Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clown in a Cornfield

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Genre: Young Adult, horror, thriller
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 3.83 stars

Summary: Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Quinn Maybrook is new in town, a town where a year before a bad accident happened. Little does she know how the people there feel about the younger generation and how it all can go to hell in any moment.

What can be told about these book? The moment i saw the cover (yeah i judged by the cover) i wanted to read it. I even heard some very good recommendations to the book saying it was scary and intense, which totally got my attention. But i couldn’t feel it.

Yes, the book touches very important topic with a lot of violence, but i feel like it’s just violence for the sake of it. The reason behind it all doesn’t feel right to me. Okay, i understand most times violence has no reason, but i don’t know i was expecting something more, and actually more scary not just… gore.

The book is pretty easy to read, i won’t lie. I did like the way the author narrates the story. But i couldn’t come to empathize with the characters. Most of them felt distant and difficult to connect with. It didn’t help that the story happen in a span of four days since the new kid got to the town.

There were good moments, and also bad ones. I mean at moments i couldn’t stop reading because i wanted to know what will come next, but then other times i just wanted to drop it and never read it again.

I did finish it though, and i’m pretty happy with it, because it did end well. I did like it.

I had a priblem with the characters, they felt plain to me, like i couldn’t connect with them or their reason behind everything they did. Not only because the mai character didn’t know them very well, but because like, they aren’t very developed.

Did i enjoy reading the book? most of the time i did. That’s why i gave it 3.75 stars. Good read, good execution, just a little boring at times.

Do i recommend it? If you want to see teenagers being chased by killer clowns, of course.

Have you read the book? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comment down below!

Reminiscing Monday: Horror movies from my childhood.

When you are little you are very impresionable, and i remember that because of many horror movies that i won’t watch to this day because of that.

I gotta admit in my house horror movies weren’t allowed until i was about 10. Which doesn’t mean my stepdad wouldn’t watch them when we (my sister and i) were sleeping.

I remember waking up in the middle of the night wanting to go to the bathroom and having to cross the livingroom where my stepdad was watching A Nightmare on Elm Street. The scene was the one where blood is coming out of the bed.

I remember this because it made a number on my 8 years old mind. And i remember being scared of the movie for a very long time.

There was another time when my stepdad was watching Cape of Fear but i can’t pinpoint the scene i watched, also my stepdad is telling me that’s not a horror movie.

Then, when i was 9 for some reason i was allowed to enter the theatre and watch The Sixth Sense with my 12 years old sister and her friends. I have to say that one gave me nghtmares for quite a while.

So I don’t understand why my mom let me watch The Blair Witch Project a few months later.

Man, i loved the movie and watched it and rewatched it so many times when i was little, i even own a book that tells the whole myth. It’s awesome, but yet again i got scared for a while and was a fraid to go outside at night until i was about 12.

As i grew up, for some reason i decided i was brave enough to face my fears and by 13 i started watching all the essentials, the exorcist, ju – on, the ring, rec, the eye, saw, etc.

It was a difficult time and i wasn’t as ready as i thought. I was scared most nights and i was a hard time to try sleeping, but hey… i’m still here, so it wasn’t that bad after all, right?

Over the years i’ve watched a lot of horror movies, i always try to overcome my fear for them, so i keep on trying and trying and sometimes i won’t sleep fora few days but most of the times i don’t even think about them before i go to sleep.

Overall i think i have managed my fear for horror movies, and that’s why i’m watching a few this month to comment on them… i’d watched some new one i never saw and a few that left a mark on me for a long time, i just wanted to know if i’m still so scared as i was before because of them.

As i’m writing this before finishing all the movies i hope i managed and everything is okay with me.

I hope i’m still sleeping every night.

I mean, i do enjoy watching them, don’t worry. The adrenaline i get from watching horror movies has made me do a lot of stupid stuff over the years, but hey… i really really enjoy being scared.

The scariest thing to happen to in the last few years? Well, i visited the Edinburgh cemetery at night and i felt something touched my knee. That was pretty awesome.

So yeah, fear won’t really stop me, not anymre at least.

How about you? Which movies scared you when you were little? Which gave you nightmares? What is the scariest thing to happen to you?

Yami Shibai – short horror stories (and some other horrors).

Hey there, everyone! Today i’m here to talk about the anime that gave me the most nightmares … Let’s talk about YAMI SHIBAI

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories also known in Japan as Yami Shibai (闇芝居, Yami Shibai, lit. Dark Play) and Theater of Darkness is a 2013 Japanese anime series. The first season was directed by Tomoya Takashima, with scripts written by Hiromu Kumamoto and produced by ILCA. Each episode was animated in such a way so as to mimic the kamishibai method of story-telling. The series is organized into a collection of shorts with each episode being only a few minutes in length. Each episode features a different tale based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin. (from wikipedia).

The thing that scares me the most in the world is asian horror. For some reason they are extremely good at making horrific stories, movies, series. They just have something that make it horrible. It’s not secret the only movies that left me without sleep were Japanese movies; Ju-On and Ringu. There are some things you can’t unseen.

The premise of this show is pretty simple. Short stories based on urban legends and Japanse myths. But there’s something about it tht just scared me so much when i watched the episode i couldn’t sleep for days after.

I know it may sound stupid coming from a show that is so simply made, that doesn’t have the best animation of all time, but let me tell you…the stories are just disturbing.

I’m now recalling the ones that gave me the more chills and i feel like i won’t be able to sleep tonight.

It reminds me of the horror asian comic that i just couldn’t stop thinking about when i first watched it and that to this day when i walk alone at night i still think about it… did you ever heard about it?

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For some reason i can’t understand to this day, even thinking about it gives me the chills, it is called : Bongcheon-Dong Ghost.

The jumpscare in it was just too much for me, i guess. At the time i was scared very easily…

Anyway… The point to this post is to recommend this kind of horror, because it’s the best horror. I’ll go to my grave and beyond saying asian horror and mostly animated asian horror (though manga is great too) is the scariest. If you really want to feel some terror this halloween you have to give animated horror a chance. I really think you can get some really good scares fro mwatching Yami Shibai and looking for horror webcomics.

Let me know if you give these a chance! Leave your comment down below!

Horror Books For This Halloween

We are almost there! It’s almost Halloween and i thought it will be a good idea to share some horror books to read on the very day since Halloween is falling on a Saturday, hence having the time to read a good book.

I’ve been looking for interesting horror books to recommend you and myself for this time of the year so here are some of the best rated horror books according to the internet.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

According to many this is one of the most terrifying books of all time. Starting out with a simple premise, a house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside, but it spirals into unreliable narrators, typographic mysteries, and a lot of little details that make the reader doubt its own understanding of the story.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Said to be a perfect work of unnerving horror and the best haunted house story ever written. I know Netflix made an adaptation of it and most people really loved it.

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IT by Stephen King

Often said to be one of the masters of horror, Stephen King wrote this one after flying sitting next to a guy dressed as Ronald McDonald. Anyway, because of this book many people are really afraid of Clowns. Having been adapted twice, for television and cinema, it is said to be one of the most traumatizing and horrible stories.

Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The myth, the legend, said to have given nightmares to people for ages, Dracula is by far one of the greatest Vampire’s stories ever. It was adapted so many times for tv and cinema, it without doubt one of the greatest horror stories ever.

The Shining

The Shining by Stephen King

Get lost in the halls of this terrifying hotel alongside the Torrance family. Another iconic book by Stephen King. Adapted to the cinema by Tanley Kubrick. You can enjoy both and tell me which one you liked most. Also, there’s a sequel called Dr. Sleep, though i wouldn’t recommend as much.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Another one by this master of gothic horror. The unsetteling story of two sisters, and uncle and the isit of a cousin. It is one of my al time favorite books, i would totally recommend, also a few years ago it was adapted to a film which was pretty good too.

What are you reading this halloween?

The Horror Genre.

But first, what is horror? Horror can be fright, scare or disgust. In literature you may find it, as literary historian J. A. Cuddon defined the horror story as “a piece of fiction in prose of variable length… which shocks, or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing”.

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Horror has always been with us. From the begining of human kind, there had been stories to scare little children so they wouldn’t misbehave or stay up late at night. It started as folklore and stories tell from generation to generation. Even Myth is set upon scaring the people from “the wrath of the gods” so they would behave.

As story went from mouth to mouth to being written, so did the horror genre. It became part of the mythology of different places in the world. IT started by telling stories of monsters that lived in the dark such as vampires and it grew from there more and more.

But horror literature started its way as we know it mostly since the 18th century. It started with a gothic style . It drew inspiration from the late middle ages, finding its first steps in The Castle of Otranto by author Horace Walpole. The book was firstly published as medieval romance, then rediscovered and republished as a fake translation. IT became very popular in no time.

The gothic horror became what we now really know as horror in the 19th century, it was written by great authors like the Grimm Brothers, Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker.

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The horror presented in the 19th century many of the current and most iconic monsters and horrors in human history.

As we enter the 20th century, we can see a proliferation of cheap newspapers which led to the growth of horror publications. At first it came in parts on the magazines, until the whole novel could be published. This way many became known authors.

In the later years of the 20th century from the ’60s and moving forward started a new beginning for the horror. As slashers movies started to become more and more popular and many books were starting to being adapted to movies, such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, the horror got a new apogee in which authors as Stephen King came to be.

Stephen King believes the horror gets popular again in waves, every 10 or 20 years it comes back, which could explain his character IT coming back very 27 years.

As far as we can see horror has been very popular over the last century and into this one, especially with a lot of horror movies coming out every year. Even though many of them aren’t as good.

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As we come closer and look into the 21th century we can see that with techonology alongside, horror has shifted and became even more common, even for younger people. Books for Young Adults, and even for kids are released every month. And not only that but the fenomena of Creepypastas, short horror stories on the internet, was created.

Overall, i think it has been a very long time since horror has been relevant, always there, from our very beginning as humans, and to this day when technologies accompany us but it can take away our most deeply rooted fears.

Are you afraid of the dark?

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October’s *spooky* TBR

Oh, halloween season is here!

I have to admit i love horror movies and October is because of that one of my favorite times of the year! The thing is … i almost hadn’t read any horror/thriller books in a very very VERY long time.

Feeling a little ashamed to admit i don’t read horror books i decided this is the perfect moment to start doing so. Which means this Ocotober i’ll be challenging myself to only try and read horror/triller fiction!

I researched a little on the topic because i didn’t want to come in with empty hands this months, so here is my hopeful TBR for the month of October.

I’ll say i won’t be reading Stephen King this month, because i would need more than a month to read his scariest books (such as IT, although i own some), his books are just huge and i’m planning on reading as muchas i can. The one Stephen King book i’m gonna try this month is Carrie, it’s relatively short and i love the movie.

So, without further ado here’s my TBR list for October:

House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

705 pages

I know this one is a big book, and because of it i won’t be reading many others this big. I just got this book for my birthday last year and i haven’t read it yet. As far as i understand this book is apparently dead scary and i can’t wait to get my hand on this one. Wish me luck!

The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man by Alex North

355 pages

I saw this book at the bookstore about a month ago and i just fall in love for some reason with the cover and the description. I really hope i enjoy it as much as i enjoy having it on my my shelves.

The Girl in the Video

The Girl in the Video by Michael David Wilson 

105 pages

A novella that caught my eye the moment i saw it, and i’m really wanting to read it.

Clown in a Cornfield

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

352 pages

I don’t know why but this book just calls and begs me to read it, so i might as well do it this October, because why no?!

Carrie

Carrie by Stephen King 

256 pages

I adore the movie and it’s one of my all-time favorites, so i might as well already read the book. I think it’s time. I’m ready.

Even If We Break

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

336 pages

I read previous books by the author and i loved them so i’ll be giving this one a try too. I truly hope it stands with her other works because they were fascinating.

What will you be reading this halloween?!