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Discuss the October 2016 Book of the Month, Unspeakable Acts by Janet Leigh Green.
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Post by hsimone » 04 Oct 2016, 10:42

Unspeakable Acts is meant to be a pretty spooky tale.

On a scale of 1 (not really scary :) ) - 5 (extremely scary :shock: :twisted: ), what rating would you give this read and why? What made this scary or not scary for you?
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Post by klbradley » 04 Oct 2016, 11:55

I would probably give the book between a 3 and 4. I didn't really find it all that scary but it was extremely dark and twisted, which does add in some scary factors.
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Post by gali » 04 Oct 2016, 12:21

klbradley wrote:I would probably give the book between a 3 and 4. I didn't really find it all that scary but it was extremely dark and twisted, which does add in some scary factors.
Ditto!

I also didn't find it that scary, but some scenes were very chilling to say the least.
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Post by AlyssaC » 04 Oct 2016, 14:30

I agree that I did not find this book scary in the way you would anticipate a ghost related story being. I actually it some ways found the interactions with the ghost almost amusing. I did however, find some very dark and twisted topics in the book. I felt the book revolved more around the concept of pure evil existing than ghost.

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 04 Oct 2016, 15:02

Agree with everyone saying it wasn't exactly what I would call scary, I would describe it more as disturbing. An entertaining type of disturbing. :D So I guess on a scale I would give it a 3ish.

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Post by hsimone » 04 Oct 2016, 15:06

Disturbing is a good point. I found what Martha did with animals the most disturbing scenes. When reading, I usually try to visualize and play a movie in my head, but with these parts, I definitely did not. We have a dog, and it was just terrible how messed up the little girl was.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 04 Oct 2016, 22:54

Oh I love this question! This is so much fun I can't stand it! You all got what I was trying to do. The ghost was meant to be a little amusing at tmes. I am freestyle in my writing, I learned today that's called a pancer, is that right? Anyway, I have no idea where the story is going until I write it. Those animal scenes disturbed me too, but it had to go on the paper...i couldn't stop it.

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Post by hsimone » 05 Oct 2016, 09:18

Janetleighgreen wrote:Oh I love this question! This is so much fun I can't stand it! You all got what I was trying to do. The ghost was meant to be a little amusing at tmes. I am freestyle in my writing, I learned today that's called a pancer, is that right? Anyway, I have no idea where the story is going until I write it. Those animal scenes disturbed me too, but it had to go on the paper...i couldn't stop it.
It's awesome that you're having fun. :D The concept of your book is definitely a fun one to talk about!

I do feel that this book isn't a 5 in spookiness level for me because I'm not having nightmares (like I did when I watched The Exorcist :shock: ), even with the disturbing animal scenes. Kudos for putting in those scenes even if they are uncomfortable. It gives the reader a better idea of who Martha really was.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 05 Oct 2016, 10:58

This book didn't scare me, but a few of the characters (you can probably guess which ones) did disturb me. I guess I would give it a 3.
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 05 Oct 2016, 12:47

hsimone wrote:
Janetleighgreen wrote:Oh I love this question! This is so much fun I can't stand it! You all got what I was trying to do. The ghost was meant to be a little amusing at tmes. I am freestyle in my writing, I learned today that's called a pancer, is that right? Anyway, I have no idea where the story is going until I write it. Those animal scenes disturbed me too, but it had to go on the paper...i couldn't stop it.
It's awesome that you're having fun. :D The concept of your book is definitely a fun one to talk about!

I do feel that this book isn't a 5 in spookiness level for me because I'm not having nightmares (like I did when I watched The Exorcist :shock: ), even with the disturbing animal scenes. Kudos for putting in those scenes even if they are uncomfortable. It gives the reader a better idea of who Martha really was.
Thank you for that because as I said in a previous post, I just write and the story goes wherever it wants and I feel compelled to let it Flow. Lol! I'm glad you appreciate that.

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Post by hsimone » 07 Oct 2016, 07:32

Janetleighgreen wrote:
hsimone wrote:
Janetleighgreen wrote:Oh I love this question! This is so much fun I can't stand it! You all got what I was trying to do. The ghost was meant to be a little amusing at tmes. I am freestyle in my writing, I learned today that's called a pancer, is that right? Anyway, I have no idea where the story is going until I write it. Those animal scenes disturbed me too, but it had to go on the paper...i couldn't stop it.
It's awesome that you're having fun. :D The concept of your book is definitely a fun one to talk about!

I do feel that this book isn't a 5 in spookiness level for me because I'm not having nightmares (like I did when I watched The Exorcist :shock: ), even with the disturbing animal scenes. Kudos for putting in those scenes even if they are uncomfortable. It gives the reader a better idea of who Martha really was.
Thank you for that because as I said in a previous post, I just write and the story goes wherever it wants and I feel compelled to let it Flow. Lol! I'm glad you appreciate that.
I absolutely appreciate it! I love when characters just kind of take over, and they become the ones telling the story, not the author. :)
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Post by Scott » 07 Oct 2016, 12:23

I agree with those before me. It was more distributing and dark than scary. About 3 seem right. I actually like it better for that reason. I like dark stories :shock2:
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Post by Janetleighgreen » 07 Oct 2016, 12:58

Scott wrote:I agree with those before me. It was more distributing and dark than scary. About 3 seem right. I actually like it better for that reason. I like dark stories :shock2:
As most of you know, I hired a new editor and we are in the process of a new edit. There is so much work to do! I can't believe my previous editor missed so much! I am actually re-writing parts of the book, but keeping the story line the same. I hope you all go back and read it again when it's done! Maybe there will be some scarier, creepier stuff in there! Lol! Thoughts???

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Post by Genaaa » 09 Oct 2016, 23:22

It's not so much scary, as it is kind of disturbing in a way. Taking that disturbing quality in consideration, I'd rate it like a 3.

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Post by lane_vespertine » 11 Oct 2016, 23:46

Janetleighgreen wrote:
Scott wrote:I agree with those before me. It was more distributing and dark than scary. About 3 seem right. I actually like it better for that reason. I like dark stories :shock2:
As most of you know, I hired a new editor and we are in the process of a new edit. There is so much work to do! I can't believe my previous editor missed so much! I am actually re-writing parts of the book, but keeping the story line the same. I hope you all go back and read it again when it's done! Maybe there will be some scarier, creepier stuff in there! Lol! Thoughts???
I think this is a great idea!

I remember reading some author (honestly don't remember who) that explained that there is always something that can be improved or changed in every novel. And at some point you just have to say "enough" not because you are done per se, but because you feel as though you have done as much as you can at that moment.

I wasn't a big fan of this book. I felt like some of the characters, especially in the beginning, were a bit wooden and unrelatable. They filled out a bit throughout the story, but I would love to read a version that tweaked this a bit.

Going back to the purpose of this thread, I found the book to be a solid two.
The first interaction with the ghost (it's been a few weeks since I read it and can't remember the woman's name and don't have it in front of me...) just sort of happened. Yeah, there was the noise indicating its arrival, which is a good theme! But I felt like a little more atmosphere in this first encounter we read about could have helped build a creepier vibe throughout. Like how music in a horror movie can prime you into getting scared even when nothing is happening (yet.)

The last book that has ever deserved a five on the scariness rating from me is Salem's Lot. I read it when I was pretty young and I had to stay up all night to finish it because I couldn't sleep. So, this is my reference point.

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