[bksvol-discuss] Re: [bookshare-discuss] Horror Book Club Mid-Month Reminder

  • From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 22:56:04 -0500

Dear Booksharian Friends,

I, who am a poor candidate for horror book clubs, have attended the last 2 Horror Book Group meetings because the discussions are so well run and the members' comments are interesting.

The first selection, Ghost Story by Peter Straub had remarkably good character development and was creepee. As I read, I kept thinking, "Oh no! Oh no! Oh no!!!"

This month's book, Strangers, by Dean Koontz is a book I read about 20 years ago shortly after it was first published and I still remember parts of it clearly, whereas, some books I've read are less than a mist in my memory. If it isn't an oxymoron to say Koontz is a compassionate, humane, horror writer, than that's what I'm saying. I mean, he's scary, but he doesn't feed his good guys willie nillie to the shredder.

I'm not giving too much away when I tell you that shortly into the book I've met 3 of the strangers and can't wait to reexperience the chemistry when they come together. A writer is sleepwalking and sleepwriting frightening things in his manuscripts. A lady doctor is going berserk when she sees ordinary things like black gloves and coming to herself, blocks away unable to understand what's happening. A poor war vet who runs a motel in the middle of nowhere has become afraid of the night. That's just for starters.

mainly I'm reading Christmas books from Bookshare, but I plan to have Strangers finished in time for the meeting on the 27th. Horror and Christmas cheer. Now that's a balanced diet.

I'm wondering if Scott is thinking about changing the meeting to daytime because it's easier for the members to scare themselves when they meet after dark!

Always with love,


----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Blanks" <scottsjb@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 10:24 PM
Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Horror Book Club Mid-Month Reminder

Hey everybody,

As Christmas and the holidays continue to dominate every conceivable aspect of our lives, I want to alert you to one place, where the holidays will be, at least for a time, nothing more than a distant memory. Ok, I won't keep you in suspense, it's the monthly meeting of the horror book club, hosted by the Friends of Bookshare. We will hold our next meeting on Thursday December 27, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 8:00 p.m. Central, and 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. To join the chat, go to:


and click on the "Friends of Bookshare Community Room" link. For direct access to the community chat room, use the following link:


This month we will be discussing Strangers, by Dean R. Koontz. The book is available on Bookshare at the following link:


The book is also available from NLS on cassette: RC 23038

Everyone is welcome, whether you've devoured this epic novel several times, or aren't even sure what horror means. In addition to chatting about the book, we will discuss future readings, and brainstorm about a possible change in meeting dates/times. And as always, all questions and comments horror are welcome here.

If you would like to inquire about any aspect of the book club, or if you have comments or suggestions, send them to Scott Blanks at:

Thanks go out to Cindy Warford for her dedicated efforts in spreading the word about this fledgling effort.

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