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Katie Recommends: Videogames!

Today I want to give you some game recommendations!

Resident Evil: Village

Take on the role of Ethan Winters and set out into a remote European village in search of your kidnapped daughter. Twisted lords, vampiric creatures and much more beside stand between you and salvation. 

The Evil Within 2 – Accolades

Take on the role of traumatised police detective Sebastian Castellanos and enter the surreal nightmare realm of Union – a once idyllic recreation of rural America corrupted by madness – in search of your daughter Lily.

Detention

Explore the abandoned Greenwood High School in Taiwan in a tragic twist on classic supernatural horror. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil during the 1960s, Detention is slow-burning and atmospheric trip towards horrifying realisation.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

The latest entry in the long-running Fatal Frame franchise, Maiden of Black Water continues the series’ eerie and ghostly brand of horror. Take on the role of three different protagonists as you explore the shrines of Mt. Hikami and solve its haunting mysteries.

Reviews - Books, Uncategorized

Review: The Turn of the Screw

Today I want to talk to you about a story that’s been adapted many times, I know that doesn’t narrow it down all that much lol. But this was recently adapted by Netflix, into the series The Haunting of Bly Manor (fantastic series, go watch it). At least it was partly adapted by Netflix in this series as the series was more an amalgamation of two of Henry James’ stories.

The story I want to talk to you about today is The Turn of the Screw.

This novella was released in in Colliers Weekly in a serialised format in 1898, it was later collected in the same year by Macmillian and Heinemann.

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Best Three Christmas Horror Films Ever!

Today I want to share with you my top three Christmas Horror films.

Christmas Horror Story

I’ve talked about this before, Katie Recommends: A Christmas Horror Story. but it bares repeating. This is a great film!

Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host. A family brings home more than a Christmas tree. A student documentary becomes a living nightmare. A Christmas spirit terrorizes. Santa slays evil.

Rare Exports

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Fatman

Fatman is a 2020 American dark comedy action film written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms and starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride serve as executive producers of the film. The plot follows an unorthodox Santa Claus who must fight off an assassin sent by a vengeful naughty kid.

Folklore

Folklore: The Manananggal

Today I want to talk to you about the Manananggal.

The Manananggal is another creature from the Phillipines. They are a sort of vampire witch crossover. Though they do have an odd habit of tearing themselves in half in the stomach then flying off into the night to search for sleeping pregnant women to feed upon.

When I was reading up on these creatures they reminded me strongly of the Aswang which you may remember I wrote about back in January.

Like the Aswang these creatures could have been created to explain the dangers faced by pregnant women. Death in pregnancy is a real risk, especially before the advances made in medical science that we benefit from today and these creatures could have easily been created as a way for people to explain the unreasonable deaths women suffered when pregnant.

The ways to defend against these creatures you can use daggers, sunlight, or a buntot pagi (a whip that is made from the tail of a stingray). Or if you manage to get hold of the upper torso after they’ve torn themselves in half then you should smear it with garlic, salt, or ash, then it will be unable to re-join with its lower half and will be vanquished by the sunrise.

Katie's Stories

Horrorzine Book of Ghost Stories

If you can’t plug during the Christmas period when can you?

My short story Scratching appers in The Horrorzines Book of Ghost Stories!

Get your copy NOW!

“This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for long a winter’s night.”  – Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties

“An incredibly creepy collection of stories of the recently and not so recently dead, written by some of the finest writers in horror. I suggest that when reading, do so in the daylight, because reading these at night will only make you more aware of your own, unempty house.” – Susie Moloney, author of The Dwelling and The Thirteen

“Gruesome, eerie, horrific, sometimes uplifting; this is a terrific selection of ghost stories that satisfy the soul—they chill the blood, too.” – Simon Clark, author of Whitby Vampyrrhic

“Looking for a perfect evening? Spend the night hunkered down in your favorite chair with only a reading light on, and dive into The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories. Forget sleep, these tales will keep you enthralled till daybreak.” – Tony Tremblay, author of The Moore House

“Nobody keeps the supernatural alive like The Horror Zine.” – Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

Katie's Stories

Looking for a Christmas gift for the reader in your life?

Water: Selkies, Sirens & Sea Monsters has a whole bunch of reviews!

“A fun collection of short stories.”

“Rhonda Parrish has done it again.”

“Each story pulls you deeper into the tale, the richer the texture of each backdrop, the more lost you can get into the story.”

“Another great compilation of stories and poems.”

“There is something for everyone in this book.”

“There’s love, strangeness and horror in the book. I enjoyed all of them.”

Creepypastas

Creepypasta: Little Pink Backpack

Today I want to talk to you about the Creepypasta Little Pink Backpack.

The writer of this pasta has done interviews previously where she describes how when she was 19 years old, she came across a blank children’s notebook and had an urge to create something ‘creepy’ with it, hence the format of this Creepypasta.

I’d say she did a pretty damn good job.

Due to the visual nature of this pasta, I have included a link to a YouTube video covering it below.

As always spoilers below.

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