Writing Prompt: Neighbor War

Living among people isn’t always easy for us as writers. People do plenty of rude things that irritate those of us trying to think. Here’s your chance to imagine your revenge. 🙂 The Writing Exercise Your character has tried to tactfully let a neighbor know that they have been rude (think: barking dog, spilled garbage,…

These short horror films perfectly sum up 2020

The year that felt like it might never end is finally winding down. In review, these short horror films seem to perfectly capture the feeling of this dreadful year, despite the fact that not all were made this year. What do you think? Doe these films capture the sense of impending doom brought on by…

Poetry in Every Moment

Writing is as much a compulsion as a career. People who write often feel so strongly compelled that they ache or feel empty when NOT writing regularly. Writers often see the world just a bit differently, too. Where everyone else sees falling snow, poets like Mary Oliver see stars in the dark trees. She presents…

10 Songs about Murder

Tales of horror don’t always have to arrive in paperback or on celluloid.  Yarns about murder are a long part of folk music tradition. The tradition continues with these 10 songs that depict murder—while vividly setting the scene.

Food Fright: Curated Short Horror Film Festival

Many people out there enjoy horror movies. Many of those same people also like food. That’s why I’m presenting Food Fright. Think of it as the horror fan’s ultimate date night. I’ll pair a movie and a dinner plan, often including dessert. Heck, I might even suggest an accompanying cocktail. That’s a complete theme. Curated…

Movies for Back to School

Ahh. Back to school. Or , is that AHHHHHHHH!! Back to School! Here’s a short list of horror movies that take place in the unhallowed halls of academe. Sit back and get ready to be terrorized by calamitous children, horrific high schoolers, and crazed coeds. Slaughter High (1986) Class reunions can be murder. Literally. Massacre…

Help Finding (Short) Horror Online

Some days you wake up and think, “I need a good scare.” Luckily, you have countless options at your finger tips. To help you sift through some of those options, I present you my curated list of a few favorites. NOTE: As a writer, certainly I think that you should be willing to pay for…

Thoughts on the seasons

A recent snowfall got me thinking. Many people love summer. And why not? The weather is (allegedly) beautiful, the kids are off school, and cookouts are aplenty. Summer is not my favorite time of year, however. While I enjoy the sun, and I love to watch a storm roll in, summer also seems to bring…

A Trip Down Scream Queen Lane

Few scream queens get the recognition they deserve, but most seem to have languished despite an impressive portfolio of horror. In this post, I share a few Scream Queens that have brought me joy. A few, I think, have been forgotten, and deserve a second watch. In the late 1970s, Katharine Ross added an impressive…