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October 31, 2018 · 8:00 am

The Magic of Movies


“Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative.”

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20 Terrifying Lines from Literature

Have you ever come across a line in a book that just shakes you to your core? Maybe it gets under your skin and sits there, tickling the back of your neck…or maybe it haunts you with memories of something past, or something gone, or something to come…

Lucky for you, I’ve collected a handful of good ones just in time for Halloween! From the age-old wisdom of Alfred Lord Tennyson to the sage words of Stephen King, here are 20 terrifying lines from literature.

20 Terrifying Lines from Literature

The man screamed and clawed frantically, like a drowning swimmer. The screaming filled the universe.
–Ray Bradbury, Kaleidoscope

flynn–Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London that a young, healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or broiled.
–Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.
–Fredric Brown, Knock

I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.
–Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

stair–Hughes Mearns, Antigonish

Since it’s Sunday and it’s stopped raining, I think I’ll take a bouquet of roses to my grave.
–Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Someone Has Been Disarranging These Roses

You can’t run away from this. The evil is already inside you.
–Danielle Vega, The Merciless III

monsters–Stephen King, The Shining

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t.
–Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.
–Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

death–Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

The monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts.
–Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

I lay in bed and thought about how easy it was to hurt a person. It didn’t have to be physical. All you had to do was take a good hard kick at something they cared about.
–Jack Ketchum, The Girl Next Door

My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape.
–Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

Do not expect me to wish you health and long life. You will have neither. But that is not my doing. I merely foretell.
–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

empty–Christopher Pike, The Wicked Heart

Here is a small fact: You are going to die.
–Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

‘I swear on my mother’s grave.’
‘Does she have a grave?’ asked Coraline.
‘Oh yes,’ said the other mother. ‘I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.’
–Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Chanted loudly, chanted lowly
Till her blood was frozen slowly
And her eyes were darken’d wholly.
–Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott

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The Simplicity of Magic


“Magic is really very simple, all you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.”

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Something Unknown


“Oh there’s an empty place in my bones that calls out for something unknown.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas

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16 Creepy AF Paranormal Books

A few weeks ago, I shared a collection of 18 Creepy AF True Crime Books…and today, here’s the other half of that awesome collection – 16 Creepy AF Paranormal Books…just in time for Halloween!

From ghosts to goblins, UFO’s to yettis, this collection of paranormal books dares to explain the unexplainable. Including ghost anthologies, as well as fiction and non-fiction books in the paranormal realm, this book collection is a great one to add to your list this fall!


16 Creepy AF Paranormal Books


The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed & Lorraine WarrenThe Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you.

This House is Haunted: The Investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist: In 1977, normal life ended for the Harper family. It began with a bang on the walls of their council house in Enfield. Then furniture started moving of its own accord…

Fringeology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable…and Couldn’t: Steve Volk investigates what happens in the brains of people undergoing religious experiences, learns how to control his own dreams, and goes hunting for specters in his family’s old haunted house.

On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears: Stephen Asma’s On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters–how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future.


Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena: Stacy Horn explores science’s remarkable first attempts to prove—or disprove—the existence of the paranormal.

American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends and Sightings in AmericaBigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren’t just figments of our overactive imaginations—according to thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, in every corner of the United States. This book examines a hidden menagerie of America’s homegrown beasts.

Cops’ True Stories of the Paranormal: Ghosts, UFOS and Other StoriesBest selling author of over 50 books, retired cop Loren W. Christensen asked men and women in uniform—police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT, command, correction officers, and MPs—to convey their experiences with the paranormal.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories: Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl?


Ghost Stories of an AntiquaryRenowned for their wit, erudition and suspense, these stories are each masterfully constructed and represent a high achievement in the ghost genre.

Bag of BonesAs Mike is drawn into a lover’s struggle, he is drawn into the mystery of the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

Dark Matter: Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark…

This House is Haunted: Eliza realizes that if she and a group of children are to survive a houses’ violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall’s long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past…


Her Fearful Symmetry: Audrey Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life–even after death.

Eight Ghosts: Eight authors were given after hours freedom at their chosen English heritage site. Immersed in the history, atmosphere and rumors of hauntings, they channeled their darker imaginings into a series of extraordinary new ghost stories.

Anya’s Ghost: Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

The Man in the Picture: The Man in the Picture is a haunting tale of loss, love, and the very basest fear of our beings.

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Ya’ll can keep your PSL’s…the arrival of October means just one thing for me…I can now watch Beetlejuice all day every day.

To celebrate my love for the ghost with the most, I made this little crocheted “bee”tlejuice bee. Isn’t he the cutest?


This pattern is inspired by this  Buzzy Bee pattern, though I omitted the antenna and obviously changed the color scheme. I also added a few extra rows here and there, as noted below.


Ya’ll ready?

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee


  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Black, white, dark purple, light purple and green yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing needle



Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).

Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).

Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnds 9-11: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 12: sc in each sc around (24).

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff after 15th row.

Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 17: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).

Rnd 18: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).

Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

Using light purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using dark purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6). Sl st. in first stitch.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Cut two 12 in. strings of black yarn. Tie knot, forming eye. I knotted the yarn 6 times in this pic.


Thread black thread through center hole of dark purple circle. Sew to face. Weave in ends.


Using sewing needle and black thread, sew mouth on bee. Weave in ends.


Cut 14 strands of green yarn, about 18 to 20 in. long.

Attach hair between first separation of white and black yarn. I looped two strands into each chain.


Using fingers or needle, spread the strands of the hair to make hair frayed. Trim as desired.

Add a handing string between the wings, if desired.

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