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...

Darkness Awaits: Nyctophobia, Fear of the Dark

Darkness Awaits: Nyctophobia, Fear of the Dark

The dark is one thing that people won’t admit to being afraid of. After all, the fear is common in children, and outgrowing it is seen as a sign of maturity. But sometimes, it never leaves. There are no definitive statistics for how many adults suffer from nyctophobia. But research suggests that there are many, and that it can significantly affect their daily lives. But why is fear of the dark so common?   Signs and Symptoms Fear of the dark is considered natural during child development....

Three More Nightmares to Haunt Your Dreams…

Three More Nightmares to Haunt Your Dreams…

Road trips, staff accommodation, and our own minds: no place is safe. And that’s the way we like it here at Scare Street. At least in the confines of our books, that is. In volume 3 of our Short Horror Stories series, Ron, Rowan, and I get to have some fun planting seeds of paranoia. Seeds that will hopefully grow in the calm of the night and bear fruit the next time you’re someplace you think you’re safe. In furtherance of that cause, I’ll make mention that my story, The Shadows, was based on...

Free Fall: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

Free Fall: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

Heights are a pretty understandable fear. Lots of people are uncomfortable looking down from high places, or even getting up there in the first place. But for some, that fear cripples them. It’s called acrophobia. It’s an extreme and irrational fear of heights, especially when one isn’t especially high up. The word comes from the Greek akron which means peak, summit, or edge and phobos or fear. It belongs to a specific set of phobias that are known as space and motion discomforts.  ...

When the Sky Turns Dark, Terror Comes out to Play…

When the Sky Turns Dark, Terror Comes out to Play…

As I look back on it now, the downside of being in an anthology with my fellow Scare Street authors seems pretty obvious. I’ve lost count of the number of times I randomly blurted out into the oblivion, “Damn, now why didn’t I think of that?” (For the record—the oblivion has yet to respond. I’ll be very concerned if, or when, it does.) Really, it’s both flattering and unfair to be put alongside Rowan and Ron. Not that we’re competitive at all… In volume 2 of Short Horror Stories, my tale of a...

Big Scares Come in Small Packages

Big Scares Come in Small Packages

With all the hustle and bustle of this modern world, it’s hard to find the time needed to sit down and adequately delve into the macabre. A lot of us go woefully under-terrorized. Your first instinct is to neglect all your other responsibilities so you can settle down and read. But now there’s another option. Scare Street is launching the appropriately named Short Horror Stories series. Within these pages, you’ll find your recommended daily intake of creeps and chills in an easily consumable...

In The Dark Earth: Taphophobia, Fear of Being Buried Alive

In The Dark Earth: Taphophobia, Fear of Being Buried Alive

When you ask people what scares them, there are some responses that are entirely too common. Spiders, snakes, clowns, and the dark readily come to mind. But there’s another, more specific fear that often comes up in conversations like this. It’s the fear of being buried alive. When you think about it, the fear is not entirely irrational. It would certainly be awful, lying in a coffin and knowing you’re at least  six feet from the sun and oxygen you need to survive. But it’s never happened to...

Cemeteries Are Final Resting Places for Our Dead

Cemeteries Are Final Resting Places for Our Dead

I tend to do a lot of driving. It’s a good way for me to get out of the house with the family. Generally, we don’t have any set destination. We cruise along the backroads of places like Pepperell and Dunstable, Groton and Tyngsboro. All of them hundreds of years old. Hidden away in these backroads are graveyards. Some large and others nothing more than a family burial plot from when the surrounding area was still under threat of attack by Native Americans. We were driving through these towns...

Bad Luck is Coming: Triskaidekaphobia, The Fear of 13

Bad Luck is Coming: Triskaidekaphobia, The Fear of 13

Some phobias make sense. Fear of spiders or of serial killers, for example. But there is a surprisingly high incidence of people who are afraid of a number. Thirteen, to be exact. Panic ensues whenever the 13th falls on a Friday, and many people are careful not to have thirteen people at their dinner table. There’s even a name for it – triskaidekaphobia. But why is it such a big deal? And why 13, of all numbers? The history of this fear is wrapped in mystery and misinformation.  ...

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.  ...