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.
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
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.
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.
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.