Another slow week, but the magazine is coming along great! Can't wait to share the publication with everyone, the writers and artists that we've gotten to contribute to this magazine are really giving it an authentic pulp magazine style!
This week was pretty slow as we start our transition to some big things coming up here in the future, but this is a special week! We're revisiting the Anna story because my organizational skills are outstanding and there was more that needed to be said before the original first chapter. Otherwise, I brought back the following two chapters and some old writing about some unusual cryptids in Alaska!
The end of April signals the end of this particular Dead Author Dedication, with our last article surrounding the life and influence of Bram Stoker on the culture of horror. I brought in some interesting podcasts that are more than worth checking out for their quality horror stories, with a list of the ten scariest podcasts I could find, then a list of The Other Stories podcast episodes that I particularly favored. Another article about the Necronomicon which featured seven movies (including one franchise) that had a connection to the story-line of the movie.
I've researched a lot of folklore this week and am really excited to show you what I've been researching and writing about; first is a dead author dedication segment that features the inspiration that Bram Stoker had for Van Helsing. Next up, I dove into the trend that has risen in Indonesia for volunteers roaming the streets as the pocong, a ghost trapped in the realm of the living who is waiting to be released. Then I spoke at length about the Necronomicon and the Evil Dead franchise and finally wrapped the week up with a look at the fairy tale behind Hansel and Gretel and the interesting adaptation that Gretel & Hansel (2020) pulled off.
This week I'm bringing you the second installment of the Bram Stoker Dead Author Dedication, a critical look into the movie 1408 (2007) which was based on a Stephen King short story by the same name. I created an original fictional narrative based on the story of Bandage Man a ghost story out of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Finally this week I did some investigative research into the origins of the Necronomicon, but it proved to be a rabbit hole that one article couldn't cover fully--so we'll talk about that more later!
I'll be doing a lot of Alaskan Ghost Lore and Haunted Location pieces in the next couple of months and I'm looking for people who would like to share their stories. Send me a message if you'd like to have your story published (with or without your real name--that's up to you), I would absolutely love to hear from you!
Kicking off April with a new Dead Author Dedication, this month's subject is Bram Stoker, author of the renowned Dracula and many other novels. Next up I wrote another piece highlighting a short horror film by ALTER, where I gave details of the kind of grief that people go through when they lose a child, [...]
There are a lot of people that are interested in learning about serial killers, perhaps because they're interested in the demented psychological aspect of it, perhaps because they adore the macabre, others still are interested in the criminal aspect and trying to understand how or why killers do what they do. To be honest, I'm one of those people--my own interests lie somewhere between the educational and the macabre; I'm simply fascinated by how a child who, much like Jeffrey Dahmer, seems to go from having a typical dysfunctional family life and childhood to cannibalism and necrophilia. Trust me when I say I take no personal joy in these types of stories, so much as I want to see how these people come into existence in the first place.
Many people look forward to the first of April, it gives them a chance to play pranks and joke around with people they otherwise wouldn't. This year during the global pandemic that has ravaged our global community and economy, people are being told not to play pranks today. As a general theory, I don't understand why--aren't difficult times the exact time for humor and fun? Well, yes and no, because everyone needs a way to lighten the mood, but the spirit of this fun can be taken too far and enter the spectrum of mean spiritedness.
In the spirit of all of the panic that has been going around about COVID-19, I wrote a short horror story as if it were the daily diary of someone who was just starting to realize the gravity of what we're going through on a global level. It's pure fiction with only one Fairbanks name drop, my favorite watering hole; hopefully, they're not terribly upset by it. I carried on that theme with an article about the origins of Pandora's Box and a retelling of the Greek myth that made Pandora famous. The rest of the week I finish up with something we're all kind of feeling right now, existential dread as well as grave robbing. Interested in seeing more horror related content? Check out Puzzle Box Horror for more great articles!
This week I dove into ghost ships, both the scientific theories of how they exist (and they do!) as well as the lore that surrounds them, but I also did two more Lovecraft-centric articles, one about the creatures that were made famous years after his death, as well as a sort of send-off to his legacy as an author. There are a lot of less than cheery parts of his personal viewpoints that I purposefully neglected to speak about, as they did little to actually contribute to his work in the realm of horror, so while they may be incredibly relevant when in regards to him as a human being, I didn't feel as if they were relevant to his body of work.
Another installment of the Dead Author Dedication for Lovecraft this week, where I wrote about the literary works he completed within his lifetime--this also got me heavily into reading pulp magazines which were popular at the time. After Lovecraft, I discussed how the human race is genetically engineered to have a deeply seated fear of [...]
This week I went more in-depth with the topics that I wrote about for Puzzle Box Horror, in an effort to really give some good information on two serious topics within the realm of horror. The first topic is all about Friday the 13th and while it's considered a superstition at best, it has inspired all sorts of creative interpretations within the horror genre. The second topic is more of a research article, geared towards those who enjoy numbers and statistics, it shows how the trend in horror has gone from gory slasher flicks to the more psychological, paranormal, and supernatural aspects of what causes fear.
Join me as I explore the mythology of the Wendigo, a view of psychokinetic horror, the health benefits of watching horror movies, as well as the the first installment of our month long dead-author dedication to H.P. Lovecraft. Check out Puzzle Box Horror for more fantastic articles about the supernatural.
Nearing the end of February, I did a lot of work on some popular dark fictional characters, such a the Werewolf, the Succubus, as well as La Llorona, who has gained more popularity recently. February 21, 2020 https://puzzleboxhorror.com/following-werewolves-through-literature-and-film/ Myths and Legends of Werewolves have been popular throughout their history, not only as a source of [...]
Haunted dolls and the original vampires come into play this week at Puzzle Box Horror and I'm looking forward to another installment of my original story that follows the adventures of Anna Byrn, who searches out paranormal and supernatural phenomenon to prove to the world that they exist. February 17, 2020 https://puzzleboxhorror.com/annabelle-and-other-truly-haunted-dolls/ Any object can [...]
This week was a slow week, with only two articles--a narrative on phantom hitchhikers, or as they're known otherwise, the vanishing hitchhiker of United States urban legends. The second article deals with ghosts from ancient society and how the stories persist over the years. Check out what I did on Puzzle Box Horror this week! [...]
When it comes to casting spells, there can sometimes be confusion as to whether or not it is the appropriate course of action. Of course, there is a spell for everything, from quitting smoking, to landing that great job that you really want--but when is it appropriate to incorporate magic into your life and when is it simply overkill? To be honest, it takes a practiced hand to figure out that magic is not always the best course of action for an everyday problem, but an important part of being a witch is knowing when it is and when it isn't appropriate to cast a spell for something that may or may not deeply affect your life.