A psychic once told me that I was much more skeptical than I believe myself to be. He also noted that my husband is much more open to the unknown than he lets on. I like to think that this allows me the safety to pick and choose what supernatural elements to put all of my trust into at any given moment. Is your house haunted? Sold. Will tarot cards tell my future? Done. Surround me with crystals and point me towards your crying Virgin statues. Try to take me to a chiropractor? I have some questions.
I spent many childhood summers coping with undiagnosed mystery illnesses and trying to take my mind off of the fact that the call was coming from inside the house. This lead to devouring a lot of Stephen King novels at an early age and scaring the ever loving shit out of myself in the process. Now, as an adult, I comb the internet for creepy Wikipedia pages when things go awry and the world feels overwhelming. I can safely say that I will forever be afraid of the dark. But at least I have those chime spell candles to keep me company.
In the spirit of the season, here are my favorite links to absorb in the dark:
- The tab-producing powers of Wikipedia’s List of Unusual Deaths will provide you with an infinite bank of creepy clicks.
- I once listened to all of Karina Longworth’s stunning series on the Manson murders in a single road trip. During the holidays. It seemed appropriate at the time.
- Jezebel’s annual “true” scary story contest is something I dare myself to read every year.
- Lore is now a real live television program, but this original podcast episode made me sit down while cooking dinner and mix another drink.
- Need a chaser? Michelle Delgado’s history of the Scream mask was delightful. And someone really needs to make these ghost balloons: