Blog Tour: Anna Dressed in Blood
- Anna Dressed in Blood
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
I enjoy being freaked out. And I’ve always had a fondness for gore, and things with a nice creep factor. My favorite writer as a kid was Stephen King. Anne Rice and Bret Easton Ellis were to follow. There’s something primal about horror, some twisted fascination with people in evil situations. I love it when you learn the reason behind all the killing, like the backstory behind the Native American burial ground in Pet Sematary or even the made up history of The Amityville Horror. It’s so unreal. So entertaining. Escapism at its finest, because when you shut off the TV or leave the theater, when you close the book, your own life seems so sane by comparison. Sure, my boss yelled at me, but at least she didn’t spew pea soup in my face and twist her head around, you know?
Truthfully though, the scariest horror stories are the ones without any reason. Nothing more terrifying than a lack of reason.
Kendare Blake lives and writes in Washington state, with cats and a husband who critique the work. Her first literary novel, Sleepwalk Society, recently won a 2011 Indie Excellence Award for crossover fiction. Her second novel, Anna Dressed in Blood, is YA horror, and will be released August 30, 2011, with a sequel to follow in 2012.
Who is about to take on Anna next? In the first week, we met the ghost hunters. In the second week, we saw their replies. This week, we found out who actually makes it to Anna’s door!
Each day this week, a final clue was given for each of the three ghost hunters who accepted Anna’s challenge to come to Thunder Bay. If you’ve followed the tour, you should know now who among the five ghost hunters originally challenged by Anna is the one who will enter Anna’s house!
If you’re just joining the tour now, don’t fret! For a list of all the tour dates, including the first week’s dates where the ghost hunters were introduced, click here.
Ready to enter??? Select the ghost hunter’s name in the form below for 15 entries into the contest to win a Anna Dressed In Blood skinned and loaded Kindle 3! Open US/Canada. Winner will be announced on Kendare’s blog on Tuesday, October 4th!
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Who will make it to Thunder Bay? Join the contest to best Anna and win an Anna Dressed In Blood Kindle! Follow #ADIBtour @KendareBlake
Check out the complete tour!
Monday, September 12th – Rachel, Parajunkee
Tuesday, September 13th – Stacey, A Reader’s Record
Wednesday, September 14th – Alyssa, Teens Read and Write
Thursday, September 15th – Heather, Buried In Books
Friday, September 16th – Jenny, Supernatural Snark
Monday, September 19th – Melissa, I Swim For Oceans
Tuesday, September 20th – Tawni, The Book Worms
Wednesday, September 21st – Alice, Alice Marvels
Thursday, September 22nd – Julie, That’s Swell
Friday, September 23rd – Angela, The Reading Angel
Monday, September 26th – Julia, Rex Robot Reviews
Tuesday, September 27th – Ashley, Smash Attack Reads!
Wednesday, September 28th – Britta, I Like These Books
Thursday, September 29th – We Fancy Books
Friday, September 30th (Anna’s 1 month birthday!) – Kristi, The Story Siren
Tuesday, October 4th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Kendare’s Site!