THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
It’s been a wonky week thanks to fall break. Most colleges have a Mon-Fri fall break, with a weekend on each end, of course. We got off Friday, Monday, Tuesday. I never have Tue/Thurs classes, so I stole one extra day. As soon as we got back from Stink Bug Cabin, we had one lazy Sunday (why didn’t we do laundry??) and then Nick was back to work on Monday. Long before I woke up Tuesday morning, he was gone for a conference in one of the Carolinas. I can’t keep them straight.
I have a hunch or two, but I confess being home alone for over three days is much spookier in a house than an apartment. In the apartment, we were on the second floor and there was a neighbor across the hall. In the house, I kept wondering if the doors were locked, if the many windows were locked, why did I keep forgetting to shut the garage door, who turned on the front porch lights if it wasn’t me or Nick, why is there a political sign in my yard that I didn’t put there, etc. Then there’s the vast dark field behind me and garage-sale Kim’s story of a guy trying to break into her house twenty years ago. But, I survived. I didn’t see Nick again until Friday morning.
On Thursday I met with my interpreting mentor and described some projects I’m working on for school, one being interpreting a song. After getting some advice for how to approach the assignment, I mentioned casually all my assignments are due October 30th. To which my mentor replied, “Oh, next week?” The song is just one of many things due, and my brain instantly went into panic mode. I’ve been trying to get small assignments out of the way so my homework schedule looks less busy, hoping that will help.
HORROR MOVIE LOG
- October 15 — Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). American. First time I’ve ever watched it. Why has anyone who’s ever met me and cares about me recommended this movie to me??
- October 17 — Grave Encounters (2011). Canadian. I kept checking to make sure no ghosts were going to left my hair during the film’s duration. The CGI and really seeing the ghosts threw me off. Loved the time/space confusion.
- October 18 — Pumpkinhead (1988). American folk horror! I really focused on the lighting and how it emphasizes the set design and hides the creature so it doesn’t look cheesy. The whole film is a series of morality decision points, but because the creature doesn’t care about religion your decisions are on you.
- October 21 — Hell House, LLC II (2018). I was so worried this would suck because I loved the first one, that slow build up to realizing inanimate things are moving, etc. Part 2 got right to the spooky stuff thanks to the set up of the first film, and I was sleeping with one eye open, gripping my pillow tight. The scares are not loud noises, and there’s no CGI silliness.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Reviewing Black Ambrosia by Elizabeth Engstrom felt like a fruitless endeavor because I could think of no one I would recommend it to even though it’s not bad, nor anyone who would be curious enough to consider the book then seek a review. However, I do think Engstrom is a unique voice in the horror community and has successful work out there that isn’t as challenging as Black Ambrosia. So, maybe it was a posterity review?
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Another older horror novel is coming next week: The Auctioneer by Joan Samson. While I felt a lack of control and utter dread the entire novel, in the end I was surprised it is considered horror. Then again, you feel dread long enough, and I suppose that builds an element of horror in your heart. This novel was recommended by Grady Hendrix in his book Paperbacks from Hell, a collection that looks at the horror boom of the 70’s and 80’s.
Also, sigh of relief for many of you, this is the last horror book for October on Grab the Lapels!
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 195
Owned Books on TBR Today: 193