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Here are the rules:

This is a challenge to read and release books of a darker nature. Horror, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery. If it fits the theme (or the title fits into the theme, it's game). Books must be read AND released in the appropriate month. Each month there will be a specified theme. You can read books that either have to do with the theme itself or simply have something related to the theme in the title.


(click on any month to view the list of double-pointers)

January- End Of The World Theme (beginning of a new year, why not
read an end of the world book?)
February- Zombies (observation of George A. Romero's Feb. 4 birthday)
March – Woodland Creatures, legends, myths, and the like (St. Patrick’s Day – leprechauns, goblins, werewolves, wendigo, etc)
April – Gaia’s revenge: animals, nature (Earth Day, Arbor Day)
May- Witches (observation of May Day)
June- Fire theme or title (summer is here, which for many means
the beginning of wildfire season)
July – Water/vacation (any theme or title relating to water and vacations)
August- Psychopaths/cannibalism (observation of serial killer Ed
Gein's Aug. 27, 1906 birthday)
September- Ghosts/demons/sprits (observation of Taiwan's National Ghost Month)
October- Halloween free-for-all, any theme will do!
November- Vampires (observation of Bram Stoker's Nov. 8, 1847 birthday)
December- Monsters/aliens (observation of Ozzy Osbourne's Dec 3 birthday)

Points will be awarded for books read and released:

1 point awarded for books read and set free in a controlled release
2 points awarded for book read and released in the wild

Controlled Releases – Mailing to a friend, mailing to someone on a book trading site such as paperbackswap, bookmooch, etc, taking to meetups (unless it is unclaimed by others and you leave the book at the location), bookrings, bookrays, RABCKs

Wild Releases – OBCZs, leaving at the location of a meetup (if no other Bookcrosser claims during the meeting), general “wild releases” such as park benches, sidewalks, storefronts, coffee shops...the possibilities are endless!

DOUBLE points will be awarded for reading and releasing any book off of the recommendations list. This means 2 points for controlled and 4 points for wild releases.

Note: you MUST both read AND release the book to be awarded points. Also, you must post in the release thread, with the book title, AND a link to the book’s journal.



January - The Stand by Stephen King, Cell by Stephen King, Stranger by Simon Clark, The Taking by Dean Koontz, Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Life as we Knew It by Susan Pfeffer (rec. by fairy-whispers)

February - Cell by Stephen King, Monster Island by David Wellington, Risen by J. Knight, The Taking by Dean Koontz, Resurrection Dreams by Richard Laymon

March - Animals by John Skipp and Craig Spector, Beastnights by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, The Howling (any of the books in the trilogy) by Gary Brandner, Wolf Song by Robert R. McCammon, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo (rec. by innae), Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (rec. by buocl), Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo (Troll-A Love Story, USA title, rec. by Pellu), The Wolf's Bride by Aino Kallas (rec. by Pellu)

April - The Rats by James Herbert, Lair by James Herbert, Cujo by Stephen King, The Quake by Richard Laymon, Life as we Knew It by Susan Pfeffer (rec. by fairy-whispers)

May - Wither, Wither's Revenge, Wither's Legacy by John Passarella, Black Moon (and the sequel Blood Moon) by S.J. Gaither and Michael Canada

June -Into The Fire by Richard Laymon, Firestarter by Stephen King, Burnt Bones by Michael Slade

July -Island by Richard Laymon, Slither by Edward Lee, Never Land by Douglas Clegg, The Attraction by Douglas Clegg

August - any Michael Slade novel, Chaingang Series (Slob, Frenzy, Stone Shadow, Iceman, Slice, Chaingang, Butcher, Savant) by Rex Miller, Red Dragon, Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris, In The Dark by Richard Laymon, The Woods are Dark by Richard Laymon, Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite, Off Season by Jack Ketchum

September - Naomi's Room by Johnathan Aycliffe, The Taking by Dean Koonts, Kindred Spirit by John Passarella, Ring by Koji Suzuki

October - Any recommendation from other months 

November - Live Girls by Ray Garton, Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite, The Light At The End by John Skipp and Craig Spector, The Necroscope Series (any) by Brian Lumley, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo (rec. by innae), The Stake by Richard Laymon, London Under Midnight by Simon Clark (rec. by dixxy-d), 13 Bullets by David Wellington (rec. by deereads)

December - The Beast House Trilogy (The Cellar, The Beast House, The Midnight Tour) by Richard Laymon, The Taking by Dean Koontz, Slither by Edward Lee, Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz


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