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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dark Side DownUnder Halloween Blog-Hop!!!

Happy Halloween and Happy 2nd Anniversary to the Dark Side DownUnder blog!!!

Where has the time gone? It only seems like yesterday our Romance Writers of Australia Paranormal e-loop conceived the idea of starting up a blog to showcase our wonderfully, talented local writers (published and unpublished) from Australia and New Zealand.

Well, here we are two years down the track and still going strong! And to celebrate some of us have joined together to participate in a Dark Side DownUnder 2nd Anniversary Blog-Hop and boy, do we have some goodies to giveaway!

But first, let's get into the Halloween spirit and talk scary things (but not too terrifying as I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to creepy things)!

I'm not one for horror or anything that scares the pants off me, strange considering I write about the paranormal, things like demons, mythical creatures (some good, some bad), magic, evil characters and unknowns that go bump in the night.

But for the fun of it, and because it's Halloween, I'm going to share my Top 10 List of Scary Movies (these might date me but growing up watching these movies cured me for the rest of my adult life):

*A Nightmare on Elm Street (I only watched part of one - I did say I was a big, 'fraidy cat - and could never face another incarnation of it after the first. The only guy with claws that I like is Wolverine!

* Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I never looked at a meat hook in a butchers shop the same again, a blood 'n'guts movie that scarred me for life!) 

* Friday the 13th (thanks to Jason killed one of the campers with a knife through the throat coming up from under the bed, I trained myself to sleep on my stomach) 

* IT (hate, hate, hate clowns and sewer drains)


* The Sixth Sense (this wasn't so bad, I think I prefer inferential horror to actually seeing the scary bits - this movie had me sitting on the edge of my seat and my imagination working over time. It was just damn creepy, loved the twist at the end though!)

* Poltergeist (as a teen I believed in poltergeists and it scared the jeheebers out of me and to this day the crackle/prickle of the TV turning off as well as the residual light swirls on the screen as it powers down creep me out) 

*Jaws (water skiing after seeing this was never the same)

*Alien (I watched this at a slumber party when I was 10y.o. - who's bright idea was it to show this movie to a bunch kids???? - couldn't finish watching it and spent the night hiding in my sleeping bag)

*The Omen (my cousin was named Damien, I watched him like a hawk after this movie)

*Carrie (read the book before I saw the movie, awesome telekinetic powers)

On the flip side, one of my all time favorite Halloween themed movies has werewolves, lycans and vampires. Besides starring a certain hunky blond, which I have to admit was a huge draw card, I loved the premise of a mutated virus infecting humans to create two races of supernatural creatures that then spend the next few hundred years at war with one another.

The idea of a vampire and lycan falling in love and breaking all the rules appealed to my Shakespearean love of tragedies (and romance writers heart), although in this case the hero and heroine do have a happily ever after!

And on that HEA note, I think it's time for the 'treat' part of Halloween! My treat - well, I have a Light Blade Book Pack to giveaway (signed copies of VENGEANCE BORN & ALLIANCE FORGED). Two of them actually!!! Just in time for Christmas to give away as gifts to someone or to keep for yourself.

To enter my giveaway, there's some legwork is required, but that's half the fun of a Halloween Blog-Hop! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form as you like (it has plenty of chances for you to enter).

Good luck!

And if you'd want to see what other treats are up for grabs with the other Dark Side DownUnder authors, see the details below. 

  • The Dark Side DownUnder authors are offering print books, ebooks and other goodies at their blogs.
  • The big prize is a $30 Amazon gift voucher.
Here are the rules to the blog hop:
  1. To be eligible to win a prize on the blogs, the reader must do as what’s instructed on each blog by 11.59pm 4th November Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
  2. To be eligible to win the Amazon voucher, the participants must comment on each participating blog. Only one comment needed. Multiple comments will be ignored for the purposes of the contest.
  3. Have fun!

Halloween Special - 2nd Blogiversary Participants

1. Eleni Konstantine
2. Mel Teshco
3. Nicole Murphy
4. Imogene Nix
5. Christina Phillips aka Christina Ashcroft
6. Amanda Ashby
7. Jenny Schwartz
8. Shona Husk
9. Maree Anderson
10. Kylie Griffin
11. Lilliana Rose
12. Nicole Hurley-Moore
13. Eden Summers
14. Erica Hayes
15. Sandra Harris
16. Keziah Hill
17. S E Gilchrist
18. DSDU

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  1. Congratulations on completing two years! In this day and age of blogs falling out of favour and many bloggers reducing their workload, that is an awesome achievement. Love the spooky pics too!!

  2. Underworld! It is one of my favorite too. :D Thank you for posting and for the awesome giveaway!

  3. So many scary movies...and I wussed out on seeing most of them. Though I did like the Sixth Sense.

  4. I remember being very cross that I was way too young to get into see The Exorcist when it first came out. The weird thing is I STILL haven't seen that movie, even though during my teen years I went to see every slasher movie ever! Hate watching horror now!!!

  5. Oh, what memories of Horror movies. My brother and I watched so many horror movies in high school, we got to the point of seeing giving points to movies that had new ways they could off someone....many of the movies were B grade, or D grade, so effects weren't' all the best. Still scary.

    One of the scariest was a movie called Basket Case where there was siamese twins one of which was deformed. They were surgically separated against their will and the 'abnormal' twin went on a rampage.... still gives me the shivers...

  6. Awesome blog post, and so many scary movies...
    IT has to be the most scary, freak me out, almost wet my pants movie of all time (yes I hate clowns lol!!)

    Awesome prize too Kylie :)

    Happy Halloween!!

  7. The Exorcist. Could have sworn I levitated each night I went to bed for at least 6 months! Ugh

  8. Underworld...There is a series... with Rise of the Lycans as well, Awakening, Evolution and possibly a 5th as well.

    Happy Halloversary!

  9. i would have to say stephen kings it i love this movie an my son is hooked on it with me it so scary and feels so real the movie is fantastic but the book is better as it has more but this is my favourite movie we even brought my son a copy of his own to watch :)

  10. Not sure what the name of your favourite movie is as you just have the picture. ;)

  11. Underworld ^^ ( i never saw it though my brother didn't want grrrrrr)

    thank you for the great giveaway and happy halloween

  12. Underworld! Love that series!

    Out the top 10 scary movies, Jaws is the only one I would actually watch (I watched most of it for the first time a few weeks ago) I had to cover the pictures with my hand as I scrolled down the page and only read the text, that stuff scares me so much.

  13. Underworld its my top favorite along with Lost Boys and Scream.I liked Jaws but Jason Freddie and Leatherface freaked me out .Now the one that toally freaked me out as a kid was Chucky after seeing part of the first one all my dolls went into the closet for a long time lol.Happy Hallowen everyone


  14. I must admit that of that list, I have successfully avoided all of them ;) I am SO not a scary movie person! Underworld sounds pretty intriguing though, and that might overcome and make it onto my must-watch list, Kylie!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  15. LOL This comment had better take this time. I too love Underworld, along with Lost Boys, Blood and Roses (the first vampire movie I ever watched - Mum freaked 'cos I was only about 8 or so) Have to love Alien (all of them) and 30 Days of Night is pretty good (set in Alaska) Oh! Vampires: Los Muertos - not because its super scary but it does have Jon Bon Jovi LOL

  16. Lol, ur cousin Damien, thats funny. I would say Jaws was the scariest, I hate being in water if I cant see my feet, lol. Love the Underworld movies. Thx so much for the giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  17. Hi Kylie
    You made me laugh more than once. I don't watch scary movies of psychopathic charmers. But I have seen the Sixth Sense and all of that director's movies. Love them, truly creepy.

  18. Your fave theme shares mine, lycans, weres and vamps. What an awesome movie!! Very nice post Kylie =)

  19. Yeah!!!Two years!!!Love the blog and yes your favs are mine with add of Halloween 1978,still scary even today.So happy for you and the blog.Thanks for the giveaway.

    dlynnpen at yahoo dot com

  20. I, too, read Carrie, before seeing it; I loved that book. Alien was a great scary movie.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  21. Your favorite is UNDERWORLD.

    Scary good!!