Deep Waters: Thalassophobia, Fear of The Sea

Deep Waters: Thalassophobia, Fear of The Sea

When you were a kid, did you ever get that weird feeling that there was a shark in the swimming pool? You’re not alone. Fear of the ocean and the creatures that live within its depths is very common. After all, the ocean is one of the least-explored features of our world, and there’s no telling what lives in those pitch-black depths. For some people, the anxiety is so great that it manifests into a phobia, that is, thalassophobia, or an intense and persistent fear of the sea.  ...

Not Only Wild Animals Can Be Found in Caves

Not Only Wild Animals Can Be Found in Caves

The original Bell Witch of Tennessee has been said to have done things that are a little, well... unconventional. A favorite of mine is how, after raining down horrors and 'living' in relative comfort in a nice house, she abruptly decided to relocate to a cave in the wilderness. Why? No one knows. The Witch simply set up shop in this cave (located on the Bell property) and there her spirit has remained to this day. But other than the Bell Witch, this book was also inspired by another deceased...

Atelophobia and Perfectionism: Fear of Not Being Good Enough

Atelophobia and Perfectionism: Fear of Not Being Good Enough

Everyone knows someone who has described themselves as a perfectionist. Maybe you’re talking about why they’re dissatisfied with a creative endeavor. Maybe you just wiped your perfect makeup off to start again. In any case, it’s often a relatively harmless personality trait, or perhaps even a blessing in some cases. But sometimes, perfectionism can spiral into a condition called atelophobia. It’s defined as “an exaggerated or irrational fear of imperfection.” Too much of a perfectionist? Let’s...

The Darkest Places Hide the Biggest Secrets

The Darkest Places Hide the Biggest Secrets

Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before. – The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe When I was little, and not particularly bright, I thought Poe’s The Raven was a cautionary tale about staying up too late reading. After all, it’s about a man who had spent hours poring over his books, alone, in a room where ‘each separate dying ember wrought its ghosts upon the floor’. It was for me to convince myself that he was reading something to send chills down his spine. A story so twisted that...

Lost in the Pacific: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Lost in the Pacific: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Nowadays, air travel is commonplace. You can get a flight to almost anywhere in the world with enough money and a little bit of notice. But in the ‘30s, air travel was just starting to be possible. And world records were just waiting to be set. Many of the world firsts in aviation were set by Amelia Earhart. To this day, she is the world’s most recognizable pilot. Her legacy has been immortalized in museums, literature, art, and film for decades. Most of this is because she was an incredible...

Always Knock Before You Enter

Always Knock Before You Enter

I’ve always imagined an author’s mind to be like a great, expansive vestibule with hundreds of closed doors lined side by side as well as in rows above each other. Every door leads to a story. And if you’re lucky enough to step into one of those rooms, you’re bound to find yourself in one hell of an adventure. Sometimes, though, we get greedy. We want to know what’s happening in every room. So we take the smallest of peeks. And that peek… that’s what short stories are to me. It’s as if someone...

The Missing Lifeboat: The Abandonment Of The Mary Celeste

The Missing Lifeboat: The Abandonment Of The Mary Celeste

When you think about seafaring in the 17th century, what do you see? Pirate ships? Wealthy merchants? Perhaps the beautiful and speedy vessels of the British Navy? Whatever you’re thinking, there’s probably a certain romanticism that you’re attributing to this period – salt on your skin, wind in your hair, and the call of adventure from beyond the horizon. Unfortunately, this period was also filled with incredible danger. Voyages on most ships took months, and this time was spent entirely...

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...