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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    I finished reading Muse late last night. Wooeee, it was good. A transcription of cassette tapes, wherein an ex private investigator describes coming into possession of a mysterious ironwood chest once belonging to the sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft. Inside the chest is a... thing. The thing is alive, and it wants all of your memories -- any way it can get them. Excellent stuff. I'm just about to begin The Boy Who Saw True: The Time-Honoured Classic of the Paranormal by Cyril Scott.
  2. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "This is the last will and testament of Michael Hadley." Muse by James Renner.
  3. How many books have you read this year?

    29. Slow but steady progress. I should reach 35 by the end of the year.
  4. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    I've just finished The Pale Horse. It was... ok. The plot wasn't as twisty or as intriguing as I've come to expect from Christie, but it had its moments. I'm still looking forward to watching the TV adaptation! I'm guessing it will be shown some time around Christmas? Now on to Muse by James Renner. It's a horror novel (in a limited print run of 750 copies, all signed by the author), and I'm hoping to be frit out of me wits!
  5. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    Wahoo! One to add to my collection! (And read, of course.) It'll be given a loving home. Thank you!
  6. Seasonal Reading

    I just took a look at my ACD book (The Unknown Conan Doyle: Uncollected Stories). None of the stories match any that are included in Tales of Unease, but there are a couple of eerie-sounding ones, so I might dip in and try them.
  7. October's here, and the nights are drawing in. What's everyone reading this month? I'm just a little way into The Pale Horse and am enjoying it. Everything is suitably mysterious so far...
  8. One of my favourites!
  9. Seasonal Reading

    They all sound GOOD! I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not read anything of ACD's outside of his Sherlock Holmes stories -- even though I do own a large volume of his other collected works. Perhaps the Tales you mention are in that volume -- I'll have to check. Which book are you planning on reading first?
  10. I've just finished Blue Sky Adam. It was a sweet, if over-idealistic story. I'm now going to order the third book in the trilogy, Adam's Star, which will hopefully be as good. I'm a couple of days early for my planned October reading, but I don't care -- The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie, here I come!
  11. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    I'd like to put my name forward for the Sherlock Holmes book, please! Thanks, Hayley.
  12. Seasonal Reading

    Yes! I always try to read horror/mystery novels through October. I'm excited to read The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie and Muse by James Renner this year. If I get through them quickly and have some October left over, I might add The Boy Who Saw True: The Time-Honoured Classic of the Paranormal by Cyril Scott, which sounds fascinating. I can't wait to get started! I tend to read more mystery/crime in autumn through winter in any case.
  13. I finished Man About Town by Mark Merlis. There were three strands to the story, and I felt that all of them fizzled out somewhat at the end. I was expecting a bit more dramatic oomph, and I didn't get it! I've just started Blue Sky Adam by Anthony McDonald, which is about a young man who unexpectedly inherits a vineyard in southern France.
  14. Those who don't like horror...

    The Fantastic World of Kamtellar by R. Chetwynd-Hayes includes a quite brilliant vampire novella that I'd recommend. It's not too gory or horrific, rather chilling and atmospheric, and especially exciting towards the end. The other stories in the book aren't bad either!
  15. Ah, I wasn't aware of that version. (That's probably because I avoid anything Miss-Marple-related like the plague -- childhood trauma of having to watch endless Joan Hickson episodes with my mother. ) I hope you enjoy the book too, Madeleine!