How to tell the ultimate, scary campfire story?

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If a weekend spent sleeping in a tent, roasting marshmallows and communing with nature sounds like a screaming good time, then you’re going to need a confident amount of ammo to frighten your campfire audience. So, dim the flames and gather round my pretties’ as we prepare your soul to learn the mysterious methods of scary storytelling. After all, it’s the dead of summer and your horror lovin’ spirit is grimly awaiting a countdown to the start of fall.

Don’t rush your story along

The focal point of storytelling is to allow the listener to place themselves in the shoes of the characters, so when you’re resurrecting your favorite ghost story or simply creating one from scratch, it’s also best to remain grounded and tell all the elemental details with meticulous care. Also, play into the natural settings of the area and take note of your surroundings. It’s possible that the sound of trickling rain, the rushing of the nearby river or the shrill hoot of an owl, paired with some eerie mist rolling in, can provide you with some added effects that might aid the spookiness of your story. You can also deliver your tale like it’s a warning by slowing the pace of your voice.

Try to make it sound like you’re also a known believer

While we know that you’re reading our blog because you’re a supreme believer in apparitions and supernatural entities, when you’re telling your campfire story it’s always best to play the role of a non-believer. This is because it only makes sense for the narrator to create a relaxed ambiance, only to join others by freaking out later stating that it can’t possibly be true.

Speak in the present tense as if the story just happened 

A good way to ground your tale and make it terrifying is to speak about it in the present moment. Ghost stories and fables are always scarier when your audience thinks that the murderer is still lurking in the shadows. So, play into this role by subjecting alarming details that make you more believable.

Try not to be too descriptive during the grim scenes

An alarming ghost story leaves a ton of room for interpretation and the more you describe, the less scary it may be. Since fears are subjective and usually based up a person’s personal experiences and traumas, it’s always better to skip over some of the narrative gore to allow your audience to paint their pictures. Nevertheless, storytelling is a bit of a mind game, tapping into the dismay and superstition of your audience. However, using some horror collectibles as props may be just the right amount of bizarre to move the story along. After all, regardless of who you are, most ghouls are afraid of what goes bump in the night.

 How to end the story? 

The best way to end a truly ghastly ghost story is to leave your audience dwelling with a chilling cliff hanger. You’ve just spent time establishing the plot through spooky interactions and some sort of devilish entity, so leave listeners enchanted by the fact that the ghost could return. Not only will they not be able to sleep easy, but you could even pull out your horror collectibles and reveal that the ghastly apparition may be stuck inside the stitching of your well-loved toy. Wouldn’t that make for a grisly plot twist? 

Do you know any other ghost story tips that are worth sharing with our readers? Drop your comments below to get the word out.

Two horror movie installments to anticipate this month

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You might as well set up camp in front of your favorite movie theater this month because there are some seriously scary films that are making their way onto the big screen. Whether you’re a fan of what lurks at the depths of the ocean floor or you relish in the looming suspense of an alarming, mystery flick, if you dare to overcome the daunting fear, you could be first in line to enjoy the latest creep-tastic installments that will be joining the devilish darkness of the horror franchise. Unite the ranks of your ghastly ghoul brethren and prepare to have an adrenaline rush to your senses.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9, 2019)

While there currently aren’t any horror collectibles exhibiting the grisly characters from this hair-raising film, we’re confident that in due time you’ll be able to fill your collector’s shelf with some frightening merchandise.

The film, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, at a glance is absolutely terrifying, showing a haunting, scarecrow-like figure as the main image for the upcoming flick. While lately there have been many successful reboots to fuel the fire within horror fans, this movie poses a unique take on a favored novel series. Though the iconic book trilogy was written for a children’s audience, it’s clear from the trailer that Guillermo del Toro has crafted the script to exhibit something far scarier. After all, “some people believe that if we repeat scary stories often enough, they become real”. Riveting, original and oh-so-spooky, you’ll be digging up your 80s novels to refresh yourself before this anticipated horror premiere.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (August 16, 2019) 

Those who possess Jaws horror collectibles may soon be lost in their happy place when this anticipated cinematic production makes its gruesome presence.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged, portrays the story of an exciting underwater adventure, finding four divers exploring the ancient ruins of an underwater city. The undying element of intrigue and excitement is quickly lost when your bite of adventure is dangerously trying to take a bite out of you. Deadly sharks have claimed these underwater caverns as their sacred space and together, distressed with fear, four teenage girls find themselves lost in a labyrinth of caves at the bottom of the ocean floor. This intense survival thriller will leave you gripping at the edge of your seat and remaining on the shoreline for the ending days of your summer vacation

The footage of your summer 2019 just got a whole lot spookier! Which horror film are you most excited to see on the big screen? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

What’s your favorite horror sub-genre?

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While last month you may have torn your way through our eerie-sistable blog submission entitled, “What type of horror fan are you? this gruesome go-around we wanted to shed light on some hair-raising specters that may have enchantingly been missed. So, now that your eyes are peeled back into their sockets, join us on the haunt for your favorite horror sub-genre.    

While demonically possessed beings, unstable killers, supernatural realities, unexplained encounters caught on film and obscenely bloody gore may delight your demonic soul, remaining are a few other frightening, gruesome horror sub-genres that are equally as horror-ific and bizarre.

Unearthly Beings

This particular horror sub-genre focuses on the evolution of powerful monsters and the abolishment of the human race. So, if you love films that revolve around the widespread outbreak of a deadly virus, characters who transform into otherworldly beasts or the invasion of apocalyptic survival then you’re probably a fan of this widely popular sub-genre. After all, who couldn’t be obsessed with creatures like zombies, werewolves and vampires? That being said, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead would be the perfect zombie-fired, cinematic terrors for the insanely obsessed.    

Urban Legend

Now, this horror sub-category is incredibly interesting considering how these types of horror movies always seem to claw their way into historical and cultural significances of urban legends. If you’re a person who knows the verifiable chronicle of Dracula’s ties to Romania, how the saga of Frankenstein came to be known or you simply look to the stars for supernatural lifeforms, chances are you’re a fan of urban legend horror. Whether it’s classical or mythological beings that incite a frenzy of emotions, this type of intoxication can only truly be satisfied when you watch haunting horror movies like 30 Days of Night and any installment from the Alien franchise.

Survival & Home Invasion

While this horror sub-genre does not possess the wild popularity of its latter cult followings, the survival and home invasion category of horror, without a doubt, deals with the most overwhelming dose of probability and reality. So, if you get excited at the thought of protecting yourself from a group of crazy burglars or relish in the idea of natural selection in the streets, then this horror sub-genre may be the favored one to rise to the ranks of your horror library. That being said, horror movies like The Strangers and any chapter from the Purge franchise or the Saw franchise are bound to have your heart pumping from pure excitement.

Which horror movie just found a place on your never-ending list of must-watch horror movies? Tell us in the comments section below.

What are the top 5 most haunted getaway spots?

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From an ancient fort-like city built in the 17th century to the most haunted bed and breakfast in the southern USA, there are numerous haunted travel destinations around the world that known for their paranormal activity and unexplained supernatural happenings. We’ve crafted a list of a few of our favorite spooktacular locations for those horror fanatics who relish in the idea of skeptic experiences.

Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

These 400-year-old ruins consist of walls, bazaars, havelis (a traditional Indian townhouse), royal palaces and numerous temples to explore. During the day, the fortress is bustling with tourists, but when the sun sets in the evening, this architectural site is known to be the most hauntingly possessed fort in all of India.

Supposedly, the ghosts that haunt the site are said to of a wizard, Singhia, and of a princess, Ratnavati who turned down his overpowering advances. The legend is that Singhia possessed an enchanted oil that he wanted to use to make the princess fall deeply in love with him. When she threw it away, it magically turned into a boulder and crushed him. But, with his dying breath, he cursed the palace, condemning all of its inhabitants to death.

Locals believe that anyone who spends a night at the ‘House of Ghosts’ will never be seen alive again.

Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

This old-timey site in the small town of St. Francisville holds its own ghostly tale. Apparently, ten people were murdered in the mansion and their ghosts have been sited at various ends of the property. Known as the most haunted house in America, the now bed and breakfast offers ghost tours and even overnight accommodation for those who are brave enough to stay.

Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England

As one of the most haunted travel destinations and oldest spiritual sites on our ghastly list, the Ancient Ram Inn was used by priests in the 12th century. It was also reported to be the scene of child sacrifice and loads of devil worshiping. Legend foretells that the inn was a portal for dark energy. Witches, a high priestess, a centurion on horseback, monks, a succubus and agonizing screams are among some of the dreadful sights and sounds that still haunt the old building.

Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

Surely considered one of Canada’s most scenic hotels, it is also considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. There were many unexpected deaths and murders that were reported in the hotel including, a bride who fell down the stairs in an apparent panic can be seen dancing with flames around her dress in the hotel ballroom. While the family that was murdered in room 873 can still be seen walking throughout the hallways even though their room has been bricked closed. Yet, tourists and locals alike continue to stay at this iconic landmark year-round.

Dragsholm Slot, Denmark

Another haunted building that has been transformed into a modern-day hotel, the Dragsholm Castle, originally built in 1215, is one of the oldest castles in all of Scandinavia. It was once ruled by nobles to house their prisoners, whose ghostly spirits have remained after their deaths. Over 100 ghosts have been spotted in the area including the Earl of Bothwell (the husband of Mary Queen of Scotts) and the White Lady whose skeleton was found encased in the walls in 1930. This lavish hotel is open for ghost tours, a local gourmet feast and even a two-night stay for those who are seeking a truly terrifying experience.

Are there any other haunted travel destinations that you have visited or hope to visit? Tell us all about them in the comments section below.

True Events Behind American Horror Stories’ seasons

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The American Horror Story franchise continues to thrill fans year after year by crafting the most bizarre, alarming, dark and twisted plot sequences a horror devotee could ever ask for. While the terrifying episodes are enough to keep you up at night, just wait until you hear the real-life versions. That’s right! The creepy, bloodcurdling narratives are not just a bunch of hocus pocus. Writers of the show have based all of the AHS plot lines on gruesomely true events.

Season 1: Murder House

The plot sequence of this diabolical season revolves around the themes of revenge and murder — almost 100 years of it in fact — but one of the menacing flashbacks was actually based on a real-life murder case.

Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the ‘Black Dahlia’, was one of the guests that stopped by the murder house to receive dental work. Although the interpretation of how she was killed was simply the imaginative work of the AHS writers, to this day no one knows the mystery behind how her half-sliced body was found drained of her blood.

Season 2: Asylum

This season of the American Horror Story franchise follows two protagonists, Kit and Alma Walker, who claim to be abducted by aliens. These petrified characters were inspired by a real-life mixed-race couple, Barney and Betty Hill, who also went public about their supernatural experience in the 60s.

Season 3: Coven

This spine-chilling season of the show was in fact based on Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a real historical figure that was a prominent New Orleans socialite in the early 1800s. She was portrayed just as ghastly and frightening as the old newspaper accounts had written, showing how she tortured and killed people in her ‘Chamber of Horrors’. Hearsay suggests that LaLaurie killed a huge number of slaves, leaving them chained to the wall, or left mutilated on the floor of her home. Needless to say, it is said that her home remains haunted.

Season 4: Freak Show

This bizarre, yet intriguing season was inspired by real people, including the character Pepper who was based on Schlitzie the Pinhead — an American sideshow performer who also starred in an early 30s movie. Schlitzie had a neurodevelopmental disorder that caused him to have a smaller head and brain than the average human. Many performers during this time period possessed some form of developmental complications which was seen as abnormal.

Season 5: Hotel

This bloodcurdling depiction was based on the real life Cecil Hotel in LA, rumored to be a favorite spot for serial killers in the area, as guests were known to be found dead or switch to thirsty killers overnight. Fans often connect the plot line to the real-life death of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student who was found dead at the hotel with earlier footage of her acting strange in the elevator.

Season 6: Roanoke

This season of the American Horror Story franchise is entirely inspired by the lost colony of Roanoke — the first known British settlement in the Americas. This mysterious American mystery started when a whole town of 117 people in Northern California completely vanished in the year 1590. The only thing that was found where their town once prospered was a single skeleton with the world ‘CROATOAN’ carved into a nearby fence post. Spooky!

Season 7: Cult

While most AHS seasons satirize historical and cultural lore and fears from the past, season 7 was more interested in showing the current state of America. This story focuses on the aftermath of the 2016 federal election all while intertwining the historic background of cults across the country — comparing fictional character Kai Anderson to real-life leaders such as Charles Manson and Jim Jones. This season also touched on the mysterious clown sightings that happened that same year.

What do you think ‘Season 8: Apocalypse’ will be based on? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Creepy Clown Sightings

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Creepy Clown Sightings

Clowns, on the one hand, are seen as comic performers, entertaining children and adults alike at birthday parties with their funny antics and party tricks. On the other hand, though, the same outlandishly dressed characters, with their white-painted faces, distinctive makeup, and oversized wigs evoke dread and fear in so many of us.

In 2016, a petrifying creepy clown craze swept the U.S., Canada, Europe, and even parts of Asia, with pranksters dressed as scary clowns terrorizing unsuspecting people near parks and playgrounds. The phenomenon ultimately died down, but recently, following the release of It, the eponymous movie adaptation of Stephen King’s horror book featuring Pennywise, the sadistic, shape-shifting clown, it is experiencing a revival.

Sightings of menacing clowns have, once again, been reported across the country. In Greenville, South Carolina, police received numerous reports of creepy clown sightings, suspicious characters, dressed in clown attire trying to scare children by whispering and making strange noises in the woods.

In addition to creepy clown sightings, lone red balloons tied to storm drains and sewer grates popped up all over the world, in anticipation of the record-shattering horror blockbuster, the single red balloon being a symbol of Pennywise’s proximity to its victims.

While this may seem like social media and mass hysteria blowing things out of proportion, for many, this is no laughing matter. While there are a number of children and adults who have a reasonable apprehension of clowns, for those with coulrophobia, the clinical term for an irrational fear of clowns, this can be a particularly traumatizing experience, resulting in symptoms similar to those of a panic attack.

So, while we don’t condone scaring innocent people with nightmarish clown costumes on any ordinary day, we do think that such a getup is apt for our favorite spooky event of the year, Halloween! If you’ve been dying to impress your friends and family at this year’s Halloween party, we’ve got the perfect officially-licensed Pennywise clown costume for you, available in extra small, standard, and extra-large sizes. If you prefer a DIY costume, we’ve even got the makeup and wig for you.

Are you planning on dressing up as Pennywise this Halloween? Share your photos with us in the comments section below!

 

5 American Horror Story Characters Inspired by Real Stories

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 5 American Horror Story Characters Inspired by Real Stories

While it’s comforting to know that many horror movies are products of a creative imagination and fictitious, there are many scary shows and horror movies based on true stories. Here are five American Horror Story plotlines and characters that were inspired by real events and stories.

The Black Dahlia, ‘American Horror Story: Murder House’ – Season 1

Most horror fans are familiar with the chilling story of the Black Dahlia. Elizabeth Short, portrayed by Mena Suvari in the first season of the nightmarish anthology horror series, was an aspiring actress whose severely-mutilated corpse was discovered in a hotel in Los Angeles. Her body had been severed at the waist, and all the blood had been drained from it. The killer had carved a Glasgow smile on her face by cutting the corners of her mouth to her ears, a haunting image that inspired a number of movies and books. Her murder remains a mystery till today.

Dr. Thredson, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ – Season 2

In the second season, Zachary Quinto plays the role of Dr. Thredson, whose character is based on the story of Ed Gein, a notorious murderer and grave-robber who had a dysfunctional relationship with his fanatically religious mother. A search of his derelict Wisconsin farmhouse lead to the gruesome discovery of the decapitated body of a store clerk he had murdered and the head of a local tavern owner, along with several disturbing items fashioned out of human skin and bones. Gein admitted that soon after his mother’s death, he started crafting a suit made from the skin of dead bodies so that he could pretend to be his mother.

Madame Delphine LaLaurie, ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ – Season 3

It’s hard to imagine that the abominably racist and sadistic Madame LaLaurie could be based on a real person. In season three, Kathy Bates plays the role of Marie Delphine LaLaurie, a prominent New Orleans socialite who tortured and murdered many of her slaves at her mansion. The atrocities that she committed came to light following a fire that broke out at her mansion. After a mob of people attacked the residence, she escaped justice by fleeing to France. The mansion, which has now been restored, still stands today at 1140 Royal Street.

Edward Mordrake, ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ – Season 4

Many of the characters in the fourth season are based on real people, including the performers Pepper, who suffered from microcephaly and Jimmy Darling, who had ectrodactyly, but did you know that Edward Mordrake, the man with a second face on the back of his head, is also based on a true story? Played by Wes Bentley, Mordrake believed that the face was evil and that it whispered atrocious things to him at night. He repeatedly begged doctors to have it surgically removed, and ultimately, he committed suicide at the age of 23. In the letter that he left behind, he again urged that the demonic face be destroyed prior to his burial.

Jeffrey Dahmer, ‘American Horror Story: Hotel – Season 5

The hotel in season 5 of American Horror Story is said to be partly based on the Hotel Cecil, located in Los Angeles. Many serial killers are rumored to have stayed at the hotel, including the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer, played by Seth Gabel. Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was a serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys. What makes the story even more gruesome is that he was known to have dismembered and even eaten his victims after raping and killing them while looking deceptively “normal.”

What are some of the horror movies based on true stories that you have seen? Join the conversation by commenting below.

4 Scary Places Viewable on Google Maps

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 4 Scary Places Viewable on Google Maps

All neighborhoods have that one creepy house that all children are scared of; sometimes it’s a rumor of a morbid past or gruesome occurrence, other times it’s the disturbing occupant of the residence, or it can even be that unexplainable uneasiness that you get walking past it. Now, imagine an entire block, region, or town that gives you that same unsettling feeling. In today’s blog post, we’ll take you on a journey to four of the scariest places you can find on Google Street View. Ready?

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat is a ghost town, rife with sadness and death, located in northern Ukraine, about 2 to 3 kilometers from the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Established in 1970 to house the 50,000 workers and their families, the town was evacuated the day after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. As residents were ordered to flee their homes, taking with them the strict minimum, a view of the town today depicts cinemas, schools, sports arenas, stores, etc. frozen in time.

La Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico

Home to hundreds of creepy dolls with severed parts, decapitated heads, and glazed or missing eyes, La Isla de las Muñecas, or Island of the Dolls, is located south of Mexico City.

The legend goes that many years ago, the caretaker of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, found a young girl drowned in strange circumstances. Plagued by the idea that he was unable to save her, Julian often visited the canal where he found her, and one day, he came across a floating doll, which he hung on a tree as a sign of respect. Haunted by the girl’s spirit, he spent years collecting discarded dolls and hanging them throughout the island; locals believe that the toys are possessed by the souls of little girls and that they whisper to each other and even move their limbs and open their eyes. What makes this story even creepier is that Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where he discovered the girl.

Gunkanjima, Japan

There’s something about derelict, abandoned places that gives you the creeps. Your mind starts to wonder what it used to be like there, or what is still lurking in the shadows after everyone’s departure. Gunkanjima, also known as battleship island, is located about 20 kilometers from the Nagasaki Port. Home to approximately 5000 residents in the seventies, half of whom worked directly for the coal mine on Gunkanjima, the island was evacuated following the closure of the mine in 1974. Over time, the island and its abandoned buildings have acquired a strange and haunting, almost palpable, character.

Nagoro, Japan

Another Japanese neighborhood makes this list, this time for its peculiar tradition of replacing the departed with dolls. Located in the valleys of Shikoku, Japan, the population of Nagoro is slowly shrinking, as its inhabitants pass away or leave for better employment prospects.

The story goes that when Tsukimi Ayano returned to the village after decades of living in Osaka, she was faced with loneliness and isolation in her hometown, so she decided to populate Nagoro with dolls to represent former residents.

What are some of the scariest places that you’ve seen on Google Maps? Share them with us by commenting below.