Round 2: Imhotep VS Pennywise (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? The Mummy or the Clown? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 2

Imhotep: Okay, as far as abilities go, Pennywise and Imhotep are almost evenly matched—ALMOST. They can both use telekinesis, regenerate quickly, both can control minds and both have numerous other powers under their belt. The problem is, Pennywise thinks too small. He only terrorizes one small town. Not even the whole town, just a group of kids who then turn to adults. Imhotep aims to rule the world. Not to mention, anyone can prey on kids, Imhotep is a threat to all. Imhotep is also able to create and control an army of undead warriors. Let’s see Pennywise try that! Defended by Kayla Curry, author of Obsidian

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Pennywise: What are you afraid of most? To me, there’s nothing scarier than a clown with fangs. But Pennywise reads your mind and becomes your worst fear. A mummy. Winged leeches. A super-sized spider. Now unless your worst fear is sand, Imhotep’s most frightening shape resembles a walking mud pie or something dredged up from the sewers — where many have heard Pennywise say in their nightmares: “They all float down here.” How frightening can a creature be if he is bested by Encino Man and tearfully goes to his death when his girlfriend ditches him? Want a real monster? Send in the clowns. Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

Who will win? Tune in tomorrow to see who advances to the next round. We’re getting down to the final two. Don’t forget to cheer for your choice. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Trash the losers. Then tune in tomorrow to vote for the champion!!!

Meet the defenders!

Kayla Curry lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two year old son. She is always getting ideas for stories from random thoughts and places, but a lot of inspiration comes from the wide range of people she sees while working front desk at a local hotel. Journalism was an important part of learning who she was as a writer, but ultimately, Kayla’s creativity won over and she decided to write fiction short stories in her free time.

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Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist. As a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Alicia Keys to the President of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with Hugh Jackman (well, he once played a vampire hunter).

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Round 2: Mankind VS Darth Vader (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Darth Vader or Mankind? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 2

Darth Vader: Other monsters might quail at squaring off against an entire species, but Darth Vader doesn’t take sith from anyone. And, sure, mankind is slowly destroying our planet, but Vader blows planets up! It isn’t metaphorical and it isn’t a rap lyric—Alderaan. Went. BOOM! This guy became more bada$$ after losing an arm and both legs. Seriously, who does that? In fact, he was back on his (mechanized) feet within hours of being hacked apart. I know people who are bedridden by a headache. Bottom line: Vader is so terrifying that the child actor who portrayed him quit the business! Defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas

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Mankind: The depths of depravity that humanity is capable of cannot be embodied by any single individual. Mankind, as a concept, holds the capacity for endless evil. For all our great works, our talents, our brilliance, we never lose the ability to tear it all down. What makes Darth Vader a paragon of evil? How does he bend to such base purposes? What allows him to forsake his own children and murder millions for the power to enslave his fellow man? What creates such a black heart? His ability to wallow in evil is explained: Vader is a member of mankind. Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot

Who will win? Tune in tomorrow to see who advances to the next round. We’re getting down to the final two. Don’t forget to cheer for your choice. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Trash the losers. Tune in tomorrow to VOTE FOR THE CHAMPION!!!

Meet the defenders!

Brandon R. Luffman writes supernatural horror as well as fantasy, science fiction and other genres. He lives on the family farm in northwestern North Carolina with his wife and family. Taking inspiration from his homeland, he brings southern sensibilities and a modern flair to these classic genre themes. His upcoming survival horror novel, Frostwalker, is expected to be released in 2012.

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Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY (USA) and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as MBA Director and adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December.

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Round Two: The winners are…

After a vicious cage match between eight monsters, only FOUR remain!!! Did your favourite monster win? If so, Tweet your joy (#MonsterMash). If not, rant your face off on Facebook.

The winners moving on to Round Two are: Imhotep the Mummy, Darth Vader, Mankind and Pennywise. Fights begin in the morning. Let the best — or worst — monster win! (Tune in tomorrow to vote for the champion on Saturday!)

Mankind VS Zombies (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Mankind or Mankind Undead? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Mankind: There is no monster more frightening than mankind. Our vices can drive us to depravity. We can be purely evil. We can be mad. Sitting atop the food chain with intellect that has made us masters of our world, we have limitless power to destroy. Evil lurks within us all. Defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot

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Zombies: Sure, mankind is scary with its greed and self-destructive tendencies. But do you know what eats mankind? That’s right. Zombies! The walking dead are the ultimate monsters. They groan. They eat brains. They dance to Thriller. And what’s worst than being chewed to death by the corpses of your former friends and family? Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me Continue reading

Imhotep the Mummy VS Vampires (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Imhotep the Mummy or a vampire? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Vampires: When Imhotep is done with you, you’ll either be brainless undead or just dead. If you’re unlucky enough to survive a Vampire’s attack you’ll be completely aware of every atrocity you commit against mankind, your family, or any monster with guts enough to face you. Knowing your damnation is the scariest thing of all. Defended by Christie Rich, author of Five and Dark Matter

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Imhotep (The Mummy and The Mummy Returns): Vampires need blood to survive, right? Well, check this out; Imhotep the mummy can turn water into blood. How about that? Not only can he use the Plagues of Egypt to terrorize the earth, he can control sand as well. Who wants to die by suffocating on sand? Not me. Defended by Kayla Curry, author of Obsidian

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Koh the Face Stealer VS Pennywise the Clown (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Koh the Face Stealer or Pennywise the Clown? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Koh the Face Stealer (Avatar: The Last Airbender): With his giant sinuous multi-legged carapace, changeable facial orifice and seductively smooth voice, cave-dwelling Koh is the ultimate phallic-insect nightmare. Never mind that he’s on a Nickelodeon kids’ show—that just makes him extra creepy. Deliberately provocative and unnerving, Koh has only one goal: to STEAL YOUR FACE. Defended by Vicki Essex, author of My Son’s Hero

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Pennywise (Stephen King’s It): Listen, if a monster needs to steal someone else’s face, he has some serious insecurity issues. (And there are way cooler things to steal: souls, lives, kids, etc.) Pennywise uses his painted face to lure you into sewers before he rips your arm off. Try putting that on Nickleodeon. Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me Continue reading

Balrog of Moria VS Darth Vader (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Balrog or Darth? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

The Balrog of Moria (The Lord of the Rings): One word description of the Balrog of Moria: badass. This demon of the deep is fierce with his fiery whip and razor sharp claws.  Created by Morgoth to torture captives, he lies dormant in pit of hell waiting for his next victim to drag down into the inferno with him. Defended by Melissa Douthit, author of The Raie’Chaelia and The Firelight of Maalda

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Darth Vader (Star Wars): This “Chosen One” will never win Father of the Year. He choked his pregnant wife before she died of a broken heart. He sliced his son’s hand off. Worst of all, he blew up his daughter’s adopted home planet because she refused to tell him where the party was. (Plus if I can’t beat a monster that was bested by some white-haired old man, I’d never win the competition anyway.) Defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas Continue reading