The real Mary King’s Close

The real Mary King’s Close

“ “Gardyloo!” If you heard that cry a couple of hundred years ago, you would do well to run for cover, because a few seconds later a torrent of foulness would descend from above as someone emptied the contents of their chamber pot. From the seventeenth...
The mystery of the Kabayan Mummies

The mystery of the Kabayan Mummies

In the Philippines, a town called Kabayan is home to hundreds of mummies. These strange creatures are curled into fetal positions and tucked into oval-shaped coffins made of pinewood. They were laid to rest in caves, rock shelters, and manmade burial niches. The sheer...
IWSG: Writing questions–friend or foe?

IWSG: Writing questions–friend or foe?

This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post asks the question: what are your favourite and least favourite questions asked about your writing? Since I don’t have anything new causing me insecurity at the moment, or brilliant tips to...
Scary True Stories: The ice-cream lady

Scary True Stories: The ice-cream lady

Some women have biological clocks. Estibaliz Carranza had a never-ending, shrieking alarm. Unfortunately, Carranza’s baby lust led to another, more sinister passion: murder. Born in Mexico in 1978, Carranza was a highly intelligent honour student whose mother...
IWSG: Finding an ending

IWSG: Finding an ending

Welcome to the last IWSG post of the year. Happy to be co-hosting with Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey! Before I get to the insecurity portion of this post, I have a bit of writing news. First, this happened… There are two things about this award I...
Visiting Bulgaria’s creepy abandoned homes

Visiting Bulgaria’s creepy abandoned homes

Welcome to author Rayne Hall, who joins us with a guest post about Bulgaria’s haunted homes. * As a writer of creepy ghost and horror stories, I like to visit spooky places for inspiration. Here in Bulgaria, I find a wealth of abandoned, derelict houses where I...
Cannibalism: the last taboo

Cannibalism: the last taboo

In a society desensitized to almost everything, cannibalism may be the last great taboo. And yet, people have been eating people since the beginning of human history. The Neanderthals were believed to have practiced cannibalism, and it’s been well documented...
The true story of the Headless Horseman

The true story of the Headless Horseman

Many people don’t know the infamous Headless Horseman is not just a legend, but the spirit of an actual person. In Scotland, members of the MacLaine clan from the district of Lochbuie still cringe in fear when they hear the sound of clattering hooves at night....