October 17, 2013

Top Ten with Author Sapphire Phelan & Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today our top ten is with Author Sapphire Phelan. We have her top ten Halloween movies and info on her latest released book.

Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn't do it and stop the demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.

A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal--another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth?

Contains e-novels Being Familiar with a Witch and A Familiar Tangle with Hell.

My latest release is the print version of my two eBooks, Being Familiar With a Witch and Another Tangle With Hell, is The Witch And The Familiar. You can find both the trade paperback and the two eBooks at Phaze Books, Amazon and Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com, Books A Million, and the TPB through your local indie bookstore (if they don't have it, they can order it for you).

It's that time of year again, where leaves are changing colors, the air is brisk, pumpkins are popping up on porch steps and at the grocery stores, and everyone wants to get scared silly. I had the choice between scariest books I've read or movies that'll thrill you into hiccups. I am choosing movies.

The Haunting (1963): Forgot the sequel, the original film based off the scariest book I've read, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is the one to pop in your DVD/Blu Ray player.
The Conjuring (2013): It was released in theaters this past summer and yes, it deserves the hype about it. First, as someone who does paranormal investigating for real, pretty accurate. But it is damn scary too--even drawing a scream out of me during one scene when I knew the demon was thanks to the person looking up. It releases on DVD/Blu Ray October 22, 2013--just in time for your Halloween viewing. 
An American Werewolf in London (1981)/Dog Soldiers (2002): One of the two best werewolf films--sorry, I just couldn't say one or the other. Both have werewolves, both set in the British Isles, and one has humor to balance the horror, while the second one is more intense. About American Werewolf: Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. About Dog Soldiers: A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.
Lady in White (1988): The ghosts in this movie aren't scary but nice, but the child molester/killer of the child one is. About it: Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him.
Scream (): The sequels are okay, but the first one is the one to watch. The people take the rules in horror films and bring them to whole new level that will make you turn the lights on and unplug your phone.
The Little Shop of Horrors (196): This stars a young Jack Nicholson and a plant from outer space that feeds on blood
Carnival of Souls ( ):
Nosferatu (1922): this silent film stars Max Scheck, and though based off Dracula by Bram Stoker they didn't have the right completely to use the name But the vampire in this is not your sparkling kind, but down right frightening and creepy--looking like a true nosferatu--means vampire--(Stephen King's Salem's Lot's vampire is obviously influenced by this film in its looks). About it: Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
30 Days of Night (2007)/Lost Boys (1987): Again, hard to choose between these two vampire horror films. The first film is intense horror and one of the best vampire treatments in film. About it: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. The second one is a favorite of mine--taking the Peter Pan idea and using it in a vampire movie. About it: After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.
Trick 'r Treat (2009): This is a great Halloween horror film. Perfect for viewing right on Halloween night. The rituals of All Hallow's Eve were devised to protect us from the evil mischief; one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten.

It is hard to pick just ten scary films--there is many more. Here is some more to check out: Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (Vincent Price is just so good in these movies), Let the Right One In (another vampire film that is super) and its American remake, Let Me In, Salem's Lot (1979)-there's a mini series from the 90s, but watch the film, The Monster Squad (not scary, but so much fun, taking the classic Universal monsters and having kids battling to stop them), Dracula (the 1931 version--I love Bela Lugosi), Fright Night (the 1985 version--it's scary and fun to watch too), Stephen King's It (a mini series, but clowns are scary), The Shining (the Jack Nicholson version--two words: “Here's Johnny!”), Near Dark (1987 vampire film), Blood and Roses (1960), From Dusk to Dawn (1996), The Wolfman (both the 1941 orginal and its remake), Night of Dark Shadows, House of Dark Shadows (before Anne Rice's vamps and Angel, Barnabas Collins began it all as a tragic vampire), Gingers Snaps and Ginger Snaps 2 (werewolf films), The Howling (1981-scary werewolf film), Bad Moon (1996 werewolf horror), The Woman in Black, The Grudge, The Ring, and House on Haunted Hill (1999 and the 50s version that stars Vincent Price).

I hope I have movies for you to start watching. But just one word of advice. Keep a light on, the doors and windows lock, and be sure to check under the beds and the closets before you watch. Then be prepared to get scared.

Sapphire Phelan

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Sapphire is giving away an ecopy of her erotic Lovecraftian horror novella, Unwitting Sacrifice, published by Under the Moon. Comment below letting us know if you have seen any of the movies on her list and a way to contact you in case you win.


  1. Ok trying this again I prefer the older version of House on Haunted Hill. The book it was made from is titled The Haunting of Hill House. I found the older (1963) according to Wikipedia to be scarier. The modern one was all blood and gore and not a lot of suspense. Dark Shadows oh yes I remember when someone had to say home from school sick they were supposed to watch and update us. This was before VCR or DVD lol. I didn't notice if you had the Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street or the Halloween movies in the list those are scary too.

  2. I love horror movies! The horror channel on cable TV here shows heaps of old Hammer horror films. Most of them are cheesy but sometimes they have their moments of ultimate creepiness :)

    The scariest film I ever saw is probably still Ridley Scott's ALIEN. The more you think about it, the scarier it gets...

    I think I watch too much SUPERNATURAL to ever really get into the paranormal-investigation-type horror movies. I just keep thinking, 'Sam and Dean would gank this sucker in no time!' :) But I'd put in a vote for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT as a good one. I know it came out surrounded by a lot of hype that it probably didn't live up to. But it spawned/popularised a sub-genre (the found-footage horror) and I thought it was genuinely creepy.

  3. My son watched the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, but I honestly though them as more slasher films. I actually got my son off them and into films I was watching.



  5. My daughter bought a collection of Vampire movie from Wal-mart. We're slowly making our way through them. The Bat with Vincent price is in the collection, and the earlier version too, and it's an old silent movie. Nosferatu is in there as well. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

    I also think the older Haunting of Hill House to be scarier. The newer scary movie are all blood and guts. These directors these days don't seem to understand suspense like the old masters did.