Do You Believe in Ghosts?

I had an interesting conversation with a woman on the bus this morning. I'll call her Carol. Now Carol is a very religious Christian (not sure if she's the 'born again' type or not) who not only attends church every week, she also attends something called 'Life Group' which I gather is some kind of … Continue reading Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Sort it out

"You can piss your whole life away trying out who you might be. It's when you've worked out who you are that you can really start to live." -- John Mitchell, Being Human   I think I'm still sorting myself out.

An Obol for Charon

(Before anyone freaks out, I'm not planning to stick a gun barrel in my mouth and eat a bullet.) Thanksgiving is officially over. We did the big dinner at my house today due to conflicting work schedules, but at last that little bit of mania is behind me. I find myself wishing that was an … Continue reading An Obol for Charon

Book Review (spoiler-free) – HARBOR, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

One of the lovely benefits I’ve discovered of being on Twitter is the opportunity to get free books! A few months ago, a note went out from Tor Books that St. Martin’s Press had ARCs of the forthcoming novel by the Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of Let the Right One In and Handling … Continue reading Book Review (spoiler-free) – HARBOR, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

In Celebration of Writers

As you guys know, I like to celebrate writers' birthdays. Usually the dates sneak up on me and I end up putting together a very short blog post about them to commemorate their birth. I've looked online before for comprehensive lists of authors' birthdays, but never managed to find one I liked. I was going … Continue reading In Celebration of Writers

Build Your Own Cemetery!

When I was a kid, there was a house in town that did a Christmas display that would have rivaled Disney. I’m talking a working carousel that carried 3’ tall elf dolls, a working ski lift/skyride that more of these dolls rode in, and loads of other things all over the yard. Sadly, vandals finally … Continue reading Build Your Own Cemetery!

Music for the Goth In All of Us

Technorati Tags: gothic,music,writing,Heavenly Creatures,Diminished 7,Alex Crescioni,gothic metal,HIM For those who enjoy some mood music to set their scenes, whether in real life or to help us conjure our fictional fog-shrouded moors and darkly lit dungeons and castles, I have two new tasty morsels for you to choose from. Heavenly Creatures is gothic electronica from France. … Continue reading Music for the Goth In All of Us

Dark Crafts

It's not what you think. Ok, yes, I am drawn to the dark side of the Craft, but this is crafts, lower-case 'c'. Did you know about these? In all my searching for books on crochet and amigurumi patterns I never ran across these, until today. If, like me, you've had enough of crochet dishcloths … Continue reading Dark Crafts

Ghostly Roads and Haunted Locales

It's that time of year when everyone is trotting out stories of ghosts and hauntings. So let's join in the fun. Digital City has an article listing ten of the creepiest roads in America, reportedly haunted by everything from ghostly children to spectral dogs, Civil War soldiers to star-crossed lovers. Check out the ghostly locales … Continue reading Ghostly Roads and Haunted Locales