Happy Halloween! I’m more festive this year than ever before. Perhaps it’s because I’m having generally a better year than last, but I have been quite in the spirit since the beginning of the month. While I completely missed the opportunity last year to do this, I’m taking that chance and coming back with four great stories and a series. Let’s call this our new tradition!
Horror is my sick addiction. I think aside from the morbid curiosity and the joy of yelling “run away” or “don’t open that” there’s this sense of critical thinking that comes into play. Fear is something we all have, no matter how tough we think we are and can escape it. Some of us fear heights or water, some of us spiders and snakes, but that feeling within when you stumble upon a fear you never knew you had is amazing. I don’t fear kids, but as soon as I see a black eyed four year old across my screen, I begin to side eye my child and want her as far away as possible. Those feelings in fiction are too beautiful to ignore. And beside listening to the real life horrors in Sword and Scale or the more historical folklore-based horrors featured in Lore, I like to read and freak myself out at 3am occasionally for no good reason.
Now, for the formalities of this newfound tradition: For those that don’t know, I leisurely cruise the tag of /r/nosleep on Reddit. Not everything is a treasure, but I love the effort everyone makes in their work and how they all linger on me for some time after. Because of my appreciation for the horror and the craft of writing, obviously, I gather the best stories I find from the forum and bring them here. I don’t copy the entire work so these links will take you to the site itself. There comes a big content warning with everything here, so please read at your own discretion.