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The “Heart” Recap

The recap from last week was all about your ‘Recommendations’ so take a second to go check it out if you missed it!

Did we change the challenge on you all with all this talk of “hearts” and whatnot?  Absolutely not!  Horror books can have a little heart in them and still be horror!  See some of our favorites from this prompt below.

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“Oh! Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Return as heroes who have fought and conquered, and who know not what it is to turn their backs on the foe.” . . #ladiesofhorrorfiction- Heart: Frankenstein is created from stolen parts from dead bodies and then his heart is started with electricity. His greatest desire was to find love and acceptance, a monster with a huge heart . . #frankenstein #maryshelley #horrorbooks #horrorclassic #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

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Grumplstiltskin shared this absolutely beautiful photo of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  This book literally could not happen without a little heart — and some electrical zapping!

“At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.”

Readwithdogs gave is a collage of book-covers in the shape of a heart – and we are TOTALLY here for this!  So many female authors listed in this photo: Octavia Butler, Ania Ahlborn, Tananarive Due, Amber Tamblyn, and so many more!

Drunk_on_books showed us this book cover of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich that is LITERALLY on fire!

“Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?”

Kimberlyyerina6466 and her Bride of Valentine with a broken heart shared Ivy’s Envy by Latashia Figueroa, which is book number one in the Want & Decay Trilogy.

“Latashia Figueroa’s riveting Want & Decay Trilogy follows the entangled lives of three people tormented by lust, jealousy, madness and murder. In this first book, Ivy’s Envy, Ivy James has had a history of violence with the men she falls for. Her grandmother and parents know what Ivy is capable of when things don’t go her way.

Now Ivy has become obsessed with Thomas Miles, a man who works at her office. She is certain that Thomas loves her too. But there are people who stand in the way of Ivy and Thomas finally being together, like his wife, Deana. Determined to have the love that is their destiny, Ivy will go down a very dark and twisted road to make Thomas hers, and hers alone. But Ivy is not the only one who has dark secrets, and everyone involved will soon learn that pursuing love and passion to the extreme can lead to terrifying consequences.”

We are ending this week’s recap highlights on an extremely creepy cover given to us in this photo by whatmeworry_reads.  Here we get to see Disturb Not The Dream by Paula Trachtman.

“A five-year old screams in her sleep…

A bloodied man hovers over a nubile teenage girl…

A mysterious beauty makes love to a ripe teenage boy…

And a family must face the terrifying truth that ties them to a horrifying past — and leads them towards a bloodcurdling future…

Disturb Not The Dream

A heart-stopping tale of unrelenting fear.”


See?  You can still have horror books with a little heart!  Check back with us next week as we go over “villains” and continue to share the highlights of our Summer 2018 photo challenge!

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