Don’t Let Them Watch: ‘Channel Zero’

The discussion on how much the media impacts, influences, and alternates our way of life is not a new one. Since the beginning of television, scientists from various fields of study have argued over whether or not television is, or has been, beneficial to its youngest viewers – children. Starting this October the Syfy Channel released its latest show called Channel Zero, a horror drama which has brought this discussion back into the spotlight once more. Written by Kris Straub, the show is based off a flash fiction piece submitted to the Creepy Pasta website as far back as 2012. Channel….

10 of the Creepiest Folklores from Around the World

  We all love folklore, especially the type that makes us tremble simply by recalling a line. I remember listening to my mother tell my siblings and I stories which had been passed down generations, of ghost men on horses still clip-clopping at night through the streets of her hometown or the lore of a bleeding tree that, when cut, the ground shook and buildings threatened to fall. While these stories are truly imaginative, the horror that they portray feels real to the listener because it is very likely that the words are coming from someone they know, and may even look up….

Exploring Non-Fiction for “The Exorcist”

  When The Exorcist was released in 1973, it changed the face of the horror genre forever. Hordes of fans from around the world watched in terror – a new kind of terror in which they had not experienced before. There were reports of people having to leave the theater midway through the film, no one had seen or heard such paranormal atrocities before. And it is true that to this day, with so many other horror movies that have come and gone, The Exorcist remains so unforgiving to its audience in its spectacular delivery.   The plot of the film comes from….

TV’s 10 Best Halloween Episodes

  It’s finally October, and the season of falling leaves, carved pumpkins and ghoulish decor is upon us. While we plan the big night by buying candy and making important costume choices, there’s no better way of getting pumped for Halloween than by laughing along with some of our favorite comedy TV in celebrating the occasion.   Here are 10 of Comedy TV’s Best Halloween Episodes:      Community – “Epidemiology”   Greendale’s most lovable misfits find themselves in the middle of a zombie epidemic during the school’s Halloween dance, and it’s up to them to save their fellow classmates from the….

The Art of Giving Kids ‘Goosebumps’

  Ever since I was a kid, I would stalk the library shelves, my eyes scanning for a book in the Goosebumps series I hadn’t yet read. When I found it, I’d crack open its cover, my eyes falling too fast onto the first sentence. Easy, now. Time to get back to class. You’ll have plenty of time to devour this one later.     R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps, its many spin-offs, and over 300 books (183 being of the series), said that the books were initially aimed at girls, but after receiving as much fan mail from boys, the shift….

Shadows in The White House: The Ghost of Abe Lincoln

So far, The White House has housed 43 presidents beginning with John Adams in 1801. Along with dignitaries from around the world, the House has hosted its share of notable individuals. However, throughout the years, there have always been those who refuse to leave.    Of all White House sightings, none is more plentiful or detailed than that of former President Abraham Lincoln. Assassinated in 1865, Lincoln passed away at the age of 56. His untimely death has placed him somewhere between two worlds. Lincoln was not a very religious man, though he was well versed in the Christian bible. Many speculate that….

What’s the Story with American Horror Story?

An anthological horror series and breakthrough in its own right, FX’s American Horror Story (AHS) has carried fans grimly through haunted edifices, serial killers, voodoo and witchcraft, monsters, and too many forms of torture to count. You would think they were out of material of the macabre by now – but you’d be wrong.   From the very beginning, show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk promised viewers a complete horror story self-contained in each season equipped with a new setting, plot and characters (played mainly by a recurring cast).   The first to send chills up our spines took place in Murder House (2011), where….