Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Wrap Up!

October 31, 2011 Murders, Monsters, & Mayhem 13

 Thank you to all of those who participated in Murder, Monster & Mayhem. I had a truly wonderful time hosting this celebration of all things spooky! In case you missed it (is that even possible!?) here’s a wrap-up of what took place this month:

Review: The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty
Mx3 Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Mx3 Guest Post: Alan Orloff and The Idea That Wouldn’t Die
Mx3 Review: The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Mx3 Guest Interview: Five Minutes with John Connolly
Mx3 Review: Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Mx3 Guest Post & Giveaway: Doug Magee, Author of Darkness All Around
Mx3 Review: Darkness All Around by Doug Magee
Mx3 Review: T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
Mx3 Guest Post: John Everson, Author of The Pumpkin Man
Mx3 Review: The Pumpkin Man by John Everson
Mx3 Guest Review: The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
Mx3 Guest Post: Scott Poole, Author of Monsters in America
Mx3 Review: Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole
Mx3 Review: Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Mx3 Guest Review: Touch by Alexi Zentner
Mx3 Review: Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
Mx3 Guest Post: Truth is Scarier Than Fiction by Kim Ukura
Mx3 Review: Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, & Stephen Romano
Mx3 Guest Review: The Red Church by Scott Nicholson
Mx3 Guest Post: Jane Bradley, Author of You Believers
Mx3 Review: The Monsters Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes by Christopher Golden
Mx3 Guest Post: Monsters: Omission and Commission by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Mx3 Review: Bad Moon by Todd Ritter
Mx3: Review: The Book That Eats People by John Perry
Mx3: Guest Interview with Thriller Author Mark Nykanen
Mx3: Review: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Mx3: Spooky Movie Recommendations! 
Mx3: Halloween Mystery Recommendations!

Whew! That’s quite a list!  A special thank you goes out to those individuals who provided guest posts throughout the month. This celebration couldn’t have happened without you!

Before I wrap things up, I wanted to offer a special giveaway to those not necessarily interested in horror (gasp!). I have two prize packs available, sponsored by FSB Associates.

Prize Pack 1:



Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Screams & Whispers by Randall Peffer
County Line by Bill Cameron


Prize Pack 2:


Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Fallen by Tracy Slatton
Liquid Smoke by Jeff Shelby


To enter, simply comment below with your favorite thing about Halloween! Is it the candy? Do you have a fond memory of a particularly awesome costume? Or do you like having an excuse to dress up and act like a kid again?  The winners will be contacted via email on Saturday, November 5th.  Since I’m handling the shipping of these prizes, this is open to everyone, including international followers! Be sure to specify which package you want, if you have a preference!  Good luck & Happy Halloween!

13 Responses to “Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Wrap Up!”

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Wow, you did a bang up job on this! I am sorry I didn’t link up more of my scary reads. Typical me, most of them are in November. I need to plan ahead a little better next year. Anyway, I like a couple things about Halloween. First is reading spooky books (I can’t help it) and second is getting together with friends.

  2. Louise

    I’ve loved your murders, monsters and mayhem posts, they’ve been great! My favourite thing about Halloween has to be the scary movies, they’re even more scary at Halloween 🙂

  3. Kristin License

    I love my childhood memories about Halloween (the things that used to embarrass me the most as a child!) parents rummaging through the closet, finding an old coat and putting ashes on my face for a bum or putting aluminum foil on a wooden spoon and making me a princess..carving pumpkins, walking the neighborhood at night..homemade, scary fun!

  4. Sheree Gillcrist

    I am new to twitter but happily gobsmacked by the level of professional book reviews that I can access here like yours Jenn and make new friends in the process. I have been a working writer for too many years to count and the community of the word is what keeps me motivated. Halloween in Ireland is all about young lads ‘ borrowing’ pallets an couches and fences to set on fire in giant bonfires in the housing estates and setting off bangers(fireworks) until the wee hours. So well Dublin burns and little ghosts lose thier masks and turn into children again, we watch our roof and pray for rain. Thanks Jenn for the opportunity to enter. I am not fussy and will read anything with enthusiasm. Hope your Halloween is spookily wonderful

  5. Nadine Nys

    I’ ve really enjoyed your Murder, Monster and Mayhem posts. Thank you.
    In Belgium Halloween is not really a big thing, and I love to read how it is celebrated in other countries. What we do have here are the carved pumpkins, and I love those.

    Thanks for this opportunity to win great books, I do not really have a preference, so you can make the choice (if I should win).


  6. Tami

    I’m really not a Halloween fan but I’ll take any excuse for chocolate. I used to confiscate all the Tootsie Rolls from my kids’ treat bags.

    Thanks for the chance to win some non-horror books.

  7. dogearedcopy
    Twitter: dogearedcopy

    Thank you, Jenn for hosting #Mx3! I’ve had a blast working on the feature on my blog and trying out new things: I’ve discovered a ton of new titles in audio, print and gn form that I’ve wish-listed; I tried reviewing gns for the first time and really grooved on it!; I’ve also discovered that some things didn’t work out for me this time around; but that’s okay I’ll figure it out for next time! Yes, I’m already planning on next year’s #Mx3! 🙂

  8. Kirsten

    My favorite part of Halloween is the costumes! I don’t dress up but my kids do and it has been great fun over the years to get them all ready for the big night. This year, my daughter is off at college so only my boys were home. They are old enough that their costumes consisted mostly of fake blood! But the kids trick or treating were sure cute 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kessna6 at gmail dot com

  9. Julie Witt

    My favorite thing about Halloween is my daughter’s Halloween costume party! All of my kids and I meet there and celebrate Halloween together:)

  10. Jeanne Scheppmann

    My favorite thing about Halloween is the small children trick or treating for the first time, they are so happy to say “Happy Halloween” and “Thank you” to make their mommies proud. I love when a family dresses up as a group and giving them compliments about their costumes. Answering door is more fun than going out!

  11. Daphne (lvngbooks)
    Twitter: lvngbooks

    We don’t really do Halloween here, but I see more and more carved pumpkins around here every year. I’ve carved a couple myself and it’s a lot of fun! So I guess that would be my favorite thing at Halloween, but if I was in the US it would definitely be the crazy dressing up. GREAT excuse to go crazy!

    Just wanted to say ‘THANKS’ and ‘THIS IS AWESOME’ for hosting this event! You put in a ton of work and it paid off – it was a great theme month!

    PS: Preference is package 2 🙂

  12. Jillian
    Twitter: jillianlillian

    My favorite thing about Halloween is when people put a lot of effort into their costumes! For the past few years, I’ve attended a costume party where people really go all out. Last year, a guy dressed up as Jack Torrance from “The Shining” and carried a full-size door around with him all night that he cold stick his head through to say, “Heeeereee’s Johnny!” This year, a group of 10 people went as a bunch of different Muppet characters. The costumes are always so fun!

  13. Linda Rodriguez
    Twitter: rodriguez_linda

    You really did a bang-up job with this whole Monsters & Mayhem thing. What a great effort!

    My favorite Halloween thing is all the little ones, toddlers and pre-schoolers, who come to the door all tricked out in their costumes and having the time of their lives.

    Preference: Package 1 (but I’d take either)

    llrodriguez (at) sbcglobal (dot) net