Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nightmare on Query Street Free Pass

The Free Pass is over. Check the rafflecopter for the winner. Thanks to everyone who played! It was fun!


Contests are subjective. I like to take some of that out of the equation with an equalizer like a free pass! It lets someone who might not make the finals go before agents and get help from mentors. And can you believe it? The runner up from Query Combat this year was my FREE PASS! Leslie had a super query and a stand out plot. I think she would have been picked anyway, but you never know. :-)





So let's talk about this opportunity.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell that to the rafflecopter to be entered. There will be other extra entry options that you can skip or use for bonus chances.

I want you to name your favorite Halloween book or movie. It can be scary or not. I myself don't care much for scary. I like a funny Halloween entertainment like Hocus Pocus or those Scooby Doo movies, where the whole family can watch. Poltergeist is the limit of my horror movie tolerance, but I know many people love to scare themselves. So here's your chance to share what scares you. Or maybe you have a family tradition you watch every year.

This will run from today until October 14 when the rafflecopter will pick one winner. The Free Pass winner will bypass the slush and become one of Michelle's Minions for Nightmare on Query Street. They will work with a mentor to polish and then be entered in the agent round, where 25 agents will read their work.

Don't forget to use the rafflecopter if you comment or your entry will not be processed.

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101 comments:

  1. My favorite Halloween movie has to be Hocus Pocus. I live near Salem and love the witch culture over there.

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  2. Oh I adore Hocus Pocus! I had the VHS tape and would watch it on repeat, even when it wasn't even close to Halloween!

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  3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nothing else compares to a midnight showing of that on Halloween night!

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  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury...both the book and the movie!

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  5. I love Edward Scissorhands.....Johnny Depp at his quirky-adorable-slightly-freakish-best. As a kid, I thought it was horror, then I watched it as a grown-up and it made me laugh and cry. ~Lindsay Bandy

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  6. Ok...idk if this counts as a Halloween movie, but I love watching The Craft while sipping a pumpkin spice latte on Halloween night.

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  7. It's hard for an October to pass without my wife getting me to watch Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Beetlejuice, or the Witches (all her favorites). But last year when I took my daughter to buy Hocus Pocus and the store was out, I let her pick a movie of her choice, and ever since, she has been obsessed with Coraline.

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  8. Our recent tradition has been a BtVS marathon followed by Episode 4.02 of The X-Files - "Home" - which is particularly disturbing and creeptastic.

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  9. Of all the phenomenal scary movies and stories, nothing captures a holiday like a 1980's television special, and Garfield's Halloween Adventure owns Halloween. It's on Youtube if you need a nostalgia trip!

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  10. is it too wimpy of me to say that most scary movies make me hide? my favorite "halloween" movie is "young frankenstein." it's scary enough because it's black and white -- and, well, MARTY FELDMAN'S EYES! ;) seriously, i would rather laugh my way out of scary stuff. but that's just me :)

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  11. I don't like scary movies, but I love Hocus Pocus. DD3 is now 11 and she loves it too. We watch it every year. Fingers crossed my 4yo is now old enough to enjoy it. It was too scary for her last year. :(

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  12. The Nightmare Before Christmas! Or Corpse Bride if that counts :)

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  13. Recently, it's got to be The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier! Fabulous, macabre spooky MG novel about a crumbling Victorian manor and an evil tree. :)

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  14. I can't watch scary movies, but give me a scary book and I'm hooked. My favorite is The Shining by Stephen King. It still scares me more than any other book.

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  15. I can't really watch scary movies either, but I love reading a good Stephen King book. If I had to choose one, though, I'd go with the original SCREAM movie.

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  16. The Nightmare Before Christmas is always a family favorite :)

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  17. I like watching the Charlie Brown special for Halloween with my kids.

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  18. My favourite scary movie is Event Horizon. The loathing that comes across that ship....

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  19. I like the classics, The Shining--both the book and the movie.

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  20. My favorite Halloween book is Halloween by Jerry Seinfeld. He turns one of his stand-up routines into a children's picture book. The illustrations are great. I think the book is hilarious--and so do my kids.

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  21. My favorite horror movie is The Ring. Not only is it creepy, but it's a very well constructed story, which I've spoken about in my own blog in the past.

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  22. I'm not much on scary, either! My all time fave is It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. :)

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  23. So many favorite horror movies, but it's so difficult to pick just one since I found that, within horror, there are different genres (gore, ghosts, zombies, fun, etc.)

    I guess, for me, the one that scared the pants off me was "The Ring" - I had to sleep with my younger sister for about three months, with a nightlight, and a cover over the TV in my room.....did I mention I was 15 years old and my sister was 13? Oh yeah...to this day, the phone rings and I still jump, and I won't go near wells even if you paid me (though, for a free pass into NOQS, point in my the direction of a well! lol)

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  24. Favorite scary book: Intensity by Dean Koontz. Favorite scary movie: nuh-uh, don't have one - hate to be scared.

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  25. Favorite Halloween movie is: The Nightmare before Christmas.

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  26. Practical Magic. Sandra Bullock AND Nicole Kidman...Yes Please! So fun to watch and my kinda scary :)

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  27. I'm really into Vampire Diaries right now!

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  28. So many...I'll have to go with The Sixth Sense.

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  29. Something Wicked This Way Comes scared the pants off me when I was a kid. It's my favorite scary movie from that time because I do not do horror - at all. Bf took me to one of the Friday the 13th movies and I viewed the whole thing through my fingers.

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  30. My favorite horror movie is Scream, which gave me nightmares for a whole week.

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  31. I'm right with you Michelle, I love Hocus Pocus....oh and Gayle right above me, I second Beetlejuice!

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  32. All the movies mentioned are great and special in their own way. I feel like Gremlins belongs in this amazing movie marathon we're planning. But I have to agree with Shari, The Great Pumpkin rules! Anyone know when it's on this year? Lol

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  33. Sorry, sorry everyone but I lean toward the classics. My all-time favorite (aside from Ed Woods' classics) is the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi. He may not have been classically handsome, but I love his sardonic elegance and grace as well as the beautiful soundtrack especially his entrance. Then there are the gorgeous sets and my favorite character Renfield with the great line: "A fly? Who wants a fly when there are nice, juicy spiders?"

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  35. My kids are 8,5, and 2. We've had the same Halloween tradition since my oldest was 3. The night before Halloween we make spooky snacks like caramel apples, candy corn rice crispy treats, ect. and we watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, and the old Goosebumps show that I have downloaded. Then we paint or carve pumpkins and make Halloween crafts like hand puppets and stuff. On Halloween we watch the same movies (because they're the best) and drink hot cocoa and hot apple cider after trick or treating.

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  36. Junie B. Jones: Boo . . . And I Mean It! by Barbara Parks. Best read aloud.

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  37. The Shining all the way, book and movie both. I'm all about the classics!

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  38. Casper! The 1995 Christina Ricci version. I grew up watching it.

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  39. Hands down, Nightmare Before Christmas. It's one of my favorite movies in general (can I have Zero for a pet? Please?).

    Other than that, Hocus Pocus, Holloweentown, basically anything light and Disney (I'm a wimp).

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  40. I have to agree with so many others. Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie. I watch it every year.

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  41. I love watching It, based on the Stephen King novel. It scared the crap out of me as a kid and made me afraid of bathtub drains (true story), but it also has a solid storyline and some great acting by Tim Curry.

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  42. I loved the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Anyone else?

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  43. It's not a movie, but the only Halloween show I watch is It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Classic.
    -Leslie

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  44. My favorite Halloween movie is Ghostbusters!
    -Ann

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  45. While I like some scary movies, if I had to pick a favorite Halloween one, it'd be Corpse Bride. It has a fun Halloween-y feel to it. Nightmare Before Christmas is a close second.

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  46. Being in Australia, we really don't do much for Halloween... generally even the free-to-air stations aren't in on it. But I do love the Witches of Eastwick...

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  47. I don't think I have a favorite Halloween movie, but I loved when my favorite TV shows like Charmed did a Halloween special episode.

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  48. I enjoy the full spectrum of Halloween movies - funny, silly, scary, horrifying, even the silent version of Nosferatu. My all-time favorite is Donnie Darko. Remarkably confusing, equally scary and touching, it's one that keeps you thinking long after the credits have rolled.

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  49. Absolutely Nightmare before Christmas.

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  50. I can't choose. My favorites are Zombieland, BeetleJuice, and Ghostbusters.

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  51. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Halloween is about the end of the harvest, the end of the light... facing possible death in the coming year and being OK with it. Having faith that there is rebirth at the end of the darkness.

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  52. Hocus Pocus and Scooby-Doo, the live action ones. I make my kids watch them with me if I can find them on TV.

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  53. I am Legend, Dawn of the Dead, or any zombie movie.

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  54. I'm posting for Patti S. Flood that Corpse Bride is her favorite!

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  55. I don't really like scary movies, but I'll watch comedy ones, like Shaun of the Dead or the Scary Movie series

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  56. Easy answer. I love The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. By far my favorite adult style read at Halloween time, for when I'm feeling young it is hard to beat Goosebumps Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns.

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  57. Salem's Lot scared the hell out of me as a kid

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  58. The Nightmare Before Christmas (I still think it's a Halloween movie!) is my favorite movie. In books, the Goosebumps series has always stuck with me.

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  59. Nightmare before Christmas, always! Although Halloweentown is a classic. =)

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  60. Not much of a scary movie fan, so for Halloween I stick with ET or Hocus Pocus.

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  61. My favorite movie is Hocus Pocus

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  62. I really like Hocus Pocus, but for favorite books, literally all the Stephen King novels.

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  63. My whole crew loves Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin for Halloween. =)

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  64. Halloween movies: slasher flicks like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Me and my family would watch those every Halloween.

    Books: Pet Sematary :) that is the scariest book I have ever read.

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  65. It's a tie for me between every Scooby Doo ever, and The Conjuring.

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  67. Either Nightmare Before Christmas or Edward Scissorhands!

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  68. I don't do a lot of horror, but there's this book called The House with the Clock in its Walls that gave me a life-long aversion to ticking clocks, so... I'd have to go with that one.

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  69. Favorite Halloween movies--It's the Great Pumpkin-Charlie Brown and ET.
    What can I say? I don't do scary--obviously. My kids are much braver than me.

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  70. Nightmare before Christmas! One of my favorite movies ever. :)

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  71. I absolutely LOVE Hocus Pocus since I was a kid when it came out and grew up watching it all the time. Of course I own the DVD... I also make it a point to watch an old, forgotten Disney Channel Original TV show called, "So Weird" that was my first real introduction to genre blending between science fiction and urban fantasy and HEAVILY influenced my writing. It was heralded as "The X-Files for kids." I also love The X-Files too... What can I say? I prefer campy horror that leaves viewers with enough overarching mystery and weekly mysteries to keep them glued to their seat and engaged.

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  72. I'm not much into horror, kind of creeps me out. I love Practical Magic any time of year!

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  73. We don't really do Halloween here in oz, and I for one am a big fraidy cat, so I'd go Practical Magic too! Aiden Quinn. Yum.

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  74. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

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  75. Stephen King's The Stand, tv series was good, but doesn't hold a candle to the book. It's a horror story, a love story, a redemption story, an uplifting story, a tragedy, the apocalypse, good vs evil... it's got everything. The ultimate epic horror novel.

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  76. So many amazing movies to choose from! I have to pick "Nightmare Before Christmas" with "Hocus Pocus" in close second!

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  77. The Sixth Sense is my favorite. I love the performances and the surprise twist at the end. I never saw it coming, by the way!!

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  79. My fav is Nightmare Before Christmas. I saw it when I was a kid and thought it was the most creative thing I'd seen! I still watch it every year.

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  80. I love Halloween and all the things associated with it, from costumes to scary, horror to funny, all of it. If I have to pick just one movie it would have to be The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  81. As a fantasy buff - It will always be Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

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  82. My husband and I like to watch resident evil around this time of year. It scares me to death every time...

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  83. My favorite Halloween movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas (:

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  84. Not really a Halloween movie, but What Lies Beneath gives me the chills. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer are fantastic.

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  85. Okay, so it's a Christmas movie, but I have to say Gremlins. I really just adore that movie. It has all the starting points of a hero's journey with the mysterious man and the magical item, but then it rips the rug out from under you and goes into horror territory. And I love it when the mom is about to die, but nope! She turns on the blender and you get a gremlin smoothie.

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  86. I think Beetlejuice for funny and for scary maybe Insidious or the original Paranormal Activity...there are so many good ones!!

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  87. My favorite Halloween book is Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull. The fact that going into an ordinary haunted house sends one to a faraway and unfriendly land is horribly creepy.

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  88. Rocky Horrow Picture Show is a must every Halloween. -Elvin

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  89. My first experience watching horror was a really old movie (don't remember the name). I found it disturbingly funny. I'm sure it wasn't the intended effect but the deed was done. Horror? Nope, not for me.

    The Disney movies are fun to watch though. I loved Casper.

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  90. I'm not much into scary, but I loved the Nightmare Before Christmas. Does that count?

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  91. Wait Until Dark with Aubrey Hepburn. It's my favorite to watch it with someone who's never seen it before.

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  92. I like the old school scary movies: Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Chainsaw Massacre, Children of the Corn, Friday the 13th.

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