Thursday, October 14, 2010

Guest Post by Author Scott Nicholson

 Octoberness
By Scott Nicholson

October has always been my favorite month.

I’d like to think it’s a deep affection for the melancholy, the contradiction of all that is transitory in life, the deeper messages in going from green to brown, the frail and ephemeral nature of existence, the crisp, sparkly magic of frost and wood smoke and fairy forests of scarlet and ochre and umber.

But it’s not. It’s a candy Jones.

My daughter informs that, if you lined up all the candy corn in the world from end to end, it would circle the world four times. First, that sounds like a cool international arts project, especially the part about getting them to float across the oceans. Second, that sounds kind of disgusting.

Candy corn looks and smells wonderful, and its very brightness is sure to kindle the flames of sugar junkies everywhere. And the first few are spectacular, sweet, flooding sensations of oral delight. And then the stuff takes over, corn syrup seeping into every bone of your body like a zombie infection, until you want to throw a dirty sheet over your head and shamble through the neighborhood, moaning with your hand out.

So give me chocolate any day. I mean, GIVE it to me. Now.

If Halloween was every week instead of every month, I’d weigh 563 pounds and have to be pushed from door to door in a wheelbarrow. (Though the costumer would be simple: just drape a circus tent over me.)

I’m not a pure chocoholic, as I like the blends better. The little Snickers with caramel and nuts, or a Reese’s cup (we all say “Reese’s” in the South), or even one of those Mallomar things that are harder to find these days. A Heath crunch is fun, because I like a little texture, too, which is why a Milky Way is way down on the list, because you bite it and it squirts away before you get a good handle on it.

Occasionally, I’ll indulge in some organic chocolate, or dark chocolate, which is slightly bitterer but has some staying power. But combining two of my top addictions in one is the best way to juice up in October: some cocoa in my coffee, or a palm full of chocolate-covered coffee beans. Jack me up on some of that, I become a door-crashing fiend bent on plundering your house of every morsel of candy you have leaving little kids bawling on the sidewalk with empty plastic pumpkins.

Fear me, October! I am caffeinated and I am hell bent for chocolate. Give it to me NOW!

What’s YOUR favorite candy?
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Scott Nicholson is author of The Red Church (on sale for 99 cents!), Drummer Boy, The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, and nine other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter.

For each book that cracks the Top 100 in the Kindle store, I’ll throw in an extra Kindle 3 giveaway. So tell your friends and help out. Thanks for playing. Complete details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm

85 comments:

sohamolina said...

I am a tour newsletter subscriber and have enhoyed visiting the various bligs so far.

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or @sohamolina on twitter

Katie said...

I like chocolate too...Reese's, Almond Joy, plain Hershey's...I like it all!

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Jeff said...

I thought we already did the candy question! All sorts of chocolate, of course, and I like the Zero Bar and Milky Way, which I thought you said was too squishy, or something. Talked about how the little kids love getting nickels and the older kids want something a lot more substantial.
About your film, I noticed that the adults carrying little babies were not really getting into the whole zombie personality, thankfully!
Jeff White whitejw@ameritech.net

Inanna said...

We did do the candy question! I remember anything involving chocolate! lol

inannajourney at gmail dot com

Monster A Go-Go said...

Zowie! Not only was it posted late...it's a RERUN! Grrr... I kept checking back for THAT??? Ha! Guess the "trick" is on me... but the bonus zombie video was almost a "treat" (I'd already seen it on youtube).

How delightful to see you as a "zombie" (or was that just your everyday self???). I did note the production values and how you wanted to add a touch of Hollywood glamour and you wore your prized top that Jayne Mansfield once owned---before she busted out the front with her natural "talents"! How good of you to show it off! And while your own Hooters of Horror are no match for the late Jayne Mansfield's, well...heck! They're no match for Jamie Farr either! But, you've officially flashed some skin on Youtube (hubba hubba!), what's NEXT? A butt shot on TMZ?? A full-frontal nude centerfold in the Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Special Human Oddities Edition? Or WHAT!!??

Cheers to your barf...er, BEEFcake bonanza, baby! Va-va-va-VOOM!

Cha-cha-cha, Daddy-O!

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Scott, you are either running out of ideas or you really LOVE chocolate and candy.
Okay, once again, my favorites: Lindt: dark chocolate with creamy chocolote mousse, dark chocolate with chilli, dark chocolate with nuts. GUYS, PLEASE BUY SCOTT NICHOLSON'S BOOKS, not just because he is loosing it, but BECAUSE THEY'RE REALLY GOOD.
Christa
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Doreen said...

I love chocolate...(dark) Mounds, Reese's, Kit Kat's, Hershey's Kisses...etc! :) Chocolate and horror go very well with me!

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mrlucky said...

Scott, count me in for the Kindle!
Paul
mrlucky@charter.net

Regge Ridgway said...

Candy corn reminds me of teeth. In my neighborhood lives a dentist who hands out toothbrushes on Halloween. Don't ask how my brain works. Scott rocks the horror genre. Reg

Monster A Go-Go said...

Wait a minute... Dollar Bin Horror / Scott Nicholson. Are they synonymous? Ha! I certainly hope NOT! :)

Anonymous said...

Reece's are one of my faves, but I love peanut m&m's.

My kids can't believe that I don't like candycorn.

Stefanie647@msn.com

author Scott Nicholson said...

Oh well, I must have sent the wrong post! Well, anyway. Won't be my worst mistake of the tour.

author Scott Nicholson said...

Oh Just watch the video! I sent the wrong info for the post. Sorry Rhonny...

Brenda said...

Enjoyed the subliminal video. It must be difficult to walk with dead legs. So are you saying "better read than dead?" A month ago, I was expecting some repetition, so you held out much much longer than I could. Plus, your blogs are intriguing enough that they can bear repeating. I think I might crumble from the pressure of writing 90 blogs, especially if they were expected to be interesting. And I would quake at the thought of writing 90 blog responses involving various situations with goats, so horns off to Monster. Now, I can see that you accidentally sent the wrong blog. Bound to happen in 90 blogs. And to answer your question, tonight, unfortunately, I would eat anything with chocolate.

Brenda said...

See? I can't even comment 90 times and remember to post my contact info: varbonoff22 at cox dot net

chey said...

Chocolate! As long as it's gluten-free.
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monapete said...

Great post!

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Candace said...

My computer sucks right now and won't play the video.
candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

flutterbypridge said...

speaking of chocolate I just had a wonderful homemade layered chocolate cake. . .

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sailorwind said...

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anamlgrl said...

Oh chocolate... now you're speaking my language!!

I have to say snickers is my favorite but Reeses Cups are a VERY close second!!

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LaQ said...

Thought I missed something when I went looking for this this morning. :|
Mmmmmmmmm chocolate. Enough said. lol

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Sheri said...

Oh yes, chocolate. I also love the chocolate and coffee combination. The new Java Twix is really good right now.

Sheri

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Estella said...

My favorite candy is jelly beans.

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Teawench said...

I got to see the video this time! Now where's that other one...?
teawench at gmail dot com

Neal Hock said...

I loved the zombie version of Scott Nicholson! I think he should come out more often. But I guess he wouldn't get to eat many human brains up there in the mountains; guess he'd have to settle for squirrels and raccoons.

-Neal

Cathy M said...

Love caramel apples this time of year.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Scott, I love snickers and butterfingers the best but this time of yr I also love candy corn.

Fall is here and I am enjoying the cool fall air.

I am still following you.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

bunkercomplex said...

entering!

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n2france said...

Milk chocolate over anything. Candy, peanut butter, strawberries... mmmmm.

Diana said...

Count me in!

Linda Kish said...

Frozen milky way.

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Karen Bell said...

Still kindle stalking.

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

chocolate little bottles with liquor inside and chocolate covered cherries in brandy...or...never mind....spvaughan@yahoo.com

Inspired Kathy said...

please enter me
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lorraine_lanning said...

I like candy more than zombies, it looks like fun though!

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Kimberly K. said...

I too, though we already did the candy and chocolate thing in an earlier post. The bit about Zombies kind of came out of left field. It was all about candy and chocolate, then bam , there are three sentences about a book and an offer to be drawn as a Zombie in a comic for $25 almost as an after thought.

Bibliophile said...

I turn into a zombie if I don't get a regular chocolate fix.

vickyvak said...

Count me in!

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Michael L. Martin Jr. said...

I thought I had commented on this already. Apparently it's a rerun.

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Randy said...

Ahhh. Halloween. Scott's favorite time of year. :-)

randymir@gmail.com

Pink Panther said...

Hm.. Chocolate... Yum!
You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

Tiffany Christie said...

Favorite candy - circus peanuts .....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

deanna said...

I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

Anonymous said...

Another interesting stop for the DX.

stacypilot at yahoo dot com

Rhonny Reaper said...

Wow! I'm glad so many of you stopped by the blog to read the post!

@ Scott I didn't know this was the wrong post! lol If you want to send another one, we can do that ;)

and to those who said it was "posted late" I go to nursing school 6 days a week and JUST got off of school when I posted this! So I'm sorry if it felt late but it was as soon as I could ;) Hope you enjoy the blog and take a few minutes to look around ;)

Sending Deadly Kisses,
Rhonny Reaper

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Snickers for me or maybe a Heath bar, still enjoying the tour!

Dottie :)

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

Rabid Fox said...

I mentioned candy kisses before, but I'll go this time with those mini-bags of Hostess potato chips. Yes, I know Hostess is owned by Lays now, but Lays aren't so hot. Hostess chips had just about the perfect chip.

Eric said...

Kit Kats. Yummmmm. So many good candies. The wife is picking me up some Swedish Fish and some Sour Patch kids today - also Yummmmm!!!

calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

Dale said...

A zombie walk looks like a lot of fun.

dalelmurphy(at)gravesidetales(dot)com

jpearson said...

Tootsie rolls and ANYThing chocolate!


i.pearson@comcast.net

Candy's Creations said...

Thanks
Candy
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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

no worries on the mess up =)

chocolate is my middle name. ok not really. but i'd like it to be if it meant i got free chocolate the rest of my life?

hancoci_s at msn dot com

Hank Brown said...

Halloween was my favorite holiday as a kid...but I was never into horror. Wierd, huh?

Twitter: MachineTrooper

Icedream said...

Godiva chocolate! I prefer the truffles but am thrilled with the big box of mixed chocolates.

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La Maison Reid said...

Did I already answer this one yesterday?
nancyareid at gmail dot. com

Kristie said...

Yay Halloween! I like how candy comes in treat size packages. Better portion control for an addict like me.
kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

Cathy W said...

Thank for the chance to win.
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Abbi said...

my husband and I had 5 kids just so we could send them out for free candy...Okay, maybe not just for that reason but i must say we do sneak some.
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EVA SB said...

So how useful is it for a zombie to brainwash me with a subliminal image if he then proceeds to eat my brains? :0)
Nice Vid!

eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

booklover0226 said...

Though I do love chocolate, I must limit my intake. I breakout like a teenager if I eat too much.

I like chocolate and coffee combos.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Gail said...

still here...
Gail in Florida
cowgirl3000 AT gmail DOT com

Kim said...

Happy Halloween month!

skeltons3 at hotmail dot com

May said...

Catching up on late tour stops!

mayarend -at- yahoo.com.br

Jesse said...

Candies and zombies... interesting combination. :)

-Jesse

conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

Ima said...

Enjoying these tour stops!

dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

Joe F. said...

Great blog!

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Ron Breznay said...

My favorite candy bar is a toss-up between Milky Way and Three Musketeers. I also like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Mounds, and Kit-Kat. I also really like the homemade peanut butter eggs my wife makes.

coriwestphal said...

Great post! Thanks!

coriwestphal at msn dot com
@coriwestphal

Linda Kish said...

Count me in, please.
Thanks for the chance to win.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

James Rasmussen said...

Dark chocolate...dark chocolate every time.

jamesemr (at) gmail (dot) com

Andrea I said...

No chocolate, but I do like Reese's Pieces.


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Horror Books said...

I liked the video. Especially the zombie at the end -- he seemed to really get into the role.

Thanks for the chance to win,
Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher

theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

Riva said...

Love me some semi-sweet chocolate!

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stacey said...

I like Snicker and Gum i love gum My Mouth gets borded.
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byonge said...

Keep 'em coming.

byonge@lonepinetv.com

Mme Mooks said...

Mmmm chocolate!

My favourite is Whittakers Peanut Slab. Not sure if you can get them outside of New Zealand though??

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dor said...

Thanks so much.
Can't seem to see your subscribe by email link.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

author Scott Nicholson said...

Thanks for entering, everyone, entries here capped at 78!

Dor, the address is scottsinnercircle-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Thanks for hosting, Rhonny!

Scott

Heather said...

I would love to be entered!
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A.P. Fuchs said...

Zombie Walk video. Cool stuff. We actually have one here in town on the 23rd. Hoping to make it.

(Cool ending, btw.)

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jessica said...

The best candy corn is the stuff that does come out for Halloween. I've tried the other stuff and it just doesn't taste the same. And most of the chocolates you can get any time where candy corn or candy corn taffy is special for October/Halloween candy/time.

It would really be a cool project lining up all that candy corn! I'll have to think about that. . .


I am into chocolate myself (though I'm trying to cut back). Not the good for you dark chocolate but the Milk chocolate. I usually have a craving for the Reeses shaped stuff (pumpkins for Halloween, hearts for Valentines day, ect.), Kit Kats, Twix, Snickers, and the list goes on.

It's funny how you posted to an odd number of poundage 563 and not 565 or an even number. I don't think that I'd be able to point it down to one exact number. I just know that I'd be huge.

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sablelexi said...

Snickers bars and Reese's are my absolute favorite candy.

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