Every Family Has a Few Skeletons in Their Closet…

Every Family Has a Few Skeletons in Their Closet…

A teenaged boy stood by his grandfather’s deathbed, watching him struggle to breathe, nervously eyeing the bulging envelope clutched tightly in his withered hands. Everyone gathered feared receiving that particular inheritance. In his youth, his grandfather had hunted a serial killer. He had never come close to catching the sadist and, in desperation, had accepted the killer’s deal; the deaths would stop in exchange for an annual supply of brutal crime scene photos. He had retired after that,...

You Never Know What Darkness Lies Behind Good Fortune

You Never Know What Darkness Lies Behind Good Fortune

Back in my teen years, when I was first delving into true crime, I read about a woman who had a pretty bad day. Work was horrible, she missed her train, and had to wait in bad weather for a bus. Finally, she came home hours later than normal to find her place had been broken into. She found a note left by a notorious serial killer detailing how inconsiderate she had been to make him wait. He had left to find someone more reliable. The characters of Volume 11 are also at the mercy of luck’s...

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Nightmares…

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Nightmares…

Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was New Orleans’ answer to Countess Báthory—a high society woman who abused her power and position to inflict unspeakable horrors. Of all the stories I have heard of her, one in particular has always stuck out to me. One of the short-term owners of her murder mansion boasted about their encounter with the ghost of LaLaurie. He had ordered a portrait of her and hung it proudly in the living room, which had apparently summoned her spirit, creating a violent...

Unsolved: The Bizarre Case of Chuck Morgan

Unsolved: The Bizarre Case of Chuck Morgan

In the movies, death is often just the beginning of a grand puzzle. Mysteries usually start to unfold with a body in the drawing room; then something on the body leads the hero to a series of puzzles, and eventually, a treasure or some massive discovery. But things like that only work in Hollywood. Sans the treasure, mind-boggling mysteries happen in real life too. There are some cases that are so bizarre, it seems that they’ve been pulled straight from a movie; the details seem to be leading...

Every Choice You Make Has Consequences

Every Choice You Make Has Consequences

It was through a string of consequences that I learned that. As the youngest sibling and the only girl, I couldn’t do everything my brothers could. The bloodiest example I can remember was when we all decided to roller-skate downhill. An important thing to note for this story is that, to this day, I can’t roller-skate. I got about halfway down on the wheels and went the rest of the distance on my knees. The consequence of my foolish choice that day was a long walk home with a constant stream...

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...