Ghostly Protection & Superstitions

Superstitions are like candy to me. They are sometimes strange, often odd and really get my story writing gears turning. I was perusing one of my superstition books the other day looking for story ideas (yes, I peruse) and came upon the entry for ghosts. It talked about the usual - how ghosts manifest themselves as apparitions; how spirits return to earth for a variety of reasons, including vengeance, warning others of danger and other unfinished business. But it also talked about an old Scottish tradition of wearing a cross of Rowan wood fastened with red thre[...]


The Witch of Plum Hollow

As we come upon another session of Camp NaNoWriMo, I can't help but look back on all the projects I've worked on during these spring & summer writing retreats. My story ideas can come from anywhere. Strange snippets of conversation, weird news articles I read online, not to mention local places and faces that inspire. So, during my first attempt at writing a novel-in-a-month, I searched around for images to inspire one of my favorite places to set a story: the Creepy Small Town. Enter Ontario Abandoned Places, an online database of user-submitted photos o[...]


Exploring the Cauldron: How to Spot a Witch

At the end of December, I wrote a post about a new blog series here on The Midnight Society called Exploring The Cauldron. We'll be talking witches, spells, history, and more. I figured for today, we should start at the very beginning. What is a witch? The answer to this question will depend on where you look for answers. If you look up the definition of witch in the Oxford English dictionary, it says that a witch is, "A woman thought to have evil magic powers. Witches are popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, and flying on a broomstick.[...]


Sabrina is Scary as Hell

When I say "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," what image comes to mind for you? This one? Or this one? Or perhaps even this one? Well, unless you've been reading her most recent comic series, I'm guessing it's not this one: If you haven't checked in on everyone's favorite teenage witch lately, you may have missed the memo--Sabrina is scary as hell. In fact, through four issues, I can honestly say Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is one of the scariest, most disturbing comics I've read in years. And if your familiarity with her is through the late 1990s TV show,[...]