Wooooh… Scary stories for Halloween

Ten bone-chilling movies, television shows and books to get you in the Halloween mood. Take a walk on the scary side and then go soundly to sleep knowing that none of these stories could ever come true… Right?

DVDs

28 days later28 days later.
“A powerful blood-transmitted virus is unleashed – those infected are locked into a permanent state of murderous rage. After 28 days the country is overwhelmed and survivors must attempt to salvage a future; however, the virus is not the only thing that threatens them.” (Container)

Evil deadThe Evil dead.
“Five college students holidaying in a remote cabin are possessed by an ancient ‘Book of the Dead’, or Necronomicon. One by one they become evil zombies.” (Container)

ZombielandZombieland.
“In a world that has become overrun with zombies, two men must figure out how to survive. Wimpy Columbus is afraid of his own shadow, while Tallahassee is the biggest, baddest, gun-toting zombie-slayer who ever lived. When they meet two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, the four strike out for an amusement park that is said to be zombie-free. This mismatched group will have to rely on each other to survive, which could be worse than surrendering to the zombies.” (Container)

Cabin in the woodsThe cabin in the woods.
“A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. With their efforts continually thwarted by an all-powerful ‘eye in the sky,’ do they have any chance of escape?” (Adapted from Container)

American horror storyAmerican horror story. The complete first season.
“The Harmons’ fresh start in a new home deviously twists to reveal discoveries of love, sex and murderous revenge.” (Container)

MatakuMataku.
“Take a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the supernatural with 13 short dramas. Mataku is the internationally award-winning collection of contemporary tales of the unexpected in which ordinary characters encounter mysterious phenomena from Māori mythology.” (Container)

Books

Syndetics book coverThe strain / Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
“A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe best horror of the year. Volume seven / edited by Ellen Datlow.
“A sin-eater plies the tools of her dangerous trade; a jealous husband takes his rival on a hunting trip; a student torments one of his teachers; a cheap grafter is selling artifacts form hell; something is haunting the departure lounge of an airport . . . The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nathan Ballingrud, Genevieve Valentine, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWorld War Z : an oral history of the Zombie War / Max Brooks.
“The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMark Z. Danielewski’s House of leaves / by Zampano ; with introduction and notes by Johnny Truant.
“A young family moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Five frightening films from female filmmakers!

Want your Hallowe’en to be hair-raising? Here are five freaky films with female directors!

Cover imageNear Dark
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow – a mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. (Adapted from Syndetics)

Cover imageAmerican Psycho
Directed by Mary Harron – a young, handsome man with a Harvard education and success on Wall Street has terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder. (Adapted from Syndetics)

Cover imageRavenous
Directed by Antonia Bird – Captain John Boyd is promoted during the Mexican-American War, but is sent to an isolated military outpost in the Sierra Nevada wilderness due to his cowardice. When the lone survivor of an ill-fated expedition that ended in murder and cannibalism arrives, the men must fight for survival against cannibals, the wilderness and their own murderous instincts. (Adapted from Syndetics)

Cover imageAmerican Mary
Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska – after she is betrayed and brutalized by one of her professors, medical student Mary Mason’s life takes a downward turn as she becomes a sawbones for the local mob after she stumbles into a seedy burlesque bar looking for work. Simultaneously ‘Bloody Mary’ becomes a hit in the body-modification underground after she helps a woman become the ultimate living doll. Before long Mary finds herself becoming increasingly unhinged and the constant surgeries begin to leave more marks on her than her so-called freakish clientele. (Adapted from Syndetics)

Cover imageIn My Skin
Directed by Marina de Van – Esther suffers deep gashes on her legs from an accidental fall. She begins to become preoccupied with her body and skin, especially her wounds. At first she merely traces the cuts on her legs, but it isn’t long before she is carving wounds directly and aggressively into her own body. Her boyfriend becomes concerned and angry, but his inability to understand forces Esther into reclusion to explore her new found passion. (Adapted from Syndetics)

Scent of Spring for Crafters

Take inspiration with this gorgeous selection of new books featuring delightful knitting, sewing and Embroidery projects, offering lots of new ideas and tips how to make fabulous handmade gifts for family and friends.

Have a spooktacular Halloween with bewitching creations and dazzling decorations from entertaining expert Matthew Mead, who will help you to create the perfect haunting home setting for your Halloween party!

And, as we are counting down to Christmas, find some bright ideas how to create gorgeous Christmas stockings and ornaments, from a good selection of Xmas stocking patterns, by G. W. Steege. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMatthew Mead’s Halloween spooktacular.
“Cast a spell this Halloween with simple tricks and treats! Celebrate and decorate with the help of style and design expert Matthew Mead. Haunt your house with more than 100 easy crafts, many with step-by-step photos. Scare up a tantalising supernatural soiree with over 25 deliciously ghoulish goodies and be the best house in the block!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverKnit Christmas stockings : 19 patterns for stockings & ornaments / edited by Gwen W. Steege.
“Handmade Christmas stockings hold so much more than the gifts inside. They personalize the tradition and help carry memories from holiday to holiday. And for knitters, they are a favorite project because they are relatively easy to knit with the right pattern. This new paperback edition has a fresh new look with all new photographs and each project reknit to reflect contemporary colour palettes. It’s sure to inspire knitters of all levels to create each and every keepsake!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverLace collection for knitting : intricate shawls, simple accessories, cozy sweaters and more stylish designs for every season / editors of Knitter magazine.
“The editors of Knitter’s Magazine have assembled a collection of 23 sumptuous patterns for the knitter who loves lace. Projects include sweaters and shawls, along with other accessories and add-ons, such as bags, gloves, even a blanket. Lovely thumbnail photos of the pieces are displayed on the table of contents page, and the first section of the book contains great tips for knitting, finishing, and washing lace. The patterns are divided into four sections: All-Seasons Lace, Quick Lace, Light Lace, and Cozy Lace. The “Jan Sweater” is a fun vintage-style `30s sweater; the “Sprite Dress,” a gorgeous asymmetrical flapper pattern; the “Lazuli Shawl,” a delicious lace-weight wrap; and the “Fontaine Collar,” a classy, versatile leaf-patterned accessory. Several patterns include charts and diagrams in addition to the written instructions. Delectable to knit, delicious to wear, this collection provides plenty for the discerning lace knitter to sink knitting needles into.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverKnitting counterpanes : traditional coverlet patterns for contemporary knitters / Mary Walker Phillips ; edited by Patricia Abrahamian ; preface to the Dover edition by Meg Swansen.
“Mary Walker Phillips nearly single-handedly brought 19th-century American counterpanes, or bedspreads, to the attention of modern knitters. Expanded with dozens of brand-new charts, this revised edition features 46 counterpane patterns as well as 32 lace edgings and borders that Phillips discovered in museums, private collections, and magazines. “A terrific book.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverWoven to wear : 17 thoughtful designs with simple shapes / Marilyn Murphy.
“A collection of woven wraps, shawls, and outwear that will appeal to beginner and advanced weavers alike.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverAnd sew to bed : 30 beautiful sewing projects for nightwear and accessories / Caro Cutts and Alison Beadnell.
“Caro London presents 30 sewing projects for both nightwear and accessories. With items for both adults and children, all with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In the summer, the pleated camisole and shorts set will be perfect for balmy nights, as will the frilled strappy nightdress, and the holiday kaftan is beautiful enough to be worn day or night. Meanwhile in colder seasons, wrap up in the kimono with taffeta trim, or go for the classic long-sleeved shirt and matching trousers. Young girls will love the vintage lace nightdress, while for boys, there’s a traditional pyjama set. Why not make one of the gorgeous accessories – a cosy hot water bottle cover or a bolster bed cushion? Or try one of the smaller items, such as a travel jewellery roll or a fabric headband that can be worn with your favourite outfit as well as in the bathroom. If you’re not an experienced sewer, fear not, as the comprehensive techniques section will explain everything you need to know. Also included are full-size patterns and templates for all the projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCelebrate with a stitch / Mandy Shaw.
“Mandy Shaw is a very experienced designer with a distinctive style that makes her projects stand out. Mandy runs Dandelion Designs, a craft design and kit company. She is a regular on Create and Craft TV and she writes for a number of publications including Popular Patchwork and Fabrications magazines. Mandy also appeared on Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Home (Channel 4). Mandy has four children and lives in East Sussex.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmbroidered & embellished : 85 stitches using thread, floss, ribbon, beads & more : step-by-step visual guide / Christen Brown.
“The second book by Brown (Ribbonwork Gardens) is a cornucopia of fancy stitches, which she has divided into four styles of embroidery: traditional; silk ribbon; raised and textured; and bead. Twenty or so stitches per style are carefully demonstrated in full-color photos of each step of stitching. Even experienced stitchers are likely to learn something new: for example, the Spiderweb Rose, or how to couch ribbon. Brown also provides a thorough overview of the ribbons, floss, threads, and tools likely to be needed, along with idiosyncratic advice taken from her many years of sewing. As a catalogue of possibility for stitching, this is a wonderful addition to a crafting library. The eight patterns included, and the general look of the book, however, aren’t as pleasing-the former are busy and the latter seems outdated. This book certainly provides a guide to what’s become the usual style of embellishment; but readers looking for a modern take on the craft will have to keep searching.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe best-ever appliqué sampler from Piece O’ Cake designs : 5 projects, 9 blocks to mix, match & combine / Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.
“Goldsmith and Jenkins, who have collaborated as Piece O’ Cake Designs since 1994, focus on the fundamentals of applique, including needleturn, cutaway, and reverse-applique techniques in this collection. Full-color, close-up photographs guide novices through each step of the process, and helpful tips gathered from the authors’ years of experience are useful to quilters at all levels. The various techniques are reinforced with five projects made from nine colorful mix-and-match blocks. Verdict? Both novice and seasoned quilters will appreciate the easy-to-follow directions and helpful illustrations, the combination of which provide enough detail to get started with applique.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHandmade gifts / [project editor, Laura Palosuo].
“Crafty handmade gift ideas to help you create presents at home Handmade Gifts covers all the popular crafts such as sewing, knitting, paper-crafts, candle-making, and crochet, plus making jam and baking, so you’re sure to find something that inspires you to get crafting.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMollie makes feathered friends : making, thrifting, collecting, crafting / Mollie Makes.
“This book is perfect for nature-lovers. It’s bursting with ideas for using cute designs and pretty motifs in your craft projects. This delightful book offers clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalizing your projects to ensure that everything you create is unique.” (Book cover)

Happy Halloween

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Have some Halloween fun, and celebrate Wednesday 31st October, with help from Wellington City Libraries!

Halloween Ideas:

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DVDs for the kids:

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