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Guest Post – Scary Moments by Graham Marks


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Throughout the month of October myself and the lovely Heather over at  heatherreviews.wordpress.com  thought we would team up and do a read along with some spooky reads!

We have both been enjoying the Red Eye series published by Stripes Publishing this year so thought these would be ideal for a spooky read along!

Everyone is welcome to join in!

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We have a hash tag on twitter where you can keep up to date on our progress and tweet out yours – #RedEyeReadAlong

We also have a Goodreads Group set up for the occasion for even more discussion and to comfort each other when we get scared – you can find the group here

As part of the read along the lovely people at Stripes and the brilliant Red Eye authors have agreed to play along with a weekly spooky guest post throughout the read along!

Today I am honoured to have the super scary Graham Marks, author of Bad Bones, talking to me about scary moments   !

**cries for Mommy**


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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name.


Scary Moments!

I jump in all the right places in scary films, even comedy horror, like Shaun of the Dead, which I love, and the kitsch Hammer horror movies from the 60s.

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Scariest movie moment?

Probably back to Mr King and Carrie, at the end, when her hand busts out of the ground.

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Horror genre influences would have to be, first and foremost, HP Lovecraft, and in my teens I read just about everything Dennis Wheatley wrote – The Devil Rides Out springs to mind – and while he isn’t a horror writer, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes is an immaculate, scary book.

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Of Bad Bones, there’s the bit in Chapter 2, at night, when Gabe discovers the skeleton in the canyon and scares himself witless; or the moment outside Cecil LeBarron’s antique shop, when he see’s the old man and recognizes him from his horrendous nightmare – that’s when Gabe knows trouble has him in its sights. But then there’s the bit, which spans the end of Chapter 10 and the beginning of Chapter 11, where Gabe meets Rafael face to face for the first time.

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About Graham Marks

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Graham has spent his whole career in children’s publishing, firstly as a Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and award-winning author. His first published work was a book of poetry, which came out while he was studying Graphics at Harrow School of Art. He has also worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts and in advertising as a copywriter.

Find out more about Graham Marks by visiting his website here or follow him on twitter – @GeeMarks


Check out a previous Q&A with Graham Marks here

Also check out my review of Bad Bones here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Graham Marks here

You can also find out more about the RedEyeReadAlong here and the Bad Bones Read Along here which includes details of the weekly challenge.

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A huge thank you to Graham for stopping by and for Jen at Stripes for organising this with us!

Do join in using the has tag on twitter #RedEyeReadAlong and why not join the Goodreads Group here

You can follow me on twitter using @ChelleyToy or Heather using @hlwrites0490

Happy Halloween!

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Spotlight – Red Eye Read Along – Bad Bones by Graham Marks


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So with those dark nights approaching and Halloween just around the corner myself and the lovely Heather ( heatherreviews.wordpress.com ) thought we would team up and do a read along with some spooky reads!

We have both been enjoying the Red Eye series published by Stripes Publishing this year so thought these would be ideal for a spooky read along!

Everyone is welcome to join in!

We have a hash tag on twitter where you can keep up to date on our progress and tweet out yours – #RedEyeReadAlong

We also have a Goodreads Group set up for the occasion for even more discussion and to comfort each other when we get scared – you can find the group here

We also have some special treats and prizes to be won!

To find out more about the read along check out the announcement post here

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#RedEyeReadAlong – 19/10/2015 – 25/10/2015

So this week we will be reading…..

Bad Bones by Graham Marks

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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case.

Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave.

Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…

Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series! 


About Graham Marks

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Graham has spent his whole career in children’s publishing, firstly as a Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and award-winning author. His first published work was a book of poetry, which came out while he was studying Graphics at Harrow School of Art. He has also worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts and in advertising as a copywriter.

Find out more about Graham Marks by visiting his website here or follow him on twitter – @GeeMarks


Check out a previous Q&A with Graham Marks here

Also check out my review of Bad Bones here

Check out a #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Graham Marks here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post by Graham Marks here

Check back for more updates throughout the week here where we will add any reviews of Sleepless from people taking part in the #RedEyeReadAlong and any entries to the weekly challenge!

Check out Maia’s review of Bad Bones here


Weekly Challenge

We did not have a weekly challenge this week 🙁


Do join in using the has tag on twitter #RedEyeReadAlong and why not join the Goodreads Group here

You can follow me on twitter using @ChelleyToy or Heather using @hlwrites0490

Happy Halloween!

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Tales Post – Red Eye Read Along October 2015


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So with those dark nights approaching and Halloween just around the corner myself and the lovely Heather ( heatherreviews.wordpress.com ) thought we would team up and do a read along with some spooky reads!

We have both been enjoying the Red Eye series published by Stripes Publishing this year so thought these would be ideal for a spooky read along!

Everyone is welcome to join in!

We have a hash tag on twitter where you can keep up to date on our progress and tweet out yours – #RedEyeReadAlong

We also have a Goodreads Group set up for the occasion for even more discussion and to comfort each other when we get scared – you can find the group here

We also have some special treats and prizes to be won!


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Mondays

Introduction of book and author for the week

Tuesdays

A spooky Q&A with this weeks author over on heatherreviews.wordpress.com

Wednesdays

A spooky fun weekly challenge is set!

Thursdays

A spooky guest post from this weeks author over on talesofyesterday.co.uk

Sundays

12pm cut off for weekly challenge and winner announced at around 7pm!

31st October 2015

This is to be confirmed later in the month if it is to go ahead, but we may have a twitter chat on Halloween with some of the Red Eye authors!


Weekly Challenge

Every week a new weekly challenge will be set (normally on a Wednesday) where you could win a Red Eye bundle of books!

The lovely people at Stripes Publishing have kindly given us 5 complete sets (5 books) of all of the currently published Red Eye Books which means one set can be won each week (UK and Ire Only).

Thank you Stripes!

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the weekly set of books is complete the weekly challenge!

Remember we only have one set of books to give away each week so there can only be one winner each week!  The winner will be announced on Sunday evening at around 7pm on twitter and in the Goodreads Group!


Reading Order

28th September 2015 – 4th October 2015

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Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died. Alex Bell’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.

Check out the Frozen Charlotte Read Along Week here

Or check out this spooky video by @hlwrites0490 !

Check out my review of Frozen Charlotte here

Or a previous creepy Q&A with Alex Bell here

#RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Alex Bell here

#RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post from Alex Bell here

Or a Guest Post about Point Horror and Haunted Houses here

5th October 2015 – 11th October 2015

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Young, rich and good-looking, Izzy and her friends lead seemingly perfect lives. But exams are looming – and at a school like Clerkenwell, failure is not an option. Luckily, Tigs has a solution. A small pill that will make revision a breeze and help them get the results they need. Desperate to succeed, the friends begin taking the study drug. But as the side effects take hold they realize there are far worse things than failing a few exams. “…creepy, claustrophobic and pant-wettingly scary…” Kim Curran, author of Shift. Lou Morgan’s terrifying novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.

Check out the Sleepless Read Along Week here

Or check out Heathers fab video announcement!

Check out a previous Point Horror related guest post from Lou Morgan here

Check out a #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Lou Morgan here

Or a #RedEyeReadAlong guest post by Lou here

12th October 2015 – 18th October 2015

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I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another. Simon Cheshire’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series.

Check out the Flesh & Blood Read Along Week here

Or Heathers fab video announcement below!

Check out my review of Flesh and Blood here

Or a previous guest post from Simon Cheshire with his top 5 scares here

Check out a #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Simon Cheshire here

Or a #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post with Simon Cheshire here

Or a moment to chill the blood guest post by Simon Cheshire here

19th October 2015 – 25th October 2015

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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series, perfect for fans of James Dawson’s Say Her Name.

Check out the Bad Bones Read Along Week here

Check out my review of Bad Bones here

Or a previous Q&A with Graham Marks here

A #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Graham Marks here

A #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post from Graham Marks here

26th October 2015 – 31st October 2015

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The camera never lies…Darla and her dad are looking for a fresh start. But when they wind up in affluent Saffron Hills, Darla stands no chance of fitting in with the beautiful, selfie-obsessed teens at her new school. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she starts having visions. The gruesome snapshots flashing into Darla’s mind seem to suggest she’s going crazy…until she realizes they’re actually a horrifying glimpse into the future. With a killer on the loose, can she make sense of what she’s seeing before it’s too late?

Check out the Dark Room Read Along week here

Check out a previous Q&A with Tom Becker here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Tom Becker here

Check out the #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post by Tom Becker here


So there you have it!

Do join in using the has tag on twitter #RedEyeReadAlong and why not join the Goodreads Group here

You can follow me on twitter using @ChelleyToy or Heather using @hlwrites0490

Happy Halloween!

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Tales Q&A with Graham Marks

 


 

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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case.

Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave.

Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…

Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series! 


 I recently read and enjoyed Bad Bones by Graham Marks (see my review and an extract from the book here) and I am honoured to have had the chance to put some questions to Graham to celebrate the release of this forth book in the fab Red Eye series from Stripes Publishing.

Join us to talk about the book, the characters and superhero’s!


Hi Graham!  Welcome to Tales Of Yesterday.  I’m so happy to have you here….although slightly scared of that gold bracelet you are holding in your hand and hoping it is not a present for me!

*gulps*

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Bad Bones tells the story of Gabe who’s family have fell on hard times and he is desperate to try and ease the burden and help his family even if it means running illegal errands for the school bully!  One night up in the canyon he stumbles across a shallow grave and some bones!  Upon further investigation he discovers a gold bracelet and decides that this may be the answer to his families troubles…he could be rich!  But what Gabe discovers is that he as unearthed something truly sinister!  Somebody wants that bracelet back and will do anything to retrieve it! Gabe finds he has awoken something truly terrifying!

Check out my review of Bad Bones here

Can you tell us a little about your contribution to the Red Eye series published by Stripes Publishing, Bad Bones?

 I still have the email from my agent, forwarding the email from Katie Jennings at Stripes which talked about the idea behind the Red Eye series; Katie was asking if any of my agent’s authors might be interested in contributing, and as I’d written some unpublished short horror stories, and some published horror comic strip scripts, but never done a horror novel, I thought ‘Why not have a go?’.

   I had the beginnings of an idea, no more than a page or so of notes, which had been waiting around for me to do something with it; I took the notes with me on a flight from London to San Francisco, and by the time I landed I had the storyline fleshed out and felt I had something worth going on with.

 What inspired you to write the story of Bad Bones?

 A few things…firstly there was Gabe and the circumstances he found himself in, how powerless he felt when it came to helping his family; then there was the sometimes destructive power of belief; finally there was the Law of Unintended Consequences, how Gabe had no idea where his discovery in the canyon would take him. And having created that set-up I had to find out what happened in the end.

 What made you set the book in the USA/LA?

I’ve always loved the States, since I was a kid, and California in particular; for me it’s always been a place of possibilities, of journeys and adventures. And the story idea, when it first popped into my head, was set in LA, a city I know quite well. I had an image of a young guy in a canyon at sunset and the story didn’t seem like it would work anywhere else.

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I’m slightly scared to ask this! Do you see yourself in any of the characters in Bad Bones or have you used any of your own experiences in the story?

 I still have a really strong connection with who I was as a teenager, and it’s not very long ago my sons went through that stage themselves, so I find myself drawn to those characters and know how they feel and think. But they’re only ever parts of me, never mirror images. And as all the people in my books, good and bad, are filtered through me and my twisted imagination, I have to admit I must be somewhere in all of them.

   But, apart from a couple of weird, spooky moments with a Ouija board a long time ago, I haven’t been through anything like what happened to Gabe – although having now written about them, I feel like I have!

 Gabe finds himself in some difficult tricky situations! When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

 Good question. Hmmm…[scratches head]…well, when I was at art school I had long hair at a time when skinheads, who didn’t like anyone, really didn’t like people with long hair; I got off a bus one evening and walked straight into a crowd of skins, one of whom showed me the sharpened handle of his metal comb and smiled. I turned and high-tailed it. In this case speed was the better part of valour.

*demands picture of Graham with long hair!*

How important are names to you? Did you pick the character names in Bad Bones for a reason?

 Names are top-of-the-list important to me. They have to sound real, they have to suit the character – without being in any way descriptive of that character, which is too jokey – and sometimes it’s nice if they give a character a good nickname.

   I used to use telephone directories, when they were still around, to trawl for names, but now it’s newspapers, magazines and the Net. If I see a graveyard, and have the time, I’ll wander round snapping phone pix of names I like on the gravestones.

   People often arrive in my head as a package, which was pretty much the case with everyone in Bad Bones – Gabe, Stella, Anton, and especially Benny Guettero and Cecil LeBarron. Except for Rafael Delacruz; he took a bit of research.

 One character I loved was Father Simon! I loved how he was an ex-CSI and still had all the gear in his office! What made you think up such a character?

 If you have someone evil like Rafael Delacruz you need to have the opposite side of the coin, which was Father Simon. Stella thinks he’s going to be able to help because he’s a priest, but there had to be more to it than that and when I had the idea that he was an ex-CSI it clicked for me.

   I don’t believe in what Father Simon believes in, but I can see why he does, which he explains to Gabe when he says:

“When you’ve seen the things I’ve seen, Gabe, you can’t help but end up believing in true evil…the Devil. I couldn’t, anyway, which means you also have to take on board the other side of the equation. I saw the darkest of the dark side, and then I saw the light.

You could say.” I like Father Simon, too, I like the way he surprises Gabe.

 If you could cast your characters from Bad Bones in a big Hollywood film adaptation which actors would you choose?

 Sometimes, if an actor fits the bill for one of my characters I’ll pin a pic of them up, but as a rule I don’t spend too much time describing the characters in my books because I like readers to create their own images from how the characters talk, what they do and how they do it. I use a lot of dialogue and ‘stage directions’ to allow readers see the scenes play out and make their own minds up about what the players look like.

   Who would I cast in a movie version of Bad Bones? I have no idea, I’ll have to get back to you on that one!

Do you like to scare your readers?

 I prefer to freak and creep them out. The horror element in Bad Bones is, I think, more psychological than blood’n’guts.

 We would love to know a little bit more about you!  Can you give us 5 random facts we don’t know about Graham Marks?

 1 – I have been around the world (my sister lives in Auckland and I bought a west-to-east round-trip ticket a couple of years ago and went to visit her).

2 – I’ve always wanted to be a private detective.

3 – I used to be a dog person, but now I’m a cat person.

4 – Whatever you call dyslexia of numbers, I’ve got a little bit of that.

5 – I’m very good at reading upside down and back to front.

I feel I should have asked for evidence of the reading upside down and back to front fact! 🙂

 I read that your career has spanned through children’s publishing, firstly as a Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and you’re also an award-winning author! Wow! Can you tell us a bit more about this? 

 I began my working life as a designer, working on children’s non-fiction books; when I began writing I wrote children’s books (stick with what you know…), and as a journalist I was the Children’s Editor for a trade magazine that covered the publishing industry. Can you see a pattern here?

   A fairly universal truth about writers is that when they start out they often have a side job. I was no exception, but all mine have always been to do with writing and they weren’t jobs I hated, so I was never desperate to leave them. And I like being busy.

 Can you tell us a bit about some of your other books? Is it true that your first published work was a book of poetry, which came out while you were studying Graphics at Harrow School of Art?

 It is true. I had started to write poetry at school and carried on when I went to Art School – I used to send poems into the local newspaper, which published so many of them someone complained, saying other people should get a look in. In my third year I had a graphics tutor called Paul Peter Piech, a wonderful man who happened to have his own small press; he saw my poetry, liked it and published a slim volume called Seeing is Touching, which he also illustrated with his signature woodcuts.

   Even though the book was well-reviewed I didn’t write another thing for a good ten years. My first novel, The Finding of Stoby Binder, failed to set the world on fire and it was some time before I tried again; when I did, none of the six books I wrote made me a household name and I hung up my writer’s hat for a second time. But the thing was, the ideas wouldn’t go away and some five or six years later I sat down and started working on Radio Radio…

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 I also read that you previously worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts!  This must have been an experience?

 It was a dream come true! I’ve always loved comics, they were how I learnt to read and my parents – unlike my teachers – never had any problems with me reading them because I also read a lot of books as a kid.

   To me, comics, the real thing, happened in America and I wasn’t in America. When Marvel opened up a UK office I was lucky enough to get hired as one of their writers, and it was an amazing experience.

 Who is your favourite Marvel Character?

 Of all time? Hard one, but probably Dr Strange. A close second would be Spider-Man.

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 If you could have any superpower what would it be?

 The ability to fly.

 Growing up who inspired you into writing? Are there any authors or books that inspired you?

 I have to say that it was probably Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven which first grabbed me as a reader, then Just William, by Richmal Crompton (who I thought was a man for a long time, and was shocked to discover was a lady!) sealed the deal. From there on it was Dennis Wheatly, Raymond Chandler, Damon Runyon, among many others – all writers I picked up from my parents’ shelves.

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Are there any recent works or authors that you admire or books you wish you had written or that you would like to collaborate with in the future?

 As an adult, I’d say the authors who I’ve found most inspirational have been Tom Robbins and Elmore Leonard, both of whom have taught me so much about writing, language, dialogue and story. I’d also add Iain Banks, who could not only write the best SciFi, but was also a great non-genre novelist – The Wasp Factory is the most extraordinary debut novel I’ve ever read.

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   As to collaboration, I don’t know. It’s hard enough working with myself, and then going over everything with an editor, without adding another writer to the mix!

 What do you think makes a good story?

 Great characters, plus a beginning which, like Velcro, won’t let you go, a middle which keeps the pages turning and does not sag and an end that leaves you completely satisfied and achingly sad that it’s all over at one and the same time. Easy, really.

 Over on Tales Of Yesterday I have recently been asking YA authors if music has any influence to their writing and/or characters. Is there a particular song that influenced Bad Bones and/or it’s characters and if so how or why?

 Some of my books have a very definite soundtrack, and have specific songs mentioned in them – my oldest son wrote the lyrics I used in Radio Radio, and he also recorded a track for the promo CD that went out with the review copies – but there was no one song or band which influenced Bad Bones. I do write with music playing, and I use it to either change my mood to suit what I’m writing about, or to energize me if I’m flagging – I’ve found Green Day particularly good at doing that.

Oh Yay!  This gives me an excuse to add this music video!

 What’s next? Any exciting plans that you are able to reveal? Any more contributions to the Red Eye series?

 I have a couple of ideas bubbling away quite nicely at the moment, which is about as much as I can say right now; I don’t know what the plans are at Red Eye HQ, but they know where I am…

Thank you Graham for answering all my questions and featuring on Tales Of Yesterday……now please take that gold bracelet away it’s starting to look rather inviting…..


About Graham Marks

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Graham has spent his whole career in children’s publishing, firstly as a Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and award-winning author. His first published work was a book of poetry, which came out while he was studying Graphics at Harrow School of Art. He has also worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts and in advertising as a copywriter.

Find out more about Graham Marks by visiting his website here or follow him on twitter – @GeeMarks


I would like to say a huge thank you to Graham for answering all of my question and Stripes Publishing and LoveReading4Kids for sending me the book to read and review!

 Its been a very scary journey *looks over shoulder and shudders*!

You can buy a copy of Bad Bones here

Or why not checkout the other titles in the Red Eye Series here

Find my review of Bad Bones here

A Scary Moments Guest Post here

Also a spotlight post on Bad Bones for the #RedEyeReadAlong here or here

Also do follow the new YA community from Stripes Publishing – doyareadme.tumblr.com or on twitter @doyareadme for news, competitions and more.

Don’t forget to check out the fab Lovereading4kids also! – here

Don’t forget to check out my review of Bad Bones and a fab extract – here

Have you read this book or any of the other Red Eye series?  Do you like a scary read?  Who’s your favourite super hero?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy

Happy reading and no digging up buried treasure!

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Review – Bad Bones by Graham Marks


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Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he’s hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case.

Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave.

Gabe doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening…

Graham Mark’s chilling novel is part of the Red Eye series! 

See the creepy trailer below!


Publisher – Stripes Publishing

Date Published – 4th May 2015

Pages – 336 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UKYA / YA Horror

Source –

I was sent a copy of this book via LoveReading4Kids and the wonderful Stripes Publishing!  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending me this book to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Bad Bones by Graham Marks is the fourth book to be released in 2015 as part of the new YA Horror Red Eye Series by Stripes Publishing with another title to come later this year.

Today I am bringing you my review and an exclusive extract from the book!

Also check out my Q&A with Graham Marks here

As you all may already know I love a creepy and scary read and loved the previous Red Eye books I have read so far, Frozen Charlotte (see my guest post with Alex Bell here or my review here), and Flesh and Blood (see my guest post with Simon Cheshire here or my review here) .

I used to love the 90’s Point Horror series when I was a teenager as well as being a huge fan of James Dawson and I am excited about the whole premise of a new UK YA Horror series with a contemporary makeover that has left me craving more and to collect and read the rest in the series asap.

You can find the original press release and more information on the fantastic Red Eye series here.

You can see the creepy Red Eye Series book trailer below….if you dare!

Graham Mark’s contribution to the fab Red Eye series is a welcome addition and one that I enjoyed.  I am a huge Indiana Jones fan and I found that whilst not exactly the same it had hints of a young Indiana Jones feel to the book which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Bad Bones tells the story of Gabe who’s family have fell on hard times and he is desperate to try and ease the burden and help his family even if it means running illegal errands for the school bully!  One night up in the canyon he stumbles across a shallow grave and some bones!  Upon further investigation he discovers a gold bracelet and decides that this may be the answer to his families troubles…he could be rich!  But what Gabe discovers is that he as unearthed something truly sinister!  Somebody wants that bracelet back and will do anything to retrieve it! Gabe finds he has awoken something truly terrifying!

The book explores an Aztec back story with Gabe unearthing the bracelet and then starting to have dreams about ancient rituals with gold masks and crucifixes and sacrifices! And when an owl, some coyotes and a stranger start to follow him and stare at him from afar Gabe begins to feel like there is something strange going on!

*Shivers*

[On a side note – every time Gabe went up to the canyon or the Aztec’s were mentions I kept visualising the Crystal Maze Aztec zone!  What is wrong with me!!!!!  Does anyone remember this? *Grabs crystal and runs for the exit*]

The characters in Bad Bones were all unique with the main focus being on Gabe and a growing friendship between himself and girl scout Stella who tries to warn Gabe about running errands for school bully Benny and his right hand “bozos”  who’s decked out van sounded awesome!  Just me?!  Whilst being a story about ghosts and Aztec rituals it had a good theme of friendship with Gabe and his best friend Anton being “blood brothers”!  There were pictures and the scars to prove it!  And with often occurring messages about trust it made me actually care for Gabe and his friends!

I especially related to Gabe’s love for Peanut M&M’s!  Nom Nom Nom!  He even cracks open a huge XXL bag to share with Stella!  Now THATS friendship!  If that was me….nope too late they are all gone!  Yummy in my tummy!

Anyway…..

For me the best character was Father Simon who Gabe and Stella turn to for help!  A man of the cloth and an ex CSI agent!  Yes you heard me right!

*plays CSI Las Vegas music*

And in his Mission / Church he had all kinds of ex CSI gadgets and gizmos and equipment and I LOVED him!  He was so cool!  He could even tell you if your note had been written in blood!

And…and….and….that’s not all!  Oh no indeedy!  Not only is he a man of the cloth and ex forensic scientist….he is also a forensic historian!!!!

See…Father Simon = AWESOME!

*Throws peanut M&M’s in mouth in satisfaction*

There was a few heart racing moments in this book with one being when Gabe’s sister is in danger and he first encounters and realises what is after him!  What pursues is a showdown where a crucifix and determination save the day…..well on this particular day anyway!

I also have a favourite line / quote from this book which I thought was chillingly beautiful….

“Like this coin, life is all about what you do with it, how you choose to spend it”

This book gets you straight into the action and whilst getting some back stories into the character it is more focused on the present and the story with some religious undertones, creepy goings on, ritual style murders, a angry man with red eyes and an action packed ending…I would NOT want to be the school bully in this book 😉

It’s a great addition to the Red Eye collection!  Go grab a copy!  But make sure it’s not guarded by some ancient bones! 😉

Do check back in a couple of weeks for a Q&A with the author Graham Marks!  Now without further ado I present to you an exclusive extract from Bad Bones……


Exclusive Extract

I am honoured, with the publishers permission to be able to share a fab exclusive extract with you from Bad Bones!  Read and Enjoy…….IF YOU DARE!

Don’t forget to check below the extract for the Tales rating of this book!

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I award this book 3 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can find out more about author Graham Marks on his website here

Or check out my Q&A with Graham Marks here

Or a guest post of Scary Moments here

Also check out a Spotlight for Bad Bones for the Red Eye Read Along here or here

You can buy a copy of Bad Bones here

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Have you read this book or any of the other books in the Red Eye Series?  What did you think?  Are you a fan of YA Horror?  Do you think you will give this book a go after reading this review?  I would love to hear from you – please leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

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