An aging couple’s wedding anniversary is interrupted by a nasty surprise. Instead of celebrating the past thirty years, they find themselves tormented by an unseen intruder who seems bent on destroying their marriage and their lives.
Welcome to The Noctrium. Feel free to wander the dusty corridors of my dark art gallery or surrender your imagination to the pages of my ghost stories. Above all, enjoy your stay—and if you feel an icy touch on your back, fear not; my spectral tenants are friendly…for the most part.
What did I love about the original Blair Witch Project? The forest setting. The subtle, urban-legend-style storytelling. The primitive artifacts that had no right to be as creepy as they were. The intensely scary scenes that relied on the unknown.
The 2016 sequel shares all of this, except toward the end, where Blair Witch decides to let up on the unknown a bit. If the movie has one weakness, this is it. While The Blair Witch Project gave us almost nothing to go on, Blair Witch gives us quite a bit more than nothing.
I have discovered the single best setting for a ghost story: winter above the Arctic Circle. Vast, empty, cold, and dark.
Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter spends most of its time describing this setting. But don’t worry about getting bored. One moment you’re humming along with beautiful images of water, ice, light, mountains, and sky; then suddenly, although nothing’s changed, you find yourself afraid. The water, somehow, is terrifying. The alien light is terrifying. The distant mountains are terrifying. You realize this was a place humans were never meant to be. A place where everything, even in its beauty, means death.
I first saw The Sixth Sense as a teenager, before I had any real interest in horror. That movie disturbed me deeply. The terrifying scenarios and the way they were shot resonated uncannily with my own nightmares.
Since then, it’s become popular to condemn Shyamalan’s movies. While I remained a fan longer than most (I loved The Village), I was forced to agree with the majority sentiment that he’d lost his touch.
Then I saw The Visit, and I was reminded why, more than a decade later, I still have trouble making myself watch The Sixth Sense.
The Visit creeped me out.
The Simply Scary Podcast has featured another one of my ghost stories! This time, storyteller Otis Jiry performs Windows to the Soul. If you’re tired of waiting for new stories from The Noctrium, check out the Simply Scary podcast. They release new audio performances every week!
Pages of Dust has been featured on The Simply Scary Podcast, a series of terrifying stories from a variety of horror authors. Check out the latest episode to hear audio performances of The Forgetful House, Doors, and Unit 319.
A woman checks in with a reclusive friend who recently lost her husband. The widow lives in a charming house in the woods, but a bizarre set of rules holds sway over the property. When broken, these rules unleash the house’s dark secret.
I’m pleased to announce the release of Pages of Dust: Volume 3! Twenty tales of ghosts, vampires, and other supernatural horrors from The Noctrium Library, just in time for Halloween.
Sinister Ghosts, Vengeful Dolls, Hungry Vampires…Welcome these dark specters into your home with Pages of Dust, a collection of the most terrifying tales from The Noctrium Library in corporeal form. Each volume contains twenty stories and poems to keep you up at night. Turn down the lights, find a safe corner, and surrender your imagination!
A woman is woken in the night by the sound of something moving through her house, knocking on the doors, searching for the room with someone inside.
A young man shares the secret to overcoming his fears.
A couple tells a friend about their paranormal experiences, thinking they’ve solved their problems for good.