book: spooky mo

"spooky mo" by marivi soliven blancoi have an announcement to make: i’m cutting the filipino horror giveaway competition short. i’m only reading one more book, and then i’m going to announce the winners. that way, i can send out the prizes before this week ends. i’ve already extended the competition far longer than expected.

and now, on to SPOOKY MO.

honestly, i had no idea what to expect with a book entitled SPOOKY MO; except that it’s a collection of horrifying tales, all written by marivi soliven blanco.

marivi soliven who? she was the one who wrote MANANAGGRRRL! from the TALES OF ENCHANTMENT AND FANTASY collection i read a couple of weeks back. and will you look at that? that story’s part of this collection too.

i didn’t much like the story of MANANANGGRRRL! to be quite honest. but i am happy to say that most of the stories in SPOOKY MO are better. or maybe it’s just because i didn’t have any expectations.

none of the stories in this book was particularly scary, but there were a couple that were horrifying. yes, horrifying. and what i’ve noticed is, none of the stories (save for MANANANGGRRRL!) focused on the supernatural. all the stories were character studies of women: women who were pushed too far, women that are looking for solace, women reaching their limits. and by not focusing on the horror as the main selling point, marivi soliven blanco managed to write a few truly horrifying pieces.

my main criteria for horror is that it should disturb me. but with all the horror films, the slasher flicks, and the likes that are prevalent in our culture now, it’s not easy to disturb anyone. still, there are still works that can make you think, make you feel a little bit of fear, and make you squeamish.

SPOOKY MO manages to do the last part: make you feel squeamish, without resorting to gore. though, sure there is gore involved in at least two stories. and i’m using “at least” because i don’t know how most people would see something nasty and consider it gory. for example, a snake devouring a human being is gory–but if the actual devouring doesn’t get described in minute detail, i don’t consider it as gore. it’s just nasty.

so, of all the recommendations given for my filipino horror book pile, i think SPOOKY MO is the first to hit the mark in the right spots. though, the second volume of TRESE and CRAVING are good contenders too.

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giveaway: filipino horror — the entries!

"waking the dead" by yvette tanthis november, i’m giving away four books to two bloggers (two books each) who recommended horror novels/books written by filipinos.

initially, i was going to pick the winner by october 31. but since looking for some of the books are proving harder than i thought, i’m giving myself an extension. also, i’ve yet to start reading the books i already do have because i’m finishing MARLEY & ME.

the prize, to remind you guys, are these:

one winner gets WAKING THE DEAD and ILUSTRADO. the other winner gets WAKING THE DEAD and TIME FOR DRAGONS. what is WAKING THE DEAD? here’s a review by artseblis.

now, i’ve actually decided to change the rules a little bit in picking the winner. the book/novel i like best will get the WAKING THE DEAD/ILUSTRADO prize. as for the WAKING THE DEAD/TIME FOR DRAGONS prize, i’m making you guys choose.

recommendations were closed as of 12 midnight this morning. and the entries are:

fantaghiro23: TRESE series

will: NINE SUPERNATURAL STORIES, AFRAID: THE BEST PHILIPPINE GHOST STORIES, CRAVING and TAKOD

ivanbookworm: TRAGIC THEATER

kwesifriends: THE BEST OF TRUE PHILIPPINE GHOST STORIES

jzhunagev: NEWS OF THE SHAMAN

blooey: TALES OF ENCHANTMENT AND FANTASY and SPOOKY MO: HORROR STORIES

this is a bit of a gamble, and i am hoping for your cooperation. i want you guys to pick the scariest book, in your opinion, off these entries. and you can’t pick your own recommendation. the book/novel that gets picked the most will have the person who recommended it win the WAKING THE DEAD/TIME FOR DRAGONS prize.

both winners will be proclaimed by november 15.

also, if you guys can help me locate the books. the TRESE series, CRAVING, TAKOD and NEWS OF THE SHAMAN i’ve already found in fully booked. the NINE SUPERNATURAL STORIES recommendation came with a where-to-buy. as for the other books–a little help, please? directions would be nice too. thanks!