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Krampus Takeover

This year more than others, it feels like Krampus is everywhere. On ornaments and sweaters and coffee mugs OH MY! And I can't say I'm upset. His horns, long tongue, and evil grin adorn the world with fear and delight. Let's celebrate Krampus! A Krampus Carol Last October this anthology from Burial Day hit the world. Edited by Cynthia Pelayo and Gerardo Pelayo, this book offers thi[...]

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Midnight Society Movie Night: Tigers Are Not Afraid

Last month Midnightober movies took over, and I made new horror friends on Shudder's #61DaysofHalloween. We watched so many movies, some great, some good, and some that left me blinking in confusion...or laughing. We now return to my normal live-tweet, and this month's movie Tigers are Not Afraid. Time for the return of... My brain rejects the idea of one movie a month, but I might[...]

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Cast Away Stones – The Genesis of a Folk Horror Tale

Like most of my stories, Cast Away Stones started as a seed about superstition and ancient practices. Originally, when I set out to write a story based in folklore surrounding winter, I remembered some research I’d done on the Cailleach, an ancient winter goddess associated with the grain harvest in Scotland and Ireland. There was much folklore attached to her, with rural agricu[...]

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Creation of “The Path”: A Krampus Story

Months and months ago, I don't remember exactly when, a call for tales inspired by Krampus for Burial Day Books' sixth volume of their Gothic Blue Book went out across this wide writerly world. Great glowing Christmas lights! I desperately wanted to write a Krampus story and, though I didn't think I stood a chance, submit it. I had to try. When faced with a submission call, one pro[...]

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The Midnight Society Presents A Krampus Trio

We are very proud & excited to announce three of our members - Kathleen, Victoria & Mary - have all placed a story in the latest edition of the Gothic Blue Book series from Burial Day Books. GOTHIC BLUE BOOK VI: A KRAMPUS CAROL A collection of short horror stories and poems resurrect the spirit of the Gothic Blue Book. Gothic Blue Books were short Gothic fictions popul[...]

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Grand Guignol Theater – A Theater of Horrors (and a Kickstarter)

It's autumn — the season of crispy leaves, trick-or-treating, and scary movies. But before you could visit Netflix and put on a variety of shows to thrill and scare you, there was theater. One theater in specific specialized in horror and frights, and became known around the world for the shows and the posters that accompanied them. Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, better known as t[...]

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Creepy Fun: The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor hit Netflix on October 9th, and, as you can guess, people are watching and whispering and posting with vague words and emotional phrases. As soon as I saw the trailer, I couldn't wait. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tykS7QfTWMQ And now, it's here! I've watched the first five episodes, and I like it! Creepy. Mysterious. Atmospheric. And the sto[...]

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Happy Birthday Vicki!

It's October, our favorite spooky season! Which means that it's also the birthday of one of our all-time favorite people, Victoria Nations. You know her as horror writer and biologist, with a flare for fashion and a love for nature. To celebrate, we're throwing her a party. We'll be in the garden, waiting. Don't mind the fog and the sound of creatures lurking beyond the woods. They won[...]