Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Skeleton at the Ball?


October always brings with it a chill in the air, and there is anticipation about what could be lurking around every corner. Well today, you can breathe easy, because we are part of the Something Wicked Comes Halloween Blog Tour, sponsored by the lovely Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings and the terrific Babbling About Books. This is a fantastic event where creepy and spooky are brought into the light in a month long celebration of fright! Be wary, but remember... fear not the unexpected! Each day brings with it books and giveaways, so make sure to visit everyone on the listYou never know what could be brewing on each blog. So, get ready for a harrowing, bumpy ride this whole month! 


Something Wicked Comes to Fairday's Blog! on Friday, October 5th as well, where we will be hosting an interview with the talented Robert San Souci. It's sure to be a scream!

This whole month is a special time at the Morrow family household, and now that we're living in the spooky old Begonia House, it's turned into quite a monstrous event! Therefore, I am extremely excited to bring our ridiculousness to all of you. 

Every Halloween it's tradition for Lizzy and her mom to pop over, and we all gather together over a cauldron of candy corn and swap our favorite Halloween stories. One book that we always like to pick up and share with each other is Cinderella Skeleton by Robert San Souci and illustrated by David Catrow. Make no bones about it, this tricky twist on the classic fairy tale Cinderella is wonderfully illustrated and beautifully written. Margo absolutely loves this story, and is usually the first person to pull it off the shelf. Lizzy and I quickly break out the witches hats, then pull the candy in closer, as one of us reads out loud. A magically spooktacular time is had by one and all! ~ F

Our reviews of Cinderella Skeleton : )

"Outrageously frightful! A splendidly wicked tale!" ~ Fairday Morrow

"Bone-chilling! A twisted look at the classic Cinderella!" ~ Lizzy Mackerville

"That's not a shoe, that's a foot!" ~ Margo Morrow

*Enter the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a copy of this eclectic story! It's a treasure, really : )
Open to US and International! 

Cinderella Skeleton, ignoring the thump of her footless stump, reached her coach and cried, "Away!" I must be home by the break of day!" 

They raced pell-mell past the palace gate; the prince kept pleading, "Lady, wait!" 

In his hand, a foot- in his throat, a lump. 

(Excerpt from Cinderella Skeleton)

Has anyone else read Cinderella Skeleton, or anything else by Robert San Souci?

Scary Reading ; ) ~ F, L, & M! 








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70 comments:

  1. Following you via GFC as ThePixieSprinkles

    Scary = anything by Stephen King! lol

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    1. Hi Pixie Sprinkles, Stephan King is a great writer! I absolutely loved The Dark Tower Series- and thought that Flag was a fabulous character! Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  2. I've not read it but I absolutely love the scary artwork! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Barbara, David Catrow is an amazing artist! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  3. Loving the look and sound of this the illustrations put me in mind of Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride and the Nightmare Before Christmas. You don't say if this is open internationally so I live in hope that it is. Good luck everyone.

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    1. Hi Petty, Yes! I love Tim Burton- and Cinderella Skeleton is very Tim Burtonesque- lol! We are happy to share it with the world : ) Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  4. GFC Heather @ Redheaded Bookworm
    I love Nightmare Before Christmas! The kids and I love to watch all the Halloween movies together. The animated ones, not the super scary ones!

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    1. Hi Redheaded Bookworm, Me too! I am looking forward to checking out Frankenweenie this Halloween : ) Great to hear from you! ~ F

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  5. GFC as nat cleary
    Mine is It by Stephen King :)

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    1. Hi Natalie, One of my favorite Stephen King short stories is The Long Walk from The Bachman Books. Thanks so much for popping over : ) ~ F

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  6. I love the excerpt form CINDERELLA SKELETON! It reminds me of Tim Burton's stuff. I also loved your spooky turns of phrase in this post. I love October and celebrate Halloween all month long. :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa, THANK YOU! I seriously cannot stop doing it this week- lol! Halloween completely rocks! Great to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  7. I would love to read Cinderella Skeleton because the excerpt sounds really good. Thanks for this giveaway.

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    1. GFC Sabinna
      My spooky story?? Hmm... Bloody Mary.

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    2. Hi Sabrina, You are welcome! It's a frightfully fun read : ) I had the strangest nightmare about Bloody Mary once- well, it wasn't really a nightmare, but it was a totally bizarre dream. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  8. Wow! Stunning post ladies! I WANT this book. I am in love with the illustrations. I am not familiar with this author but I assure I am going to become acquainted with his work. This post just rocks! Thank you for being a part of Something Wicked!

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    1. Hi Heidi, Thank you so much for hosting this super spooky tour and popping over to check out our post! We are seriously having a frightfully creative blast : ) ~ F

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  9. GFC-Jennifer Kelly. I LOVE all the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books so I would choose any scary story from that book.

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Cool! I love reading scary tales- everyone needs a good scare from time to time- lol! I have a great ghost story book that I've had forever, and I always break it out this time of year. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  10. I know I have heard of him...is this an old book?

    I love the illustrations but they are truly scary!

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    1. Hi Patty, It was published in 2004- so pretty new actually. It's wonderful- you would love it! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  11. Oh my - this looks like such a wonderfully original book. I love the illustrations.

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    1. Hi Sharon, It is very unique! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  12. Oh my gosh... I am in love. This book is made for me.. lol. I went on Amazon to get a look inside, and wow. I've always been obsessed with Cinderella - we have a bond (haha), and creepy skeleton stuff is so me too. Mixed together like this is AWESOME. Love love love.

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    1. Hi Christy, Just hearing this makes me so happy- I love sharing a spooky tale I love with someone else who loves it just as much! Enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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    1. Hi This Kid Reviews Books, Thanks! It's truly unique! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  14. I'm a follower! Cassandra Hicks
    My favorite ones would be my town's and mountain area's stories, such as the brown mountain lights and the falls woman.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Cassandra, I would love to hear those- local lore, fabulous! Thanks for popping over and sharing your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the artwork on this one! My favorite spooky story is really all of them. My favorite time of year by far!!

    Mandee @ Compelled By Words (.com)

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    1. Hi Mandee, You are welcome! They are all so fabulous! Such a fun, spooky time of year. Thank you so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  16. That artwork is adorable!!! Thank you for the very sweet giveaway! <3
    And, I think my favorite spooky story (which isn't a story but a poem) is Little Orphant Annie by James W. Riley. I was in 4th grade when the teacher read this to her class, and I've loved it ever since :)
    GFC: Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi MAD, Lovely to hear from you! Thanks for popping over. I have never read Little Orphant Annie- I will definitely check it out! Thanks : ) ~ F

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  17. I love everything by Poe. Scary good!

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    1. Hi Kelly, The timeless sprit of Poe's words breeze in during the shadowy deadening of the Fall season - I love his work too ; ) Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  18. Sounds completely awesome! And I love the artwork!! :)

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    1. Hi Jemi, Thanks so much! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  19. Wow, in love with these illustrations!! So creepily beautiful ~ must have!!

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    1. Hi Ali, It's a fabulously creepy telling of Cinderella- we hope you enjoy it! Happy reading : ) ~ F

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    1. Hi sary, Stephan King is one of the masters of terror! Great to hear from you- thanks for popping over : ) ~ F

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  21. what a fun give away!! and how timely!!!
    I read The Shinning in 7th grade and never read a scary book agian!

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    1. Hi Annmarie, Thanks! We really embrace the season here on Fairday's Blog! Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  22. eeek! what a creepy looking cinderella!

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    1. Hi vvb32, You bet! She's a beauty : ) Great to hear from you! ~ F

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  23. I do love October! And fall overall. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I've never read Cinderella Skeleton, but it sounds good! I need a fall ritual!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Hi Shannon, We do too! Fall festivities and traditions are extremely fun to incorporate into your holiday season- and Halloween provides endless possibilities for fun creativity! Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  24. Thanks for coming by my Wicked post, lol
    I am a new follower too.
    Love the Halloween additions you have in the post, great artwork. :)

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    1. Forgot to answer question.
      Fav spooky story, well, I can't read or watch anything scary, get nightmares, even as an adult. Used to love the book It by Stephen King, but then afterwards, the nightmares from it haunted me for years, then now even if I see a clown, freaks me out, lol.
      So liked it once, and was written well enough to scare the pants off me. (course i was about 15 when I read it, lol, long time ago)

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    2. Hi Michelle, Welcome! Thanks for stopping by to check out our stop on the tour. The scariest two stories for me are The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist- both movies and books, terrifying! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  25. Cinderella Skeleton sounds delightfully wicked! And the illustrations are beautiful.

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    1. Hi Cate, Great to hear from you! It's a truly unique and lovely book. Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  26. No, I haven't read Cinderella Skeleton, but it sounds like a fun read. And your Halloween story-telling gathering sounds like great fun! Now to enter your giveaway!

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  27. My favorite Halloween story is The Halloweiner!

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    1. Hi Lyn Nerd Kelly, Thanks! We hope you enjoy it- it's a fabulous take on Cinderella. I've never heard of The Halloweiner! I HAVE to check that out- for sure! ~ F

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  28. Fabulous post and awesome giveaway! I think my favorite scary read is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - that one made me sleep with the lights on. Katertot's favorite scary read is Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts. Thanks so much for the giveaway, lovely ladies <3

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    1. Hi Cheles Bells, Thanks! I haven't read either of those- but I bet Lizzy has. I will have to check them out! Thanks : ) I always felt like if I read Dean Koontz, I would be cheating on Stephen King- lol! Great to hear from you- thanks for stopping by! Always lovely to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  29. Omg! This is the best drawings. PERFECT! I want this book. <3 Thank you for the giveaway :) *Fingers crossed* <3
    Follow via GFC as Carina Olsen. Uhm.. well.. I'm not sure I actually have a favorite spooky story o.O But I did just read a spooky story; Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick. YA thriller, in a way. It was scary and brutal and so awesome. Hope that counts :) But oh! I do love Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. <3 Which is a perfect scary book!
    Love, Carina

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    1. Hi Carina, You are welcome! It's really a fun and beautiful book. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us. Shadows sounds like a perfectly terrifying read- thanks! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  31. Hm.. since I don't read spooky stories very often there aren't so many to choose from. Maybe Coraline. I found that one very creepy.

    GFC - Frida Petersson

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and for making it international! :D

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    1. Hi Booklovin, Coraline is a great story read. Keep stopping by- we will be sharing all sorts of good, scary stories and would love to pass them on to you! Thanks so much for stopping by! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  32. Hmm... probably R.L. Stine's Werewolf Skin. R.L. Stine always produced the most spookiest books around. he's awesome that way.

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    1. Hi Adriana, Great choice! He is awesome : ) Always a pleasure to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  33. I love the illustrations, so beautiful! :)
    And my favourite spooky story? What about The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley? It's great! :)

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    1. Petra- I agree with you! The illustrations are so fun to look at. I haven't read the spooky story you mentioned. I will have to check it out! ~L

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  34. The illustrations are spooky yet attractive. A retelling of a Cinderella story in a Halloween setting? Who wouldn't be intrigued by that? I would! :)

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    1. Nancy- What a perfect way to word it! Anyone who enjoys Cinderella and retellings is sure to like this twisted Halloween version. It is filled with illustrations that are well done and the rhymes are catch. :) ~L

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  35. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds so cute. The author certainly had quite the imagination.

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    1. Donna- It is really cute and you are right, the author has quite an imagination! ~F

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