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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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Sad to hear that Anita Shreve passed away just before Easter, and also Steven Bochco, who wrote two of my all time favourite US cop shows - Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue - also passed away the other day.

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"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away today at the age of 76. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) singers of all time.

May she RIP.

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I loved everything about Aretha and her music and she will be very sadly missed. There really was never a voice quite like it. 

 

Everyone has their own personal favourite song of hers, but mine will always be Angel. It just gives me goose bumps.   

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Albert Finney last week, and also author Rosamund Pilcher, who was the grand age of 94 and of course is best know for the Shell Seekers.

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I didn't know about Rosamund Pilcher. May she and also Albert Finney rest in peace :(.

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Just read that Andrea Levy passed away today. She wrote Small Island and The Long Song among others. Really saddened to hear this because I enjoyed her books so much. :(

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Sad to report several recent demises:

 

Mark Hollis (singer with 80s bank Talk Talk), last week

Keith Flint (singer with the Prodigy) - yesterday

Luke Perry - Beverly Hills 90210, he was only 52, very tragic, as are the others.

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It's so sad several celebreties passed away recently :(. May they rest in peace :(.

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Vonda N. McIntyre

 

Cut my reading teeth on her Star Trek novelisations, and also read a rather lack-lustre Star Wars book she wrote, but I have never read any of her original writings. 

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Sad that Peter Mayhew, who was Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films (and part of The Force Awakens), passed away on Friday, the day before Star Wars Day.

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I heard about that too, it's sad :(. May he rest in peace.

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