Why Horror


Why I like Horror

It’s cool. It’s seductive. It has a hold over us, like a spell, a tentacle that reaches out from the closet of our darkest dreams and pulls us in. Horror has worked its dark magic on readers and viewers since we sat around campfires and told each other stories to send chills down spines.

I like to write dark fiction. I began writing dark fiction unexpectedly. I found a market for it. I do like horror and have watched several horror movies. I study the horror movies as a way to learn how to write horror fiction.

I do not shrink from the dark side of life. I am drawn to it. I want to know what exists there, what lurks, what fears I have to conquer. I own a fake human skull, honor a dark goddess Hekate, visit cemeteries, sport black nail polish, wear skull earrings and rings, wear black and read writers like Poe and Shelley and Lovecraft. It is my life. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Black draws energy in and invites spirits to interact with me. I am an aspiring paranormal investigator. But I have gotten a rap on the wrist a few times for my darker aspirations. I was criticized for wanting to write about the dark goddesses such as Hekate, wanting to include the dark gods in the tarot, or writing too darkly for some editor’s tastes. This is why I am a member of the Horror Writers Association. I feel like the association is a home, a retreat. I feel understood for why I do what I do. They understand me.

I just square my shoulders and keep typing. I just write for those who do appreciate my preferences. I keep a fake human skull on my desk or near my desk to inspire and remind me of my mortality. We as writers or artists have so much freedom within the genre to address issues or themes, especially within horror. We can demonize our fears in stories then turn away from it or stare it in the face, depending on how we feel. Stephen King faced his fears in his stories and pushed our fears in our faces, not allowing us to turn away unless we snapped the book shut or turned off the TV.

That is not why I write horror but it is a part of it. It draws me closer, it has an attraction, an animal magnetism. And now my boyfriend who is a true horror fan has refreshed the coal fire of my own love for horror. I have been writing more, sending my own writing out to editors more and watched more horror movies. The Shining was downright shocking and horrifying. I can live without ever seeing that movie again. I have read the novel twice.

Horror has enthralled people since we could sit around a fire and share stories. It continues to this day. I hope it shall bewitch and ensnare readers and viewers well into the future.

Blessings, Spiderwitch



Get your spook on!

Merry meet all,

I hope you enjoy this post. Its like Halloween in February. Get your spook on!!!


19 macabre and horror blogs to spook up your Halloween

Matthew Meltzer

Recently my husband made me promise to stop trolling YouTube videos after dark, especially those with keywords like “proof of ghosts” or “haunted doll comes to life.” But I get clicking along, for some reason when I’m alone, thinking I’m a big girl and can handle the next suggested video — “Real Scary Ghost Caught on Tape” or “Demon Voice Recorded in my Basement” or “Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball.’” And I just never can. My husband comes home to find me pacing around the apartment, wrapped in a blanket, convinced someone’s under the bed, the cat is possessed, and we’re living on an ancient burial ground pissing off some already angry demons.

But I love/hate it! So I decided to hunt down all the ghoulish goodness I could find. My gift to you: a list of all the creepy stuff to be found online when you’re brave (or stupid) enough to punch in the right keywords — and not one is from YouTube. Promise kept. Take that, video-that-tells-me-to-look-closely-for-the-ghost-and-then-does-the-cheap-sudden-pop-up-terrifying-face-that-makes-me-fall-out-of-my-chair-and-die-a-little — I beat you!

Happy haunting.

Blogs / sites

Murder Is Everywhere – Why not kick off this list with a spooky travel blog? Apt. The idea is “seven renowned crime writers blog from different corners of the world.” Now, I say spooky because it’s not directly scary, it’s more about the writing, the research, and the process — but as crime writers, they draw their inspiration from local mysteries and news stories. It’s interspersed with photos from around the world, so this is a good PG-rated blog to start off with.

Bones Don’t Lie – Katy, the blogger behind this one, is a (get ready) “mortuary archaeology” student. She’s getting her PhD in this eerie-sounding specialty, and thus her blog is about all the nifty and terrifying things to do with bones and death — from the mass graves of WWII, to the Mayans, to the lovely new term “Cadaveric Spasm” that’s sure to make it into my conversations sometime this week, Katy’s covered a lot of ground. Burial ground, that is.

The Dreaming Wood – This blog specializes in paganism, natural history, and witchcraft. It’s blogged by a self-identifying pagan and witch seeking the history and roots of her personal journey. Now, moving away from the pointy-hat business, I’m not adding a witch blog just to make a blanket statement that all witches are scary. I think modern witchery is probably deeply misunderstood. But this blogger’s entries are crafted with such eerie poetic language and laced with enough folklore that it makes the experience of following along akin to walking through the fog at night: nothing technically to be scared of, but a little chilling all the same.

The used key is always bright – A witch living on a threshold, she writes, “one foot in and one foot out.” Juggling more common issues like motherhood and wellness, but also mastering witchcraft, and participating in her local coven. Her list of topics includes belly butter, spinning the moon, necromancy, pagan poetry, and jello shots. Much like with the blog above, witchcraft isn’t (and probably shouldn’t be) inherently scary, but the poems, chants, and rituals — when read alone at night — might get your imagination running a little too fast for its own good.

Extreme Haunting – Despite the name, it’s not as extreme as we’ve been conditioned to desire (a la Paranormal Activity Part 12), but it’s a family’s actual experiences and documentations of the goings-on in their more than 100-year-old farmhouse. If you believe the experiences to be real, then yes, it’s extreme. They have lots of videos and images, explaining all they’ve learned along the way. Some of which involves putting in headphones and turning your speakers up to extra-extra loud — yeah right! I learned my lessons on YouTube (actually this blog has a YouTube channel but as per the introduction to this piece…I kept my promise and stayed away). But if you’re hardy, go for it. Let me know if you make it through the night.

The Anomalist – A journal exploring the variety of mysteries pertaining to science, history, and nature. The idea is that mystery is all around us, and these folks seek to prop the door open between the known and the unknown. They’re not believers, nor skeptics — not scientists, not cryptozoologists, not psychologists, just The Anomalist, covering any and all inexplicable (so far) and mysterious phenomena: from Bigfoot, to haunted dolls, to the JFK conspiracy, all is welcome.


F Yeah Creepy Shit – It’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s paranormal, supernatural, it’s creepy. It’s all over the map. Scroll as much as you can take.

Unexplained Events – Snippets and micro-posts of all things unsolved and unexplained. For whatever reason, moving to the next thing without having an answer (and repeating this process) is really unsettling.

3am Stories – Uber-creepy photos, GIFs, anonymous submissions, and micro-posts. Triple dare you to read this actually at 3am. Alone. I just read it now, during a sunny day, and had to close it down. Good luck.

Melanic Fawn – Along the same lines as the above — spooky images, stories, submissions, and GIFs make you very aware you’re reading this alone.


Amanda Norman – Amanda hails from England and is a self-proclaimed “Gothic and horror photographer.” Her specialty seems to be graveyards and eerie scenes, though interspersed is horror movie reviews, gothic jewelry, and her other niche horror portraits.

MonsterBrand – A massive, elaborate, steampunk crow mask is the center stage of this gallery. Enough said.

Elena Helfrecht – “A Morbid Mind” is this German photographer’s tagline. Shadows, motion, and layers are one surreal set called “A Heart’s Tale,” while others are twisted, bloody nightmares in the set aptly titled “Nightmares.”

Tim Walker – Having worked for Vogue for more than a decade, this London-based photographer produces images with a life of their own — romantic, dark, edgy, gothic, and macabre. Don’t scroll too fast — take in each image slowly.

The Murder in Question – Here you have it — horror photography. Dark, gory, passionate, violent, and yet some shots are almost beautiful in composition and story. A whole other side of photography. Caution: Graphic.

Leslie Ann O’Dell – Ethereal. Surreal. Dark. Lovely. An American mixed-medium artist, Leslie plays with double exposures and layers, bringing together the natural and supernatural in one image. The colors and textures in her sets are all at once moving and disturbing. Enjoy.

Mariel Clayton – All of Mariel’s images are of dolls. Barbie dolls. Barbie dolls doing strange and horrifying things to one another. The two most odd and disturbing sets are “Syllabary” — where Barbie butchers Ken over and over again in elaborate mini-scenes — and “Play Dead” — a bird’s-eye view of a detailed murder (or suicide) scene. Hailing from Canada, Mariel claims it began with her hatred of Barbie as the ideal, yet unattainable and completely shallow perception of a woman, and her imagination went from there. Despite it being Barbie dolls, I’ll label this one as graphic too.

Joshua Hoffine – Whatever you want to call these pieces, Joshua is a master of it. Setting up entire scenes — essentially a small movie set — for a single photo including props, costumes, makeup, and even building a set from scratch. The kicker: His own children and wife are often the models in these elaborate, horrifying scenes. Joshua calls it horror photography, and claims he is interested in “the psychology of fear,” especially in children, and what that means to us as adults. Click the above link for his blog, which includes behind-the-scenes images, and then check out his final images at www.joshuahoffine.com. Intense, with some graphic shots.

Miss Lakune – Fashion meets the Saw movies in images by this Polish photographer. Surreal portraits steeped in blood, pain, and the occult. Yet the colors, the processing, and light are stunning — making for a dichotomy of emotions. Graphic.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

The Horror of it all Part 2

Merry meet all,

I have watched 3-4 horror movies lately. I was not that scared. The movies were Insidious 1-2, The Possession of Hannah Grace, and Sinister. I could get a night’s sleep after watching them which means the movies needed to be scarier. I am a writer of horror fiction and seriously, I am well read. I know that in order to give readers or viewers the frights royale, it needs to be scary. I mean scary. I am talking about leaving the lights on all night and hiding under the covers kind of scared. However, after watching these predictable movies, I was like blah.
So all that money is spent on making these movies and I am getting a full night’s sleep? The Exorcist holds the throne as superior in terror because it was terrifying. There is a difference between horrifying and terrifying. One of the two you experience more deeply. I won’t watch The Exorcist which deals with similar themes as the movies mentioned above.
I had a nightmare about a horrific demon. I have seen scary. Not much fazes me now. There is nothing scarier than experiencing – read, enduring, something in real life. If you really want the frights royale, try that sometime. A movie ends. You can close the pages of a horror novel. But to actually experience something? Now there’s scary. It stays with you and changes you. Forever. It haunts you in the back of your mind. I still live in my apartment after what I saw in my nightmare. (The rent is low.) I still enter my broom closet but not without drawing up my shields. I am serious. The nightmare occurred in my broom closet. That thing was not sticking around. There was no way.
I think directors of these movies would benefit from listening to real people’s actual accounts. They think they know scary. Listen to the people. People come into my witch shop all the time for help about dark spirits following them around. Real life is scarier. Truth is stranger than fiction.
I have left a pentacle in my broom closet, salt, a jar of water (to see if it changes color- it is murky.) I have smudged with sage there. I have done an Italian spell with a lemon down there. I stabbed the lemon with pins and wound yarn around it. I left the lemon to hang in the closet and absorb the negativity. To this day, I feel like something stares back at me. I am not kidding. Sheesh. But there is no harm done yet and so I have not moved out.
So these directors really need to up their act if they want to scare me. Or maybe I will write my own scary story.
Blessings Spiderwitch

The Horror of it all

Merry meet all,

I watched the movie The Possession of Hannah Grace last night. I went in with an open mind, seated next to my boyfriend, and bated my breath. I was disappointed. I thought the idea of the recovering addict working the night shift in a morgue was original. The acting of the possessed dead young woman and the demon was amazing. But I don’t know, the movie could have been scarier. The Exorcist ( I have never and never will see the full movie) probably was a trillion times scarier. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

My boyfriend Vlad has a morbid fascination with horror movies. Since dating him, I have watched The Shining, The Witches of Eastwick, It (oy- hide under the bed scary), Things we do in the Shadows, and a few others I can’t recall right off hand. Of course I don’t bug him about it as I write horror fiction and verse. In fact I wrote him a horror love poem as a gift for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t have a card or chocolates so I wrote him a poem. How romantic huh? (He liked the poem.)

February is Women in Horror Month. We femmes are as capable as our male counterparts or companions of conjuring horrors that could force you to leave the lights on all night as men are. We deserve recognition too. We deserve recognition and respect for our unabashed creative efforts too. I have met that resistance too but I just keep doing what I do best. I am grateful for women like Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley and countless other women who got their nasties inspiration out there to the public eye and weren’t scared to do so. Good for them. And I hope the future of horror continues to be achieved with the efforts of women and men (cooperatively would be nice but won’t happen as long as there are haters.) Haters gonna hate. That is the way it is. Writers like Mary Shelley still meet criticism long after her death for her writing. That breaks my heart. But unfortunately that sort of thing does exist. We have to strive to change that on a grand scale globally. Change for the best is possible if a large enough effort is made.

While we are on the subject of strong female roles or archetypes, I am enjoying watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I love the show. I think it goes against what witchcraft is about. I don’t worship the Devil but I have been accused of it. I wish I knew more about what witches in the past really did with wing of bat etc. I love the show and I think it does a great job of showing female empowerment. I can’t travel back in time to the Burning Times and ask the men and women accused back then of what they really did with their time. I may be a bit biased here as I am dating the sweetest Satanist I have ever known . He has a statue of Baphomet in his home. He has seen dark flickering shadows in his home. Well when you consider what he is dealing with… Vlad really is the nicest guy in the world. 

Well keep writing, keep reading, and most of all, keep conjuring! Spring is not that far away now. I promise to keep writing and conjuring too. 

Blessings to all, Spiderwitch


Spring Poets

Merry meet all,

Imbolc is here! Imbolc is the first of the three spring Sabbats. I know that you’re all peering out the window, thinking, “Where is spring?” It’s on its way. I am eager to witness the return of spring. Today however it is snowing. Well we can dream… In the meantime, I have to get over a bad cold.

The moon’s waxing. This is an ideal time to attract what you desire towards you.  The waxing moon grows full and with that, you can use that energy to aid you in spellwork. Aside from planning your garden, are there areas in your life you want to enhance or improve? Now is the time as the moon waxes. The Full Moon is in 9 more days.

February is Women in Horror Month! Dust off those horror novels you stashed under your bed or in your bookcase. Writers such as Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, Anne Rice, and other women horror authors are still popular because  of their huge amount of talent and stellar writing. A few ways you can celebrate Women in Horror Month is to write a blog post, host a poetry reading where everyone can share their own work or another author’s efforts or maybe something on the radio. Good luck with it! Or try composing your own literary inspirations and getting it published!

Enjoy Imbolc

Blessings Spiderwitch




Information about Shadow People

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Here is a post that describes shadow people better than I can. I have actually seen them in my home. Enjoy!!



A Guide To The Different Classes Of Shadow People Haunting You In The Dark

Shadow people are intangible beings. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of something moving just outside your field of vision in what you could have sworn was an empty room, you just might have met one. And if that was all you saw, you were probably lucky.

Nobody’s exactly sure what these mysterious figures are or what they want but plenty of people have seen them. Their reports all describe shadow people as pitch-black apparitions that appear intelligent, move unnaturally quickly, and reach or walk through solid objects. Sometimes, these apparitions are content to lurk in corners or doorways without doing anything particularly unsettling and some may not even take notice of humans at all. However, many shadow people are far from benign. Witnesses have recounted sightings accompanied by feelings of overwhelming dread, auras of malice, and even physical attacks.

Whether they’re ghosts, demons, or just symptoms of disordered sleep, there are a few distinct kinds of shadow people with unique characteristics that can tell you what to expect if you meet one. This guide will shed a little light on the different types.

The Hat Man Shadow Watches Silently

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This type of shadowy visitor doesn’t appear to mean any harm but he sure looks creepy. The hat man is one of the most commonly reported types of shadow person. Witnesses describe him as a faceless, dark man in an overcoat and a wide-brimmed hat who watches silently from doorways.

There aren’t many accounts of malevolent behavior or attacks attributed to this type of shadow person but the hat man has been reported to induce feelings of apprehension or the inexplicable knowledge that witnesses haven’t seen the last of him.

Aggressive Shadow People Attack Sleeping Victims

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Shadow people may have plenty of ways to terrorize you without becoming violent but some of them have no qualms about causing physical harm. People have reported being beaten, choked, and even picked up and dropped by aggressive shadow beings in their homes. These beings usually don’t look much different from normal shadow people – featureless human-shaped entities – but they harbor some serious ill will.

Fortunately, they’re also the easiest to scientifically explain, since shadow figures and choking sensations are some of the textbook symptoms of sleep paralysis.

Red-Eyed Specters Can Sense Fear

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Most shadow people are described as faceless black silhouettes but if you run into a red-eyed shadow person, you’re in trouble. While they generally don’t harm humans physically, red-eyed shadow people are about as menacing as they come. Their only discernible features are the glowing red orbs that peer out from their pitch-black faces.

According to people who claim to have encountered red-eyed shadow people, their gaze causes unadulterated terror and the more terrified the victim becomes, the stronger the shadow person will grow.

Hooded Shadow Figures Radiate Sheer Hate

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This type of shadow person is featureless except for its hooded cloak. Like the hat man, this creature isn’t known to attack humans directly. It prefers to stand at doors or bedsides and stare silently. However, while the hat man is usually described as more curious than malicious, cloaked or hooded shadow people almost certainly aren’t paying friendly visits.

Descriptions of hooded shadow people usually include the same sinister detail: an undeniable sensation of seething hatred.

Watchmen Shadow Figures Stare Obsessively

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These types of shadow people aren’t as malevolent as some other kinds but it’s still no fun to feel like you’re being watched. They watch humans and they don’t care if you like it or not. This shadow person isn’t particularly imposing; it won’t attack you but according to witnesses, there’s just something viscerally creepy about the way it lurks around.

Misty Black Shadow People Move Like Smoke

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Not all shadow people actually look like people. Even regular humanoid shadow beings are reported to move in ways that are too quick and fluid to be natural but misty shadow people appear as clouds of black smoke. Despite their weird forms, they give off the unmistakable impression that they are intelligent. According to some accounts, these black shadowy masses are attracted to people or places that give off negative emotions.

Elusive Shadow People Will Vanish If Spotted

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Though most types of shadow people are known to stare incessantly, there’s one type that prefers to snoop unnoticed. The elusive shadow people prefer to peek around corners and blend in with the shadows. If noticed, they will disappear immediately. Like the benevolent shadow people who make their observations more obvious, these elusive shadows don’t incite any negative feelings but some people believe that they serve as scouts for more malicious entities. Others, though, feel that they are just playful and curious.

Shadow Animals Exist, Too, But They’re Tricky To See

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Shadow people normally manifest as inky outlines of humans or shapeless clouds of black mist but plenty of people have claimed to see shadow animals as well. Shadow animals don’t show up as often as shadow people and they’re more difficult to spot because they stay low to the ground and move astonishingly quickly. Shadow cats are the most common type of shadow animal but there have also been alleged encounters with shadow rats, birds, spiders, and even apes.

They don’t appear to pose any more danger to humans than real animals do. However, some shadow cats, like real cats, aren’t afraid to make life difficult for people or animals that they don’t like.’

Wow. That is quite a list there eh? I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I have witnessed a shadow cat in my home too. Remember to keep a supply of white sage and salt in the home- and a good dose of courage.

Blessings Spiderwitch