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 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:  Spooky Songs Of The Week, Oct. 12th

Have you ever thought that Halloween deserved its own set of serious spooky music?  We don’t mean camp or cute, though the soundtracks that Danny Elfman wrote for Tim Burton‘s dark fairy tales border on that.  We also don’t mean pop music (“Monster Mash” would certainly qualify for that category).  Naturally, there’s already classical music […]

Ghost stories in the library – for Halloween!

A few posts ago, we wrote about haunted libraries.  Well, I was in my local public library recently, looking for spooky, moody stuff to read.  Since we’ve had some rain lately, I was looking for some Nathaniel Hawthorne.  I know that when most American readers think of Gothic, spooky and classical American literature at this […]

Retro Dark Shadows remake is worth seeing for the vamps and the spooks

Imagine:  A massive, creepy, 200-year-old Gothic mansion, set in picturesque Maine by the sea.  And to boot, the mansion has some visually stunning ghosts and is home to a polite, charming, but nonetheless bloodthirsty vampire.  Interested? We were.  Neither of us had ever watched the original television show Dark Shadows, and we’re not real big […]

Got A Good Ghost Story?

What makes a good ghost story?  That depends. I’ve recently started watching Celebrity Ghost Stories.  The show is well done; the celebrities, when I know who they are, make their real-life stories compelling.  That said, some stories are, of course, better than others. My criterion for a good ghost story is:  you can’t poke too […]

The Dark: The Necessary Ambience of Halloween and Haunts

Atmosphere, ambience, whatever you term it – it’s essential to good eerie, haunting movies and haunted attractions. Take the movie “Interview With The Vampire.”  Set largely in New Orleans in the late 1700s-1800s and then in Europe from the mid-to-late 1800s, the film is haunting in the best sense of the word; everything about the […]