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4 more creepy ghosts from around the world

I've already written about some of the creepiest ghosts from around the world. But I've only scratched the surface -- there are enough ghosts out there to fill entire books. I'm probably not going to do that, but here are four more creepy ghosts that haunt all sorts of unexpected locations. Char Man: This, erm, extra crispy ghost is said to haunt Camp Comfort County Park in Ojai, California, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. According to legend, if…

5 horror movies for Valentine’s Day

If you’re anything like me, you need Valentine’s Day like you need a hole in the head. But instead of cringing at the cheesy Hallmark cards and counting down the minutes until you can get Valentine’s candy on clearance, why not celebrate with a horror movie? Believe it or not, there are a few that fit right in with the occasion. Take a look.   Valentine (2001)     In this underrated slasher, a young boy is rejected by several…

Movie review: ‘Area 407’ (2012)

Ever since seeing Jurassic Park at age six, I've been fascinated with dinosaurs. I'll see almost any movie that features them -- bonus points if they eat people. So when I heard about Area 407, a found footage movie (something I also love) that featured dinosaurs eating people, I knew I had to see it, despite the polarizing reviews. And I do mean polarizing -- the Amazon reviews are split almost in exact fifths: Area 407 follows sisters Trish (Abigail…

My top 4 horror related YouTube channels

I've become quite the YouTube addict lately. Last year, after a slipped disc in my neck made any sort of upper body movement extremely painful, I spent most of my afternoons binging on whatever I could find streaming. It's astonishing how far alternative media has come in the past few years -- some channels have content that's high quality enough to rival the big TV networks. Here are some channels I enjoy that have horror or paranormal related content.  …

Win a SIGNED copy of STATE OF EMERGENCY!

Happy New Year, horror fans! Hope you got through the holiday season with maximum love and minimal stress. Now that it's a brand new year, and new years are all about new beginnings, I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm giving away a signed copy of STATE OF EMERGENCY to one lucky winner. The contest starts today and runs through the beginning of next month. All you need to enter is a goodreads account, though this may be the last…

Top 5 creepypastas of 2017

Is it just me, or was it really hard to find good creepypastas in 2017? Maybe I'm just nostalgic for the days when the trend was just starting and when most of the classics were written and shared, or maybe I'm getting picky in my old age. But there were a few that caught my attention, so here are my top picks for creepypastas of 2017.       Kirby Road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZL1-kztXEU&t=2s   Mommy Makes Me Sick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwPYV_HdsHo   Tales from…

Movie review: ‘Don’t Hang Up’ (2016)

When I was about eight years old, I was tempted by a friend to make prank calls. I continued even after she left for the day, but felt so guilty afterwards that I never did it again. Unfortunately, the protagonists in the 2016 horror movie Don't Hang Up didn't have that kind of guilt, because their prank calls continued well into their teens...with disastrous consequences. Brady (Garrett Clayton) and his friend Sam (Gregg Sulkin) are the aforementioned protagonists. The two…

Movie review: ‘The Circle’ (2017)

About a fourth of the way into The Circle, my dad remarked, "This is like Brave New World." About halfway in he spoke again: "Can we pause this long enough for me to delete my Facebook account?" Unfortunately, the movie didn't have quite the same impact on me. It's hard to talk about The Circle without spoiling it but here are the basics: Mae (Emma Watson) gets a job at a tech company called The Circle. Shocker, right? The Circle…

6 horror movies for the Christmas season

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Christmas is a great holiday, but it doesn’t require the cessation of all things horror. If you enjoy giving gifts and drinking eggnog but still want to watch people get mercilessly slaughtered, here are a few movies to get you in the spirit. Black Christmas (1974) This cult hit was one of the first modern slasher movies. It follows a group of sorority sisters who are…

The 5 people you meet in slasher movies

Originality can be a good thing in movies. After all, who wants to watch the same thing over and over again? But sometimes you prefer a story that feels familiar, even if it's not the greatest quality. Here are five of my favorite stock characters from the ever popular slasher movies. The Douchebag Jock     [caption id="attachment_1052" align="alignleft" width="200"] Sport Body Athlete Abdominal Exercise Man Fitness[/caption]   This character often wears a letterman jacket to show off his jock-ness.…