horror · Writing

Beware the Slenderman: Documentary Discussion

Do you believe in the Slenderman? Well, two teenage girls in Wisconsin do, so much that they attempted to murder their best friend. I watched the documentary, Beware the Slenderman, on HBO. I like watching true crime films, but find it rare to find one integrating the supernatural.

It’s not so crazy to hear about youngsters believing in something that isn’t real. As a kid, I believed in monsters in my closet and Freddy Krueger. Maybe I still do sometimes since I have a knack for the horror genre.

One thing I will say watching the interviews with the two girls, they really do believe in Slenderman. They believe they had to do the crime because their lives and families were in danger. If you watch the documentary, it’s chilling to see their responses and answers to the detectives questions. They discuss it openly and in a nonchalant way.

Overall, I give the documentary 3.5 stars out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve watched the film and your thoughts.

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horror · Short Stories

No Service

This is a dark, flash fiction piece. 

No Service

Every week I dread it, the drive to pick up my son from his mother’s house. My son isn’t the one I despise. It’s my bitch of an ex and her new husband. They love to shove their new life and wealth in my face. Why else would they live in a mansion in the middle of damn nowhere?

The drive consists of winding roads with no streetlights for miles. Not to mention it’s two hours from where I live.

Stupid bitch.

She did this on purpose.

My hands turn to crank the radio but there’s nothing, just static. Not even one damn channel to listen to. At this point I’d listen to classical, it’d be better than the silence.

Night has already settled in, casting gloominess to my mood. I reach for the bag of peanuts and shove a handful in my mouth.

I round a corner, going faster than I should when something catches my eyes. Someone is lying in the middle of the road.

I swerve to avoid crushing them but the wheel slips from my grasp. The car is reeling out of control as I grip it tight and put it back center.

My feet slam on the brakes as the car slides to a stop. The fresh rain made the road slick and I’m lucky I didn’t drive into a ditch.

My breath is ragged as I calm myself down, thinking of how close I came to losing it. I breathe in and out, just like therapy.

I crane my neck backward, the body still in the middle of the road. Not moving.

“Shit,” I mutter.

I reach for my cell phone to call for help. I dial 911, but get the No Service signal.

“Of course,” I toss the phone in the middle console and step out of the car.

I approach slowly, creeping like a panther. “Hello? Hey Buddy!” I call out.

Nothing.

Silence.

Zilch.

The man’s face is crooked the other way. I kneel down to get a better glance and roll him towards me.

Shit.

It’s him. Her new husband.

Blood pools on the concrete.

He’s in a jogging outfit; someone hit him and took off. Not that I blame the culprit because he’s such an asshole.

“Shit.” I say again. My hands rub the back of my hand till it hurts.

His chest rises and falls, he’s alive. What should I do? There’s no way to call for help. If I move him I could do more damage, but I have to take him with me. It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?

I mean, I couldn’t just leave him out here, in the middle of the road, dying.

Or could I?

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Book Review · books · horror

On Writing Horror from HWA

My writing craft needs a lot of work and there is a new book I can’t wait to dive into. I recently ordered On Writing Horror: A Handbook by The Horror Writers Association.

I am not a member of the HWA but hope to be one day. You don’t need to be a member to pick this book up. I ordered a used copy on Amazon for under five bucks and that included shipping.

I have skimmed the topics but so far they range from Developing Horror Concepts, Crafting your Novel and even Marketing. I will probably read a couple of sections each day and hope to gain something new from it.

Has anyone else read this book? What other writing books do you recommend?

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Book Review · books · horror

Book I Love: Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

I love a good monster story and the new novella by Hunter Shea, Loch Ness Revenge had me hooked from the beginning.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the main character Natalie McQueen had me rooting for her the entire time. She’s witty and quick on her feet. I also thought her inner monologue was quite funny.

If you’re in search for a fun, monster read I’d check this one out. I’m a big fan of Shea’s work.

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I will be doing more book reviews and the genres will vary. Let me know what books you’re reading and recommend!

horror

What Scares You?

Happy Halloween! I want to know, what scares you? We all have different interpretations of what is scary. I’m terrified of spiders, I jump and scream, then run to my boyfriend to get rid of it. He makes fun of me for this, however he’s terrified of snakes. Just watching one on TV gives him the creeps.

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I’ve listed a few things that can be determined scary. Let me know in the comments! Your feedback will also help me with an upcoming project. This is just a handful of ideas, feel free to add anything else. Everyone have a safe Halloween!

  1. The dark
  2. Spiders
  3. Snakes
  4. Monsters
  5. “Jump” scares from horror movies
  6. Something in your closet
  7. Zombies
  8. A creepy basement/attic
  9. Ghosts
  10. Swimming in open water
  11. Being lost in the woods at night
  12. Someone knocking on your door
  13. Airplanes
  14. A serial killer villan- Freddie, Jason, Chucky, Michael Myers
  15. A certain place or house you’ve visted? Tell me below
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horror · Random Things

Do Monsters Exist?

Bigfoot, Giant Squid, Lochness monster, Jersey Devil. Is there any truth to this stories? Damn I hope so. I have to post his topic now, since it’s October. I also have a slight obsession with things that aren’t supposed to exist.

Washington has a lot of Bigfoot sightings, which happens to be the state I reside in. I’m well aware one is more likely to come across a cougar than a Bigfoot. But how cool would it be? Considering you don’t get eaten or mauled.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any stories of ever seeing anything remotely like this. Wish I did!

Since I can remember I’ve been into the supernatural and wondering what’s really out there. I like to keep an open mind. Just because no one has “real” proof, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Maybe I’m too hopeful.

What do you think? Do you wish something to be real that hasn’t been proven?

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Bigfoot meme found on Pinterest.

 

horror · Random Things · Writing

Scary Movies

Do you like scary movies? I sure do, always have since I was a kid and my mom didn’t catch me watching  them. My older brother would rent them and I’d sneak in the living room to watch. I like all genres of movies  but love horror in general. I’ll pretty much watch any scary movie even if it’s cheesy.

Everyone has different tastes in this genre and that’s okay. Horror depends on the person experiencing it. What is scary to someone may not be scary to you. Clowns are terrifying to some but they’ve never bothered me.

I’ve always been a huge fan of horror and since it’s October I’m going to share some of my favorite scary movies. Some of these are old classics and some are new favorites.

Here are some of mine

  • The Conjuring- Ed and Lorraine Warren
  • Child’s Play- This movie scared the crap out of me as a kid. Dolls will forever be creepy.
  • Evil Dead/Army of Darkness- Bruce Campbell!
  • The Thing (1982)- Pretty good gore and Kurt Russell
  • Dawn of the Dead- I think the remake is the best one so far
  • Annabelle- Creepy dolls again
  • Paranormal Activity- It’s what you can’t see that’s terrifying
  • Friday the 13th- I watched way too many in my teens
  • Nightmare on Elm Street- My brother used to scare me with the bladed hand.
  • Ghost Encounters- This is a B movie, but I thought it was scary for a low budget.

After I post this, I’ll think of several more but these are ones that stand out.

What are you favorite scary movies? Let me know!