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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Chance to win iTunes vouchers...

We’re dying to hear more about you and what you’re into so if you fill in our short survey (HERE) before 13th November you’ll be entered into our iTunes VOUCHER prize draw!!


Ever wondered what you’d look like as an illustration? Well now’s your chance to find out!

In celebration of Cathy Brett’s fantastic EMBER FURY, the illustrated story of a teenage firestarter, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to WIN A PART IN CATHY’S NEXT BOOK, SCARLETT DEDD.

To be in with a chance of winning this red hot prize, all you have to do is take a picture of yourself reading EMBER FURY in the “hottest” place you can think of, no flames necessary (think tropical beach, cool club, funky shop etc.) Get your thinking caps on, get creative, and send us your most scorching snap!

The closing date is December 31st with the winner (chosen by Cathy Brett) announced on The B Word blog on January 14th. To enter you need to email your picture as an attachment to us at this address. (sip01normal@photos.flickr.com)

Make sure you include a subject line, as the title of your picture, and include a description and your name and contact details in the main body of the email (don't worry - this will all be kept private!).

Once the winner has been announced we’ll make the gallery public so that you can see all the entries.

Terms & Conditions

1. The prize offer is a an illustrated part in Cathy Brett’s book SCARLETT DEDD.

2. The competition is open to anyone, except employees of Headline Publishing Group and related companies.

3. The winner will be notified after the closing date of 31 December 2009. The winner will be notified by email within 14 days of the promotion closing date and is required to accept their prize by email within 14 days of notification. In the event of non-acceptance within the specified period, the promoter reserves the right to reallocate the prize.

4. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence, apart from notification, will be entered into.

5. The prize is not transferable to any third party and cannot be exchanged for cash, or redeemed in conjunction with any other offers.

6. Headline has arranged this competition in good faith but does not accept liability relating to this prize.

Promoter: Headline Publishing Group, 338 Euston Road, London, NW1 3BH

Monday, 26 October 2009

Scary movies

Wondering what to watch this Halloween? Here are some scary (and silly) film suggestions for a spooky night on the sofa...

Not for the nervous, this chilling ghost story starring Nicole Kidman is seriously jumpy. You may want to watch this one with the lights on.

Based on a book by Neil Gaiman, this animated tale of a girl who should be careful what she wishes for might look like a kids' film but it's actually pretty creepy stuff.

The 1990 Jim Henson film version of this Roald Dahl classic is getting a little old now but is still well worth watching. Plus the Grand High Witch is really, really gross.

The witches in this one aren't quite so scary but they are pretty entertaining. Be warned: This is Halloween Disney-style.

High school horror plus Josh Hartnett. It's a lethal combination.

If you've no idea what this is, exactly what rock have you been hiding under?? A vampire flick with a romantic twist based on the massively popular Stephanie Meyer books.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

It's time to scare yourself silly...

The spookiest time of year is almost here, which means 2 things:

1. More sweets than your molars can handle

2. Fancy dress

If you're planning on heading to a fancy dress party this Halloween but you can't be bothered to spend hours on an elaborate outfit involving glue, safety pins and bits of cardboard, here's a couple of ridiculously simple costume suggestions...

THE ZOMBIE - Super simple, just think Shaun of the Dead. Rip a few holes in some old clothes and get creative with the tomato ketchup/red food dye/that fake blood you can't get off your skin for months. Most effective when you walk with a limp, put your head on your shoulder and slobber a lot.

THE GHOST - There's two approaches here. Stick a sheet over your head or dress completely in white and and make yourself as pasty as possible with talc/flour/face paint (depending on your budget). Don a big black wig and you could even go as our very own GHOSTGIRL, Charlotte Usher.

If you're a Halloween party host, play some fun (and potentially gross) games to get the party started...


Take some traditional carved pumpkin heads (or plastic bags if that's too much like hard work) and put something in each one (fake snakes or spiders to make people jump, or baked beans or mashed banana for the yuk factor - basically your kitchen cupboard is your oyster). Then blindfold your guests and make them guess what they're touching.

This game involves picking up apples from a tub filled with water using only your teeth. If you want to be strict, tie contestants hands behind their backs and blindfold them. Make this even messier by setting the apples (or some other spookier objects) in a big bucket of jelly. yummmmmmmmmm.

And if you're staying in instead and planning a scary movie fest, we'll be blogging soon with some fantastically frightening Halloween movies.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Calling all Spotify Users

Check out Ember Fury's playlist on Spotify here.

We'd love to hear about what bands you like listening to - leave us a comment about your favourite music.

Or why not create a playlist inspired by one of your favourite books and share it with us in the comments section?