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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Nyctophobia

Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler Book Cover

A while ago I finished reading the novel Nyctophobia by Christopher Fowler,a delightfully creepy book that I would highly recommend. If I have one complaint about Nyctophobia, it’s that the title doesn’t really match the story. It’s mentioned a few times that the protagonist suffered from nyctophobia as a child, and a returning fear of […]

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The Others

The Others is my favorite horror movie. Everything about it—the setting, the music, the story—fills me with a late-autumn rush. While some people find the pace boring, I think it’s perfect. A fast ghost story is great fun, but sometimes you need to slow down and let the atmosphere seep into you, get lost in […]

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The Dark

The Dark: New Ghost Stories Book Cover

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. But more than just terrifying read, The Dark is the book that inspired me to start writing ghost […]

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The Conjuring

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 […]

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Shiki

With the fall season starting, the wife and I decided to re-watch the anime series Shiki. It’s one of my favorite shows, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes vampires. The story is based off a Japanese novel by Fuyumi Ono, and if you’ve read Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, the premise is similar. A strange […]

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The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

I just finished reading The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories, and I must say I have mixed feelings. It is, as the title suggests, a very large collection, and I came away with the impression that the quantity of ghost stories was favored above overall quality. I do not want to leave you with […]

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