Monday, May 9, 2016

Edge of Wild Street Team: Guest Post by Danika Stone

Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

I was first introduced to Danika Stone through Nori's Street Team and Danika's book All the Feels. I look forward to reviewing that book in the next couple of months, but today I'm here to introduce you all to Edge of Wild. It's eerie, spooky, and all the good things you might look for in a good fiction novel.

My full length review will be posted on 5/8, but until then, Danika has kindly written a guest post for me. It's topic: horror movies! This is one of my favorite genres, though I don't get to watch these movies as much as I like because I'm the only one in the family that likes them.

I asked Danika to pick her Top 5 Favorite Scary Movies and I think she's done a spectacular job. There are some classics and a new one that sounds positively, well, horrifying.

Danika Stone’s Top 5 Scary Movies

I’ll admit it, I’m a scary movie buff.

The adrenaline is a natural kick. The more tension in a scene, the better, and I love to hate the skin-crawling feeling of watching a terrifying movie, my heart pounding at every twist and turn. It’s why I love writing thrillers! So when @hermitlibrarian asked me to choose my top five scary movies, I had to really think.
I have so MANY.

To make the choice a little easier, I forced myself to pick a favorite from each of the last five decades (The 70s was a tough call between Alien and Jaws, but I think I made the right choice.) Here are my favorites from oldest to newest!
  1. Alien (1979)
This movie is timeless. From the can’t-escape-claustrophobia of climbing through the ducts to Sigourney Weaver’s BAMF portrayal of Ellen Ripley, there isn’t anything I don’t like about this movie.
  1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
I remember watching this movie on the VCR at a friend’s house, while we huddled under a crocheted afghan in the basement. The scene on the moors is nightmarishly perfect, and the movie has some of the best dream sequences of any horror film I’ve seen.
  1. Se7en (1995)
This movie is all about the violence you don’t see played out onscreen. The vague hints and brief appearances of disturbing images throw your imagination into overdrive.
Side note: I can’t believe this movie is more than twenty years old!?!
  1. Twenty-eight Days Later (2002)
I love zombie flicks… OMG I LOVE THEM. And this movie is why?
In 2002, Twenty-eight Days Later relaunched the zombie franchise by switching the plodding, brain-eaters for fast-moving infecteds. And with that, a whole new generation of zombie fans was born!
  1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2015)
I have been DYING to share the secrets of this movie with everyone I meet, but I’m not going to give spoilers, because it’s too new. If you have a chance to see this movie in a theatre, GO! The movie echoes so many of the elements I love from each of the movies of the previous decades. I guarantee this scare-fest will stand the test of time!

About the Author

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series, Edge of Wild and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus, and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Be sure to return on June 6th when Danika returns for another guest post, this time featuring All the Feels.

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