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Guest Post – The Babadook by Lou Morgan


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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 lovely Lou Morgan, author of Sleepless, talking to me about a scary film !

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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.


The Babadook

I’m very, very late to this party, but “The Babadook” is one of the most effective horror films I’ve seen in a long time. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’ll stick to telling you that the story revolves around a woman and her son who, one night, find a mysterious new book (Mr Babadook) in the son’s room and read it at bedtime. It doesn’t take long before they find that – as the book promised – you can’t get rid of the Babadook.

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The whole film is full of brilliantly shot scenes (and I had to watch the entire second half from behind one of my cats) but there’s one in particular – a single shot – that really set me on edge.  It’s a shot of the hallway and stairs of the house the story takes place in.  That’s it. Nothing happens in it, but it’s so full of menace.  Something *will* happen, you can be sure of that. The simple shot of the stairs is the calm before the storm… and that’s what makes it chilling. It has echoes of “The Exorcist” and “The Shining” about it, and that only adds to the whole effect.

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While we’re talking about “The Shining”, if you want a perfect example of how to ramp up tension and terror in a single chapter, get hold of a copy of that book and read chapter 34: The Hedges. Just that chapter. Then tell me that you’re not turning on every light in your house and swearing you will never, ever set foot near a topiary hedge again…

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Inspiration for Sleepless

Check out some photos of The Barbican in London where Lou got some inspiration for Sleepless!

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About Lou Morgan

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Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.

Her first YA novel, Sleepless, will be published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series in January 2015.

She has been nominated for three British Fantasy Awards (Best Newcomer and twice for Best Fantasy Novel) and her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic. She has also written genre novel-related features for magazines including Future Publishing’s SFX.

Born in Wales and a graduate of University College London, she now lives in Bath with her family.

She tweets as @LouMorgan – mostly when she should be writing – and can also be found on Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.

Or check Out Lou’s website here

You can also check out all of Lou’s books here


Check out a previous Guest Post by Lou here on Tales talking about the 90’s Point Horror series here

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

Check out the RedEyeReadAlong Q&A with Lou here

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A huge thank you to Lou 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 – Sleepless by Lou Morgan


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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 this fab video announcement by Heather below!

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#RedEyeReadAlong – 05/10/2015 – 11/10/2015

So this week we will be reading…..

Sleepless by Lou Morgan

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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.


About Lou Morgan

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Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.

Her first YA novel, Sleepless, will be published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series in January 2015.

She has been nominated for three British Fantasy Awards (Best Newcomer and twice for Best Fantasy Novel) and her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic. She has also written genre novel-related features for magazines including Future Publishing’s SFX.

Born in Wales and a graduate of University College London, she now lives in Bath with her family.

She tweets as @LouMorgan – mostly when she should be writing – and can also be found on Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.

Or check Out Lou’s website here

You can also check out all of Lou’s books here


Check out a previous Guest Post by Lou here on Tales talking about the 90’s Point Horror series here

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

Check out a fab #RedEyeReadAlong guest post by Lou Morgan 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

So this week we are asking you to share…

What keeps you awake at night?!

You can show us in a drawing or in a picture like below!

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You could be in with a chance to win all 5 Red Eye Books (UK and IRE) !

Tweet us using the #RedEyeReadAlong

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!

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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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!

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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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Guest Post – Talking Point by Lou Morgan


LC50jITU IMG_3120Do 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


I know lots of people who hold Point Horror close to their hearts and one of those people is author Lou Morgan, who when I spoke to her at #UKYAEXTRAVANGANZA seemed really excited to talk about Point Horror and her love for it.  Therefore I have invited Lou to do a guest post for us all about her love for all things Point Horror!

Check out Lou’s YA Horror read – Sleepless!  It’s awesome!

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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.

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

*Hands microphone to Lou*


Talking Point

I was at a publishing event a while ago when I was introduced to an editor I hadn’t met before. When I realised who she was, I made a strange noise and asked whether I could hug her. Remarkably unfazed by this, she didn’t even try to run away, and actually continued our conversation. I, meanwhile, was grinning like an idiot. Because the editor I’d just yelped at was Anne Finnis, and she was responsible for bringing us Point Horror.

The town I grew up in didn’t have much by way of bookshops when I was young: Ottakar’s didn’t show up there until I was in my mid-teens, so up till then the only high street bookshop we had was WHSmiths. Like most of my friends, I was knee-deep in a Sweet Valley High addiction and having read all the books in the series the library had, was always on the lookout for another one in town. I hung around that shelf a lot. So I remember when a couple of new books – ones I hadn’t seen before – turned up. I remember the slightly jagged font of the imprint name on the side: shaky and unnerving. I remember how different it felt to be picking one of those off the shelf. The Point Horrors had arrived.

I’d read horror before, of course: I’d had books of scary children’s stories when I was younger, and my best friend’s older sister was crazy about Stephen King (which meant my best friend was too). They’d lent me a couple of books, but these… these were different.

These were books about people my age, in school. They were about being popular (or not). They were about having friends, not having friends, doing well at school, not doing well at school; they were about girlfriends and boyfriends and being fed up with your parents. They could have been about me.

If I’d been, say, a middle-class American teenager who was most likely a cheerleader in high school and who spent all her weekends buying prom dresses at the mall… which I wasn’t. But, boy, did I want to be.

I fell in love with Point Horror very quickly. If I’m entirely honest, I’ll admit that the first book like this I bought wasn’t actually a Point Horror – it was Christopher Pike’s Chain Letter 2. (Because reading the first book in a series is for conformists, and I was a rebel. Or more likely, I bought it because it had black-edged pages and I knew it would annoy the hell out of my mother.)

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I bought them as fast as they came into the shop, and pestered the poor librarians in our local library. Sweet Valley High was immediately forgotten, and my collection was traded for a stack of well-thumbed Point Horrors. Teacher’s Pet, The Cheerleader, The Beach House, My Secret Admirer… Luckily, I wasn’t the only one who’d caught the bug, and soon there was an unofficial book club going at school, swapping books and dissecting the stories.

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My particular favourite – which a friend managed to track down a brand new copy of for a recent birthday – was always The Perfume. It’s utterly bananas, even by PH standards, but there was something so alarming about the idea of another person taking over your body, pretending they were you: how would anyone be able to tell, and which would be worse – if they could, or if they couldn’t? It stuck with me more than any other book in the series.

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I still have huge affection for the Point Horror series. There was – is – something about them that speaks to the fears we have as teenagers, wrapped up in the kind of stories that I certainly loved back then, and still do. My love for them is part nostalgia and part admiration: they introduced a whole generation of readers (and writers among them) to horror that they could connect with, that felt like it was theirs.

So when I met Anne Finnis, it wasn’t just the adult me who loves YA and horror, or the me who had had the chance to write her own version of the books she loved growing up who wanted to hug her. It was the much younger me: the one who had just discovered something that felt like it was meant for her. And for that, for Point Horror, I will always be grateful.

Lou x


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Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.

Her first YA novel, Sleepless, will be published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series in January 2015.

She has been nominated for three British Fantasy Awards (Best Newcomer and twice for Best Fantasy Novel) and her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic. She has also written genre novel-related features for magazines including Future Publishing’s SFX.

Born in Wales and a graduate of University College London, she now lives in Bath with her family.

She tweets as @LouMorgan – mostly when she should be writing – and can also be found on Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.

Or check Out Lou’s website here

You can also check out all of Lou’s books here

Check out another guest post by Lou Morgan about The Babadook and Sleepless Inspiration here

Also a Spotlight Post on Sleepless by Lou Morgan here


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

You can find links to all #PointHorrorBookClub posts here

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?

A huge huge thank you to Lou 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!

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