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...
Mysterious Places: The Rainbow Valley

Mysterious Places: The Rainbow Valley

The Rainbow Valley sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? A place where one could expect to find leprechauns frolicking. Think again. The Rainbow Valley isn’t actually a valley at all, but an area just below the summit of Everest’s Northeast Ridge, where dozens...
Too scary? Mattel turns monsters into princesses

Too scary? Mattel turns monsters into princesses

I wasn’t a girl who played with dolls. In fact, any doll that fell into my clutches met with a tragic end. When I heard about Monster High as an adult, I was so envious! Imagine being able to play with the daughters of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Werewolf....
C is for Curse

C is for Curse

Human beings are superstitious by nature. Many of us believe in good luck charms, but how about the opposite? Could curses really exist? James Dean remains a Hollywood icon, even though he only made three films before he died–two of which had not yet been...
Horror is not a four-letter word

Horror is not a four-letter word

This weekend I posted an article on my Facebook page that caused a bit of an uproar. For some reason, people are just now discovering an article Dwight Allen wrote for Salon in 2012. Calling himself a “literary snob,” Allen wages a full-on attack of...