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Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 3

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Hi again Geeklings!  Welcome to week 3 of our Month of the Macabre celebrations!  Only 2 weeks to go until Halloween!  How are your costumes coming along?

This week let’s go over one thing no Halloween season would be complete without; scary movies!  Ah, the scary movie; a true staple of this time of year.  It’s the perfect season to just get cozy on a couch, turn the lights down, grab snacks and pull a blanket over you (ya know, in case you need to shield your face during the scary bits).  It’s even better when you can do it as a group.

Just this last weekend I watched The Conjuring again.  Still super spooky with a lot of atmosphere.

But that is just one of many movies out there designed to deliver thrills and chills.  From ghost stories to monsters, sci fi to fantasy, knife-wielding maniacs and psycho killers, films have captured just about every which way there is to be scared in the safety of our own home or local movie theatre.

But it can be a bit tricky for teens to find movies to watch that are actually scary.  Why?  A little something called the R rating.  The bane of many a teen’s existence; you’re almost old enough to watch it but just not quite!  And though some movies rated G or PG can be freaky, they often are tame compared to other options.

Fortunately we got you covered.  I’ve compiled a list of scary movies that are all rated PG-13 or 14A or lower.

We’ve got quite a few to select from.  IT, of course, was a huge hit last year, so much so that they’re doing a new big screen version of Pet Sematary next year.  I’ve seen IT, The Lost Boys (80s vampires my friends!) The Woman in Black, Warm Bodies and The Conjuring (and Supernatural, but we’ll talk more about the Winchesters next week).  I’d like to see The Hole, Unfriended, The Purge and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Grab a few of these and your next movie night is sure to freak some people out.  Any good ones (appropriately rated) that I’ve left out?  Post away in the comments section.  And if after my last two posts you’re still looking for some spooky reads, Nerdist released a list of scary short stories you can read online, including authors like Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King.  Check ’em out.

Have a good week Geeklings, keep enjoying the thrills, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 2

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Hi again Geeklings!  Welcome to week 2 of our Month of the Macabre, designed to get you in the spirit of October and celebrate all the spookiness that comes with it.  This week, let’s talk about graphic novels, the books that deliver both verbal and visual scares.

First, let’s talk Archie Horror.  The Archie comics offshoot that started with one title everyone thought was pretty crazy and has since blossomed (get it?  Blossom? As in Cheryl?) over the last few years into it’s own publishing line.  Taking familiar characters in very unfamiliar settings you can find pretty much anything your horror fan heart could want.

Afterlife With Archie Afterlife with Archie, Book 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – Some people thought it just wouldn’t work.  Take some of the most long-lasting and wholesome characters in all of comicdom, and drop them into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse.  Well, it happened, and it was a huge hit.  Jughead’s dog Hotdog is killed in a hit and run, and he turns to Sabrina Spellman, the resident witch, for help.  Going against her aunts wishes, Sabrina uses forbidden and dark magic to raise Hotdog from the dead.  But Hotdog doesn’t come back right, and one bite is all it takes for everything to be turned upside down and for the survivors to band together and try to stay alive.  Though this was advertised as a parody of horror films it gets downright grim at times.  Seriously, it made me cry.  But the artwork is gorgeous and it is suitably gory for your Halloween needs.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – By far my favorite book of the Archie Horror Line (so far).  Going back to Sabrina Spellman, this sets the teen witch’s story in the 1960s.  A lot of the same elements are there; Sabrina’s a half-witch being raised by her full witch aunts while maintaining a double life at Greendale High School and dating regular guy Harvey.  The main twist in the horror version is that Sabrina’s family are witches because they’ve sold their souls to the devil.  And on her 16th birthday (which is also Halloween night) Sabrina must decide if she’ll undergo the dark baptism or live as a mortal.  It’s intense and dark but so well-written and intriguing.  Plus, Netflix is making a TV series out of it.

Jughead: The Hunger Vol.1 Jughead: The Hunger Vol. 1 by Frank Tieri – Jughead Jones has always been famous for his insatiable appetite.  Where does it come from?  How about a nice big dose of lycanthropy?  Yup, in this universe Jughead is one of a long line of Jones werewolves, and another prominent Riverdale family are also werewolf hunters from just as long of a time back.  Looking at how much Jughead can eat in one sitting this makes a lot of sense to me.  And the two families locked in combat and with real consequences are just more reasons to read this series.

Vampironica Vampironica Issue 1 by Greg and Megan Smallwood – Veronica Lodge has had pretty simple goals in life.  Be rich, be popular, date Archie and sometimes Reggie, and maintain a frenemy status with Betty.  Everything changes when she ends up the victim of a vampire attack and she comes back as a blood sucker.  How will the change affect Veronica and her goals?  Will she be the same old shallow teen or will this make her something more?  You’ll have to read to find out.

So you’ve got those four series, and there’s more coming.  In 2019 Archie Horror will release two new series.  One is called Blossoms: 666 and features the Blossom twins, Cheryl and Jason.  Still popular and wealthy, but one of them is the Anti-Christ and no one, not even them, knows which one, and both twins want the title.  The other series is Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica, which is exactly what it sounds like.  In the meantime, you can find more issues of all four of the current series on Hoopla.

So, what else we got?

Anya's Ghost Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – Anya’s having a bit of a rough time and could really use a friend.  Even a ghost who’s been dead for a century that Anya finds at the bottom of a well seems like as good a friend as any.  But, of course, it’s not that simple.  Will this ghost be a new best friend or something much darker and more sinister?

 

 

Gotham Academy Gotham Academy, Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan – Set in a school supported by Bruce Wayne (aka Batman; you’ve probably heard of him), Gotham Academy follows Olive Silverlock and her new friend Maps as they navigate regular teen stuff in addition to ghosts haunting the school and old secrets from Gotham’s past being unearthed.

 

 

Tokyo GhoulTokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 by Sui Ishida – A series that’s become a classic in horror manga.  In this world Ghouls exist, and they look pretty normal but they really really like human flesh.  Ken Kaneki is a typical college student until a chance encounter leaves him not quite a Ghoul but not fully human anymore either; something in between, and the first of his kind.  Now stuck between two worlds, Ken must learn how the Ghoul society operates if he wants to get a handle on his new powers and survive this new life.

Wytches Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder – This story takes witches and makes them about as spooky as you possibly can.  Hogwarts students these guys ain’t.  Sailor Rook and her family moves to the town of Litchfield NH to escape a family tragedy, and all Sailor wants to do is start over and get settled into her new high school.  But there’s something in the woods.  Something sinister, and it has other plans for the Rooks.

 

Death Note Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom by Tsugumi Oba – Another manga horror classic with some big questions and some Japanese legends to boot.  Light Yagami is brilliant but bored.  But everything changes when a rogue Shinigami death god leaves the Death Note lying around and Light finds it.  It’s a notebook that kills whoever has their name written in it.  Light wants to use the Death Note to rid the world of evil but, of course, things get complicated.  One of the biggest complications is the Shinigami, named Ryuk, who is pretty darn scary just in appearance alone.

So there’s a few to get you started.  Any really good ones I missed?  Sound off in the comments below.

Stay tuned for more scary selections.  Have a great week and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 1

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Hiya Geeklings!

Before I get started with today’s post, a big thank you to everyone who came our for Vaughan Fan Con this past Saturday.  We had a great time, there were some amazing costumes, and it made my little fangirl heart proud!  Thank you so much!

And now… HAPPY OCTOBER!

I’ve waited all year to all-caps that and shout it from the rooftops.  This is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite months.  It’s a month where the leaves start to change, the air gets cooler, there’s a sense of just a little bit of foreboding in the air, and it’s a month where you’re allowed to be as creepy as you want.  You can watch all the scary movies and read all the spooky tales and listen to all the creepiest podcasts or audiobooks and just… bask in the season.

Plus, there’s delicious food.  Thanksgiving noms and pumpkin everything and candy, to be precise.

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So, what I thought we’d do this year is to take these next 5 weeks, right up to Halloween, and talk about some spooky stuff you can indulge in.  Books, Graphic Novels, Movies, TV shows and Audio (music and whatnot), not necessarily in that order.  We’ve got a lot of great, teen-friendly creepy stuff for you to borrow and lots of recommendations.

Since we are a library, let’s start with the books.  Novels are one of our main breads and butters, you know.

This list has been freshly updated by yours truly.  I put Scream Site on hold and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival, but there are definitely other titles I want to check out too, like The Lantern’s Ember and Dread Nation.  A comfy couch, something hot to drink, a warm blanket, candles and a spooky story.  Perfect way to spend an October evening.

Any favorite scary books you’d like to recommend?  Post away in the comments section.

That’s it for now.  Tune in these next few weeks for more recommendations, enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Fan Con’s almost here! Plus, one more Fantastic Beasts trailer!

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Hi again Geeklings!

This is it!  Just a few days until Vaughan Fan Con 2018, this Saturday from 10am – 4pm!  Are you excited?  I’m SO excited!  We’ve got so much going on that day; workshops, video games, board games, Pokemon, an Artists Alley, special guests, cosplay photoshoots, a STEAM area.  Just… so much wow!  Be sure to click that link to see what’s going on and how to sign up for the workshops.  And stay tuned, because like with any con the schedule can be subject to change.

As for something geeky this week to get us all in the spirit, how about a brand new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

Is this movie going to be somewhat problematic?  Yup.  Am I still excited?  Yup.  I mean, it does look pretty darn awesome!  New beasts, lots of magic, high stakes, a young Dumbledore, Hogwarts!  It’s darn near impossible not to be excited!  There’s a big reveal in the trailer that ties into the Harry Potter series, and there’s already much speculation on what’s going to go down (with J.K. Rowling being mum as usual).

If you want to catch up on the Wizarding World we have the series in our collection and we have the films, including the first Fantastic Beasts movie, as well as the script and the textbook.

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!  If you want to come in costume it is not a requirement but very much encouraged.  Enjoy the rest of the week and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: Countdown to Fan Con continues with some Marvelous trailers

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Hi again Geeklings!

Vaughan Fan Con is just over a week away.  I know, right?  Coming up so fast!  We now have our workshops for the day on Eventbrite, so take a look and see what you’d like to sign up for.  Spaces are a little limited so head on over.

Let’s continue to get our geek on by looking at some new trailers that have popped up online this last week.  First up, something spooky.  A little while ago we got our first promotional images of Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and now we have our first teaser trailer.

I think we can all agree, it looks creepy.  The devilish imagery, the witchy classes, the spooky singing of ‘Happy Birthday’.  Yup, this is going to be a Halloween treat for one and all.  Can’t wait!  This article has some descriptions of the characters if you’d like to learn a bit more.

On the opposite end of creepy, you have the latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns, which looks utterly delightful.

Colorful, heart warming, fun.  I’m very excited to have Mary back.  Put a hold on the original movie here.

But now, the piece de resistance!  Our first trailer for next year’s Captain Marvel.

OH MY GOSH THAT LOOKS AMAZING!  Carol Danvers is all her kick-butt glory!  It’s brief but we get some really cool shots here, like younger Agents Fury and Coulson, the Skrulls (they are big bads in the Marvel universe), Jude Law as Mar-Vell.  But Brie Larson as Danvers, our first heroine to lead a Marvel film!  It just warms the heart.  But I think my favorite moment might be the first scene here, where Carol goes crashing through a particular business.  I had to remind myself that this movie is set in the 90s before that made sense.

For Captain Marvel reading I recommend starting with In Pursuit of Flight, but we have lots of other CM titles in the system as well.  And of course, don’t forget to catch up on the other MCU films.

What do we think Geeklings?  Excited for any of these?  Which one are you most excited for?  Post away in the comments.

See you next week, as we finish our countdown to Fan Con.  Take care until then, and until next time, End of Line.

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