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Blog Tour: Morpheus Road The Light by D.J. MacHale

Morpheus Road: The Light About the Book:
Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In The Light, the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this is–it’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

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D.J. MacHaleMorpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale releases today! In this latest stop in the blog tour, MacHale talks about his favorite scary books and movies:

I love scary stories. I’m not so much a slasher/maniac killer devotee. To me, those kinds of stories aren’t necessarily scary, they’re just exercises in worrying about when you might see the next gruesome bit of carnage. To me, the best kinds of stories are the ones where you’re brought into a mystery and the challenge is to figure out what the supernatural entity is trying to do. And of course, the more creative and surprising that entity (or the author) is, the better. Here are a couple of my personal favorites.

The Shining by Stephen King. The book, not the movie. Though the movie is considered a classic horror-fest, to me it didn’t live up to the book where the ghosts that haunted the father were every bit as frightening as the lunatic the father became. I loved how you didn’t really know if the haunting was really happening, or if it was all in the father’s mind. And I love King’s vivid descriptions….the body in the bathtub, the twin girls, and of course the topiary animals that came to life. Great stuff.

It also by Stephen King. I love the conceit that the supernatural force is showing its victims the things that scares them the most. I still remember the passage where one kid was attacked by the Creature From the Black Lagoon and right up until the moment of his death, he was feeling the creature’s back to find the zipper of the costume because he couldn’t believe it was actually happening. Great moment. I’d rate that above The Shining if it didn’t turn out in the end that the bad guy was a giant turtle from outer space, or some such thing. There was a real big “Huh?” moment for me.

Stephen King honorable mentions: Pet Cemetery and Salem’s Lot.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Sometimes a moment sticks with you from a story. I still remember the moment where the two women were in bed and spooky stuff was happening with the ghosts in their room and one asked the other not to squeeze her hand so hard . . . to which the other woman replied that she wasn’t holding her hand. Awesome.

The movie The Omen. I’ve heard this called a cheesy film, and maybe it is, but it did something that I thought was a brilliant piece of foreshadowing. People kept dying in horrific ways, and of course we the audience all realized it was the work of Damien. There was a photographer who tried to convince Damien’s father that something was not right with the kid, and his proof was that he had all these photos that he snapped of the victims long before their deaths and there were imperfections in the pictures which could be related to the way they eventually died. When the father asked why the photographer cared so much, he showed him a picture he had accidently taken of himself in a mirror, and it showed a black slash through his own neck. Gulp. You knew at that moment that the photographer was doomed, you just didn’t know when. So from that moment on, whenever the photographer was on screen, you sat on the edge of your seat, waiting for him to be killed, and it didn’t happen for a while.

I recently blogged on my website about one of the scariest movies I’d ever seen, an early 60’s flick called “Black Sabbath”. I don’t know if it would be as scary seeing it today, but that movie gave me nightmares for years. Then again, I was also freaked about by Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein when I was little.

Some honorable mention movies: The Others, The Blair Witch Project (Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing, but it had me on the edge of my seat wondering if something might), The Ring (great images) and of course Poltergeist.

There are hundreds of other spooky books and movies that I’ve enjoyed over the years, but those are just a few off the top of my head. – D.J. MacHale

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Starbase Indy 09

This past weekend I attended Starbase Indy. A special surprise guest was announced at the last minute. It seems that Logan Huffman, of recent “V” fame, called up Starbase Indy and asked if he could come on out, as he’s from Indianapolis anyway. This was his first convention and was extremely gracious and courteous to all of his fans. And even though attendee numbers were sparse, there were no shortage of questions for the young actor!

Logan Huffman

Logan Huffman

He even shared some spoilers with us that we’re not supposed to repeat. But I can say that the show is already written out with a five year plan. Logan himself is contracted for seven years. He doesn’t know for sure how his character will grow, but hopes to see a Romeo and Juliet type of relationship form with on-screen love Lisa (Laura Vandervoort).

Angela and Logan Huffman

Also in attendance was Garrett Wang, from Star Trek: Voyager. Garrett was at my first ever convention, back in 2004, which was also here at Starbase Indy. He was just as charming and witty as ever, and very entertaining.

Garrett Wang

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Dragon Con 09 Sunday Report

On my last day at Dragon Con, I attended Leonard Nimoy’s panel.

Leonard Nimoy Panel

I didn’t want to wait for hours in line, so sat in the back just to hear his stories and more about what he was up to now. He told some humorous stories about his early days of Star Trek, and how he came up with the Vulcan hand signal. Most of the interview revolved around his photography (http://leonardnimoyphotography.com) and his most recent project on full-figured women.

Halfway through, I decided to run over and catch the end of yet another author panel. But I couldn’t miss meeting one of my favorite authors, Julie Kenner! I love her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series as well as the Codebreaker Trilogy. I was in total fangirl mode, but she was very sweet and gracious.

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Dragon Con 09 Saturday Report

Saturday, I arrived at the Hyatt for my first panel. This was another author panel, this time, on Time Travel. Carole Nelson Douglas, Anna DeStefano, Rita Herron, Joy Nash, Terri Osborne, and Mari Mancusi were all in attendance. And I scored a couple free books!

Time Travel Authors Panel

Time Travel Authors Panel

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Dragon Con 09 Friday Report

I arrived in Atlanta Thursday night and attended the Press Party at the Marriott, where the Dragon Con staff introduced themselves, press members mingled, drinks and finger foods were served, and a few actors showed up to meet and greet. I wasn’t able to stay long, but said “Hi” to Richard Hatch, Alan Ruck, and Kristy Swanson before leaving.

Friday morning, I arrived in time for the Star Trek Author cavalcade, including Robert Greenberger, Alan Dean Foster, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Peter David.

Star Trek Authors Panel

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