I still own Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, I actually got it at the book fair when I was a kid.  All my peers went reaching for kits and colorful stationaries, I waited until the day I could get this book I had my eye on. Needless to say Im super excited about Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation film of the book.
- #NeverDeadDani

i don’t love him just yet
his compliments seem sincere
yours seemed more obligated
please shut up
shut up
shut the fuck up
god you insecure bitch

i don’t love him just yet
his lips are soft
he tastes like patience
your lips were scratchy
you tasted
spilled liquor

i don’t love him just yet
he smells like home
sundays i haven’t experienced
but crave
you smelled like
other girls
my insecurities
balled up
and thrown in my face

i don’t love him just yet
he touches me
and makes me feel like art
i belong in a museum
i deserve to feel like this
you touched me
and turned me
all of the above
you touched me
and forced me to learn about
the proper care of bruises
you touched me
and reminded me i was a mistake
but that it was ok
because you were the saint
the one so graciously trying to fix me

i don’t love him just yet
his mind is a universe
full of galaxies and stars
sometimes i think he wants to
fill me up with parts of him
your mind was dark and webbed
overflowing with all my fears
i got stuck on every part of you i touched
i know you wanted me trapped in there

i don’t love him just yet
he’s everything you’re not
everything you couldn’t be
everything you weren’t willing to be
so just give it time
give it time

—  A.J.M // he makes me want to recover from you

“There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me, or ever will.

Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day.

It is always the same shape, only very numerous.

And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit.”

Happy Halloween season! This 6″ hoop was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. If you look closely, you’ll see I stitched in a ghostly figure with the same color thread as the cloth. And I used CraftingSabbatical / ShellyCrossing’s method to back the hoop (still practicing on that).

September 12, 1952 in Flatwood (Virginia) a horrible monster 3 meters high, about one meter wide, terrorized the area. His face was injected with blood, his body green, emitting dazzling lights and a horrible smell that made those who saw him at close range vomit. Shortly before his appearance at the top of a hill, a flying saucer descended from heaven to the ground … Did she loose this monster on earth? - From the classic of French UFO literature, Les Soucoupes Volantes viennent d'un autre Monde [The Flying Saucers Come From Another World].

Illustration by René Brantonne



I once found a magical typewriter,
Where everything I typed came true.
I experimented with the rain,
Before making the skies turn blue.

I typed up a haunted piano,
And a wolf at a creek.
I made lawn gnomes come to life,
And unleashed a ghost at a beach.

I invented a camera which traps people,
When they smile and say cheese.
I made scarecrows come to life,
To scare as they please.

I put a spell on a mask,
Which could not be removed.
And then I made a clock,
Called The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom.

I typed that a sponge,
Could grow with such power,
And a lotion which grows hair,
Hour after hour.

And for my final story,
With the last stroke of the key,
I created a monster who ate the typewriter,
And then would eat me.
Only then did I realize,
The typewriter wasn’t to blame.
For it was my imagination,
That made the monster go away.

R.L. Stine would be proud.
13 Haunting Books To Read This Fall, If You Dare

‘Tis the season for re-re-watching “Stranger Things” and contemplating the punniest possible couple’s costume, plug and socket notwithstanding. ‘Tis also the season for picking up scary books ― books that disturb, books that alarm, books that go bump in the night.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite seasonally appropriate new books, including a years-long study of witchcraft in America, and a surreal short story collection that’s more psychologically unsettling than overtly stomach-turning. We’ve done our best to run the gamut: noir, true crime, surrealism, and straight-up, old-fashioned ghost stories.

For further reading, see our lists of haunted houses in literature, scary short stories, and badass literary witches.