Japan’s suicide forest

Japan’s suicide forest

It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, and certainly one of its deadliest. Aokigahara, otherwise known as Sea of Trees or Suicide Forest, was formed on top of a lava flow after Mount Fuji erupted in the year 864. While lovely, Aokigahara is an eerie...
Natural born killers?

Natural born killers?

Once upon a time, a young and ambitious FBI agent met a charming man. This man was exceedingly polite, well mannered, and highly intelligent. The agent couldn’t help but like him, even though he knew the charming man had murdered ten people. The man was Ed...
IWSG: The surprising benefits of insecurity

IWSG: The surprising benefits of insecurity

We’re often led to believe insecurity is a bad thing. (We even have a support group for it.) But the truth is, sometimes insecurity can be a great thing. Often, it’s that nagging feeling of insecurity, that fear, which pushes us to grow, to improve our...
Black-eyed kids: fact or fiction?

Black-eyed kids: fact or fiction?

Picture this… It’s late at night. Perhaps you’re alone, or maybe your spouse or roommate is sleeping upstairs. There’s a knock at the door. Instead of acting protective, your pet runs away or hides nearby, whining and cringing. You check the...
Haunted Travel: China’s Ghost City

Haunted Travel: China’s Ghost City

  Fengdu, China, is so creepy that it instantly inspired a horror novel. Fengdu is a ghost city in the true sense of the word. The village was abandoned when the construction of the Three Gorges Dam dramatically raised the water levels. There’s something...
All they want for Christmas is…

All they want for Christmas is…

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all thru the land, Writers were uninspired and feeling so bland. The last posts of the year should be brilliant and pithy, But who has the energy? Oh, more’s the pity! So here’s an idea I stole from my friend, I...
Unsolved mysteries: Who killed Cindy Elias?

Unsolved mysteries: Who killed Cindy Elias?

She was only nineteen years old. Cindy Joy Elias was heading home from an evening with friends around 12:30 a.m. on March 24, 1977. A witness overheard the teenager say she was looking for a ride, adding she might hitchhike. Sadly, only a few hours later,...
IWSG: How do you know when it sucks?

IWSG: How do you know when it sucks?

I have the world’s worst critic. No matter how hard I try to please them, they’re never satisfied. “God, talk talk talk. That’s all your characters do. Where’s the action? Where’s the drama? When are they going to do...