I couldn’t resist an Addams Family themed tag, even if I tried. I remember watching the tv show when I was a kid and the films with Anjelica Houston and Raul Julia in my very early teens. I loved and continue to love both. So this tag seems the perfect way to kick off my participation in Spooktastic Reads 2021. Woo!
Morticia Addams – mother and witch: your favourite witch book?
I know I should answer with something creepy, as befits the season, but honestly, my favourite witch books are Terry Pratchett’s witch books. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg forever! #sorrynotsorry
Gomez Addams – loving father: favourite fictional dad?
Sorry, I don’t have one.
Uncle Fester can generate electricity: what book makes you light up so much you can’t stop talking about it?
Well, it really does depend on what I’ve just read, what mood I’m in and who I’m talking to. Right now, Camilla Bruce’s You Let Me In is a book I keep waving at people, as is The Upper World by Femi Fadugba.
Next week, it’ll be something different.
Wednesday Addams is obsessed with death: if you could have killed off a character in any book who would it have been?
Any book? Even one I haven’t read? OK then! Bella Swan slipped, tripped and split her head open. She died on the way to the hospital. The Twilight books never existed, the movies were never made, and all librarians everywhere lived happily ever after.
Hmmm … it’s too easy to be mean about something I haven’t read though.
Let me try this one again:
James Conrad and his hand-picked team of Expendables crash land on Kratos and are eaten by deathworms.
No, no, better than that: James Conrad and his Expendables crash into Kratos and the entire crew and all life on the planet is eliminated in the explosion.
No. Best of all: Edmund Cooper (aka Richard Avery) sits down at his typewriter to start writing his very first science fiction story. Suddenly his mind goes blank. He forgets all about writing, sells his typewriter and takes up gardening instead.
Pugsley Addams has a vicious nature and plays nasty pranks: who’s your favourite villain?
I don’t know that Joe Abercrombie’s Sand dan Glokta is a villain exactly, but he’s possibly the most terrible character I’ve ever developed a soft spot for. Even though he tortures (often innocent) people for a living, I can’t help but root for him. Dagnabbit.
Lurch is based on Frankenstein’s monster and a zombie: what is your favourite adaptation of a story?
I have two. Juliet Marrillier’s Heart’s Blood, which is a sort of retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with added meat and potatoes and a wonderfully spooky wood filled with ghosts, is marvellous. As is E K Johnston’s A Thousand Nights, which retells Scheherazade’s story. I may have mentioned both of these books before. Possibly.
Grand-Mama Addams is an old classic witch: what’s your favourite classic horror book?
I love The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Just thinking about it gives me chills.
A few years ago, Thumbs and I went to see the play in a tiny theatre in London and even knowing the story I found it ridiculously scary!
Show us some of your horror books:
Umm … I don’t really have very many. And Thumb’s far more impressive collection of horror is still all packed up in boxes. Here’s a pile I cobbled together, all from the tbr:
Favourite Halloween films?
For enjoyable spoopiness: The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.
For laughs and jump scares: Scream (but only the first one).
For blind terror: The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity (two movies I will never watch again).
And who’re you going to dress up as this year?
I don’t dress up. But if I did, I’d dress up as a plague doctor, then you’d be able to see even less of me than usual. Ha!
So what about you? Do you read a lot of horror? Do you like to dress up on Halloween? Which character would you kill off, given the chance?