What Evil Lurks behind a Doll’s Painted Smile?

What Evil Lurks behind a Doll’s Painted Smile?

One of my favorite horror subgenres is killer dolls. Chucky is a great character, but films like Puppet Master, Dolls, and Annabelle have all really produced some fun scares and terrifying imagery as well. And, truth be told, the fear of dolls goes back for centuries...

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Some Things Are Better Left Alone…

Some Things Are Better Left Alone…

I once found myself living out an urban legend. Picture this: A lone teenage girl is driving home late one winter night. The dark highway is empty. Suddenly, a car is inches from her bumper. The driver keeps flashing his high beams, blinding the teenager. Since he’s...

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Powerlessness Can Be a Terrifying Thing

Powerlessness Can Be a Terrifying Thing

The idea of losing your freedom and autonomy, that you can be trapped, and at the mercy of others who can literally do anything they want, is very scary. Mix in a haunted mental asylum and a demonic child, and it’s a perfect recipe for fear. Vincent has faced witches,...

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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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