Friday, 9 May 2014

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Tragic Silence by E.C. Hibbs

Publication date: November 19th 2013
Genres: New Adult,  Paranormal,  Suspense


When tragedy strikes Bianka Farkas one night in her native Hungary, she loses more than a friend and her mobility. Some things are harder to understand. Waking up in a hospital, Bee struggles to remember exactly what happened the night she was attacked and witnessed a brutal murder. Memories of a mysterious figure plague her as well as bizarre and terrifying changes in her over the next few years. Facing this new horrifying reality with a surprising ally, Bee finally has the chance to take her revenge but at what cost?



E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, north-west England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first ‘book’ when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.

Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.

There are many things she could be without, but writing isn’t one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.

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 My Top Ten Horror Movies 

Trying to narrow this down was quite tough because I am obsessed with horror films, and I could easily have picked another ten on top of these! But I think I’ve managed to come up with my absolute favourites – SPOILERS!!! 

1. The Exorcist 

This movie is incredible. The atmosphere is amazing, the acting is amazing, and the special effects are amazing! I love watching the way Regan transforms from an innocent young girl into one of the scariest onscreen demons ever. The exorcism itself is my favourite part, and I always feel as though I’m right there in the room while everything is going on. And I love how it managed to be so realistic just by using puppetry and some brilliant makeup. There’s no CGI wizardry in sight, and that’s another reason why I like it so much. And Mercedes McCambridge’s voice as the demon always goes right through me. The Exorcist will always be my all-time favourite horror movie! 

2. The Shining 

My favourite Jack Nicholson performance! I love how creepy he is in this film. And I think that a film will always become scarier when there’s a young child at stake. In some respects, I feel for Danny in the same way I do for Regan in The Exorcist when she’s in the early stages of possession. They both have an innocence about them which is threatened. But the scariest thing about this movie is that while there are ghosts and something paranormal is probably going on, the villain isn’t a one-dimensional killer. It’s someone who should love and protect you. And the way it was shot really brings home this idea of being trapped in a huge space that suddenly seems very small. 

3. Nosferatu 

The word I’d use to sum this up is “masterpiece.” It’s very clearly inspired by Dracula, and all the characters’ names were changed to get around copyright, but I look at this movie as a story in its own right. I just love how dark and creepy it is, and the fact that it’s a silent film adds to the atmosphere brilliantly. It’s not scary in the way that modern horror films are, but it’s certainly haunting, and there’s a constant sense of unease from beginning to end. I don’t think I will ever get tired of Nosferatu! 

4. Carrie (1977 version) 

I was obsessed with this film when I first saw it. I think the main reason why I love it so much as a scary movie is because of how Piper Laurie portrayed Carrie’s mother. She is pretty much exactly how I imagined her when I read the book. She reminds me a little of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. The level of her insensitivity towards her daughter adds the scares to what I tend to see as quite a sad movie. I haven’t seen the remake with Chloe Grace Moretz, but I think for me, Sissy Spacek will always be Carrie. 

5. The Silence of the Lambs 

One of the reasons why I love this movie so much is because it almost seems to give a double-dose of unease. For me, like for a lot of people, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is what makes it brilliant. I love how creepy and suave he is, and the mind games he plays with Clarice are really unsettling. I think the part that really gave me the creeps was when you first see him, and he’s just standing in the middle of his cell as though he knew she was coming to see him. But the other reason why I think it’s scary is Buffalo Bill. The way he acts set my teeth on edge in every single scene. Together I think they’re two of the most chilling characters from the 1990s. 

6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose 

I wasn’t too sure what to make of this when I first watched it, but now I think it’s a really clever film. I love how it’s part horror movie and part courtroom drama, and lets you come to your own conclusions at the end. It all works on a psychological level rather than just being a slasher. Was Emily really the victim of demonic possession, or the victim of mental illness? If she was possessed, are the entities impacting the court case itself? All the possibilities are quite unsettling, especially in the way Jennifer Carpenter manages to contort her body in all sorts of weird ways. And the fact that this film is based on a true story really fascinates me. I’ve watched it loads of times, and I’m sure I’ll watch it loads more! 

7. The Omen (1976 version) 

I love everything about this movie; the casting, the music (EPIC!), the way it was shot... I know some of the effects maybe look a little bit dated now, but I don’t care about that. But the main thing I love about this is Damien himself, and the kid they got to play him. I love how sweet and innocent he looks, and I can sympathise with the other characters more because I think it honestly would be tough to believe he could be capable of such evil with that cute little face. One of my main problems with the remake was that Damien looked a bit creepy to begin with, and I think that made the character lose some of his power. Plus, Gregory Peck is brilliant in this movie! 

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 version) 

This is one of those movies where I think the real scares come more from the idea it’s giving rather than what you actually see. This is a really good film and one of my favourites from the 80s, but I never really took to the characters too much. The main thing that I found creepy was the idea of never being able to sleep again if you wanted to live. How are you supposed to fight that? Or, even if you managed to come up with a plan like Nancy did, what are the chances you could keep focused enough to see it through on so little energy? In hindsight, I can see how I might have taken a bit of inspiration from this movie’s themes for Tragic Silence. But as it stands, I love this film, and Freddy will always be one of my top bad guys! 

9. The Grudge 

The premise to this film was one that I found really interesting, and one of the reasons why I liked it so much was because of its non-linear narrative. I found myself thinking back on it after I’d watched it, trying to piece together all the subplots in the right order and figure out just what had happened. The scariest scene for me was when Kayako appears under the bedcovers. And that death rattle noise she makes is one of the creepiest sounds I’ve ever heard on film. 

10. Scream 

I like how this film seems to have a bit of everything. It’s a horror at heart, but there’s also comedy and a mystery element to it as well, and I think it’s quite clever in the way it satirizes the genre. All the scenes with Jamie Kennedy make me laugh out loud, but I did jump a few times too when I first saw this movie, and I like how you can get invested with the characters. I never had any doubt that Sidney was going to survive, but I liked how there were layers to her which allowed me to follow her emotional turmoil through the movie.

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