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Sarah J. Mass to release Adult Fantasy novel Crescent City

What is that you say? A new book from one of YA’s biggest authors. I’ll take it! Is it Adult Fantasy too? Yes? Sarah for the win!


Sarah J. Mass took over the Young Adult book market with two breathtaking series, A court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass. But she isn’t done yet. Her new novel Crescent City follows a half human, half-Sidhe, Bryce Quinlan who’s motive is to avenge the death of her best friend who was brutally murdered. Soon what started as a quest for revenge turns into a duty to protect the world and people that she loves from a sinister villain.

“Crescent City has been a passion project from the start, and I’ve been working on it for several years now whenever I get the chance,” Maas said in a statement. “I can’t wait to introduce readers to Bryce, its heroine, who I think would be very good friends with Aelin and Feyre. The world of Crescent City is more modern than those in my previous series (basically, if the Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass worlds had [the] modern-day technology), but it’s still chock full of magic, brooding warrior-types, and mysterious and deadly creatures.”

You can now get her bestselling series in bookstores everywhere and read her new book collab with Marvel, her take on Catwoman: Soulstealer.  I can’t wait until Crescent City comes in 2019, we here at Writers INKK will definitely keep you updated.

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Plus Size, Diversity, New YA novels to look out for!

NEW RELEASE ALERT!


I love the new-dawn-in-time of Diverse novels popping up everywhere to quench our thirst (don’t get me started with the amazing Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I’ll save that one for a post all on its own). There are two in particular that have caught many suitors attention and I’m about to tell you about both.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli


We have all read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or seen With Love, Simon. If not, and you happen to live under a rock, here is a little blurb about the book:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Okay cool now that you’ve been caught up, here comes Leah on the Offbeat a story about Simons plus sized bestie Leah Burke:
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.
It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Also to gift us with its presence is the sequel to Dumplin (if you haven’t read Dumplin either here is a blurb and the cover):


Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
Puddin by Julie Murphy


Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.
Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.
When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

Okay, guys, it’s about that time, I’ve convinced myself to go on a book spree and spend all my money. Who’s with me after reading these blurbs?

 

 

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RIP Barnes and Noble

It’s about that time readers! We need to take a moment to remember our dear bookstore seller, Barnes and Noble.

okay, okay, okay, maybe I’m being a wee bit dramatic, but that’s the buzz going around the internet.
Being an ex Barnes and Noble employee of many years back, I decided to go and say hi to some of my friends that are still working there. Sadly, after a bit of sleuthing, to my not-so-surprise. I’m afraid the new trending phrase “RIP Barnes and Noble” is not too far off in the future.
“BUT WHY?” You ask? Well, there are a few reasons and let me get into them.

The book world is slowly coming to an end. More and more people are turning to e-books, apps, film and online entertainment, more than going to a bookstore. Which triples mostly as a toy store, study hall, babysitting-park, a HUGE headache. Barnes and Noble has basically lost its charm entirely and has respawned into something too corporate. Don’t get me wrong, I still to this day shop at Barnes and Noble, but every now and then I find myself searching Yelp or google maps for new bookstores to discover. Why do you ask? One thing that smaller booksellers have that Barnes and Noble don’t? That good old bookstore charm. I mean Just watch a movie that was far beyond its time. “You’ve Got Mail”, a romance between Meg Ryan, a small town bookseller, and Tom Hanks, the BIG BAD CORPORATE figure coming in to tear her little bookstore apart. It was a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, book battle style.


Now that I’ve gone entirely off tangent with my little movie ad. Let us get back too it. Not only is the decline of Barnes and Noble affecting how we consume media. Its also affecting our writers. With so many books to movies, its harder to be the new up and coming writer to hit the market with a bang. Agents and publishers are looking for writing that can easily be turned into a film. And being a screenwriter myself I can tell you that writing a novel and script are, believe it or not, two totally different things. What works in a film doesn’t quite work in novels and vise-versa.

I mean why do you think the only franchise to do an exceptional job from book to movie is Harry Potter? (Definitely won’t use Twilight in this example, sorry Twi-hards).



So where do Barnes and Noble play a part in all of this? They simply aren’t being innovative enough or they’re not fixing the problem. Any business head knows that in order to build a successful business you must fix a problem. Instead of fixing they are conforming to the problem. Well, How do we even come to fix the problem? Maybe start making bookstores more about the actual books. Bring back the charm take away the toys? If they start bringing back what bookstores were about in the first place instead of making it feel like another target down the street. The industry and the people will start to see a rise in book sales and customers, or if they don’t want to take a step back and bring back the old charm that’s entirely okay too. Make a new charm that goes in the direction of how we, as a people, are starting to take in new forms of media with still keeping the message loud and clear. WE NEED BOOKS. I mean how about a Netflix for books? Any takers?



I mean I literally just wrote this whole article with a bunch of Gifs just to keep your attention because I know people are starting to take in media more visually now. You see how that works? See how I just fixed a problem? Barnes and Noble take note and survive! On to the battle or just be this guy (Shrugs).

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ATTENTION: The Orwellian times are upon us!

Within the past couple of weeks the book industry saw a surge of sales from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 (which is now back on the NYT bestsellers list), a dystopian novel about a future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. Wether you believe Orwell’s novel is coming to life right before our eyes or not. Let us provide you with a list of other dystopian novels that are sure to make you feel as if you escaped into the twilight zone or Orwellian future. So here are our top 5 Dystopian novel choices to feed your 1984 addiction.

 

1- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

 

 

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.

 

2- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

 

 

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

 

3- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

 

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

 

4- Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 

 

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.

 

5-  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

 

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

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Food, Booze, Best-friends and fictional boyfriends. The ultimate bookclub checklist

So you absolutely love books and want to start a book club.

You love to smell them, you love to touch them and you most definitely love to talk about them, but you don’t like to talk about them with just any random stranger. They wouldn’t understand the relationship between you and your book boyfriends or why you turn into a Zombie at night struggling with bloodshot eyes hungry to read one more sentence while whispering to yourself, “Just another page.”

No, no muggle would understand, but bookworms, bookworms would understand completely.

 

1- Choose the right people

 

The perfect bookworm for your bookclub:

  • Shares the same interests in Genre as you
  • Not ashamed of their deep involvement with fictional characters
  • Reads all the time
  • Visits the bookstore at least 3 times a month (or day if you’re truly obsessed)
  • Doesn’t get tired of talking about what they read
  • Most importantly, they enjoy every minute of it just as you do.

 

2- Where to look for the right novels?

 

Here’s a list of where to go searching for the perfect book match:

  • Goodreads Top 100
  • Barnes and Nobles top picks
  • NYT Bestsellers list
  • Local authors
  • Local bookstores best picks
  • or when in doubt choose a classic, the Tell-Tale Heart anyone?

 

 

3- Have in depth discussions

 

This part should come easy. Discuss how each person felt about the novel and then just simply dive in.

  • From the first page to the last, what caught your eye or made you want to throw the book at the wall.
  • Talk about character motivations and development (was the character the same at the end of the book as they were in the beginning?)
  • Come up with clever games like bookclub character charades or bookclub bingo (Yes these are a thing just google)

In no time your book club will be chattering away as hours of book gossip pass you by.

 

4- Do Party themes

 

The best part of book clubs are the themes, below are some examples that you can bring into the comfort of your home:

  • Spa day
  • Wine tasting
  • Junk food
  • Guilty pleasures
  • Nails and pedicures

The list can go on!

 

5- Get the perfect drinks and appetizers

 

Now for the cherry on top. FOOD and BOOZE.

Food and booze know no boundaries. And theming the food along with the bookclub is so fun!

For example, if your theme is Wine bring the experience of a vineyard to you and have an array of 5-7 wines to taste with appetizers such as cheese, bread and olives. Also if you’re really feeling up for the challenge why not theme it to a book world and create otherworldly concoctions like homemade spiked Buttered Beer and Chocolate frogs (cough Harry Potter).

 

Now that you’ve read our nifty list for the ultimate checklist for an epic book club. Go on and try it. You will not be disappointed with, good food and booze, good friends or good books.

 

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Author Feature: Zuri McWhorter

 

 

Zuri McWhorter’s writing is like your everyday morning coffee, it goes smoothly down your soul, the taste of every rhythmic line leaving you gluttonous. And as you give into your glutton and swipe through her Instagram you start to see a painted picture form, twisting art into words. There’s a fresh edge to her prose, the thoughts of a 23 year old woman’s unapologetic view’s on love, experiences and life.

A Detroit native Zuri spent most of her childhood using her imagination dabbling in different hobbies such as dancing, painting, martial arts and sports. Then once her senior year of high school rolled around, so did her love for writing. Soon all the other hobbies took a back seat and writing became the center focus. Her passion for the art came when she studied abroad in Ireland at NUI and Trinity College with one of the best MSU professors she’s ever had. After her program finished, she couldn’t find a teacher that could keep her attention the same way. So she took a huge leap and dropped out. Making literature her full time job. Thus her imprint on social media began.   image5

When did your passion for writing and literature start?

I knew I had a hobby of writing for a while, since I was probably 4 years old, but my passion didn’t start until college. I took a few English Lit courses and studied abroad in Ireland at NUI and Trinity College in Dublin with a phenomenal MSU professor. After that, I could never find another teacher who could keep my attention. Which lead me to drop out. Literature became a job, not an art.

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing?

I use everything: my emotions, the environment I’m in, the colors I see. My favorite device is personification. I love to describe objects and feelings with as much beauty or malice as I can because they represent people. They deserve personality just as human characters do.

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I know Detroit is known for its art scene, how has living in Detroit influenced you as an artist?

When I left college and entered “the scene” about three years ago, I immediately felt a disconnection. I knew there would be an audience for my type of expression, but there were no other literary artists. I had no comrades, no competition. Feeling as though I was the only one is inspiration itself. And by no means do I wish to remain the only literary contender of “the scene”! I hope that publicizing my writing will bring out the writers, if not make new ones.

Some writer’s write from a certain emotion, whether its pain or happiness, what’s yours?

I’m sure with time, my writing will become more emotionally expansive, but for now, pain is my forte. I can’t seem to write when I’m happy, I’m too busy basking in it. Though, my love poetry stems from some sort of pain too.

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Tell me about your book you have coming out in November?

“Woes of a Well-Lit City” is a collection of prose, blackout poetry, with a short story at the end. Detroit (the well-lit city) inspires an artful love, a love can falter abruptly, but I always look for it. The book is self-published through Meta Lark Press.

Who are some of your favorite writers?

Toni Morrison, for her candor. Edgar Allen Poe, for his gloom. Shel Silverstein for his lessons. Zora Neale Hurston, for vivid love stories. Amy Winehouse, though not known as a literary figure, for her very personal, metaphorical story telling.

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What are your top 5 favorite books?

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Where the Sidewalk Ends/The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Vagabond by Colette, Holes by Louis Sachar.

What are some words of inspiration for writers afraid to put their work on social platforms?

Honestly if you’re afraid to put out your writing, you aren’t a writer yet. A writer must be ready for critique, because nowadays, everyone believes their opinion is warranted. I used my words as therapy for most of my life, only sharing them with a few people. I wasn’t ready until I was ready. I could never tell another person when to start sharing their work. You can’t tell someone when to lose their innocence. But if it meant to be your passion you will let it flow free and have no qualms.

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How important do you think diversity in writing is, because you don’t see a lot of it?

I don’t believe that there is a lack of diversity in writing as a whole, just in the mainstream: the bestsellers lists, signed with the big time publishers. As a POC, it seems you are limited to writing about your color, your struggle, your movement through society. I have been over that tone for a while. I know I’m not the only Black woman writing about something other than being Black!

What mark do you want to leave on the world?

A fellow artist and friend of mine told me, “I just want to leave as much art in the world before I die.” Since then, I couldn’t think of another way to live life. I don’t know if I’ll be remembered for my poetry, because I plan to do much more. Though, as long as I can be a beacon of expression, that would be fine.

 

You can see many more pieces of Zuri’s work on her website HERE and her Instagram HERE.

 

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Business spotlight: The Hundredth Acre

 

 

“…why not start a brand that is an extension of the other side of my personality? Not the skate-side but the writer-side. The side of me that loves libraries, books, typewriters, sitting by a fire with a book and a cup of tea. A brand for writers [that’s] based on the ephemera of books and writing.”

From his cool demeanor to sarcastic banter and authentic writing he had the perfect ingredients to conjure up a company just for writer’s, The Hundredth Acre: Things for thinkers. You might have read Robert Brinks cunning articles in Playboy, ESPN or have even seen him on the show the Weekend Buzz featured on the RIDE Channel. A New Jersey native Robert grew up with a passion for writing and skateboarding. He found a happy medium after realizing that he could combine both passions. A skate journalist. Powered by sheer talent, muses and determination he took on the writing world and built up an impressive portfolio.

It was just recently Robert took the leap and manifested an idea for the Hundredth Acre he had 3 years ago. Used Bookstore, Sippin’ Whiskey, and Coffee Shop are just some of the names of the fragrant candles scattered throughout his shop. But they aren’t the only items, you can also find pens, a must have “Writer” Tee and a “Library” sticker pack. With those products come exceptional packaging, with a rustic flare for the old school writer.

 

What is the message behind The Hundredth Acre?

I think it’s really just about memories and feelings. I want the products to immediately transport someone to a place that is special to them or a place they wish they could be. Whether it’s a café in Paris, a campfire in the woods, lying in the grass as a kid or into their favorite used bookstore. To me personally it’s a lot about the past that is lost, parts of my childhood [even], and I think [the hundredth acre] is a way to keep those feelings alive.

What made you decide what type of products to create?

The products in my line and ones that are to come in the future (journals, for example) are all inspired by my life as a writer. Pens, candles, the “Writer.” tee, etc. These are all things that accompany me as a writer or communicate my life as a writer.

How important do you think reading/writing is to this generation?

Honestly, people will survive just fine whether they read or not. It’s like math. I was told as a child that math was the most important thing to know, but now we have phones and computers to do it all for us. That [being] said,  I hope there will always be people striving to do good writing. And keeping the standard high, rather than just “blogging” and self-publishing any old thing.

As for reading … I feel kind of the same. If people don’t read, they will be fine, but I feel sorry for them because they are missing out. I would say the same about experiencing a Beethoven symphony or Terence Malick’s films. They aren’t for everyone and maybe they aren’t considered “cool” for younger generations in 2016, but then that’s their loss. I’m going to keep enjoying books, writing, and interacting with others who do! And I hope this brand will inspire people to read and write.

 

What are your top 5 favorite reads and why you love them?

Hemingway “On Writing” – I love reading when amazing writers talk about writing. And that’s what this book is. Quotes about writing by Hemingway and some from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Chuck Palahniuk “Invisible Monsters” – Chuck is my favorite author and of all his books, this book, blew me away the most.

Howard Stern “Private Parts” – I am a HUGE Howard Stern fan. I feel he’s the best interviewer ever. He’s a huge inspiration to me as an interviewer. And this is the first book that made me laugh out loud over and over again.

Peanuts comics books – Charles Schultz is an amazing writer. He had an incredible ability to write something that could appeal to me at 9 years old but also someone in their 90s at the same time. I always loved Peanuts comics from when I was very young. Still do. So the books that are collections are always great. I especially love the vintage Peanuts when they’re younger kids.

Cintra Wilson “A Massive Swelling” – Before I was a published writer in skateboarding, I always envisioned a certain way I wanted to write about skating but never really could put it into action or words. The minute I read this book, even though it was pop culture criticism, I realized it was EVERYTHING that I had been thinking I wanted to do as a skate writer. It gave me a context for what seemed kind of intangible in my brain for so many years.

It helped me realize it was possible. And although I don’t write like that anymore, because I feel I have evolved and grown out of it, this book is still incredible and was very important to my history as a writer. Cintra has also become a friend of mine, which is very special to me.

Bonus favorite –  I’m very inspired by song lyrics as literature, so stuff from The Cure, The Deftones (or any band that Chino Moreno writes lyrics for), Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan), Lana Del Rey (very recently).

What are some words of inspiration/wisdom for those who can’t find the motivation to make their passion into a business?

Anything is possible if you try and want it hard enough. JUST TRY! And fuck being afraid to suck or fail. Don’t be a wuss!

 

You can follow The Hundredth Acre on Instagram HERE and also take a look at some of Roberts Writing on his website HERE.

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Penny Horrible, Penny awful, Penny Blood, Penny DREADFUL

 

 

“A world of dormant peerages, of murderous baronets, and ladies of title addicted to the study of toxicology, of gipsies and brigand-chiefs, men with masks and women with daggers, of stolen children, withered hags, heartless gamesters, nefarious roués, foreign princesses” – George Augustus Sala, The Seven Sons of Mammon: a story, 3 vols. (London: Tinsley Brothers, 1862), ii, p. 22-3.

 

Victorian London life had a plethora of creepy aspects, such as their love for freak shows, the slayings of the horrific Jack the Ripper, and their obsession of Memento Mori (Latin phrase for “Remember you shall die”) where families used to pose for photographs with their dead loved ones. With such morbid and beautifully gothic things going on in this era it was only right that they produced a small booklet of stories called Penny Dreadful’s. For a penny, you could buy a piece of a horror/gothic story. The String of Pearls: A Romance, introducing Sweeney Todd and Varney the Vampire for example where a few of this era’s favorites.

In the birth of the Penny Dreadful , their stories focused mostly around adventures, pirates and highwaymen. But later the themes grew much darker to stories filled with murder, vampires, and witches. These series of stories were priced especially low for the young working class males due to increased literacy rates in the 1830s. The Penny Dreadful itself was made from wood pulp with colorful haunting images printed onto the fronts of each series.

Slowly but surely the commodity of the Penny Dreadful faded away but not the fascination. In 2014 Penny Dreadful a Showtime series featuring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett premiered based on many characters from 19th-century Penny Dreadful’s, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Renfield and Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Dr. Henry Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Sadly in 2016 the show ended its 3 year run (which many fans were disappointed in), but I do recommend reliving the fantastic stories of each haunting character by catching the entire season now on Netflix!

For your enjoyment, here’s a little taste of an original Penny Dreadful story below, a treat for your October reads.

 

 

Sweeney Todd PDF

 

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The scariest novels to read in October

     Maybe it’s the pasty white makeup smeared across their skin, their unusually creepy perma-grin plastered onto the curves of their faces or it could be the hollow feeling you get creeping up your spin as you look into their eyes. For centuries clowns have been the staple villain in pop culture, from IT by Stephen King to the local Halloween haunts such as Knott’s Scary farms CarnEVIL (featuring none other than killer clowns). But as of 2016 this villain has become more than just a fable and pop culture obsession.

     News outlets across the nation have quite the fascination with clowns thanks to Greenville, South Carolina. Multiple Law enforcement agencies are investigating a slue of incidences reported by a small community apartment building called Fleetwood Manor Apartments. Donna Arnold one of the residence at the apartments said, “I thought my child was seeing things… and then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?” Children and residents have described multiple clown figures such as a burly clown with a rather large blinking nose standing by the trash cans waiving, knocks on doors by clowns and a group of clowns shining green lasers in the woods.

     The eerie part, other than the clowns enticing the kids with money and candy to come into the woods while taking photos of them, is the fact that they can’t find any signs of these IT-like clowns as though they’re non existent. Along with this story and many others including the clown sightings that the media took hold of not too long ago in Bakersfield California and Staten Island one has to wonder if this could be a national prank? A pedophile? Or a figment of ones imagination? Only time will tell of what comes of the Greenville clowns but until that moment comes only words from witnesses will keep the story alive.

 So in celebration of our October launch, here are our top scariest novels sure to get your spooky going all month long.

IT by Stephen King

Probably one of the most iconic novels of all time by one of the best in horror is, Stephen King’s IT. A small town, children being murdered, a group of kids trying to solve the mystery of IT, and a creepy clown to give you nightmares for days. Now I know where Stranger Things got its inspiration! You can check out some reviews or buy this book HERE.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of leaves is about a family moving into a small home where they find that the inside of the house is bigger than the outside. As the parents delve deeper into the mystery of this occurrence, their two little children start to wander off.  Discovering the unforgivable secrets living inside the house and lets not leave out the demonic growl which would soon consume all of them. Besides giving you night terrors, House of Leaves is also known for its whimsical book format, it’s over seven hundred pages long and packed with unexpected twists, and moments where you have to hold the book upside down in front of a mirror in order to read the passage. Lets just say this book will definitely keep you up for days, having you question everything in life. Check out reviews or buy this book HERE.

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

At 60 pages The Great God pan is a Gothic horror about a scientist who operates on a woman’s brain in order to heighten her spiritual awareness; but instead Pan, a greek God who is neither bad or good, has sex with her and gets her pregnant. In turn the woman starts to wreak havoc in late 19th century London as an array of high society men commit suicide. You can read reviews or buy the book HERE.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Miranda Silver is in Dover, in the ground beneath her mother’s house.
Her throat is blocked with a slice of apple
(to stop her speaking words that may betray her)
her ears are filled with earth
(to keep her from hearing sounds that will confuse her)
her eyes are closed, but
her heart thrums hard like hummingbird wings.
Does she remember me at all I miss her I miss the way her eyes are the same shade of grey no matter the strength or weakness of the light I miss the taste of her I
see her in my sleep, a star planted seed-deep, her arms outstretched, her fists clenched, her black dress clinging to her like mud.
She chose this as the only way to fight the soucouyant.”

A tale about a sick girl, a disease of madness and a haunted house. Read reviews or buy the book HERE.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

This used to be a story on Reddit that got so popular they expanded it into a book! Penpal is about a man who investigates eerie occurrences that happened in his childhood and what he discovers is a Penpal who had quite the horrific obsession with him. Read reviews or buy the book HERE.

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

This is a magical tale of Cathy and her romance with her brother. Intrigued? It also features a Gold Digging mother, a spawn of the devil grandma and a tragic ending. Flowers in the Attic is about a Widowed mother desperate for her father’s inheritance (which she can only get if he doesn’t know about her children) who locks her kids in the attic of her parents mansion for some years while she gallivants about trying to find the perfect (rich) husband. Between erotic incest and the mothers psychotic break. This book is highly disturbing and isn’t for the faint of heart. Which makes for a great scary October read! You can read reviews or buy the book HERE.

Now these are just a few of our Writer’s INKK picks, so feel free to sound off in the comments below and let us know what’s on your list, for your scariest, October reads!

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Top 10 Must See Libraries and Bookshops Around the World

1.) George Peabody Library at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland 

Fun fact: it’s become a popular event and wedding venue. Hint, hint for the book lovers wanting to plan a wedding and share their first kiss alongside some 18th and 19th century books. I think yes!

 

2.) Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France

Fun fact: “Hotel tumbleweed” is its nickname because they have played host to THOUSANDS of visitors and mainly authors/writers camping out for days, months, and even the longest stay was said to be 7 years. For payment all they ask is you write your life story on one page and attach a photograph of yourself. Today, this policy still stands. 

 

3.) University of Coimbra General library in Coimbra, Portugal

Fun fact: No this isn’t Dracula’s castle or the queens palace, this is in fact a library my friends. A library made up of three two story rooms housing 70,000 books. The best part is a camp of bats that live inside the libraries walls and emerge every night to eat the insects that gnaw on the volumes of books. Well maybe Dracula does reside there? Hmmm. 

 

4.) Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria

Fun fact: Built in 1776 and is painted in frescos representing different phases of human knowledge. The library is scattered in sculptures done by Joseph stammels “Four Last Things” which represent death, heaven, hell and the last judgement.

 

5.) The Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland 

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Fun fact: The library holds a collection of 200,000 aged books, one including the Book of Kells, a gospel volume that dates back to the early 9th century.

 

6.) The Vatican Library in Vatican City

Fun fact: In the archives you can find accounts of the trial of the Knights Templar held at Chinon in August 1308; a threatening note from 1246 in which Ghengis Khan’s grandson demands that Pope Innocent IV travel to Asia to ‘pay service and homage; a letter from Lucretia Borgia to Pope Alexander VI; Papal Bulls excommunicating Martin Luther; correspondence between the Court of Henry VIII and Clement VII; and an exchange of letters between Michelangelo and Paul III.
There are also letters from Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, St Bernadette, Voltaire and Abraham Lincoln.
And here too – depending on how much faith you have in the novels of Dan Brown – lies proof that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and continued their own earthly line. (2010, the Telegraph, John Preston)

 

7.) The Royal Portuguese reading room in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 

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Fun fact: One of its focal points is the Altar Da Pátria a stunning masterpiece made from marble ivory and silver commemorating the Portuguese discoveries that took place in 1400’s and 1500’s.

 

8.) The Cook and Book in Brussels, Belgium

Fun fact:  This lovely place functions as a restaurant and bookstore all in one. What a romantic idea for your next date!

 

9.) The Livraria Lello Bookstore In Porto, Portugal

Fun fact: Jk Rowling sat in this very bookstore and gathered up ideas for Harry Potter.

 

10.) El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Fun fact: This bookstore used to be a theater, then a cinema and now a gorgeous bookstore!

 

Now go travelers, get up and discover the literature hidden in these wonderful watering holes for book lovers! Also if you have visited one of these places mentioned above, feel free to comment and tell us your experience.