Terrifyingly Creepy Hotels

ARTICLE BY MIKE DEVLIN VIA LISTVERSE By their very nature, hotels are designed to teem with life, such as men on business trips, honeymooning couples, and tourist families with gaggles of sticky-faced children. Hotels should appear warm and welcoming, their employees indulgent to your every need. But when business dips and owners can no longer…

Creepy Urban Legends From Around The USA

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA ANDERSON VIA LISTVERSE Admit it, you still get a chill when you think back to the urban legends of your youth. Every child hears the stories: masked maniacs, ghosts, alien abductions. And they all must be true, because they totally happened to a friend of a friend’s cousin’s girlfriend. Why would you…

Leaping Into The Unknown

When writers who are just starting out ask me when it gets easier, my answer is never. It never gets easier. I don’t want to scare them, so I rarely say more than that, but the truth is that, if anything, it gets harder. The writing life isn’t just filled with predictable uncertainties but with…

Vengeful Ghosts In Folklore And Mythology

ARTICLE BY MICHAEL VAN DUISEN VIA LISTVERSE People often refer to ghosts as the dead who have unfinished business here on Earth. However, not all of that business is good, and there are stories from every culture of ghosts who seem to want nothing other than revenge against the living, usually for no reason other…

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAIN PICKINGS Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (public library) — the more dimensional and thoroughly researched counterpart to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals — Brooklyn-based writer Celia…

Haunted Tunnels With Really Creepy Backstories

ARTICLE BY ALAN BOYLE VIA LISTVERSE Old, dark places are prime candidates for ghostly tales. Tunnels add a touch of claustrophobia to the mix. Humans have been digging through things for a long time, so the world isn’t short of tunnels with more history than lighting. Whether people were crushed building them or run over…

Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

ARTICLE VIA MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAINPICKINGS I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. “Employ a simple and straightforward style,” Mark Twain instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Or so argues Stephen King in On Writing:…