Battle Royale: Vampires vs. Werewolves

It is a battle as old as time... or the mid 2000s... whichever. Vampires vs Werewolves. More specifically, who is the baddest of the bad? Who puts fear in your heart? Who do you love to watch movies or read books about?

In short, which side are you on? The Glass House Press authors chimed in and firmly planted themselves on a team. Which one will be the definitive winner? Keep reading to find out.

#TeamVampire or #TeamWerewolf

1.Being immortal is overrated. The werewolves usually age.
2. I like going out in the sun. 
3. I LOVE dogs  
And 4. I was very much #TeamJacob so.... yeah :) I enjoy vampires but I'm totally on the wolves side!

Vampires. Because they're immortal and intelligent. And they don't forget who they are and go on a rampage just because the moon's out.

#TeamWerewolf although I do adore and own all the Underworld movies. I love the movie Wolfman. But I'm so done with vampire books (except I loved reading The Strain). Vampire overload, I guess. 

I'm team Werewolf all the way. Why? There's just something about shedding your humanity to devolve into a snarling, wild animal with big teeth that stands out to me. I think the lore surrounding Werewolves is every bit as intriguing as anything you get from vampire lore.  Plus, Robert McCammon's epic masterpiece, The Wolf's Hour, is about werewolves and is probably one of the greatest book's I've ever read.  I have yet to come across a vampire story that even holds a candle to it.  

I've got to go Vampires. They get Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Tom Hiddleston, Bill Nighly, and Kate Beckinsale, just to name a few. And when it's time for you to die, it's Kristy Swanson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, and Wesley Snipes coming for you. Werewolves pretty much just have fleas. Also, an afterlife of regret and insatiable hunger seems like something I've got coming to me.

Super strength, immortality, hypnosis, flying, and a killer diet! Plus, I think I look thinner in black.

I'm going with werewolves only if I have the power the change when they like (is that cheating?).  So if we're talking Twilight Werewolves I'm going down that road.  Honestly the thought of giving up garlic (which I love), sleeping in a coffin (which doesn't appeal to me in the least) and dressing up all the time (vampires always appear to dress up even in informal occasions) is too much to handle. Don't even get me started on their diet (who just wants to drink blood?). Vampires also appear very conservative and I'm more in line with moderate political views (live and let live).  

I get the feeling that werewolves wear jeans, comfortable flannel shirts, watch a lot of football and eat junk food when they're not hunting (and don't have to worry about the calories because I'll burn them off at night when I go for long wooded hikes).  That seems pretty appealing to me.  

Tough call. Vampires can transform into bats and fly, which would be awesome, but you have to drink blood. Not awesome. At least as a werewolf you can be normal most of the time. And Michael J. Fox did make it look like fun (really dating myself here). So I'll go with the wolf!

#TeamWerewolf, all the way, and I actually have this nailed down in case the zombie apocalypse happens when I’m not looking. Vampires are FULL of drawbacks. First of all they may or may not be faster than anything else—but is that really a positive, when it comes to fighting a war? And second, all the ways to kill them! Garlic, check. Stakes, check. Take them out during the daylight, and they’re done for. What kills werewolves? Nothing. So they win this contest, easy peasy.

I’m also a sucker for dogs, so…


SO... in a surprising vote of 3 to 6... WEREWOLVES win!

Who saw that coming?

Which side do you vote for? Are you #TeamVampire or #TeamWerewolf? State your case in the comments.


Movies That Terrify Us!

Halloween is getting closer, so this week, we thought we'd share some of our favorite scary movies (well, most of us. Some of us don't like scary movies ;)--CARRIE. )

Below, find some scary movie recommendations from some of the GH family, including reviews and even thoughts on other options! Get into the comments to tell us what YOUR favorite scary movies are! (All movies are linked to Amazon for your viewing pleasure)


"What's your favorite scary movie?"

Casey during happier times. Scream (1996) Lionsgate Films

"A Nightmare on Elm Street. Why? A slasher that kills you in your sleep! It doesn't get much scarier than that." 

"My favorite scary movie is The Ring: Artsy and scary af!"

"Okay, not favorite in the sense I love it (I don't love scary movies. I'm a total baby when it comes to them) but best scary movie because it scares the crap out of me! Annabelle, I hate dolls! Chucky gave nightmares for years. And my sister liked to collect porcelain dolls that freaked me out. One talked, and it would randomly says very weird things. No dolls allowed in my house!"

"Hands down, my favorite scary movie is The Others, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar. It's more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie; all chills and no gross-out stuff (I hate gross-out stuff). Also, it's a character examination against a spooky backdrop with some phenomenal acting. Not to mention all the creeptastic sets (the movie takes place in a remote manor in midcentury England) are absolutely beautiful. And the haunting soundtrack... This is the one scary movie I choose to watch over and over just because it's gorgeously made."

"For actual horror I'm tempted to say Army of Darkness or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil but those might count as comedy so maybe Event Horizon? Pandorum was a better movie but Event Horizon terrified me. I watched it as a teenager in the middle of the night at my friend's house when his family was out of town and it creeped us out so much we drove back to my house to sleep where we wouldn't be the first people to die."

"My favorite scary movie is Paranormal Activity. I love found footage films and my favorite ones are where I have to question it authenticity."

"The Thing: John Carpenter is one of my favorite horror film directors. The music along with Kurt Russel's acting, some slight humor and a great plot makes this movie an instant classic."


"Monsters INC. Yes, the Disney movie because I don't do scary movies!!! But Monsters has strange creatures popping in and out of closets so maybe that qualifies."

Did your favorite make our list? Leave a comment and tell us which scary movie we should watch this year. Next week, vampires vs. werewolves-the GH authors and editors duke it out in the age-old debate.

Until next week,
the GH family

Our Top 6 Scariest Books (As compiled by the Glass House Press Authors)

This week, we continue on our Halloween countdown and discuss our favorite scary books. Not all of these books are "horror," but scary can be defined in different ways. After all, one man's CHRISTINE is another man's ATONEMENT, right?

To celebrate the season, the GH team got together and started talking about the scariest books they've ever read. Warning: only continue if you're not afraid of being frightened!!!!

"I'm probably breaking the rules a bit because this is a dark fantasy rather than straight-up horror, but I'm going to go ahead and name the CHAOS BORN series by Drew Karpyshyn. It's a phenomenal epic fantasy about a dark lord trying to escape the barrier the old gods trapped him behind--and the four humans destined to either free him or stop him. The dark lord's demonic minions escape first, and they are TERRIFYING. But it was terror with a purpose... terror that fit into a larger narrative and a well-constructed world-building structure."

"Stephen King's IT because it made me fear clowns for the first time. How many books actually create that kind of new fear in someone?! Also it's been on my mind a lot with the recent news stories about people in clown costumes scaring people. I change the channel when they come on. Scares the bejesus out of me."

"Stephen King's THE STAND. It's a post-apocalyptic epic masterpiece of world-building, plot, tension, character development, and exquisite detail. The finest good vs evil novel ever written IMHO :) "

"Midnight, by Dean Koontz. Why? This was a seminal book for me. I read it when I was fifteen and had never come across anything like it before. It actually put me on the path to being a ravenous reader. It tells the tale of people trapped in a small town and being persued by pack of bloodthirsty mutants. The premise sounds scary enough, but Koontz's masterful use of pacing and suspense elevates the material to true terrifying heights."


"I've never been drawn into a horror before so my favorite scary book would probably be an odd one - Disclosure by Michael Crichton. The fact that Tom's life could be ruined by something he didn't understand, something that made him question his own actions and whether or not he was losing his mind.... His family was leaving him, his career was taken away.... That book had my heart pounding beginning to end and no one even got murdered."

Publisher's note: Carrie respectfully refused to take part in this list because she is 1. A bit of a chicken, 2. Doesn't really like horror, and 3. Is already scared of the dark (and clown. And gnomes. And the idea of being locked up in a box. Or buried alive. Or deserted.)

 What about you? Do you love scary books? What's your pick? Gory, scary, psychological terror... Leave a comment with your favorite scary book!

Next week, we discuss scary movies! And don't miss Mary Fan's upcoming Halloween appearance via her Twitter takeover (more information to come)!

Until next week,
the GH Family

Our Greatest Fears: Halloween Countdown Celebration

October is a month full of beauty. It's also a month where people get the heck scared out of them in haunted houses and watching horror movies! Which makes it both fun ... and terrifying! To kick off our month-long Halloween celebration, the authors at Glass House Press have compiled a list of their biggest fears.

Grab your blankie, read on, and tell us what you think! Agree? Disagree? Think we're all big chickens?????

What is your biggest fear?

"Oh man, I have so many lol. I'll go with... Zombies, they might not be real (yet) but in a zombie apocalypse I would die right away. I scream my head off when playing zombie video games."

"My greatest fears stem from being trapped... being buried alive, being a victim of locked-in syndrome, being unable to escape a sinking car, etc. The idea of being confined and unable have even a fighting chance just terrifies me. A few years ago, I used to get sleep paralysis a lot, and it was the worst thing ever. I'd wind up in this semi-asleep, semi-awake state where I was still dreaming, but saw the dream superimposed on my real-world surroundings... my ceiling or my room or my window or something. And I'd try to move but just COULDN'T. Also, it felt like someone was performing CPR on me, pumping against my chest while I could do nothing to stop them. It was quite unpleasant.."

"Clowns and spiders. If you show me a spider with colorful clown marking on it, I'll achieve the eight-minute mile in the other direction."

Keep the conversation going! Leave a comment with your biggest fear. 

Next week, the Glass House Press authors will be going even further, and confessing their favorite scary book.

Happy Reading!

Meet Our New Authors: Kimberly Mitchell and J. David Wilcox

This week, Glass House Press is pleased to introduce you to two of our newest authors, Kimberly Mitchell and J. David Wilcox! They both sat down and answered ten questions about themselves, their books, favorite holidays, etc. Look for more information from Kimberly and J. David, as well as their books, soon. We've heard rumors that they might have stories coming up sooner than we expect!


1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Bill Wallace (A Dog Called Kitty and many other books) spoke at my school when I was in the 3rd grade. I remember thinking he seemed so normal, but being in awe at the same time because he was an author. That's when the seed was planted. 

2. What is your favorite genre to write? I love science fiction/fantasy, but I also enjoy historical novels and mysteries. Anything I write will include a good adventure and probably a journey of some kind because I love to travel and can't always do it, so my characters get to!

3. What five words would you use to describe your new book? Mysterious, chilling, survival, light, dreams.

4. Tell us about your book.

For seven years, half of Rainan’s life, the Emperor has scoured the desert for the Abed children that survived the war over water. If captured, they’re taken to the City, imprisoned, and never heard from again. Survival is one day at a time. Rainan uses her Dreams to find hidden water beneath the sand and keep her family, the other young survivors, alive.

During a midnight raid on the City’s food supply, Rainan’s worst fear is realized. Young Joel sacrifices his freedom to protect Rainan and is caught by the Emperor’s soldiers. Rainan is determined to save Joel. Hiding is no longer an option. 
Rainan must make a choice: she can surrender the family she loves to Joshua, an enigmatic Abed who has established Elior, a secret underground city harboring hundreds of gifted Abed children, or she can strike out on her own for the City, where the Nas rule and the Abed are hated, to find Joel.

One choice brings war; the other, death. In the midst of her struggle, Rainan begins to understand that her Dreams, and the other mysterious giftings the Abed children possess, are more than just a means of survival.

Rainan must use her Dreams, wits and the help of those around her, both Abed and Nas, to either save or destroy both peoples.

The choice is hers, but the consequences will shake the Nations.   

5. Do you have any quirks when you write? Eat a certain snack? Listen to a certain type of music? I try not to snack when I'm writing, but when I do, it's usually popcorn popped the old fashioned way on the stove top with lots of salt and some butter thrown in. I listen to NPR a lot because it's easy to tune out their mellow voices. I find I work better when it's not completely silent in the room. 

6. What is your favorite TV show at the moment? We just finished Stranger Things! I can always rewatch a Gilmore Girls and M*A*S*H. 

7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? I'll go with Star Wars.

8. What is something that most people seem afraid of, that you aren't? Public speaking.

9. Halloween is coming up. What would you dress up as if you could? My family dresses up every year! This year I actually have my own Jedi robe so that's probably the direction I'll take. 

10. What is your favorite color? Sunshine Yellow. No sky blue. No Razorback red. Ummm.

BONUS speed round:
Dogs or cats - Cats

Past or future - Past

Winter or Summer - Summer

Scary book or funny book - Funny

Halloween or Valentine's Day - Halloween! 

Shout out to one person who helped you in this publishing journey. My husband has been incredibly supportive of my writing for MANY years. So gotta give the shout out to him, although others have played major roles. More shout outs to come. 

ABOUT KIMBERLY: Kimberly Mitchell loves journeys, real or imagined. She has traveled to five continents, speaks four languages, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Relations and a Master’s degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She spent three years in Yemen and can't get the desert out of her blood. She lives on a small farm in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, many animals,  and the best souvenir she ever found, a Yemeni cat. Find out more about Kimberly at Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @KSMitch17.


1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first book with my best friend in 2nd grade, and eight-year-old me was really excited and proud of it! I think I've been trying to recapture that feeling ever since.

2. What is your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy is my oldest love, though I also really enjoy hard sci-fi and fairy tales.

3. Tell us about your story in five words.
The tragedy of growing up.

4. Tell us about your book in more than five words.
Nineteen years into humanity's first attempt at interstellar colonization, a horrible explosion occurs. Of the four-thousand souls aboard, only seven teenagers are left alive. The youngest of them, Eden, must face down her own crippling fears to become the leader they need and ensure humanity survives.

5. Do you have any quirks when you write? Eat a certain snack? Listen to a certain type of music?
When I'm in the zone, I usually go hours without eating anything, until I get so hungry I have to run to the kitchen and scarf something down quick. I put together playlists of soundtracks that fit the feel of my project to write to, and listen to those endlessly. Sometimes, if a song hits a scene perfectly as I'm writing it, I'll note it in the manuscript and put it on repeat while I write/edit the scene, until I've squeezed all the juice from it.

6. What is your favorite TV show at the moment?
That's tricky. Comedy? Silicon Valley. Drama? Stranger Things. If Stranger Things counts more as a short series, then my drama would've been The Good Wife before it ended - so that leaves Scandal. 
Can I have more categories?

7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

8. What is something that most people seem afraid of, that you aren't?
Spiders, based on the wife and daughter I live with.  

9. Halloween is coming up. What would you dress up as if you could?
Tristan Thorn from Stardust. Unless I could get an amazing prosthetic, then it would be Captain Hook. 

10. What is your favorite color?

BONUS speed round:
Dogs or cats - Cats

Past or future - Past

Winter or Summer - Winter in a place that snows, Summer in the place I live now

Scary book or funny book - Scary 

Halloween or Valentine's Day - Halloween 

Shout out to one person who helped you in this publishing journey.
My best friend since the 6th grade, Jeff Brooks (@redjackalope).

ABOUT J. DAVID: J. David is a reader, writer, and martial arts instructor residing in Portland, Oregon. He studied writing in southern Oregon and Utah Valley and now, given the perpetually overcast state of the Columbia River Basin, he dreams and writes of landscapes where one can see - or live amongst - the stars. You can find him on twitter @jdavidwilcox, Pinterest @JdavidWilcox, and Instagram @granitespire

Leave a comment to welcome Kimberly and J. David to the Glass House Press family! We're incredibly excited to have them, and can't wait to see their books in print. Next week, the GHP authors will share their biggest fears ... just in time to count down to Halloween!

Happy Reading,

The GH Family