Guest Post & Kindle Giveaway: Octoberness by Scott Nicholson

October 11, 2010 Author Guest Post, Fright Fest 134

I’m beyond excited to welcome horror author extraordinaire Scott Nicholson to guest post today.  Scott is the author of several of my favorite horror books, including The Red Church and They HungerScott is hosting a Kindle giveaway! See below for more details.


By Scott Nicholson

October has always been my favorite month.

I’d like to think it’s a deep affection for the melancholy, the contradiction of all that is transitory in life, the deeper messages in going from green to brown, the frail and ephemeral nature of existence, the crisp, sparkly magic of frost and woodsmoke and fairy forests of scarlet and ochre and umber.

But it’s not. It’s a candy Jones.

My daughter informs that, if you lined up all the candy corn in the world from end to end, it would circle the world four times. First, that sounds like a cool international arts project, especially the part about getting them to float across the oceans. Second, that sounds kind of disgusting.

Candy corn looks and smells wonderful, and its very brightness is sure to kindle the flames of sugar junkies everywhere. And the first few are spectacular, sweet, flooding sensations of oral delight. And then the stuff takes over, corn syrup seeping into every bone of your body like a zombie infection, until you want to throw a dirty sheet over your head and shamble through the neighborhood, moaning with your hand out.

So give me chocolate any day. I mean, GIVE it to me. Now.

If Halloween was every week instead of every month, I’d weigh 563 pounds and have to be pushed from door to door in a wheelbarrow. (Though the costume would be simple: just drape a circus tent over me.)

I’m not a pure chocoholic, as I like the blends better. The little Snickers with caramel and nuts, or a Reese’s cup (we all say “Reecies” in the South), or even one of those Mallomar things that are harder to find these days. A Heath crunch is fun, because I like a little texture, too, which is why a Milky Way is way down on the list, because you bite it and it squirts away before you get a good handle on it.

Occasionally, I’ll indulge in some organic chocolate, or dark chocolate, which is slightly more bitter but has some staying power. But combining two of my top addictions in one is the best way to juice up in October: some cocoa in my coffee, or a palmful of chocolate-covered coffee beans. Jack me up on some of that, I become a door-crashing fiend bent on plundering your house of every morsel of candy you have, leaving little kids bawling on the sidewalk with empty plastic pumpkins.

Fear me, October! I am caffeinated and I am hellbent for chocolate. Give it to me NOW!

What’s YOUR favorite candy?


Scott Nicholson is author of The Red Church (on sale for 99 cents!), Drummer Boy, The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, and nine other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter.

For each book that cracks the Top 100 in the Kindle store, I’ll throw in an extra Kindle 3 giveaway. So tell your friends and help out. Thanks for playing. Complete details at

134 Responses to “Guest Post & Kindle Giveaway: Octoberness by Scott Nicholson”

  1. ima

    I love Candy Corn — the best part of Halloween! lovin this blog tour.

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

  2. Jesse

    For a long time my favorite was Reese’s. I still enjoy them. However, lately I have been eating peanut butter M&Ms. As for high quality chocolate candies, See’s Candies are the best!

    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Kristie

    My favorite candy? Wow! That’s tough. I love chocolate too. Lately I discovered pretzel M & M’s. Yummy! I just bought homemade fudge the other day too. They had bubble gum flavor fudge which I sampled. Ick! It tasted so real that I really didn’t want to swallow it. *LOL*

  4. Kimberly Kelly-Sydow
    Twitter: \\

    Wow i was definitely not expecting Scott to talk about being addicted to chocolate! My favorite kind of candy is a Butterfinger Bar, not so much the chocolate, I really like the peanut buttery part!!!

  5. Hank Brown
    Twitter: MachineTrooper

    A Hershey’s Bar with almonds. But then nothing can compare with no-bakes bak…um, prepared by a woman who loves you.

    Candy corn? Wouldn’t touch it now, but I dreamed about a mountain of it when I was five. (I woke up just as my greedy little paws were about to scoop the first handful into my drooling mouth.)

  6. Eva SB

    I like bitter chocolate, preferably 70%+ cocoa solids, and Reese’s cups are delightful but I’m really not a candy person. Give me the choice and I’d prefer a rare steak!

  7. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    Twitter: truebookaddict

    I know what you mean about the candy corn. If you eat just a few, you’re fine. Otherwise… Many years ago, when I was still working a 9 to 5 job, we had a bowl of candy corn by the reception desk. Well, every time I passed by I would grab a handful. Let’s just say that I was pretty sick at the end of the day! I too love chocolate. My favorites used to be Twix and Reese’s (my son’s name is Reece, spelled with a ‘C’ to disassociate him from the candy bar…and the actress), but in the past year or so, I’ve become obsessed with good ole Hershey’s with almonds. Matter of fact, my Mom just gave me a giant bar for my birthday…yum!


  8. Horror Books
    Twitter: UndeadRat

    Hi Jen,

    You new blogs looks much better than your old blog and I liked the look of the old one.


    Candy corn is one of my favorite although I have to take it in small amounts or I’ll get sick of it. However, I love Halloween because my favorite candy from my childhood shows up only around that time: Bottle Caps.

    I love Bottle Caps. I’d eat them until I explode . . . and I’ve come close a time or two.

    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Greg “The Undead Rat” Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  9. susitravl

    I love Reese’s PB Cups. My favorite Halloween Candy when I was young enough to trick or treat was Snickers.


  10. abbi

    I’ve never liked candy corn…ick….yet for some reason I buy it every year and every year i ask myself why i bought it. I guess it’s just because Halloween wouldn’t be the same without it. Give ME the chocolate
    kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

  11. Piroska

    I never did like Candy Corn–too sweet, but gotta love the bright colours!
    My favourite as a kid (okay, and when my kids were into trick-or-treating) was the Rockets candy…sweet/sour rolls of yumminess.
    And…of course…chocolate! The mini Mars, and O Henry bars.
    The kids are grown and gone…and there are no trick-or-treaters around here, so no excuse to buy any.

  12. A.P. Fuchs
    Twitter: ap_fuchs

    I really enjoy the toffee in a Skor bar, but feel gypped every time I buy because you get so little. Long ago my dad and I were at the store and he suggested I buy the big chocolate bars like O’Henry and Mr. Big. Costs the same as the others but you get more bang for your buck. That idea stays with–haunts?–me ’til this day and I still have a hard time buying the smaller bars despite my cravings for them.

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  13. LaToya

    I’ve never liked candy corn but I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween. Being from a different country, by the time I moved to the U.S I was too old to celebrate Halloween. But I do love horror. Have been watching it since I was 5 years old.

  14. B1GMAC76
    Twitter: B1GMAC76

    Plain Ole hershey bar. Nothing beats a good bar off chocolate.