Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Browsing the "Strange and Unexplained" Category

My Wife and I Die Daily

I’m lying in bed next to someone who I’ll call my wife, but tomorrow, I know there will be someone different waking up next to me. My current wife will be dead by tomorrow afternoon and I will end the [...]

May 8, 2019 Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Science Fiction and Aliens, Strange and Unexplained


I’ve got these strange red splotches on my legs. At first I thought they might be heat rash. The scientific name for that is miliaria, which sounds like a cross between malaria and a rather beautiful name for a baby [...]

May 4, 2019 Strange and Unexplained

The Animals On My Farm Always Kill Their Newborns

Before I take my life tonight, I need to write down what brought me to this point. Just for my own sanity, just as a catharsis. If I’m feeling brave I’ll post it on the Internet when I’m done. And [...]

May 2, 2019 Animals and Wildlife, Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Nature and the Outdoors, Strange and Unexplained

The Last Body I Ever Cut Open

Craig Brockwell was found by his wife, dead on their living room floor, a plastic garbage bag tied off around his neck, and an empty bottle of Xanax on the kitchen counter, next to a suicide note. My initial external [...]

May 1, 2019 Beings and Entities, Body Horror, Jobs and Occupations, Locations and Sites, Medical and Hospitals, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Slashers and Gore, Strange and Unexplained

The Roots of Wewoka Cemetery

After a short time of exploring the Oklahoma territory where they were forced to go, a group of Native Americans stumbled upon a mysterious plant while hunting. This plant looked like a gnarled tree root, with so many twists and [...]

April 29, 2019 Beings and Entities, Body Horror, Folklore and Folktales, Ghosts and Spirits, Historical Fiction, Locations and Sites, Myths and Legends, Nature and the Outdoors, Strange and Unexplained

The Hollows and the Hills

Part 1 I am often asked how it was that I first became interested the true crime genre. It’s the sort of question I frequently get at conventions, book signings, panel meetings, and interviews, but the actual answer is fairly [...]

April 29, 2019 Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Journals and Diaries, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Myths and Legends, Strange and Unexplained

The Hallway Wasn’t Empty

Did you know that, once introduced to routine, our brains are capable of accepting it to the extent that when something changes, it doesn’t notice? The change could be small and harmless, an object there that wasn’t, or something moved [...]

April 28, 2019 Beings and Entities, Madness, Paranoia, and Mental Illness, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Psychological Horror, Strange and Unexplained, Suspense and Thrillers

Miracle Girl

“When is Miracle Girl coming?” I asked and got a stony look of disapproval from my uncle in return. If he read comic books, he’d appreciate my nickname for an immortal elementary schooler. Grandpa laid his good, gray eye on [...]

April 27, 2019 Demons and Possession, Ghosts and Spirits, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Myths and Legends, Occult, Magic, and Witchcraft, Strange and Unexplained

Russian Doll

“You really do like my collection, don’t you?” Those words were among the most terrifying I had heard in my entire life.  Not because of the words themselves, but because of the man saying them.  The man who had me [...]

April 26, 2019 Artifacts and Objects, Beings and Entities, Investigations and Crimes, Locations and Sites, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Occult, Magic, and Witchcraft, Strange and Unexplained

The Living History Project

One of my least favorite parts about being a middle school history teacher is the bullshit “Living History” assignments we give at the end of every school year. Kids are supposed to sit with their grandparents and video tape, voice [...]

April 25, 2019 Artifacts and Objects, Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Historical Fiction, Journals and Diaries, Locations and Sites, Strange and Unexplained, Technology, the Internet, and the Deep Web