I found this tag not too long ago while searching for some new Halloween-themed book tags, and it looked like so much fun! The Monster Mash is such a guilty pleasure song, and I don’t even hear it that often, not even at this time of year. I was actually surprised that I’d never seen this one before, nor that the song itself hadn’t been mentioned much in other Halloween-themed tags. This tag was originally created by The Restricted Section and the original video can be found here. I found it on The Sassy Book Geek (found here) after searching online for Halloween book tags, and immediately decided it was something that I wanted to try!
1) “I was working in the lab late one night” – What’s a book that kept you up at night?
Definitely Little Girls by Ronald Malfi! I feel like this is the only horror book I ever mention, but it was one of the first that I read and also really creeped me out. I rarely read this kind of horror because of how badly they affect my overactive imagination, but I absolutely loved this one and it definitely kept me up at night because it was so creepy!
2) “My eyes beheld an eerie sight.” – What’s the weirdest or creepiest shit you’ve ever read in a book?
I think the one that sticks with me the most was from And the Trees Crept In. There is a scene fairly early on where the main characters are served some cake with some kind of fruit or jam in it, only to bite into it and see that the filling has become worms! It’s been 3 years since I’ve read this book, and this scene still sticks with me because it’s so gross! I think it especially bugged me because there is a raspberry cheesecake I like to get from a local restaurant, and because the cake in the book was a white cake with red fruit/jam, every time I saw the cake for a while afterwards, my brain would bring back the memory of the worms and it would gross me out (although luckily not enough to fully put me off the cake).
3) “Get a jolt from my electrodes.” – Name a book that completely shocked or surprised you.
Again, this is a book that I bring up all the time, but it is the one that I think is still the best fit for this question. One of the books that shocked me the most was Defending Jacob, which I read back in 2015 and still remember clearly to this day. The ending genuinely shocked me, especially because I’d just been starting to think that the book was starting to feel like it was dragging on too long. It is still one of the strongest and most memorable thrillers that I’ve read.
4) “The guests included Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.” – Name your favorite monster or villain from a book.
This is a tough one, since I often find villains or at least morally grey characters the most interesting. It’s actually really hard for me to pick a specific favourite since I love several for different reasons — Professor Umbridge because she’s so realistic, Count Olaf because he’s hilarious, etc. I think if I had to pick just one, I’d go for a classic and pick the Phantom of the Opera, although probably moreso from the movie/musical than from the book.
5) “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?” – Name a book that was super hyped when it came out, but no one talks about anymore.
I feel like this is a hard one to answer because hype naturally dies down for books over time, so it just makes sense that hype will slow down as more people read the book and form their own opinions. I feel like thrillers are the most likely to fall victim to this — they get a ton of hype before they’ve come out, but as soon as most people read them, they are over. One specifically that I can think of is Before I Go to Sleep. I remember everyone talking about this one a few years ago, but rarely hear it mentioned at all anymore (although to be fair, it’s been out nearly 10 years now!).
6) “They did the mash.” – Name your favorite book that is a mash up of two or more genres.
The Lunar Chronicles! I tend to think of them as mostly sci-fi I guess, but they are a mix of fantasy, sci-fi and romance.
7) “It was a graveyard smash.” – What is your favorite horror novel?
Again, I rarely read horror so it’s a bit hard to pick a favourite. I think if I had to pick, I’d go for a classic like Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
8) “The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds.” – What’s your favorite song based on a book?
I’m not really sure what this means, to be honest. I don’t know of any songs that are based on books. I guess I’d probably pick Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John since that at least has a literary reference and it’s a song that I love, but I don’t know that I’d specifically tie it to The Wizard of Oz, despite its name.
9) “Tell them Boris sent you.” – What’s your go-to book recommendation?
10) “For you, the living, this mash was meant too.” – Who do you tag?
Since this tag has been around for a few years already, and I have no idea who has already done it, I’d say if you’d like to try it, consider yourself tagged!
11) Bonus Question: What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
My birthday is right before Halloween, so that time of year was always so much fun for me. I’d go straight from birthday celebrations to Halloween candy within a couple of days. I also tend to love the weather around this time of year (if it’s not too cold yet), and I always found it so much fun to go trick-or-treating. I was so disappointed when I got too old to go anymore!