Horror October: Introduction Post

Horror October

Horror October is here! An event organised by Leanne at Literary Excursion, you can read more about the event on her blog, or read my announcement post.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m 22, from the UK and currently working as a medical receptionist. I’m working to save for my Masters degree, so I can go on and become a museum curator – however I really enjoy my current job too, which is a bonus! I studied ancient history and archaeology for my undergraduate degree, and graduated last summer.

Apart from reading I also love discovering all sorts of things about ancient cultures and archaeology, listening to music 24/7 (you can sample my tastes here), playing video games/talking out loud to video game characters/obsessing over Alistair with Paola, wasting far too much time on the internet and catching up with a million and one TV shows I still need to finish (here’s looking at you, Supernatural). I also volunteer at a local museum, where I record finds (I love finds!) on the database, and create handouts for the exhibits.

2. Why did you decide to join Horror October?

Leanne is part of Sci-Fi Month, which is how I got to know her, and I saw a few weeks ago that she was organising a similar event. I organised Sci-Fi Month to spread the love of the genre, but also to meet fellow like-minded bloggers, so I’d love to be able to do the same with this event. I was originally only going to maybe do one post, but then Leanne mentioned that she was also including supernatural and paranormal fiction, as well as traditional horror, meaning I had more to speak about.

3. What horror books have you read and loved?

The Shining by Stephen King, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (review) come to mind when I think of more traditional horror. In terms of supernatural/paranormal fiction, I loved Incarnation by Emma Cornwall (review), Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin and the Sookie Stackhouse novels (discussion about the series). I also absolutely loved the Goosebumps series as a child!

4. What are your plans for Horror October?
  • 1st October: introduction post
  • 8th October: giveaway
  • 15th October: a guide to True Blood/The Sookie Stackhouse Novels
  • 22nd October: my top ten horror books
  • 29th October: post exploring the different representations of vampires in media

Eric will be back in two weeks!

14 thoughts on “Horror October: Introduction Post”

  1. Oh wow I had no idea you were studying to become a museum curator! That is sooooo awesome. Archaeology is one of the things I wanted to study when I was little (with a specialization in Egyptology). And congratulations on your graduation! 😀 I feel like I should be throwing confetti right now. That’s such a big deal!I agree the Goosebumps books were fantastic, as were all of R.L. Stine’s other series! He wrote so many books I know I couldn’t have possibly read them all, but I sure did try my best. I’m so glad you have more to write about with the topics expanded, yay!

    1. Well not yet – I am saving up for it first =D But it’s definitely on the cards. And I was obsessed with Egyptology as a kid too, haha! Thank you =)Did you watch the TV show too? The opening credits alone were creepy…

  2. Museum curator, awesome! It’s completely the opposite of what I’m doing, but I’m fascinated by all kinds of fields and I’m interested in far too many things, haha. I hope you can save all the money for you master soon, but I’m happy you like this job at the moment :DEnough rambling, I’m excited about this event and I can’t wait to see your top 10!Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  3. Wow a museum curator! Sounds like an awesome career. Where in the UK are you? I was born and lived the first 22 years of my live in the Wigan/Bolton area. Now I’m in New Jersey.I too loved everything RL Stine and I think if it wasn’t for his books I wouldn’t love reading horror now!I’m looking forward to your Sookie Stackhouse post – it’s a series I’ve wanted to read and never really gotten around t it.

    1. Gloucestershire, the South-west – hobbit country! =D Can’t say I’ve ever been to Wigan or Bolton.I always loved the bumpy effects on the book covers, and their fluorescent colours too, haha.And it’s a really great series, it just sort of tails off towards the end =(

  4. Already jealous that you plan to a museum curator – that sounds like such an awesome job! I would love to be able to look after important treasures! And I’m really excited to see all your posts this month for Horror October! Especially for the Sookie and vampires post!

    1. I love old things! Haha! I am strangely happy sat surrounded by bits of old pottery. I spent the last three summers cleaning finds at a Roman site, it’s just so awesome <3I’m working on the True Blood post at the moment, it’s a pretty fun one to write actually =)

  5. Yay, so excited for Horror October. I never knew that you are going to be a museum curator, I’ve always been fascinated with the job ever since The Da Vinci Code. ;)I’ll be looking forward to reading all your posts this month and will be reading The Shining soon.

    1. Well, I hope to be – I just need to get my Masters and I’ll be qualified, but of course I then have to find the right job, which is easier said than done, haha ;)I hope you enjoy The Shining – I’ll keep an eye out for your review/rating.

  6. A museum curator? That’s really interesting!! I don’t know anyone in that type of field. This is my first time coming to your blog and I’m looking forward to more visits! Thanks for stopping by my Horror October intro post!

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