Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope that it finds you having a great day filled with candy, spooks and costumes. So, In honor of this day I have a great post by Jeff Strand, author of A Bad Day for Voodoo some reviews of my first reads of the HORRID HENRY series and an awesomely spooktacular giveaway hosting these books and more.


Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others. Three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Three-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Four-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies.

In my novel A Bad Day For Voodoo, sixteen-year-old Tyler Churchill gets a voodoo doll of his history teacher, Mr. Click, and jabs it with a pin. It doesn’t work out well. He really shouldn’t have done it. So that others will learn from Tyler’s mistakes, I now present Ten Important Safety Tips When Using A Voodoo Doll.
1. Don’t make a voodoo doll of your history teacher.
2. If you do make a voodoo doll of your history teacher, don’t poke it with a pin.
3. If you do make the doll and poke it with the pin, don’t keep messing with it. Just put the doll someplace safe.
4. If you keep messing with the doll and don’t put it someplace safe, confess what you’ve done. Don’t hide it and let things spiral out of control. I repeat: Don’t hide it and let things spiral out of control.
5. If things spiral out of control, it’s not too late to fix them. Just don’t—
6. If you already did the thing that I didn’t even get to finish warning you about before you did it, there’s still a chance that you can get out of this, though probably not with all of your fingers and toes. Just—
7. Look, I need you to work with me here! These are forces that mankind was not meant to...aw, jeez, did you really just do that? For real? You realize that this can’t be undone, right? You may have just doomed humanity. I’ve got three important safety tips left but none of them will do any good! Argh! Argh! Argh! I’ll just have to make stuff up to fill the rest of the space.
8. Look both ways before crossing the street.
9. Don’t use hydrochloric acid as toothpaste.
10.  Now that you’ve seen the horrific results, I think the first tip bears repeating: Don’t make a voodoo doll of your history teacher. Really. Don’t do it. 

That is funny stuff and I will surely keep his tips in mind the next time I am within distance of a VooDoo doll. Now, onto the second part of today's Holloween fun. Whenever I have a dull and dreary day I always like to read something that is quick, funny and brief and The Horrid Henry series fit the bill. This series is wonderful, peppered with some cute drawing that you can enjoy with your children, younger siblings or for yourself to just bring forth your inner child to enjoy. This is a perfect series for the beginning reader filled.

HORRID HENRY'S Monster Movie

Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
This was my first HORRID HENRY book and I really enjoyed witnessing this cute little devil named Henry outwit and outfox those around him. I really enjoyed how the characters within these stories are all given names according to how they behave. Of the four stories within this novel my favorite was HORRID HENRY'S HORRID WEEKEND. It was by far my favorite for I adored how Henry reigned supreme from his terror filled weekend with his wicked cousins. His actions made me wish I had thought of those actions myself.

HORRID HENRY and the Zombie Vampire

Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Ohhh Henry, you are such a bad boy and yet I cannot help but love you. As I delved into my second HORRID HENRY novel I was treated to four more quick and laugh out loud stories that were such a joy to read. The more Henry got into trouble the more I would root for him to succeed in all his dastardly attempts at wrong doing.  I especially enjoyed HORRID HENRY and the NUDIE FOODIE and how the junk food talked to him from the trash bag, bwaaahahahaha.

First you got a bit of Voodoo and now you got to see how horrid Henry, but how can it get better than that? Well I have an awesome opportunity for you. Enter my SPOOKTACULAR giveaway for the four novels below.

Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
Horrid Henry & the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Giveaway Rules:
  • One entry per person, must be over 13
  • U.S. only
  • Must use the rafflecopter form
  • Entries due by midnight (PT) on Monday, November 7th
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4 comments on "Happy Halloween with Voodoo Doll Safety Tips, Horrible Henry and Giveaway"

Queenie Leenie wrote: October 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

These books sound fabulous and would love to read them with my grandson! Thanks for the contest.

nurmawati djuhawan wrote: November 1, 2012 at 6:09 AM

my fave spooky books when i was yousng is R.L stine books ...
thx 4 the giveaway :)

Cjane Novero wrote: November 3, 2012 at 4:26 AM

spooky read?.. tbh, I'm not much horror books. The enemy is quite gory. I do read mysteries that involve murders and stuff like that... :) thank you for the giveaway.. great share for my brother

Lindy Gomez wrote: November 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

My favorite spooky read is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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