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SyFy's Channel Zero Scores 10s Across the Board

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I'm not sure where my head was in October 2016, but my eyeballs completely missed SyFy's horror anthology show called Channel Zero . With thousands of streaming options on top of pay cable, it's easy to miss great shows. I'm so happy I stumbled across this show after seeing previews for the third season which started earlier this month. Each season is based on a popular story from the Creepy Pasta site that I can't seem to shut up about. Season 1: Candle Cove, is full of dread, taut tension, and bizarre visuals that I can't seem to shake even now. At six episodes, the show is easily bingeable over the weekend, and probably better watched this way. The story and plot systematically unfold with almost no exposition. Characters jump right into the weirdness in the first episode, and immediately we're introduced to a creepy puppet tv show that only kids can see – and it's influencing them to do terrible things! It's surreal nature means that the show

Unusual Decor for Your Halloween Village

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It's only February and I'm already thinking about my Halloween village. I was at Petsmart  looking for stuff my black cat demands, and walked through the fish section. I stumbled across this awesome aquarium decor and thought some of these pieces would be interesting accents for my village. I ended up choosing the octopus because the scale was perfect for the ghost ship I already own. The pieces are expensive because they are non-toxic and stand up to being submerged in water (but still less expensive that usual Department 56 pieces). I really loved the many rock formations and gnarled tree limbs too. Some of the plants are even blacklight reactive if you wanted to have a really surreal effect. Check them out at Petsmart .

Be My Scary Valentine

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For those who love the bloody horror of love but didn't make it to Hellmark store, here are some ecards to share! Tip: send immediately.

TurboTax Horror Ads Are the Best

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It's tax season and like many Americans I am terrified. TurboTax is here to save the day and assure us there's nothing to be afraid of. Their new campaign features a series of horror ads that start creepy but end cute. SEE–Taxes aren't so scary! Brava/Bravo to the Wieden + Kennedy , the Portland-based agency behind these fun ads. " The Noise in the Attic " " The Dark " " The Thing in the Woods " " The Thing Under the Bed " " Closet " " Chupacabra "

"Happy!" Is the Cure for Winter Doldrums

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We can talk about HAPPY! all day but let's make one thing clear: this twisted, crazy show deserves some serious love. It's based on a 2012 four-issue comic book that combines elements of crime, comedy, drama, with some very divergent things. I know I know. The premise sounds ridiculous: a former cop on the verge of suicide is befriended by – an imaginary friend! – an animated unicorn who needs help rescuing an adorable young girl. The girl was abducted by a deranged and frightening Santa Claus who seems to be collecting kids for some nefarious reason. From there things get very twisted with a sadistic torture specialist, a mob family, an odd kids TV show personality, really big bugs, and mom who dives head first into the absurd to find her missing daughter. Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax is at his most grimiest and unhinged as a pill-popping, boozing, general lowlife and he is hysterical. However, the star of the show is Happy, blue unicorn with a dazzling pink horn. Voic

"Winchester" is Worthwhile Visit...For Fans

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I lived in San Jose, California for five years and when I drove to the grocery store I would see the Winchester Mystery House. This infamous house with its history of ghosts and madness stood just a few blocks from my house! I've been on the tours many times, walking the weird corridors, dark rooms, and even the cold basement – and love taking visitors there, especially for the candlelit tours in complete darkness. Naturally when I heard there was a movie starring Helen Mirren, I was positively giddy. Thankfully, WINCHESTER does not completely disappoint fans. It melds the house's history (as told by the docent's carefully crafted scripts) with an original story that conjures up a frightful villain. The first act gets straight to the point with ghosts but panders to the audience with many startle scares. Once the movie settles into the second act, it shifts gears and slowly builds the greater mysteries. Then the third act amps up the action but stumbles a bit instead of

Bentley Little is the "Best Outright Horror Novelist"

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You may not know American horror writer Bentley Little by name but his work is on par, if not even better, than many of his contemporaries in the genre. He has written 27 novels, most recently The Handyman , published in October 2017, and unlike some gothic , suspense or thriller writers, he is best categorized as the "Best Outright Horror Novelist" ( according to Stephen King on EW.com ). This is a pretty bold declaration in the literary world that perhaps doesn't give true horror its due.
 Without any movie or tv show adaptations, or really any hoopla surrounding Little, his works were completely unknown to me until Audible recommended The Haunted . The haunted house story is riveting with terrifying visuals and the tormented family in the middle react reasonably and smartly and unlike their movie counterparts (sure lets follow that weird moan into the dark attic where the one hanging light bulb is not working). Next, I devoured The Influence which is a deep div