The most disturbing book I’ve ever read

The most disturbing book I’ve ever read

As someone who visits the dark side on a regular basis for work, I don’t scare easily. Sure, I have some phobias, but I couldn’t remember the last novel that scared me or unnerved me…until now. When I was in Maui, I stumbled upon the most interesting...
IWSG: The best of times, the worst of times

IWSG: The best of times, the worst of times

You may have noticed my participation on this blog, in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and in returning comments, has been sketchy lately. Admittedly, I’m emerging from one of the more difficult periods of my life. This summer, my eight-year...
The five creepiest children in film

The five creepiest children in film

Ah, children. They’re so sweet, so innocent. Or are they? Many a scary movie has used a child to up the fear factor. Maybe it’s a demon child, or a satanic baby, or just one creepy-ass kid. I’ve learned some very practical things from a lifetime of...
Ten scary movies that are worth the time

Ten scary movies that are worth the time

For a while, scary movies were a dime a dozen. Production companies like Lion’s Gate were pumping them out left and right, and let’s face it–most of them sucked. It is really difficult to produce a truly scary movie. Most movies simply show too much....
Should killers get a second chance?

Should killers get a second chance?

Kirsten Costas was one of those kids who seemed to have everything going for her. A native Californian, Costas was from an affluent family. She was cute, did well in school, and was extremely popular. Costas tended to get what she wanted, whether it was a coveted spot...
Update: Owens charged with Zebb Quinn’s murder

Update: Owens charged with Zebb Quinn’s murder

Those of you who follow this blog may remember the case of Zebb Quinn, the teenager who went missing from Asheville, North Carolina on January 2, 2000. Finally, seventeen years later, there is a break in the case. Robert Jason Owens, a friend who acted strangely after...
IWSG: What Rebecca Black taught me about writing

IWSG: What Rebecca Black taught me about writing

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. If you’re reading this, you most likely had childhood dreams of becoming a writer one day. Rebecca Black dreamed of being a singer. When she was just thirteen years old, her mother decided to help make that...
Signing a deal with the devil

Signing a deal with the devil

I’m a huge fan of the show Paranormal Witness, which features interviews with real people who claim to have survived something extraordinary. Most of the episodes deal with ghosts or aliens, but Eric Breakfield’s story was different. When Eric was just a...
Five awesome spooky beach reads

Five awesome spooky beach reads

Who says beach reads need to be light and fluffy? Sometimes there’s nothing better than feeling the chill of a spooky book on a hot summer day. Jaws sets the standard, of course, but here’s five others to make this summer a little creepier. 1. Gotta start...