Monthly Archives: October 2013

Welcome to Night Vale

Creative macabre story telling done in the same vein has Wells’ War of the Worlds broadcast. Listen with the lights low, the blinds drawn and huddled under the covers. You, my friends, are in for a wicked treat.

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast from Commonplace Books. It’s a community radio broadcast from a fictional town in the American Southwest called Night Vale, where pretty much any kind of weird thing you can imagine happens. I’ve five episodes in, each are about 22 minutes, and they’re amazing.

I have a soft spot for anthology weirdness like this, from straight shows like the Twilight Zone, to absurdist parodies like the Scary Door from Futurama. I also love Twin Peaks, and, although I’ve only seen two episodes, Hemlock Grove is pretty great. Most of all, I love Alan Wake, it’s one of my favorite video games of all time, and the inclusion within that mythology of an anthology show called Night Springs, especially in the sidequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

Night Vale is mostly funny, but every so often they get deep and downright creepy…

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A Halloween Scare

A Writer's Diary

Virtually everyone knows what it’s like to feel really scared. We can all remember moments when we experienced a pounding heartbeat, faster breathing, nervous perspiration, or butterflies in the stomach. Whether that fright is caused by watching a nail-biting horror movie, listening to a spine-chilling story, or prowling through a dark-as-night haunted house on Halloween, some people actually revel in feeling frightened.

Strange as this may seem, think about the last time you were scared. Someone may have jumped out at you or thrown a fake spider at you and then you screamed. This was followed by laughter most likely. People are generally motivated to pursue pleasure and avoid pain, but what about a pain so exquisite it becomes pleasurable? How often do we watch a horror film knowing we’ll be too afraid to go anywhere alone afterward, or get off a rollercoaster and say “Let’s go again”?

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The Goblin Spider, by Lafcadio Hearn:

The Goblin Spider, by Lafcadio Hearn:

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As night advanced he crouched down under the altar, which supported a dusty image of Buddha. He saw nothing strange and heard no sound till after midnight. Then there came a goblin, having but half a body and one-eye, and said: “Hitokusai!” (There is the smell of a man). But the samurai did not move. The goblin went away.

And more from Lafcadio Hearn – In Ghostly Japan:

http://virtuallibrary.cincinnatilibrary.org/virtuallibrary/vl_oldrare.aspx?ResID=338

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“People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk”

~ Stephen King 

“People think t…

20 Cute and Creepy Vintage Halloween Cards

20 Cute and Creepy Vintage Halloween Cards

~ The blog Mentle_Floss shares some of the most creepy and cutesy vintage Halloween cards to boot. 

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