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Something Different: the Spur Award

Curious about Westerns, but not sure about finding a good one? One way to find some of the best is to check out winners and finalists of the Spur Award. The Spur Award was created by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best literature focusing on the American West. The Spur Award recognizes different types of fiction and nonfiction focusing on the American West (“About” section of the Western Writers of America website).

The Spur Award offers a variety of Westerns. When I felt like a quick and action packed read I found The Secret of Lodestar by Tim Champlin. When I wanted a longer and thought provoking read I found Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. To find a great Western, click here to check out the Spur Award winners and finalists on the Western Writers of America website.


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Something Different: Horror Books Turned into Movies

Want to get scared on Halloween, but not sure if you want to read a book or watch a movie? Check out these horror books which also have been made into movies. Books are listed in alphabetical order.

A solicitor is drawn into the fight against an ancient evil in Dracula by Bram Stoker. (Dracula or Horror of Dracula)

Trying to help a friend leads to madness and danger in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. (The Fall of the House of Usher)

A scientist breaks the laws of nature and creates a monster in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (Frankenstein or The Bride of Frankenstein)

When a child is possessed by a demon her family and a priest battle to save her in The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. (The Exorcist)

Four people spending the night at a house are threatened by malevolent spirit in The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. (The Haunting)

All the women in a British village give birth to sinister children in The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. (Village of the Damned)

Mary Crane’s death at the Bates Motel is only the beginning of the horror in Psycho by Robert Bloch. (Psycho)

Joy turns to horror when a pregnancy is not of this world in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. (Rosemary’s Baby)

Danny’s mysterious power is all that can save him from his father’s madness in The Shining by Stephen King. (The Shining)

An FBI trainee risks her sanity and life to catch a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. (The Silence of the Lambs)


Best Horror Movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

Horror Films Based on Books on Goodreads.

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