An Open Door to Belief or Doubt

I guess I was five or six when I first really believed in ghosts. The belief must have been growing for some while before then, but only in the form of stories I tried not to think about too close to bedtime. Never as something that would ever show up in my house. But show […]

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Pages of Dust Sale

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! Pages of Dust, Volume 1 Pages of Dust, Volume 2 Pages of Dust, Volume […]

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Anniversary

For the thirtieth time, they pulled the book from its place on the shelf. He blew a year’s worth of dust from the cover before smiling at her and leading her to the sofa. They sank into the tired cushions, wiggling closer to each other as together they pried the cover open. “Zero,” she said, […]

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Blair Witch

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 […]

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Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver Book Cover

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 […]

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The Visit

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 […]

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Windows to the Soul on the Simply Scary Podcast

Windows to the Soul on the Simply Scary Podcast

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!

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Off the Path

“Whatever you do,” I call from the door, “don’t leave the path.” Melanie looks at the carpet of blazing leaves to either side of her, then offers me a bemused smile. “No. Wouldn’t want to trample your verdant lawn.” “It’s not that,” I say as I receive her from the stone path into my home, […]

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