March 8, 2013

What I Love About The Walking Dead

I came into the whole Walking Dead thing a little late, jumping in about the beginning of the current season. I kept hearing about how The Walking Dead was an engaging, different kind of zombie show, but I have to admit I was skeptical after having seen my fair share of corny, gratuitously gory zombie movies and television shows. I had grown tired of the masses of the undead vacantly declaring their undying (pun intended) love for the grey matter that inhabits the skulls of the living.

But I gave The Walking Dead a try. From episode one of the first season I could tell the show was something different. Where other zombie stories rely on the monsters to inject much of the horror elements, the writers of The Walking Dead have rely on the human characters and their emotional responses to the changing landscape they find themselves in. Seeing how families, friends and individuals react to one another when they are relentlessly pursued by zombies in a place that is seemingly overwhelmed and lawless is fascinating.

March 5, 2013

Your Emotions Might Be Feeding a Haunting

A haunted blacksmith shop near my house. Photo credit: Steven Symes

Like I've said before, I've read dozens of books about different paranormal topics, studied about the paranormal in college (mostly in folklore classes), have experienced inexplicable things myself and have written dozens of articles on different paranormal topics (not to mention written some entertaining stories about the paranormal). The paranormal is a complex body of knowledge that I find endlessly fascinating for a number of reasons.