Lazy I know to let other writers do my work for me today, but who doesn’t love a spooky long form article every now and again? Just me? 
 
I often find myself slipping down a rabbit-hole of something unsavoury just before bed – and then having serious trouble sleeping. Who knew, eh? That said, last year I sourced five absolute bangers and I thought I’d reprise this series by delivering some more. 
 
Only 22 days until Halloween my spooky pals!
 

The Blood House at Fountain Drive

When human blood overtakes a house amid racial turmoil in 1987 Atlanta, terrifying the family inside, a mystery opens up that persists to this day. The untold true story brought to life through a trove of interviews, official records, and rare documents.

 
This story, respectfully, is bonkers. It is wild and unsettling, not least because nobody seems to have any idea what caused it – and as far as I know – has ever come up with a definitive answer all these years later. 
 
Framed against the shocking racial violence running through the country, and specifically Atlanta, from the early 1900’s into the late eighties, this is a fascinating examination of a community still hurting decades later. I’ll let you dig a little deeper if you’re interested in the details but it’s really interesting and touching too. 
 
As for a house that bleeds from its very foundations? Straight out of the Hammer house of horror.
 

The True Twisted Story of Amityville Horror

 
There were haunted houses before Amityville, of course, but no one place has made as deep an impression on American pop culture in the past half century or so as the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies. Words by Michelle Dean
 
I guess most of us have a rough recollection of the Amityville story from various film adaptations and books. I have spent a little bit too much of my year working through the film series, including Amityville Dollhouse (1996) and one about a haunted clock from the original Amityville house (Amityville: It’s About Time (1992)).

While quite a lot of it is pure guff, there’s no denying that the (allege story of what happened in that house is interesting enough on its own merit. Including the rumours by naysayers who don’t believe a word of it. This article examines why Amityville has had such an effect on our consciousness and continues to be one of the most haunted locations in popular culture today. 

Hot for Creature

Thirteen years ago, William Dranginis saw Bigfoot. Fifty grand, a van, and a camera in a log later, the quest continues.

Who doesn’t love Bigfoot, maybe one of our lesser represented ooglie booglies? The poor guy just seems to be living his best life far away from civilisation and we just can’t let him be. The mystique is just too much to bear, I guess but are the people that search for him just one sandwich short of a picnic or is there more to it than that?

I realise I write this as though I’ve already accepted the existence of Sasquatch and you know what? I stand by it. I wholeheartedly believe he’s out there in the trees, minding his own beeswax. And this is a story about a guy who went on a great pilgrimage to find him. 

How Scary Are Ghost Stories in This Pandemic Year of Wildfires, Hurricanes, and Police Violence?

M. Dressler on What Gothic Novels and Speculative Literature Can Teach Us About Life Right Now

I think quite often about how satire doesn’t really work anymore and I suppose this is a similar conversation. Have we all seen way too much this year to be shocked or terrified anymore? I suspect there’s always room to be surprised but this is an interesting topic to explore, especially as we enter into Gothic novel reading season. 


Here are the stories I shared last year. The Watcher is especially terrifying. 

What are you reading?

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