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The Haunted House: A Short Story

The Haunted House: A Short Story

Frederick stood 50 feet from the entrance of the haunted house while his teammates pleaded with him to go inside.  He rattled off a bunch of statistics of mechanical failings in these kinds of pop-up carnivals while they rolled their eyes. “Just 3 years ago in Iowa, the roof came loose and injured 5 people.  A 12 year old girl lost her arm.” They laughed.  “Freddy, if you’re scared, just say so.  You don’t have to make up injury statistics.”…

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The Legend of Sam-El Caan

The Legend of Sam-El Caan

His name is Sam-El Caan, and he was once worshiped as a god.  In some countries, he may still be.  He was more a demon than a god, but no one knows exactly how he came into being.  He was “put to sleep” by a small group of monks at some point in the 1400s, and his eyes have not opened since.  He was buried deep beneath the ground in an unmarked field in the middle of Kentucky.  The original…

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Diary of a Slasher: Entry 2

Diary of a Slasher: Entry 2

True to my word, I headed out the next day.  To watch.  Certainly some vile things were happening; not every person at church camp was there to study the Bible.  Some of them had to be pursuing some extracurricular activities.  No group of teenagers ass all good.  All I needed was one frisky couple and I’d be set. Listen.  I’ve been doing this a long time and discovered one ironclad rule of the universe: if you put a group of…

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Transmissions from ScareFest 9: Part II

Transmissions from ScareFest 9: Part II

You can read Part I here. I had accomplished what I wanted to accomplish during my first day at ScareFest.  I bought a couple t-shirts (a Stab shirt for me, a Monster Squad shirt for the munchkin), Elizabeth Fields’ new book, and a couple other random items.  My goal for Day 2 was clear: take pictures, strike up random conversations and look for stories.  This was always my favorite part of going to conventions, but this was the first convention…

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Diary of a Slasher: Entry 1

Diary of a Slasher: Entry 1

I wait just beyond the treeline.  I like to listen.  I have to listen. It’s a little tricky.  I can’t reveal myself too soon or everything is lost.  It’s all part of the game; part of the code.  It’s not going to fall on me to screw it up. Let me back up.  They call me Johnny Blood.  When I was alive, my name was John Hansen.  I must admit, I’m a fan of the name Johnny Blood. I used…

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The World Ender: A Short Story

The World Ender: A Short Story

I was a man.  But they took that from me. I ran with The Sawyer Gang.  Chet & Amos Sawyer were brothers, and they were particularly savage creatures.  In the grand scheme of their gang, I found myself somewhere in the middle.  “The money crew,” as they called it.  Our main targets were banks and trains, but we’d hit anything that would put money in our pockets.  I would have knocked over a small child if it meant I could…

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The Conjuring 2: Spoilery Thoughts

The Conjuring 2: Spoilery Thoughts

I already wrote a review of The Conjuring 2, but I have some questions that would spoil the movie, so I opted to put them in a different post.  Because I am a kind soul. 1. Lorraine was able to defeat the demon – Valak – by saying his name, screaming other things and condemning him back to hell.  Or something.  She only knew his name because Valak told her his name in a vision.  “I know his name, I…

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Thoughts on Independence Day: Resurgence

Thoughts on Independence Day: Resurgence

Alien invaders count as horror, right? I thought so. Here are a handful of random thoughts about Independence Day: Resurgence. 1. Brent Spiner is a perfectly fine actor, but Dr. Okun was entirely too prominent in this movie.  The first Independence Day was the perfectly amount of Okun: get in, say some awkward things for laughs, have an alien tentacle wrapped around his neck and get out. For this movie, it was almost like someone said, “Hey, what if we…

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Mailbag: June 20, 2016

Mailbag: June 20, 2016

Welcome back to the HW Mailbag.  I apologize for my absence.  I forgot to put out a call for questions last week.  I’m sure all 6 of you who read this were crushed. We’ve got two questions today, both from former writers from the site.  They’re lovely people.  If you’re not following them on Twitter, you should probably fix that as soon as possible. To the questions! Brother, what is a scene that absolutely wrecked you?  Either emotionally or the…

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Mailbag: June 6, 2016

Mailbag: June 6, 2016

Welcome back to the HW Mailbag.  Only one question this week, but it’s a good one. Current debate that’s going on at work…What’s scarier, ghosts/paranormal or slashers/killers and why?  Your thoughts? – @kcguru23 @kcguru23 works at a hotel and they have these debates during slow moments.  I wouldn’t mind working in a place like that.  Instead, I’ll just sit alone in my office, telling ghost stories to myself.  As it turns out, my scenario is still more interesting than The…

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Horror School is in Session

Horror School is in Session

As I mentioned in the not-so-distant past, I am a relatively recent horror convert.  Because of this, I have fairly sizable holes in my viewing history.  I haven’t seen a lot of movies that a lot of people hold up as classics.  In a perfect world I would have found all sorts of time to just sit down and give myself a proper horror upbringing.  But it is not a perfect world. So I have decided to enroll in Horror…

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Boo! John Carpenter Returns to the Halloween Franchise

Boo! John Carpenter Returns to the Halloween Franchise

Boo! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise! In case you missed it, Blumhouse has announced that they have brought John Carpenter back into the Halloween franchise.  He will be producing the next installment in the series, set to release in October 2017. I do not like this. As you all well know, Carpenter is the man responsible for first bringing Michael Myers into our world back in 1978, effectively giving birth to the slasher boom of the 80s.  Even after all…

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Yay! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise!

Yay! John Carpenter Returns to Halloween Franchise!

In case you missed it, Blumhouse has announced that they have brought John Carpenter back to the Halloween franchise.  He will be producing the next installment in the series, set to release in October 2017. I love this. As you all well know, Carpenter is the man responsible for first bringing Michael Myers into our world back in 1978, effectively giving birth to the slasher boom of the 80s.  Even after all these years, Halloween is just as good today…

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