Lullaby of the Night

I’ve worked here so long, I can’t even remember why I took the job anymore. But nights like this, I imagine it must have been the music. I came from the city, that much I remember. The city. Noisy. Not like here. In this stone shed, there are only the cries of coyotes, owls, and […]

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Toes

Do you know that feeling when you’re lying in bed, with the covers pulled up and your legs stretched out, and your feet seem impossibly far away from the rest of your body? It’s a very vulnerable sensation. That’s why I always sleep curled up like a fetus. It happened when my family moved to […]

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Break My Chains

When I bought the land, the only structure on it was this tiny stone shed. It was lashed to the ground by crooked saplings and overwhelmed by weeds. There were no windows, just a single square door all boarded up. My plan was to knock the thing down so I could use the space for […]

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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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