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Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

Book Review: At The Cemetery Gates

I remember going to sleepovers as a kid, and staying up into the wee hours of the morning trading scary stories and urban legends in hushed tones with my friends. We’d swear up and down that we knew someone who knew someone who knew the girl whose boyfriend was murdered by the hook hand killer. We’d retell local legends, and stories we’d read in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.The tales were short and sweet, getting to the good…

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America's Most Haunted Hotels: Book Review

America's Most Haunted Hotels: Book Review

America’s Most Haunted Hotels: Checking in with Uninvited Guests By Jaime Davis Whitmer with Robert Whitmer Ghost stories are a staple of the horror genre, and they always have a little sharper edge when the magic words, “based on a true story” appear under the title. Ghost hunting has taken on its own genre, as either pure entertainment or amateur scientific research, sometimes a combination of both. I readily admit my deep affection for a good haint tale, and this…

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Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Book Review: Deadraiser (Part 1: The Horror In Jordan's Bank)

Big fish in a small town. Necromancy. Human sacrifice. Conspiracy. If you like these things, you’ll get a kick out of Deadraiser Part 1: The Horror In Jordan’s Bank). From the Goodreads summary: DEADRAISER is the tale of a present-day practitioner who achieves what others have been unable to do for centuries — to raise the dead. The problem is that he must sacrifice innocent victims in order to maintain his power. Enter Fanchon (Frankie) Manning, daughter of the late…

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The Psychic

The Psychic

You have an unnaturally high tolerance for this stuff,” C told me as we drank wine on our patio. The kids were in bed and we were enjoying one of our last evenings in our backyard. We’d sold the house, quickly, and bought another even quicker. We were moving across town to become a “Bates Family.” I studied our garage, held together only by termite carcasses and a prayer, its ancient siding warped from the heat of a grill that…

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Crimson Peak: Movie Review

Crimson Peak: Movie Review

Synopsis: Ghosts!  Ghosts everywhere! At the turn of the 20th century, Edith Cushing (CUSHING!) is wooed by an English baronet, gets married and moves to his not-at-all ominous mansion, nicknamed “Crimson Peak”.  There is a nefarious plot between the baronet and his insane sister in regards to Edith.  And then, of course, there are the aforementioned ghosts. My thoughts: First things first: with this being a passion project of Guillermo Del Toro, you knew the set design was going to…

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If You Go Out in the Woods Today… (MOPO)

If You Go Out in the Woods Today… (MOPO)

Morses Pond didn’t start out as the sizeable body of water it is today. Back in 1738, a landowner dammed a brook to create a mill-pond. Subsequent owners liked this idea, each one outdoing the last in building up the dam until the small spit of water eventually grew into the Morses Pond we know today.*** I don’t like ponds. Never have. Even as a little kid, they skeeved me out. The muddy suction, pulling at my feet as I…

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"Oh no no no, he's in the woods, that's where he stays most of the time, just at the edge of the tree line."

"Oh no no no, he's in the woods, that's where he stays most of the time, just at the edge of the tree line."

Throughout my life I’ve had what I refer to as Horror Movie Dreams. They happen when I’m stressed. In these dreams, I am one of maybe five or six people and we are in a horror movie. I know this, though they do not. I know we will be picked off one by one by an axe wielding man (he’s always axe wielding, though I never see the axe). We are in a cabin, or a hotel, or my house, and I…

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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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The Family Home

The Family Home

I had two emails from people who wanted to share stories with me. One claimed that his house was haunted by its previous owner, and the other message came from a Wellesley College employee who wanted to share information about the college’s underground tunnels. Both intrigued me, but, after my past two experiences, I was hesitant. My little library flier had generated more interest than I could have hoped for, but it seemed to be generating the wrong kind of…

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"I Don't Believe Sellers Have to Disclose Previous Satanic Worship on the Property, but a Head's Up Would Have Been Nice"

"I Don't Believe Sellers Have to Disclose Previous Satanic Worship on the Property, but a Head's Up Would Have Been Nice"

I’m a children’s reference librarian at the Wellesley Free Library. It is an absolute dream. I help little ones find truck stories and Lego books and even get to fill in for story time if one of the full-time librarians is out sick. I typically work in the library’s main branch (across from Town Hall), though I occasionally have the good fortune to fill in for a storytime at the Stone Branch on Washington Street (the one across from the…

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Ouija? I hardly know ya.

Ouija? I hardly know ya.

Nick was the first person to call me about my community board posting. Moments after I hung up with him to schedule our interview I received a text with a calendar invitation to our meeting. The entry was titled, “Interview with Nick Sayre, Paranormal Investigator.” We met at Quebrada on a sunny frigid morning right before Thanksgiving. Nick absolutely insisted on paying for breakfast. He’s one of those people who say things three times, “No, no, no,” (when I offered…

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FOR SALE: GORGEOUS FIVE BEDROOM ON WOODED ESTATE WITH AU PAIR SUITE (AND EVIL HOUSEMATE) **OR** “AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS MY DEAD GRANDMOTHER” **OR** “I MEAN, HONESTLY. A SLEEPING PILL EVERY NIGHT? WITH AN INFANT? WHAT AN ASSHOLE.”

FOR SALE: GORGEOUS FIVE BEDROOM ON WOODED ESTATE WITH AU PAIR SUITE (AND EVIL HOUSEMATE) **OR** “AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS MY DEAD GRANDMOTHER” **OR** “I MEAN, HONESTLY. A SLEEPING PILL EVERY NIGHT? WITH AN INFANT? WHAT AN ASSHOLE.”

At first, my little flier didn’t get much attention, so I mentioned my project to a few neighbors and friends. I was met with extremes. They either found my project inspired or ridiculous. I finally got a hit at the playground. I mentioned my search to a mom friend and she enthusiastically told me, “Oh fun. You should totally talk to Becca. I think she had a problem with that in their last house,” as though we were discussing a…

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A Night at The Astor

A Night at The Astor

I recently spent a couple days in Milwaukee for work.  Since I booked my hotel a little late, the only place I could find within walking distance of my meetings was The Astor.  It’s an old hotel (built in the 1920s), and, while parts of it seemed a little rundown, it was a pretty cool old hotel.  It was about 6 blocks from my meetings, and it was less than $100 a night.  Yes, the company was paying for my…

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I Watch Way Too Much Horror or The Devil Built My House on Indian Burial Ground

I Watch Way Too Much Horror or The Devil Built My House on Indian Burial Ground

There is an old saying “Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?” This has been on my mind recently. I’m afraid that if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword and apparently I may have just fallen on my sword.  I’ve been dabbling in horror for so long I think the lines of fantasy and real life are beginning to blur, and not in a sexy Robin Thicke kind of way. So if you haven’t…

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