All Posts

Glaistig of Scottish Folklore

A malevolent Scottish ghost. (Or is it?)

Continue reading →

You Never Know Where You'll Find...The Witches!

Arizona isn't a place people typically think of when the word "witch" is mentioned, but you might be surprised to hear that the desert is not only full of life but also rich with...the witches!

Continue reading →

Inugami of Japan

A familiar spirit born from a brutal ritual.

Continue reading →

An Old Book & A Few Updates

A friend of mine sent me an old book for my birthday. It's an original from 1931—nearly one hundred years old. The book is in fantastic shape for being almost a century old. I'm running it through my old book process right now, and I expect it to be finished next weekend. Just look at the first few pages to get an idea of what's inside.

Continue reading →

Seven Gates of Hell in Hellam Township, Pennsylvania

One gate is visible in the day, six more at night, and passing all seven takes you straight to Hell.

Continue reading →

Finally, a Proper Fall

While snow is blanketing many parts of the United States right now, Arizona feels like autumn.

Continue reading →

Phone Cameras, Full Moons, & Finishing the Absolution Retelling

I took a photo of the full moon with my phone on November 8th, 2022. The cameras sure have come a long way since the potato quality of yesteryear.

Continue reading →

Prime Hook Swamp Creature of Delaware

A strange creature lurks in the swamps of a wildlife refuge in Delaware.

Continue reading →

An Update on the Fauna of Mirrors

Remember the strange story of the Fauna of Mirrors I mentioned in Mirrors: Superstition, Mythology, Psychology, & Sanity?

Continue reading →

Haunted Pillar on Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia

Local legends are fascinating. Most of them can't really be traced back to any particular origin, and precisely how or why locals know about them is a bit of a mystery.

Continue reading →

Devil's Night Moon Over Tucson & Finally Finished Moving

I took this photo last night, around sunset, of the moon on Devil's Night here in Tucson.

Continue reading →

Owlman of Mawnan, Cornwall

Many legends of cryptids don't have a clear origin, a story that can easily be traced back to the first sighting. For these creatures, the line between cryptid (an as-of-yet undocumented natural animal) and supernatural is sometimes blurry, as is true with cases such as The Qalupalik of Inuit Folklore or El Peuchen of Mapuche Mythology. In some ways, the controversy surrounding sightings of strange things can make them even more intriguing to explore because there is little in the way of proof for or against their existence. At the core of these legends or folklore is a story, often a tangled combination of truth and fiction, genuine experience and exaggeration.

Continue reading →

Dollies Are a Great Help While Moving & a Light Writing Week

There's a bit more to do with the move into a new place in Tucson, and it's a good thing I have a couple of dollies to help.

Continue reading →

Ghosts of Ogrodzieniec Castle in Poland

A ghostly black dog isn't the only thing prowling castle ruins in Poland.

Continue reading →

Uncertainty, Sore Legs, & Certainty

I move around a lot. It's a thing. I've accepted it as part of my personality, and it's good that Tae is the same way. It's not that we necessarily like moving. In fact, the act of moving is kind of a pain in the ass. But we have had enough practice that it's pretty straightforward for us.

Continue reading →

Hodag of American Folklore

A creature born from the ashes of cremated oxen, out for revenge.

Continue reading →

Life Changes & the Hunter's Moonset

I'm moving into a new place in Arizona, changing day jobs, starting up a few new adventures, and still getting a lot of writing done. There are times in life that are relatively calm and routine, and then others, like now, are hectic and sometimes chaotic.

Continue reading →

Godzilla (1954)

A movie from Japan that forever changed the film industry.

Continue reading →

An Update on Keillers Park Murder & A Black Widow

Some time ago, I wrote about a true crime murder case in Keillers Park, Gothenburg, in western Sweden. I've just published an update on the case.

Continue reading →

The Isdal Woman of Norway

A strange mystery from Norway that remains unsolved over fifty years later.

Continue reading →

The Threat of Nuclear War, Women's Rights, a Cozy Mystery, & a Lizard

Why is it that at least every couple of years, it looks like nuclear war is imminent?

Continue reading →

Dayan of Indian Folklore

A witch with a true horror that may surprise you.

Continue reading →

True Crime & Real People

Did you know that true crime means real people? It seems obvious, but it's easy to lose sight of...

Continue reading →

Jenglot of Indonesian Folklore

Don't you just love spirited dolls?

Continue reading →

A Package From Japan & a Few Updates

It's always a great day when some weird package comes in the mail.

Continue reading →

Santa Compaña of the Iberian Peninsula

A procession of the dead just waiting to curse you.

Continue reading →

Arizona Sunset & an Update on El Peuchen of Mapuche Mythology

About two months ago, I tracked down and ordered an old book that supposedly had an entry El Peuchen, a strange flying snake creature from Mapuche mythology in the southern area of South America. The book finally came!

Continue reading →

Morgus the Magnificent

The life and times of horror host Morgus the Magnificent.

Continue reading →

Foggy Mountains & Taking Breaks While Writing

Whenever I'm writing and get stuck on something, I go for a walk. I'm not sure it's the actual act of walking, but taking breaks every once in a while is necessary.

Continue reading →

Mirrors: Superstition, Mythology, Psychology, & Sanity

There's more behind the mirror than you may think.

Continue reading →

A Praying Mantis Outside My Door

Arizona really is full of life. I'm not sure why, but people think the state is a desert wasteland of sand and rattlesnakes. I see something new every day, like this praying mantis outside my door.

Continue reading →

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England

One of the most famous hauntings in the United Kingdom.

Continue reading →

Desk Cats Are the Best Cats

Actually, all cats are the best cats, but desk cats add a fun extra challenge to writing. Cap'n Hammy Pants loves to hang out with me while I'm writing. She sometimes takes naps on the desk, and, like most cats, she loves to lie on the keyboard.

Continue reading →

The True Story of Arnold Paole, Vampire of Meduegna, Serbia

One of the few vampires documented in official government records.

Continue reading →

A House Finch & Vampire Interview

We're in the middle of monsoon season in Arizona, and most of the wildlife is taking shelter anywhere it can.

Continue reading →

La Patasola of South American Folklore

Another trip to South America, deep in the jungle, where the last thing you want to do is follow a beautiful and mysterious woman away from your traveling companions.

Continue reading →

El Peuchen of Mapuche Mythology

A terrifying flying feathered serpent from South America.

Continue reading →

120 Decibels & A Colorful Cryptid Lanyard

I bought a super loud whistle, 120 decibels. It's part of my kit that I take with me for nighttime walks around the neighborhood here in the desert.

Continue reading →

Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A theatre haunted by the ghost of opera singer Frederick Federici.

Continue reading →

A Happy Cat Makes for a Happy Home

You know when you move, and you get unpacked, then realize there are little things here and there that you haven't found a home for, and while you're putting those up, you find a few moving boxes you still haven't opened?

Continue reading →

New Friends

Your circle of friends shrinks as you grow older, but it doesn't have to be that way. Two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

A Desert Tarantula

New installation of Absolution: Behind the Scenes, a haunted theatre coming up next week, and a desert tarantula.

Continue reading →

A Telltale Rumble

Doggie nightmares two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

El Silbón of Los Llanos in South America

If you hear his whistle, it may be too late.

Continue reading →

Catching Up With a Persistent Cough

Covid has cleared out of my system, and I'm doing a bit of writing catch-up.

Continue reading →

Summer Practice

Christmas summer fun with two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Casper the Friendly Ghost

They sure don't make cartoons like they used to.

Continue reading →

A Magazine Interview With Me

A few months ago, I was interviewed for a magazine.

Continue reading →

Restless

Have trouble sleeping? Two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Soucouyant of Caribbean Folklore

A shapeshifting jumbie that strips off her own skin to go hunting.

Continue reading →

Two and a Half Years and It Finally Happened

Two and a half years, and it finally happened. Covid found me.

Continue reading →

Grandchildren

Two sentence horror about grandchildren.

Continue reading →

Art, Art Everywhere.

You know what I like? Art.

Continue reading →

Anniversary Present

Get a special gift for that someone special in your life. Two sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Insects Are Alive and Well in the Desert

It's an odd thing to move to a different landscape. Moving within a local area, you get pretty much the same, just slightly different views. Moving from Colorado to the Arizona desert, though, everything is different.

Continue reading →

Storm Chaser

Storm chasers really are crazy. Two sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Resurrection Mary

A spooky story from Chicago that may seem like an urban legend—until you dig deeper.

Continue reading →

It's Always the Little Things

Moving 900 miles (1,400 km) sounds pretty straightforward, right? You just box up your stuff, hop in a vehicle, and make the drive.

Continue reading →

Alexa

Amazon's Alexa sure is getting advanced.

Continue reading →

Ann Radcliffe, Pioneer of Gothic Fiction

A woman who created her own movement in Gothic that still continues today.

Continue reading →

Are We There Yet?

I'm probably driving or last-minute packing when this goes out.

Continue reading →

The Secret Ingredient Is Love

Everyone has their own secret ingredient.

Continue reading →

Nale Ba of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

A local legend from Karnataka, India, that you don't want to encounter in the dark—or at all.

Continue reading →

One Week To Go

One week to go, and I'll officially be a desert dweller. I can't wait to get to the new place, get settled in, and get back to editing the novel.

Continue reading →

Younger Days

Isn't it great to gaze back on your accomplishments? More experiments in two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Letter From a Friend

I'm on a two-sentence horror kick.

Continue reading →

Ted the Caver

The world's first creepypasta.

Continue reading →

Waiting to Move.

I like to move quickly. Not just with actual, physical moves, but with many things in life.

Continue reading →

Dandelion Wishes

Sometimes, wishes really do come true. More fun with two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

The Ridgeway Ghost of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's most famous ghost, and one of the only ghosts to have ever killed the living.

Continue reading →

Three Weeks and a Short Break.

Selling a house takes time, energy, and hard work. My spouse and I have been at it for three weeks straight. It's like having another full-time and part-time job on top of regular work.

Continue reading →

Date Night

It's nice to get out for a date night every once in a while. More fun with two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

The Vrykolakas of Greek Folklore

Vrykolakas—the modern Greek undead that wants to eat your liver. Read more to find out how to protect yourself and learn about how to pronounce the word while you're at it.

Continue reading →

Still working on the whole move across the country thing.

Still working on the whole move across the country thing. This is the second time in my life I've done it.

Continue reading →

Only Three?

More fun with two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

The Invention of PG-13

The movies full of gore and violence used to be just fine for kids of all ages!

Continue reading →

Moving Across the Country Is a Lot of Work.

Moving across the country is a lot of work.

Continue reading →

Pep Talks

A little fun with two-sentence horror.

Continue reading →

Antron Singleton, aka Big Lurch

This is an interesting true crime case. I didn't know where I'd end up on it when I began researching, but I uncovered some strange things. Perhaps you've heard of Big Lurch, the rapper cannibal who murdered and ate his girlfriend. If you've previously seen a headline similar to what I just wrote, then let's set the record straight right now. Yes, Big Lurch is a rapper. No, the victim wasn't his girlfriend. Murder and cannibalism? It's not as clear as it first appears.

Continue reading →

Sometimes, you can't edit.

I publish my newsletter via email. I post archives on my website, and I select a few from the archives to post on Reddit, Medium, and Vocal. No matter how often I look at an article, check the links, re-read it, etc. I always find something that needs a slight adjustment.

Continue reading →

The Donation

This one took a while because Amelia just wouldn't sit still.

Continue reading →

Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood

For every story out there, for every monster, there are tropes. It happens with them all, but somewhere, there's a beginning. A place where the tropes start, a story where we can point our finger and say, "that right there is where vampires first got their fangs!" That's Varney the Vampire. The origin of fictional vampires with fangs. And that's not all.

Continue reading →

Dionne Warwick Battled With Oreo on Twitter?

What kind of crazy world are we living in? Tae and I were trying to remember the name of the psychic phone networks advertised on TV back in the '90s, and as we were Googling, my browser autocompleted to "Dionne Warwick vs. Oreo."

Continue reading →

Meet the Parents

Before you meet my parents, there's something you should know...

Continue reading →

Milicent Patrick & Her Enduring Design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Did you know that a woman named Milicent Patrick designed "the Creature"—also known as Gill-man—the monster in the 1954 film The Creature from the Black Lagoon?

Continue reading →

One Weekend at a Cabin

I was typing up part of Absolution: Behind the Scenes and ranted a little bit, and thought I'd place it here in a blog, as it was a bit of a tangent away from the main topic. So, here's some context for you: You know those TV shows, films, and even books that tell you a writer banged out a new great novel over a weekend of booze and sex with strangers?

Continue reading →

Sorry! Not Sorry!

I had a lot of fun making the Nihilify medication parody, so I decided to try another fake commercial—this time for a game.

Continue reading →

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński. Have you ever heard of him? Even if you have, you're in for a visual treat.

Continue reading →

The Real Horror in Life: Hatred

I keep seeing news about the shelling in Ukraine by Russia and can't help but think of how much life and legacy are being destroyed. Everything that people worked so hard to create, accomplish, and put into the world—gone in an instant.

Continue reading →

Nihilify

A fake drug commercial I made. Instagram censored me for this one.

Continue reading →

Keillers Park Murder

There are a lot of criminal cases from around the world that barely (or never) make English-language news. I'm about to walk you through one of those that was pretty famous in Sweden, but you're unlikely to have heard of it unless you follow Swedish crime, black metal (particularly second wave), or Satanic news.

Continue reading →

What Exactly Makes an Expert?

An expert has comprehensive and authoritative knowledge on a subject or skill, but how do you know a person is an expert? I don't have a good answer for this. Often, it seems that there's a college degree plus years of experience, but what about things where such schooling doesn't exist?

Continue reading →

First Contact

Just a little fun with retro sci-fi.

Continue reading →