Scary Halloween pumpkins - featured image

Favorite spooky stories:  Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Let’s “face” it, Sleepy Hollow is scary.  The concept, the story or the excellent movie by Tim Burton with its terrific spooky rural eerie countryside ambience – doesn’t matter which one you mean, ’cause they’re all creepy.  And yes, there’s also a major Haunted Attraction in Ulster, NY that pays homage to the headless wonder.   […]

Spooky books for The Grim(m) Season:  The Thirteenth Tale

So there’s this young woman of (extremely) modest means named Margaret Lea who works in an undervisited bookstore and reviews books and writes author biographies on the side – but she only does it of obscure authors and their barely known books.  This is because she doesn’t see herself as a real biographer and doesn’t […]

Spooky films:  The Devil’s Advocate

Sure, it’s autumn – the signs of the impending spooky season are all around.  One of the very good haunted attractions around where Michael lives is the Halloween Harvest Festival held at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA.  The organizers were already growing their corn back in the summer months and hiring staff and actors […]

Spooky Events:  Bram Stoker Festival is on in Dublin (Ireland!) NOW, October 24-27, 2014

OMG, how can we have forgotten to tell you sooner??!  We must have been moonstruck with that big ol’ harvest moon last week …  For those of you who can travel on short notice, Dublin is the place to be this weekend:  it’s the annual Bram Stoker Festival, and it’s on from tonight (Friday the […]

horizon panorama - blog

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Pretty Polly

It’s that time of year again for creepy music, and so it will be until winter finally fades (or at least until the solstice, when the days start growing longer again).  In this installment of our continuing series Music For The Grim(m) Season, we bring you that particular subset of traditional folk music known as […]

Spooky tales: the ghosts of Hanover, PA

They’re baaa-a-a-ack …  Well, actually we never left.  Just been on sort of a hiatus for job reasons; you know how it is.  Sorry about that.  But for now, we have new posts as we lead into Halloween 2014 and after, in an effort to be the best blog of our kind.  Forgive us?  Oh, […]

Monastery 2, 1600px

More ghosts on Route 66: Kellen Ryan, the prankster priest

Hello again, spooky friends!  Today’s installment of ghost stories is courtesy of Marie’s other blog, CuriousTraveler66.  It concerns the apparitions of Father Kellen Ryan, a Carmelite priest who taught history at and eventually became dean of Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, IL, now known as Joliet Catholic Academy and located in a different part […]

skeleton in motion

Spooky video in daylight? You bet your ghost!

Hello  again, spooky friends!  We hope you’ve been holding up well.  And if you haven’t heard about the New Hampshire ghost whose video has been getting thousands of hits for the last week, let us be the first to inform you.  It’s so rare that one ever gets to see paranormal activity live, let alone […]

bayou 2 - spooky masthead - morguefile

Ghost hunters flub, toke, and burn down historic haunted Louisiana landmark

We’ve brought you ghost stories before, spooky fans, but this one takes the cake.  This time it’s the living who did all the damage.  But then, isn’t that always how it starts, before you get ghosts?  Their behavior could most charitably be called Stupid People Tricks (any less charitably, and the description would be too […]

A. Fred Chopin monument - masthead

Music for The Grim(m) Season: Unto Ashes

Happy third day of Hallowmas!  It’s the Day of the Dead, aka All Souls’ Day; and while we’ll get into describing that later next week in more detail, for now we’ll help you celebrate with this week’s musical offering. Unto Ashes is a musical ensemble that describes itself as “unrepentant purveyors of apocalyptic folk, medieval […]