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Heart-Shaped Box
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghostsof an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waitingwith a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
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Rachiiebookdragon
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
Mehso-so

A weird one, but just interesting enough to keep me reading it.

3.5/5

Library book 📖

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Chiperskee
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Pickpick

I‘ve liked every Joe Hill book I‘ve read

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Leftcoastzen
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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#LuckyInLove #Hearts This has been on the TBR for a long time! 📚📚📚😁

DHill I loved this one! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🖤❤️ 2mo
Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2mo
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TieDyeDude
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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#wondrouswednesday @eggs

1. Just to my wife. I had done for coworkers before, but wasn't feeling motivated this year
2. Not particularly, but if they exist, it's probably more like the song “From Above“ by Ben Folds :)
3. I don't like the commercial focus of the day, so something small. Tonight, I'll cook dinner and we are going to a stargazing event.

Thanks for the tag, @crazeedi

Eggs Ahhh stargazing 🔭 ♥️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds awesome 🤩 2mo
Crazeedi You're welcome, and stargazing is always perfect 2mo
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SomedayAlmost
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Pickpick

Had to read fast to finish this spooky page-turner of a team read! A fading rock star & his Goth girlfriend become stronger as they fight a vengeful ghost. As a writer, I may reread the first 50 pages, to appreciate the seamless introduction of the ghostly, hypnotizing stepfather. Vivid description & clever metaphors await the reader on the night road. #Scarathlon #teamread #31in31 #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #finalstretchathon #OutstandingOctober

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SomedayAlmost
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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TieDyeDude
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Pickpick

An excellent debut novel from Joe Hill. 30 pages in it kicks into high gear, then takes its time fleshing out characters and details while rarely letting off the petal. So well structured! You think you know where it is going, but there are constant twists, usually picking up breadcrumbs dropped chapters ago. Highly recommended! #scarathlon #buddyread #teamwhoyagonnacall

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Melismatic
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Pickpick

Sufficiently creepy and pretty dark & bleak. I loved that the central character was a (implied) famous musician — all of the references gave the story grounding. Joe Hill did his father proud with this, I‘d say.

Both buddy reads complete - month isn‘t over yet tho! Still gonna try to squeeze in a bit more.

#Scarathon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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reading.rainb0w
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Going on a Joe Hill deep dive. So far, I've only begun the Locke & Key series, but I'm looking forward to starting, Heart-Shaped Box this weekend.

#horror #thriller #joehill

ElizaMarie Ooo curious about the ghost one. The other two are amazing! You are gonna enjoy this!!!! 6mo
reading.rainb0w @ElizaMarie the ghost one is a series of short stories I hope to read in between heart shaped box. And I am definitely enjoying Locke & Key so far! 😁 6mo
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TieDyeDude
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill

Just finished chapter 7, about 30 pages in. Things get rolling real quick in this book! #scarathlon #buddyread #teamwhoyagonnacall

FlynnDewey Niiiice! Well done! 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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#scarathlon #buddyread complete on 🎧 for #littenlistens

I read this years ago and was surprised how much I had forgotten, when in my head before starting it this week I thought I had a good grasp on it.

His sister being a minister writing Amish romance is still the most shocking thing I read this week, even including this book 😂

reading.rainb0w Omg Stephen King's daughter writes Amish romance. this is news to me as well! 🤣 6mo
reading.rainb0w Also I checked this out at the library and plan to read it real soon! 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#scarathlon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #WeeklyChallenge

Other books by these authors
Books w/ H. James as a character
GR List of “Readers Also Enjoyed“
Books with characters named the same as our main characters
Books about aging rock stars
Books about Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, NIN; Pearl Jam (HSB chapters)
Haunted Objects
Family members books

346 x10 +1participation = 3,461 points

ChaoticMissAdventures Our Team reads are Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill and Turn of The Screw by Henry James 6mo
FlynnDewey Slam. Dunk! Well done! 6mo
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Melismatic
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Hey #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall & all pals taking part in the #Scarathlon! If you have Amazon Prime, they just dropped six new short stories of the creepy kind *today* by some pretty epic authors! Adding to my TBR as we speak…

Most excited for Grady Hendrix - which are you most excited to read?

StayCurious Wow great! Thanks for sharing! 7mo
bthegood thanks for sharing 👻 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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#TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #Scarathlon #EarlyBirdPoints

My leaning tower of #TBR

Classics mixed with newer titles, I revisit Stardust each October ❤️
I was lucky enough to own both #buddyreads for this challenge excited to discuss them!
@FlynnDewey

bthegood love it - 7mo
Emilymdxn Half a soul is so good! 7mo
StayCurious Great stack! 7mo
FlynnDewey Nice stack of books, nice comfy chair, nice mug...what a great set-up!! 6mo
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FlynnDewey
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Happy Upcoming Halloween, team. I'll be here to do my best to lead us through the eerie forests, spooky swamps, and haunted houses for a fun filled #Scarathlon. Let me know in the comments what games and activities you're looking forward to. Don't forget, you can score some early points by posting your TBR this season as well.

Happy haunting!!

MsRadioSilence Ah, I didn‘t get a notif for this!! YAY GO TEAM!! 7mo
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Clwojick @bthegood here‘s your team! 🎃 7mo
MartinaLove Hi #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall 👋 Love the team name! 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks!! I was just thinking I thought I signed up for this, and then completely forgot about it!! Excited to join 🎃👻🎉 7mo
Airykah13 Hey team! 7mo
bthegood @Clwojick thanks!! 7mo
SomedayAlmost Awesome! Love the team name! (edited) 7mo
StayCurious @TieDyeDude @Melismatic welcome to #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall! Check out the posts on your team leader‘s @FlynnDewey wall for more info! 7mo
Melismatic Woot!!! Happy to be a part of #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall 👻 let‘s goooooo 7mo
TieDyeDude Love your profile picture! #thepagemaster 7mo
StayCurious @Chili welcome to #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall! Check out the posts on your team leader‘s wall for all the info! @FlynnDewey 7mo
Chili Yay! So excited for this!! 7mo
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Kris10H
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Pickpick

Book #44
4/5
Though not necessarily my cup of tea, this book is unique, quick paced, and well-written. I know I shouldn't compare his writing to his father's (Stephen King), but I can't help it - their writing has the same dark, richly detailed, otherworldly quality. Heart-Shaped Box is, at times, like an insane fever dream.

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TheBookgeekFrau
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve heard this is good! 12mo
TheBookgeekFrau @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is! Scared the crap out of me 😅 12mo
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BC_Dittemore
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Mehso-so

This is Hill‘s first published novel and it shows. The concept is cool, and there are some imaginative touches, but it needs polishing. It starts out solid, delving right into the story and layering the suspense on thick. The first 30 pages or so are legitimately scary and done quite well — which is why I feel the book as a whole sort of fails. If you use all your fodder when you start the fire, what will you have left to keep the flames going?

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allureofbeauty
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Mehso-so

Read this with my boyfriend, we read it side by side together. We both thought it was pretty meh sadly. I really wanted it to be spooky.

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BoleyBooks
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚
#boleybooks #joehill #heartshapedbox #bookbeast #bookjoy #bookbuds #happyhalloween2022
What are you reading? 😊

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heylaurenmack
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Still here

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books_and_tea
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Got together all of my creepy, horror/horror-related books, both read and to be read for October/Halloween. Halloween is my favourite holiday and I have always been beyond obsessed with horror.
Happy October all😊📚👻🎃!

KT1432 NOS4A2 was so good! I need to read more of Joe Hill‘s stuff. 2y
books_and_tea @lele1432 I bet. It does sound so good! Planning on reading that after I finish Heart-Shaped Box. That's been really good too:). 2y
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Nightmare on Elm Street

Klou This works well! 2y
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johncadams
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Joe Hill is the debut novel was great. Loved it.

#horror

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WJCintron
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Letterh
I know! @joe_hill may be cheating… 🙈
But, how can you choose just ONE with so many great books that start with the letter H?! 🤷🏻‍♀️
Authors IG:
@joe_hill @thomasoldeheuvelt @almakatsu @paulgtremblay
This are some of the horror books on my October TBR! Can‘t wait to read them all.
Horror, mystery, suspense, paranormal, ghosts, witches!! 🙌
Have you read any of them?
#littens #horror #tbr

Addison_Reads Great picks! I've read them all. They're all perfect October reads. 2y
Meshell1313 Oooh this list looks amazing! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚😱 2y
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WJCintron @Addison_Reads really?! You know I‘ll be chatting with you about them lol 😂😃🙌 2y
WJCintron @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait for October!! 😃🙌 2y
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emmalouise1
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Pickpick

First book of the year down . I enjoyed this one the creeps I found to be very good for the most part and there was a couple of twists I didn't expect . Other parts felt like it dragged on a little to long
3 and a half stars for this one .

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Endowarrior21
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Can we also appreciate the wrapping paper I did not want to rip into it. @EH2018 @teebee

persephone1408 Hey! That's the wrapping paper I bought from Wal-Mart last Christmas! 2y
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Endowarrior21
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Thank you @EH2018 I love everything in my #creepychristmasswap package. The books have been on my TBR for long time and socks are adorable and I am in awe of the headband it is gorgeous and has my favorite villian on it. Everything else is perfect. @teebee

Jari-chan Heart Shaped Box is a great choice! 2y
Bookwormjillk One of my favorites 2y
Endowarrior21 @Bookwormjillk I loved the audio book but always wanted to read it. 2y
Endowarrior21 @Jari-chan I can't wait to see if it is 😉 2y
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DavidDiamond
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Pickpick

This was a perfect book for the Halloween season. A scary, engaging page turner about a famous and retired rock star who has to battle with vengeful individuals, both living and dead.

TheLudicReader Loved this one, too. He reminds me so much of his dad. 2y
DavidDiamond @TheLudicReader Talent definitely runs in the family!
2y
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Hardcover.n.Happy.Hour
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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I Didn't Find This Scary But A Great Ghost Story For Halloween 👻
I Took This On A Trip Into The Smoky Mountains Of North Carolina And Then Played With Some Effects
#bookphotography

HotMessJess SUCH A GREAT READ!!!!!!! Great for spooky season :) 3y
MommyOfTwo I loved this book and was floored years after when I found out who Joe Hill‘s dad is. 3y
zguta Enjoyed that book 👍🏼 3y
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katiekat311
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Fun fact: this is Stephen King‘s son. 😱 it was recommended by a friend, I can‘t wait to sink my teeth into it.

It‘s “shaping up” to be a good morning around here. 😉😬
#horrorreads #ghosts

Johanna414 You‘ll have to let me know what you think - I haven‘t read any of his yet! 3y
katiekat311 @Johanna414 it was my first of his. Let you into it, creepy with some twists. 4 out of 5 stars. 3y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#conflictedworlds #personvsghost
And oldy but a goody.

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Jgacreations
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
Panpan

So bad lol. That‘s all i have to say

IamIamIam Thanks for the heads up! I was super disappointed in The Fireman, which had so much potential but ended up as a poor man's The Stand. 3y
Jgacreations I only finished it because….why not. But it was so stupid. The story, the outline, non of it made any sense 3y
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AshleyHoss820
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NOS4A2 is still my favorite but I can see why people recommend this one. An aging rockstar buys a dead man‘s suit for his collection of the macabre but it is SO much more than he anticipated. More and more twists and turns show up. Hill is deserving of the King legacy. As usual, the doggos are my fave characters. Now I want to get myself some canine familiars. My black cat, Nox, would most likely be apathetic to my safety...🤣

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HollyBahling
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Bailedbailed

I promise I tried. But 21 chapters in and I still would look forward to one ending because it meant I was closer to the end. I like the story line but just not enough to get into it.

RamsFan1963 I bailed on this one too. I don't think Joe Hill is an author for me. 3y
HollyBahling @RamsFan1963 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 3y
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Lauranahe
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Pickpick

Second time reading. It was fun, I liked the ghosts. Not a huge fan of the older rock star with a young girlfriend, but it is what it is. Creepy fun.

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Jadams89
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Thank you @Scochrane26 !! I love the book and chocolates!!! #jolabokaflodswap

Scochrane26 Glad you like it! 3y
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Caroline2
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Thank you so much @kaysworld1 😀 I‘ve been dying to read a Joe Hill book for a while now so I‘m looking forward to jumping into this one. Gotta love a good horror book on dark, cold nights. 😉 #jbuk

LauraRenae Definitely a great one to start with. My favorite by him! 3y
Caroline2 @LauraRenae good to know 😉 3y
TheNeverendingTBR I recommend this one also, I'd say it's his best! 3y
Caroline2 @TheNeverendingTBR Oh thanks for the recommendation! 😀 I‘ll check it out..! 👍 3y
kaysworld1 I'm glad you got it xx 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eliza,
Thank you so very much for this awesome care package! Girl, you know I love chapstick! Love the socks!! 😽 and everything!! You are the bomb!! Love you!!

The card says “Vulnerability is not a weakness.” I am laminating all of these special cards for my cork board ❤️

#LitsyLove

Crazeedi For a beautiful person !! 💟💟💟 3y
ElizaMarie I‘m so glad you got it :) 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ElizaMarie thank you so much sweetie 🤗💞🤗 3y
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bibliobard
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Mehso-so

The audiobook narrator is good, but the version kept interrupting each track with this loud music that didn‘t really fit the mood. I‘ve also been reading other books to get more points for #Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness and try and knock out more #BookSpinBingo squares.

15 points for book
120 points #screamathon2020
120 points #CreatureFeaturethon
1 participation
256 points total

Clwojick Way to go!! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3y
jb72 An audiobook I recently listened to had some loud weird music between each chapter. I didn‘t like that at all. 3y
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FantasyChick
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94

? Tiny chocolate bars and tiny licorices

? Not sure if it's the scariest I've ever watched but I remember The People Under the Stairs terrified me as a kid and I've never watched it again ?

? "Maybe ghosts always haunted minds, not places" - Heart Shaped Box

If you're reading this, feel free to play!!!

#throughfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🎃🖤🧡🕸🕯🌙 3y
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Lauragrace
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Just finished reading this one and what a thrilling ghost story! Gotta say it was super dark but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Perfect for this time of year 👻 🎃

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LauraRenae
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Ghost stories are certainly the scariest type of story for me. Yet some are still more effective than others. The Conjuring did a fantastic job of bringing the horror so it reminds me of Heart-Shaped Box: one of the few books to genuinely scare me.

#horrorseason #scarathlon

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candority
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I finally figured out a tentative TBR for #Scarathlon2020! I‘m on hold for both of the #TeamHarkness buddy reads, but I don‘t think A Discovery of Witches will come in on time 😭

I will be posting my bullet journal tracker soon, but for now +26 points for the team. I can‘t wait for October! Bring on the spooky reads 🧛🏻‍♂️🧟‍♂️👻☠️

StayCurious Cool pumpkin! +26! 4y
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Jari-chan
Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Here's my Halloween aesthetic for the #hauntedhollowswap
I've never done such a picture before - don't know if I did it right...

I love reading the Kings and also Lovecraft. I do like the bloody kind of horror, but also the subtle one. Then I love pumpkins - especially on my plate, just as much as I like chestnuts. Autmn is a great month and Halloween is just another great part of it.

Had to add the sexy Werewolf as well.

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great collage! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 4y
Jari-chan @wanderinglynn Thank you ❤️ 4y
Chrissyreadit Great image! 4y
Jari-chan @Chrissyreadit Thank you ❤️ 4y
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ElizaMarie
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Thanks @CBee and @AsYouWish for the tag. (late response, sorry). #LockDownLowDown

1. Vermont (relatively safe place - however there were fires set at our facility the other day)
2. I wanted to say Saga but... I feel like Heart-Shaped Box really engaged me too!
3. I don't have an ideal. The book needs to not be super long - but if it engages well, then it would be okay.
4. @Chrissyreadit , @KaylaD and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks play along?

CBee Thank you so much for the sweet card, Eliza ❤️❤️ I‘ll write soon! 4y
ElizaMarie @CBee I‘m using the unicorn mask right now :) 4y
CBee @ElizaMarie awesome 👏🏻😁 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag!! ❤️❤️ 4y
veritysalter Thank you for playing 📚♥️ I really keep meaning to try Joe Hill, putting Heart Shaped box on my TBR 4y
ElizaMarie @veritysalter I was really pleased with him and this book. I am a big Stephen King fan, and was a little concerned it wouldn't be nearly as good but... you can tell Joe Hill learned something from his daddy 4y
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Jari-chan
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Bookish Song Nr. 7: The Takedown

This was a song I was looking for. I really wanted to have something to accompany this really cool book. Happily, Deezer is helpful in such cases 😁

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thevagabondlawyer
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I am reading this for a book club which will start on June via Zoom. Theme is Horror. This is a stretch for me because I don't read Horror books 😯 Well, there is always a first time, right? 😅 Goodluck to me 😱😄 #Horror #JoeHill

TrishB There is a lot of humour in this one too! 4y
thevagabondlawyer @TrishB oh that's great. Horror and Humor, great combo 😊 4y
Suet624 Good luck! I‘m not one for horror either but I think it‘s good to try one out every now and again. 4y
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thevagabondlawyer @Suet624 yes, so true, sometimes we need to explore and maybe we will find treasure 👏 4y
vivastory I hope you love this one! 4y
thevagabondlawyer @vivastory I am just starting and I am liking it, I hope the story keeps up for me. 👏 4y
AlysonCB I read this a couple of years ago. An interesting read! I hope you enjoy 😊 4y
thevagabondlawyer @AlysonCE Thank you 👏 I'll start this one next week 4y
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TheRiehlDeal
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📕 Tagged book (Haven't read the book, or anything by Joe, yet)
👦 Joe Hill
🎥/📺 Halloween/ House, M.D.
🎸 Halestorm/ Hands Like Houses
🎤 Home by Daughtry

#ManicMonday #LetterH @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💚😊 4y
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