Friday, September 22, 2017

How To Make a Homunculus: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Creatures

Those of us who thoroughly enjoyed the cult-favorite made-for-tv horror movie from 1973, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," recall the creatures. Those tiny little nighttime beings horrified many a youth back in the day. But, they were actually based on a concept of a small being created by alchemy called, "homunculi." (singular "homunculus")

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Psychic Reads: My Source

As a psychic myself, people often ask me, do you ever utilize a psychic's input? Well, I will tell you because I'm so subjective to myself, I don't trust any psychic input I get in relation to my own situation because there is a conflicting environment - my own self concepts, wishes and desires, fears and apprehension that make it impossible to give it merit. So, who have I found that could actually read me, a person with a fair amount of obstacles? 

Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season

Are you getting in the Halloween mood? While the youth of today experience a less tactile Halloween than middle agers did, we are left wondering "how do I get the spirit back?" Well, it's time to claim Halloween and my book "Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season!" shows you how!

Vintage Halloween Masks: How To Make the Look

Let's face it, mass-made Halloween masks don't really do it for most of us. We see vintage pictures of old handmade masks and cringe. They are nondescript and vague, emotionless, like demon-possessed bits of folk art. So, how do we get that look without paying for an actual vintage mask? 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Slab City: Town With No Laws

An abandoned base in the California desert became an off-grid, lawless, and interesting squatting site. It sits 156 miles northeast of San Diego. Some of the residents come like snowbirds for the gentle winters, coming in campers. Others stay all year. Solar panels and generators abound.

How To Get Into the Halloween Mood

If you love Halloween, then the Halloween bug starts to bite you around August when items go up in the stores and the heat has you wanting autumn to come NOW! Here's some ways to start getting your Halloween mood activated to a higher level as October approaches - 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Fog" Classic Horror

John Carpenter's 1980 movie, "The Fog," has become a classic to most horror lovers. The reason is pretty straightforward, you take something from nature and make it sentient and it is terrifying. We are helpless enough in fog, but then add vengeful ghosts and we are in terror.

Disturbing Photographs

Photographs are a split second in time but their effects can be lasting. Such is the case with photographs of the bizarre Victorian Era and most unusual circumstances and people....

Monday, September 18, 2017

Halloween Horror Cakes

For talented bakers and artists, the challenge of a horror cake at Halloween time is perhaps the greatest delight. And many have created amazingly tasty works of art -

How To Make Fog

Whether you are determined to make fog for a small party or set up a huge Halloween haunt in your yard, you will want to master fog making. This post is going to help make it easier, whether you use dry ice, make your own machine, or purchase one.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Halloween Cocktails

alien brain hemorrhage

It's that time of the year where you expect to have cocktails that are gruesome, daring, and grotesque. Here's just a few great Halloween cocktails to inspire.

Happy Birthday Elvira's Cassandra Peterson!

Today is Cassandra Peterson's (Elvira) birthday. I also share the same birthday of September 17th.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tragedies in Lighthouses

There is little more romantic and tragic as the life of a lighthouse keeper. It was a lonely isolated business that involved long hours with nothing more than the pounding of water on the rocks and cries of seagulls for company. In that very isolation, a sort of cabin fever syndrome could create some pretty tragic outcomes. Let's have a look at the life of a lighthouse keeper of the past. 

New "Halloween" Movie To Be Released October 2018!

When this teaser showed up on JLC's Instagram, the public took notice. Was it a teaser for an upcoming installment of our favorite horror series or was it just a holiday prank? Well, the answer is in and...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Why Are Ventriloquist Dolls So Creepy?

("Magic" 1978 movie with Anthony Hopkins--horrifying!)

Admit it, If you had to sit alone in a room with a ventriloquist doll, wouldn't you keep your eyes on it? You don't really know what the booger will do when you turn away. What if you turn back and he's not where he's supposed to be? What if he's crept up behind you, tapped on you shoulder? Said your name in that creepy little voice? Oh, you know the voice, nasally and childish, but spoken like a fussy old curmudgeon.

Terrors of the Sea!

Between Bermuda Triangle, horrifying deep sea creatures, cryptid monsters, mermaids, haunted lighthouses, shipwrecks, ghost ships and more - the sea is the location of a great deal of horror!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Autumn Foods

Autumn, a time to savor warmth in chilly temperatures, to bring in the harvest and reap the benefits. Here are some fall foods to get you started on the season of shorter days.

Creepy Marionettes

Marionettes are dolls held by strings and manipulated by those hiding behind the screen or curtain. Their stilted almost drunken movements are disturbing to watch, combining what we fear about ventriloquist dolls with their human controller and slack jaw with the ability to animate.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Netflix: "The Haunting of Hill House" Series

Shirley Jackson, author of The Haunting of Hill House, had a paranormal bend to her concept, but when director Robert Wise made the movie in 1963, he wanted to bend toward mental illness as a possibility. Ultimately, one of the finest horror novels of our time became an excellent movie. Today, Netflix has decided to take the book's concept and turn it into a series, much to horror-lovers' delight!

5 Benefits To Using An Ouija Board

(this is a guest post)

The history of the Ouija board dates back to as early as 1100 A.D., where the automatic writing that occurs when you use this board was mentioned in some historical Chinese documents. This practice has not been seen in Asia alone but also in other countries such as Greece and Rome.

Nowadays, there is a certain stigma to the use of the Ouija board. It has the topic of many a scary story and horror films. The scientific community does not fully recognize it the religious community continuously warn against the misuse of it.

But using an Ouija board has certain advantages, like the ones listed below.

1. You can use it during intimate gatherings – there are many teenagers who use the Ouija board as a form of entertainment but experts who use this professionally warn against that. It is not a tool to use just for fun. If you decide to use this in an intimate gathering, you not only need to make sure that everyone is comfortable with it but it also good to get a professional to help you, especially if it is your first time. Experts say that there is a proper way to use the board so you need to be wary and careful.

2. To form a bond with your friends – if you want a different way of bonding with your friends, especially for those who are interested in the paranormal, this would be a good idea. But don’t just attempt it anytime you want to, it’s important that you study and do your own research on what the real purpose of the Ouija board is so that you will not make any mistakes.

3. To discover more about the paranormal and spiritual world – more and more people are getting interested in the paranormal. The mystery of how the Ouija board works is one of those. There are still many who are skeptical, especially those who are inclined to science, but more and more people have opened their minds to the endless possibilities.

4. To connect with a deceased loved one – this is the reason why most people want to use the Ouija board. Whether it’s to find closure from the death of someone they love, or because they just want to fill the need of communicating with their loved one again, the Ouija board has made many people happy as they really felt that they were able to connect with their deceased family or friend. The important thing when trying to connect to the dead is that you should be very careful. Go here to read up on Ouija board rules so you can be assured that you are doing it properly.

5. To connect with famous people who are dead - aside from talking to their deceased loved ones, some people have also claimed to have talked to the spirits of famous people who have died long ago. There are some documented instances of this and you can do your research to find out just how these people were inspired by those encounters.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Small Creatures Living in Warm Conditions Found in Antarctica!

The ice in Antarctica averages over a mile deep. But, researchers have probed some of the volcanic areas to find some real shockers!

Don't Turn Your Back on Gnomes!

Lawn gnomes are cheerful and yet...creepy. They are garden dwarfs whose origin was in 19th Century Germany. Even though they are best known as happy little garden statues that are protectors of our prize begonias and daisies, they are also considered the object of pranking or "gnoming" someone.

Monday, September 11, 2017

"Itsy Bitsy" Upcoming Horror Film!

I am a HUGE fan of indie films, especially the horror variety. This upcoming film caught my attention right away - "Itsy Bitsy" 

Easy Cheap Halloween Decorating

You don't need cookie cutter out of the box designs from Halloween shops and big chain stores. Try and make some of your own Halloween decor that suits you, your personality and the layout of your home. Here's just some ideas.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Top 10 Most Realistic Haunted House Movies

There are loads of movies about haunted houses, but only some of them move us in ways that have us yelling at the screen, "get out!" Unseen entities are the most terrifying theme and knowing that they are around you in your most intimate moments and while you sleep, well, that is what nightmares are made of. Let me share what I believe are the top 10 most realistic haunted house movies.

How To Attract Spirits

If you watch ghost hunting shows, by now you’ve probably noticed something interesting. Certain investigators seem to attract action. Others seem to be forever waiting for an encounter.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Horror-Themed Music Videos

Horror lovers are already enjoy their favorite movies and books as we roll toward autumn and Halloween, but music videos can also offer more intensely moving terror. Here's just some great horror-based music vids - 

1952: UFOs Over Washington

One place you do not expect to capture UFOs at is around Washington, DC and especially not during the Cold War in 1952. But, such a thing was captured on film.

Friday, September 8, 2017

History Channel Tonight: The Dark Files!

My very favorite channel, History Channel, is stunning us again with a great night's lineup.

How To Photograph Abandoned Buildings

It's interesting how we live in a fading infrastructure of the baby boomer growth. Beside shining new glass and steel buildings sit sagging abandoned mid century gems. Photographing abandoned places is a strangely addictive hobby and a rewarding experience. It not only forces you to find beauty in derelict structures, but it makes you wonder about history....

Music Videos Set in Abandoned Places

Love music and love abandoned sites? Put them together and you have a hauntingly beautiful situation. Here's just some music videos with great settings -

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Indiana For Fall and Halloween!

Some states end up on my Halloween radar because they have a lot of events and they really embrace the season of autumn and Halloween. Indiana recently started pinging on my radar. Let's have a look at the offerings in this fine state.

Lots Of Uses For Autumn Apples (Some Surprising!)

Autumn time means an abundance of apples. Let's see what can inspire you - 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Scariest Places On Earth!

It is interesting to note what different cultures around the world consider the scariest places. There seems to be a uniform acceptance that any place with tragedy and death is scary, as well as any location that is barren, desolate, and abandoned. Let's have a look at Scariest Places On Earth!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gateway To Hell: Locations Around the World!

One of the worst curses locals could put on a location is to call it the gateway to hell. Here's just some locations around the world that earned the moniker - 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Easy and Super Cheap Pre-Halloween Ideas!

Do you have a printer? Photoshop or photo program? A spare white sheet you bought cheap at Goodwill? Do you have any battery-operated candlesticks and fishing line? Vodka and candy? Maybe you have some Goodwill baby dolls. Have a dirty car?

Scariest Halloween Practices: Do You Dare?

The season brings out the troublemaker and avid horror lover in all of us. As kids, we performed many kinds of mayhem, but even as adults, we can't help playing chicken with the unknown. Here's just some of the scariest Halloween practices to explore again - 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Best Horror-Themed Street Art

I think all cities should budget for street art. They need to keep their artist community alive and breathing there and take a city, which can be a stressful environment, and show man's potential to make anything enchanting, hilarious, and even unsettling....

Saturday, September 2, 2017

How-To For Scarecrow Lovers

(Scarecrow by Pumpkinrot one of the greatest Halloween artisans I know. I get my Halloween cards from him every year and he makes a new scarecrow to commemorate each All Hallow's Eve)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Road Trekking: New River and Carefree, Arizona

My co-author and best friend Julie and I took a little road trip yesterday. Here's some things we found between New River, Arizona and Carefree, Arizona.

Ghost Ships: Bodies Found At Sea!

oil painting by me 

Ghost ships are one of my favorite obsessions, but upon occasion, mummies are found on these out a sea, those who died aboard. Today, I'm combining my two favorite obsessions; accidental mummies and ghost ships! This one is high on the chillbumps factor - 


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