The real Shawshank Redemption

The real Shawshank Redemption

One of my favourite works of fiction has long been Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was turned into an equally brilliant movie. But is it fiction? The “real” Andy Dufresne was a man named Frank Freshwaters. In 1957,...
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...
Scary True Stories: The girl in the dungeon

Scary True Stories: The girl in the dungeon

The stench was overwhelming. The room reeked so much that the Parisian police officers had to retreat and gather their courage to try again. This time, they found what they were looking for. On a rotting straw mattress, cowering under a dirty, tattered blanket in the...