of the terrified kids lol

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  6. what a generous giveaway :)
    We don't have Halloween here in Central Europe, but Christian people here celebrate All Saints day on October 31st/November 1st and usually go to graveyards to bring flowers to their deceased loved ones and to light candles.
    That day usually smells of roasted chestnuts sold in the streets with the first days of Autumn :)

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    1. I grew up in the Dominican Republic, no Halloween there either. But we do celebrate El Dia de los Muertos ;-)

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  7. The strangest book I ever read is Amphigorey by Edward Gorey. It is an alphabet book full of macabre ink drwings and lines like "G is for George smothered under a rug" or "I is for Ida drowned in a lake." It is pretty funny in a twisted way.

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    1. I googled it and I love it. Must get it. I just LOVE the author's last name, too ;-)

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  8. Hands down the strangest book I've ever read is "Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers" by Harry Harrison. We have two heroic genius lads, in love with the same girl on a madcap trip across the universe thanks to their Cheddite drive (because of some cheese sent through a particle accelerator). From the bloodsucking Titanians and the flesh-devouring Garnishee, to the mighty Slug-Togath of Proxima Centauri, the more they fought evil the more it seemed to grow, even to possess them in the form of the invisible mind-controlling Lortonoi, engulfing them all in a wild and terrifying cosmic nightmare.

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    1. Alan, this sounds like one of those books that would put me in do-not-disturb mode. I LOVE entering a new world where the author had to build everything practically from scratch ;-)

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  9. Decorate from stem to stern for the grandkids...and ply them with chocolates!!
    Ha
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. WoooHooo! I want chocolates, too!

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  10. Strange...hhmmm...what some consider strange I consider rather every-day...but, strange as in something different from anything that I've ever read, would be 'This Brilliant Darkness' by Red Tash. Strange as in kind of creepy in a sinister sort of way would be any one of the short stories by Saki.

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    1. I have to agree on This Brilliant Darkness, it was... different.

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  11. I signed up for All Hallows Grim.

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  12. I follow your writers' site.

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  13. Not sure what my plans are for Halloween, as of yet.

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  14. ooooooh...my very favorite time of year...
    out come my skulls and skeletons...and creatures of the night...

    (i'll have to check out those suggested readings! thanks!)

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    1. *dances at the thought of painted skulls*

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  15. It is hard to pick just one strange book, as I read a lot of them, but most recently is "Damaged Goods" by C.A. Hocking. Creepy, disturbing, heart breaking at times.

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    1. I read the blurb for Damaged Goods, and wow!

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  16. I follow your writer site!

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  17. For Samhain I will be doing a burning cauldron ritual and hoping my recently passed father will pay me a visit :)

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    1. I might have to follow your steps, and burn a big fire in my tiny cauldron ;-)

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  18. Best strange book was Desperation by Steven King, it kept me on my toes and my heart was beating during the first chapter.

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    1. Desperation is a bit disturbing indeed...

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  19. Good luck everyone! I am going to pass on this giveaway this time. I am being generous ;o) Hugs Magaly ;o)

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  20. The first scary book I read, when I was about 12 years old, was the Exorcist.

    If I can't join your Grim post, I'll be sure to visit!

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. The Exorcist is pretty creepy. And gross...

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  21. I follow your writer's site.

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  22. My plans for Halloween include taking my daughter out for candy, doing a child friendly ritual that she can participate in, and then doing a separate one for myself.

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    1. How sweet. I hope you both have a blast. I know the candy gathering will be a winner, and the ritual will probably be like a fun game for her ;-)

      Of course, I hope your private celebration is fun, too!

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  23. The strangest book I've ever read is the Bible. Anyone who has read it objectively will agree that it is such a strange collection of writings. For a religion that teaches that sex is taboo, there's a fairly explicit love poem in there.

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    1. Some of the books of the Bible made me fall in love with dark fiction--so dark and so ruthless, and yes, quite a bit of sex.

      And I agree with you, there are a lot of strange bits to it.

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  24. I already follow the magical writer's site, even though I am so behind that I will still be catching up my reading next All Hallows Eve. ;-)

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    1. I know that feeling lol

      I feel that by the time I get around to everybody's blogs, I'm at least a week behind.

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  25. (Huge sigh) I over-extended myself in blog parties, swaps and articles for September - November almost 3 months ago when I had a massive case of Autumn fever. I am so sorry that I cannot be a part of your Darker Side of Faerie. My time is just gone, but I will be an eager attendant my Magaly!

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    1. It will be great to have you as a reader. You are a dark beautiful witchy faerie in my heart, so you don't even need a costume ;-)

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  26. The strangest book I've ever read was "Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh" by Thomas Carlyle. It doesn't have an actual publishing date anywhere in the book, but with a little research I found it was published in 1833-1834 in a magazine. I found it in an antique book store, right next to some old baby booties. It's ... bizarre. I bought it because the strangeness of the language piqued my humor. (Strangeness being relative, of course, and in this case relevant to the time the writing was done.)

    Here's an excerpt, so you can see what I mean:
    "'On the whole, as I have often said, a Person (Personlichkeit) is ever holy to us; a certain orthodox Anthropomorphism connects my Me with all Thees in bonds of Love: but it is in this approximation of the Like and Unlike, that such Heavenly attraction, as between Negative and Positive, first burns out into flame.'"

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    1. I LOVE the excerpt, particularly the bit about "Negative and Positive, first burns out into flame." And the fact that you found it next to some baby booties is simply fantastic.

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  27. A Confederacy of Dunces strange and brilliant at the same time I read it 30 years ago it made an impression on me.
    Theresa N
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    1. Toole has a way with words, doesn't he? Now I have to reread A Confederacy of Dunces ;-)

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  28. This year i am staying home with my son to give out candy to trick or treaters, as he is autistic and on a special diet he can't go trick or treating, nor does he want to but we do have him dress up since he has a dress up party at his school. He is being rick grimes, zombie hunter( in case you are a fan of the tv show Walking Dead like we are)!

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    1. I hope you share some pics of that handsome cop. I love his hat ;-)

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  29. And i would have to say, the book..."the cube", And i don't know if i would say it really is the "strangest" book, but i find it so interesting that this book is always so accurate, or rather the Way of defining your life that is descibed in the book that is always spot on. Every one who i have ever described the cube to or had them "do" the Cube has always been amazed at how much it fits their life. If you don't know what i am talking about the only way to understand would be to get the book and do what it says!

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    1. One of my favorite books is The Silence of the Lambs. Like in your case, I don't think it's strange I just really like the goriness of it ;-)

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  30. Hmm..strange book ey? Well, I suppose Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. :)

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  31. This year the hubby and I are staying home...no witches ball for us. sigh....
    ANyway, we are passing out candy to the new neighbors and celebrate our ancestors.

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  32. The strangest and most beautiful (and saddest) book I ever read was "Catching Shellfish between the Tides" by Rosalyn Chissick. It's not a fairytale, it's more like rough but poetic reality. I cried almost the whole way through. It's also the best book I have ever read.
    I never read JK Rowling though, but I would love a chance at The Thirteenth Tale and Hex!

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  33. And what I'm doing for Halloween?
    Well, in Sweden Halloween is still a new concept, and many are still "against" it. I obviously love Halloween, but there won't be any 'Trick or Treaters', no people in costume, and no special anything this coming Wednesday...
    But, for the last 5 years, I have hosted a family Halloween-dinner (this year on the 3rd) complete with pumpin carving, a candy hunt for the kids and everyone dressed up (even dad).
    I have an American boyfriend though, so this coming weekend will probably be a little Halloweenish too ;)

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  34. I am a participant in "All Hallows Grim 2012" I even have a giveaway.
    Susan

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  35. The strangest book I ever read would probably be "Gerald's Game' by Stephen King.
    Susan

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  36. Left a comment on DEE.
    thanks for this opportunity!
    Susan

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  37. My "All Hallow's Eve" plans are just to do a small Samhain ritual at my small Alter.

    Most of my Celebrating was with a few blog parties here in bloggy land. This one included and one coming up on the 27th.
    Susan

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  38. I just left a comment for the beautiful Dee. What an amazing woman. Hugs, sweetie.

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