31 Oct 2013


 In conjunction with the lovely people at ALMA BOOKS I'm delighted to be able to offer one British reader (apologies to those overseas) a copy of Isabel's Skin (see my review HERE). 
A 'spine-tingling read with a macabre twist' its perfect reading for those cold winter nights curled up in front of the fire and in order to win a copy you don't have to follow Pen and Paper (though that would be nice) you simply have to answer the following question and leave an email address where I can contact you if your name should be pulled out of the (witch's) hat on November the 5th.

Of all the literary characters out there which one would you must like to bewitch?


As thousands of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties are about to descend on the streets in time for Halloween a London based artist has imagined how we'd cope during a real-life invasion of the un-dead by creating a zombie survival vehicle. FULL ARTICLE AND IMAGES.

Oh my goodness! Far more creepy than any modern costume I've ever seen. How scary is this collection of vintage Halloween photographs? IMAGES

Asked by her followers to create some 'freaky halloween make-up' beauty blogger Promise Phan came up with a 'face within a face' creation. FULL ARTICLE *

A North Dakota woman who could be accused of embracing the darker side of Halloween this year has a mean trick in store for those seeking treats - by refusing to give treats to children she deems overweight instead giving them a letter in which she writes  ‘[Your] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar.’ FULL ARTICLE AND LETTER

Google gets into the Halloween spirit by injecting a few spooky 'Easter eggs' into its search for Halloween including facts about what witches eat and how to defeat the Grim Reaper. FULL ARTICLE

And finally, perhaps too late for this years festivities but there is always next year .....

Halloween cake pops. RECIPE HERE *

* Apologies that this (these) article(s) might not always be available due to website restrictions.

Mines Curse of the Sock Puppets. Husband dearest's is Terror of the Flying Sock Puppets. What's yours?

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Unknown said...

That makeup is amazing! Kind of makes you think; wait, hang on... What? Haha, my housemate thought it was creepy.
The letter from that Dakota woman was quite funny, although personally I think if she feels that way she could just give away healthy treats instead

Happy Halloween :)

Suko said...

Stopped by earlier but I didn't have enough time to leave a comment! I enjoyed your Halloween post;most of this stuff is fun, but I can't believe that there are obesity police who would be mean to kids! Or one police woman, anyway. Have a safe and happy Halloween, Tracy!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Beware the Disco Vampires! haha Nice. :)

And that's insane about the lady giving notes to kids she deems overweight. How awful.

Joan said...

Beware the zombies
Great Halloween post
The answer to your giveaway
My first thought was mr gray, ( of 50 shades) but that's too tacky so I've had to go for Macbeth especially when performed by Cliff Richard (maybe that's even more)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

That letter woman needs to get a life. Sheesh! What a jerk.

Btw I'm Terror of the Disco Vampires. LOL True!

Unknown said...

Answer to the giveaway... Mr. Darcy I think, not the Bridget Jones one but the proper Jane Austen one

Yanting Gueh said...

Of all the creepy ones out there, I got ATTACK OF THE OVERLY KEEN BOY BANDS?! (I'm running and screaming out of wild fear right now ...)

Brian Joseph said...

Wow, that is an awesome video!

I am really into eating healthy (when I am not eating unhealthy things). The women giving out those notes does not understand that Halloween is no time to be lecturing people about something like this.

Barbara said...

Those vintage images really are creepy – any one of those would frighten the life out of me!
The face within a face is just plain weird!
What’s your monster movie poster is ingenious – mine is -
Attack of the Disco Swamp beasts
And hubbies –
Curse of the Massive Swamp beasts

Kelly said...

I think the B&W makes the vintage costumes even creepier and there's no doubt that "face within a face" is spooky!

Betty Manousos said...

an amazing halloween makeup! really spooky!

have a nice weekend~

big hugs

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

My movie is Curse of the Massive Zombies. It would probably be a big hit right now.

I heard about the lady passing out letters. I am curious if she actually ended up passing out the letters.

Arti said...

Happy Halloween and a Happy Diwali to you and your family Tracy :) Wish I could have taken part in the giveaway, I had loved your review of Isabels Skin :)

Lindsay said...

Mine is 'Beware the Worrying Boy Bands' ! Ha! Love it. Probably we should beware of them too. Thanks for the giveaway Tracy. I'm not sure who I would bewitch…perhaps Mr Darcy, bit of an obvious choice!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Tracy,

I must have missed your review of 'Isabel's Skin' although I have just popped across and checked it out.

The fact that the main protagonist is a book valuer had me itching to read on.

Then when I discovered that the book is set in Somerset, which is where I live, I couldn't stop.

The village of Ashbrittle actually exists, although I have never heard of it. Actually it isn't too far away from us, although it only has a population of 213, so its anonymity is understandable.


I am not sure that it paints Somerset in such a good light, rather makes us all sound like country bumpkins ... but hey ho! we are kind of used to that.

I just make a point of letting people know that I originate from Wiltshire ... bad I know, but not quite so bad!!

Have a good week,


StarTraci said...

I'm jealous but I understand. I've had plenty of stateside giveaways. My congrats to the lucky British winner!