Spooktober comes to an end

The spookiest month has come and went.

Let me recap how my plans work out.

On the movie front, I just watched 1 of the 19 movies that were on my list, and it’s probably time to scrap this part from next year’s festivities.

On the reading front, it went a bit better, but not that much, I finished Frankenstein, and read the about half of The Halloween Tree.

Also ,first volume of Marvel’s The Vampire Tales, about 1/5 of the second volume of Werewolf by Night, a couple of short stories from Avatar’s Night of the Living Dead, and the crown jewel of this year’s festivities, Hellboy: The Storm and The Fury.

Not a very productive run, but a really satisfying one.

Right now I am gearing up for my next task, Bookly’s Fall Readathon, which will take place from November 5 to 8, and the main goal is to read 10 hours using the app.

For more information check out Bookly’s blog.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Time of Frankenstein

I about 60 pages away from finishing Frankenstein, one of my Spooktober’s tradition, which also includes watching on Halloween, Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, both movies starting the legendary Boris Karloff, and directed by James Whale.

This year I have included a new take of this classic tale, in form of an Rock Opera by Mexican composer Jose Fors, we watch the show a few years ago, now I have to settle with the album.

Also, I have reach the first 1,000 pages of this year, only 36,000 pages to go.

I’ll make the most of this cold and snowy day, to cozy up, and get some reading done, on deck right now is the second volume of Werewolf by Nigh.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Spooktober update

With the main week of Spooktober just around the corner, an update is in order.

On the movie front, not much to tell, just watch one movie, Cronos, the first long feature film by academy award winner director Guillermo del Toro.

The updated list

  1. Dracula (1931)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. The Mummy (1932)
  4. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. Werewolf of London (1935)
  6. Dracula (1958)
  7. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  8. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
  9. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  12. Day of the Dead (1985)
  13. Land of the Dead (2005)
  14. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  15. Survival of the Dead (2009)
  16. Cronos (1993)
  17. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  18. Halloween (1978)
  19. Halloween (2007)

On the graphic novel/comic books front, I have finished the first volume of the vintage comic book by Marvel, Vampire Tales, some amazing black and white stories of Morbius , the living vampire, which is really familiar to me because of the Ghost Rider comics.

Also, some of Avatar comics Night of the Living Dead, which ties directly to the classical movie by the zombie master himself George A. Romero.

This list is always a challenge, because I keep adding things, like the book , The Halloween Tree by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, and beautifully illustrated by the talented Gris Grimly.

Here is the updated list.

  1. Vampire Tales Vol.1
  2. Tomb of Dracula Vol.1
  3. Werewolf by Night: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
  4. Aliens Omnibus Vol.1
  5. Aliens Omnibus Vol.2
  6. Aliens Omnibus Vol.3
  7. Aliens Omnibus Vol.4
  8. Aliens Omnibus Vol.5
  9. Aliens Omnibus Vol.6
  10. B.P.R.D : Vampire
  11. B.P.R.D. : Hell on Earth Book One
  12. Gotham by Midnight (2014-2015)Vol. 1
  13. Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood goes to Washington
  14. Night of the Living Dead : Hunger
  15. Night of the Living Dead: Back from the Grave
  16. Frankenstein (Book)
  17. The Halloween Tree (Book)
  18. Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury

Next on the list is the second volume of another vintage monster Marvel comics series, Werewolf by Night.

Still a lot to watch and read, this is going to be a fun week.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Slow start of (Y-13)

These has been a really slow start to my year of reading.

I have only logged 112 pages to my registered pages, finished reading The Age of Conan: Valeria, and just read about 250 of net pages.

This is mainly because I was finish with the final draft of my masters thesis. But now I am free to get back on the saddle.

To start off , I’ll read a mini series of the Justice League written by James Tynion IV, Alpha Predator, and to top off , finish The Rise of the King.

Tomorrow I’ll start my traditional read of Frankenstein, a staple of spooktober.

Also, my more than a week-long Halloween celebration starts on October 26 , and ends with the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead, on November 2.

For now, I am off to chase ghosts and ghouls.

azr.

Spooktober plans

It is finally here, my favorite time of the year, Spooktober.

A month long indulgence of ghouls and ghosts.

I have plans to rewatch some of my favorite classic movies, and catch up with some horror graphic novels that have been roaming around, waiting for the perfect opportunity.

So let’s talk movies, I have a special place in my heart for the Universal Monsters series, some Hammer Films, who doesn’t what to watch Christopher Lee as Dracula, and George Romero’s classic zombie films.

Here’s goes my movie list.

  1. Dracula (1931)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. The Mummy (1932)
  4. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. Werewolf of London (1935)
  6. Dracula (1958)
  7. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  8. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
  9. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  12. Day of the Dead (1985)
  13. Land of the Dead (2005)
  14. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  15. Survival of the Dead (2009)
  16. Cronos (1993)
  17. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  18. Halloween (1978)
  19. Halloween (2007)

Those are the films I am planning to see, who knows maybe I’ll add some more along the way.

On the book front I have only one on my list, as tradition mandates, I’ll start my year of reading with Frankenstein.

On the graphic novel/comic book front my list is a bit larger, with some of Marvel comics classic horror lines topping the list with a bit of some zombie action.

  1. Vampire Tales Vol.1
  2. Tomb of Dracula Vol.1
  3. Werewolf by Night: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
  4. Aliens Omnibus Vol.1
  5. Aliens Omnibus Vol.2
  6. Aliens Omnibus Vol.3
  7. Aliens Omnibus Vol.4
  8. Aliens Omnibus Vol.5
  9. Aliens Omnibus Vol.6
  10. B.P.R.D : Vampire
  11. B.P.R.D. : Hell on Earth Book One
  12. Gotham by Midnight (2014-2015)Vol. 1
  13. Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood goes to Washington
  14. Night of the Living Dead : Hunger

I have pretty busy, and exciting month ahead of me.

For now, I am off to read, or sleep, I’ll flip a coin to decide.

azr.

(Y-12) Happy Halloween

It is finally here, one of my favorite days of the year.

And to celebrate, from the comfort of my because I am fighting a cold, I’ll try to finish Frankenstein, only 67 pages.

Also, watch my traditional list if movies, which are:

  1. Shaun of the Dead
  2. Frankenstein
  3. Bride of Frankenstein
  4. Night of the Living Dead
  5. Paranorman

Hopefully I can go thru them before this spooktacular day is over.

I am off to rest, watch some movies, and hopefully get some reading done.

azr.

(Y-12) it was the day before Halloween

One more day to go for one of my favorite days of the year, Halloween.

I have still little over 100 pages to go on my traditional Frankenstein read, but there’s time to get it done.

Also, my other favorite Halloween tradition is to watch two classic movies, Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, both directed by the legendary James Whale, and starring the incomparable Boris Karloff.

Can’t wait to eat my weight in candies and have a day long spook fest.

I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Keep the spookiness rolling

We are 5 days until Halloween, and that means some monsters galore.

Up next in my reading, besides my traditional Frankenstein annual reading, is the first volume of the classic Marvel Comics series Werewolf by Night, the cursed man knowed as Jacob Russoff.

Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, he first appear in Marvel Spotlight #2 in 1972.

I pretended to read this last year, but now it is the perfect season to do so.

I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) keeping the tradition alive.

Today marks the beginning of one of my longest and dearest traditions, reading Frankenstein.

For this year I will have a bit of a twist, I have from today, October 22, until the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, which on November 2, and my favorite celebration of my beautiful country.

Let’s get to it, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) One week left

I have one week left on this, the eleventh year of reading.

I have been a bit under the weather, a bit of a problem with my left shoulder and hand, but I have been taking advantage of my obligated days of rest and made some headway with my reading.

To start off, and after 69 days, I finished the fourth book, House of Chains, of the epic series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, this is not for the casual fantasy fan, this a hardcore epic saga with a complex world, and an even more complex magical system, named Warrens, which by the way it is my favorite thing in the whole series.

Also, the scenes in the holy desert of Raraku are amazing.

Right now I’ll focus on two novels to close out the year strong.

First, the amazing post-apocalyptic tale by Mexican writer Rafael Villegas, Animal Verdadero, which follows the chaotic existence of Luther Moran, I am almost at the halfway point, and it has been amazing.

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The other novel is the next chapter in the legendary story of Drizzt Do’Urden, The Companions, it serves as the first chapter of The Sundering Saga, which expands to other characters in the vast and treacherous lands of Faerûn.

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I realize now that I haven’t written anything in the month of October, which for me is really called Spooktober, and it is my favorite time of year, this is because of my two favorite holidays take place in this time of year, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

And in that spirit, I will be ready spooky stories for my month-long celebration.

To start off, ill return to one of my favorite comic-book writers, Steve Niles, for the occasion, the first three volumes of the 30 days of Night On-Going series will perfectly do, and to put the cherry on top, his work with legendary illustrators Bernie Wrightson and Kelley Jones.

After that, I’ll continue with the classic Italian series of supernatural detective Dylan Dog, with the fifth volume printed in Spanish, The Assassins.

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And to close out this first leg of my Spooktacular Spooktober, sorry got carried away, I’ll read the latest addition to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe, being this the first volume published in Spanish of the series The Dreaming, which I read in English, but now it is time to enjoy it in my native tongue.

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It this month would not be complete without some classic Swamp Thing action, of course in the able hands of its creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

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Now let us talk about my numbers.

As I said before I have 7 days to go on this year of reading.

My total up until today is 45,534 pages, way passed my second-best year of reading, but still 2,172 pages to make it my best one, and 7,466 pages to reach my ultimate goal of 53,000 pages for the year.

The first feat is still within my reach, the second is now out of my reach.

I am 47 days behind my reading schedule and on the front of reaching 500,000 pages my latest calculations place the date on the 4 of July of 2028, this is 26 days earlier than my last calculation.

Some forward momentum from which take motivation to face the next challenges up ahead.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

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