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Guest Post – A Moment To Chill The Blood by Simon Cheshire


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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 Simon Cheshire, author of Flesh & Blood, talking to me about a chilling scene from Dr Who  !

**wimpers**


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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.


A Moment To Chill The Blood!

I saw it again the other week, for the first time in years. And although it didn’t utterly un-nerve me the same way it did back then, it still sent a shudder up my spine. If I had to pick one single moment that turned me into the horror/ sci-fi geek I am today, it could easily be a short scene from a 1970 episode of Doctor Who called Spearhead From Space:

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From her garden, a woman hears something crashing about in her country cottage. She calls out. She hears the dog indoors bark, then whimper into silence. She calls out again. No answer. Nervous fear clouding her face, she enters the cottage slowly.

The floor is littered with broken furniture. She stumbles towards the doorway that leads into the next room. As she does so, a figure quickly emerges. Tall, dressed in blue overalls. Its head is bald, smooth, plastic. Its face is basic, like that of a shop dummy. With smooth motions, it stalks silently towards her. She screams…

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I’m pretty sure I first saw that scene, as a kid, peeking out from behind a cushion. Nothing had ever conveyed to me a sense of ‘alien-ness’, of otherworldliness, more dramatically than those few seconds. An ordinary, domestic setting, into which comes… something… humanoid, yet inhuman; moulded to look like a person and yet blank, empty of personality.

It was called an Auton. The following Monday, every kid in the playground was being one. Jon Pertwee – who was playing the Doctor in that episode – used to say that the essence of scariness was coming home and finding a yeti sitting on your loo in Tooting Bec. I see what he meant.

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That scene taught me the terrifying thrill of The Unknown. It’s a thrill that’s never loosened its grip. To me, that moment of confrontation, when all that is You meets its opposite, is what lurks in the heart of Flesh And Blood, of the Red Eye series, of all horror fiction.

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About Simon Cheshire

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Simon Cheshire grew up in Warwickshire. He was always the quiet kid at the back of the class, and spent a lot of time staring out of the window. From a young age, he was a dedicated reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, happily dreaming of faraway places, and completely ignoring his mother’s cries of “Go out and get some fresh air, for heaven’s sake!”

His first book appeared in 1997, and since then his books have been published in many countries around the world, and in several languages. He writes in a tiny room that used to be a walk-in cupboard, but which is now crammed with books, pieces of paper and empty chocolate bar wrappers.

His hobbies include movies, repairing old computers and wishing he had more hobbies. He lives in Warwick with his wife and children, although he spends most of his time in a world of his own.

You can buy this book here and on Little Tiger here

Find out more about Simon Cheshire by visiting his website here


Check out a previous Guest Post by Simon Cheshire with his top 5 scares here

Also check out my review of Flesh & Blood here

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

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

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A huge thank you to Simon 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 – Flesh & Blood by Simon Cheshire


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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

or check out Heathers fab video below!

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#RedEyeReadAlong – 12/10/2015 – 18/10/2015

So this week we will be reading…..

Flesh & Blood by Simon Cheshire

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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.


About Simon Cheshire

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Simon Cheshire grew up in Warwickshire. He was always the quiet kid at the back of the class, and spent a lot of time staring out of the window. From a young age, he was a dedicated reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, happily dreaming of faraway places, and completely ignoring his mother’s cries of “Go out and get some fresh air, for heaven’s sake!”

His first book appeared in 1997, and since then his books have been published in many countries around the world, and in several languages. He writes in a tiny room that used to be a walk-in cupboard, but which is now crammed with books, pieces of paper and empty chocolate bar wrappers.

His hobbies include movies, repairing old computers and wishing he had more hobbies. He lives in Warwick with his wife and children, although he spends most of his time in a world of his own.

You can buy this book here and on Little Tiger here

Find out more about Simon Cheshire by visiting his website here


Check out a previous Guest Post by Simon Cheshire with his top 5 scares here

Also check out my review of Flesh & Blood here

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

Or a #RedEyeReadAlong Guest Post by Simon Cheshire 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!


Weekly Challenge

We are releasing this weeks weekly challenge early (normally a Wednesday) as this weeks challenge involves finding the missing word in a game we are calling….

Lets Play The Find The Missing Word Game!

Yes that’s right to be in with a chance to win all 5 Red Eye Books (UK and IRE) you need to find the missing word from the sentence below!

Tweet us using the #RedEyeReadAlong with a picture of the sentence including the missing word when you come across it in the book.

Be careful not to include the page number so other people don’t cheat ?

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!

So here’s the sentence…..


“I couldn’t move. The insects scrambled over my bed, between the sheets, through my __________ . They bit me, smothering me from hair to toenails “

Good Luck!


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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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Guest Post – Top 5 Scares by Simon Cheshire


 

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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.


 I recently read and loved Flesh & Blood by Simon Cheshire   (see my review here) and I am honoured to feature a guest post by Simon as part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of this third book in the fab Red Eye series from Stripes Publishing.

So it’s Friday the 13th ….what could be better than Simon talking about the book his top 5 scares!!!

*Presses play on Friday the 13th soundtrack…..hands microphone to Simon……quakes in boots and hides under the covers….maybe do a little whimper!*


Simon Cheshire’s Top 5 Scares!

I’ve always enjoyed horror!

Over the years, I’ve collected a kind of mental baggage of horror yarns – films, books, comics etc – which have stayed with me.

These are some of my favourites (in no particular order):

FRANKENSTEIN (1931) / BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

Everything you could want in a creepy story is distilled into these two movies, both directed by James Whale with a kind of gleefully ghoulish humour. Sure, they look a bit creaky and primitive today, but there are more memorable moments and images in them than in any other horror films I’ve ever seen.

THE SHORT STORIES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE

Poe’s stories – and his life! – were so soaked in melancholy than you can’t read his work without being chilled by a haunting sense of doom. My all-time favourite is The Black Cat, which culminates in a murder that is summed up in possibly the single most haunting sentence in all gothic literature.

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THE SHORT STORIES OF H.P.LOVECRAFT

The more you read of these, the more you can feel a looming, unseen presence slowly slithering up behind you. They’re often about unstoppable nightmares from the ancient past. The novella At The Mountains Of Madness is a good example, although my personal favourites are Herbert West, Reanimator and The Rats In The Walls.

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INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

This is the Philip Kaufman remake. The original Don Siegal version was brilliant, but the remake is utterly terrifying, all about urban paranoia. That ending… O!M!G!

THE FLY (1958)

Not the Jeff Goldblum one from the ‘80s (which was awful) but the one starring Vincent Price. I defy anyone to watch this movie and remain un-creeped-out. Another horrifying ending, too, one that will live in your nightmares forever. “Help meeee! Help meeeee!” Eeuuurgh!!


About Simon Cheshire

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Simon Cheshire grew up in Warwickshire. He was always the quiet kid at the back of the class, and spent a lot of time staring out of the window. From a young age, he was a dedicated reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, happily dreaming of faraway places, and completely ignoring his mother’s cries of “Go out and get some fresh air, for heaven’s sake!”

His first book appeared in 1997, and since then his books have been published in many countries around the world, and in several languages. He writes in a tiny room that used to be a walk-in cupboard, but which is now crammed with books, pieces of paper and empty chocolate bar wrappers.

His hobbies include movies, repairing old computers and wishing he had more hobbies. He lives in Warwick with his wife and children, although he spends most of his time in a world of his own.


I would like to say a huge thank you to Simon for a fab guest post and Stripes publishing for sending me the book and having me on the blog tour!  Its been a very scary journey *looks over shoulder and shudders*!

You can buy this book here and on Little Tiger here

Find out more about Simon Cheshire by visiting his website here

Don’t forget to check out my review of Flesh & Blood here

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

Flesh and Blood was also feature in the #RedEyeReadAlong in October – here and here

Have you read this book or any of the other Red Eye series?  Do you like a scary read?  What are your top five scares?  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 hiding under the covers!

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