Something Wicked Comes: Giveaway of Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

From Heidi’s Blog at Rainy Day Ramblings:

Something Wicked Comes….bringing Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and more Oh My!  What is this wicked thing?  Why a month long blogging event celebrating all books paranormal/supernatural or Halloween related.  Every day during the
month of October there will be several stops.  Each blogger will be featuring a favorite paranormal book and offering it for a giveaway.  Think of it as a month long Blog Trick or Treating Event…

Many of the stops have these great features with the authors but I’ve been so crazy busy that I didn’t even get a chance to email Melissa to see if she’d like to be on.  So I’m going to tell you my own story…

I’m a chicken.  I’ve never handled scary things very well.   Growing up I was raised that scary stuff is evil, if we allow ourselves to meddle in it then we’re allowing evil into our life and bad things will happen.  As a teen that didn’t deter me much because obviously I was curious.  I was never exposed to scary movies or even scary books.  So when I went to baby sit one Friday the 13 shortly before Halloween (I think.  It was fall anyway.) I was all over the opportunity to watch a scary movie for the first time.  I don’t recall how old I was but I think maybe I was in 8th grade.

Once the kids were asleep I started flipping through channels and I came across a movie that was Friday the 13th or Halloween.  I can’t remember now and since I’ve never watched the movies since I couldn’t tell you for sure.  But it was one of those things that I just couldn’t look away but I couldn’t hardly look either.  I kept changing the channel right at the scariest part because I couldn’t take it but as I flipped through the channels I always ended up back at the movie.  I learned that day that scary really wasn’t for me and since then I have avoided scary movies and books.  While I have run into them a time or two because I just happened to be somewhere they were watching a scary movie or something it just re-affirmed that I was right in staying away from the scary!

I have learned that it’s harder to assess whether a book will be too scary for me.  There are some horror books that I’ve read that were fine, I really enjoyed them and wasn’t too scared, but there were others that completely horrified me.  So I’m willing to give scary books a chance but most likely I’ll check out a lot of reviews before I give it a shot.

Carnival of Souls was not that scary for me.  The carnival itself is a horrifying place, but it wasn’t anything that freaked me out.  And it really added to the atmosphere of the book.  Now I’m giving you the opportunity to win my once read ARC of the book.

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and “Graveminder,” comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.

This giveaway is open to US addresses only and you must be 13 or older to enter.  Ends Oct. 30th, 2012. Please fill out the rafflecopter to enter.  Good luck!

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  1. The scariest book I’ve read is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I read it when I was like ten and had horrible nightmares afterwards. I’m a complete whimp so I can’t really handle horror. Also, it took my literally years to get over the werewolf in the Prisoner of Askaban movie! 😛

  2. I’m not entering the contest because I already own this one but I just wanted to stop by anyways and say, what a great choice for this Hop!!

    I haven’t read this one yet but I have heard some good things about it.

    As for the scariest book, IT by Stephen King was hands down it. I read it in high school and still remember being scared while reading it.

  3. I would have to say that the scariest movie I have ever watched was Stephen King’s IT. I hate clowns! I guess it didn’t help that the 1st time I watched it I was only 7! :(

  4. I’m a chicken too Candace, you are not alone! I’m usually okay with older scary movies (like the original Halloween), but newer ones with more gore? No thanks. I can’t do Scream or Saw or any of those and hope to sleep anytime in the near future. Books are a different matter, they usually don’t scare me as much, but then again I stay away from the truly terrifying ones. Stephen King and I are not friends, even though I did love The Shining:)

  5. Oh let’s see scariest movie when I was growing up Poltergeist at 8 Yikes!
    House of the Long Shadows 13…really creepy
    Exorcist in high school and recently Paranormal Activity that one just gave me the creeps. Scariest book well I would have to go with Dracula and Exorcist.

  6. OooOo I’m such a chicken too!!!!! When I was 8 I saw Nightmare on Elms Street and ever since I think I’m traumatized!

    With books I’m less ckicken and I loved Carnival of Souls sooo much!

  7. Yeah I’m a chicken too. Although I do try to see and read scary movies and books. Just not too many movies these days. I like creepy, but not over the top scary.

    Some movies that gave me nightmares, Freddy Krueger. Not sure which one it was, but I think I was like 8 or 9 when I saw it because my “sperm donor” decided he wanted to watch it and since there was nothing else to do in the house I watched it too and yeah, I had nightmares.

    The Grudge was another that left me freaked. Reviews kind of bashed it if I recall, but it scared the crap out of me.

    Would looooove to read this one though! Reading some awesome reviews on it!

  8. I watched Birds when I was little and was terrified of that movie, even with the horrible special effects lol And book wise, I can’t really think of one right now haha

  9. I really enjoyed Carnival of Souls. Definitely not scary but an interesting departure from Melissa’s other books. I think the scariest book I’ve ever read would be a toss-up between IT and … no. IT by Stephen King wins. CLowns. *shudder*

  10. Oh I so want to read this!

    Honestly, I’ve never scared easy. I can’t think of any movies that scare me.. gross me out, yes, but not scare me. However, I think the Dark Inside series scares me a little, especially when read in the middle of the night, in the dark, with the window open. Love it!

  11. My most favorite and scariest novel I’ve read was Anna Dressed in Blood! It was just such a good nice scare of a read! It didn’t help that I was reading it under the covers in the middle of the night when everyone else was asleep!

  12. I would love to read Carnival of Souls. I loved hearing what you had to say about it. I can also understand not wanting to watch scary movies. I used to watch a lot of them! The scariest movie I ever watched was Watcher in the Woods (oddly enough it is a Disney movie). For scary books- one of the books I have read by Stephen King.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Oh I can’t deal with scary books or scary films either, especially the ones that mess with your head and have you thinking about it for days afterwards! Saying that I did request a copy of The House at the End of the Street, it looks quite good! Thanks for sharing your story with us Candace and your giveaway! :)

  14. I can’t really think of the scariest movie, but I think maybe the scariest book was probably the Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. Thanks so much for sharing your story and for the chance to win!

  15. I’d have to pick Stephen Kings “IT” totally! I’ve never been able to look at another clown the same way since! They scare the hell-out-of-me now!!
    Horror books and movies I’ve always had liked except IT! *shivers*
    DeAnna Schultz

  16. Candace, I wouldn’t watch a scary movie to save my life. I don’t mind scary novels, because somehow they don’t creep me out, but movies? I’m a goner. Ironically both my mom and grandmother, both of whom I am VERY close to, LOVE horror movies, so I wind up sitting in my room blasting happy music while they watch scary movies downstairs. I do think the scariest movie I saw though was The Omen, the original version. TERRIFYING. Or A Haunting in Connecticut. Especially that last scene when they tell us it was based off a true story! =.= JUST what I needed right? Anyway, incredible post, dear! :) I need to get around to Carnival of Souls soon…

  17. I remember as a teenager reading The Stand by Stephen King, alone in my room late at night, and when I had to get up to turn the light off it took about 15 minutes to convince myself that nothing was under the bed or in the closet! That’s still my favorite book though :)

  18. Scariest movie ever for me is Silent Hill. That movie just does something to me, but I love it and watch it every so often. Now that they have a number 2 coming out I’m very excited. My son has to go with me cuz I can’t go see it alone!! :)

  19. i dont know the name but when i was about 8 my dad was watching a scary movie with me in the room. evil easter bunny and he left eggs that some monster hatched out of under a kids bed. for a long time i would have to jump really far to and from my bed


  20. The Exorcist (the original one) is still the scariest movie I’ve ever seen! I watched it when I was in high school in the basement of a friend’s house. Then I had to drive home by myself to make my midnight curfew! I kept the car light on the whole way!

  21. The scariest movie I have ever watched may have been dawn of the dead. Scared me to the bone. The scariest book I’ve ever read had to be “Being Dead” although I can’t remember the author’s name. I can still remember the story after 6 years and the idea still terrifies me.
    -Secilia Moore

  22. The scariest movie I’ve ever watched is The Ring. I had nightmares for weeks. I’m sorry but little girls should NEVER come out of TV sets. I still can’t watch that movie even knowing what happens.

    Scariest book? I don’t know. I don’t typically get scared by books. There was an anthology I read a couple months ago called Things Falling Up that was so freaking gross and disturbing that I had to stop reading…which is pretty insane considering that I’ve never felt that way about a book before.

  23. I can’t think of any scary books I’ve read. As for movies, the scariest for me has to be IT. It still freaks me out to even have to see a picture of a clown 😛 *shudders*

  24. I’m a total chicken too! My daughter has been begging me to watch Insidious with her for ages, and I just can’t! I couldn’t even get through Paranormal Activity! But then, I’m 36 and still sleep with my bathroom light on. lol When I read a scary book by accident, I don’t sleep that night, but for me it is easier than movies because the imagery is my own, and I think I subconsciously tone it down for my own sake. Great post, great giveaway!

    Check out my GIVEAWAY if you get a chance! I’m giving away a signed finished copy of The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver.

  25. This is really silly but when I was little I watched some old Mary Kate and Ashely Halloween movie (Double Double Toil and Trouble) and that thing scared me so badly that I haven’t really watched a scary movie since – I know I’m a ridiculous chicken, but I can’t help it.

    I saw Carrie recently but I didn’t really find it scary so much as just odd/different.

    I don’t mind books, but somehow movies get to me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  26. Although it’s not a horror book the scariest book that I’ve ever read would have to be Unwind by Neal Shusterman. The realism in this series is just unbelievable. The way society is able to legitimize killing kids and the propaganda that goes with it. It just freaked me out.

  27. The scariest movie I have ever seen is Halloween (the original). I saw it way before I should have, I’m talking like five or six years old, and it has scarred me for life. Just thinking about Michael Myers gives me nightmares. But that doesn’t stop me from watching it every year :)

  28. Cannot wait to read this book it sounds so AMAZING and very UNIQUE!

    My scariest movie I’ve watched is definitely The Ring. I cannot really think of a scary book that has really moved/scared me :(

  29. The scariest movie I’ve seen would have to be the Dawn of the Dead remake. It seemed way too real to me, and I’ve never in my life seen zombies run that fast, lol!!

    One of the scariest books I’ve read is Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite. I read it right before Halloween last year, and it still gives me the creeps!

  30. I would have to say “The Shining”. I did a post last year comparing the book and the movie and while the movie is creepy…the book takes the creep factor a bit farther as it further gets inside your head and explores the story even further. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Stiletto Storytime

  31. The scariest movie has to go to The Birds – I to this day cannot drive by and see birds on the power lines and not think of it. I think scariest book is going to go to Stephen King or Dean Koontz – yep I think I will go with Lightening by Dean Koontz. Thank you for sharing with us today,

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