Who are your favourite monsters?

To close the inaugural Blogger Book Fair, I asked readers and writers, who their favourite monsters were. Here’s what you said:

The Abominable Snowman. I have such great memories of watching that show. When we were young, my sister and I used to hide behind the olive-colored rocking chair when the Abominable Snowman came on the screen. Now, of course, I know him as the lovable character he is! – Pam Stucky, author of the Wishing Rock series

Voldemort, without a doubt. I love his backstory. – H. Suthard

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The WINNER of the Tournament of Monsters!!!

Eight monsters battled for the title of the ultimate monster: Imhotep the Mummy, Vampires, Zombies, Darth Vader, Pennywise, Mankind, The Balrog of Moria, and Koh the Face Stealer. Your votes have decided — the winner of the Tournament of Monsters is…


Acceptance speech by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot“I’m honored to have my entry chosen as the winner of the Tournament of Monsters. I’d like to thank Wynne Channing for coming up with this great idea and letting us all participate. Also, I’d like to thank all of the readers who took the time to visit and vote for our entries! Thank you very much!”

If Mankind is unable to fulfill its duties as the ultimate monster (for example, if Mankind is mysteriously devoured by a giant spider or dragged into a sewer by a brightly dressed suspect), Pennywise as runner-up will take Mankind’s place.

Thank you to all of the authors who participated in this amazing event: Thomas Winship, Brandon R. Luffman, Vicki Essex, Melissa Douthit, Kayla Curry, and Christie Rich. Please check out their work, especially if you liked their clever defences!

Special thanks also goes to Renato Pastor who drew all of the monster profiles and Chip Zdarsky who designed the tournament ladder!

Last but not least, thanks to everyone who visited the event and who voted. Sweet dreams!

The fair isn’t over yet! Tune in later for some more monster fun and for a feature about acclaimed author, Rebecca Hamilton and her “Midas touch.”

Ultimate Monster? Isen: soul stealers from the world of the Grimoire Trilogy

Will it be Pennywise or Mankind? Have you voted? The Tournament of Monsters ends tomorrow with one winner. But first, a bonus post on a chilling new breed of evil!

S. M. Boyce wanted to drop in with a bonus post for the Tournament of Monsters. The coolest part? She’s introducing an evil creature from her debut series, the Grimoire Trilogy.

What would you do if your soul was trapped in another’s body—and they could use the skills and knowledge you’ve built thus far in your life? What if they could don your appearance at any time, live your life if they wanted, and you could only watch?

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FINAL ROUND: Your vote decides the winner: Pennywise vs Man!

Two monsters enter the ring. Bloodied and bruised from previous battles but determined to be the last standing. Who will be crowned the ultimate monster? Will it be Man or Clown. Your votes decide and the winner is crowned Sunday!


We’ve built weapons capable of leveling entire cities. We have taken the deadliest poisons and diseases Mother Nature could create over billions of years of evolution and turned them into weapons of war. We have perfected the art of killing all things—man, beast, or plant. Here, mankind’s greatest challenge is: A clown with bad teeth?

We came from the muck of primordial seas. When the dinosaurs were wiped out, we took the world they merely inhabited and subjugated it. We moved from the trees to the caves, from the caves to the cities we built as sprawling temples to our own ingenuity, and soon we’ll conquer the stars.

But, what do we know about this enemy? Pennywise is no mere clown like those that cheer or terrify children at circuses. What we know about Pennywise is this: The weakest of our species are our children, who even by Animal Kingdom standards are weak and easily devoured. In the end, when Pennywise was first defeated and sent spinning back into whatever screaming chaos he came from, it was children who did it. He returned, but those same children had grown into their beasthood: the adult form of the deadliest species.” Defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot



Man is many things. Petty. Selfish. Cruel. Self-destructive. But a monster? Man is not. Man is capable of wonderful, gushy-mushy things. They love. They care. They sacrifice for the greater good. Man will bake you chocolate chip cookies and tuck you in at night with kisses. Man will take your hand to give you support. Pennywise will take your hand — literally. It will rip your arm off and disappear into the depths of the sewers, until the next innocent child comes along.

Stephen King has ruined clowns — and storm drains — for a generation. Who can look at a white face and a red nose without imagining a mouthful of fangs? “George saw the clown’s face change. What he saw then was terrible enough to make his worst imaginings of the thing in the cellar look like sweet dreams; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke,” King wrote.

It has no name. It preys on Man’s weakness: fear. It manipulates Man to do evil. Man is but its pawn. It is what, Man will thankfully never be: a true monster. Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

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FINAL ROUND! The winners are…

On Thursday, eight monsters entered the ring: Darth, Balrog, Koh, Vampires, Zombies, Imhotep, Mankind and Pennywise. On Friday, there were four. Now only two remain and it is up to you to choose who is the ULTIMATE MONSTER!

The winners after the bloody battle are…drum roll please…MANKIND and PENNYWISE!

This epic smack down happens at dawn! Cheer for the man or the clown. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Then tune in Sunday to see who the champion is!!!

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!


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


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!


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


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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