The Halloween we admitted we didn't hate girls

A guest post by Floyd Sullivan A short story based on real events. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. In October 1962 we were twelve and too old to go trick-or-treating. This was a more dire situation than the Cuban Missile Crisis, which had dominated the news and made most adults stop... Read more »

In a Haunted House (in the style of In a People House by Dr. Seuss)

In a Haunted House (in the style of In a People House by Dr. Seuss)
A rhyming tale based on In A People House by Dr. Seuss Come inside, Mr. Bird, said the mouse, I’ll show you what there is in a haunted house. A haunted house has things that scare like spider webs and darkened stairs. Blood-filled bathtub, floating brooms. That’s what you find in haunted rooms. Fresh dug... Read more »

A fall poem

A guest post by James Michael Shoberg Dear Noah loved the autumn—oh, that season, crisp and cool, A harbinger to others of another year in school. But Noah never understood their misery and grief. He’d gladly trade the summer for a single tinted leaf. Despite his comrades’ sense of loss, and urge to gripe and... Read more »
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Unhinged: A haunted theatre experience

Unhinged: A haunted theatre experience
A haunted theatre event is happening just in time for Halloween, and I’m proud to say it includes a piece based on one of my Halloween short stories. Unhinged is an immersive entertainment experience presented by Cup-A-Jo Productions in partnership with the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. The Unhinged team combines the talents of conventional theatre artists and experienced haunt... Read more »

How I became a real vampire

How I became a real vampire
The first person I told I was a vampire was my mom. I was seven and had just watched one of those old black and white Dracula movies on TV. I got one of my mom’s black skirts from her closet and tied it around my neck like a cape. “I am a vampire!” I declared... Read more »

The Exorcist, Axe Murder Hollow, and bad choices

The Exorcist, Axe Murder Hollow, and bad choices
A guest post by Dawn Patton In high school, I worked part-time at a local business called Home Video Exchange, a place that rented out movies on VCR tapes. It was the precursor to Blockbuster. (Anyone remember Blockbuster? Yea, verily, the long ago days before streaming everything.) Every now and again, I’d choose something to... Read more »
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The otherworldly magic of Halloween – my heart's delight!

A guest post by Colleen Sall The paper is thick, slightly warped, and as it opens, a vague musty smell permeates the air. It is a Halloween scent. The peaks of the roof appear, then close up again, unsteadily as small hands work at opening the shape, and at last, the bottom is flat on... Read more »

Tragedy comes in all sizes

There has been a lot of tragedy in the news lately: Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria to name a few. But tragedy isn’t always big and newsworthy. Sometimes it doesn’t flood a city, destroy buildings, or devastate an island. Sometimes tragedy is closer to home. Sometimes it only impacts a close circle of... Read more »

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!
It’s almost that time again! It’s almost October, which means it’s time for pumpkins, costumes, trick-or-treat candy, spooky stories, and Listing Toward Halloween! Yes, for the fifth year I will be transforming this blog into a virtual Halloween party. A bunch of friends have provided spooky and Halloween-themed personal stories, costume ideas, short fiction, and poems.... Read more »
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Hooray for the bitches who mother those oft-cited SOBs

Recently the President of the United States used his usual level of tasteful eloquence to call NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem sons of bitches. Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin Kaepernick who famously began taking the knee during the National Anthem to protest racist police violence, had the perfect comeback: “Guess that makes me... Read more »