“Shiver Me Timbers”: The Buffy Re-Watch, “All the Way,” S6.E6

Some shows are known for their holiday episodes. I rank Valentine’s Day near the bottom of my favorite holidays, but I am always eager to watch Phil and Claire Dunphy don their alter egos, Clive Bixby and Julianna, and get into hilarious hijinks. Buffy didn’t regularly feature episodes revolving around any annual celebration. Working from … More “Shiver Me Timbers”: The Buffy Re-Watch, “All the Way,” S6.E6

“Did You Think the Blood Wouldn’t Reach You?”: “After Life,” S6.E3

The new millennium brought with it a downward spiral of quality for the recently revived genre of horror. Scream (1996) breathed new life, sure, but aside from being blatantly self-aware, it also had some genuine creep factor. 2000 gave us Cherry Falls, a great flick in the tradition of Scream, but it wasn’t scary at … More “Did You Think the Blood Wouldn’t Reach You?”: “After Life,” S6.E3

Birds, Boards, and Boogeymen: Free Short Stories Again

When it comes to Halloween, I’m the proverbial broken record. It’s hands down my favorite holiday. I won’t spend another blog waxing poetic about its charm and magic. I’ll just say that in order to fully appreciate it, one needs to watch a metric ton of scary movies. And, in the process, don’t neglect the … More Birds, Boards, and Boogeymen: Free Short Stories Again

“Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October

Fifteen years ago, when two friends and I decided to embark on an amateur ghost hunt, it wasn’t anywhere near Halloween. I think it was May. I’ve had some hair-raising experiences since, but what I lived through that night and in the aftermath is about as unnerving as it gets. Therefore, it only seemed fitting … More “Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October

“Thinking Only Autumn Thoughts”: Good-Bye, Summer

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –Albert Camus Tomorrow is the equinox, the first day of fall. Far and away, it’s my favorite season. It contains such monumental moments as football season, Halloween, and–most importantly–my birthday. Of course, one of those is already in full swing, and the others are … More “Thinking Only Autumn Thoughts”: Good-Bye, Summer

Ignition Impossible

Want to know a secret? This creepy little essay about the time I played with a Ouija board has been published on Amazon Kindle under the title “The Tale of Lus and Zrbyxc: A True Story (More or Less).” Since the distribution rights will be given to Kindle Direct Publishing, I have taken it down … More Ignition Impossible