Hump Day Happy Deals Vol. 1

Welcome to Vol. 1 of Hump Day Happy Deals. I tend to head out to thrift stores, looking for cheap books and other miscellaneous items. We don’t get too many yard sales around my neck of the woods, so I have to rely on thrift stores for all my good stuff I want. I am also always on the look out for cheap movies and good deals online.

First up are some books that I discovered at the local Value Village, a thrift store with tons of a good stuff, usually for pretty cheap. Although lately, they have been raising prices on books and it’s making me a little ticked off, but that would be for another article titled: “Things That Tick Tatlock Off”.

Books

Bought for $2

First book I found was Playmates (not what you’re probably thinking), written by Andrew Neiderman, who also wrote the book Pin.

Synopsis: A woman driving upstate with her five-year-old daughter takes a shortcut
that leads to disaster when her car breaks down in a rainstorm. When
they seek refuge in a nearby farmhouse, she and her daughter become
“playmates” in a violent whirlpool of unrelenting terror.

Bought for $2

Next up was Star Wars: Survivor’s Quest, another Star Wars book, by the talented Timothy Zahn (The Thrawn Trilogy). 

Synopsis: Luke Skywalker and his
wife, Mara, get a strange message from the Chiss: Come and get the
remains of the mysterious Outbound Flight Project. But there is more
than meets the eye to this unexpected gift, as the newlyweds come face
to face with the past! For someone is still alive in the Outbound Flight
ships, and they’re not interested in visitors. Plus there’s at least
one imposter along on the mission, and maybe more, and it will be up to
Luke and Mara to uncover all the secrets and prevent another war from
breaking out.

Bought for $2

The Bro Code book, based on probably the only good character on How I Met Your Mother.

Synopsis: Everyone’s life is
governed by an internal code of conduct. Some call it morality. Others
call it religion. But Bros in the know call this holy grail the Bro
Code.

Historically a spoken tradition passed from one generation
to the next, the official code of conduct for Bros appears here in its
published form for the first time ever. By upholding the tenets of this
sacred and legendary document, any dude can learn to achieve Bro-dom.

Bought for $1.50

Phantom, a collection of creepy and scary stories!

Synopsis: No ax murderers hunting
sexy teens. No brutal torture for torture’s sake. Phantom goes beyond
the scare! From paranoid gold prospectors to lonely curators,
Satan-worshipping Long Island teens, metaphysics-obsessed television
reporters, and to Peter and Olivia and their devastating final choices
detailed in the last pages of this anthology, the fourteen stories of
Phantom present their horrors differently, but they all ask: How does
anyone live through this? Paul Tremblay and Sean Wallace have collected
fourteen stories by today’s most thoughtful writers of horror, each
asking the questions beyond “what is frightening”? This is just the
beginning, however, with stories from Steve Rasnic Tem, Lavie Tidhar, F.
Brett Cox, Stephen Graham Jones, Steve Berman, Nick Mamatas, Michael
Cisco, among other fresh voices in horror.

Bought $5

Picked up this bad boy for $4.99! Volume 1 of the Aliens comics. A very sweet find if you ask me.

Synopsis: Dark Horse Comics took
the industry by storm with its release of Aliens, a comics series that
for the first time captured the power of film source material and
expanded its universe in a way that fans applauded worldwide. Now, the
first three Dark Horse Aliens series – Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum and
Female War – are collected in a value-priced, quality-format omnibus,
featuring nearly 400 story pages in full color. Written by screen and
television scribe Mark Verheiden (The Mask, Battlsestar Gallactica) and
illustrated with consummate skill by Mark A. Nelson, Den Beauvais and
Sam Kieth, Aliens Omnibus Volume 1 is an essential piece of the Aliens
mythos and a great entry point into the storied Dark Horse Aliens
library.

Movies

Last but not least, is some movies that I’ve found while on a trip to the States. Most were bought at Wal-Mart for pretty cheap. Wal-Mart in Canada doesn’t seem to carry these horror collections, so I’m usually in heaven, whenever I see one, while visiting the U.S.A.

Bought for $5

8 movie pack of some cheesy, yet awesome horror movies. You can see some of the reviews of these movies on my site, specifically Class of 1999 and Slaughter High.

Waxwork Synopsis: A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world. 
976-EVIL 2 Synopsis: A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave
Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College Synopsis: A college teacher brings the little creatures back to his campus, where they proceed to terrorize the faculty and students.
The Unholy Synopsis: A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.
C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud Synopsis: A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and
legions of murderous zombies are unleashed upon a suburban neighborhood. 
Chopping Mall Synopsis: Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and
pursued by three murderous security robots out of control. 
Slaughter High Synopsis: Eight different people are invited to their 10-year high school reunion
at their now-closed down high school where a former student, disfigured
from a prank gone wrong, is there to seek revenge.  
Class of 1999 Synopsis: Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the
students have run riot. The teachers do a god job of controlling the
unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get
suspicious. 

Bought for $5

Re-Animator DVD! Nothing special about this edition, but it’s unrated and contains the awesome movie. That’s enough for me.

Synopsis: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become
involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of
dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Bought for $9

Not the biggest deal, but I’ve been waiting to upgrade my VHS copy of Zombie and I hear the Blue Underground version looks pretty sweet.

Synopsis: Strangers looking for a woman’s father arrive at a tropical island where
a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent
epidemic of the undead.

Bought $3

A fun, but pretty damn cheesy movie, that I’ve actually managed to watch recently and reviewed. Check it out by reading my 976-EVIL review.

Synopsis: People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

Well that’s all for now folks. I hope you enjoyed this first of many editions of Hump Day Happy Deals. I wonder what I’ll find next time for deals.

Have you found anything cool out in the wild? If so, please leave a comment below.

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