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The Amityville Boy Ghost

In 1976, during the Amityville horror house investigations lead by demonoligists Ed & Lorraine Warren, this photo - out of hundreds of photos from rolls and rolls of film was taken inside the house that is to this day, infamous for its demonic chain of occurrences.
Discovered 3 years after it was taken, it continues to be analysed and ‘debunked’, but the story of how this 'boy’ was captured is as follows :

Gene Campbell, a professional photographer working with the Warrens, set up his camera stored with black and white film on the second floor of the house in order to capture infrared shots. Discovered 3 years later by George Lutz, who experienced the horrors of the house, when he was looking for photos to include in his book.
George lutz states that when he asked his children if they recognised the boy his daughter, Missy stated it was the little boy she used to play with in the house.
The figure in this photograph has been theorised to be a 'demon who shapeshifts into whatever it wants’, one of the youngest DeFeo children who was murdered by Ronald DeFeo or simply one of the investigators on the case Paul Bartz, who was kneeling and happened to be caught on film.

We will never 100% know, making it one of America’s ever lasting mysteries.

“4 years ago, my now husband and I moved into a really old house. In Saskatoon, this area was the first in the whole city to be built. The house is approximately from 1910. The area itself is now quite ghetto. Crack houses down the street, break and enters happening constantly. So, being on edge, my husband and I bought a huge black lab. Dumb as a post, but super loyal and protective. We never got broken into after we got our dog because he had such a loud bark, people outside would cross the street.

Back to the house itself, the house had original vents (like Amityville Horror style) Downstairs there was cement walls, all except for one, which was dirt in behind a large piece of Styrofoam. So when there was a shift in the ground, you could literally hear the dirt crumbling. There was a terrifying room that no one would go into in the basement. It had old paint cans and a kitty litter box from, what I can assume, was years ago. Original furniture remained in the basement and throughout the house. (Ex. Old hide-a-bed, old curio cabinet, and fucking old armoire)

This story revolves around the armoire, which was huge. It had such fine wood detailing, but it was neglected. We never opened it because it was such a creepy antique. We just kind of left it in the hallway and walked by it daily.

One day, on my day off of course, I was waiting for my husband to get home. I started walking towards the door because I thought I heard his car. While walking, I was suddenly interrupted by a horrendous racket. Coming from inside the armoire was a horrible scratching noise. I thought Onyx, our dumb, lovable black lab, had somehow climbed in and was stuck. Frantically kicked and rolling and scratching to get out. It was so frantic, the armoire was literally moving across the floor. At first I was laughing, but the more frantic it got, the more my concern grew. 

I ran and threw open the door, I heard a whimper. Rather than the whimper coming from the armoire, it came from behind me. I swirled around and saw Onyx behind me. He was whimpering and back away. I swung around and faced the armoire, completely shadowed on the inside. The scratching stopped. I ran for the porch door, passing the antique. 

I didn’t get very far, I ran into a solid entity. My husband. Sobbing and fearful I sputtered what happened. My husband stared at me and then, being the awesome guy he is, checked it out. 

Nothing was in the armoire. Literally. Nothing. No scratch marks, no smell but musty. It was terrifying. We moved out a couple months later.”

By: tellie  (As it’s nearly Halloween, how about we share some creepy stories? I’ll go first.

Note to self: realtors are not down with “is this the murder room?” jokes whenever they try to show you a basement. 

Film, Lit, & TV References: Sherlock (Updated 7/27/17)

A Continuing Work In Progress - Most of this is relevant to S4, but it does go back into the previous seasons.

Related to Gatiss and Mycroft’s Love of Old Films (especially psych thrillers and film noir)

Stay Explains Lighting, Editing, Twins, Flat Emotions, etc ( x ) The Original Meta ( x )

Stay Review Explains Enough - Including the “Rug Pull” ( x ) (Also linked at bottom of this page)

The Lady From Shanghai & Swimming With Sharks ( x )

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Sherlock S2-S4 ( x )

Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and John ( x )

Bank Holiday as a Sherlock Intertext ( x ) by @devoursjohnlock

Granada The Devil’s Foot, Sherlock S4 Imagery, and Moriarty or Mortimer ( x )

A Glimpse Into Granada’s Eligible Bachelor ( x ) by @ebaeschnbliah

The Woman in Green (x)

Terror By Night, Trains, and Sherlock ( x )

The Voice of Terror ( x ) by @finalproblem

The House of Fear ( x ) by @welovethebeekeeper

Kingsmen: The Secret Service, AGRA, & Sherlock ( x )

S4 and Casablanca Continues ( x )

Clue Umbrella and Cane ( x ) The Hat ( x )

Sherlock Holmes in New York ( x ) by @ebaeschnbliah

Faith Eurus & Culverton Smith as Keyser Söze from The Usual Suspects ( x )

Mycroft’s Umbrellagun ( x )

Replicating Neues vom wixxer and Norbury Scene ( x )

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Related to Gatiss and John Watson’s Love of Horror & Bond Films

Take the Bloody Shot ( x ) by @devoursjohnlock

The Ring and TFP Part I ( x ) (I only added pieces to wonderful meta by @may-shepard

The Ring and TFP Part II ( x )

S4 Film References in One Video ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Horror Europa ( x ) by @isitandwonder

Argento’s Demons in HoB ( x ) by @isitandwonder​ and Suspiria as TFP ( x )

TRF, TEH, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans ( x )

John Rug Pull, TFP, and Saw ( x )

The Ring, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, Saw, Orphan, Shutter Island, Paranormal Activity 2, It, Morgan, Yellowbeard, Skyfall, Spectre, Sinister, Neues Vom Wixxer ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Yellowbeard ( x ) @princess-of-fireflies

Parade Scene from Spectre and Gatiss/Abbington SDCC 2016 ( x )

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Literary References (Not Shakespeare)

S4, Freud, and Vampires  ( x )

Goethe and Sherlock ( x ) (mini meta w/S4, Freud, and Vampires)

Why is John a Balloon? Because…Freud ( x )

TFP, The Uncanny, and Freud’s Influence ( x ) by @the-blue-carbuncle

The Scarlet Thread of Murder and Sherlock S4 ( x )

Garden of Paradise: Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tale ( x )

Entanglement Theory and My Cousin Rachel ( x )

Greek Myth and TLD ( x )

Sherlock’s Vow, Greek Oaths, Water, and Guardian of Ships ( x )

Paintings Used in TAB ( x ) by @sagestreet

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Dr. Who/Torchwood/Sherlock/Dr. Strange Overlaps

Amy’s Choice ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Dr. Who and “Losing” Seasons of Sherlock ( x )

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Dr. Who, and Sherlock ( x ) by @isitandwonder @tjlcisthenewsexy and @devoursjohnlock

Knock Knock (Dr. Who) Season 10 & Sherlock Parallels ( x ) by @jenna221b

Torchwood S3 and Johnlock ( x )

Miss Evangelista and TAB Mary Watson ( x )

The Wedding of River Song & Sherlock: TFP ( x )

MHR and Dr. Who “Blink” ( x )

John’s Choice ( x ) by @tjlcisthenewsexy

Torchlock, TLD, Jonto/Johnlock ( x )

Torchwood ARG ( x )

In Case of Villain ( x )

Gaslight(ing), Dr. Who, and Sherlock ( x ) (Related to Mycroft’s love of old films.)

Dr. Who, Snowmen, and TAB ( x ) by @heartofdeduction

Dr. Who Dreamlord, TLD, and the Nyte Inspiration ( x ) (I added on.)

Dr. Who, Pilot Fish, and Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Strange Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Who “Tarmac” Conversation ( x ) by @a-candle-for-sherlock

Moffat 207 to 702 ( x ) (Two pre-existing metas about Moffat reusing these numbers.)

Miscellaneous

Why would Sherlock be close enough to hear John at the cemetery, yet not be visible to a Moriarty accomplice? ( x )

Meta Remaining…(May add to list, later)

AHS: Murder House, The Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, The Amityville Horror (1979), The Shining, Carriers, The Devils, Hammer House versions of Child’s Play (1984) and The Two Faces of Evil, The Third Man (1949), The Stranger (1946)

Stay-The Naomi Watts Connection (goes with The Ring, Mulholland Drive, and Sleepwalkers metas)

The infamous Amityville Horror House that was the basis of 11 scary movies in which families are terrorized by paranormal entities is once again for sale! You can buy the house in which Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family for just a measly $950,000.

It’s Only Castles Burning

Pairing: CastielXReader

Word Count: 4745 

Summary: Established CastielXReader. Powered up with the souls of purgatory, Castiel forsakes his friends, exacts punishment upon his foes in Heaven, and begins to do God’s work on Earth. Feared by everyone he encounters, he seeks out the only person who ever seemed to truly understand his motives as hitchhiker leviathans progressively overpower his will and corrupt his vessel from within.

A/N: One-shot written for @roxy-davenport​​ / Lexie’s SPN Birthday Challenge with prompt pairing Leviathan!Cas X Fem!Reader (see also Godstiel and Dom!Cas), claiming, biting smut, movie Amityville Horror 2005 (in which Cas’ vessel is the metaphorical evil house), and quote “Get your hands off her!” Contains NSFW/18+/adult content – specifically, oral (male receiving), pinned spooning, and mentions of cowgirl/denied orgasm. Italicized quotes are direct excerpts from SPN episode 7X01 Meet the New Boss and 7X02 Hello, Cruel World and are not mine – fic is set during the time period of these episodes with canonically dark themes and descriptions of physical violence consistent with Cas’ character arc and the leviathans. All things considered, I think I managed to keep it a tiny bit fluffy (you know, considering what happens in 7X02).

Scanning the pallid faces of the Winchesters and Bobby Singer, Castiel perceived only fear. These humans he once called friends did not love him, did not respect him.

“Stop, what’s the point if you don’t mean it. You fear me, not love, not respect, just fear.”

Castiel won – victor in the battle for Heaven and Earth against Raphael. In affront to the misgivings of his so-called friends, he also managed to out-maneuver the King of Hell at his own manipulative game. Castiel deserved this power – this glory, and they had the audacity to deny it to him. The betrayal disappointed him, but the frustration of utter terror radiating from their souls rather than awe of his newfound authority infuriated the seraph turned God. However, Castiel was a just and merciful God, and although disloyalty demands justice, these men were one-time allies - flawed men deserving of mercy.

“Be thankful for my mercy.”

Despite their indiscretions, he spared their lives with a warning he knew they were not likely to heed.

“I hope for your sake this is the last time you see me.”

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50 States Most Haunted

Each state in the USA has it’s own tales of haunted hotels, houses, and various other places. But each state has what is considered their “most haunted” spot. What is your state’s most haunted place?

1. Alabama - Sloss Furnaces (Birmingham)
2. Alaska - UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium (Anchorage)
3. Arizona - Bird Cage Theater (Tombstone)
4. Arkansas - The Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs)
5. California - Alcatraz Island (San Francisco)
6. Colorado - The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
7. Connecticut - Seaside Sanatorium (Waterford)
8. Delaware - Fort Delaware (Pea Patch Island)
9. Florida - Florida Theatre (Jacksonville)
10. Georgia - Kennesaw House (Marietta)
11. Hawaii - ‘lolani Place (Honolulu)
12. Idaho - Old Idaho State Penitentiary (Boise)
13.  Illinois - Congress Plaza Hotel (Chicago)
14. Indiana - French Lick Springs Hotel (French Lick)
15. Iowa - Villisca Ax Murder House (Villisca)
16. Kansas - The Sallie House (Atchison)
17. Kentucky - Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville)
18. Louisiana - The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville)
19. Maine - Wood Island Lighthouse (Wood Island)
20. Maryland - Antietam Battlefield (Sharpsburg)
21. Massachusetts - The Lizzie Borden House (Fall River)
22. Michigan - Henderson Castle (Kalamazoo)
23. Minnesota - Forepaugh’s Restaurant (St. Paul)
24. Mississippi - Cedar Grove Mansion (Vicksburg)
25. Missouri - Lemp Mansion (St. Louis)
26. Montana - The University of Montana (Missoula)
27. Nebraska - Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln)
28. Nevada - Virginia City
29. New Hampshire - Pine Hill Cemetery (Hollis)
30. New Jersey - Seabrook-Wilson House (Port Monmouth)
31. New Mexico - Highway 666
32. New York - The Amityville Horror House (Amityville)
33. North Carolina - Brown Mountain Lights (Burke and Caldwell Counties)
34. North Dakota - Liberty Memorial Building (Bismarck)
35. Ohio - The Ridges (Athens)
36. Oklahoma - Skirvin Hotel (Oklahoma City)
37. Oregon - McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon (Portland)
38. Pennsylvania - Gettysburg Battlefields (Gettysburg)
39. Rhode Island - The Ladd School (Exeter)
40. South Carolina - Old Charleston Jail (Charleston)
41. South Dakota - Bullock Hotel (Deadwood)
42. Tennessee - Loretta Lynn Plantation House (Hurricane Mills)
43. Texas - The Alamo (San Antonio)
44. Utah - Westminster College (Salt Lake City)
45. Vermont - The University of Vermont (Burlington)
46. Virginia - Ferry Plantation House (Virginia Beach)
47. Washington - The Palace Hotel (Port Townshend)
48. West Virginia - West Virginia State Penitentiary (Moundsville)
49. Wisconsin - Summerwind Mansion (West Bay Lake)
50. Wyoming - Wyoming Frontier Prison (Rawlins)

READING CHALLENGE LIST

This is a list of books to help people doing the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge.. or any challenge really! I will keep adding to this list as I’ve not done some categories yet.

MORE THAN 500 PAGES

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
The Way of Kings Part 1 and 2 by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

CLASSIC ROMANCE

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

BOOKS THAT BECAME MOVIES

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Holes by Louis Sachar
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Ring by Koji Suzuki 

PUBLISHED IN 2015/2015 RELEASES

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Never Never by Colleen Hoover
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
All Falls Down by Ally Carter
The Cage by Megan Shepherd

NUMBER IN THE TITLE

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
1984 by George Orwell
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

WRITTEN BY SOMEONE UNDER 30

Divergent series by Veronica Roth
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

NONHUMAN CHARACTERS

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Warrior Cat series by Erin Hunter
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Also try any of the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.

FUNNY BOOKS

Terry Prachett’s Discworld series
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Making History by Stephen Fry

Also try comedian memoirs for this one!

FEMALE AUTHORS

Alexandra Bracken
Cecelia Ahern
Beth Revis
Jodi Picoult
Veronica Roth
J.K. Rowling
Libba Bray
Lauren DeStefano
Rachel Vincent
Rachel Caine
Phillipa Gregory
Alice Sebold
Jeanette Walls
Sylvia Plath
The Brontes
Virginia Woolf
Margaret Atwood
Charlaine Harris
Agatha Christie
Anne Rice
Laurie Halse Anderson
Maya Angelou
Tove Jansson
PC Cast
Colleen Hoover
Sarah Dessen
Zadie Smith
Ursula K. Le Guin
Jennifer L. Arementrout
Amy Tan
Tamora Pierce
Nora Roberts
Danielle Steel
Meg Cabot
Mo Hayder
Gillian Flynn
Julie Kagawa

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Try authors like Mo Hayder, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Stephen King, John Grisham, Agatha Christie, and Wilkie Collins.

ONE WORD TITLES

Sanctum by Sarah Fine
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Slated series by Teri Terry
Wool by Hugh Howey
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Wither series by Lauren DeStefano (all titles one word)
Forever by Judy Blume
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Easy by Tammara Webber
House of Night series (all titles one word)
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Matched by Ally Condie
Poppet by Mo Hayder
Wonder by RJ Palaci
Stolen by Lucy Christopher

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Across the Wall by Garth Nix
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance by various authors

SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Japan) – also Haruki Murakami’s work.
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (China)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Paris)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Africa)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (India)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greece)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Germany)
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Italy)

For England, check out the Brontes, Neil Gaiman,

PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback
Independance Day by Richard Ford
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

SCARY BOOKS

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Nobody True by James Herbert
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Perfume: Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Ring by Koji Suzuki
The Omen by David Seltzer
The Merciless by Danielle Vega 

MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Republic by Plato
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Medea by Euripides
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Watchmen by Alan Moore
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu


BOOKS WITH MAGIC

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
Green Rider by Kristin Cashore
The Assassin’s Apprentice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

BANNED BOOKS

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1984 by George Orwell
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Forever by Judy Blume
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garbiel Garcia Marquez

BASED ON OR TURNED INTO A TV SHOW

The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith
Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay
Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Supernatural Book 1)
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
A Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

See also: Haruki Murakami’s work.


SHORT BOOKS (CAN FINISH IN A DAY)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Game by Monica Hughes
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

SET DURING CHRISTMAS

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris
It Started With a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson
Ex-mas by Kate Brian
The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo
The Gift by Cecilia Ahern

POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Carrie by Steven King
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Wildacre by Philippa Gregory
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dying of the Light by George RR Martin
The Pilgrim’s Regress by CS Lewis
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

LOVE TRIANGLES

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Selection by Kiera Kass
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Splintered by AG Howard
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Need by Carrie Jones
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

GREAT COVERS


Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Tinder by Sally Gardner
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
Witch Song by Amber Argyle
Winter Queen by Amber Argyle
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Splintered by AG Howard
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Half Bad by Sally Green
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

SET IN A HIGH SCHOOL

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Juste Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


COLOUR IN THE TITLE

Green Rider by Kristin Cashore
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
White Horse by Alex Adams
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder


PLAYS

Proof by David Auburn
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
Wit by Margaret Edson
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Antigone by Sophocles
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
The Cherry Orchard by Anthony Chekhov
Medea by Euripides
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Goes without saying but you can also look at the works of William Shakespeare.

TEARJERKERS

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Marley and Me by John Grogan
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Before I Die by Jenny Downham


SET IN THE FUTURE

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Legend by Marie Lu
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Brave New World by Aldous Heaney
1984 by George Orwell
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
I Am Legend by Richard Mattheson


ANTONYMS IN THE TITLE

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Fire and Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment decided to remake the cover of some horror movies, so please fans of the horror industry for Halloween. 

For each edition, specially invited illustrators and artists have created an exclusive cover in his trademark style {:

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Margot Kidder, Karen Allen, and Brooke Adams

Three terrific actresses that are always confused with each other. People always “remember” one starring in a film, and loving them in it, when it was actually one of the others. They’ll talk about Donald Sutherland reuniting with his romantic interest from Animal House in Phillip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers the same year, and her reuniting with Kaufman the next year for The Wanderers.

Films include Gaily Gaily, Quackster Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx, Sisters, Black Christmas, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, Shock Waves, Animal House, Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Superman, The Wanderers, The Amityville Horror, A Small Circle of Friends, Heartaches, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Dead Zone, Starman, Key Exchange, Until September, Backfire, Scrooged, The Unborn, and Gas Food Lodging. I’ll leave it to you to remember who was in what.

But, if you get any wrong, keep in mind that you are far from alone.

Real Talk: Amityville

The True Story Behind The Amityville Horror

The DeFeo family moved to Amityville, Long Island, New York in 1965.  Ronald and Louise DeFeo were second generation Italian Americans looking to make a life for themselves.  Altogether they had five children: Ronald Jr. (Butch), Dawn, Allison, Marc, and John Matthew (oldest to youngest).  

At about 3:00am November 13, 1974 the DeFeo family was brutally murdered.  The exact details of the murders remain a mystery today since all family members were found shot dead lying face down in their beds.  The parents were shot twice each, while the children were shot only once.  Basically people are unsure how a whole family could be murdered by rifle without any sign of struggle.  Some theories involve multiple murderers or some sort of conspiracy between family members, but again it remains a mystery.

Initially Ronald “Butch” Jr. was taken into custody for his own safety, but soon after he confessed to murdering his whole family.  His motives also remain unclear to this day, particularly because he continues to change his story.  The peaceful town of Amityville was shaken to the core and a once quiet town became a name infamously known across the United States.

A year after the DeFeo murder the Lutz family, George and Kathy and their three children, moved into that same home in Amityville.  The house having been the scene of a tragic crime was being sold for a bargain price.  The Lutz family shortly began experiencing strange things in the home that led to them literally fleeing in the middle of the night only 28 days after they moved in.

There are a lot of theories behind what went down during those 28 days.  The Lutz’ continued to their deaths insisting that the home in Amityville was haunted.  The famous paranormal investigator couple (we saw them in The Conjuring) Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the Amityville home and sensed a great evil presence.  Another medium believed the home had been built on a Native American burial ground, although nearly everyone finds that theory total bunk.  

Other theories are that the Lutz’ made the whole thing up for money, although problems with that theory are that a) they really didn’t get that much out of the whole deal, and b) they left literally all of their belongings in that home when they fled.  It’s a totally reasonable theory, but it does have flaws.

Personally, I like to believe the “homes aren’t haunted, people are haunted” theory.  The Lutz’ were Catholic.  This isn’t to bash on their religion, but Catholics have a strong belief in demons and possessions and exorcisms.  It’s a lot easier to see/feel something when you believe in it.  I think a handful of weird things probably did happen, which led the Lutz family to believe that their home really was haunted in some way.

Even the Lutz’ admitted that both the books and the movies way over-exaggerated their story, even including facts and details that were completely new to the Lutz’.  But George and Kathy took to their graves that that home in Amityville was haunted.