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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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We've had some discussions about winter reading in the past but I don't think we've ever had a thread about the other seasons!

 

So, do you have any books that you like to read in autumn? Maybe spooky themes for Halloween?

 

I think I might finally get round to reading The Woman in Black in October, as well as The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, as I think they're really the only books I own that could be considered horror. 

I'm really tempted to look for some kind of gothic short story collection too. I definitely don't need more books but it's still tempting... 

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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. 

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4 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

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. 

Wow, I just looked up those books and they all sound brilliant! I feel like crime is a good genre for autumn too, there's something about the darker and more rainy days that makes a good atmosphere for them I think!

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18 hours ago, Madeleine said:

I've got The Pale Horse lined up, also the Corset by Laura Purcell.

I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out with The Pale Horse now! The Corset is really good. 

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Last year I read Dracula in October and it's ended up as one of my favourite books. As a result I think I will read Frankenstein this October to keep the Halloween theme going.

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39 minutes ago, Brian. said:

Last year I read Dracula in October and it's ended up as one of my favourite books. As a result I think I will read Frankenstein this October to keep the Halloween theme going.

I love both of those. Have you read Frankenstein before?

 

I went to one of my favourite second-hand bookshops today (Astley Book Farm) and went a bit mad with the spooky seasonal books. I did have in mind that I might get one short story collection, but I actually bought 4...

So I'm now the proud owner of Tales of Unease by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Haunted Hotel and Other Stories by Wilkie Collins, Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories and Who Killed Zebedee? by Wilkie Collins (which also has a ghost story in it). Clearly I'm expecting to read a lot in October :lol:.

 

 

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Just now, Hayley said:

I love both of those. Have you read Frankenstein before?

 

No I haven't read it before, its one of the many many books I should have read but haven't got round to it. It was the same last year with Dracula, I'd owned a copy for years and never picked it up. I'm always on the look out for books to buy when my next favourite could well be on my bookcase already.  It's a sickness shared by many on here I suspect. :giggle2:

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2 hours ago, Brian. said:

 

No I haven't read it before, its one of the many many books I should have read but haven't got round to it. It was the same last year with Dracula, I'd owned a copy for years and never picked it up. I'm always on the look out for books to buy when my next favourite could well be on my bookcase already.  It's a sickness shared by many on here I suspect. :giggle2:

I just read that and then glanced up at the three shelves of books I haven't read yet. You may have a point :lol:

I think you will like Frankenstein though so fingers crossed it will be a new favourite! 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Hayley said:

So I'm now the proud owner of Tales of Unease by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Haunted Hotel and Other Stories by Wilkie Collins, Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories and Who Killed Zebedee? by Wilkie Collins (which also has a ghost story in it). Clearly I'm expecting to read a lot in October :lol:.

 

 

 

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?

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16 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

 

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?

I have read the Professor Challenger books (The Lost World is definitely the best one) but I didn't even know these other stories existed! I haven't decided what to read first yet but I am really intrigued by Tales of Unease so I might start with that. I suppose technically I could mix the short stories up and read a couple of the books at once, but I think I might end up getting confused :lol:.

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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.

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3 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

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.

Oooh that's great! Let me know if you come across a good one!

 

I also got Help the Witch by Tom Cox last week, which I think would be a good October book.

 

I think I just need to make a stack of spooky books and then get into bed and not leave the house for a month so I can read them all... 

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