Undercover Bookgasm Day Five – Urban Fantasy Day!

Today’s Books are Mark Henry’s marvelously sicksadwrong and fabulous Happy Hour of The Damned and Jeri Smith Ready’s Wicked Game!

Happy Hour Of the Damned by Mark Henry

Seattle. One minute you’re drinking a vanilla breve, the next, some creepy old dude is breathing on you, turning you into a zombie. And that’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six-inch stilettos, Balenciaga handbag on sale) while satisfying her craving for human flesh (Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.) and decent vodkatinis.Making her way through a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, werewolves, celebrities, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters – not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo – isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting the word, “help” (The undead – so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hell bent on turning Seattle’s undead underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than death…

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Newbie marketing intern Ciara Griffin lands a job at WMMP, a station threatened with being sold to Skyware, a giant communications conglomerate, unless ad revenue picks up. A former con artist with a canny way with people, Ciara soon learns that the DJs are undead and specialists in the musical eras in which they were turned into vampires. One of them, Shane McAllister (turned in 1995), is really hot and dangerously tempting. In order to attract more listeners, Ciara promotes a new marketing strategy and the Sherwood, Md., station becomes 94.3 WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll, exploiting the fang factor (which no listener takes seriously) for profit. It works, until an ancient vampire cult wants to pull the plug. Also playing in is The Control, an equally ancient paramilitary group created to protect good vampires and kill bad ones.

I really loved both these books – Mark made me laugh, even over the grossest stuff. Happy Hour is so very wrong it’s right and Jeri’s take on vampires is fresh and creative and her characters breathe.


YOUR QUESTION: What’s your favorite horror movie or book? I’ll pick the winner tomorrow at noon pacific!

44 comments to “Undercover Bookgasm Day Five – Urban Fantasy Day!”

  1. Lori T
    November 19th, 2008 at 6:45 am · Link

    Please don’t enter me in the contest as I have both these books and they both are great!! I loved them!!

    I think that the scariest book I read was It by Stephen King. I remember reading this when I was high school (yes, I am old) and it was so creepy. I really don’t read or watch much horror.

  2. Christine
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:15 am · Link

    Not a huge horror fan but I would have to say either Silence of the lambs or Poltergeist

  3. sara hurt
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:19 am · Link

    I dont watch horror movies cause I am a wussy that would have nightmares (that is so sad to say at my age) I do love to read vampire books and othe paranormal genres but I dont like them to be disturbing. The last book I read that left me with that feeling even though I truly loved the book was LKH Danse Macabre. I am sure that most people wouldnt consider Anita Blake a horror book but its the closest thing I can come to.

  4. Lea
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:19 am · Link

    Hi Lauren:

    I would have to say Kat Richardson’s “Greywalker”. It is published under the ‘Urban Fantasy’, genre. However as a reader I certainly view it as a blend of horror and UF.

    Outstanding series!

    Thank you Lauren
    Lea 😉

  5. Blanche
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:28 am · Link

    I spook to easily and am not much of a horror movie fan!! I do remember seeing Halloween……..that actually is probably the 1 and only horror movie I’ve ever seen!

  6. Danielle
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:38 am · Link

    I’m not much of a horror reader but I do enjoy a good horror movie once in awhile and I’m gonna have to say… Saw II… though I haven’t even seen any of the others lol.

  7. Kerry
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:44 am · Link

    I don’t watch or even read much horror now, But when I did read it, my most favorite of all time was The Stand by Stephan King. Then I remember when it came out as a movie, I was so excited. To this day I love that story. It is the ultimate good vs evil story.

  8. Christy H.
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:50 am · Link

    I love watching old Vincent Price movies or Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS or PYSCHO.

  9. Leslie
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:53 am · Link

    I’m not much for horror but I do like the Underworld movies.

  10. Diane M.
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:58 am · Link

    Don’t watch or read horror. The DH and older son watch them all the time.

  11. Tinab
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:06 am · Link

    I would say night mare on elm street the first one, it was very very creepy the first time I saw it. The ones that followed were just funny….so silly they made you laugh..

  12. Crystal B.
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:20 am · Link

    Silence of the Lambs is my favorite horror movie.

  13. Nancy
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:32 am · Link

    Eeek! The Exorcist. 😯 Bar none. I STILL cannot watch that movie alone in the dark. I loved Exorcist 3 as well but 2 was just…inexplicable really. 😕

  14. Mel K.
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:36 am · Link

    Favorite book: BLACK BODY by HC Turk
    Favorite movie: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

  15. Dana
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:07 am · Link

    I’m with Christy…nothing can scare you more than the late, great, Vincent Price!

    Sometimes it’s not how much “graphic/Gory” detail there is, but rather unseen suspense, allowing the viewers “Own fears” to be captured!

    House of Wax- 1953 – Vincent Price


  16. Jackie M (Literary Escapism)
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:45 am · Link

    Ooh Ooh! I’ve been hearing such great things about the Mark Henry novel. It’s suppose to be really good. I’m still waiting on my library to get a copy of it.

    I loved Jeri’s Wicked Game. Such a unique twist on the vampires. I love the OCD aspect.

    Honestly, I probably don’t watch a lot of modern day horror. If a movie has any blend of reality to the horror (i.e. chainsaw murderer who’s human), than I don’t watch it. I consider those more thrillers than true horror. Now give me a good vampire or zombie movie and you could convince me to watch it. I think my favorite true horror movie at the moment is Shaun of the Dead. Granted it’s a spoof, but it was fabulous. One of those hits you weren’t expecting.

  17. MsValerie
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:54 am · Link

    I never see this movie mentioned, but it is seriously creepy….Fallen (with Denzel Washington). I’ve watched it about a dozen times, and it never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck.

  18. Susan
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:58 am · Link

    It is a toss up between The Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal.

  19. Zara
    November 19th, 2008 at 10:23 am · Link

    My favorite horror movies are The Shining, Halloween, Interview with the Vampire, and The Lost Boys. My favorite horror books are The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, The Shining by Stephen King, and Darkfall by Dean Koontz.

  20. Natasha A.
    November 19th, 2008 at 11:10 am · Link

    I can’t do HORROR. A bit of harsh paranormal is fine. I can handle blood and guts….but I can never do stuff from Steven King or the likes….
    Natasha A.

  21. azteclady
    November 19th, 2008 at 11:14 am · Link

    *sheepish* I don’t like horror…

    But I’ll say that I really like Silence of the Lambs–both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are favorites of mine, so I’ve watched the movie a few times just to enjoy them.

  22. Greta
    November 19th, 2008 at 11:37 am · Link

    I have watched a horror movie since Poltergiest. Does that count? And I was way to young at the time.

  23. Brandy W
    November 19th, 2008 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I love the Resident Evil flicks and well as Doom. I love a good B horror movie too. I used to watch that USA Up All Night when they would play campy horror movies.

  24. Rachelm
    November 19th, 2008 at 12:12 pm · Link

    It would have to be 28 Days Later or Dawn of the Dead. Zombies movies always get me.

  25. Heather
    November 19th, 2008 at 12:44 pm · Link

    My favorite scary movie is probably In Hell with Jonny Depp. The Jack the Ripper thing really just creeps me out.

  26. Jane
    November 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm · Link

    My favorite horror movie is “The Exorcist.”

  27. Lauren
    November 19th, 2008 at 1:30 pm · Link

    28 days later is probably my favorite horror movie. You can’t go wrong with zombies! For books, I like to read historical paranormals.

  28. Mona
    November 19th, 2008 at 2:10 pm · Link

    I like horror movies when surprises and unexpected events are happening the whole time like Identity and Silent Hill.

  29. Estella
    November 19th, 2008 at 2:24 pm · Link

    The first and last horror movie I saw was Psycho.

  30. Bonnie Rose Leigh
    November 19th, 2008 at 5:32 pm · Link

    The one and only horror movie I ever watched was Day of the Living Dead back in the 80’s at a drive in theater. My mother brought a wind up alarm clock and set the alarm to go off just as a Zombie came in to attack one of the last survivors. I was like 12 or something. it scarred me for life. I screamed. The car next to us screamed. I haven’t been able to watch a horror movie since and forget about reading it…I’d have nightmares for weeks afterwards. UGH, just thinking about that night gives me chills.

  31. Tez Miller
    November 19th, 2008 at 5:35 pm · Link

    John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In.

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

  32. Cari Quinn
    November 19th, 2008 at 5:59 pm · Link

    My favorite horror movie is Halloween, and has been since I was a little kid. Yes, as a child, I’d sneak up after bedtime to watch horror movies. 😉 I also have some of John Carpenter’s songs from Halloween and The Fog on my Rhapsody playlist. Hey, I’m not weird…I’m just a writer.

    I would LOVE to win these books!

  33. Karin
    November 19th, 2008 at 6:16 pm · Link

    I really don’t do horror in either books or movies, but I had a friend who did and who made me go see horror movies with him. Because of that, I’d have to say that The Ring is my favorite. And only because it made me laugh quite a bit, which, in all honesty, was probably just a reaction to prevent me from being scared as hell.

  34. Debby
    November 19th, 2008 at 7:05 pm · Link

    These sounds great. I am going to be looking for them

  35. Sue A.
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:24 pm · Link

    The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense. I like horror mixed with psychology.

  36. Ann M.
    November 19th, 2008 at 8:47 pm · Link

    I don’t do horror books or movies… I have skirted by reading paranormals.

  37. pamk
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:03 pm · Link

    the stand was the scariest book i’ve ever read.

  38. Lee
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:15 pm · Link

    The Mothman Prophecy.

    And White Noise made me quit using my baby monitor.

  39. Pam P
    November 20th, 2008 at 12:04 am · Link

    I’m not a huge fan of horror, but always liked Hitchock (The Birds, Pyscho), watched some of those old Vincent Price movies, too; Silence of the Lambs and Helter, Skelter, trued story about Manson.

  40. - blackroze37
    November 20th, 2008 at 12:34 am · Link

    does hating count?

    the one that scared me most was

    the gift with cate blancettt and keane reeves ,hillary swank

    the reapering hilary swank

  41. - blackroze37
    November 20th, 2008 at 12:39 am · Link

    i would love to win both this books!!! wowsa, i been wanting to read both thie book for awhile

  42. Laurie G
    November 20th, 2008 at 4:24 am · Link

    Favorite horror movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show …gotta love the dance & music, (
    Meatloaf),closely followed by Edward Scizzorhands.

  43. Stacie Mc
    November 20th, 2008 at 4:28 am · Link

    My favorite horror movie is The Silence of the Lambs. Stephen King’s The Mist is my favorite horror book – although it’s actually a novella.

  44. JP
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:01 am · Link

    For movie, I would have to say Children of the Corn. I know that’s cheesy as all get-out, but I saw it at a slumber party when I was in the 6th grade, and I couldn’t sleep for months afterwards. I’d probably laugh if I saw it again today, but somehow I just can’t bring myself to do it!

    For books, I’d say the early Anita Blake books, when the monsters were truly monsters, and Anita saved the day with her weapons and skill, not her magical va-jay-jay. 😉