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 for me to grab something from the “old kitchen”. Decades of renovations had moved the resort away from this building, and it was now used to store things they were too lazy to throw out. I opened the rusted door and found a maze of...

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 exchange. We’ve all been led to believe wishes are given away at no cost. In this book, Vincent meets his most terrifying foe yet in the form of Razul—a cunning djinn with near endless power who is also hidden in his body. While...

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. Those nights, I will lay in the dark, with the unknown thing a constant pressure against me, and desperately try to reason the sensation away. Because I know whatever it is that I’m feeling can’t possibly be there. Eventually, I...

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 lot of folklore around the various forms of the character, but I’ve taken the usual author’s license to make a more modern monster out of the legend. In this book, I draw upon a few other bits of British history. One is the way...

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.” “Remember that the person you torment could easily become your tormentor.” “Always keep in mind that not everything is as it seems.” These stories ensure that we remember the warnings when we need to heed them the most. In this volume...

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 ghost in a bathroom mirror. But what really enthralled me about Bloody Mary was that none of my friends had heard the exact same story. There was always something different. It was like she was evolving to people’s attempts to...

What if “Divine Guidance” Was Anything but Divine?

What if “Divine Guidance” Was Anything but Divine?

I’ve read a thousand stories where people claimed that they’ve “received a sign”. And, upon following it, things seemed to pan out. They’d find the corpse of that poor girl who went missing decades ago. Or uncover a hidden secret. Or even escape a serial killer just in the nick of time. I read these stories and can’t help but think: how can they be so sure who’s talking to them? What if that lost soul wasn’t looking for a proper burial, but someone to join them in the grave? What if that...

Danger Lurks Where You Least Expect It…

Danger Lurks Where You Least Expect It…

We comfort ourselves with the thought that we will always be able to see danger coming. It’s a pretty lie. When I was younger, I loved to jump on branches. There was just something satisfying in the way they cracked. One day, I was walking with a friend through a field. It was around twilight, when I spotted this long, perfectly straight branch. Of course, I sprinted for it. I was a second away from stomping down with all my strength when my friend yanked me back. He was so scared that I...

What Doesn’t Want to Be Known Must Be Left Alone…

What Doesn’t Want to Be Known Must Be Left Alone…

There are mysteries in this world that we’re better off leaving unexamined. Unfortunately for us, we humans suck at letting things go. I learned to read with a secret motive; I wanted to know what was in all those books adults kept putting on the highest shelves. Warning me that they would only give me nightmares wasn’t the deterrent everyone thought it was. It seemed unfair that grown-ups got to explore all the dark, strange, and terrifying things while I was stuck hearing them tell me the...

Don’t Look For Something You’re Not Prepared For…

Don’t Look For Something You’re Not Prepared For…

I once had a nightly routine. After a long walk home through dimly lit woodlands, I would check my apartment for intruders. In my defense, that area was a great place to hide a body and the locks were flimsy. I couldn’t relax until I had looked everywhere. And yet, I never thought about what I would do if I did find an ax murderer hiding in the linen closet. I dropped the routine after moving to a more populated area with decent locks, but the experience still made me wonder why I couldn’t...