Category Archives: “What We Fear”

Brief essays examining nightmares, horror, fear and its uses throughout culture

Death, Fear and Bad Decisions: Green Burial Options

Halfway through the presentation on green burial options, I was fully creeped out but not at all by the practical and creative alternatives presented by Merilynne Rush of After Death Home Care. I was terrified by the fact of my … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from an Active Shooter Training

I am not the bad-ass in life that I am in my dreams but today, I learned that I’m not very bad-ass even in make-believe. I “survived” a two-hour scenario-based training session designed to model responses to an active shooter … Continue reading

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Video: Your Brain (without drugs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHxyP-nUhUY#t=350 Ladies, Gentlemen, a brain. Stuff like this just fills me with wonder and delight, as is fitting for the son of a science teacher who kept stuff to dissect in the basement freezer. Come to find out that many … Continue reading

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Theatre Bizarre 2013 “The Procession”

Theatre Bizarre is a little hard to describe: a masquerade run amok, immersive environmental theatre, a derelict circus ressurected for just one more night of tattered debauchery… In a different world, I would studiously document John Dunivant‘s magnum opus for … Continue reading

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Dogman Legend update

The Grand Haven Tribune posts this update about ongoing Dogman sightings. As a part-time lycanthrope myself, I take more than a passing interest in the “Dogman” legend… but I’m stuck on the NAME of the guy who wrote this article: … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: Battle Cricket

“When King Abimelech made war on the Martians, he based his strategy on the one liability these swollen-headed aliens possessed: their intellects. Instead of attacking supply lines as he had with the round-bellied Venusians, he targeted their libraries. The royal … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Dark Clowns

Dig this Smithsonian article that traces the dark side of Clowns. These darker, non-comedic or even anti-comedic elements have been an intrinsic part of clown lore, at least since Grimaldi (1778 – 1837) — whom the article’s author likens to … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: “Creepy Beetle”

“Egmont woke from a dead sleep at the sound of a heavy thump. He bolted upright in bed. His ears hungry for sound detected just the normal night sounds of summer. Yet Egmont knew in his heart that something else … Continue reading

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Motor City Haunt Club HAUNTED GARAGE SALE

‘Tis nearly the season for scary fun and the Haunted Garage Sale, Saturday, September 7, is a great place to pick up new or gently used haunting gear. Located at the Halloween Bazaar, 50 North Grosbeck in Mount Clemens, the … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: “Dead YellowJacket”

Nothing bespeaks the nihilistic futility of existence quite like a dead bug, its life, fleeting and insignificant though it was, snuffed out into nothingness. I found this memento mori on a window sill, its corpse warming in the morning sun.

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Bug du Jour: “Art Deco Moth”

Given that there are eleventy-billion different kinds of moth previously identified by Science, I feel on somewhat shaky ground to claim I “discovered” this creature… but I did discover it the other day and was able to snap two photos … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: “Common Green Darner”

Summer is the time for bugs — and bugs creep out a lot of people. I spotted this little fella on a recent walk and was struck by the coloration and the delicate structure of the wings. The InterWebs say … Continue reading

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BUGS! – An Analysis of Fear at Home

When the Doktor and I refer to our house as being “lightly haunted,” we are not referencing the fellow pictured above.  (Click to view a larger image– I dare you!)  His occasional appearance in our basement, or that his colleagues, … Continue reading

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Butcher Billy’s Posters of Real Life Super Villains

Just this week, I complained to a co-worker about how much more exciting my life would be if I had a villain to combat. Presumably life would be SUPER exciting if I battled a SUPER villain. These gorgeous depictions of … Continue reading

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New Year’s Monsters from Japan

I do love a good folktale, especially ones that mix in a bit of terror. That’s why I was pleased to read about the Japanese New Year’s monsters called the Namahage, who are portrayed by men wearing big masks and … Continue reading

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Flint Horror Convention – October 20th

If you read this blog and you’re near mid-Michigan next weekend, stop in to the Second Annual Flint Horror Convention, right down town at the creepy Masonic Temple kitty corner from the original Halo Burger. Vendors, Movies, Panels and all … Continue reading

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“Darkness and Dawn” – a vintage “Hell House”

It’s October and officially the time for Haunted House attractions and their evangelical knock-offs known as Hell Houses. A Hell House takes the thrills and chills of a traditional haunted house but dresses them up with a heavily moralistic and … Continue reading

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Zombie Walk Ann Arbor 2012

Hordes of undead shambled through downtown Ann Arbor last weekend and they did it for charity…and presumably for brains. The 2012 Zombie Walk Ann Arbor was held last Saturday, Sept 27. The undead were requested to bring canned goods to … Continue reading

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Video – “Ask a Mortician”

A few years ago I was researching a piece about funeral parlors that I finally abandoned because, I am embarrassed to admit, I was too afraid to actually ask a mortician about specific details of the embalming process. File under … Continue reading

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Ten Best Christmas Monsters: #8 – The Angels

“The Angels” – Forget for a moment, those chubby cheeked cherbubim from the dime-store Xmas cards. Also erase the Renaissance puti, those cute winged baby heads… though frankly the thought of winged baby heads gives me the shivers. And even … Continue reading

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