The Call: 2Spooky4Me, but Perfect for Halloween

Happy Halloween, y’all! I hope everyone has fantastically spooky plans for this exciting Monday night, or if not, that you at least got your spoop in this weekend.

In the spirit of All Hallows Read, I figured I’d use this post to recommend a scary book. I unfortunately ended up taking this duty too seriously, and ended up reading a book that was just a little beyond my spook limits. It’s cool, though. I’ll sleep again eventually.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin piqued my interest despite my inability to handle horror because it wasn’t generic horror—it was fairy-based horror. I’ll read pretty much anything that puts a dark twist on fairy lore, so I dove in headfirst.

Vague spoilers and a trigger warning for extreme body horror after the jump.

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Father Ted

father-ted-01I love British humor. I don’t know if it’s the accents or the delivery, but there is something so damn clever about it that American comedy sadly lacks. Maybe it’s subtlety? Can’t be, as there is nothing subtle about the Irish-British co-produced television show Father Ted.

The show follows the misadventures of three Roman Catholic priests. Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O’Hanlon), and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) live in a parish on fictional Craggy Island, located off the west coast of Ireland. With them is the housekeeper Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn), who constantly tries to serve them tea, even when they don’t want any.

Father Ted is mainly about the priests’ lives on the island. Sometimes it’s about church matters, but more often than not it’s Father Ted trying his best to resolve a situation with the parish or trying to help the Craggy Island residents. That is not to say he is completely selfless: he often tries to one up his arch-nemesis, Father Dick Byrne of the Rugged Island parish, as seen in my favorite episode, “A Song for Europe” (Season 2 Episode 5).


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