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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Introducing.....Bekka Black

Tomorrow, I'll be reviewing a new monster book..iFrankenstein, by Bekka Black.

As a teaser, Bekka graciously agreed to share her favorite monster stories with you...enjoy!
Happy Halloween! It’s past time to toddle off to the library or the video store,or virtually toddle with your Kindle and Netflix, and collect those stories that will keep you awake Halloween night and long after. To help you in your quest, here are my top 10 favorite monster books and movies.
1.     Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This one has been my obsession for the past year while I worked on iFrankenstein. What do you do when you create a monster? I think that’s something every writer worries about, even if it’s just a book that might go off the rails and smash its way into the world.
2.     Dracula by Bram Stoker. This was my obsession while I was working on iDrakula. How do you deal with an ancient evil in modern times? Are we any more able to deal with being prey now than we ever were?
3.     We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. A beautiful tale, chillingly told. From the moment Merricat starts to tell the story of her murdered family, you can’t look away.
4.     The Shining by Stephen King. I read this tale of a haunted hotel and a writer father who slowly goes mad while I was working cleaning motel rooms in a remote, wooded Alaskan town. I didn’t sleep the entire summer. Terrifying images.
5.     The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. She finds the beautiful conscience inside the monstrous vampire. Lestat knows what he does, but it doesn’t change who he is or the terrible acts that he is driven to perform. Lush, wonderful writing too.
6.     Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. I was scared when I read it, but the movie was even scarier because I lived in Pittsburgh at the time, and some of the scariest scenes were filmed there. There’s no getting out of the city without going through a tunnel, usually the tunnel where Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter escapes.
7.     Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. The fact that it’s true made this one a terrifying read. Realizing what real horror can break into an everyday world enthralled me and scared me in equal measure.
8.     Lovely Bones by Alice Seybold. The teenager girl whose life is stolen from her and the lyrical writing both frightened me and broke my heart. I read the book almost in one sitting; I still have not worked up the courage to see the film.
9.     Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The idea that we all have a monster inside of us, and it only takes a moment to set it free scared me as a teenager. What does your monster look like?
10.  The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Great writing and a bleak time and place in history left this one sitting in my brain long after I closed the book.

~Bekka Black

After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin, and The Blood Gospel series (with James Rollins).

She lives in Berlin with her husband, son, two cats, and too many geckoes to count. iDrakula is her first cell phone novel.


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