With the summer heat bearing down, we could all use some chills. So this week, you can get the Kindle editions of the Pages of Dust anthology for just $0.99 each! The sale ends at 11:p.m. on Friday the 16, so hurry!
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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.
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.
The greatest scarecrow-builder around also turns out to be a great writer. Check out his work:
A while ago I finished reading the novel Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler,a delightfully creepy book that I would highly recommend.
The Others is my favorite horror movie. Everything about it—the setting, the music, the story—fills me with a late-autumn rush.
I’ve been re-reading my favorite ghost story anthology. The Dark, edited by Ellen Datlow, was my first serious foray into horror literature, and it scared me senseless. I don’t think I’ve read a more frightening book since.
I’m a strange breed of horror fan who’s wary of an R rating. I don’t want to be drenched with gore, and an hour and a half of people screaming every foul word they can think of gets on my nerves. For moral reasons, I won’t even consider a movie with nudity. The Conjuring contains none of these. Yes, there’s some blood and some strong language, but the movie’s rating is earned almost entirely on scares.