October 17, 2014

Top 8 Delicious Reads Fright-Night-Movies

It's that time of year when we embrace the creepy, seek out the eerie, and evoke the haunted. It's one of my favorite times of year! Did you know that some of the best scary movies were inspired by books?  

Here's our
Top Eight Delicious Reads 

that started out as creepy books…View at your own risk!!

The Ring

I watched The Ring at a cabin very late at night and have never recovered! It still scares me to this day! Be leery if anyone tries to hand you a copy to watch… Make sure it's really just the movie!

The Silence of the Lambs

thomas harris, delicious reads

This book and movie has been scaring the skin off people for years. If you haven't entered the mind of Hannibal Lecter… this is the year to do it. 

I Am Legend

richard matheson

Who knew that the Will Smith movie with that creepy scene where they are all huddled together was inspired from a book? 

The Shining

If you loved The Shining, you may be interested to know that Stephen King released a sequel to the story in 2013. The books is called Dr. Sleep: Stephen King returns to the characters in The Shining in this riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrence and a very special twelve year old girl he must save. 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

You better be careful…someone always knows what you're up to. 

Interview with the Vampire

We read this book in 2010 for our Delicious Reads Halloween Selection. It was interesting to read the book and then watch the movie. This is a very different take on Vampires than the more recent Twilight.  

Here are a few pics from our evening back in 2010 for this book.

The Woman in Black

I haven't seen this one yet but it definitely looks creepy! Plus it's always fun to see an actor you've loved in other movies play someone totally different. 


This movie is the bane of every swimming encounter I have. I will forever feel like a gigantic shark is lurking beneath me!

Congrats! You've made it to the end of our list. That means you're brave enough to try out the actual movies. Hopefully this helps you get in the halloween mood!! 

Happy Haunting!
Your Writerly Ranter, 

October 15, 2014

Get the Look: "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson Book Club Costume ideas

Delicious Reads
(Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)

 "The Haunting of Hill House" is set in the 50's and there wasn't much to go on for dressing up, we choose to dress up in a more Victorian/Scary/Gothic look instead. Our book club ladies showed up in a variety of dress and styles which only added to the uniqueness of our groups look. 
 (Photos by McKenzie and Summer)  

We asked everyone to put on their best serious face for our group shot!

Black cat, victorian, gothic
Photo by Summer Nicole Photography

A BIG thank you to Bethany (pictured above) who not only moderated our book but also opened her beautiful home to all of us. We all had a lovely little road trip to downtown SLC to visit Beth's home!

(Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)

CHEERS to your Haunted Halloween Book Club!

"The Kellies"

 (Photo by McKenzie)
We've got quite a few pregnant members at book club right now and here is a picture of four of them!  Summer ( the gal in the B& W) gave birth just a few days after our meeting...
...now that's book club commitment! 

photography by McKenzie
(Photo by McKenzie)

All manner of witches and Gothic ghouls showed up to haunt our evening.

 (Photo by Kellie)
All of our Victorian gals getting ready to scare you...

 (Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)
Gothic, Victorian, Spooky
(Photo by McKenzie)
Thank You for visiting our very own, "Hill House" manor and don't forget to check back for more posts on how to throw a haunting book club down to the food and decor!

And you DEFINITELY want to see this Autumn Pear Dumplings with Cream Cheese Filling Tutorial that we had at book club, SO yummy!

Thank you SO MUCH McKenzie and Summer for coming to book club with your "cameras blazing" or I should say "cameras flashing". It was great having two very talented photographers at book club! Thanks to you both, we have many memorable and amazing pictures to recall our evening. 

October 13, 2014

Pretty in Print: Haunted Gingerbread Houses

For our October book club meeting we met to discuss 
the halloween classic, The Haunting of Hill House.  We had
a wonderful time dressing up and and discussing this haunting 
tale.  To see pictures from our festive evening click these links: (coming soon)

To go along with our Halloween read, I thought it would be fun
to create a few haunted houses of our own.  Haunted gingerbread houses
are such a fun activity to do during the month of Halloween
and they are the perfect craft to go along with Shirley Jackson's 
classic novel.

It would be fun to make a few of these haunted gingerbread
houses before your book club meeting and use them as decor.  It would also be fun
to mix up the structure of your book club and make these 
houses while you discuss the book, so every member
can create their own haunted halloween manor.  Or it would 
be a fun activity to do with your kids to celebrate the halloween 
season, who says decorating gingerbread houses only has 
to happen once a year at Christmas?!

Wilton, Walmart

There are quite a few kits available, I found different kits at Dan's grocery store, 
Walmart, Micheal's Craft Store and there are dozens of different kits available online. 
The two kits that I bought to try out were purchased from Walmart. Another great kit is the Trader Joe's Haunted House Kit for only $7.99.

This first kit is made by Wilton and comes preassembled.  The pros of this kit are the house is a nice
large size and having it preassembled is pretty convenient.  The only con is the glue/icing
they used to connect the pieces was fairly weak and you have to be careful when transporting 
the box home since the house breaks pretty easily, as mine did... Those issues were 
easily remedied with the help of a glue gun.  

This second kit is also made by Wilton.  The main pro of this kit
is you get 5 different houses, pretty much for the same price as the large, preassembled house. This makes it a nice and convenient option if you wanted to created these houses during your book club meeting and have a house for each member. They don't come preassembled which made it easier to transport home.  Putting them together is really simple, we used a hot glue gun to make sure they were really stable.  But this did take about an extra half hour, so if you go with this kit, I would suggest assembling them before hand.  The houses in this kit are pretty small, which could be viewed as a pro since they didn't take as long to decorate or it could be a con if you really wanted to get detailed in your decor.

Wilton, walmart

I got a few other items to make sure we had plenty of 
options when we were designing our haunted mansions. Everything 
I got for this craft was purchased from Walmart, it's so nice to 
have a craft that can be a one stop shop!

Suggestions for extra decorations:
- Candy corn
- Candy pumpkins
- Halloween Sixlets or M&M's
- Extra frosting (very important since the kits don't ever give you enough)
- Licorice
- Black and Orange Gum Drops
- Spider rings
- Sunflower seeds
- Seasonal cupcake toppers (found in the seasonal aisle)

Wilton, Walmart

These are the cupcake toppers, all made by Wilton and all purchased
from Walmart. Aren't they adorable?! I have a secret to tell you, whenever I need to decorate
cupcakes, cakes, gingerbread houses or any other baked good, I always head
 to Walmart, they have the best selection of Wilton products
and always have such fun and unique seasonal decor.  Without 
a doubt, whenever I bring a platter of festively styled cupcakes
to a gathering, I always get asked where I found the 
fun decorations... and now you all know, Walmart!

I enlisted the help of my adorable nieces and nephew
to help me decorate our village full of Haunted Hill Houses.

And here are how all our haunted houses turned out!

I added a graveyard to my house using the Wilton
cupcake toppers.  I wrote the names of the four main
characters from the Haunting of Hill House on the 

This craft was so much fun to do  with the kids, but it would also be such a great way to spice up your October book club discussion.

Make sure to post pictures of your haunted gingerbread creations on instagram and tag @deliciousreads, so I can see how they turned out!

Thanks for reading and 
happy gingerbread decorating!



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