Slaying of family in spooky Long Island house inspired ‘The Amityville Horror’

Ronald (Butch) DeFeo Jr. used a high-powered rifle to kill his family 40 years ago — and in the process gave birth to the ultimate haunted house story. We all know it today as “The Amityville Horror.” It has been told over and over, in everything from best-selling books, blockbuster movies and endless sequels to … Read moreSlaying of family in spooky Long Island house inspired ‘The Amityville Horror’

H.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story, or Any Piece of “Weird Fiction”

Though the term “weird fiction” came into being in the 19th century—originally used by Irish gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu—it was picked up by H.P. Lovecraft in the 20th century as a way, primarily, of describing his own work. Lovecraft produced copious amounts of the stuff, as you can see from our post highlighting online … Read moreH.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story, or Any Piece of “Weird Fiction”

The rise of horror in children’s books

People need to be scared sometimes – it’s a dark craving right at core level – and a book is only as scary as your imagination… Jennifer Ridyard, author of Conquest, explains why scary books are so much better than scary films and suggests where to start. Read it if you dare! I have known … Read moreThe rise of horror in children’s books