Music Monday: Monsters

Tis the season for monsters to lurk.

Heathens by twenty-one pilots
Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys
Scary Monsters by David Bowie
Mommy’s Little Monsters by Creature Feature
Monster by Lady Gaga
Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace
Monster by Skillet
Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson
The Thing that Should Not Be by Metallica
Savages by Jonathan Young
Children of the Corn by Sopor Aeternus


Wondering about Hillary

I just started Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened (like only 30 pages in just-started). She talks about how important her life with Bill is and his support as a partner. I have found my mind drifting to some of the more personal elements of her life.

I wonder how long Hillary knew Bill wasn’t capable of sexual fidelity. Was it early in their marriage, after he was governor, before or after Chelsea was born? People criticized her for staying every time but it’s not that simple.

I’m about to be married and my life has been a very special hell. The only good and solid thing I have is my future husband. When you make a life with someone, intertwine finances and families and goals, walking away isn’t easy. Their personal lives and professional lives are more deeply connected than many of us will ever understand.

I believe he told Hillary the women meant nothing to him because it was probably true. They were a fun aside but not the partner he needed in his life and political career. I think Bill has a deep respect for his wife and Hillary probably helped him become the president he was. She is a formidable woman.

I suspect they have some sort of agreement. He doesn’t have a full-blown affair or get emotionally involved and she’ll tolerate it. Don’t make a fool out of her (again) and there will be no problems. Maybe the marriage is totally open or maybe Bill’s wandering is limited to his eyes now that he’s older. We have no idea and I don’t see either of them talking any time soon.

It’s curious to think about but I’m also glad Hillary will be remembered as more than just a first lady. She was the first woman nominated by a major political party. She was Secretary of State and did remarkable things as a First Lady. She is so much more than her marriage and I’m glad the world knows that is only one piece of her.

I completely understand her desire to step down from politics. I hope she is able to do good in the world in the near future. The world needs it.

Nerdy 30 Activity 19

Did you know Levar Burton has a podcast called Levar Burton Reads? I do and it’s how I completed Activity 19 Be Read To. I’m subscribed to so many podcasts that I cherry picked with Levar Burton reads and listened to the Neil Gaiman short story “Chivalry”. It was a really nice way to start my day.

I was puttering about the kitchen, getting ready to go to work, and hearing a story I already knew and enjoyed. It was certainly a refreshing change from hearing Crooked Media talk about what’s wrong in the world (basically everything).

If you don’t want to commit to a full audio book, give this podcast a try. It’s short, sweet, and I think Burton did a good job.

Halloween Reads

Looking for a creepy book to put you in the holiday spirit? Here are some of my personal favorites.

October Dreams edited by Ricahrd Chizmar and Halloween by Paula Guran
Chizmar’s anthology is a mix of personal essays and short stories while Guran’s is all fiction. Guran’s anthology had a classic from Ray Bradbury and a modern sequel. I haven’t finished Chizmar’s yet but I enjoyed what I read last year.

The Gates by John Connolly
A boy and his dog must stop the gates of Hell from opening on Halloween. Full of heart, wit, and horror, this is one of my all-time favorites.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A middle grade book about a boy raised by ghosts with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommend.

The Halloween Tree and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Beloved Halloween classics

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
A classic ghost story from a fantastic American writer.

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Three young women survive brutal slaughters. When one of them turns up dead, the two remaining women come together and things get complicated. I’m in the middle of this right now and I can’t put it down.

Carnivale of Horror edited by Marie O’Regan
An anthology about creepy carnivals. What’s not to love? I’ve made a small dent in it and I’ve enjoyed what I read.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Prefer nonfiction? Read about death. I love Doughty’s YouTube channel and have heard great things about both books.

Spook or Stiff by Mary Roach
What happens to dead bodies? Is there life beyond this? Find out what science has to say. I haven’t read these but I have yet to hear a bad thing about a Mary Roach book.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 and Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Sabrina is done in a retro setting with magic and demons and Archie is modern with zombies. Both are creepy and excellent but I’ve been waiting years for the sequels to come out.

Anything by Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Edgar Allan Poe should also do the trick. Happy haunting.

Asylum Book Tag

We’re all mad here, espiecally this time of year. HardbackHoarder turned me on to this tag

1. A book couple that drove you nuts?

Bella and Edward from Twilight. I wanted to shake her for never standing up for herself.

2. You’re going off the rails fast: name a book series that will pull you out of the dark place?

The Checquy Files. I adored the first book and loved the second book.

3. Name a book that messed with your head and left you shaking?

Inferno by Dan Brown but I have a good reason! Spoiler: The plague that is unleashed causes infertility. Our planet is grossly overpopulated and so many of the people on it are terrible. Terrorists, megalomaniacs, rapists and murderers, etc. Would stopping bad people from producing be the worst thing? But then you get into the argument of eugenics and it just lead me down this mental rabbit hole. It’s fascinating and scary to think about, especially now that the world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.

4. You are going into solitary confinement for one year and you can only bring one book series. What would it be?

Discworld by Terry Pratchett. Never read it, heard wonderful things, would have the down time to really dig in.

5. BREAK OUT! Name one character that would help you escape the asylum?

The Cheshire Cat. He strikes me as an agent of chaos who would help me just to see the ensuing drama.

6.You are stuck in an asylum: name one character you would chose as a cellmate?

Mehen from Brimstone Angels. He’s a former soldier so he could teach me how to fight and handle myself.

7. Name a character that you would be terrified to be locked up with?

It from Stephen King’s It. It morphs into your worst fears

Music Monday: Terrible People and Things

Bad people, bad places, and bad activities are all fair play this time of year.

Jack the Ripper by Northern Cross
Ed Gein by Zombiesuckers
Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads
Murder by Within Temptation
When You’re Evil by Voltaire
Bates Motel by Sedated Tears
Cannibal by Kesha
Mz. Hyde by Halestorm
They’re Coming to Take Me Away by Napoleon XIV
Such Horrible Things by Creature Feature

September Wrap-Up and October TBR

I scored a win with my September read-a-thon which did not go as planned.

September Wrap-Up

Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish
A biographer of our current Cheeto in chief. A largely unbiased and factual portrayal of our Cheeto in Chief. 4/5

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Delightfully vintage horror puts a fun spin on old characters. I loved it! Now can I get the damn sequel already? It’s been years. 4/5

The Little World of Liz Climo
I follow Climo on Instagram and adore her cartoons. Some are incredibly sweet and family friendly but a few had a darker spin. 5/5


October TBR

Final Girls by Riley Sager
It’s the plot to slasher movie in book form. I’ve heard mixed things but I’m willing to risk it.

Pork Pie Hat by Peter Straub
A Halloween novella I got in a Nocturnal Reader’s Box, this should be perfect for this time of year.

A Carnivale of Horror edited by Marie O’Regan
A beautiful naked hardback, it has one of my favorite horror tropes. I may not finish but I plan on making a big dent.

*Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
A YA book about a Scooby gang in a creepy situation. I’m on the library’s waitlist so we’ll see when it comes in.

*What Happened by Hillary Clinton
I’m on the library’s mile long waitlist so we’ll see when it comes it but I’ve heard nothing but good things.

*It Devours by Joseph Fink
The latest Welcome to Night Vale novel, it’s on order at my library and I’m on the waitlist. We’ll see when it comes in.

Once again, will I get to all of these books? No way but I figure it’s good to have something to keep busy. If I do manage to do this much reading, I imagine it will look a little like this.