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scary stories

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The Empty Places

My job takes me deep in the woods, behind shopping plazas, and to abandoned lots. I visit the places customers and residents don’t see, the places in transition, about to become something new. The wild areas are lush with life and death. The abandoned places are different. Their history clings to them. People leave pieces of themselves behind.  Sometimes only trash.  Sometimes whole parts of their lives. Their presence is palpable, these past people, but the spaces are empty. These are the empty places. I’m drawn to them. I make up their stories, to fill[...]

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Spooky Reads: The Top Ten Books on My Spooky To-Read List

I have some many creepy reads that honestly, I probably couldn't keep track if it wasn't for Goodreads and its To-Read list feature. I thought I'd share some of my favorite books that are awaiting to be read. I know it's July but in my head, it's always autumn. Also, right now, most of these are on sale too, so I've included buy links.     Lana used to know what was real. That was before when her life was small and quiet. Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was[...]

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Slash-In-The-Box – A Deadly Children’s Toy Short Film

You know me--I love spooky shorts. I mentioned before that one of my favorites is The Smiling Man. I've posted the story here and the short creepy film inspired by it here. Today I found another horror short that horrified me in the most wonderful way. I will forever hear Pop Goes the Evil, instead of Pop Goes the Weasel, when that creepy kid's song plays. The scary short is called Slash-In-The-Box by Nick Everhart, and it's a disturbing new look at a very standard children's toy...enjoy! Slash-In-The-Box from NICK EVERHART[...]

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Emily + Weird Darkness YouTube Channel

Last year I discovered something pretty great. I was looking for something spooky, that I hadn't seen before and found myself listening to episode after episode of Weird Darkness while I worked. What is Weird Darkness? Straight from the website, Weird Darkness is made up of stories of the paranormal.  Creator and host Darren Marlar presents stories of ghosts, demons, cryptids, unsolved, mysteries, aliens, and other things dark from a variety of published authors as well as our fans. Who is Darren Marlar? Well, he is a working actor, voice a[...]

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Must Read: Fright Before Christmas + a Free Story!

I am always looking for ways to horrorize any holiday. This can obviously be displayed by the horror writing and illustration showcases I’ve run for Pen and Muse, for Halloween or Christmas or just because. I put out a horror publication called Halloween Night: Trick or Treat this last October. I’ve also written a few of my own. Can you tell that I love horror short stories? Recently, I heard about a new anthology coming Leap Books and I was SO excited! It’s called Fright Before Christmas: 13 Tales of Holiday Horrors. What is even cooler, is that there's[...]

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5 Tips to Writing Horror for NaNoWriMo

Currently for NaNoWriMo, Brian and I are writing our new series, ORCHARD POINTE #1. Without giving too much away (though Brian did give away a few more hints today...that's right Brian. I see you.), it’s a young adult novel series that was inspired by some of our favorite creepy movies and novels and television shows and our HUGE imaginations. Currently we are sitting over 30,000 words, and if I’m being honest, it’s mainly due to the unwavering dedication of my incredible writing partner Brian LeTendre. I am so proud of our book. I really can't explain it o[...]

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Halloween Traditions – My Top 3 Halloween Memories

I love Halloween. More than Christmas. More than Thanksgiving. More than Disneyland or sunny weather or adorable baby kittens. I have so many wonderful Halloween memories. So many that it's kind of hard to count them. When I looked at my calendar today and realized that there's only six days to Halloween, I couldn't believe it! There are so many wonderful memories. So many amazing costumes. I’m sure the rest of the Midnight Society gang will have plenty of fun to share for our Halloween Traditions week! Today I wanted to share with you my top three memo[...]

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True Ghost Stories – My House on Lookout Lane

Today we kick off Ghost Week here at The Midnight Society!     Some people are skeptics when it comes to ghosts. Not me. I have never been a skeptic. Why? I’ve lived in a haunted house. I have experienced things that cannot be explained. I have seen orbs with my own two eyes, in the middle of a cemetery at midnight flitting through the sky. And no, I hadn’t been drinking at the time. In honor of Ghost Week, I thought I’d tell you a little story about one of my first ghostly experiences at an old house I lived in when I was a child. With t[...]

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The Werewolf Curse of Argentina

Argentinians take their folklore seriously. And rightfully they should. According to legend, the seventh son born to a family is cursed to become a werewolf who feasts on the bodies of unbaptized babies. Yep. I'd take that pretty seriously too. But they take things to a whole 'nother level in Argentina. In fact, their president gets involved. In order to thwart the curse, there is a long-standing tradition where the leader of the country legally adopts any seventh born son. This way, the son is no longer technically part of their original family, and no longer co[...]

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‘Tis the Season for Imaginary Friends

There's just something about this time of year that makes you feel like a kid again. Am I right? Dreaming of a white Christmas. Seeing Santa at the mall. The Christmas lights. Presents under the tree. Candy canes and Rudolph and Silver Bells and running down the stairs Christmas morning. It's nice. Really.     But today I'm not bringing you stories of holly jolly children who made Santa's "good" list. Nope. I'm here to share some creepy kid stories, because that's what we do here at the Midnight Society. We crush those sugar plums that dance in you[...]