All hail Allhallowtide, or:  Happy Halloween, spooky friends!

[An opening aside from Marie:  it’s bloody well snowing right now in Chicago, even if it is just little pellets that evaporate before hitting the ground,  there’s a fierce, numbingly cold wind, and the waves are crashing over the barriers on Lake Michigan, pounding the sand like it was in a battle for the WWF […]

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 […]

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, […]