Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore!

Our reading the holidays series wouldn't be complete without including some ghost, goblins and of course vampires for Halloween.

Looking for a ghostly tale or two? Glen Hirshberg's The Two Sams is filled with them.
In the title story of this unique collec
tion, a husband struggles with the grief and confusion of losing two children, and forms an odd bond with the infant spectrals that visit him in the night. "Dancing Men" depicts one of the creepiest rites of passage in recent memory, when a boy visits his deranged grandfather in the New Mexico desert. In "Mr. Dark's Carnival," a college professor confronts his own dark places in the form of a mysterious haunted house steeped in the folklore of grisly badlands justice. "Struwwelpeter" introduces us to a brilliant, treacherous adolescent whose violent tendencies and reckless mischief reach a sinister pinnacle as Halloween descends on a rundown, Pacific Northwest fishing village. Tormented by his guilty conscience, a young man plumbs the depths of atonement as he and his favorite cousin commune with the almighty Hawaiian surf in "Shipwreck Beach."

Looking for something new? I just devoured Rachel Caine's weather warden serries featuring the Djinn.
Ill Wind is the first in the new Weather Warden series...Meet
Joanne Baldwin, Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making
him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast... I hope you enjoy them as much as I did..

On Thursday at 7 pm YA author Melissa De La Cruz will be in to sign Blue Blood 3: Revelatio
ns, the third in her vampire series for young adults. Special effects makeup artist, Brooke Love will be available for consultations and applications if you want to vamp it up. So come early and play with us. If you are a fan of Stephenie Meyer then you should try this author.

Within New York City's most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy-and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires." his remarkable gift for capturing mood and atmosphere to suggest the possibility that the most troubling ghosts of all are not the ones that hover above us and walk through walls, but those that linger in our memories and haunt our souls.

We have signed books from spooky writers like Pete Atkins, Glen Hirshberg and Leslie Klinger or choose a mystery:

Isis Crawford's Catered Halloween is a fun
well-plotted fifth culinary cozy to feature Bernadette and Libby Simmons (after 2007's A Catered Valentine's Day), the sisters cater a fundraiser for the Longely, N.Y., volunteer firemen that includes a high-tech haunted house, formerly the Peabody School. In a room evoking the setting of Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum, the severed head that rolls down some stairs and lands at Libby's feet proves to be real. The victim, Amethyst Applegate, had been a student years earlier at the Peabody School, where another student at the time, Bessie Osgood, died under suspicious circumstances. Is Bessie's ghost still haunting the place? Aided by their father, Sean, the town's retired police chief, Bernie and Libby discover that Amethyst, a notorious home wrecker, had no lack of enemies. A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume.ecipes.

Shelley Freydont's Halloween Murder
Former dancer Lindy Haggerty has to give the performance of a lifetime as the director of a small-town Halloween carnival that's turning into a real dance of death.

Carolyn Hart's new serries Ghost at Work
First in a new series. Bailey Ruth Raeburn has always been great at solving mysteries. Why should a little thing like her death change anything? In fact, being dead gives her more of an opportunity to be on top of events. Bailey Ruth is delighted that her unique position as a ghost makes it possible for her to lend a helping hand, sometimes seen and sometimes not. And if anybody needs a little help, it's Kathleen, the pastor's wife. There's a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect.
Uncharitable people might call it meddling, but Bailey Ruth knows Kathleen needs her help! As a member of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, Bailey Ruth goes back to earth to extricate Kathleen from a dire situation. If Bailey Ruth has to bend a few rules to help Kathleen save her family, Wiggins, her fussbudget supervisor, will make sure it all turns out right in the end.

So curl up with a spooky read this evening and enjoy the evening!


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