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It's give-away time at the Hooton blog again and this time I've got three YA horror ARCs up for grabs:

THE DEAD by David Gatward is the first in a YA trilogy about a teenage boy who discovers that he's the only thing standing between Hell unleashing itself on Earth. Official blurbage is as follows:

Lazarus Stone is about to turn sixteen when, one night, his normal life is ripped to shreds by a skinless figure drenched in blood. He has a message:


Hell is full, and they have found a way through to this world.

Now Lazarus is all that stands in their way. To fulfil his destiny, he must confront not only the dark past of his family, but horrors more gruesome than even hell could invent – with only a winged angel and his best mate to help him. And it all begins with the reek of rotting flesh ...

THE DEAD is released in the UK in July.

Secondly, we've got WITCHFINDER: DAWN OF THE DEMONTIDE by William Hussey, which is the first in a YA trilogy about a teenage boy who discovers that he's the last of the Witchfinders and is responsible for stopping demons from taking over our world. Official blurbage is as follows:

Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch's tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry.

When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron's Hollow, a young boy is sacrificed 'for the greater good'. His blood is used to seal a mystical doorway and prevent an apocalyptic disaster known only as the Demontide.

Twenty-five years later, another boy, Jake Harker, is about to be drawn into the nightmare of the Demontide. Witches and their demon familiars stalk his every move, and his dreams are plagued by visions of a 17th Century figure known only as the Witchfinder. When his father is abducted, Jake must face the terrible secrets kept by those closest to him and a shocking truth that will change his life forever ...

WITCHFINDER: DAWN OF THE DEMONTIDE was released in the UK in March.

Finally, we've got CRAWLERS by Sam Enthoven, which is a standalone novel about a group of teenagers who get trapped in the Barbican theatre complex with something nasty that wants to take over their bodies and their minds. Official blurbage is as follows:

Four boys and four girls are on a trip to the theatre.

Little do they know that they will never see the play.

They’re about to be plunged into a nightmare.

Beneath the theatre lies a secret.

And now she has been released ...

CRAWLERS was released in the UK in April.

So, all you have to do to win this trio of books is leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite horror novel or film is and why.


1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite horror novel or film is and why.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address or link to a blog or whatever in your comment). This is purely so I know how to contact you and can speed up the process of getting the prize out.

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Sunday 4th July 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Tuesday 6th July by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within 1 week (i.e. by 23:59 British Summer Time on Sunday 13th July 2010), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


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Jun. 27th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
My favorite horror film is Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, builds up to a climax that is just terrifying, and left me on the edge of my seat.
Jun. 28th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)

Hitchcock was the daddy of the genre. I like Rear Window because I'm a Jimmy Stewart fanatic, but I was watching Psycho a couple of months back and that still scares the pants off me.
Jun. 27th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
My favourite horror movie is The Wicker Man (original). It's creepy and builds up a lot of suspense without resorting to OTT effects or gore. The film's imagery has stayed with me for years after watching it - for example, the villagers in animal masks.
Jun. 28th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
OMG - I love The Wicker Man and would love to see the unbutchered cut of the film (supposedly buried under the M25 somewhere). Christopher Lee was never scarier than in that movie. It was such a shame they did a misogynistic remake with Nicholas Cage.
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
Wicker Man
I have a DVD of the uncut version together with a documentary called 'Burnt Offerings' about the history and making of the film, with interviews etc.

I also have the soundtrack.

If you remind me I'll bring 'em both to Ireland.

Jun. 28th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
My favourite would have to be The Grudge. I have no idea why, but it remains the only film to have kept me awake with fear.
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
The Ring. I'm not a BIG fan of horror films, but out of the few that I have seen, it is indeed the scariest and I could not sleep for a few nights after watching it. That, or it was an overdose of coffee.

Thanks for the giveaway. I got here just in time to enter. :P

Contact: cc932005[at]hotmail[dot]com
Jul. 6th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hullo - just wanted to let you know that you won the books - I'll email you separately for your address.

Jul. 4th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. I always forget about these things, usually until it's too late.

If you want comic horror of the weirdest kind, you can't go wrong with Bubba Ho-Tep. Bruce Campbell, who put the Camp in camp horror, as Elvis Presley, who, yes, is still alive, as is JFK (who was made black in an effort to hide him better). There are aliens and Egyptian rites and lots of other horseshit. You will either love it or hate it.
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