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Since I didn't announce this year's challenge in advance, and since I don't see a reason to change the rules at this point anyway, I'm going to skip the sign-up stage and start the release thread here.

The idea of this challenge is to inspire the participants to read books of a scary nature (mundane fears, supernatural ones, and/or end-of-the-world ones are all included), on a variety of themes throughout the year, and to release these newly-read books in the appropriate months. Wild releases earn more points than controlled, but both are fine. There will be a prize to the person with the most points, and randomly-drawn prizes for others - and you may discover some new titles/authors while looking for suitably themed books! [For more detail on monthly themes, points, and rules, see last year's signup thread here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/448261 ]

Post your releases on this thread. Please post the title and a link to the book, along with the release-type criteria (that makes it easier for me to tally points); this means stating whether it was wild-vs-controlled, and whether or not the book is one of the previously-recommended titles. And you're welcome to add a line or two mentioning books you especially liked, or that have interesting release locations/themes/pics, or any especially inventive ways of connecting a particular book with the theme of the month {grin}.

Here are links to the challenge threads from previous years, in case you'd like to see who released what, and perhaps get some ideas about suitable books:

2011: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/449154
2010: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/419143/
2009: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/379622/
2008: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/329884/
2007: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/277490

Now let's get scary!


We start the new year by reading end-of-the-world books - anything about an impending global disaster or one that's already happened, or that simply has something about world-ending in the title. [These should be books you're reading now, or finished reading late in December; the rules for releasing books you read long ago or did not read at all are that you can release one such book for each newly-read (or newly-re-read) book, and that you only get one point for the not-newly-read books whether they're wild releases or not.]

Double-points titles that fit this month's theme (and may fit other months as well) can be found in this post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ).

[Since we did not have a signup period, I'll accept bonus-point recommendations for this year until January 14: anyone who participated last year or who releases a book for this year's challenge by Jan. 14 may suggest a double-points title fitting any of this year's themes. (While only one new double-points title can be proposed per person, you can also list other books you'd recommend that fit each new month's theme; it's a good way to help others find suitable books.)]


..what I have that will fit this month. :)


So I should have at least one book to release this month. :)


Oh well, if I get anything else suitable I will enter.


Canadateagirl 7 yrs ago
I do love this months theme!


sharkfan17 7 yrs ago
I really wanted to participate in this challenge in 2011, and I did for a while...then I lost my job and had to move - and all my books ended up in storage. I plan on being involved in the 2012 challenge now that I have my books out of storage! I can't wait to get started...Yay!


Newly read and wild released! This was a Wishlist RABCK from GoryDetails last year:

1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8120116 The Pesthouse by Jim Crace


Read this month and sent out in a controlled release:

1. The Dead and the Gone

This was also a wishlist RABCK from GoryDetails, who is very good to us challengees. :)




I have been reading a book I bought and expected to enjoy but am finding it very annoying. So it will get bookcrossed as soon as I am done. Unless I throw it out the window first:) Don't you hate it when highly hyped books are horrible.


Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days - Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10401915 - wild release

The first in a series of 12 books about the end of the world. Personally I wished the end had come about half way through this book. It was frustratin as I wanted to like this book, but it just irritated me intensely. I only finished it as a course in "what not to do" in writing Christian speculative fiction. It was scary how badly written it was!

Anyway, with 70 million copies sold (according to the cover) there must be lots of people who have enjoyed it. I will wild release it after work and hope it finds someone who will like it. The cover is an aeroplane, and one of the main characters is a pilot, so I am releasing it outside the travel agency, which is also next to a bookshop, so hopefully a book lover will find it.


#1. Island at the End of the World ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10179989/ ), wild release. This one's not your typical apocalyptic novel, but I can't really say more without giving too much away...


After digging around in the previous threads, I think I have a complete list of the titles that have been recommended as bonus-point books - that means that you get double the usual number of points for releasing one of these. I'll list them by month, so it'll be easier to see which books count for which theme - but some titles may work for other months as well; I haven't read them all, and don't know if there's a vacation scene, say, in the middle of a zombie story! [If you *have* read any of these and think that they should be included in another month's theme - or should NOT be included somewhere that I've listed them - please let me know.]

New recommendations for this year include Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist; Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (high time we had a classic on the list!), and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.

[Note that these are just the bonus-point books; previous years' challenge threads include many, many other recommendations, either via books released for the challenge or just discussed in the threads. So if you're looking for ideas and don't find enough in the lists below, see the parent post in this thread for links to the previous challenge threads and go book-shopping!]


Cell, by Stephen King
Down to a Sunless Sea, by David Graham
Earth, by David Brin
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
Infected, by Scott Sigler
Monster Island, by David Wellington
Stranger, by Simon Clark
Swan Song, by Robert R. McCammon
Telempath, by Spider Robinson
The Conqueror Worms, by Brian Keene
The Mist, by Stephen King
The Stand, by Stephen King
The Taking, by Dean Koontz


Cell, by Stephen King
Monster Island, by David Wellington
The Taking, by Dean Koontz
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Risen, by J. Knight


Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Animals, by John Skipp, Craig Spector
Beastnights, by Chelsea Quin Yarbro
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
The Howling, by Gary Brandner
The Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Troll, aka Not Before Sundown, by Johanna Sinisalo
Wolf Song, by Robert R. McCammon


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Earth, by David Brin
The Conqueror Worms, by Brian Keene
Cujo, by Stephen King
Slugs, by Shaun Hutson
Quake, by Richard Laymon
The Rats, by James Herbert


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Black Moon, by S. J. Gaither, Michael Canada
Blood Moon, by S. J. Gaither, Michael Canada
Greywalker, by Kat Richardson
Plain Kate, by Erin Bow
Wither (any in series), by John Passarella


Earth, by David Brin
Burnt Bones, by Michael Slade
Firestarter, by Stephen King
Into the Fire, by Richard Laymon


Earth, by David Brin
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Dead in the Water, by Nancy Holder
Island, by Richard Laymon
Neverland , by Douglas Clegg
Slither, by Edward Lee
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury


Earth, by David Brin
Burnt Bones, by Michael Slade
Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Beastnights, by Chelsea Quin Yarbro
Infected, by Scott Sigler
Telempath, by Spider Robinson
A Demon in My View, by Ruth Rendell
Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman
Chaingang series, by Rex Miller
Exquisite Corpse, by Poppy Z. Brite
Hannibal, by Thomas Harris
Hannibal Rising , by Thomas Harris
Hotel Transylvania, by Chelsea Quin Yarbro
In The Dark, by Richard Laymon
Kindred Spirit, by John Passarella
Let The Right One In (aka Let Me In), by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Off Season, by Jack Ketchum
Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
The Beast House trilogy, by Richard Laymon


Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Telempath, by Spider Robinson
Kindred Spirit, by John Passarella
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Dead in the Water, by Nancy Holder
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Greywalker, by Kat Richardson
Wither (any in series), by John Passarella
The Taking, by Dean Koontz
The Stand, by Stephen King
Naomi's Room, by Jonathan Aycliffe
Working for the Devil, by Lilith Saintcrow

October: Any title listed here counts for double points during anything-goes October.


Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Greywalker, by Kat Richardson
Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman
Hotel Transylvania, by Chelsea Quin Yarbro
Let The Right One In (aka Let Me In), by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
13 Bullets, by David Wellington
Live Girls, by Ray Garton
London Under Midnight, by Simon Clark
Lost Souls , by Poppy Z. Brite
Necroscope series, by Brian Lumley
The Light At The End, by John Skipp, Craig Spector


Monster Book of Monsters, by Michael O'Shaughnessy
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
Wither (any in series), by John Passarella
The Taking, by Dean Koontz
Earth, by David Brin
The Beast House trilogy, by Richard Laymon
Neverland , by Douglas Clegg
Slither, by Edward Lee
The Conqueror Worms, by Brian Keene
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Swan Song, by Robert R. McCammon
The Mist, by Stephen King
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Twilight Eyes, by Dean Koontz


Newly read and wild released:

2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8225061 Total Oblivion, More or Less by Alan Deniro


Read and wild released:

2. The Postman by David Brin

Wild released but NOT read (or not recently):

3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

4. Star Bright by Martin Caidin


#2. Aftermath ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9711118/ ), wild release with picture.


We're heading into February, so get those zombie books ready! [And it's leap year, so there's an extra day of the undead {grin}.] You can find the list of books worth double points in this post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ), and if you're seeking other zombie-book recommendations, you can browse the previous challenge threads (see the parent post for links). For some of my own recommended zombie titles, see here:


More recent zombie books I've enjoyed:

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7769455/ ) - superheroes turned zombie.

De Bello Lemures ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8017949/ ) - zombies in Rome!

Live Free or Undead ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9718024/ ) - zombie stories set in New Hampshire, by NH authors.

[It might actually be harder finding scary books that DON'T include zombies these days!]


[And it's leap year, so there's an extra day of the undead {grin}.]

This literally made me laugh out loud!

I love zombie month :)


I am so glad to see Cell on the list for February. I had it down to read in January but ran out of tim


#1. Zombie Survival Guide ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9718007/ ) - wild release, with pic.


#1. Zombie Survival Guide ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9718007/ ) - wild release, with pic.

Got a catch on this one!


1. Zombie Lover
Wild release, unread

2. Gil's All Fright Diner
Wild release, read


Wild release, read:

3. World War Z

Wild release, NOT read:

4. State of Decay


Controlled release, read.

5. Rot & Ruin

Wild release, not recently re-read

6. Deadline

That's it, I'm fresh out of zombies...for now.


After discussion with GoryDetails, I'm not counting this one...

The Celery Stalks at Midnight

Chester the cat is afraid that Bunnicula the vampire rabbit is draining his victims and turning them into..zombie vegetables?!

Gory, I notice you didn't count the copy you released...so if you want to disallow this one it's ok with me; the characters in the story refer to zombie veggies but I wouldn't call them that. (But I did like the tell-tale artichoke heart.)


I like to allow for inspired interpretations of theme for this challenge {wry grin}, but in this case I think it's not quite enough; sure, there are references to zombie vegetables, but even if the veggies were up to something they'd be vampire veggies, right? It'd be like allowing a book in which someone who hadn't had enough sleep was referred to as a zombie. [Not that the sleep-deprived can't be plenty scary, of course!]

But if you have another Bunnicula book come vampire month, go for it!


I agree with you - I actually read the story, and I wouldn't call them zombies either..but I wasn't sure, since the characters do call them that. That's ok, I'll still count it for Food + Wine. :)


This was a new release spot for me (I don't get to Kailua that often), and I got a journal entry and a new member from it, so I'm very pleased. Plus the new member has released the book again! :D

(Oh, and I loved the journal entry itself too.)



See them here:


Anyone who hasn't joined this year's challenge yet is certainly welcome to jump in, though as January's already past they won't be able to get a release for each month. But there's plenty of time to rack up some points!


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10430996 Breathers: A Zombie's Lament


#2. Zombiepowder ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10472289/ ), wild release, themed, with picture.


#3. A Zombie Ate My Cupcake ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10161483/ ), wild release, themed, with pic, multiple challenges. [This one isn't really a horror novel, but it does contain some truly gruesome images; I can't wait to try some next Halloween!]

#4. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10435076/ ), controlled release.

And, in the not-newly-read category, the excellent zombie anthology Zombies: The Recent Dead ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10218357/ ), controlled release. I first enjoyed that one via audiobook, so if you're looking for something creepy to listen to, give it a try!


March is almost upon us! This month's theme includes woodland creatures and old legends (including, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns); creatures like goblins, werewolves, wendigo, etc.

And if you'd like to hunt up some of the bonus-point books recommended in previous challenges, you can see them in this post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ).


#1. Curse of the Wendigo ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10393105/ ), controlled release.

#2. Pet Shop of Horrors Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10416163/ ), re-read, controlled release, multiple challenges. (Stories deal with legendary creatures such as basilisks.)

#3. Durarara! Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10435074/ ), controlled release. Features a dullahan, a headless spirit from Irish myth.

Not-newly-read release: Classics Mutilated ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10416173/ ), controlled release.


I released this book at the beginning of February, but forgot to make notes and post here. I hope it's not too late :(

The Taking (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10417903/)


This was a fun zombie book!

Nekropolis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10493151/


#4. Fairies and Elves ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10510884/ ), re-read, wild release, multiple challenges. [Not all of the stories in the book are scary, but a great many are; those faerie folk are not something to mess with!]


winghyphen8wing 7 yrs ago
C&S March #1
1. In the Company of Ogres
Controlled release, read

It may be called Ogre Company, but Never Dead Ned's new command also has lots of orcs, goblins (they're the roc pilots), and other interesting non-humans.


winghyphen8wing 7 yrs ago
C&S March #2
Wild release, not recently read.

2. The Japanese Fairy Book

No actual fairies from what I remember, but goblins and ogres at least. Like the original Grimm's fairy tales, these are not all sweetness and light.


#5. Dragon's Eye ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10379658/ ), an anthology containing dragon-themed stories, many of which feature classic legendary dragons. Controlled release.


#6. Icefire ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8145047/ ), wild release with picture, multiple challenges. This one includes dragons and polar bears - not a combination I'd expect normally, but the story manages to make it make sense {wry grin}. It might have been even better suited for the April theme, as there's a Gaia's-revenge element as well...


Recently read and released:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10484505 The Woman in Black


The theme for April is "Gaia's revenge", featuring animals and/or nature fighting back. This post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ) has the recommended/double-points titles for each month, in case you want some ideas!


The Water Wolf - Apparently an old Irish Legend!


1. Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
wild release: read

Paulsen runs the Iditarod..but before then his encounters with animals cause him to reconsider both hunting & trapping.

2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
wild release: not recently re-read

Not just the Lion: all sorts of animals in this one, many of them fighting animals.


Wild releases, read.

3. Night of the Howling Dogs
There are dogs in the title and in the story, but this is really about an earthquake & tsunami that took place on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1975 - told from the perspective of some Boy Scouts who were camping there at the time. Released in an old volcanic crater where the Boy Scouts meet. The last time we had a significant earthquake, all the dogs in the crater howled...

4. Volcano Watching
Factual look at volcanoes, especially Hawaiian ones. Includes a page on the Kalapana eruption that caused the Halape tsunami (and a photo of the inundated coconut grove) so I thought it was a good book to release with the howling dogs.


winghyphen8wing 7 yrs ago
C&S April #5
Controlled release, read:

5. Eyes of the Emperor
This book is about a little known (and ultimately unsuccessful) program to train attack dogs during WWII.


#1. Ill Wind ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11045348/ ), a very entertaining novel about an ecological disaster triggered by oil-eating microbes. [There's a horse-drawn wagon train transporting satellites; gotta love it!] Wild release.

#2. The Bridge ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11045355/ ), an over-the-top gruesome story of toxic waste becoming sentient, or something along those lines {grin}. Wild release.

#3. The Wounded Planet ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10322973/ ), an anthology of stories dealing with ecological disaster in one form or another. Wild release.


#2. The Bridge ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11045355/ ), an over-the-top gruesome story of toxic waste becoming sentient, or something along those lines {grin}. Wild release.

Eeeew. Hope it didn't stink. :p


The theme for May includes witches - and I'd include wizards and sorcerers and enchantresses too, any magic-wielding people. And happy Beltane to all!


#1. The Walking ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9756917 ), wild release.


#2. Native Star ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9863874/ ), wild release, picture.


#3. The Serpent's Shadow ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10088976/ ) by Mercedes Lackey, with an Anglo-Indian woman doctor/magic-user in Victorian London, and a variation on the "Snow White" theme - very entertaining! Wild release, themed, with picture.

#4. Dark Ladies ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10454767/ ) by Fritz Leiber, including Conjure Wife and Our Lady of Darkness; both books deal with magic, with the first one being more overtly about witches. Wild release, multiple challenges.

And one not-recently read:

The Anything Box ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11112873 ) by Zenna Henderson, marvelous stories of which several have to do with spell-casting.


And one not-recently read:

The Anything Box ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11112873 ) by Zenna Henderson, marvelous stories of which several have to do with spell-casting.

So then that's 5, right? :)

Sounds like a good book, and I love that you have a Little Free Library to go to...


#3. Native Star ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9863874/ ), a weird-Western kind of story; wild release, with pic.


Sounds like a fun read that would work for several different months, but did you have two copies, or did you count the same one twice? (Journal links for releases 2 & 3 are the same.)

Weird Westerns sound like fun...I haven't found many but I've read one or two: Joe Lansdale's The Magic Wagon comes to mind.


At first I thought it might have been a copy-and-paste error, but I don't think I released another qualifying book at the same time as that one. Ah, well, "senior moment"!



The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Don't mess with Mother Nature..When she bites, it can kill ya!


Wild releases:

1. (read) The Witches by Roald Dahl

2. (not recently re-read) A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin


Wild releases:

3. (not recently re-read) The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

4. (read) Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones


Wild releases:

5. (read) The Heretic's Daughter

6. (not recently re-read) Prince Caspian


Wild releases:

7. (read) The Witch of Blackbird Pond

8. (not recently re-read) Witch Hill


Wild releases:

9. (read) The White Horse of Zennor
One of the stories features "Mad Miss Marney", who turns out to be a good witch with healing powers.

10. (not recently re-read) Witch Child


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice



I have one!


The Spirit Wrestler is a Canadian book about the life story of an Inuit Shaman (He was found dying, and his village was scared to allow him to die in their village, so they took him to the next village where a white man was staying, he tells his story there). Hopefully Shaman counts!


That sounds interesting! I'd certainly include a shaman for this theme.


The theme for June is "fire", which should cover a multitude of books, from forest-fire plots to those involving supernovas, dragons, or pyromaniacs. [I'm surprised there are so few fire-themed books on the "recommended" list, as it's such an easy theme to find!]


I have two fire books that I read in May; would they count?


I have two fire books that I read in May; would they count?

That's close enough for me.


Read and sent out as controlled releases:

1. The Glass Inferno

2. The Tower

Read and wild released:

3. Fireproof


Controlled release, read

4. Triangle: The Fire That Changed America (non-fiction)
- I want to read the fictional one Gory released! :)

Wild releases, not recently re-read

5. Shadowfires

6. Firestarter


sharkfan17 7 yrs ago


#1. Firebreather ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11220233 ), wild release, with picture, multiple challenges.


The theme for July includes water and/or vacations; see the bonus-point titles in this post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ). Enjoy! (And for extra fun, release them near the water and/or while on vacation!)


winggoldenwattlewing 7 yrs ago
Smoke and Mirrors: A Brad Chen Novel, by Kel Robertson.

Fire has smoke - Is this close enough?


wingGoryDetailswing 7 yrs ago
RE: June
Smoke and Mirrors: A Brad Chen Novel, by Kel Robertson.

Fire has smoke - Is this close enough?

I'd say so; title-words do count, and any fire-related words like smoke/burn/char/etc. are fine with me.


#2. Triangle: A Novel ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10416123/ ), about the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire; wild release, themed (left it in front of a historic firehouse), release-pic.

Also some not-newly-read titles:

Disaster in Lawrence ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7058266/ ), an account of the catastrophic collapse and fire of the Pemberton Mill in 1860. I'd hoped to release it near the site of the disaster, but decided to choose a somewhat closer mill town instead...

Dragonology ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11109265/ ), a charming activity-book/faux-dragon-natural-history book; wild release, with picture.


#1. Watermind ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11236304/ ), as the title, setting, and creature all involve water. Wild release, kinda-sorta themed (left it in a seaside resort), release pic.

And a not-newly-read release:

Fluke ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11262859/ ), which involves being underwater quite a bit {wry grin}. Wild release (to Little Free Library), with picture.


#2. Night Probe! ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11236288/ ), wild release. Much of the action involves diving on shipwrecks or trying to evade bad guys in submersibles, so it meets the "water" theme.

And a not-recently-read book that led me to this one, re the shipwreck:

Dark Descent ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7453874/ ), wild release.


winghyphen8wing 7 yrs ago
C&S July #1
Wild release, read.

1. Beast by Peter Benchley
Look out for the giant squid!


winghyphen8wing 6 yrs ago
C&S July #2
Controlled release, read

2. The Terrible Wave

Fictional look at the Johnstown flood.


Controlled release, read.

3. Escape on the Pearl

The Pearl was a sailing ship on which 70+ slaves attempted to escape from Washington, D.C. in 1848. The book covers quite a bit of the history of slavery in DC and the stories of many of the people on the Pearl, so it's about a lot more than just the boat and the abortive journey...but I thought I'd list it here and see if Gory thinks it qualifies.


Sure, I'd say it counts!



Riptide...Takes place on an island, in the summer - what more can I say?


August is almost upon us, and its theme includes psychopaths and cannibals, and ('cause it's simpler) any old serial killers, whether they're technically psychos or cannibals or not. Lots and lots of books would qualify here; the bonus-points post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464877 ) has quite a lot of them, and of course there are many more. Enjoy the chills of wondering who's sneaking up behind you...


Controlled release (read):

1. A Death in Belmont
A look at the case of the Boston Strangler


#1. Eaters of the Dead ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11338006/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, release photo.

#2. Deviant ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11181759/ ), wild release.


#3. The Preacher ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11187522 ), serial killer; wild release, with pic.

#4. The Serial Killer Whisperer ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11165622 ), non-fiction, wild release.

Also a not-newly-read book, Dust and Shadow ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11034180 ), wild release.


And anything that one might be able to argue into the category, including angels, poltergeists, etc. Have fun!


Hm..I'll have to try to do more than one this month.. :)


winghyphen8wing 6 yrs ago
I forget: do titles count if the *subject* doesn't fit the theme?

For instance, I have copy of John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades...but there aren't really any ghosts in it...quite.


Yep, titles count!


The Fan (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/11372919/)

A baseball player being stalked by a psychotic fan.


#1. Visitants ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8550484 ), an anthology about angels (fallen and otherwise); some demons and ghosts appear here and there as well. Wild release with photo, multiple challenges.


Read and wild released:

1. Christina's Ghost - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11428923
A scary old house on the lake with a mysterious past: of course there's a ghost!

2. The Phantom Tollbooth - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11330743
Milo encounters a number of demons, including "the Terrible Trivium, demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wasted effort, and monster of habit."

Controlled release, not read:

3. What Dreams May Come - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10535620
Not sure if this one will count but it's about the afterlife, and I believe it's mostly told from the point of view of a dead man, so he might be considered a ghost..communicating via a psychic.


wild release, read

The Ghost of Fossil Glen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11404088


Forgot about this one!

Controlled release, not recently re-read.


#2. The Canterville Ghost: Graphic Novel ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11122273/ ), wild release, multiple challenges.

#3. War in Hell ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10459215/ ), which deals with demons and damned souls; wild release, with picture.


Since this is any-theme-goes month, you can release all those books you'd hoped to finish in time for any of the previous months. [I imagine that many books that qualify for this challenge would also fit solittletime's Spooktacular challenge, so feel free to double up!]


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