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Spooky Legends: Kendare Blake

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends story is from author Kendare Blake.  Kendare’s recent release is ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (the first in a series), which is simply a phenomenal read.  The second installment in the series is GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, which hits shelves in 2012.  Kendare’s hero, Cassio Lowood, is a savvy ghost hunter and he has some pretty interesting supernatural stories to tell.  Part Supernatural (the show) and part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD will definitely leave its mark.  Want to know more?  Be sure to read the excerpt below to get a taste of this bone-chilling story.  Our story today features The Midnight Man urban legend.  Thanks to Kendare, you have a chance to win your own copy of the book.  Comment below for a chance to win!

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An Open Letter from Cas Lowood, Professional Ghost Killer, to Those Interested in Testing The Midnight Man Urban Legend

Dear People With Deathwishes-

It has come to my attention that a few of you are looking to tempt fate this Halloween by trying to conjure a malevolent spirit known amongst the Slumber Party Circuit as The Midnight Man. You’re wondering if it’s real. You’re wondering if you have the guts to see. Maybe you’re even wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make it out alive.

You probably don’t. But, who am I to rain on your parade? It’s Halloween, right? So go ahead. Get crazy. And hey, I want to know too. At least a dozen individual tips about this guy have come across my desk this month. Personally? I think it sounds like bunk. Absolute BS. So before I sit in a dark house with my athame, doing the dance and singing the song and feeling like an idiot, why don’t you do it? Test it for me, if you will. And if you live, and tell me it’s real, I’ll believe you, and come and kill the thing. Scout’s honor.

You know what to do. But in case you’re fuzzy, here are the instructions:

You’re going to need a piece of paper, and a sterilized needle. Also, a candle. And I guess a bunch of salt.

It has to be midnight when you start this. Like, midnight on the nuts, or it won’t work. Write your name on a piece of paper and add a drop of blood. Then tape it to your front door, but only if it’s made of wood. So I guess you need a wooden door. Also, tape.

Light a candle. All of the other lights should be out.

Knock on the door 22 times. The 22nd knock should take place on the last chime of midnight, so what, the twelfth chime I guess.

Open the door, blow out your candle. You’ve just summoned The Midnight Man. Now re-light your candle and try not to poop your pants.

Apparently now you just have to survive until 3:33 am, so, no trouble at all. If your candle goes out, it means he’s close. Then you’ve got to re-light your candle and sprinkle a circle of salt around you. I’ve never heard of this working, but my witchy friend Thomas says that it might. Good luck. Either way, you’re now sitting in the middle of a salt circle until 3:33am. Bring a book. If you don’t die, The Midnight Man will give up at 3:33.

Uh, stay clear of cold spots and run away from low whispers. Don’t try to leave the house, and don’t try to go to sleep. Otherwise, have a blast. If you see something corporeal, give me a call. Otherwise, stop it with this stuff. I’ve got murderers to deal with.

Disclaimer: my friend Carmel is insisting that I tell you to not really do this. To which I say, chill out Carmel, it’s not real. But okay, fine. Hey death-seekers. Don’t really do this. Leave it to the pros.

Yours truly,

Cas Lowood

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About Kendare:

Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

You can visit Kendare around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Kendare Blake?

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dr...Sleepwalk Society

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This giveaway is provided by Kendare Blake

One winner will receive a copy of Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Available on August 30, 2011 from Tor Teen

About the Book:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with K. D. McEntire**

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45 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Kendare Blake

  1. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I have never heard of the Midnight Man before, kind of creepy :) I love the cover to this book and I’ve heard great things about it. Thanks so much for the chance to win

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  2. Amy FournierNo Gravatar
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    I have read so many good reviews about this book and I really want to read it. Thanks so much for the chance to win it.

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    Many of my friends said that its a god book. So i want to read it.

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  4. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    I’d never heard of the Midnight Man either – very creepy! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  5. EpicEmmyNo Gravatar
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    I am a Supernatural addict!! I remember when I read one of the reviews I thought this was going to be an EPIC urban crossover story :) Like the Midnight Man— so sooooo creepy it’s almost too good to be true!!!

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  6. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    I’ve read good reviews also on this book. I want to know why she treats him differently than the others. I would love to win this…thanks for having it part of your Spooky Legends ;)

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  7. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    I hadn’t heard of this urban legend before. Loved that this take on it was written in the form of a letter. That was great!

    Every review of this book that I’ve read has been very positive. Really looking forward to reading this one! This is one of my favorite covers this year :-)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Brenda D.No Gravatar
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    I’v never heard of the midnight man before. It was spooky. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    I think I’m with Carmel on summoning the Midnight Man – don’t do this at home!

    Just the title alone of Anna Dressed in Blood makes me want to read it, and I hope to do so soon.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  10. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    I’ve been hearing alot about this book and so want to read it! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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  11. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    This has been on my radar, now I have to get it read!
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Ned LeffingwellNo Gravatar
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    This is cool, it reminds me of the old Black Magic Ritual Kit my dad used to own. The book looks creepy and good!

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  13. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    This books is on my wish list. A friend said it was hard to sleep with the lights off after reading it. Sounds like my kind of story. Thanks for the giveaway!

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  14. SandyNo Gravatar
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    I hadn’t heard of the Midnight Man but even if I had, I’d never try to conjure him. I’m too much of a scaredy cat. xD

    Anyway, thanks to you & Kendare for the post and giveaway :D

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  15. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    Book sounds awesome! Haven’t heard of this urban legend before though.

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  16. florentineNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard about this book and how amazing it was.. but haven’t read yet.. really suitable for my hallowen, reading it inte middle of night..

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  17. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    That gave me serious goose bumps. The cover of this book is gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out. It sounds soooo good. Thanks for the give away!!!

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  18. erinNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds AMAZING! I’ve been trying to get my hands on it but I’m on a book buying ban :( Haven’t heard of the urban legend…

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    Wow, Loved the legend. Gave me chills. I’ve been anticipating this read for months!!

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    I’ve heard nothing but creepy things about this book! And this urban legend doesn’t disappoint either!

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  21. Jessica HackNo Gravatar
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    Wow…this sounds so creepy! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. PamNo Gravatar
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    I think the books sounds very interesting and I rather like the cover art. I kind of think urban legends were just created to scare people but they certainly can be entertaining. LOL

    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. DeAnna (@SacredmOOn1)No Gravatar
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    I really like the cover to this book. I’ve always felt urban legends are from some real unexplained event sometime in history. *shrugs* There is just to much out there that isn’t explainable that happens. I so hope to win this book, I’ve heard nothing but great reviews of it. Ty for the giveaway chance! Cheers!!
    moc.liamgnull@1noomdercas

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  24. joannie sparksNo Gravatar
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    All i know about these 2 books are what ive read in reviews. I have been wanting to read about Anne Ressed in Blood since iy came out. I need to know how you jill a ghost or how a ghost kills a ghost and whu anna does not lkill yhis person after killing so many. and whu she is kullong all together everyone. Now for Urban Legends i don’t know much all i do know is that Midnight Man is smething i want to read and i loved the way it started out as a letter. I don’t know its gard for me to write more untill i read it. I want both of these books My GFC name is jscddmj and i twittered and twitter name os joannie1956 http://twitter.com/#!/joannie1956/status/130502913465389056

    This is everything that was asked for above and i don’t think its working so i put it all here. Joannie jscddmj[at]aok[dot]com

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    I think urban legends are mostly made up, but some may have a tiny hint of truth in it.

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  26. AmyS.No Gravatar
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    Great urban legend and I can not wait to read the book.
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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  27. OngeNo Gravatar
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    I have never heard of this before. I will not be trying it either.
    The book sounds awesome. Can’t wait to read it.

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  28. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    I have heard great things about this book but have not had a chance to pick it up yet

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  29. erin fNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the great post! It was really spooky! I’d never do it, but people who go to all the effort to “summon” a ghost get what’s coming, I guess ;)

    I’ve heard such wonderful buzz about this book. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  30. LaKishaNo Gravatar
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    The buzz about this book is incredible, can’t wait to read!

    moc.oohaynull@senojaahsikal

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  31. SusanNo Gravatar
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    This is the first that I have heard about this book. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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    I can’t say that I have ever heard this one before! Very creepy! I love this book cover btw.

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  33. Ammy BelleNo Gravatar
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    OMG I so want to read this book!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com
    http://lateintothenight.blogspot.com/

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    Okay, I will not be trying to on Halloween. Cool story. I have heard wonderful things about this book, would love to read it. Thanks.

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    It’s been a long time since a good ghost story came along. I think Anna Dressed in Blood is here just in time.

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  36. HeatherNo Gravatar
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    this book sounds very interesting.

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  37. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Ghost stories are growing on me this season, and this books is just begging me to read it.

    amarilys(dot)acosta9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Heather HNo Gravatar
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    Wow. I have never heard of the The Midnight Man and I’m gonna be a big scaredy cat and not summon him. Both the urban legend and Anna Dressed in Blood are really interesting. I can’t wait to read Cas’s story. Thanks for the give away.

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  39. KarissaNo Gravatar
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    I want to read this book sooo bad!! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  40. elenaNo Gravatar
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    Love this book cover, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it! Thanks so much for this giveaway! onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. elizabethNo Gravatar
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    I love this book!!!! I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them

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  42. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, but I have heard so many great things about it. Plus I think I’ll stay away from trying to summon The Midnight Man.

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  43. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    Not familiar with this urban legend, but the book sounds awesome!

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  44. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    I have been hearing so many things about this book I really look forward to reading it! Thank you very much great giveaway!

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  45. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    I have heard good things about this book and I want to read it really badly. Even though the legend I read through narrowed eyes, yeah I’m a chicken.

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