Our Halloween Cemetery - October 30, 2010
I've Started Shopping for My Halloween Cemetery
The View From Monday - August 30, 2010 - Attack of the TBR
Some Twitter friends (I am looking at you mark_henry and johnnie_cakes and psynde) suggested that I show you some of the TBR process. There were also suggestions of rolling around in books, but I would never ever do that. Book covers and pages could get damaged! Not going to happen.
I did make a little video though (excuse the sniffles, please):
Cookbooks to Make Ghouls and Bats Happy!
A Zombie Ate My Cupcake: 25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes
Author: Lily Vanilli
Published: July 2010
Format: Hardcover, 63 pages
Bite at Twilight: Vampires, Forks, and Knives Cookbook
Author: Gina Meyers
Published: May 2009
Format: Paperback, 94 pages
Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook
Author: Gina Meyers
Published: May 2010
Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Whether you are planning a Twilight-Themed Birthday Party, just a simple get together with friends, a Halloween party, or just what to try your creative hand to some culinary delights you are in luck. Brimming with mouthwatering recipes, brace yourselves, and bring your very best table manners, and appetites. Don't forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest, puritan "vegetarian" vampires. Intertwined in the pages of Love At First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, you will find Bell's Lasagna, Harry's Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Raviolis, Red Velvet Cake, Blushing Bella Punch, and much more. is served ala Bella style.
Ghoulish Goodies: Monster Eyeballs, Fudge Fingers, Spidery Cupcakes, and Other Frightful Treats
Author: Sharon Bowers
Published: July 2009
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Everyone loves Halloween. It's a holiday that is pure fun and childish joy, an excuse to dress up and eat treats. Packaged candy may be the common reward for trick-or-treating, but plates of Spiderweb Cookies or big bowls of Sticks and Stones Caramel Corn are perfect contributions to school Halloween events, tailgating parties, neighborhood open houses, adult costume parties, and even afternoon play dates. It's difficult to imagine an autumn gathering that wouldn't be even more fun with ghoulish goodies to share.
These frightful treats are not just for October, though. A birthday party for a nine-year-old or a scary movie sleepover for teenagers practically demands an I'Scream Cake or Spidery Cupcakes. And Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bars with Orange Glaze would be welcome at an office coffee break or an afternoon tea party.
Baking from Ghoulish Goodies is a wonderful way to celebrate the change of seasons and the pleasure of working with kids in the kitchen. Baking cupcakes and making fudge are great activities for autumn afternoons, when the weather turns cool and the kids are underfoot after school. Put them to work stirring, decorating, and scraping pumpkin seeds. These are recipes that parents and kids can have fun making together. And the entire family will enjoy eating a warm Choco-Bat Cookie for dessert.
It Came From the Kitchen: Monstrously Delicious Celebrity Recipes from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, & Assorted Aliens And Beyond!
Authors: Geoff Isaac and Gordon Reid
Published: July 2007
Format: Paperback, 221 pages
Scattered throughout are quotes, trivia, bloopers, anecdotes and musings all related to film and television. What was Gene Barry having for breakfast just before a Martian spaceship crashed into his house in WAR OF THE WORLDS? What food was served aboard the ship in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? What foods must one avoid in order to survive in a horror film? And just what does Jell-O have to do with special effects and spacemen?
Whether you want to know more about your screen favorites or simply want to embellish you own table at Halloween, IT CAME FROM THE KITCHEN will provide culinary and cinematic treats for years to come.
Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lovers Cookbook
Authors: Michelle Roy Kelly and Andrea Norville
Published: May 2010
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Blood Chilling Gazpacho
Van Helsing's Veggie Rolls
Bloody Mary Fondue
I Vant S'mores
Blood Orange Mimosas
This ghastly guide also includes clever themes for vampire parties, with menus and movies for some bloody good fun. With Love at First Bite, making meals for monster appetites just got easier!
The Dracula Cookbook of Blood
Author: Ardin C. Price
Published: February 1993
The Dracula Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Homeland of Count Dracula
Authors Marina Polvay and Mark Podwal
Published: August 2000 (originally pub. Oct. 1978)
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Amassed by world-famous cook Marina Polvay, nee Princess Marina Scherbatoff, here are the secrets of such time-tested dishes as corn meal dumplings and cherry strudel, all given a special twist by using vampire imagery. Garlic is considered the most powerful vampire deterrent, and its fine flavor enhances Garlic soup and Meatloaf Bucharest Style.
These flavorful and lavish recipes are sure to make every meal a bloody success!
The Vampire Cookbook
Author: Alicia Alex
Published: July 2009 & October 2009
Format: Paperback, 72 pages & 56 pages
You can find some sample recipes here.
The Vampire Cookbook
Author: Kilmore Daily
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
The Vampire's Guide to Good Cooking
Author: Dr. C.W. Smith-Burton
Published: September 2008
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
The Vampyre Cookbook
Author: Leah Barrows
Published: April 2009
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Vampire Bites: Delicious Twilight-Inspired recipes to sink your teeth into
Author: Alana O'Claire
Published: July 2010
Format: Paperback, 112 pages
You'll find lots of great recipes in Vampire Bites: Delicious Twilight-inspired recipes to sink your teeth into including heart to heart tarts, red velvet cakes and bloody vampire cocktails, Forks apple pie, werewolf snacks, party finger food, and dinner ideas.
Over a hundred recipes to enjoy Breakthrough Breakfasts, Delicious Dinners, Simple Snacks, To-Die-For Desserts, and Twilight Cocktails, plus tips to turn almost any dish into a Vampire delight. With the famous wit and real-world sensibility that made her a breakout star, Alana reveals her kitchen adventures and inspires readers to cook the Vampire way with taste and fun.
Vampires Beware: We Have Garlic
Author: William Steele
Published: April 2010
Format: Paperback, 99 pages
Vampires Beware is a collection of recipes and a few home remedies featuring garlic as a key ingredient. Garlic has been used in many cultures throughout the world's history as a healing medicine and natural vitamin. Even today, it is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties similar to a weak penicillin. Health benefits aside, garlic adds wonderful flavor to many foods. These simple recipes will reward you with not only delicious food, but help protect you from vampires and other dark creatures...
Author: Erin A Doyle
Published: December 2009
Format: Paperback, 116 pages
Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
Author: Zilly Rosen
Published: February 2011
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
The cupcake craze is still going full blast, and the invasion of cupcake shops spreads across the planet. But if there’s one thing that sticks in the throat, it’s that those cupcakes are so damn cutesy. Zombie Cupcakes will rise up through the ranks of sugary-sweet cupcake books by featuring a ghoulish army of delicious little creations that are anything but sugar-coated. Recipes range from Zombie Flesh, to Zombie Brain, Gravestones, Maggots, Night of the Living Cupcake, 28 Cupcakes Later, and more! The recipes feature complete cooking and icing techniques, along with full-color photos and even illustrations of some of the more difficult techniques, making the book perfect for beginners and more accomplished pastry chefs alike. Each recipe also features a difficulty rating, prep time, and cooking time, and sidebars of zombie trivia will be sprinkled throughout the book.
I love the UK cover for this cookbook:
New Release Tuesday - Yet Again No Vlog - And Some Halloween Things
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
HIS HUNGER CAN'T BE DENIED
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
I could not find the book at first. I finally discovered it in this book dump:
A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .
In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
The lettering on the cover is shiny and you can do interesting things to the lettering with a flash:
What did you purchase today?
Halloween 2009 was a very rushed affair at The Qwillery. I usually have the decorations up the week before. Due to some things that happened over the last week I was only able to decorate on Halloween. I didn't even buy pumpkins until 3:30 Halloween afternoon.
I purchased extra candy because it was a Saturday night. Unfortunately it rained so I've lots of leftover candy. The Almond Joys and Malted Milk Balls are mine!
My favorite decoration is Dead Fred. His head lights up. I also put a strobe at his feet to make him a bit more creepy. I may add a fog machine and some friends for him next year.
The small humans dressed up as a Gothic Vampire and a Blind Phantom (you can see the red glimmer of the Phantom's heart).
Pumpkin carving was a rushed affair, but I think that they came out fine. The Vampire carved a Vampire pumpkin. The Phantom carved a creepy smile on his pumpkin.
This year I carved the Decepticon symbol (Transformers) at the request of the Blind Phantom, though since he was blind I'm not sure how he knew that I'd carved the correct symbol.
All in all we had a pretty good Halloween. I'm hoping that next year, it will be less hectic!
Qwill's Qwestion: How was your Halloween?