Newfound Joy Never Lasts, and for Good Reason…

Newfound Joy Never Lasts, and for Good Reason…

There was a time when I didn’t fully appreciate all that horror had to offer. I never dared to venture too far from my favorite monsters and villains. Then my parents threw a fateful New Year’s Eve party. There was one guest my age and she had been told to bring a...

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There Is a Consequence for Everything We Do…

There Is a Consequence for Everything We Do…

…And not all of them are easy to live with—or survive. There’s a childhood event that always reminds me to think before I act. We had rented a houseboat for a short vacation and were anchored near a deserted island. I remember how the island was ringed with...

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The Simplest Things Can Spark the Deepest Fears

The Simplest Things Can Spark the Deepest Fears

I dog-sit at a house that’s surrounded by bushland. The first night I was there, I let the dogs out to relieve themselves before bed and was startled by how dark it was. Nothing seemed to exist beyond the reach of the porch lights. Then a branch snapped, and the dogs...

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The Most Dangerous Place Is Where We Feel the Safest

The Most Dangerous Place Is Where We Feel the Safest

We’ve all been put in situations when we had to question if it really is better to be safe than sorry It’s those times when we have to decide if we’re just being paranoid, or if the threat is actually real. I was working at an island resort when my new boss radioed...

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Only a Few Things Are More Terrifying than a Wish

Only a Few Things Are More Terrifying than a Wish

There are so many fantastic tales of genies and wish-granting, and often they are just that—fantastic. We all like to think we’d make good, responsible wishes. But it’s scary to think about the people who wouldn’t. And nobody really talks about what genies take in...

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Life Is Full of Small Encounters with the Unknown

Life Is Full of Small Encounters with the Unknown

I love snuggling under a mound of blankets on cold winter nights. Melting into the warmth of my bed, closing my eyes, and drifting lazily to sleep. Then there are those nights when I wiggle down and my foot hits something solid. Something that shouldn’t be there....

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Marcus Mortlake’s Greatest Fear Has Returned…

Marcus Mortlake’s Greatest Fear Has Returned…

Last time, we explored the career of Marcus Mortlake as a prober of paranormal activity. This time, we will venture a little further back in time to uncover the horrific childhood trauma that helped shape our tweed-clad hero. What is the mysterious Erl-king? There’s a...

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It Only Takes One Wrong Turn to Lose Your Way…

It Only Takes One Wrong Turn to Lose Your Way…

The fragility of our existence is what draws most of us to horror. And it’s the reason we created campfire stories and urban legends. They are an entertaining and memorable way to package our cautionary tales. “Be careful where you go, and who you allow close.”...

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The Shadows Come A-Knockin’. Will You Let Them In?

The Shadows Come A-Knockin’. Will You Let Them In?

Monsters can look like anything. So, if they show up on your doorstep and you let them in, you can never be sure what you’ve welcomed inside. Bloody Mary is one of my favorite urban legends. Slumber parties just aren’t complete until you’ve tried to summon a homicidal...

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