A princess locked away in a tower, slumbering in a cursed sleep. A tiny man who will save your life in a time of need, but only in exchange for your firstborn child. A withered talisman that grants your wishes—in ways that'll make you wish you were dead. Yep, it's official: Classic literature is absolutely chock-full of things that give us the screaming meemies...and now, 12 savvy writers have woven these old-school stories into a collection of extremely modern scares. The book is "Rags & Bones," an anthology of creepy tales retold by authors like Neil Gaiman, Rick Yancey, Holly Black, and Melissa Marr—and if you're looking for something to go "BUMP!" in your night, look no further than this here blog, where we've got an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at one of the book's most chilling contributions!
"Awakened" is Melissa Marr's short story, born of a marriage between Kate Chopin's classic short story, "The Awakening," and ancient Irish folk tales of mysterious women who slip in and out of the sea in disguise.
"Time After Time," author Tamara Ireland Stone's companion to "Time Between Us"—about 1995 time-traveler Bennett and future girl Anna, whom he falls in love with—hits bookstore shelves and e-readers today. In celebration, Stone's compiled a thoroughly '90s mix for your aural enjoyment.
The music of the early-to-mid '90s plays a huge role in "Time Between Us" and "Time After Time," companion novels about an intense romance between Bennett, a teen time traveler from present day, and Anna, the girl he meets back in 1995.
Anna listens to Green Day on her Discman during her early morning runs. Her friend Justin works at his dad’s record store and burns mixes for her. She and her best friend Emma sing along to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy on the way to school each morning.
And like every teen back in 1995, Anna’s shelves are bursting with CDs, from classic must-haves like Nirvana’s Nevermind to mainstream favorites like the Goo Goo Dolls’ A Boy Named Goo and obscure demos (at the time) like the Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut.
I've made playlists for each book (check them out here), and today, I bring you back to 1995 with my favorite songs from Anna’s shelf:
by Melissa de la Cruz
This past Sunday was the premiere episode of Lifetime's "Witches of East End" series, the television show based on my novel of the same name. Ever since the show was announced and publicized, I've been bathing in the warm afterglow of kudos, congratulations and well wishes. It's been a fun ride. And I've told everyone who's asked what I'll tell you now. What's it like to see your book on the screen? For me, the answer is: VERY PLEASANT.
I can't find another word to describe it. It's been a wonderful ride. I've been selling my books to Hollywood for over a decade. Many of my books have been optioned many times. I was tired of being seduced and abandoned by Hollywood. I'd had too many dreams, and too many dreams crushed.
So by the time "Witches of East End" came up for sale, I was old, chickens. I was old and tired and jaded and ready for nothing to come of it. I didn't even think about it much. The head of my management company, 3Arts, the venerable Erwin Stoff, told me he would like to produce it before it was published. I had no idea how BIG this was. I just took it for granted—oh, you too? Many, many people have wanted to produce my books, dear Erwin...get in line. But I said yes. I liked Erwin. I liked the movies and TV shows he'd made.
After so many years wearing blond wigs and body glitter as the Cullen family patriarch, we totally understand why Peter Facinelli might want to take a break from big-screen endeavors to try his own hand at stardom of the YA literary variety—which he is, along with a couple of author friends and the blessing of Little Brown books. We can expect to see Peter's first authorial effort, a dystopian tale about a boy named Rose, on shelves in 2015. But why should he get to have all the fun? The time is ripe for all the "Twilight" peeps to give novel-writing a shot! And just in case they're looking for inspiration, we've got some perfect pitches for the saga's three headliners whenever they're ready to write.
For Kristen Stewart: a romance!
Everyone loves a roman a clef, and Kristen's renowned close-mouthedness about her private life will make readers even keener to pick up a book that seems like it might be an autobiography in disguise. Our suggestion: The story of a young actress named Kaitlyn Wartstew, who finds herself cast in a multi-film franchise about sparkly zombies, and ends up embroiled in a high-profile secret love affair on-set with a delicious Brit named Bobbert Schmattinson.
"Twilight" star Peter Facinelli knows a thing or two about young-adult literature. He did star in all five big-screen adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling "Twilight" series, after all. And perhaps a bit of the author's shine rubbed off on the actor, because he's penning his very own novel (with a little help from his friends)!
The book is slated for a summer 2015 release, and here's the synopsis:
If you've ever wondered where your favorite YA writers go to work their mysterious, literary, bookmaking wonders, then you'll want to pay attention to this here video, in which we take an exclusive behind-the-scenes trip to the secret underground lair of bestselling author Kami Garcia. (Disclaimer: Lair may be neither an actual secret nor underground...or particularly lair-like, for that matter.)
Her new book, "Unbreakable," is on shelves today, and in honor of its release, the author invited us to peek inside the place where she makes the magic—the magic in this case being a brand new thriller about a girl being hunted by angry ghosts!
For a woman so adept at bringing us inside dark, creepy worlds—whether it's the edge-of-your-seat mayhem that surrounds "Unbreakable" and its ghost-hunting squad, or the ramshackle gothic glamour of "Beautiful Creatures," the series she wrote with pal Margaret Stohl—Kami keeps her writing space tidy, comfortable and surprisingly devoid of cobwebs and/or ectoplasmic drippings. (Unless they're all hidden in that suspicious-looking bag. You know the one.)
Ugh, that awkward moment when you finally come up against the big bad archenemy you've spent your whole life fighting against—and instead of being a gross, greasy, gloating pile of Unmitigated Evil (like President Snow, or Jabba the Hut), he's all, "Join me! We'll eat cake together and rebuild the world!" and worst of all, he's actually kind of sexy about it. The worst, amirite?! And that's just what awaits our lady warrior in "Raging Star," the thrilling conclusion to Moira Young's "Dust Lands" trilogy, as Saba has to negotiate her complex feelings for the villainous De'Malo and choose her ultimate destiny.
The bad news is, you'll have to wait until next spring to see how it all turns out. The good news? You might be able to glean a hint or two from the moody new cover, which we get to reveal EXCLUSIVELY right about...now.
Okay, fine. It wasn't actually the Hogwarts graduate but her real-life alter ego, Emma Watson, who picked up a copy of John Green's beloved novel, but we have a feeling Ms. Granger would find it magical, too.
Now please excuse us while we make a few edits to our "Harry Potter" fan-fiction...
Family drama, seething biases and a new boy next door who's also a roving bohemian hottie: with plot points like these, there's no doubt that "Infinite Sky" by C.J. Flood needs to be on your list of must-reads. But if you need another reason to get psyched about the book, how's about we show you the very first EXCLUSIVE peek at its pretty, pretty cover? Yeah! Bet you're excited now! This beautiful book is gonna look sooooo good on your shelf next spring.
"Infinite Sky" is the story of Iris, whose family is in a shambles after her mother suddenly abandoned them. But while her father struggles to take charge of parenting Iris and her brother, there's distraction and drama just next door, where a family of gypsies has set up illegal camp in the field by their house—and where a traveler named Trick is waiting to show Iris a whole other world, even as the resentment between their parents builds to a boiling point.
When you're making a movie based on a beloved book, no detail is too small. And if you don't believe us, maybe you'll take the word of best-selling author John Green, who continues to intrigue and delight with his missives from the set of "The Fault in Our Stars."
As commenter @elliotkort put it: "That proves it: there's a meeting for everything."