Take a Step Closer to the Darkness and What Lies Beyond

Take a Step Closer to the Darkness and What Lies Beyond

There is always a tipping point where something innocent becomes sinister. When I commuted to college, I parked in the same parking lot just about every day for three years. There was only one time when I felt anxious to enter it, and, to this day, I have no idea why. The sun was setting, birds were singing, and other students, brain-dead from a long day, were shuffling to their own cars. It was mundane - and suddenly incredibly creepy. In Volume 8, we’ll be exploring some of these hidden...

Affaire Grégory: The Murder Of Grégory Villemin

Affaire Grégory: The Murder Of Grégory Villemin

There are hundreds of unsolved murder cases across the globe. Some fade into obscurity, and some go silent for years, only to be reopened and solved by a miraculous feat of investigation or science. But there are some that never quite leave us; imprinted in cultural memory due to their gruesome nature, bizarre details, or simply the attention of the mass media. The murder of Grégory Villemin is one such unforgettable case. In 1984, the four-year-old disappeared from the front yard of his home...

Find out What Darkness Is Lurking Within…

Find out What Darkness Is Lurking Within…

I’m writing this letter while tucked away in my basement office, surrounded by books and ephemera. As I sit here, I think about Anger, New Hampshire, and about the dead that lurk within it. I’m a New England boy. I know not to trust the weather, and when things are just a little off when you pass through a small town. Anger is one of those towns. One of those, dark places on the edge of a highway. A little settlement where you wander through in your car and the temperature drops a few degrees....

Who Knows What Nightmares Come Alive in Dark Corners?

Who Knows What Nightmares Come Alive in Dark Corners?

Once, while working a predawn shift at a hotel, I arrived at the front desk to find Slenderman hanging out in the attached liquor shop. Our monitors picked up all the security cameras and there he was— standing motionless, staring at the camera as much as anyone with no eyes could. Then the workers came in, the lights turned on, and it was just a bottle display and a promotional poster of some guy I don’t know. My point is that perception changes everything. It can turn cardboard cutouts into...

They Thought the Harvest Was Over—but Is It?

They Thought the Harvest Was Over—but Is It?

Would you believe it if I told you I was on the debate team in high school? That’s right. I was a dork. Who would have guessed? There was also this program called Toastmasters—an extra-curricular activity that supposedly taught students to have confidence and stage presence when addressing crowds. (I’m still bitter that they made me redo a speech. Apparently, it’s impossible to tell if I mastered the skills they were teaching while I delivered a well-researched and respectful speech on Jack...

The Black Dahlia: Horrors Unsolved

The Black Dahlia: Horrors Unsolved

There are some murders that imprint themselves on our minds. Whether the circumstances are particularly gruesome or the methods somehow mysterious, there are a few crimes that burn brightly in the annals of history. This crime is possibly the most notorious of them all. In 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was found brutally murdered in an abandoned lot in Los Angeles, California. The mutilations that she underwent were extreme beyond measure, and the investigation mounted into her death was...

You Don’t Wanna Know What’s Lurking Behind the Corner…

You Don’t Wanna Know What’s Lurking Behind the Corner…

Growing up, I had a canal near my house. It was the ultimate playground and I spent hours in that opaque water, knocking friends off of kayaks and duck-diving with my brother. Then, one day, I found a sign— Warning: Crocodiles Okay, you see, Australian saltwater crocodiles aren’t like gators. Salties (it’s Aussie slang, just go with it) are 23 feet long, 2,200 pounds of muscle and teeth. Why is this relevant? Because even though I knew it was a prank, I never felt safe in that water again....

Welcome to Your Favorite Worst Nightmare

Welcome to Your Favorite Worst Nightmare

Everyone wants to be helpful to our fellow man. (Or, if empathy’s not really your thing, I’m sure you’ve been told once or twice that it’s something you should aim for.) For the most part, it makes us feel good to be of use. The problem revolves around what kind of ‘use’ these people have in mind for their Good Samaritans. Some people get very creative. The stories in this volume all look into the dangers in one way or another. In Little Girl Lost, a man finds the consequences of his good...

Take a Peek into the Place Where Nightmares Are Born…

Take a Peek into the Place Where Nightmares Are Born…

Horror stories, no matter how short, always carry a warning at their core. Granted, most of the time the warning seems to be along the lines of ‘don’t go camping’ or ‘check Trip Advisor before checking into an isolated hotel in a foreign country’. But honestly, the second one should go without saying. Do your research, make sure to tell someone where you are. And if you’re arguing with me right now—Google H. H. Holmes. The three shorts contained in this volume offer very different warnings....

Evil Has Been Unleashed and Only One Man Can Stop It…

Evil Has Been Unleashed and Only One Man Can Stop It…

Autumn is here. Of all the seasons, autumn is by far, my favorite. The changing leaves, the cool winds, and the terrors which creep out of the dark places of my heart, all thrill me. There is no finer place than New England in autumn, and New England is a wealth of horror. Yes, you read that correctly. It ‘is’ a wealth of horror, not ‘has.’ There is a constant state of flux for the horror which thrives here, and it is a horror which keeps me enthralled. Proof of this power over me reared its...