Are You Ready to Say Goodbye?

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye?

It’s over. I’m not quite sure how to feel writing this. The time has come for you to say goodbye to the Village, and those you’ve grown to love and hate. I have personally made a connection with these characters, and I hope you have as well. It was hard, this last book, especially when I had to introduce the last house. It’s a house that holds a lot of darkness for me. You see, it’s inspired by a place where a dear friend of mine was murdered. Why he was shot, or who shot him, remains a...

A Dark Side of History: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island

A Dark Side of History: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island

The early years of American history are often characterized as intrepid, noble times, when stalwart men and women sailed for months across the Atlantic and carved out their niche in the new world. And while there are some stories that are this way, there are many stories of colonists that were misinformed or let down by those in power and ended up in awful situations. The Lost Colony of Roanoke is one of the latter stories. They were one of the first attempted settlements to have been created...

Into Thin Air: The Disappearance of D.B. Cooper

Into Thin Air: The Disappearance of D.B. Cooper

Robberies aren’t exactly rare occurrences. From commonplace muggings on the street to the elaborate heists depicted in movies, there’s always someone plotting to make money by taking it. But if you truly want to pull off a heist that nets you enough to disappear to a private island, you’ve got to be a little creative. D.B. Cooper was perhaps the most creative of them all. In 1971, a man bought a plane ticket from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington, but soon after the plane took off, he...

Do Writers Continue to Write in Their Sleep?

Do Writers Continue to Write in Their Sleep?

You know those dreams that stick with you for years afterwards? Well, Sacrificial Grounds is loosely based on one—proving my argument that writers work even in their sleep.I know you don't want to be bored with all the details of someone else’s dream, so I'll keep to the key points.So in my dream, I walked into the sweetest town you'll ever see. And in a very Lynchian twist of fate, it is later made known to me that the lovely town is populated solely by a cannibalistic cult.To cut the long...

Dark Theories: The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

Dark Theories: The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

There are some mysteries that have become woven into our cultural fabric – events that captured the imagination of so many people, so quickly, that they are literally unforgettable. The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa definitely makes that list. In the summer of 1975, the crooked union activist vanished after telling friends that he was meeting a pair of Mafia kingpins to negotiate a political truce. He has never been seen since, and no trace of him has ever been found.   Jimmy Hoffa, Union...

Hell Is a Lot Closer Than You Think

Hell Is a Lot Closer Than You Think

We reach the final book of the series, with the monstrous ego of Doctor Palmer apparently free to fulfil his ambitions – whatever they may be. Spoiler alert – there’s nothing very kind or cuddly about his ambitions. There are a few unusual ingredients in this one. For the first time I used Guy Fawkes’ Night, a strange but very English folk tradition, to add to the general air of horror and weirdness. This night of bonfires and fireworks on November 5th  was originally a pagan fire festival...

Do You Know Who Inspired Me to Write Horror?

Do You Know Who Inspired Me to Write Horror?

I had the privilege of growing up with the most gifted storyteller in my region: my Grandmother.She could spin entire cakes of yarn from a mere glimmer of an idea. And she would unearth these nuggets of inspiration anywhere—picking one up as she cooked, another as she worked in the garden, and even more while stitching one of her famous quilts as the snow fell outside.One element all her stories had in common was horror.I grew up on a farm, so naturally visceral horror had little effect on me...

9 Most Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances of All Time

9 Most Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances of All Time

Have you ever thought about disappearing? And not in the sense that you get a new passport and start a life somewhere else. More in the sense that you just vanish, as though an ancestor of yours got wiped out in the timeline. Have you thought about how it would be different? How your mark on the world left it forever altered, hopefully better. The families and friends of the people on this list know that better than anyone. Their loved ones disappeared under unusual, and sometimes nefarious,...

Here’s What You Need to Know About Terror…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Terror…

Horror is everywhere.This statement is an absolute truth because for me, I see terror in everything.Perhaps the most innocuous items are the worst. We can all tremble when we see a sinister Victorian, or shiver when we pass a shambling, rundown Gothic house.But what about something ordinary?Have you ever picked up a steak knife and wondered what damage could be done with it? Or a hatchet?Nothing special, mind you. Just a simple hatchet, perhaps with a black head and a yellow, plastic handle....

A Lifetime of Questions: The Sodder Children

A Lifetime of Questions: The Sodder Children

House fires aren’t an uncommon occurrence. Many people go through it, and the sense of loss can be devastating. After all, it’s very possible that you could lose precious family heirlooms, photographs, and important documents in the event of such a blaze. But in 1945, the Sodder family lost something much worse in a house fire. They lost five children. Though local officials initially ruled that the children had died in the fire, strange occurrences around the time it happened and conflicts in...