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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, or other genres. 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.

As an added bonus (and by request), in this year’s challenge, if you have read and released at least one book for a particular month’s theme, you may then wild release other books for the theme which you may not have read.

(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
1 point awarded for books released but not read (you must read and release at least one each month to be able to qualify)

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, coffeeshops, etc.

DOUBLE points will be awarded for reading and releasing any book off of the recommendations list (to be posted soon). This means 2 points for controlled and 4 points for wild releases. Also, it means 2 points for a release not read (see above for qualification)
Note: you MUST both read AND release at least one 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.

Random prize draws will take place throughout the year for those who participate monthly. And in January 2011, I will be doing a random draw for 3 top prizes! In addition to that, everybody who participates and releases at least one book for each month may receive something extra special in January.
Interested? Sign up today and start collecting books for the challenge!



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, Infected by Scott Sigler, Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails)

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

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, Troll: A Love Story (aka Not Before Sundown) by Johanna Sinisalo

April - The Rats by James Herbert, Cujo by Stephen King, The Quake by Richard Laymon, Slugs by Shaun Hutson, Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails), The Bridge by John Skipp and Craig Spector

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, Greywalker by Kat Richardson (rec by dixxy-d)

June -Into The Fire by Richard Laymon, Firestarter by Stephen King, Burnt Bones by Michael Slade, Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails)

July -Island by Richard Laymon, Slither by Edward Lee, Never Land by Douglas Clegg, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (rec by buocl), Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails)

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, Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite, Off Season by Jack Ketchum, Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails), A Demon In My View by Ruth Rendell (rec by geishabird)

September - Naomi's Room by Johnathan Aycliffe, The Taking by Dean Koonts, Kindred Spirit by John Passarella, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (rec by buocl), Greywalker by Kat Richardson (rec by dixxy-d)

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, Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (rec by innae), Greywalker by Kat Richardson (rec by dixxy-d)

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, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (rec by buocl), Earth by David Brin (rec by GoryDetails)


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