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The Perfectly Frightful Halloween Movie Night

by Olivia Starke

What makes a movie really scary, something that leaves you looking over your shoulder for hours and flinching at every creak and groan in the house? Is it the blood, gore, and special affects dismemberment you find in today’s movies? Do you find yourself on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as well as the nearest loved one while watching these? I don’t know about you, but movies with lots of techno-spook such as The Grudge and Paranormal Activity, just to name a couple, don’t really do it for me.
Here are my three picks for a perfectly frightful Halloween night. 

Number 3: Halloween 
(the original 1978 version starring Jamie Lee Curtis)

Why does this movie have such an impact with the viewer? We all have those relatives we think are a little off kilter, but nothing compares to a six year old boy who murders his seventeen year old sister, only to return years later to finish off his other sister who’d been raised by another family.  What Michael does, without the aid of high tech special affects, is terrify the watcher with his complete lack of emotion. There is no joy, no crazed blood lust in his actions. All the murders are done with methodical precision. It’s what he is, who he is, and that touches a place deep within us all. He is the darkness and ugliness that we all fear humans are capable of. 

Number 2: The Blair Witch Project

Yes, I know it has a bit of a cultish following, but anyone who has watched it has to admit that it gets into your psyche. In the movie theater I watched wide-eyed, and as I lay in bed that night I swore I heard the screams of the friend who was lost deep in the woods. Its terror appeal is  it represents what we all fear the most—the unknown—as well as that baser fear of the dark we all suffered as kids (and sometimes as adults.) You never see the Blair Witch nor any particular demon or ghost. All the action is off camera, and it leaves your imagination to go wild with what is actually happening, as with the man who screams all night in agony. What is really happening to him? I know I had horrible images that the movie would be hard pressed to out do. Sometimes what we can’t see, and can imagine, is the most terrifying of all, and this movie manipulates this to perfection.

 And my Number 1 pick for the most terrifying movie of all time…
Night of the Living Dead

“They’re coming to get you Barbara.”
     This independent black and white cult film from 1968 scares the bujeebus out of me. Granted there is no real plot, and the actors are all no names, but it certainly packs a punch. Every time I watch this movie I feel creeped out for about two days. The fearful magic with this movie is that it doesn’t have a plot; people are just going about their daily humdrum lives when all humanity goes to hell. Corpses are suddenly reanimated and we don’t have a real answer as to why—perhaps from radiation fall out, but the reasons are never clear. As the zombies attack people, those who aren’t torn apart and devoured right off become the undead as well. It’s a sickness and no one has a cure. This movie touches on the lack of control, how outside circumstances can change drastically and you are helpless to them. We all have a need to feel secure, that we have a say on the outside world affects us, but the terror of this movie comes when this is ripped away. And in the end, there is no happy ending, you are left feeling adrift and without closure. 

So, dear readers, I challenge you to watch all three of these movies on Halloween—alone and in the dark—if you dare…

Please Welcome Marius Granville From Lex Valentine's Common Ground

1. Hi, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Marius Granville and along with my sister Elysia and brother Colin, I own Granville cemetery. My parents came to California from England during the Victorian era and built a cemetery and house that reminded them of home. The cemetery has a very Goth look to it as does my house. I love the fact that the house is nestled in the hills on a bit of land that allows me to keep horses. The beaches are just a drive down the freeway for me, but I’m not much into that although my mate is.

I’m pretty much a workaholic and if it weren’t for my two best friends Sean Antaeus and Alfred Stone, I would probably end up working seven days a week and never doing anything fun or social. But Sean and Al drag me out golfing at least once a week. I’m lucky to have such good friends.

2. I understand you’re mated to a werewolf. How does a mixed mating like that work out?

The issues I had with mating with Sair had nothing to do with the fact that we’re different races. It had more to do with the differences in our personalities. I mean, the Darkworld races have one thing in common and that’s that we get who we get for a mate. Destiny, fate, karma, the gods…whoever does the choosing is the final say.

There’s no rule that you can’t have more than one mate in your lifetime, but with vampires, they say that it has never happened. And I’m good with that. One bloodmate in my lifetime is enough for me. I can’t imagine loving anyone as much as I love Sair nor can I imagine losing her and being able to go on. If something happened to her, I’d prefer to seek the Afterworld myself in order to stay with her.

Things were a little rough at first between me and Sair. I wasn’t sure how a free spirit such as she is would work out for my lifestyle. But the thing is, mating is about compromise and finding your common ground. You have to create your “couple-ness.” It doesn’t just happen. You’ve got to work at it. Sair and I made a commitment to each other and we work at it all the time so that our relationship stays fresh and strong.

As for the issues others might have with our mixed mating, well, that just wouldn’t happen with Sair and I. She and her brother Ruan, the McCallan pack Alpha, are on the outs. Sair left their family home in Scotland to get away from him and his overbearing ways. Luckily, I don’t have to deal with the bastard. Her cousin Seth doesn’t have any real issues with her being mated to a vampire and neither does her younger brother Alastair. Both Seth and Alastair have left the pack as well and live not far from us.

My siblings both adore Sair and are very supportive of our relationship. But then, both of them are mated to black dragons so they are used to mixed matings.

3. Do you encounter prejudice from other vampires for your choice?
Not really. Like I said, when it comes to bloodmates, we get who we get. And truthfully, most of my friends aren’t vampires. I know there are some die-hard vamps out there who don’t believe in mixing the Darkworld races, but they change their tune if their bloodmate turns out to be something other than another vamp. Prejudice just doesn’t happen much in our realm because of the likelihood of your mate being of another race.

4. What is it like working with your author

I’d like to say she’s awesome, but the truth of the matter is the woman is driven. No sooner was she done with me and Sair than she was giving all her attention to Seth and Corey. Not that those two didn’t need the attention. I think they needed more help getting their HEA than Sair and I did. We had the Randalls to help us. Corey and Seth had Colin, who to be honest, only helped ‘cause he got pissed off.

If it weren’t for the fact that our author is so busy, we’d be a little more nuts about her. I do have to admit that we love what she writes though. Sair reads the good parts out loud and it’s better than foreplay sometimes! And the woman’s heart is in the right place. If she makes us unhappy, she makes up for it in the end. She’s a serious sucker for a tear-jerking happy ending. Which, of course, is perfect for all of us – her characters.

5. How can readers reach you and buy your book?

Well, other than golfing day, you can find me at the cemetery five days a week. On golf day I’m only there a half day and my siblings and I do alternating half days on Saturday.

As for my book Common Ground, it’s the fifth of the Tales of the Darkworld series and you’ll find it Pink Petal Books. (

6. Anything you’d like to add?

I’d just like readers to know that the next book in the series is out in October and that marks the halfway point for the series. Over the next year, each book will take us to the end of the Tales of the Darkworld. We’d like to invite readers to join us on this journey as our author finishes her first series ever. It’s a bittersweet journey for us and the more people who join us the sweeter it becomes for us because what we want is for readers to pick us up and re-read us over and over again. Your love is what gives us life.

Werewolf Sair McCallan escapes the confines of her brother’s pack with the help of a mated werewolf couple who believe in open sexuality and relationships. With Weylyn and Keir Randall, Sair experiences freedom in all things for the first time in her life. When she meets her mate, she’s shocked to find he’s a boring, broody vampire. Uptight Marius Granville has his staid and orderly life completely shattered by the arrival of his bloodmate, a beautiful werewolf who steals his heart and expects him to join in her kinky play with the Randalls. Marius is forced out of his hum drum existence and opens himself to new sexual experiences to please Sair. As her new mate strives to give her everything she needs, Sair battles internal demons that threaten their fragile new relationship.
Warning: This book includes sex on a washing machine, a make out session ala From Here to Eternity, sex between best friends (F/F), double penetration of a female (oh, baby!), and the best blowjob in the world (M/M) all within the confines of the hottest ménage a quatre the Darkworld has ever seen.Excerpt:

Sair shoved at him and Marius stumbled back a step. She dropped to the floor and slipped around him, trotting out of the bathroom. He followed her down the stairs and onto the deck at the back of the house. With a graceful leap, she jumped from the deck into the thick grass.
Marius came to an abrupt halt. With the silvery moonlight gilding her skin, naked Sair was a sight to behold. He sucked in a breath, his cock becoming even harder at the erotic tableau of his bloodmate stroking her hands over her moon dappled flesh.
“By the gods, Sair! You’ve no clue what you’re doing to me,” he complained as he stepped down into the grass.
Grinning wickedly, she backed away from him. “Yes, I do.” She laughed softly and darted around a tree as Marius took the shortest path toward her.
“You’re going to make me fuck you out here, aren’t you?”
She laughed again and skipped easily away from him when he tried to catch her arm. “What’s wrong with that? Are you allergic to grass?”
“No.” He stopped in a beam of moonlight, his head turning to watch her cavort naked in the dark, flitting between the trees. “But won’t the moon turn you furry?” he joked. “I don’t think I’d like to find myself coming inside a wolf.”
Momentarily startled, she stopped weaving in and out of the trees and turned to look at him. “You’d best be joking, my biter,” she said sternly. “You don’t see me assumin’ you can turn into a bat or become a pile of ash in the sun. Or, the gods forbid, sparkle.”
Her face scrunched up in an exaggerated grimace and Marius laughed. “I’m teasing about the moon. But you still haven’t shown me your wolf. Does she not wish to meet me?”
The grimace turned to a frown on her beautiful moon gilded features. “Do you ever go to the pet store and play with the puppies?” she asked in a cautious tone.
Shit, Marius thought. I’m caught.
Sair’s brows rose and he knew she’d heard his thoughts. “Yeeeeesss,” he replied, drawing out the single syllable of the word.
“This isn’t the same.”
Her sharply humorous statement hadn’t even faded from his ears before the outlines of her body began to shimmer. Marius had seen dragons shift before, their bodies becoming golden confetti in the air before solidifying. Sair’s shift didn’t take that long. The shimmer of her form took a split second and in the next moment, her human form disappeared, replaced by a grey wolf.
The wolf’s tail wagged and Marius smiled. Sair trotted over and thrust her cold, wet nose into his palm. He stroked her soft head and sank his fingers into her thick coat. Just like her human form, her wolf wasn’t big. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not nearly as large as other wolves he’d seen. She bumped against his legs, pushing him as her tail brushed his ass.
“You are all stuck on my ass tonight, aren’t you?” he teased.
You don’t like me admirin’ that firm masculine flesh?
“I didn’t say that. It’s just that other firm masculine flesh is crying out for attention.” With his free hand he stroked his cock.
You better hope no one sees you like this. Standin’ naked in the moonlight, pettin’ a wolf and strokin’ your dick. You’d get arrested and maybe sent to the psych ward.
Marius laughed and let go of his cock. “You’re right.”
When his fingers loosened on her fur, she dropped down to the ground and rolled to her back, displaying her belly. The fur there was lighter and he knew it would be softer. Kneeling beside her, her rubbed her belly with both hands, knowing that she had put herself in that vulnerable position to show him that she trusted him.
She whined as he stroked her and then shimmered. Instantly, her human form returned and Marius found himself stroking her naked belly, just above her mons. He grinned.
“Now, isn’t this convenient?” he murmured and slipped a hand between her thighs. He found her wet, her delicate folds slippery with arousal. She whimpered as he stroked her lightly.
Fitting his body between her thighs, he rubbed the tip of his erection in her wetness. She moaned, her hips surging toward him. With a hand on her belly, he held her down as she squirmed, trying to take his cock inside her.
“No, I don’t think so, my beautiful wolf.”
She gazed at him wide-eyed and moved urgently beneath his hands. “Yes. I want you. Please, Marius.”
“Oh, you’ll have me, just not like this.”
Deftly, with a swiftness and strength that gave away his preternatural nature, Marius flipped her onto her belly, then pulled her up on her hands and knees. Briefly, his palms caressed her ass cheeks. He pushed them apart and rubbed the head of his cock against the pink pucker of her anus. Her moans grew louder and she thrust her hips backward, silently begging him to take her in the ass.
“Not tonight, little wolf. But soon,” he whispered.

Alessandro - A demon with a mission

This interview is not one of our usual. Instead of Kate from Got Romance asking questions, we have unearthed the interview between Alessandro from Demons Love Cinnamon and his superior demon in Hades on the occasion of his application to spend Halloween on Earth. We can’t tell you how we got this…but Valerie Mann’s hair is still looking a bit singed at the ends.
She did alter the name of the interviewer, something about how just saying his name brings on a hundred year curse… So we will just call him Bob.

Bob: So, Alessandro, my boy, after all these years! Finally you volunteer to go to on the Halloween mission. I have to tell you this interview is being recorded for later transcription and possible torture and/or dismemberment of one or both parties.
Alessandro: Yes.
Bob: Wanna get you some of that hot Earth hoochie mama, huh?
Alessandro: Well, not exactly. I would just like to take a look around, you know, see the sights.
Bob: And of course…?
Alessando: Of course what…sir?
Bob: All joking aside, you know this is the one opening we have to sneak some untainted souls down here. That’s the only reason the boss even lets everyone go. He’s all business you know.
Alessandro: Of course, sir. I understand. Are we done?
Bob: Not quite. I have to ask, why now? All these hundreds of years, you showed no interest.
Alessandro: Well I had my responsibilities. Finally I have an assistant who can cover while I’m gone.
Bob: Dude, don’t try to piss down my back and tell me it’s raining. You know damn well we could have found someone for your desk. You have the seniority.
Alessandro: I don’t know, really. I just know I have to go. It’s a compulsion.
Bob: Well go ahead, and have fun. Just remember your job and bring back a soul, the purer the better.
Alessandro: Right
Bob: And remember, if you fail in your mission, it’s the lowest pits for you, no matter how much seniority you have. We’d miss you up here in Admin, but it’s the rules!
Alessandro: We done here?
Bob: Yeah we’re done. I guess. I still wonder what’s got you going this time. Just be sure and get yourself some Earth ass for me. I’d go myself, but this year my boss is going and I have to cover. Damn bastard! Of course I could make you cover for me…
Alessandro: Oh, of course. Have a good time sir.
Bob: Have you no sense of humor whatsoever? You’d better get out of here now before I change my mind and chain your ass to this desk.

Recording ends here…

but you can find out what happens next by picking up Demons Love Cinnamon at

Captive Fantasy by L. Rosario

Title: Captive Fantasy
Author: L. Rosario
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978-1601540263
Genre: Paranormal, Erotica
Length: 269 pages
Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: Spicy
Other: Oral, Sex Club
Reviewer: Cassandra Parker
Date: October 1, 2010

Sera has lived 300 years and never experienced an orgasm. Unfortunately she confides that fact to her friend, who insists on taking her to Captive Fantasy, a sex club.

Valentino, who works at Captive Fantasy, finds something very intriguing about the shy Sera and is determined to get closer to her. Neither Valentino nor Sera are quite what they appear to be. Can they overcome their differences and find a way to be together?

I really enjoyed this story. Valentino and Sera are really sweet together and make a wonderful couple. I was pleasantly surprised by this story because there were a lot of surprises concerning Valentino’s identity and made for a very unique story. Overall this was well written, had really good pacing and the story kept me interested from start to finish. The only thing I wish had been included was more background on the main characters, especially Sera, but the story still came across well without it.

When Jack met Sally by Clarissa Yip

When Jack met Sally…

It was love at first sight.

I admit, I’m not a Halloween person, but this is my favorite time of the year. It’s fall. And that means pretty orange, yellow and green leaves, drives to Vermont, warm apple cider donuts, and hayrides around haunted houses. One other thing I do is watch Nightmare Before Christmas while I’m passing out candy or chasing kids down the street. (ßNo, I really don’t do that. I’d be breathless after five steps.) But I love seeing the little kids, dressed up in their cute little outfits, going house to house, knocking on doors and saying, “Trick-or-Treat.”

Except this year in Hawaii, I’m missing out since I get to stare at palm trees and funny little golfers in pink plaid outfits. Oh, how I miss the Northeast.

Wanna know a secret? Do you remember the last time you went out, dressed up as a witch or pretty princess?

I was a witch for 15 years. Yup. My last trick-or-treating event was junior year in high school, but all kids were annoying around that age. You remember. Obnoxious, giggly and candy crazy. (Or was that just me?) But yes, I had my trusty witch hat until I graduated from high school, but those days were the best. Just hanging out with friends, Jack and Sally, and being carefree…and scared if a goblin or ghost will jump out at you. Now that door is closed, we move on to more fun things!

So tell me, what are your favorites this time of the year? Share your Halloween secrets! 


The Wiccan Kitten by Susanne Saville

Title: The Wiccan Kitten
Author: Susanne Saville
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Faery Rose
Length: Novella
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: Sky
Date: 9/21/10

Freyja Amador, resident of Salem and friend to a ghost kitty has a huge problem. Her leering, creepy landlord has decided not only to have an exorcist over to evict her spectral cat, but he has sold the building to a developer who will tear it down.

The kitty is completely tied to the building, and the only way to save it is to engage in some sex magick. But with whom? Maybe with Shane, knight of old only recently emerged from the Otherworld. But he is under a curse that could result in disaster, and Shane turning to dust.

Ms. Saville has written an engaging tale with witty scenarios and characters who the reader (at least this reader) will fall in love with on sight. Their troubles seem impossible to overcome, but we hope, as this is a romance, that somehow all will be well in the end. But will it?

You’ll just have to read it and find out. No trouble there, since Salem is absolutely the best place to be on Halloween. And with Cliodna, the troublesome faerie around, it looks as though it will be impossible to avoid Shane turning to dust.

If you only read one wonderful Halloween story this year, make it Wiccan Kitten…I can’t even say it without giggling.

Demons Love Cinnamon by Kate Richards

Title: Demons Love Cinnamon
Author: Kate Richards
Publisher: Breathless Press
Publication Date: 10/29/2010
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Length: 40 pages
Rating: 4.75 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: Oral
Reviewer: Suki
Date: 10/14/10

“Archaic and powerful demon, Alessandro, knew never to disappoint his overlord, but Samhain night on Earth is a new experience for this red-hot guy. When a captivating scent leads him to a Halloween party, he finds Gwenny. The witch is everything he never even knew to dream of. The only problem is, he’s due back in Hell in the morning with somebody’s soul…and it looks like it may be hers.
Unable to resist Alessandro’s wicked allure, Gwenny doesn’t realize the danger she’s in until their night of passion comes to an end. If Lucifer’s demands are refused, will they both survive, or will Gwenny lose her heart and soul to her cinnamon-loving demon?”

My first jaunt into the Demon Rhelm with Ms Richards newest short story won’t be my last, this story may be short but it packs a lot into its pages. Pages that are feeled with wonderful discriptions and dialogue that flows and keeps the story moving. The two main characters are engageing and even in the short period we believe the romance that is blooming. Ms Richards has remembered that golden rule, Sex and love sceens should enhance the story not the other way around. With or with the sex this story stands on its own. Not that the love scene doesn’t heat things up to degrees that any Demon would love J. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I found myself smiling through all 40 pages.

I'm a Witch

by Kate Richards

By now most of my friends and readers know it – I’m a witch. Which makes Samhain a very important part of the year. In Demons Love Cinnamon, released today at Breathless Press, I tried to show how I think it’s fun to celebrate the holiday. Part Samhain—a time I think about the past year and the next, and part huge party with everyone whose company I enjoy.

Our parties rock the hill on which we live, and according to my guests we have lots of ghostly visitors passing through. Although most of them are family, and are there most of the time anyway, I’m hoping whoever that Victorian couple was that my friend Steve saw a couple of years ago will make another appearance. I’m dying to know who they are!

We have a huge feast and make such amazing treats as popcorn cooked in a big pot on the stove…which most of the kids have never seen, and a plethora of cocktails made with the blood vodka we keep on hand for the occasion. The coffin table takes center stage… sometimes as a serving table, but usually as a place for someone to lurk in and jump out. And I don’t know if we’re weird, but old zombie movies are a big favorite and we drag out our old DVD of Reefer Madness, which is hilariously funny if you turn the sound down and do your own soundtrack. Well, we think it’s funny anyway!

There are generally a few witches and druids in the crowd. But mostly it’s neighbors, family and friends, eating, drinking, and having fun.
Here is a recipe from author and friend Stephanie Beck: 

Cinnamon Cider
1 C apple cider (warmed)
1 shot cinnamon liqueur (like schnapps)
1 cinnamon stick 

If you get a chance, come by my blog at I’m having a Demon’s Love Cinnamon recipe contest. I have extended it through Halloween and will announce the winners on November 1, one for eats and one for drinks. Enter the contest or just pick up something to enjoy for your own Halloween. Hint: extra credit if there’s cinnamon somewhere in the mix.

Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain

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