May 1, 2012

May Monster Madness Blog Hop: Day 1: Giveaway (INT)

May Monster Madness!
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I'm so excited to be a part of this monster themed blog hop! As a horror newbie I thought I would give you all a look into my tumultuous relationship with the genre and share my evolution of monster love. For the first three days of the hop, I will chronicle for you my life... in monsters. Let's start with my childhood shall we?

I had a babysitter when I was six who would bring over movies like Child's Play and Tremors,   and have me watch them. I can only imagine she got some sick kind of pleasure from traumatizing me, but that's teenagers for you! Because of this I spent the majority of my life being completely frightened of horror movies and avoiding them like the plague. So I diverted my cravings for the strange and fantastic to fantasy.  I couldn't get enough of Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L'Engle. When it came to monsters I preferred dragons, evil queens, and ring wraiths. 

I also loved movies with strange and wonderful creatures. Some of my fondest memories of being a child stem back to these:

In fact, Labyrinth was the catalyst to my romanticism of villains... and my first, but not last crush on a much older man. 
Can you really blame me? David Bowie was sexy as hell!
 Yes, I have a thing for sexy villains ok? So sue me! Don't forget Tim Curry as the crazy devil guy in Legend. 
How is it I find this sexy? I must have a screw loose...

I know, this one is a bit disturbing, but its Tim freaking Curry! You'll have to wait for my teen years to see more of my Tim obsession in action... Let's just say I wanted to stay for the night, and maybe a bite... ^_^ I'll give anyone a virtual cookie who can guess what famous cult classic that's from! 

 Other than these obvious initiations into my perpetual geekdom, and possible mind malfunction, I'm also a huge Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, and Doctor Who fan, but I digress... And there you have it, my childhood in monsters.

Hop Schedule
Here is what you can expect from me for this hop...
Day 1:  Giveaway and My Childhood In Monsters
Day 2: It's A Scream to be a Teen!
Day 3: Zombies: A Love Affair
Day 4: No Post! This day is reserved for the Gabriel book tour.
Day 5: Romancing the Darkside
Day 6: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Review & Tour
Day 7: Tomorrow Land Review

Now, without further ado... The Giveaway!

Wicked Giveaway of...
Mira Grant
Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Post-Apocalypse

This has been by far my absolute favorite zombie read. If you are a blogger and enjoy contemplating what a post-apocalyptic future filled with zombies might look like, than this is the book for you. You can read my full, spoiler free, review here.  

I highly recommend staying away from descriptions of the last two books in this series or any reviews with spoilers. Don't read the back of the books... just don't! I made this mistake and the big, major, crazy, plot twist at the end was ruined for me. Here is a safe description of Feed  from Goodreads.
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?

Giveaway Details
This Giveaway is open to internationally. If The Book Depository ships to your location, then you are eligible to enter! Participants may enter May 1st - 7th up until the blog hop's end.

Entries can be gained in a variety of ways as stated in the Rafflecopter. In order to be fair to everyone, all entries will be checked so please be honest! If I find an invalid entry, it will be removed from the giveaway. As following Wickedly Bookish is a mandatory entry, if I do not find your name in my list of followers, all your entries will be removed from the giveaway. I would much rather skip over this stuff and just get to the fun, but it has happened before, so I need to state it all before the entries are collected.
 Winners will be chosen within 24 hours of giveaway's end and will be notified by email. If you are a winner, you will be expected to claim your prize within 48 hours of receipt of email or another winner will be chosen.
To Enter:
  1. Be a follower of Wickedly Bookish
2. Make sure The Book Depository ships to your location
3. Be 18 years old or older
4. Fill out the Rafflecopter below
5. Make sure to keep hopping around on the Linky below for more great May Monster Madness content! 

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IreneRJ said...

I've been in love with Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show for years :) Though Meatloaf as Eddie comes a close second. Just take a step to the right.....

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Great movies you so just described my childhood right there.

Darcy Town said...

I love me some Tim Curry!

Rhys Astason said...

How is it I find this sexy?

Because, well...Hello! It's sooo sexy! :) There is definitely something about some villains/monsters that exude sex appeal. But I also think that it has to do with the actor's innate charisma. There are some actors that will probably require extreme decomp before they aren't sexy anymore. >.<

Rebecca said...

I think I came to love monsters just by reading so many Goosebumps books by R. L Stine when I was a little kid.

Little Gothic Horrors said...

'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'!!! Hehe. Too easy, of course, but I've just made myself a coffee and that virtual cookie is calling my name! ;)

Oh, I found Tim Curry sexy as the Lord of Darkness too! (We're obviously both sick puppies!) That babysitter sounds like quite the sadistic young lady!

Great May Monster Madness post and looking forward to the ones you've got coming up! :)

Dex1138 said...

I didn't get started on proper horror monsters until I was in my early teens. But I did watch 50s/60s monster movies on Saturday afternoons as a kid as well as all the ones you posted. Labyrinth is one of my favorites of all time.

Jennifer G said...

I had a huge crush on Jareth growing up. Now I wonder what was I thinking, lol. But I still love Labyrinth and watch it at least once a month.

Evie said...

When I was a kid I had this toy that was a little monster. And you could open its body and remove every body part. I remember the brain part the most because it was filled with a green jelly thing. Disgusting but I loved this toy :)
Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

merricat said...

Great post - I really enjoy hearing about others' childhood interests, who also harbor an affection for the macabre.