The Monster Mash Book Tag

With Halloween just around the corner and me in a super fall mood, you know I have to do an October-themed book tag. When I found this tag, I knew it would be perfect for this spooky time of the year.

I believe the original was created by Spine Breakers on their Youtube channel. Also, if you don’t know the song this tag is referencing, I would recommend listening to it first.

1. I was working in the lab late one night. What’s a book that kept you up at night?

Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps, #1)

I rarely, if ever, get frightened by books at night. The only reason I would not sleep because of a book is because I am too invested in the story to put it down. However, when I was about ten, I was addicted to the Goosebumps series. And there were many nights I read them before bed and couldn’t fall asleep. Saying that, I read one recently, and I laughed at how not scary they are. But, ah, the mind of a child.

2. My eyes beheld and eerie sight. What is the weirdest or creepiest shit you’ve ever read in a book?

Brave New World

I read this book just this month, and though it’s not a horror, all the descriptions of how children were created in labs and how society saw love and life was incredibly creepy! Maybe because Huxley was worried that that was exactly what would happen in reality. Truth is stranger than fiction, and if a horror book is based on reality, it is that much more scary.

3. Get a jolt from my electrodes. Name a book that completely shocked or surprised you.

The Rape of Nanking

Again, this isn’t a horror, and yet it is extremely shocking. It documents the treatment of the Chinese by the Japanese around WWII, as Japan invades the Chinese city of Nanking.

4. The guests included Wolfman, Dracula, and his son. Name your favorite monster or villain from a book.


I never actually finished this book, because it was so slow-moving it drove me to insanity. However, it has one of the most compelling and creepiest villains I have ever seen in literature. On the surface, Pennywise is a clown, and yet It is actually a demon with many forms. It is a truly perfect villain!

5. Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist? Name a book that was super hyped when it came out, but no one talks about anymore.

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)

The entire Luxe series was so hyped when I was a teenager, but most people I talk to now have never even heard of it. I’ve talked about this series on my blog before and let’s just say I wasn’t a fan, but I’m surprised no one talks about this series anymore.

6. They did the mash. Name your favorite book that is a mash up of two or more genres.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)

I love this book, but even I must admit it mashes very interesting genres: horror and historical romance. It is a great book, and totally unique, but weird genre combo.

7. It was a graveyard smash. What is your favorite horror novel?


It’s a classic, and one I’ve read multiple times. There is something so haunting and timeless about this tale, though I honestly think there has never been a truly great movie adaptation of this book.

8. The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds: What’s your favorite song based on a book?

As my family can testify, I was obsessed with this song when I first got into H.P. Lovecraft nearly a decade ago. This is a parody song of “It’s Beginning to Love A Lot Like Christmas,” but for Lovecraft’s twisted mythos. I absolutely love it!

9. Tell them Boris sent you: What is your go-to book recommendation?

Something Wicked This Way Comes

For me, it depends on what I know the person likes, but I’m going to stick to horror-themed books because it is that time of the month, so I’m changing the prompt to your go-to horror book recommendation. I read this book last year and since then I have recommended it to several different people. It is such a fun, light, but creepy read.

10. For you, the living, this mash was meant too: Who do you tag?

No one. But feel free to do this tag if you want to. I’d love to read your answers.

11. Bonus question: What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Pumpkins! Whether it’s carving pumpkins, decorating my family house with them, or even wearing a pumpkin costume (I had one as a child), I love pumpkins. There is also that fascination with pumpkin spice everywhere (Starbucks, cookies and cakes, coffee…it’s a bit insane).

What is your favorite book for October? What is your favorite thing to do on Halloween? Let me here your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

5 thoughts on “The Monster Mash Book Tag

  1. A great tag, and it really put me into that Halloween mood! I love pumpkins so much too – will buy a really big one tomorrow to carve it! I am not a big fan of Dracula, and perhaps I need to-read it, perhaps it will become another favourite of mine since I do not remember much the plot. I was also brought up on Stine’s Goosebumps, but they were translated into Russian in my case. I was around 10 years old too when I could not sleep because they scared me so much. My favourite books were “Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns”, “The Headless Ghost”, and “How I Learned to Fly”.

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    1. Yes, Stine’s books are terrifying when you’re young, I agree. I need to carve a pumpkin too. And Dracula is a favorite of mine, but I know some people who dislike it, so it definitely depends on your taste in books.

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  2. Dracula is truly a classic. It’s definitely one of my favorite novels. To this day, I still get shivers down my spine whenever I read the part where Jonathan is describing how he sees him crawling down the side of the castle. The way Bram Stoker worded it is just so eerie. I love it.
    Great post! I see some that I’ve got an interest in and will check out in the future 🙂

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