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Guest Post – The Point Horror Time Capsule by Michael – The Big Comfy Bookshop


Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s?  The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book.  There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.

They were basically what I was reading and enjoying as a young adult and thanks to the author Juno Dawson, who started #PointHorrorBookClub on her website in 2013, I have started to re-read these books that I used to rush to the shops every weekend and buy and sit for the whole weekend reading.

Juno announced in January 2015 that she was no longer able to carry on #pointhorrorbookclub and with her blessing I am going to try and carry it on with version 2!  Juno has done a fantastic job – I hope I can keep up her good work *gulps*

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new please click here


It’s Point Horror Book Club day!  And what better way to celebrate than delving deep into my love of Point Horror!

I know lots of people who hold Point Horror close to their hearts and one of those people is wonderful Michael the owner of one of my local bookshops the amazing The Big Comfy Bookshop ! I got talking to Michael on twitter when he was talking about Point Horror so I asked him to stop by for a little Point Horror Guest Post to share some Point Horror memories and he kindly agreed.

It’s very exciting to have Michael here on Tales…I feel very honoured…so thank you so much Michelle!

*Hands microphone to Michael*


The Point Horror Time Capsule

I own a bookshop. It’s comfy and sells just 2nd hand books. You’d expect that I’ve been reading books since before I could walk. Here’s the secret. I didn’t really start reading a lot until I started University. Sure there were books I read when I was younger, The Hobbit stands out as one. There was however one book series, and one book in particular that I loved.

Point Horror.

Here’s another secret. Between my elder sister and I we had about a dozen of them, plus we took a few home each week from the mobile library, but, and here’s the rub, I never really read them. What I liked about them was the covers, and the spines; A beheaded snowman, an open door, a lost teddy. I wanted to be part of the movement, and it was a movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At my high school it seemed every girl had at least one on the go. And it did always seem to be girls. Finally, after listening to my sister talk about them endlessly, I picked up The Babysitter and read it over a few nights, maybe a few weeks, I can’t remember. What I do recall is the sensation of ‘getting it’. Not just Point Horror, but the sense of belonging to something. Knowing that there was a sequel, I delved straight into The Babysitter II. I reckon I liked that more, I can’t recall, but I soon shifted up a gear and consumed them like Pringles (once you pop).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was given the chance of buying my own Point Horror book so I opted for The Mall, purely based on the cover. I like green, it looked cool, and, most importantly, I hadn’t seen anyone else read it. Suddenly I noticed girls at school coming up to me to talk about the book. I stayed in at lunchtime instead of going out to kick a ball about. I’d gotten the bug.

Like a time capsule, each book cover of the series recalls the moment in life I was at, rather than what happened inside the pages. Like Pogs and Push-Pops, Point Horror has a firm stamp on my youth and am always delighted when a copy travels through my bookshop.


About The Big Comfy Bookshop

Name: Michael

Role At The Shop: Owner, general operation mastermind

Favourite Book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Likes: Books and music

Dislikes: Amazon, Kindles, Spiders and The Future

The bookshop is my home away from home, and as its owner, my fingers are in all the pies. If there’s an event going on at the shop, I’m usually the man both behind the scenes and up front compering. If I’m not in the shop you can usually find me with my head buried in a book or sleeping while standing up. Or both.

You can find out more about the Big Comfy Bookshop on their website – www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk

Or why not follow them on twitter- @bigcomfybooks


Why not join in Point Horror Book Club and the discussion on the 13th of every month?

Don’t forget to use the #pointhorrorbookclub on twitter so I can see your thoughts or tweet me using @chelleytoy

Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read?  Are you new to Point Horror?  Has our opinion changed?  Are they still as good?  Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror?  Or are the a whole load of cray cray?

For all #PointHorrorBookClub posts old and new click here

A huge huge thank you to Michael for featuring on Tales and a huge round of applause for such a fab guest post!

*claps hands excitedly*

Do you remember Point Horror?  Which was your favourite?  Would you like to join in on #pointhorrorbookclub ?

Happy Point Horror-ing!

Spotlight – The Big Comfy Bookshop


119966As part of a fab idea by Jim over at YaYeahYeah and the hashtag #BookshopChallenge I present to you independent book shop The Big Comfy Bookshop!

In early January I was recommended to visit this shop by the wonderful people at Kenilworth Books.  Based in Coventry in the Fargo Village which is not far from where I live I thought I would make the trip and visit and I was not disappointed!

Looking the address up on the internet I discovered the The Big Comfy Bookshop’s motto is….

“Getting the community together to discuss, learn, play and create”

And I can assure this is exactly what this bookshop does!

IMG_2800Walking into The Big Comfy Bookshop I was immediately welcomed by Michael the shop owner who was busy preparing tea, coffee and cake for customers!  Yes cake everyone!  This book shop has cake!

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The bookshop was full of books all in different relevant sections for me to browse…and browse I did!  There is literally every genre you could think of and just books everywhere….and cake 🙂

I loved this huge map picture on the wall!

IMG_2802  There’s even a huuuggggeeee red sofa at the far end of the shop and lots of tables and chairs inviting people to grab that book and cake and relax!

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I also loved the kids section in the shop….full of classics and fab children’s books…..I even managed to pick up a couple of Point Horror Books for #pointhorrorbookclub!  I was like a kid in a sweet shop!

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As well as running a fab independent and second hand bookshop Michael’s other love is music and from the bookshop he invites bands in to record sessions and interviews.

For more about this and who is responsible click here

Michael explained to me that they were just about to record a Big Comfy Session with a band called Megson, and English folk duo and invited me to take a seat, have a look at the books and enjoy!  Being a big fan of music as well as books I did just that! It was awesome!

Take a look at the finished recorded product here!  It was brilliant!

I can honestly say that Michael has done a fab job with The Big Comfy Bookshop considering it has only been open for just over a year and with his mission of bringing the community together he has done just that!  He has made a place where book lovers can look, read and stroke books (just me?), people can listen to live music, drink tea and eat cake, socialise and meet up with friends and family,  join in on a book or film club or even fun activities for the children and even take part in a retro gaming night!  And yes that includes Golden Eye and Mario Kart!  SOLD!

I will defiantly be visiting again soon….I CAN’T WAIT!

Thank you Michael for welcoming me with open arms into your book shop and for being AWESOME!

If you live local and haven’t visited this shop then what are you waiting for…..

Find The Big Comfy Bookshop on twitter using @bigcomfybooks or visit the website / blog here where you can catch up on how the bookshop came to be!

Also check out the fab events The Big Comfy Bookshop have coming up – here

Thanks Jim for having such a fab idea setting up the challenge! #BookshopChallenge – join in or for more information on the #BookshopChallenge visit Bookish Peeps Here.

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