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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Something terrifying waits in the decaying Victorian house on the coast, something that has haunted two men since they were children, something that may be ready to kill...again.
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Life at Beldame is fascinating. Just three old houses next to the ocean, totally isolated during high tide. I loved the descriptions of the heat and the lassitude. It's hard to understand why the group returns every year when so many creepy things happen there.

The first half of the book, not much happens. Just getting into the daily lives of the characters. Half way the book switches into high gear and gets more exciting until the end.

Bookzombie Great review! I really liked this one. That cover is also great. 4d
bookandbedandtea I did NOT get why they kept going back year after year! 4d
Vblancsbooks Wow this sounds good!! 2d
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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My TBR for the month of November 2019. Looking forward to these.

The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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This was a fun horror! Not too scary, but creepy and atmospheric. Great characters and writing made this one a good October read.

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Starting another horror story! 🎃🖤💀

sprainedbrain I read this one last October. Loved it! 3w
GypsyKat @sprainedbrain Good to hear! 🎃 3w
BarbaraBB This is such a good one! 3w
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A distant memory triggered by Litsy member @Linda_Bloodworth_Author after posting this book as her recently read.
I remember reading this book 24 years ago (1995 written inside the front cover) and after a quick hunt, here it is! The bookmark is still in place after I bailed on this novel, uh, sooo close. Might pop it in my TBR stack.
Thanks @Linda_Bloodworth_Author for your review!!

Linda_Bloodworth_Author Oh, how exciting! I'm glad you're happy to revisit this book. 3mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Linda_Bloodworth_Author It was funny to see your review because I'm not really sure how popular Michael McDowell is so I thought this novel might have been one of those ones no one else ever read. I have The Amulet too. Thanks again 😃 3mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author @Curiouser_and_curiouser I belong to this horror group on Facebook and someone recommended it, so I checked it out. I've now picked up a book by the gentleman who did the forward. I can't say I'd read another book from this author. 3mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Linda_Bloodworth_Author I have a small collection of horror books which I keep behind my current TBR's. I used to collect and read these in my early 20's. I might come back to them, not sure, but I maybe I'll check out the horror group on Facebook now that you've mentioned it. See what the current scares are 😉 3mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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It was a slow build up and then it was a little fast, then slow and then hella fast. So, depends what mood you're in and if you like that sort of thing.

Curiouser_and_curiouser Wow, I read this so many years ago!! Maybe 25years ago? I will have to give it another go. I prob only got half way or maybe 3/4's, but even though I did give up on it the story stayed with me over all these years. Thanks for your review!! 3mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author @Curiouser_and_curiouser you're most welcome. I wanted to give up and I admittedly skipped a few pages, but I had to see how it ended. 3mo
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Two families own two houses on a deserted beach in Alabama. There is a third house, almost completely covered by sand. Everyone is scared of that one because it has been haunted for years. Yet both families keep coming back to Beldame.
The horror didn‘t scare me at all, yet in combination with great characters it made for a highly enjoyable read.

Thanks for sending me your copy Cindy, as always so well chosen!💜😘

#ReadingUSA2019 #Alabama

Cinfhen Im glad it worked for your Map challenge!!! I was entertained too! How many states do u have left??? 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 29! It‘s a hell of a challenge 😉 6mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! It is a hell of a challenge😂😂are there any states you are missing?? I might have a book or two.... let me know 6mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I can‘t find any book set in Nevada or West-Virginia. I have some ideas but no books for Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, N&S Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington & Wyoming. Suggestions are very welcome! 6mo
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB For West Virginia I'd recommend either Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (wonderful dog story) or The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb. 6mo
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Thanks!! Since I seem to be into classic horror 😀, the Grubb one sounds perfect! The blurb here on Litsy mentions Ohio but also a journey, maybe that journey leads into West-Virginia? (edited) 6mo
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB It's been quite awhile since I read it, it was my mom's copy, but I remember at least a portion of the story took place in WV. 6mo
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Then it‘ll do! Thank you! #stacked 6mo
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB If I'm wrong there's another good book by Grubbs you might like called The Watchman, which I am 99% sure was set in a small town in WV. 6mo
Cinfhen I will look through and see what I have! Off the top of my head I‘m pretty sure GoldFinch would work for Nevada. But I don‘t own that one anymore 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ve read that one - but not this year! Thanks for the suggestion!! 💕 6mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 6mo
Kaye Good job 👍🏼. I‘m missing some of the same states you are. There just aren‘t as many books set in some states as others. I‘ve read a lot set in Texas , NY, California, so cant count them. 6mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @Kaye for Vermont you could use this book. It starts there but the MC travels across the USA, however Proulx does return to the family home in some chapters. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Kaye NY and California are the easy ones indeed. Texas I haven‘t read yet but I do have books set there. It is nice though, looking for some of the less used states! 6mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Thanks Jennifer! “Unfortunately” I‘ve read it already! 6mo
Kaye Thanks @jenniferw88 I think I read that a long time back when I read something else by that author. I used to do that a lot. If I‘d find one author I liked, I‘d read more by them, all right in a row. 6mo
Kaye Barbara , here are a couple ideas for WV that I‘ve read - Rocket Boys / The Coalwood Way were both excellent. Also, here are a few. https://wvtourism.com/wv-author-books-novels-read/ (edited) 6mo
BarbaraBB @Kaye Thanks so much, That helps a lot. I‘ve been enjoying your posts about the various states so much! 💜 6mo
Kaye Yes I hit a clog. I need to go back and complete them but the state I stopped on was drawing a blank. Some states have so many to choose from, while others have slim pickings. I‘ll start it up again today and see what I can find. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Kaye I didn‘t mean to make you start it up again, I‘vr been happy with the states so far 😀 6mo
Kaye No problem...I‘ve been meaning to finish them , so now is a good time. Been awake for hours. Gives me something to do. 6mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked this one! 6mo
Cinfhen So I think these two might work. For Washington I have 6mo
Cinfhen And for Connecticut 6mo
Cinfhen Also for Connecticut but I no longer own but HIGHLY recommend 6mo
Cinfhen I also read but don‘t own this book set in the Rocky Mountains... I‘m not sure which state anymore but it might be Wyoming 6mo
LeahBergen This was such a fun read!! 👍🏻 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you!! I have read Revolutionary Road and Stepford Wives (both I loved, especially RR!) but the others seem just what I like! Great suggestions! ❤️ 6mo
Cinfhen Well I‘m super happy to hand deliver Hotel to you when we meet up 🤗🤗 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is great! I am already collecting some books for you too for when we meet! 💕 so exciting! 6mo
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Not a big horror fan but this was a great story, beautiful writing that really captures the moment. Good stuff indeed.

The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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This book! It was on NPRs list of scary books, and while I wasn‘t scared I was on the edge of my seat. After a matriarch‘s death the family goes to Beldame, a private area with three identical houses, but something is in the third house and it‘s getting stronger. I loved the relationship between Luker and India (though allowing a 13 year old to drink was a bit much), she was so mature and intelligent and brave. A page turner that had me on edge.

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Some of the characters in this book are complete #FreakyFreaks ! #NoFemmeber

Cathythoughts Definitely 😱😱😱 12mo
Cinfhen True!!!! Good choice 😂😂😂 12mo
Billypar Everyone from the buddy read had me wanting to read this one- maybe for Halloween 2019 🎃 12mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this Tennessee Williams/The Fall of the House of Usher mashup.

Somehow, I spent very little time on the Gulf Coast when I was growing up in Mississippi, but I know enough to say the atmosphere and description of heat is spot on. People I know from the coast say, "You go inside in May and don't come out until October." I honestly cannot imagine how people in the South functioned before AC. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Susannah Spoiler questions: Why did the third house kill Odessa? I get Dauphine--even though he was kind, he was still a Savage. Also, what was that baby/creature in the third house? Was that supposed to be a Savage? I admit that I didn't get why the house was punishing the Savages the most. How were they different, truly, from the Macrays? 12mo
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Funny story, I recently signed up for Bookriot's TBR recommendation service where you fill out a survey, give them your Goodreads account, and they give you 3 book recs. There are different levels to the service which is nice. Anyway, Liberty Hardy was my recommender and she suggested this book for me. I actually already owned it but it was buried in one of my stacks, unread. So glad she prompted me to pick it up! It's spooky and amazing!

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I am so late to the #Helloween party that I‘m sure you all have finished off the punch and blown out the candles by now, but I am so glad that I read this! It was such fun for Halloween. I also learned that the author is from the same small town in Alabama that most of my family (including Sandy! 🐕) is from. Small world right?

britt_brooke I‘m late, too, haha! My library hold just became available and I doubt I‘ll get to it before it expires. 😩 12mo
LeahBergen Wasn‘t it a fun one? 12mo
Cinfhen So glad u showed up, late stragglers are always welcome! We are reading Fight Club for our #90sSpringFling ( March 20-22) if u feel like joining us💕 12mo
mklong @Cinfhen Sounds great! 12mo
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Thank you so much Jessica Roberts! Opened my #HalloweenHorrorswap today and love it all!! The candle is amazing, the candy looks yummy, pet sematary is one of my fav Stephen King's. I will use the tags as bookmarks cuz they are so cool! LOVE the book selection, cant wait to dig in! And the scarf and headband are so amazing!! The color is perfect, they are so warm, and i am impressed - nice work! Thanks for hosting @TheReadingMermaid

JessNevertheless Yay! Glad you liked everything!! Enjoy your spooky reads and things:) 12mo
TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 12mo
Gissy Amazing goodies! 😱and books?👍I have Campfire I need to read it, the story of life🙄so behind in my reading! But I love to be surrounding by books!❤️ 12mo
EH2018 I will! I hope you got an awesome package too!! Happy Halloween!! 📚🎃🕸🧙‍♀️💕 12mo
Lovesbooks87 Campfire was really good! 12mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Late starting and finishing the #HELLoWeen read but enjoyed it. Atmospheric and written with charm and restraint, but with plenty of flourish too. Weirdly it felt like reading a short story to me. Thanks for the invite to the #80sparty @Cinfhen x x

Bklover You know, now that you say that about it feeling like a short story, I think I know what you mean- I agree. 😊 13mo
Cinfhen That‘s true for me too @Bklover but any longer and I would have lost patience with the book!!! 13mo
Cinfhen Great review!! Glad u were able to party with us!!! Looking forward to #90sSpringFling 13mo
batsy Glad you liked it! 👻 13mo
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3/5⭐Starts out w/ 1 wild funeral then slows down a bit giving you past and present family history of 2 Mobile Alabama families. The slow creepy factor in this book built up for one hell of an ending. This is a good creepy Halloween quick read perfect for this time of year!🎃👻 Thank you @Cinfhen for putting together #HELLoWEEN #8osparty 🤗🤗
Full review: https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/the-elemental-by-michael-mcdowell/?p...

Cinfhen So glad you joined in!!! I agree this book had an awesome beginning and a crazzzy ending. Can‘t wait for the #90sSpringFling 13mo
GripLitGrl @Cinfhen looking forward to #90sSpringFling too🤗🤗 13mo
batsy Yup... Thank you @Cinfhen otherwise I probably would have never got around to reading it 😘😘 13mo
GripLitGrl @batsy same I wouldn't have gotten around to reading this one myself 😊 13mo
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lauren.lerner Beautiful snap! 13mo
ephemeralwaltz @lauren.lerner thanks! I love it when my food is pretty enough to be used as a prop 😂 13mo
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This one was weird for me and a first from McDowell. It‘s been on my TBR for a looong time and I forgot I had an ebook copy. Here‘s my Goodreads review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2148815209

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#HELLoween #80sParty Yes, it was an 80‘s party, 1989 to be exact. This guy and I just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary to boot. (We don‘t look quite this cool anymore 😂) Big hair was my jam 🤘🏻 I have really enjoyed this throwback party! Thanks @Cinfhen for organizing. Can‘t wait til the 90‘s!

CouronneDhiver Awww, that‘s so cool. 👍🏽 13mo
Cinfhen I was looking for my prom pics!!!! Sooooo awesome💕💕thanks for the memories!!! See you at the #90sSpringFling (edited) 13mo
Reggie Did you guys have a song back then? This pic is amazing!!! 13mo
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Not the best horror I've read & more atmospheric than scary, but I enjoyed it. Listening to the audiobook was a big part of my enjoyment as the narrator (RC Bray) did a great job bringing all of the characters to life. I liked the Southern gothic feel, creepy houses in sand dunes setting, & the foreboding tone. It was a long lead up to the final, scariest parts, but worth an October listen. Mahalo to @Cinfhen for the #HELLoWEEN #80sParty fun! 😘👻

Cinfhen Love your collage and review!!! So glad you could make it to the #80sParty 😘#90sSpringFling is only 5/months away 😂😂😂 13mo
JaclynW I liked the audio version too! It did take a while to get to the scary bits. 13mo
mkittysabibliokitty OMGosh just read this myself! 13mo
GripLitGrl Great collage & review😎 13mo
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1. Can't believe this pic is seeing the light of day-only for @Cinfhen 🙄
2. It's a Halloween costume circa 82-84 (high school or just out) & not my standard dress
3. It's sprayed pinkish & styled (more) weirdly but that permy mullet is my own 😱
4. Not sure what I was going for-maybe 80s club?🤔
5. Check out the gold fridge & yellow & orange linoleum
6. I think it's a White Russian in the glass or something with Kahlua.🍹

#80sParty #HELLoWeen 👻

zzz Awesome🤘🏼 13mo
Cinfhen Hehehehehe 😂😂#WinnerWinnerChickenDinner 🏆#80sParty 😘😘😘thanks for sharing 🙌🏻 13mo
Naj Thanks for sharing. Love everything about this! 🙌🙌 13mo
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Balibee146 So much 80s awesomeness in one pic 👏👏👏 13mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 And what are you drinking? A White Russian?? 13mo
JennyM Love it! 13mo
thereadingowlvina Awesome pic!!! 👍 13mo
Reggie So sassy!!! Love this pic!!! 13mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Only for you would I share! 😉😘 13mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen That is my guess or something else with Kahlua. I may have gone through a phase! 🙄😉 13mo
DebinHawaii @Reggie Hah! Thank you! 🤣 13mo
Hollie Your permy mullet is fabulous 😂 13mo
DebinHawaii @Hollie My permy mullet and I sincerely thank you! 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Bookzombie I love this! Great photo! Thanks for sharing with us! 13mo
CarolynM Kahului and milk! I thought I was so cool ordering that in the early 80s😂 13mo
Kappadeemom White Russians were definitely a thing in the 80s. My roommate in college threw ‘em up all over our staircase one night 😂😂😂 13mo
batsy Fabulous 😆 13mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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This was my standard look in the 80‘s. Bangs (most likely cut by my older sister) and braids (on the side or in the back). I also remember how popular these plastic charm necklaces where when I was a kid. My sister (10 years older than me) had so many strands of Twist a Beads. #HELLoween #80sparty

Jerdencon I had those charm necklaces too!! 13mo
Kappadeemom Twist a Beads!! 🤗 13mo
Karkar I used to love those plastic charm necklaces! The were so much fun 😍😍😍 13mo
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Amie I had a charm necklace like that, too. I recently found mine in a box of stuff from my childhood. 13mo
Hooked_on_books Oh goodness, I remember those twist necklaces. I loved them! And how about pop beads?!? 13mo
DebinHawaii Love this! Twist-a-Beads were the best! I wish I still had mine! 💜💜💜 13mo
Eggs I remember twist beads !!😊 13mo
Bookzombie @Jerdencon @Karkar They were so much fun! @amie That‘s so cool that you found yours! 13mo
Bookzombie @Kappadeemom @Hooked_on_books @DebinHawaii @Eggs I need to check but I doubt my sister still has hers. I‘m sure I probably messed up a few as I was apt to sneak off with them. 13mo
LeahBergen Cute!! 13mo
JaclynW Cute! I had those charm necklaces too! 13mo
LibrarianRyan I forgot about those charms!! 13mo
CouronneDhiver Great photos!!! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t remember the plastic charms. You look adorable 🙂 13mo
Cinfhen I loved that charm necklace!!! Such good memories!! Adorable photos 🧡thanks so much for participating 😁see you at the #90sSpringFling 13mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Yay! Looking forward to it! 13mo
Reggie Lol, so cute and I love the pigtails!!! 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie Thank you! 13mo
batsy Adorable!! ❤️ 13mo
Bookzombie @batsy Thank you! 13mo
readordierachel Awwww. So cute! 13mo
DivineDiana So sweet! ❤️ 13mo
Bookzombie @DivineDiana Thank you! 13mo
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Progress is slow as I've had very little reading time.... I am enjoying the atmosphere.... Now I know he wrote the Beetlejuice screenplay I keeping seeing Lydia Deetz as India though 😂😂
Switching to a different audiobook for an afternoon of housework but will get back to it later 👍👍
@Cinfhen #80sparty #HELLoWeen

Reviewsbylola Ok, I did not know he wrote Beetlejuice. Wow! 13mo
Cinfhen Check out the discussion questions after you finish the book!!! And thanks for joining the #80sParty 13mo
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Final Question: Were you satisfied with the ending???
Thanks to all who participated ❣️❣️❣️❣️I loved partying and reading with you!!! I‘m already thinking ahead to a #90sSpringFling March 20-22. Look for details in the coming days 🤘🏼😜💃🏽 #Helloween #80sParty

Cinfhen I thought the ending felt rushed but I liked India‘s last line when she notes that the twins are Savages and not McCray‘s. The whole part with eating Odessa‘s eyeballs was too ridiculous for me 13mo
Librarybelle The ending scene at Beldarme was grotesque, and while I felt the spookiest with this scene, it also felt rushed. Like the climax in a b-rated horror movie. The loose ends tie up seemed rather quick too. Maybe there was a potential for a sequel with the twins?? I almost did say aloud, “You really went with those names?” 13mo
Cinfhen It was almost silly by this point (at least for me @Librarybelle ) (edited) 13mo
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AmyG That photo! 😬 I agree, the ending felt not only rushed but not developed enough. I also will say that I liked the characters more than the horror aspect. And my favorite part was India eating Odessa‘s eyes. 🤣 13mo
TrishB I thought India eating the eyeballs was to make sure Odessa didn‘t become one of the elementals because she couldn‘t see 🤷‍♀️ ending was good for me and along the lines of what I anticipated really. 13mo
Cinfhen I think the eating of the eyeballs was to gain Odessa‘s “insight” IDK @TrishB that was a little over the top for me but I thought it went along well with the rest of this book @AmyG like it made perfect sense that the 13 yr old sophisticated NYer would have no qualms eating a set of eyeballs whilst chasing an elemental with cleavers 👻👻👻 13mo
batsy I wish there was more of "the elementals" tied to the Savage family, but I guess that would go against the general point of the elementals, & the idea of something evil that has no understandable source seems all the more terrifying. I thought the eyes-eating was interesting because throughout the book there was good buildup with India & Odessa, starting with the photographs—Odessa was already helping India to see in a certain way. 13mo
Cinfhen Nice @batsy I forgot that Odessa had guided India in the photo taking 13mo
Reggie I was heartbroken in the end because of what happens to Dauphin. There‘s a lovely paragraph about him not being able to be the last to go to sleep and Odessa being the one to hold his hand until he slept and now it was Leigh he wrapped himself around. And also to think that you might have escaped the one person in the family who hates you because they‘re dead but then they sand manifest to slit your throat really got to me. Fuck that sand demon. (edited) 13mo
Reggie Lol 13mo
Cinfhen Oh @Reggie you‘re so poetic 😘😘😘 “Fuck that sand demon” (edited) 13mo
BookwormAHN @Reggie I was also really upset that Dauphin died. I was also rather disturbed by the names Leigh had picked out for her twins. Using those names seemed like a bad omen. 13mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so with you @Reggie Dauphine dying wasn‘t okay! 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie I felt the same about Dauphine. In fact I was angry with Luker and India for letting him go up to the third floor alone. Never split up! 13mo
Bookzombie The ending might have been a bit rush but I was pretty pleased with it (except for Dauphine‘s death). Like @Librarybelle I couldn‘t believe the names Leigh picked for the twins. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Sweettartlaura Perfect? No. But satisfied? Yes. For the genre/the era/the type of monster they were fighting, this was all pretty standard. Yet the writing, characters, & setting elevated it. Plus I listened to the audiobook, & the ending played well - couldn‘t stop listening after a certain point. 13mo
Reggie @Bookzombie Lol. I think that‘s why I get upset with new horror movies. We should all know better by now. 13mo
DebinHawaii Great pic! ???I liked the ending, (of course, except for Dauphine! ?) with all of the drama and some gore, finally. ?I agree @Cinfhen that India's last line was the best and I liked the "uh-oh, here we go again" feeling it gave. Yes to @Sweettartlaura the ending did play really well in the audiobook. ? 13mo
DebinHawaii And a big THANK YOU for the all of the 80s fun @Cinfhen Looking forward to the #90sSpringFling !🎉 13mo
bookandbedandtea @BookwormAHN @Reggie @Librarybelle I too was upset over Dauphin's death. He was such a sweet, caring man despite having lived his whole life knowing his mother hated him and I enjoyed seeing him surrounded by people who appreciated him. And Leigh! Those baby names! What was she thinking? Loved India's last line. 13mo
bookandbedandtea @Cinfhen Thanks for leading us. This was fun! 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m soooo happy you guys were back to party with me @bookandbedandtea @DebinHawaii can‘t wait for #90sSpringFling 🌷🌻🌹🦋🌼🌸🌺 13mo
LeahBergen And I‘m assuming those little twins got matching little twin daggers to carry throughout their lives?? 😆 I was generally okay with the ending as I find I never enjoy the endings of horror novels (or thrillers for that matter) much anyway. This one was the same; I loved the beginning and learning about the history and customs of that bat-shit crazy family far more than the eventual resolution of the plot. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Reviewsbylola Thank you Cindy!! 13mo
Pamwurtzler I was good with the ending. I‘m not a fan of really creepy stuff so this was just enough for me. I loved the crazy family! Thanks for hosting us @Cinfhen ! 13mo
Bklover I was okay with the ending except for Dauphin dying. I‘m finding @Reggie ‘s reaction to this book fascinating. Thanks Cindy for hosting! Can‘t wait for #90sspringfling! Oh, and how the hello you pronounce Dauphin!!!!!???? (edited) 13mo
TrishB These discussions have been awesome 😘 13mo
CarolynM I was quite upset about Dauphin (I had assumed that Odessa wasn't going to survive) but overall I found the ending satisfactory. Thanks for a great party @Cinfhen. It's been a fun weekend with everyone who has contributed. Look forward to next time😘 13mo
Reggie @Bklover lol, thanks, books speak to all of us on many levels. In my head I was say Doffin. Like it rhymes with coffin. But maybe it is said Doughfin. Who knows, in Harry Potter that kid named Seamus was said C-mus in my head until I heard them say Shame-us. Lol And yes, thank you @Cinfhen for this event, it was so fun!!!! 13mo
Mdargusch Yes! But I need a sequel! Thanks for motivating me to read this! It‘s been so much fun! 13mo
Bklover @Reggie I said See-mus in my head too. 😳 13mo
Cinfhen Loved the discussions and seeing everyone‘s posts!!! You guys made this so much fun!! Thank you @LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @Pamwurtzler @Bklover @TrishB @CarolynM @Reggie @Mdargusch mark your calendars for #90sSpringFling March 20-22 🎉🎉🎉 should we stick with the horror theme???? 13mo
Mdargusch I‘m up for anything! 13mo
Pamwurtzler Me too!! 13mo
Cinfhen Im having a hard time putting together book choices @Pamwurtzler @Mdargusch but I‘m almost there!!! 13mo
Bklover Can‘t wait for the next choice! Any genre is fine with me. 13mo
GripLitGrl I was the ending was great! Excited to participate in the next one hopefully I'll finish on time😉 13mo
Balibee146 Bated thanks @Cinfhen 13mo
ephemeralwaltz I am THE LATEST to this. Just finished reading😂😂 it wasn't my favorite, that's why I kept sidetrscking it for other reads... I don't know if it was the characters (I couldn't stand any of them) or the story itself (which didn't make any sense in the end, I like getting explanations and backstories to spirits/demons/monsters). The ending felt rushed anf Iagree about Dauphin❤️ but I'm just glad it's over tbh 11mo
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Question 4: This is for those who participated in #StepfordSummerParty 💕 Did you prefer one book more than the other? Do you consider Stepford Wives horror after reading this novel? #Helloween #80sParty

Cinfhen I personally enjoyed Stepford Wives more. I thought the story was creepy without any over the top antics. All subtleties were left to your own imagination. It was also the implied messages that I found more menacing and thought provoking. I would call both these novels #HorrorLite 13mo
Librarybelle I agree with you, @Cinfhen . I much preferred Stepford Wives over The Elementals. I like the name #HorrorLite ...both had potential elements (no pun intended), so I can see where there is a spook factor in both, but I was by far more creeped out by Stepford Wives. 13mo
Cinfhen I also felt Ira Levin wrote a better story @Librarybelle 13mo
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AmyG Oh, I love Ira Levin, so I have to go with Stepford Wives. I love books where odd or supernatural things happen to every day people. For me it‘s about whether the story is believable or not. Stepford was more believable to me. 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m tempted to read @AmyG 13mo
AmyG READ IT. And see the movie. 💕 13mo
batsy For me, both were really good and unexpected reads 👍🏽 Levin was less campy than I expected, and McDowell was more so. I thought The Stepford Wives was chilling in real world terms but The Elementals was imaginative and creepy. Horror as a genre operates in the realm of fantasy, as well, and in that vein The Elementals intrigued me :) 13mo
TrishB @batsy agreed 👍🏻there is a very grey area of horror/fantasy! 13mo
Bookzombie I really enjoyed them both equally for different reasons. I think Stepford Wives falls into the horror genre quite easily. As @batsy said it‘s very chilling in real world terms. The Elementals is probably what most people think when they think horror, but the horror genre is quite broad in my opinion. 🙂 13mo
DebinHawaii Stepford Wives is a sentimental favorite due to my love for Levin, plus I think it was a subtler but more chilling creepy rather than the gothic camp of The Elementals & thus more scary. I did enjoy them both though and like that in both, much was left to the imagination. And I would like to see The Elementals as a movie too--I think it has some great possibilities in the right hands. (And yes, @Cinfhen read & watch Rosemary's Baby!) 😉😱 13mo
Cinfhen Will definitely be adding Rosemary‘s Baby to my infinite TBR @DebinHawaii @AmyG and Happy Birthday 🎊🎂🎁🎈 @AmyG 13mo
bookandbedandtea I liked both books and would consider both to be #HorrorLite They both creeped me out in different ways. Stepford Wives was a little scarier to me because the evil was human. And so personal! I would still like a book from Walter's perspective because I just can't understand his actions. 13mo
peaknit I think I liked Stepford better because it seemed, while bizarre, more plausible. I found the southern language a little...patronizing? Overdone? I‘m not sure I could read “gone” for “going” one more time. I love a southern accent on audio but reading it in print is tedious for me for some reason. 13mo
Bklover I think Stepford Wives was creepier. Plus I kept having trouble believing that a 13 girl would voluntarily go into a house that her dad was afraid of. Between that and the weird occasional nudity I just kept getting pulled out of the story too often. 13mo
Reviewsbylola I actually liked Elementals better. The characters were more fleshed out for me and I was really drawn to them. 13mo
Pamwurtzler I think Stepford was overall a better creepy read. I liked the family in The Elementals better than the people in Stepford though. 13mo
CarolynM Stepford Wives had a lot more substance and better writing. It left me much more unsettled than this one without any explicit violence at all. I'll still be thinking about Stepford long after I've forgotten Beldame. 13mo
Mdargusch I would definitely consider Stepford Wives as a type of horror book. I definitely loved the better developed characters in the Elementals like @Reviewsbylola 13mo
GripLitGrl Horror lite sums them both up perfectly! The stepford wifes was more unsettling horror leaving you to imagine how scary it escalated to. The Elemental was more the horror I am used to in reading the build up was a bit slow but the ending was the build up the length was perfect 100 more pages I would've grew bored 13mo
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Question 3: Please explain the scene with India‘s mom?!? Is there a deeper meaning than just odd behavior?? Big Barbara refers to her as “the Devil” and why did the mom poke holes in all the food???? #HELLoWeen #80sParty

Cinfhen I just didn‘t get the inclusion of this incident. I really thought it would become clear later on in the book the role of India‘s mom and her reason for poking holes in all of their food. I‘m still scratching my head over it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Librarybelle I thought that was bizarre as well. Revenge? Animosity? It just seemed weird. I wondered why this was added... 13mo
Robothugs I‘m assuming because she was dating a psychiatrist maybe she had a mental illness? I‘m not really sure. I kind of wished their was a bit of elaboration, too. 13mo
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quietjenn I really wanted more backstory on her! Like why did the family hate her so much? I think this scene was just a "ha, see? She's crazy!" thing, which I find very wanting. 13mo
Cinfhen Ugh!!!! It‘s still pissing me off!!!! @quietjenn @Robothugs @Librarybelle I don‘t like storylines that lead to nowhere. Is this a common trope in horror? @TrishB 13mo
Robothugs Not necessarily. Depends on the author. @Cinfhen (edited) 13mo
AmyG @Cinfhen Yes! A storyline that went nowhere. So what‘s the point? I just assumed the mom had some sort of mental illness. (edited) 13mo
TrishB Not common no! I just thought she was doing ‘ex‘ revenge things. I also thought the family were doing ‘blame ex‘ things too. But other than giving some background to why she was just with her dad, there was an annoying non story line! 13mo
Cinfhen I guess I was hoping for loose ends or storylines to all come together in the end @AmyG @TrishB @Robothugs 13mo
Reggie I thought the exwife was an explanation of the Luker we now got. As far as poking holes in the food, I was just thinking it‘s one of those horrible things exes do to let you know they‘re capable of still coming into your life just to mess things up. 13mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @Reggie That‘s my favorite explanation ❣️❣️❣️🙌🏻 #wordsOfWisdom 13mo
Reggie @Cinfhen one time this woman knocked at my door explaining that she was looking for the guy who rode the motorcycle that lived downstairs. She said she was his wife, it was his birthday, and she had made him enchiladas.(warning bells going off) could I please give them to him. Sure. Later that night I caught up with him and told him about the enchiladas. Straight faced he said, “I don‘t know who you‘re talking about, I‘ve never been married.” (edited) 13mo
Reggie And as good as those enchiladas looked I threw them away. He didn‘t want them and yes it was his birthday, you just never know. 13mo
Bookzombie I agree with @TrishB about the ‘ex‘ revenge things and the family doing the ‘blame ex‘ things. I have seen families love the first wife/husband and then just tear her/him down after divorce. I also wonder if this wasn‘t to show us more about India. Her mother abandoned her, then returns only to play a nasty joke. How does that affect her growing up? 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie Wow! That is so strange! 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m dying here!!! I eat up your stories @reggie 😂😂❤️glad u threw out those enchiladas 13mo
Cinfhen I was sure all that poking holes in the food had to do with protecting India from the sand Elementals @TrishB @Reggie @Bookzombie @AmyG or maybe she was inviting them in???? 😜 13mo
BookwormAHN I think she was just nuts 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Kalalalatja It made no sense! If you are going to tickle my interest with an ex doing weird stuff, you better give me an explanation! 13mo
Sweettartlaura The ex-wife had been there - India was conceived there, yes? Maybe she was driven mad by something she saw or experienced. Maybe she thought India was tainted because of it. Maybe she was angry because Luker exposed her to this. Not wholly satisfactory, agreed, but again, it added to the bond b/t India & Luker, and what made them different from other families. 13mo
DebinHawaii It did seem like a loose end--a bit annoying & I did think it would lead to something more--like she took something when she was there, or she would somehow pop up at the end with everyone else. Since nothing more transpired, i lean to the ex doing petty, strange things theory too. But man, going after & ruining food--that might have been one of the most terrifying parts of the book 😱 for a foodie! 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha @DebinHawaii and that‘s why @Sweettartlaura with the ex being at Beldame and having hated it there, I thought for sure she was exposed or knew something and it would tie back in later on in the story....I‘m just used to literary fiction when the author does manage to weave in story lines... 13mo
bookandbedandtea That episode was SUCH a weird thing to throw into the mix and is part of why I wanted to skip the Beldane/horror story and instead get the stories behind who all these people were! I found them all really interesting characters and would have liked more. 13mo
peaknit I felt like it was one of many weird tangents that really brought nothing to the story. I was left puzzled about a lot of pieces. Still enjoyed reading with the group all the same😊 13mo
LeahBergen @Reggie That‘s bloody creepy! 13mo
Bklover Yeah it was strange. I thought maybe she was trying to be obnoxious and ruin the food. Although that probably wouldn‘t have ruined it for me. Didn‘t seem necessarily to the story at all 13mo
Reviewsbylola Idk if there‘s an explanation but it did confirm for me that Luker wasn‘t as out of hand as I was afraid as far as his treatment of his ex. I cringed at some of the things they said about her in front of India. 13mo
CarolynM Totally agree, no idea what the real story was with India's mother. Like you @DebinHawaii I was expecting it to be picked up later in the story. Love your suggestion @Sweettartlaura 13mo
Mdargusch I kept waiting for the ex to come back into the story. She was a very unsettling part of the story. 13mo
Cinfhen I still like @Reggie explanation best “ I thought the exwife was an explanation of the Luker we now got. As far as poking holes in the food, I was just thinking it‘s one of those horrible things exes do to let you know they‘re capable of still coming into your life just to mess things up.” @Mdargusch @CarolynM @Reviewsbylola @Bklover @peaknit @bookandbedandtea #WordsOfWisdom 🙌🏻❤️ 13mo
JaclynW 😆 I liked @reggie explanation too. (And that enchilada story! 😯 Creepy!) Although @Sweettartlaura has me thinking now about her theory... I also wanted to learn more about each of the characters @bookandbedandtea . They were an interesting bunch. 13mo
Cinfhen They were definitely an interesting bunch @JaclynW and I just now realized that we know very little about the sister who became a nun 13mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen VERY LITTLE! I want a sequel!! 13mo
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Question 2. can we PLEASE discuss India & Luker??? (Aka Ivanka & Donald) 🤪 #HELLoWeen #80sParty

Cinfhen Their behavior was soooooooo bizarre. I just couldn‘t take it after awhile...🙄🙄🙄 13mo
Librarybelle Yes! The behavior! I had to keep reminding myself she was 13. At times, I had to remind myself she‘s the daughter...talking to her naked father...about speed and drinking whiskey... 13mo
Robothugs Hahahaha this comparison!! 😂😂😂 Yeah. I was a little perplexed by their unexplained closeness (just really the nudity). It was odd 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
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quietjenn Yes! Like I think I get the point of it - permissive, swinging, hipster New York City thing, contrasted work the Southern thing, but it gave such weird, off-kilter vibes. 13mo
Cinfhen While I found Big Barbara, Dauphine & Leigh entertaining I found Luker & India annoying. I get they are meant to be cosmopolitan and New Yorkers but REALLY????? it was so off putting for me @quietjenn @Librarybelle @Robothugs 13mo
Robothugs @Cinfhen @quietjenn It could‘ve been more subtle. It‘s kind of like YA that have hate to love relationships. I get it‘s going to happen, I don‘t need to see it on every page. Same with this. I get the difference between their worlds. 13mo
AmyG @Robothugs Agreed. The nudity was the part that really bothered me. Otherwise I would just say that Luker treated her like a friend...but the nudity made it uber weird. 13mo
TrishB They were just weird, not funny or normal!! Anyone at 13 think of sitting there with their naked dad!!?? I don‘t think so. Trying to hard to make the cool NY vibe thing obvious. The drinking was not real either....and I‘m not excessively strict, but 13!! 13mo
Robothugs @AmyG Yes, that‘s exactly how I felt about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
batsy Oh yeah, this part gave me pause as well! Luker naked in front of his daughter was like 😳😳😳🤪 13mo
Reggie I think what it was, was that maybe Luker was a different person before “that” woman left him and India and afterwards he just became that no nonsense guy. And instead of treating India as a child he treated her like a contemporary. I was thinking I would have benefited from such an upbringing rather than being overprotected. So yes, they were weird to me but just because they were different than what I know. 13mo
Kalalalatja I couldn‘t deal with the naked dad convo. India didn‘t read like a 13 year old to me, which bothered me too. 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie That‘s how I ended up interpreting their relationship. It was like he treated her as a friend rather than a daughter. I imagine he never treated her like a child and that is why India didn‘t seem like a 13 year old in her speech and actions. 13mo
Cinfhen Big Barbara certainly didn‘t speak to Luker like a “normal” mom & I guess Luker sort of just picked up his cues from Big Barb @Reggie @Bookzombie but the whole situation was too whacky for me. 13mo
Reggie @Bookzombie we are book siblings. Lol 13mo
BookwormAHN Their whole relationship was definitely more friends than father and daughter but the naked thing was disturbing. 13mo
Sweettartlaura I‘m pretty sure that if it was just my dad & me, we would have been very similar to these two. Plus, he had an untraditional job, he saw a lot of the world, it was the late 70s when this was written... didn‘t get in my way 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m with you, @Reggie & @Bookzombie 13mo
bookandbedandtea I liked Luker & India & wanted to know more of their background & their lives in New York but yes the nudity, the drugs, the drinking, all seemed a bit weird to me. I didn't feel any sexual vibe there (I would have had to stop reading in that case) & even thought I saw signs that Luker is gay so I sort of accepted that they lived life as friends rather than parent/child. India didn't read at all like 13 & I wondered why the author chose that age. 13mo
Bookzombie @bookandbedandtea Luker being gay crossed my mind too. I think it was when India started to tell Big Barbara something about his lifestyle and stopped herself. 13mo
Sweettartlaura @bookandbedandtea I suspect because it‘s a transition age. SK makes many of his characters 11-13 years old - they‘re mature enough to face some stuff, but young enough to still be innocent, to still need adults, to believe in things that go bump in the night. 13mo
DebinHawaii I raised my brows at the naked conversations & the skinny dipping mentions ?as well as the drinking ("you like a good Scotch" to India) but it didn't bother me all that much. India was written as a much older 13-year-old who between Luker & his friends, has obviously seen a lot (no pun intended). I agree with those who felt more like he treated her as a friend or contemporary rather than in a sexual way. Interesting parenting skills all around. 13mo
sprainedbrain Luker and India were my favorites... I didn‘t get a creepy vibe about them at all. The nudity was weird, but I enjoyed the way they interacted with each other and the rest of the family. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t think anything sexual was going on between Luker & India and they had a very hippie urban chic relationship but it just felt too comical at times @sprainedbrain @bookandbedandtea @Sweettartlaura @BookwormAHN @DebinHawaii 13mo
Cinfhen You raise a good point about 13 being on the brink of maturity but still a sense of innocence @Sweettartlaura 13mo
bookandbedandtea @Bookzombie Yes, it seemed like India was protecting him on occasion from Big Barbara's potential reaction. Or maybe she was protecting Big Barbara. 🤔 13mo
bookandbedandtea @Sweettartlaura That's a very good point about 13 being a transitional age. 13mo
Sweettartlaura On the nakedness... as someone who lived on the Gulf Coast, it is so oppressively hot and humid, I‘m surprised anyone has clothes on after Easter 😜. Guys, it‘s really, really, REALLY hot 🔥 🔥🔥 13mo
Sweettartlaura 🤷🏻‍♀️😜. I grew up in NY, and my dad & brothers ran around the house in their tighty-whities all summer. Then I moved down South, and it was so much worse🔥 Even with AC, I was pretty much in my undies at home. So it‘s really not a stretch for me to see how Luker wound up naked in front of his daughter. If he had treated her a little more traditionally, then it might have been creepy. But he was just hot. I‘ve been there - I get it. (edited) 13mo
peaknit India was surprisingly adult acting for a 13 year old, I have one of my own for comparison😂 Luker really adultified her, I cant see that being a good thing for her...ever. The nakedness was just weird to me, I‘m midwestern though, it‘s dang cold here already! 13mo
LeahBergen This photo is more terrifying than anything that happened in the book. 🤣🤣 And yes, Luker and India‘s relationship was bizarre. 🤢 13mo
Cinfhen I couldn‘t help myself @LeahBergen 😂😂🙌🏻 13mo
Bklover Again- late to the party but Luker and India‘s relationship kept pulling me out of the story. It never occurred to me that they were trying to portray them as NY chic. Didn‘t get a sexual vibe though. To me they were just weird. 13mo
Reviewsbylola They were creepy af together but there was something endearing about them. I especially loved India. She was wise beyond her years. But something about Luker was endearing too and I‘m not sure why. Because really, on paper he just seems like a super creepy douche. 😆 13mo
CarolynM I thought they were unusual but interesting. Maybe a play on the Paper Moon theme? I thought the hints about Luker were intriguing. Maybe gay, maybe trans, something else altogether. The drug references were probably not that unusual for people living Luker's kind of life at the time. 13mo
Mdargusch Good connection to Paper Moon @CarolynM I just thought Luker was immature and wanted his daughter to be his best friend and his equal. 13mo
Cinfhen I agree @CarolynM Luker was very immature and India was wayyyyy too mature and I love that Paper Moon reference. Forgot all about that movie 13mo
GripLitGrl 🤣😂🤣😂 this picture defiantly keeps on poi t with the horror theme. The relationship was a bit odd at times agree with the above comments. 13mo
JaclynW @LeahBergen Haha! I had the same reaction to the photo @Cinfhen posted! I almost spewed my tea all over from being caught off guard and laughing!! A terrifying photo indeed! 🤣🤢🤣🤢 Creepiness x infinity. 😉 13mo
JaclynW @Bookzombie @reggie @Sweettartlaura I'm in agreement with you. Luker treated India more as a friend/equal than a daughter. The being naked together was super foriegn for me to think about, I can't imagine a teenage daughter wanting to do that. I think the author was trying to play up the hippie/NY chic bit like @bklover and @Cinfhen said. Like @sprainedbrain , I liked the stark contrast between them and their Southern counterparts. ⬇️ 13mo
JaclynW (Cont. from ⬆️) I think it helped to solidify the Southern peculiarities that were going on. But I guess there were extreme peculiarities on both sides. 🤣 I thought it added to the book. I actually enjoyed all of the characters and what they brought to the story. You really needed it to pull off this type of story. 13mo
Cinfhen When I typed into google “creepy father/ daughter” this image appeared!!! I mean, really.... how could i resist @JaclynW ???? 13mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen 😂😂😂😂😂 So hard to resist! You couldn't help it! 13mo
Balibee146 Agree with these comments... It was a bit much and didn't feel authentic 13mo
ephemeralwaltz LOL at the photo. Both daughter/father pairs are too much. I hated Luker and loved India. She was stuck with a weird bunch. 11mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I agree @ephemeralwaltz really a weird bunch and the entire story was CHEESY in my opinion. But plenty of people enjoyed it. Congrats on finishing & not bailing❣️❣️🙌🏻 11mo
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Question 1. Are you new to this genre? If so, what did you enjoy (or not enjoy) about it?
If you‘re not new to this genre, how does this novel compare to others you have read in the genre?
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sprainedbrain I‘m definitely not new to horror... I really liked this one! I read a lot of Stephen King, and this was accessible and readable in the same way his books were to me as a kid and continue to be now. I really enjoyed The Elementals. 13mo
Cinfhen I‘d say I‘m new to horror @sprainedbrain so I was expecting a scarier read. This book felt campy almost like a spoof or a bad B movie. I thought the characters were cartoonish but entertaining. (edited) 13mo
TrishB Not new, I think horror is very subjective too - it will only scare you if it‘s something you‘re scared of - hope that makes sense! So if you‘re scared of Satan, or vampires or ghosts or 30 foot crocodiles - then a book with that focus is going to be very scary! What would have scared you? (edited) 13mo
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Reviewsbylola Horror is not really a new genre for me but I don‘t read a lot of it. Im enjoying it more than I thought I would this month though! Once November hits I‘ll be done with horror until October 2019. 😆😆 13mo
Reviewsbylola I agree with @TrishB and I‘ve yet to find a horror book that actually scared me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Robothugs I‘m not new to it and I have personally read better books. I‘ve also reached Gilded Needles by him and it was much the same, so I am assuming this was his style. I think if the dialogue was perhaps not so over the top (Luker) I might‘ve enjoyed it more, too. 13mo
Robothugs @TrishB I totally agree with this. Although I think a good writer can creep you out (not scare) regardless. 13mo
Librarybelle I‘m pretty new to modern day horror, as I am such a scaredy-cat, though I can read true crime and gothic horror...go figure! Like @Cinfhen , I thought this was campy, and except for the ending, I wasn‘t exactly on the edge of my seat. But, for an intro to horror, I‘m totally fine with a low impact book! 13mo
TrishB @Robothugs agreed - but these tend to be things that are more real for me- serial killers etc. Supernatural etc doesn‘t scare me- but I love reading it. (edited) 13mo
TrishB @Reviewsbylola I don‘t get scared - but I still love them and carry on trying!! 13mo
quietjenn Not new to horror, although it's not a genre I read often. In part because, as others have said, it is so subjective and I often find things that are supposed to be scary a bit ridiculous and eye-rolling. I think it's one of the hardest things to write, so if I manage to find something that legitimately scares me, I'm super impressed. This didn't quite do it, but I did enjoy it. 13mo
peaknit This didn‘t feel like true horror to me, I enjoy a scarier book I think, grew up on King. I thought the story with the characters was a little hokey at times. And I felt like a lot of the explanation for the elementals was left to the imagination. I‘m not sure I really “got” it. Just ok for me. What really happened to Lawton? Was he in the truck? The 3rd house? Did I miss it?😳 13mo
Cinfhen Good point @TrishB I think reading about rape,molestation or abduction would be too much for me to read. Anything involving harm to children (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen I agree there were some creepy moments which kept me invested in the story @quietjenn @peaknit @Robothugs @Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola @sprainedbrain 13mo
TrishB Exactly why I can‘t read books with certain things in - because they‘re real and have a potential (no matter how small) to happen! 13mo
AmyG @TrishB I agree with what you said about what scares you. Bird Box scared the crap out of me because of my fear of not being able to see what‘s coming at me. I also think it has to do with the writer and reader....the picture they paint in your head. For the reader it works or it doesn‘t. I grew up reading horror. This didn‘t scare me one bit, but I still enjoyed it. (edited) 13mo
batsy Not so much new to horror as interested in it (horror books often have such cool concepts!), but too afraid to try 😂 But now that I'm slowly easing in, it's not so bad and books like this one are good for scared-cats like me. Great point, @TrishB it really is very subjective! 13mo
Reggie @peaknit my theory is that whatever was in the 3rd house took the worst of you after it killed you. Because when they come back to the Savage house after Lawton disappears and the sand starts showing up, someone thinks it‘s as if Lawton got his wish of having that house destroyed so he could proceed with his plans for the oil sale. 13mo
Reggie Not new to horror, but I really liked this one. I also think you have to sell a little of yourself to the book and while I read this in the dark, I just kept thinking what if this was happening to me. So I got a little creeped out. 13mo
Kalalalatja Relatively new to horror, and the horror I have read have been more classic horror tales. I didn‘t find this scary at all, but I think it might have something to do with what time of day I‘m reading scary books. I read this in the day time, but the times I have been scared by books have mostly been when I was reading at night. Also, I agree with @TrishB real stuff is way more scary than the supernatural stuff 13mo
Bookzombie I‘m not new to horror and I agree it‘s very subjective. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I was definitely creeped out several times. For example, when India is first looking through the window of the third house and she sees the door being pulled closed. We know the house is supposed to be empty. I think that creeped me out because I worry about strangers in the house. It‘s not remotely likely, but I check closets occasionally. Lol. 13mo
Bookzombie 👆🏻This comes from reading and watching a lot of horror. Lol. I blame movies like When a Stranger Calls and The Strangers for this. 😁 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie I totally agree about having to sell a little of yourself to the book. 13mo
Cinfhen I get that you kind of need to let yourself get caught up in the moment @Reggie @Bookzombie and when I wasn‘t “overthinking” I was enjoying 13mo
BookwormAHN I'm definitely not new to horror. Their were definitely some creepy parts of this book. I like Mcdowell's writing. 13mo
MinDea Unfortunately I am only half way through this book right now. I'll have to join the discussion when I finish. Sorry. A Head Full of Ghosts and Bird Box took over! 😆 13mo
Cinfhen No problem!!! Both of those books were wayyyyy more creepier but this book was fun @MinDea 13mo
Sweettartlaura Not new to horror - it‘s one of my go-to genres. And I loved this book because it combines 2 of my faves - horror & Southern gothic! I‘ve read gorier, but I‘m never in it for that - I love the creepiness. And any book that starts with a bizarre family funeral ritual has my stamp of approval 🖤 (edited) 13mo
bookandbedandtea I agree with those who have pointed out that what frightens us is very subjective and that you have to give yourself over to the story. I seem to be ok with supernatural evil- and I allowed myself to be scared because I don't believe in it- but human evil is a whole nuther thing! It's way too real for me and I tend to avoid those stories. 13mo
DebinHawaii I'm not new to horror & spent a lot of the 80s reading paperback horror as I worked at a drugstore with 2 round paperback racks & a LOT of slow night shifts & a pharmacist always on the phone with his girlfriend. 😉I somehow missed this one back then. I found it mild & less scary & gross compared to much of the 80s horror I've read & more Southern gothic, but I enjoyed it. The audiobook gets a big 👍 for making the most of the spooky tone. 13mo
Cinfhen I agree @DebinHawaii there wasn‘t any #GrossFactor and I‘m kind of glad about that and yes that opening scene set a good tone @Sweettartlaura 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m with you @bookandbedandtea supernatural elements isn‘t what scares me, it‘s real life horrors I can‘t stomach 😥😞 13mo
LeahBergen I‘m not new to horror but I don‘t read much of it anymore. My early teens were FULL of this sort of read which is probably why I really enjoyed it. It felt like a walk down memory lane for me. 😆 13mo
Bklover Late to the party here, but I didn‘t find this scary. I think for something to even feel a little scary I have to be able to relate to the characters. I think that‘s why I love Stephen King. His characters always feel real to me. These people were just weird. 13mo
toofondofbooks I read half of this while we were on vacation in Gulf Shores this month which really added a great feeling to the read for me. I'm not new to this genre and I suppose since I'm from the South I related a lot to these characters. One thing I loved was how the heat and humidity was almost a character as well. To live here is to know how that kind of wet heat can affect you physically and mentally. I loved seeing its effects on the characters. 13mo
CarolynM I'm late to the discussion #timezones, but wanted to put my two cents worth in. Very new to the genre, I don't enjoy being scared or grossed out. I agree that real life horrors are far more upsetting than the supernatural. I found the family story part of this one engaging and I liked the atmospherics of the isolated place in the blistering heat. 13mo
JaclynW This genre is new to me. I've always been too afraid. But. My kids love this stuff and I am learning to appreciate it and have fun with it. Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was the right amount of creepy. I almost always read at night so maybe this contributed. @reggie I agree that totally letting yourself go and immersing yourself in it makes for a more enjoyable experience. 13mo
JaclynW @reggie @Cinfhen I've over thought some books too and usually end up not liking them as much. I tear them apart to shreds. 😉 @TrishB @Bookzombie I can see how the horror genre is very subjective. My daughter read this book and was hardly phased. I was pretty darn scared! 😄 I also think the MOST scary stuff is the REAL life horrors - like kidnappings, rapes, abuse, torture, mass killings, etc. (Oh and Trump too.) 13mo
JaclynW @toofondofbooks I felt that heat! I've never been to the South but the picture was well drawn by the author. Very atmospheric. 13mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen I wish there were more real 80's references in this book. I actually couldn't exactly place the era because there are few references in that way. It seemed like it could have taken place any time. I knew when the book was written, so assumed that era. But. Darn. A missed opportunity. 13mo
peaknit @JaclynW I always recommend the gold standard Stephen King, his old stuff tends to be true horror. The more recent Mr. Mercedes trilogy is creepy. I also like Dean Koontz. I just read The Watchers after it made the great read list, very good. (edited) 13mo
toofondofbooks @JaclynW I think Stephen King is good to start with. Some of his stuff can be a little gory but not all. Cujo, The Stand, It, Salem's Lot, The Shining ... His older stuff is excellent. Say what you will, the man is a great story teller 13mo
peaknit @toofondofbooks great minds think alike, we must have written our answers at the same time! ❤️King! 13mo
toofondofbooks @peaknit I know! Lol 13mo
Reggie @JaclynW try Nick Cutter‘s The Troop (he‘s the king of the creepy crawlies), there‘s Mira Grant‘s Into the Drowning Deep (Killer mermaid goodness!!!), or Alma Katsu‘s The Hunger (A Donner Party retelling full of supernatural goodness.) And if you‘re feeling brave, there is Ania Ahlborn‘s Brother (a final boss level kind of horror that will leave a hole in your soul filled with sadness.) 13mo
sprainedbrain @JaclynW Like others have said, Stephen King for sure. I‘m also pretty fond of Grady Hendrix... horror that‘s also edgy and funny. 13mo
Sweettartlaura @JaclynW @Reggie Ania Ahlborn might be too much for a novice 😳😱. I really, really like her, but she‘s terrifying AND gory! And @Reggie Brother is the scariest 😱😱😱! 13mo
Sweettartlaura @JaclynW King for sure - the first I read by him was more like a fairy tale - The Eyes of the Dragon. His short story collections are SUPERB, as are his collected novellas. Some of Neil Gaiman‘a work falls into this niche as well - particularly 13mo
Sweettartlaura I second Grady Hendrix - just finished My Best Friend‘s Exorcism - see my review from a couple days ago - I adored it 😍 13mo
BookwormAHN @JaclynW I love Stephen King and Joe Hill also recently started reading Darcy Coates. 13mo
Sweettartlaura @JaclynW try Paul Tremblay, especially 13mo
Sweettartlaura I second Joe Hill ❤️ 13mo
emilyhaldi I'm in agreement with a lot of the above... Reality / believable / true events scare me far more than horror of this genre! 13mo
Sweettartlaura @JaclynW Adam Nevill‘s The Ritual might be too scary for a novice, but put it on your list to work up to, like Ahlborn. 13mo
Sweettartlaura @JaclynW Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt - Harrowgate by Kate Maruyama - Library at Mt Char by Scott Hawkins 13mo
Mdargusch I‘m not a big horror book fan and can‘t remember the last time I read one...until this book. I thought this was a great book to read when dipping my toe into the horror genre pond. 13mo
Bklover @JaclynW Try Insomnia by Stephen King. His books are frightening not because of gore but because his characters seem like people you know. Insomnia is one of my favorites of his. 13mo
JaclynW @peaknit @toofondofbooks @sprainedbrain @Sweettartlaura @BookwormAHN @Bklover @Reggie It sounds like Stephen King is a definite must from almost everyone. And so many authors that I've never heard of! Yay! I'm glad to have a good horror list. Thanks to all of you! 😘 I've screenshot all of your suggestions and will dive in. 👻👻👻 (If I dare!) 13mo
JaclynW @Sweettartlaura I have read Trigger Warnings. I ❤ Neil Gaiman! 13mo
Sweettartlaura Yay, @JaclynW ❤️. One more thing... GR has a list of their most popular horror novels. That is an excellent place to start as well 👍🏻 13mo
Cinfhen Great question @JaclynW LOVE all the suggestions!! I‘ve made notes as well!!! Not ready to try Ahlborn but I will try some of the others. 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks for all those suggestions @peaknit @toofondofbooks @sprainedbrain @Sweettartlaura @BookwormAHN @Bklover @Reggie lots of good reading choice for #90sSpringFling 📚💚🎉😁 13mo
JaclynW @Sweettartlaura Awesome! Thanks! 13mo
GripLitGrl Late to finishing the book but bett then never 😉 I'm a fan of the genre thought it was a good build up to a good ending enjoyed the writing style & appreciated the length. Short eno 13mo
Cinfhen I agree the length was just right!!! @GripLitGrl 13mo
Balibee146 Not totally new to genre but this was refreshing..... Shortish, set in a sunny climate, brave enough not to do a tidy wrap up 👍 13mo
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Inspired by @TrishB went searching for 80s photos....most of them in storage but found pics on some of my hilarious university matriculation cards and the year after when I chopped my big 80s barnet 😂😂😂 #whatastate!! #80sparty #HELLoWeen

Cinfhen Oh!!! These are fabulous 💕💕💕you were bold with your hair choice 🙌🏻❤️ 13mo
TrishB I love these 💕💕 the red is awesome! I‘ve been red for a short period but it wasn‘t this good!! 13mo
Balibee146 Aww cheers @Cinfhen and and @TrishB it's weird I looked more goth than that but look all goody two shoes in these ha ha...I did the same red a couple of years ago on long hair 😁 ive been thinking I might copy cat that haircut and either do that red or bright purple for my 50th next year 🤔🤔🤔 13mo
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TrishB The back of mine is purple at the moment 💜 13mo
Balibee146 @TrishB awesome pic pic pic 👍😁.... Think my other half will be appalled if I go purple.... He hates drawing attention lol xx 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm You don‘t look any much older from how you look in the 80s! 💗 I love the drastic bold change to short and red! ❤️🙌 You were rocking it! 13mo
BarbaraBB Great pics and you haven‘t changed a bit - as far as I can judge 😄 13mo
Balibee146 Awww cheers @erzascarletbookgasm and so sweet... Thanks mum for the good genes plus doing this skincare 😉 13mo
Balibee146 Thanks @BarbaraBB hate having photo taken... Still make the awkward stick up my ass face 😂📷📷 ouch 😂😂 13mo
LeahBergen Love it!! ❤️ 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good genes are important. 😙 I will check it out (the book)! 😄 13mo
Balibee146 @erzascarletbookgasm there are YouTube videos too... It can seem a bit out there and involved at first but it becomes quick and easy... You can get pre cut disposable masks for the lotion mask very cheap on Amazon etc.... Has done wonders for my sensitive skin and it's hardly ever sore now 👍👍 13mo
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#80sparty #HELLoween
I soooo wanted to be Siouxsie 😁❤️ in case you couldn‘t tell!! Couldn‘t find many pics that I know I had, they just seem to disappear over the years.
Great memories.

Cinfhen I love these!!!! And the wallpaper ❣️🙌🏻❣️im already thinking about a #90sSpringFling 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 13mo
TrishB It‘s no wonder I like plain things! Brown flowery wallpaper and carpet and brown stripy curtains 😱 @Cinfhen (edited) 13mo
Balibee146 I've just realised how much you look like one of my closest pal's IRL.... Wondering why I didn't see it before, yat 13mo
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Balibee146 It added a 'yat' and wouldn't let me delete it 😂😂 what's a yat? 13mo
CarolynM You certainly had the Siouxsie look😍 13mo
Avanders Love it! 😍😁 13mo
TrishB @Balibee146 😂😂 your phone loves you still 😘 I have a twin 😁 13mo
TrishB @CarolynM when someone said that to me in the 80s it would make my week! (edited) 13mo
TrishB @Avanders 😘 13mo
Ms_T Great pictures! 13mo
Balibee146 @TrishB it really does hate me.... And it's uncanny.... She does her hair full on red though so I can tell you apart 😂😂 I think you woukd also agree on many many things.... Spooky 😱😜 13mo
batsy I love it! You're totally rockin the look 🖤 13mo
JennyM I love these pics, Trish!!!!! 13mo
Reggie You look like that girl from Stepmom and The Hunger Games, Jena Malone, lol. But a badass version. These pics are great!!! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm These are great pics! 🖤🤘 13mo
Cathythoughts Loving these pictures 👍🏻❤️❤️ 13mo
TrishB @Reggie had to go and see who she was (not very good on film stuff!) I can see what you mean! Thank you 😁 13mo
Balibee146 Oooh I didn't actually say what great pictures.... But if course 😘😘 13mo
youneverarrived Great photos 😁🖤 13mo
TNbookworm I agree with @Reggie, you do look like Jenna Malone! Love the pics❤ 13mo
Kalalalatja Great photos! Love your hair 👌 13mo
BarbaraBB You do look like Siouxsie! Great pics. I would have envied you so much for that look! 13mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB thank you 😘 13mo
JaclynW Awesome! 13mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I love these!! 13mo
Velvetfur I love these photos! I can see you've always been super cool, just like you are now 😊 13mo
TrishB @JaclynW @LeahBergen @Velvetfur aww thank you all 😘 13mo
Leftcoastzen Love the look! 13mo
AlaMich Great photos! Love the smirk! 😉 13mo
TrishB @Leftcoastzen @AlaMich thank you 😘 13mo
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#80sParty there were ringed tees and tanks and long socks, glasses half the size of your face, old school phones with cords, that dress your mom wore with shoulder pads. It was a fun time those 80‘s. #Helloween

Avanders Awww 😍😁 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m sooooo in love 😍 thanks for sharing!!! I‘m thinking ahead to #90sSpringFling hope you‘ll be there xx 13mo
TrishB Brilliant pics 💕 and brown wallpaper in our house!! 13mo
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CarolynM So cute! I'm obviously your mother's generation - I'd still wear shoulder pads if I could😂 13mo
Ms_T Wonderful! 13mo
batsy Great pics... Those 80s vibes make me nostalgic 💕 13mo
Cathythoughts You are Adorable ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh we had a phone like that, and you look so cute! 13mo
youneverarrived Ahh how cute!! 13mo
BookishTrish These are adorable 😍 13mo
TNbookworm Such a cutie💕 13mo
BarbaraBB Super cute, all of you! 13mo
LeahBergen You were so cute!! 13mo
Bookzombie Adorable!! 13mo
Centique Those are the cutest! I see resemblance in your smile then and your smile in your Litsy photo! 13mo
DivineDiana What a cutie! Now, I just want to see a “child you” reading a book! 🙂 13mo
Reggie @DivineDiana it‘s weird, because my parents read to me before bed growing up, but I really didn‘t get the reading bug until I was in high school. 13mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful pictures! 13mo
minkyb ❣️ 13mo
Reviewsbylola Omg you are the cutest!! 13mo
kamoorephoto This is awesome! 12mo
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I love this book. Finishing up tonight and going to have to watch a light cartoon before bed. #HELLoWeen

Cinfhen Hi!! There‘s a big group buddy read happening today for this book. If you click on #HELLoWeen you can follow discussion questions later today. Also feel free to jump into the #80sParty if you feel like it 🎵❤️🎉 13mo
LouLouLane Thank you @Cinfhen I was wondering why so many people were reading this today. 😁😁😁 13mo
Cinfhen And now I‘m following you 13mo
ferskner Your dog is the greatest! 13mo
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Day 3 #80sparty #HELLoWeen I couldn‘t find too many 80 photos but I managed to find a few. I had all the required ELEMENTS perm, shoulder pads, big earrings, tube top, slouchy blazer, designer duds ( I was fancy 🤪) and the cute boy!!!! I‘m loving this throwback weekend!!! Thanks to everyone who‘s posted, commented and participated. I‘ll be putting up discussion questions later today under spoiler tags.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pics ❤️❤️👍🏻 13mo
thereadingowlvina 👍😊💜💜 13mo
JaclynW Cute!! 💕💖💕💖 13mo
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CarolynM You were quite the fashion plate! 😍 13mo
Kalalalatja These photos are amazing! 💕 13mo
Reggie You are TOTALLY Sarah Jessica Parker lower left. Lol great photos, friend. 13mo
TrishB Awww.,....brilliant , love them 💕 you have the selfie pout already in 1984 😍 13mo
Cinfhen Hahaha😂😂 I do looked pissed @TrishB 13mo
Cinfhen SJP?!!! I‘ll take it 😘😘thank you @reggie @Kalalalatja 13mo
Avanders Amazing 😍😁 13mo
CoffeeAndABook 😂😂😂 These pics are just RRRRAD!!! SO 80s 😁 Love em 👌👈👈👈 13mo
batsy Oh, these are brilliant! 💖 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm These pics are fabulous 👍 13mo
Cinfhen Thank you friends 😘😘😘😘im waiting to see your awesome 80s looks @batsy @Avanders @CoffeeAndABook @erzascarletbookgasm 😍😍😍 13mo
Bklover This is amazing!!!! I can‘t find any of my 80‘s pics- I‘ll try to look a little harder! Your pics are wonderful!💕💕 13mo
TNbookworm Awesome💕 13mo
mabell Great photos!! Soooooo 80s! 😎🙌 13mo
britt_brooke Love the tube top! 13mo
Cinfhen Before the days when I had kiddies, I could rock a tube top @britt_brooke @Bklover @TNbookworm @mabell now I think twice before I go out in a tank top (edited) 13mo
BarbaraBB Great pics! That one of 1984 is so cool 😂. Is the cute boy still the same one as nowadays? 13mo
Balibee146 Love these pics @Cinfhen cute 80s boy alert ❗❗ 13mo
Cinfhen Yup @BarbaraBB one in the same!!! We started dating in 1984 and we were married in 1988 #Goodmemories @Balibee146 13mo
BarbaraBB True love! You must have been a young bride! 💕 13mo
Cinfhen We were both 21...scary that I have a 25yr old daughter & 23 yr old son @BarbaraBB 13mo
LeahBergen Gahhhh! These are amazing! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen So young meeting mr right. How romantic. And you were young as well when you became a mother. That must have been cool for your kids, to have such a young mom! 13mo
LauraBeth Love these! 13mo
Centique You were too cool! 😍😘😘 13mo
Reviewsbylola Omg love it! 13mo
Bookzombie I love these pics!!😍 (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks... wish I could have found my prom pics!!! Those are priceless @LauraBeth @Centique @Reviewsbylola @Bookzombie @LeahBergen 😂😂😆 13mo
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#HELLoWeen #80sParty

All our old photos are in storage so I did some googling and came up with my year 12 group photo from 1981. It's a big one so I cropped it to make me more visible. To be honest, I only recognised myself by the long hair😂😪

Cinfhen I wish I could find my class pic! This is awesome 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Cathythoughts This is fab ! What a treasure to have 13mo
Reggie This pic is awesome, the hair, the fashion. 13mo
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margreads I've booked at an old photo before and wondered who that person was only to realise that it was me!! 13mo
Kalalalatja Your class sure had a lot of brunettes 😄 13mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 love it 💕 13mo
JennyM This is awesome!!! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I must see if I can find some class photos. These are cool. You‘re the one sitting in the middle? 13mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, that's me. It was strange seeing all those faces, people I hadn't seen in more than 30 years. But the girl sitting second from the left is still a close friend❤️ @Cinfhen @JennyM @TrishB @Reggie @Cathythoughts (edited) 13mo
CarolynM @Kalalalatja Blondes were very exotic where I grew up. Most of the boys who you see with some blondness are actually sun bleached from surfing 13mo
CarolynM @margreads It's a bit disturbing, isn't it? 13mo
Cathythoughts I see you now , thanks @erzascarletbookgasm for finding herself. I love your long hair 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I was very proud of it. In all honesty, though, I never realised how much longer it was than everyone else's until I saw this photo today🙃 13mo
Kalalalatja I think it might be my Scandinavian bias, where blonds are the norm 😄 13mo
LeahBergen Love it! 13mo
Centique That‘s a lovely photo - and it‘s fun to see those fashions again 😍 13mo
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Horror is not my genre so I can't compare this to other horror books but I suspect this was horror lite. The end definitely had some creepy, disturbing imagery but luckily it's wasn't too much for this member of #TeamSqueamish. Mostly I kept wondering why they loved that place so much! I really liked several of the characters and would have enjoyed a deeper look at their lives and relationships. Thanks @Cinfhen for organizing this #buddyread.

Cinfhen I agree, this is probably #horrorLite and I was fine with that!! 13mo
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My mix tape for the #Helloween #80sParty.

It was WAY too hard to pick my favorite songs from the 1980s so I narrowed the field to 1981-the year The Elementals came out. I was a sophomore in high school & these 12 songs from Billboard's Top 100 are just some of my favorites from the year.

I'm about 70% done with the book & hoping to be ready to discuss it tomorrow. Still debating on whether I'll share my 80s photo-it's a doozy!😱

Cinfhen I love this playlist!! 1981 was a good year for music 💕and I can‘t wait for the photo!!!!! 13mo
merelybookish ABBA + Blondie = AWESOME 13mo
JaclynW Great idea to pick just one year! That helps in the narrowing down. 😉 Great song choices! 13mo
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Reggie Awww Phil Collins, In the Air of Night which makes me think of young preScientologist Tom Cruise in Risky Business-“Lana asked me ‘Have you ever made love on a train Joel?‘” Lol 13mo
CarolynM @Reggie Risky Business😱I was totally scandalised by that film!😂 And I can't hear In the Air Tonight without thinking of it. My husband has always tried to tell me that's not what the song is about, but I remain unconvinced. 13mo
TNbookworm Totally love this playlist💕 13mo
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I‘m going to disagree with many in the #Helloween celebration, but I thought this was just okay. I normally do not read anything horror - unless it‘s 19th century horror - so the low creep factor worked for me. But, it just felt so campy to me. I actually rolled my eyes a few times. The ending though - wow! I never would have read this if not for the #buddyread , so thanks especially to @Cinfhen for pulling me out of my comfort zone!

Reviewsbylola @cinfhen certainly agrees with you! 13mo
Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola I‘m totally happy there was not much of a scare factor! I finished it in the dark, and I‘m very #teamsqueamish 13mo
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Cinfhen I‘m with you 💯I did a ton of eye rolling 🙄🙄🙄 13mo
Kalalalatja I‘m on #teameyeroll, too 🙄🙄 13mo
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I enjoyed this slow burn "quiet" Southern gothic horror! Not scary at all but bizarre. The family dynamics is weird:

✔ Atmospheric writing
✔ Likeable characters. I loved Odessa ?

❌ Somewhat rushed ending

Rating: 4.5?

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2556881861

#HELLoween #LitsyBuddyRead @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I like that, “quiet”....perfect word choice 💕 13mo
JaclynW So atmospheric!! I felt over heated most of the book and I could swear I felt sand EVERYWHERE!! It seemed like I was THERE in that beach house! 13mo
thereadingowlvina @Cinfhen 🤗 Thank you! 💕 13mo
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thereadingowlvina @JaclynW Totally agree with you! So much heat and sand. I could feel it! 😯 13mo
Jess7 Are you reading with @LitsyBuddyRead for A Place for Us? 13mo
thereadingowlvina @Jess7 Oh no! I wasn't aware of that 😔 13mo
Jess7 That‘s ok! We‘re reading The Storied Life of Aj Fikry for @LitsyBuddyRead this month! 12mo
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I'm late to the #HelloWeen #80sParty (playlist to follow) but if we were partying at Beldame 😱in 1981, when the book was published, we could eat baked Brie with fruit (according to the Rachel Ray show, a popular party appetizer in '81) & Skittles (invented in 81) & play Upwords (like multilevel Scrabble-invented in '81) & everyone except Big Barbara could have an Alabama Slammer (sloe gin, amaretto, Southern Comfort & OJ--& popular in the '80s).

Pamwurtzler Wow that sound like quite a drink!! 13mo
CarolynM Upwords! That game was so much fun. Haven't played it in years. 13mo
Cinfhen Great collage!! I wonder why they didn‘t play board games at Beldame!!?? Upwords was fun @CarolynM and Alabama Slammers were good too @Pamwurtzler 😜 13mo
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JaclynW Skittles were invented in 1981?! Wow! 13mo
JaclynW Nice collage! Love the beach house! 13mo
Andrew65 Skittles 😍😍😍 13mo
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Not as scary as I had expected, but it did have some creepy parts. I enjoyed the writing style and absolutely loved Luker and India... and I liked the other characters just fine, too. Easy-to-read, entertaining horror that‘s not overly disgusting.


Thanks for the party invite, @Cinfhen 😃 I probably wouldn‘t have read this without #Helloween to motivate me.

First book finished for #Deweys #Readathon

Reviewsbylola The characters made this book for me! 13mo
Cinfhen I agree, fun & campy❣️❣️❣️and the perfect season👻🎃👻😺 13mo
JaclynW Luker and India had such an interesting relationship! They were fun characters. 13mo
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#HELLoWeen #80sParty @Cinfhen
🎶80's mix tape🎶

Mdargusch Good playlist! 🎵🎶🎵🎶 13mo
CarolynM Some great songs there. I may be the only person of my generation who didn't like the Thriller album - always thought Off the Wall was much better. 13mo
Cinfhen I think I could listen to 80s music fir the rest of my life and I‘d be perfectly happy 🤟🏽 13mo
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batsy Fun tracks... Going down memory lane 😊❤️ 13mo
batsy @CarolynM I love the Thriller album, but Off the Wall has become underrated as a result of Thriller's popularity ... It's so good 💜 13mo
JaclynW I am wanting to make a playlist with everyone's song picks now! So many great songs! 13mo
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Trying to catch-up with my audiobook of The Elementals for #Helloween I'm only about 1/3 of the way through. The narrator is good with the voices but it's a bit slow-going so far. Will do my #80sparty posts for yesterday & today later. Right now I'm enjoying the sunshine, water view with Eggs Caprese & cold brew at my happy place, my local coffeeshop. Sneaking a little bit of A Head Full of Ghosts too before I run all my Saturday errands.☕️📚🥚💚

Cinfhen I think your happy place is happier than Disney World 😘 13mo
Cinfhen Perfect morning 13mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen It's certainly more peaceful. 😉 13mo
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LeahBergen Oh, this looks delightful. 😍😍 13mo
LauraBeth I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen the outside of your coffee shop - that looks amazing! 13mo
heidisreads I wish I had a coffee shop with a view like that! 13mo
zzz Beautiful💛 13mo
Hooked_on_books What a fabulous spot! 13mo
Dragon Looks yummy! 😀🐉 13mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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I‘m going in...#Helloween #readathon

Cinfhen Yay!!! 13mo
thereadingowlvina Awesome! 13mo
Pamwurtzler Yay!! Hope you love it! 13mo
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Oh dear ... not for me ! I liked the southern vibe to it. But , otherwise , I have to confess I skimmed the last bit... just not for me ... wasn‘t holding my attention at all ! That‘s the way ... 🤷🏻‍♀️ #Helloween

TrishB All different views welcome 💕 13mo
Mdargusch Darn! 13mo
Cinfhen It was kind of silly ~ I agree!! Glad u joined in💕 13mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Mdargusch you just never know how it‘s going to go with some books 😬 13mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks Cindy , I‘m glad I read it & good to see all the different views. All in all it was a big winner 🎉. Lots of Litsy love ❤️ 13mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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#80sParty #HELLoween #buddyread My 80‘s playlist included a lot of hair band music, Motley Crue was my favorite, as a matter of fact I took this guys photo in to my hairdresser and asked her to cut my hair like this. Um, needless to say in 8th grade I didn‘t know how to use product or style anything. 😝 I also went through a Duran Duran phase. I want my MTV!

Cinfhen 😜💕 13mo
readingjedi Love a bit of Crue. 13mo
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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In the 80s, Raffi was my jam! 😄

#80sparty Day 3 #HELLoween

Melissa_J OMG! I saw him in concert when I was a kid. Baby Beluga and Down by the Bay were my favourites 😊 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I still have all of the Raffi cds I bought when my kids were little. Now I listen to them with my granddaughter. 😊 13mo
Samplergal My kids were raised on Raffi. There was a vacation in Vermont that was almost torture, as it was driving from DC to Burlington. It may have qualified had I not loved Raffi. I still know all those words ... epples and banenes. (edited) 13mo
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Cinfhen Hahahaha 🐳🐳🐳 13mo
mabell @Melissa_J That must have been a great concert! Those are good ones! I was singing Baby Beluga to my husband today - what do you mean you don't know who Raffi is?! 😂 13mo
mabell @CoffeeNBooks We had the cassettes! I have to buy the cds/digital - my niece and nephew will love him! 13mo
mabell @Samplergal It's so funny that his songs are catchy and singable, but I don't really find it ever gets annoying. He has such a great voice - upbeat and soothing at the same time. Opals and banonos! 🍎🍌 13mo
mabell @Cinfhen I also realized this is Day 2. 🙄😂 13mo
Mdargusch Love it. My granddaughters and I were just jamming to Raffi yesterday! “Down by the bay...” 13mo
mabell @Mdargusch That is awesome! Raffi is timeless. ❤️ 13mo
JaclynW 🧡Raffi💛 13mo
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