This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
As an aspiring horror writer, I am constantly in search of inspiration for images and scenarios that terrify. Help me out? [more inside]
Trying to get some info so I can try keep using Evernote and Trello at work. I'm having to deal with what seems quite ridiculous at work. Apparently something bad might come in through Evernote because it's a cloud and clouds aren't good. Could my cloudy Evernote 'pollute' the network somehow? Are these sorts of cloudy apps really such a super serious concern that all big corporate companies ban their use? We were told that this was the case at 'really big recognizable company'. (I do know about downloading attachments etc) [more inside]
We adopted a cat a couple of months ago. He's about five, and in good health according to the vet. (He was surrendered to a local SPCA for financial reasons.) Starting about a month ago, he's started biting people. He'll get very close, his eyes will dilate, he'll extend his neck toward an arm or leg and he'll often let out a relatively long, complaining meow and then chomp down on the limb. It's scaring the shit out of me and my wife. [more inside]
I live in an apartment (that I moved into less than a month ago) and was awakened this morning about 6 a.m. by a very loud bang that I thought was a gunshot. Immediately rolled out of bed and hit the floor and went to my closet. Then I heard a mechanical woman's voice, sounded pre-recorded for sure, say the street address, and then repeated, "POLICE! SEARCH WARRANT! APT. XXX!" over and over and over. About 7-8 minutes later I could see flashing lights. At some point after that I fell back asleep. [more inside]
So, I have recently read a few books that have seriously creeped me out. I love that. I need more books like them - quick reads, seriously scary, well-written but pretty basic in terms of plot, full of dread, and with strong characters that are easy to root for as they battle evil. [more inside]
My wife (and I) would like to catch up on the X-Files. However, she doesn't really like things that are too scary. However! One of her favorite shows of all time is Fringe, which had its own fair share of scary moments. Fringe never really scared her too much. So, with that in mind...what are the best X-Files episodes which won't give her nightmares?
My son is 12. He had a rough patch a couple years ago with scary images in movie/tv shows, but he had some real breakthroughs, and now has started to come around to what I'd call a healthy interest in the weird and scary. However, we don't want to go too far and make things bad again, so, baby steps. Looking for things that are maybe scary in tone or atmosphere, but not so much jump-scares or gory. [more inside]
I'm looking for well produced spooky story podcasts. Radio Drama? Spoken word? It's all good, with exceptions... [more inside]
What's the best description of that-which-can-not-be-described in horror literature you've encountered? [more inside]
I'm looking for the spooookiest videos on YouTube. Or Vimeo. What are the scariest videos you've watched online?
It was a scary story, maybe a folk-tale, that was part of a collection geared towards children. A child's mother is replaced by some kind of cat-like doppelganger, and the child knows because of the replacement mother's mouth (full of tiny sharp teeth) and her constant craving for fish. I believe the story was set somewhere in Asia...either China or Japan. Sound familiar?
Hello darlings. My, you're all looking proud and healthy today! Delightful. Today, I am looking for song recommendations - in particular, I would like sinister-sounding funk/disco songs. I shall expound on this below the cut. [more inside]
I'm looking for creepy couplets, spooky sonnets, and other Halloween-y poems to share with younger children. Shorter is better, and I'm not interested in the overtly gross. [more inside]
Recently I was surprise spooked by a figure on my roof as I was leaving my house in the middle of the night as a joke by my friend. I want to get them back in a big way. Short of anything super extreme or coordinating with friends (this is a solo operation) how can I scare them back? I need your best and scariest ideas.
For my 40th birthday I'd like to have a slumber party with a small group of my friends. I love scary movies (although I prefer supernatural, and am not a fan of slasher films) and would love to incorporate a couple into the fun. One of my close friends can only tolerate not very scary movies (I'm thinking at the level of Rosemary's Baby). A few other important details inside... [more inside]
I need some help processing a disturbing and scary interaction I had today with someone. [more inside]
After being a wimp my whole life and doing everything I could to avoid scary movies, I'd like to now slowly build up my tolerance to be able to handle them to some degree. What I really dread about them is the feeling I get afterwards of someone or something being hidden anytime I'm in the dark and coming to get me, and that's caused me to avoid watching movies with friends and miss a lot of great fiction. What are some suggestions of "easier" scary movies that I can use as a stepping stone before I start watching the really scary stuff? Books and other types of media are also welcome.
I've had this scene scarred onto my brain for about 30 years, I've encountered another person online who also remembers it but likewise has no idea what movie or TV show it was. His and my descriptions of the scene below. [more inside]
What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction? [more inside]
A friend of mine is looking for "awesome, sexy, scary, dark, Halloween-type songs that [she] can do burlesque to." She's thinking along the lines of the theme song from True Blood, although she's already done a routine to that song. So please, you masters of mixes, give us your scary-sexiest songs.
I'm thinking about setting up a tongue in cheek project for Halloween that involves showing numbers that are scary. What numbers (with the context of a description) make you anxious, or at least spook you a bit on first glance? [more inside]
Two late night, basic cable TV/movie scenes, one involving death in front of children, and the other depicting the death of a child. Morbid details inside. [more inside]
I love watching horror films and reading frightening books. Always have. Now, however, it seems to be backfiring, in that I can't get to sleep at night due to all the freaky images floating around in my head. Bonus question: is this sleep paralysis? [more inside]
I am going bungee jumping in one week! But am TERRIFIED of heights! I want to go because I think it will be awesome and fulfilling, but am at the same time, completely scared out of my mind!! What things can I do to prepare myself for the jump?
When I was in third grade, I read a book of scary stories. It was certainly a book for children. On the cover was a humanoid monster with black and blue fur. It was snarling in front of a green sky over a green field. The field may have been a graveyard. One of the stories was about a house in which a murder occurred. I don't remember the title. Does the description sound familiar to anyone else?
I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction. [more inside]
Really wish my friend would stop bringing a particular person to events I invite her to. How would you handle this? [more inside]
The dark months are approaching: it's late October and it's time to be scared, but not by your typical Halloween spooks and haunts. Help me discover all that's disconcerting and downright disquieting online (and possibly off). [more inside]
Weren't there some websites where you could "monsterize" photos? The ones I can find are defunct - maybe they're seasonal. He's begging to be Eddie Munster-ed for his October birthday.
What spider is this? Also, we sucked him up in our Dyson vacuum which is currently out on the deck... what do we dooooo?
What are some creepy, disturbing, scary, eerie DANCE tracks? [more inside]
Why do I find propaganda so creepy? [more inside]
Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
I've noticed something curious about how I react to unexpected stressful or scary situations . . . my instinctual reaction is always to cover my ears. This is even if something isn't loud and is going to be more visually distressing, like once when I saw a baby launched out of a car seat that was placed precariously in the front section of a grocery store cart. Why do you think I do this? I also find it comforting to fall asleep to a white noise machine, cancel out noises while on an airplane, etc. etc. so I wonder if this is related. No childhood traumas or anything like that, in case relevant.
Looking for Happy kid Movies with little or no scary scenes for my oft-scared almost 3 y/o daughter? (bonus if they are on netflix) Details below: [more inside]
I need recommendations for scary movies featuring strong female characters. [more inside]
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
There are "novels" and then there are "books". I want some "books" to read that are creepy and fast-paced and, preferably, modern. These "books" I speak of are generally the "pocket"-sized ones, about 8 by 4 inches and thick and cheap and pulpy and gripping. I'm thinking of stuff by authors like Jeff Long (Year Zero, The Descent), Scott Smith (The Ruins), Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, even Matthew Reilly to an extent. [more inside]
What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years! Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle. I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
What are some good creepy, disturbing, or scary short films on youtube? [more inside]
I'm a film editor and am looking to find a sound that will scare anyone and everyone. What is the scariest sound you've ever heard?
Me and my manfriend like scary movies but are having trouble finding ones that actually scare us and make us scream. Help! [more inside]
Dark, creepy, church organ music [more inside]
I am currently writing short form fiction rooted in the horror genre. I am interested in playing with the traditional archetypes of monsters in super natural horror. What hybrid-monster combinations (preferably three or more, I especially like zombies, vampires, werewolves, ninjas, and mummies) would create a compelling but tragically sympathetic main character?
What is the scariest first person shooter you've ever played on PC? [more inside]
I've got this great new HDTV. I've got my 5.1 surround sound system. I've got my PS3. I've got my blackjack gum. Now all I need is a really terrifying game. [more inside]
Looking for more arctic horror in the vein of The Thing (and the offshoot X-files episode Ice) and Mountains of Madness. [more inside]