Phobic

In a refreshing contrast to election poll maps, here is a graphic that shows what each state fears the most. It uses stats based on which phobia people in each state google most often.

It’s Raining Snakes

Perhaps the most feared creature throughout the ages is the snake. And now one iteration of the limbless species is gaining notoriety for its unique ability to do something somehow even more terrifying than slinking around on its belly: flying. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the (ironically named) Paradise Tree […]

Limbo

For many of us, video games have become a survival tool for quarantine. If you find yourself gaming more often this year, then make sure to check out my favorite single-player (because my life is lonely) side-scroller (because first-persons make me carsick): LIMBO. Limbo, which was created in 2010 by an independent developer in Denmark, […]

Beware the Black Jelly Beans

Sadly, a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts died recently from eating a bag and a half of black licorice every day. “The black licorice contained glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical that raises a person’s blood pressure and lowers their potassium levels, especially when consumed in large amounts,” according to the Associated Press. The man’s habit caused nutritional […]

EXCLUSIVE Haunted Overload Daytime Tour and Interview!

Prepare yourself, for you are about to experience the greatest haunted attraction in the world, lit by broad daylight. Haunted Overload is an outdoor, hand-built haunt situated in a beautiful New Hampshire forest. Back in 2014, it won ABC’s television competition The Great Halloween Fright Fight. I’ve featured it on this blog before. I visit […]

The Appointment

“There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions. In a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, ‘Master, just now when I was in the marketplace, I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and when I turned I saw it was Death […]

How Everything Sounds When You’re Home Alone at 3 A.M.

Here’s a behind-the-screams look at the contraption that makes those terrifying ambient noises in horror films. Behold the Waterphone! Here’s its official site, which (misleadingly) made the instrument seem so benign! According to its aptly named inventor, Richard Waters (R.I.P.): “The sound of the Waterphone has been compared to the haunting melodies of the Humpback Whale […]

*O*C*T*O*B*E*R*

Our month is finally here. I am typing this post from Salem, the Witch City itself. Even with the strict Massachusetts virus restrictions, this is still the best place to be on 10/1. I will post photos from my annual trip in a few days, but for now I’d like to feature an artist whose […]

Wicked Good

Quick: who’s your favorite Great British Baking Show contestant?? Well, if it’s not Helena Garcia from season 7, it should be. This self-proclaimed “Halloween lover” found a way to shoehorn spookiness into each baking challenge, bless her witchy little heart. For example, check out her creations for Biscuit Week (when everyone else was making shortbread): […]

Gourd-geous

“Theme in Yellow” by Carl Sandburg (1916) I spot the hillsWith yellow balls in autumn.I light the prairie cornfieldsOrange and tawny gold clustersAnd I am called pumpkins. On the last of OctoberWhen dusk is fallenChildren join handsAnd circle round meSinging ghost songsAnd love to the harvest moon. I am a jack-o’-lanternWith terrible teethAnd the children […]