The Turn of the Key

What kinds of things scare you? During this time of year, our thoughts may turn to ghosts and zombies, killer clowns, or other murderous characters from horror movies...the "things that go bump in the night." A close friend once told me that she found psychological thrillers far more frightening than traditional horror movies, because they…

The Haunting of Hill House

There's something about the concept of the haunted house that has always been fascinating to me. I think some of my interest goes back to when I was a kid, watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! for the first time. It was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. As an adult, I'm still…

The Institute

When you think about horror, who is the first contemporary author that springs to mind? For me, it's Stephen King. The first time I read King's work was in college, when a friend recommended that I read Salem's Lot. I found the novel interesting and began to seek out more of King's work. I haven't…

Fall Colors, and Hockey, and Horror…Oh My!

October is one of my favorite months of the year. It's a time when the temperature finally begins to drop, hockey season officially starts, and the leaves turn beautiful colors...at least in theory. (Today's forecast was decidedly more consistent with summer than fall.) And of course, there's also pumpkin-flavored/scented stuff everywhere... I don't know if…