Wednesday, August 31, 2016
September, leading up to the Halloween month, is going to be all about the unsolved mysteries in our world and the people who encounter them, as well. I will be kicking off September with a couple posts about how to be one of those lucky fools who runs into the unexplained.
The month will be filled with lots of "WTF's???" and "no way's!" Enjoy, my curious friends. I know I am enjoying it!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
(This is a series about a real-life Bigfoot habituation situation in the Midwest and the man who has learned to coexist in a most playful and remarkable way).
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
As if it weren't exciting enough that MST3000 is coming back for all us faithful nerdish fans, but they are going to be shown on Netflix!
This epic event is going to include a new cast, but also bringing back the past cast in various ways.
So far, they are inked in for 14 new episodes.
I will be keeping everyone up-to-date on when these releases begin on Netflix.
Anyone who loved the original show, knows the premise of the "not too distant future" and a man and two robots in outer space forced to watch bad movies as punishment. They sit through the movies, but mock the poor productions delightfully.
I raised my son on the series and he and I would rent bad movies just to MST them. There were so many "awfully good" ones, but a few stick out in my mind, like "Legend of Boggy Creek 2" and "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians."
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Some phenomena occurs for decades, maybe even reported centuries ago, but it doesn't take hold in modern day reports until more recently. Other times, a phenomena seems to have come out of nowhere and caught our notice.
Since the year 2000, there have been some pretty freaky things happening around the world that have us all shaking our heads and wondering - could something be trying hard to get our attention?
Let's look at the top 10 most newly reported phenomena (no particular order) since the new millennium; all of them equally chilling -
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Repeated themes in history through legends and popular drama, writings and movies, has to make one wonder about a kernel of truth. Cynocephaly (dog-shaped heads) have been reported for thousands of years, whole tribes of these people. Yet, today, we seem surprised to hear they ever existed.
One man, Kirk Stokes, is perhaps one of the most prolific witnesses and archivists of these beings. And his forays into the Kentucky wilderness and his ability to accurately and clearly account for his encounters, makes what he has to say all the more riveting.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
I run the group "Alien Contacts" on Facebook. We are all experiencers of contact or abduction, or simply curious about these occurrences. This movie coming out promises to be a must-see dramatization of aliens arriving and our first contact.
Amy Adams plays a linguist put to the task of talking to aliens who have landed around the world. Someone has to make contact and communicate and she takes her job quite seriously.
This is set to be released in theaters November 11th. I can hardly wait!
A short story written by Washington Irving was first published in 1820. Today, the legend still gives people chills. It was wholly unique and terrifying. When we think autumn, we think - headless horseman!
Let's explore the mystique and horror of Sleepy Hollow - a tale that has passed the test of time.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
There is nothing like a trek in the summertime through green overgrowth on a narrow country road, twisting and turning without knowing what is up around the next bend, but it's even more spooky when you know the road has a reputation for unexplained mysteries, ghosts, spooklights, and weird creature sightings.
I'm going to share my top 5 favorite haunted roads in America.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Vintage automatons are fascinating. If you saw the movie "The Woman in Black," you probably got creeped out by the nursery with them playing. These were quite an amazing art form, some made hundreds of years ago.
I found some amazing pieces for sale and thought I'd share them. I think if I could have a fine collection, this would be #1 on my list!
I talked in my book Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season! about how we can push our tolerance for creepy things as adults. It's the end of summer and yet not quite Halloween, so it might be the ideal time to use a camping trip as a way to face some fears. I'm going to give five scary campgrounds you might want to try out and some very real ways at each one to face your fears. Do you dare?
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
My personal favorite pumpkin beer, Buffalo Bill's
It's a common practice to taste new beers and ciders coming out on the store shelves in the late summer into fall. But, what if you went to a brewery or to a beer or cider event? Well, I'm going to share just some of what is being offered this year -
Two birds - one stone? You want a weekend getaway to see the peak colors in the most colorful place, but you also kind of like the idea of getting into the Halloween mood by staying in a haunted location.
I think I might have your locales -
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
With the release of my new book, Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season! I find myself in the mood for all things spooky, so I started setting up my home early so I can watch horror movies in the right atmosphere.
Two Wisconsin girls (ages 12 and 13) are on trial for stabbing another girl 19 times and leaving her for dead under the premises of wanting to appease the Slenderman. Amazingly, the girl survived and the perpetrators are now going to be tried as adults. This case has brought into view once again popular culture's effects on troubled people.
Friday, August 12, 2016
My newest book is up for sale now on Amazon and Kindle.
Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season! is so full of content it's bursting at the seams!
Here's just some of the things you'll find -
How to express your love of Halloween year-round
How to make Halloween more horrifying including insane party ideas
How to enjoy a Gothic Halloween, talking to the dead, decorating, mood and atmosphere
How to enjoy a nostalgic/traditional Halloween including the decades of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, scarecrows, pumpkin patches, all the traditional trimmings
How to enjoy a sexy Halloween - an adult Halloween that is decadent, sensual, and downright naughty
Yard Haunts - how to design props for the maximum effect including lighting and arrangement, placement, and focus.
Phobia Theater - watch movies to challenge your fears - alone or with friends.
Movie and drink pairings - pick a theme from the list and find out what snacks and drinks to pair for a 3-movie marathon night
Pushing your fear tolerance - ways you can challenge yourself like you did as a kid - but with adult options. Everything from urban exploration and haunt tours, doing things in the dark, and many other creative and chilling challenges.
Spooky photography - chronicling your holiday season by giving your images an attitude
Carving - how to make the most out of pumpkin time
Dale the Doll - what is his story?
Recipes - Adult versions of Halloween favs
References - where to shop, Facebook groups, YouTube channels and more
I'm barely scratching the surface with this summary. The book takes you to lots of adult Halloween adventurous and nostalgic places with creative twists.
Thanks for supporting me while I got the book together for publishing. I have had some great readers who prodded me because I've said for years I wanted to get this Halloween book out and this was the year!
I've already begun to put up some Halloween around my place for my own fun while I watch horror movies. Here's what I have so far - a haunted doll corner and The Birds homage -
Some of my other books -
Growing Up With Ghosts (5-star rating)
Vacationing With Ghosts (5-star rating)
Other titles - (LINK TO SEE ALL)
Don't Go There! Flash Horror Anthology
Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition)
Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Appalachian Edition)
My Alien Encounters
Twice as Special (children's book)
There are also lots of creepy art projects in my Etsy shop, Madam Curio.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tonight I'm on the radio show, "Navigating the River Styx" with the fabulous host TJ Sanfilippo, talking a ton of subjects from alien greys to what are souls and how do they work, to haunted locations, geology, ancient giants, the human experience, near-death experiences, and so much more. This was a very in-depth and heavy subject matter and I suspect it's going to be hard to leave the room when this one's on. It was a great show and tons of information.
I hope it opens minds and inserts wonder!
The show is being aired at 8:30 EST tonight/7:30 Central/5:30 Pacific.
Here's a couple links to the show -
They were given the moniker "shadow people," but that is not exactly how they appear. These beings, usually 3-4 feet tall (sometimes full height or tall), are human shaped and completely utterly devoid of details to be a kind of "black hole" of humanoids. It's what they do and where they are that is scaring people.
In this post, I plan to shatter some of the earlier concepts of what shadow people are and it might just be even more unsettling than popular assumptions....
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.
Monday, August 8, 2016
I'm ushering in the spooky season with some photos of abandoned places and short flash fiction beneath to give my readers an afternoon thrill. Enjoy!
Church of Purgatory
Along a dusty untraveled road sat the decaying skeleton of a once grand church.
The curious wanderer stopped at the entrance to squint into the darkness.
"Come in," spoke a disembodied voice. "Come, boy, don't be afraid. We have cast out all the sinners. Repent boy and join our legion in the ether of this cathedral."
They wandered the marshes around the bay, some finding shelter under a suspension bridge, others being captured by the townsfolk and sent to other facilities.
But, the stubborn ones remained in the facility's pantry, determined to stay no matter what.
One day, months later, the bank sent someone to slap a sign on the door. The curious worker entered and poked around looking for some expensive bauble he could steal. But what he didn't expect were the hungry feral residents hiding behind the pantry door....
“I’m up here! Please! Hurry!”
“I’m up here! Please! Hurry!”
He hated kids. He loved dogs.
Wild dogs. Ones that would chase the neighbors away. He'd feed them raw meat on Wednesdays. That is, if they hadn't caught anyone to eat.