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Book of the Week: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Grave? (Ghosts of Fear Street #2) by R. L. Stine

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2019 by ranranami

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Fueled by fond library memories of my childhood perusing the shelves and grabbing the most intensely-shaded books with the brightest titles, I was thinking about the Ghosts of Fear Street series this morning. I read all of R. L. Stine’s stuff throughout my childhood, stopping with a Nightmare Room book before I finally felt I’d outgrown his stuff. Goosebumps, Fear Street, Ghosts of Fear Street – – I loved them all. Why? Because they were mostly kids books that rarely had a happy ending, and it just felt scarier that way.

Some day I might revisit all of his books, though it’d be a monumental task. Whether they’re easy 1-day reads or not, there are a lot of them. However, this one was one of my favorites. A kid has a creepy substitute teacher who has a particular fondness for him. Nostalgia is the main operator here, because I don’t remember much. Except the chills that ran down my spine whenever the substitute teacher was described, and when her true identity was revealed in all it’s – – gory. (Get it? Gory? Glory?)

Featured Phobia: Catoptrophobia (fear of mirrors)

Posted in People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2019 by ranranami

Say that one three times fast. Catoptrophobia, catoptrophiblia, catroptohobi…Let’s just call it fear of mirrors. This should be one we’re all well aware of, and why not? Everyone is raised on some myth about a monster in the mirror, usually Bloody Mary, sometimes Candyman if you prefer horror movies to stories. When we’re toddlers, we learn about object permanence, and examining your reflection is a major part of the process. It’s also oddly magical in a manner of speaking. You see yourself, and deep down the primitive part of your soul may wonder whether that’s actually you looking back, or something far more sinister.

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Catoptrophobia isn’t really about fearing the mirror itself. It’s the reflection. Reflection of the self, of objects, or even words being mouthed. Some people find this fear so entrenched that even seeing a shiny surface that can reflect an image back, whether it’s clear or not. A vast majority of sufferers associate mirrors with the supernatural, and these fears can often stem from religious or superstitious beliefs. Sometimes it merely relates to poor self image, as with those suffering from body dysmorphia.

Gradual exposure, psychotherapy, and ‘talk therapy’ through support groups are common ways of treating this fear. However, given that it can relate to concerns about the supernatural, even homeopathic remedies might have a place for the sufferer who believes in them. At the end of the day, my only real advice to you is fairly simple. You can run, you can even hide your reflection, but never break a mirror. I think you know why.

Additionally, I can’t resist sharing this scene from my favorite Nightmare on Elm Street film (part 4), so for those who haven’t seen it – – you may want to sit this one out.

Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: The Scorn of the Faceless People, The Cheerful Old Lady in Black (Cover-Pg. 17)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2018 by ranranami

Recall the classic episode of the Twilight Zone wherein a man is haunted by his dreams (okay…maybe there was more than one), and he sought aid from a doctor only for the woman of his dreams/nightmare to pursue him to his death. Then recall the one where the man traveled through time in his dream on a train. This first story seems to open like both, until it turns into a very peculiar bit of dream analysis. Some pretty fun imagery, and I’ll admit it took me a bit by surprise. The second story uses one of my favorite tropes–death on a joyride.

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Podcast, Episode 17 – Mostly Ghostly

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2018 by ranranami

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What was that, over your shoulder? Oh, it was nothing. I could swear I saw a person in the mirror earlier, but I’m sure it was just my imagination. I wish you’d get the plumbing fixed here, it always seems like babies are screaming in the walls at night. It’s always easy to run away from a haunted house when you don’t live in it, but for the rest of us, not so much. So why don’t we talk about it? This episode we feature We are Still Here, Poltergeist, and Legend of Hell House.

Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: The Mystery of Lunablanca & The Ghost who Stole a Body (Cover-Pg. 15)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by ranranami

Coming close to Halloween! 2 more days! So why not journey back to one of the first comic series I shared here, ‘The Beyond’, and continue on into their 2nd issue? I am still fascinated by the glorious colors in this series, and pleased with how the color correction came out this time around. Yes, I do moderate color correction on these comics sometimes when the yellow balance is too high.

Absolutely adore the villain-esque designs of the Countess Sinestra ‘transforming’ from a bat into a bat…woman…vampire-thing. I have a feeling if this had ever been adapted to the screen, Barbara Steele would have been ideal for the roles of both women.

As for the second story, the ghost art was absolutely stunning, with much heavier ink lines than we normally see in these comics. Perhaps a little dialog heavy, most of them are, but well worth the read just for the gorgeous panels alone.

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Drive-in Trailers: Anthology Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by ranranami

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Sometimes you want something besides a full-on horror film. You want a taste of several things. A creepy cornucopia. A vicious variety. A -something something alliteration scary-. That’s where anthology horror takes the cake. I’ve always loved short stories, on the page and on the screen. Hopefully the following trailers (obscure and mainstream) can give you something new to watch this Halloween.

The first trailer isn’t a real one, from what I can tell, but anyone who hasn’t seen ‘Dead of Night’ is really doing themselves a disservice. It’s one of the best. Also, note that I adore all of the Amicus films, but it’d be a bit boring if I just focused on them alone.

Horror Flick of the Week: 1922 (2017)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by ranranami

I swear I’m not trying to be King-centric this month, but I just watched this movie yesterday and it was amazing. It’s on par with the absolute best film adaptations of King stories, and miles ahead of the worst ones (I’m looking at you ‘Sometimes They Come Back Again’ and ‘Maximum Overdrive’, even though I secretly love you both.) This also may be the first Netflix original I’ve recommended on here, which actually makes me think I’ll have to do a short list of must-see Netflix horror later.

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After the establishing sequence with the cracking walls, I was hooked. Ghosts. Rats. Guilt. Murder. Greed. There’s so much atmosphere, powerful direction, fantastic acting and cinematography. Thomas Jane was unrecognizable, and he really earned a lot of respect from me for his performance. He is what ultimately makes this dark horror, about a man living a hard life of his own accord and destroying it spectacularly over the course of one year, through a combination of his own choices and reaping what he sows. 1922. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it tonight.