So here’s the thing about being really sad, folks don’t want you staying at home with a box of Kleenex, bags of Halloween candy and access to shows like Naked and Afraid. Folks, and by folks I mean my Mom want you to get out. DO SOMETHING So we went to an estate sale. Since I only had $15 on me, I was planning on getting anything, unless there was something I had to have. I was under instruction not to get any “ugly ass” lamps. With $15, not a problem.
Except there were two exceptionally hideous lamps there. They were marked $16 each, so on a whim I asked the lady if she would except $15 for the set. She looked at me and said “Honey, I thought of you when I saw these, I’ve been waiting for you, $15 it is. “
Mom wasn’t sure how to feel, yes there had been a ban on ugly ass lamps, but I had BARGAINED for them, I got two for the price of one – MINUS A DOLLAR, and that she could be proud of.
One of my favorite playlists is Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires, Oh My! And since I love to share my tunes I picked my favorites off that playlist for you to consider adding to your own Spooky Playlist, because everyone has one, right?
1. The Ghost Ghost Who Walks – Karen Elson. Honestly, get the whole album ( do we call them albums now? ) It’s all awesome.
2. When Your Evil – Voltaire Kinda love everything he does, but this is my favorite. You should love him too.
3. Bell, Book and Candle – Eddi Reader. This is one of my favorite songs, it’s beautiful.
4. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Because there’s nothing like decapitation to make you want to hit the dance floor.
5. My Body’s A Zombie For You – Dead Man’s Bones. A sweet little zombie love song accompanied with a creepy kid choir. Did I mention Ryan Gosling is singing? Hey Girl, check it out …
6. Don’t Pay The Ferryman – Chris DeBurgh. my musical tastes were formed in the 80’s , don’t you dare judge me!
7. Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult. You can’t go wrong with a classic, and you know – cowbell.
8. Come To Me – Brad Fiedel . Again another shout out to the 80’s. This is from the original movie Fright Night – and it’s hard to find, unless a friend from your childhood owns a record store and can get a cd for you. Thanks Scott
9. Man With The Hex – The Atomic Fireballs. Halloween don’t mean a thing, if it doesn’t have some swing.
10. The Hell Of It – Paul Williams From Phantom of the Paradise. You have my love of the Hardy Boys to blame for this. It was featured in the episode Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula. Of course, the Cassidy of it all has worn off and I have checked out the Phantom of The Paradise. You go Paul Williams!
So you know, my playlist is 3 hours long, so this is just a sampling … and I’d love to add a little more, whats your favorite spooky soing?
I don’t think that it’s a real big secret that when Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels passed away I was deeply deeply saddened. I loved all her books, but my favorites were all about Amelia Peabody and her adventures. Someone had recommended them to me, and it was love at first read. The first book will always be the best book to me. I know that there are better books in the series, but you know how it goes when you fall in love, you never forget the first time you met. I have said it before, but I think it bears repeating, I have Crocodile on the Sandbank as an audiofile, and on nights when I need a bedtime story I listen to it. If I happen to be awake any time near Amelia’s first kiss with Emerson, I wait, When the kiss comes, I gasp because even after all these years, it is still magic to me. I would like to give that feeling to a reader. I would like to make someone smile when they read my book, because that is what those books did for me.
When Barbara Mertz passed away, I selfishly wished that there was another undiscovered book somewhere ( and there might be ) so I could have that feel what I felt every time I opened one of her books. I just wanted to have that feeling one last time.
My friend Johnnie and new friend Christine both recommended I read Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series – there might be an Amelia surprise in a book later in the series. And Johnnie said there is a certain Peabody style about it. How can I say no to another Emily? I can’t.
I’m on chapter seven of Lady Emily’s first adventure and I’m delighted. DEE -LITED. It’s smart and witty, Lady Emily manages to be “Amelia-esque” and still original. There have been moments when I clutch the book and giggle in satisfied glee. No one will ever replace Barbara Mertz, and no character will ever replace Amelia, but I have room in my book reader heart for Tasha Alexander and Lady Emily.
Thank you Johnnie and Christine for giving me the scoop, you were right and as book nerds yourselves, you know exactly what you have given me … another series to love and look forward to. I’m looking forward to learning all about Lady Emily.
You guys rock.
You knew that Velma loves a good historical novel of suspense too, right?