Halloween #HumpDayHaunts


Starting November, I’ll be back to my regular blogging. Until then, please follow me on Instagram for some haunted history each day this week!

If you don’t follow me already, you might not know about #humpdayhaunts. Each Wednesday I share a bit of paranormal history. Since it is Halloween, I thought I’d do it all week long. Come join the fun (or horror)!

6 Things Haunting Me This Week



Each Friday, I’m going to share spooky reads and products that are haunting me. Maybe it is an article I read that I cannot stop thinking about. Maybe it is something I cannot wait to purchase on payday. Please note, this post is 100% my recommendations. Products featured are not ads. I just really love them! 


Laurie A. Conley draws the cutest damn ghosts. Laurie will also draw your house as a haunted house. What a great housewarming gift for a spooky friend. Cough cough, that friend is me.

I thought this was fun. Find your sign and see what type of ghost you’ll be!



Mary Shelley’s Obsession with the Cemetery – JSTOR Daily – Bess Lovejoy 

“The author of Frankenstein always saw love and death as connected. She visited the cemetery to commune with her dead mother. And with her lover.”

First Kill the Witches. Then, Celebrate Them – New York Times, Opinion – Stacy Schiff

“How did Salem, Mass., repackage a tragedy as a holiday, appointing itself ‘Witch City’ in the process?

The Horror Oscars: The Best Scary Movies of Every Year Since 1978’s ‘Halloween’ – The Ringer – Sean Fennessey 

“Horror movies are almost always passed over come Oscar season. It’s time to correct that sin.”

Charley, The Haunted Doll – Atlas Obscura 

“Rumored to have tormented a family in the late 1960s, this toy now resides in a quiet little oddities shop.”


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6 Things Haunting Me This Week


Each Friday, I’m going to share spooky reads and products that are haunting me. Maybe it is an article I read that I cannot stop thinking about. Maybe it is something I cannot wait to purchase on payday. Please note, this post is 100% my recommendations. Products featured are not ads. I just really love them! 


Remember the story “The Green Ribbon” from the book In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories? If you are unfamiliar with the story: I’ve blogged about it here.

One of my favorite pin shops, Krystan Saint Cat, made these buttons. I gasped! You can buy them here.

I have been really obsessing over this account on Instagram. I mean look at these candles! Can you spot the tiny ghost, pumpkins, and cat? And those shades of purple.

This batch is appearing in a shop update on September 23rd, noon PST. Will you be refreshing your screen with me?


Halloween: Death Makes a Holiday – Nourishing Death

“I’m going to take a look at how the holiday and the foods associated with it have changed over the decades through sharing examples of menus and descriptions in various journals, cookbooks and magazines.”

Cursed Paintings: Ill-Fated Portraits and Unlucky Landscapes – Folklore Thursday 

“The cursed painting is an enduring urban legend that continues to have the ability to scare us, and also makes a good tabloid news story.” 

Sarah Chavez on Death Positivity, Grief, and Intersetional Feminism – Luna Luna Magazine 

Two people I really admire having a really great conversation. 

I came across this piece of folklore on Twitter. I love the idea of ghosts traveling internationally.


Featured Image: Photo by Gianni Zanato on Unsplash

6 Things Haunting Me This Week


Each Friday, I’m going to share spooky reads and products that are haunting me. Maybe it is an article I read that I cannot stop thinking about. Maybe it is something I cannot wait to purchase on payday. Please note, this post is 100% my recommendations. Products featured are not ads. I just really love them! 


So, I have been really treating my self to ghosts lately.

I found this vintage (like 1970/80s) ghost luminary online and it watches me as I “work” on my dissertation. This piece was made using a Byron Mold, which is a company that produced molds for ceramics. So this piece was created (and painted) by some random person using the mold, which I think adds a personal touch to the piece. Maybe your grandparents had one?


Want a cheaper ghost experience? Have a hot chocolate with a ghost Peep! Perfect for children or nostalgic ghost bloggers. Come on, it’s cute.

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Walking The Pendle Witch Trail – Inner Lives

“Ever since I started working on early modern witchcraft I’d felt the strange pull of Pendle, the borough in East Lancashire where – in one of the most notorious trials in England – eleven people were tried as witches in 1612, ten of whom were found guilty and hanged. Thus, one Friday in late June (just before the heatwave took hold), I found myself on a train to the North West to spend a long weekend in England’s other witch country.”

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life – aeon

“There is, it would seem, no greater chasm than that which divides the living from the dead.”

Mekurabe – Yokai.com

You all must know by now that I’m obsessed with this site. This recent addition to the Japanese ghost database really caught my attention! 

Hurricane Florence Gets Scarier with Sightings of the Gray Man Ghost – Mysterious Universe 

“Hurricane Florence was already being predicted to be one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the coasts of North and South Carolina. Then the Gray Man ghost started appearing and people REALLY got scared.”




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6 Things Haunting Me This Week


Each Friday, I’m going to share spooky reads and products that are haunting me. Maybe it is an article I read that I cannot stop thinking about. Maybe it is something I cannot wait to purchase on payday. Please note, this post is 100% my recommendations. Products featured are not ads. I just really love them! 


The Folio Society, creators of crafted editions of your literary favorites, just released their Autumn Collection. My personal library is 80% anthologies of spooky short stories and BOY AM I IN TROUBLE. They released The Folio Anthology of Horror Stories. The cover and accompanying illustrations are just beautiful. Can I add this to my wedding registry?

So, I love whiskey and Halloween. Luckily, I found an Old Fashioned glass from World Market with a cute vintage cat and jack-o-lantern. You can get a pair of glasses for less than $10 (+shipping).

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My usual Sunday morning is hot coffee, a good ghost book, and baked goods. One of my favorite autumn-inspired, Sunday morning breakfasts is Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake from King Arthur Flour. There’s cinnamon filling, people.


Before TV, Kids Would Flock to Midnight Ghost Shows – Paleofuture

“Midnight ghost shows (sometimes called “spook,” “voodoo,” or “monster” shows) promised a night of creepy and playful stunts. There were glowing ghosts, floating objects, psychic readings and dozens of other illusions, all playing off the nation’s interest in spiritualism between the two World Wars.”

Kay’s Cross: Polygamists, Cult Leaders & Satanic Panic – The Dead History 

A new post from my favorite blog! Jennifer, a paranormal researcher and historian, finds the human voice in urban legends! 

“Telling the Bees” – JSTOR Daily 

“In nineteenth-century New England, it was held to be essential to whisper to beehives of a loved one’s death.”


6 Things Haunting Me This Week


Hello. I’m going to try something out. Each Friday, I’m going to share spooky reads and products that are haunting me. Maybe it is an article I read that I cannot stop thinking about. Maybe it is something I cannot wait to purchase on payday.

Please note, this post is 100% my recommendations. Products featured are not ads. I just really love them! 


I just came across a new (to me) spooky candle company: Werther & Gray. I am especially in awe of their packaging. I cannot wait to get a hold of my first candle!

One of the first Halloween purchases I’ve made this season was this ghost mug from Pottery Barn. Good quality, decent price, cute ghost face.


If you are in the market for a new tarot deck, might I recommend The Marigold Tarot? The skeleton imagery is simply breathtaking. I was able to get my hands on the gold gilded deck, but it’s sold out! You can wait until the restock or buy the Classic deck.

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Do Animals Experience Grief? – Smithsonian.com

“A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead”

Ghosts on the shore – aeon 

“In Japan, ghost stories are not to be scoffed at, but provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death”

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying Halloween Decor – Spooky Little Halloween 

If you like Halloween decor like me, it’s hard to control those impulse buys! Here’s a helpful post from Spooky Little Halloween to help make responsible and fun purchases.

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Spooky Road Trip: The Haunted America Conference


This Saturday, I drove nine hours total (in some very foggy conditions) to hear some of my favorite paranormal scholars speak about ghosts and other supernatural beings. Since this was my very first conference in the area of the paranormal, I did not know what to expect. I have been to many academic conferences, which can sometimes be very intimidating and stuffy. What I found at the Haunted America Conference was a friendly and welcoming group of people, with interesting stories and insights. I left with my commonplace book full of new avenues of research, along with ideas for growing my own “ghost business.”

The conference was two days with a variety of speakers during the day and activities in the evening. I, needing to work on my dissertation, only attended Saturday’s day sessions (woke up at 3 a.m….I love ghosts!). The evening activities looked so interesting–ghost hunts, a dumb supper, technical workshops, walking tours–and I look forward to signing up next year. When not in sessions, I walked around the Vendors Room and conversed with folks promoting their podcasts, publications, ghost tourism businesses, and products (candles, pendulums, jewelry). There was also an extensive raffle that read like my Christmas List. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the Ouija cheese board and Walking Dead wine.

A view of the Vendors Room.

Below are some of my conference highlights.

  • I  finally met Colin Dickey and Sarah Chavez! Colin, author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, presented on American grave robbers. I especially enjoyed how the history of medical colleges were woven into the narrative. Sarah Chavez, my favorite death feminist, spoke about the relationship between food and death. Check out more of her work at Nourishing Death and Death and The Maiden. Side note: Sarah had very cool nails.
  • I met one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer Jones of The Dead History. Once a paranormal investigator, Jennifer now runs a blog full of very extensive historical research on haunted locations and tombstones. I really appreciate the humanist approach she brings to her research.
  • I read so many Rosemary Ellen Guiley books when I was growing up. In her presentation “Strange Encounters and Strange Things,” Rosemary shared stories about werewolves, aliens, cursed objects, and other strange creatures.
  • I also grew up reading the website Prairie Ghosts, so I knew I had to attend a conference hosted by Troy Taylor and his Haunted America team. Troy has written 120 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. So, he knows his stuff. He presented on the relationship between music, death, and the devil. He’s a very entertaining speaker; he reminded me of a very cool radio DJ. 
  • I met the very kind folks of the See You On The Other Side podcast. Their website describes their work as “a rock band’s journey into the afterlife, UFOs, entertainment, and weird science.” Their podcast, as I understand, discusses a supernatural topic each episode and includes a song inspired by the subject matter. A creative idea, right? They entertained us during breaks the entire conference. I look forward to giving their podcast a listen!

Overall, it was definitely worth the nine-hour drive. I look forward to attending next year. Maybe I’ll see you there?

January Hiatus

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While not too much of a shock, the blog is taking a hiatus until February. This will give me time to finish work and school projects, while also giving me the opportunity to plan future posts for this site.

Sorry for the delay and thanks for being a friend!


My Spooky Christmas Reading List


This December, I am embracing the holiday spirits. I have decided to (1) read a ghost story every day until Christmas and (2) learn more about the pagan origins of the holiday. Any excuse to buy more books right? The following are books I plan on reading this month. I have also included some online articles for those interested in additional and shorter readings on the season.

My Christmas Bookshelf

Below are books I am hoping to consume or have already this holiday season (except for The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas which I’m still waiting to have delivered).


I ordered two books from my favorite online used book seller La Creeperie: Christmas Ghosts and Mistletoe Mayhem. Both books are anthologies filled with short ghost stories. I mostly purchased these books because of the covers. I mean…


I highly recommend La Creeperie for rare anthologies and some fun covers (along with any horror and occult books you desire). The store gets most of my paycheck. 🙂

My favorite anthologies from the batch are The Valancourt Books of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories. The stories chosen did not overlap with my many other ghost story anthologies, so I was extremely happy. Each story comes with a brief introduction about the author and where it was first published. Each volume also comes with an interesting historical overview of the Victorian tradition of ghost stories at Christmas.

I am also reading some Charles Dickens’ ghost stories for obvious reasons.

In an effort to learn more about the pagan origins of the season, I purchased two Llewellyn books. While I have not had the chance to to read The Old Magic of ChristmasI flew through Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore, which is part of their Sabbat Essentials series. Even if you are not a practicing pagan, the book reveals the reasons behind some common traditions and gives you ideas for some new ones.


I unknowingly read a Christmas ghost story at the very end of November. Richard Matheson’s Hell House is a Christmas ghost story like Die Hard is a Christmas movie. The book follows two mediums, a parapsychologist and his wife on a investigation of the “Mount Everest of Haunted Houses” during the days leading up to Christmas. This novel is a mix between The Haunting of Hill House and Eyes Wide Shut.

My Christmas Internet Favorites

Christmas ghost stories: Dark Christmas by Jeanette Winterson, The Guardian

Ghost stories: why the Victorians were so spookily good at them, The Guardian

Folklore of Food: Traditional Christmas Food, Folklore Thursday 

The Monsters of Christmas, Atlas Obscura 

Happy Holidays! 


I am sharing the stories I read each day leading up to Christmas on my Instagram stories if you are interested!

Well, It’s October…

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It is finally October, the best month of the year and the beginning of Halloween (because it is a season, not just a day). I have already blew my paycheck on Halloween decor and pumpkin everything (cookies, tea, body cream, candles, figurines, etc). I am just so damn excited and wanted to share a quick glimpse into my daily spooky life outside the notebook.

I made a cemetery terrarium or a cemeterrariumI am always saying I wish our property had a small cemetery, so I decided to create one. I found some small figurines (a cat, gravestones, skulls, and bones) at Michael’s (a craft store) and plants from my local greenhouse and my yard. This is my first of many. I plan on putting some of the bones and skulls in the soil to create the look of buried bodies with the next one. You might also consider adding small LED fairy lights and/or glow-in-the-dark fillers/sand.

IMG-8297.JPGI have decided to read a spooky short story each day this October. The short story is my favorite genre and I have so many anthologies on occult fiction. I really have no plan; I am just picking up a book and reading what grabs my attention. I will post a final list early November, but will share what I’m reading daily in my Instagram stories.

Since most of my October involves surgery recovery and a couch, I’m really excited about Turner Classic Movies’ Halloween Marathon (here is the schedule). I will also be reading through past collections of Jezebel readers’ scary stories (all the links are on my Library page).

I have been buying so many Halloween items to decorate my writing space (for the entire year). Below are some pictures. Not pictured: my ridiculous drawer full of Halloween office supplies and stickers.

Snow globe from TJ Maxx
Ouija Board Tray from Target / Candle holder from TJ Maxx
Ridiculous naked ghost only wearing boots from Target

What have you been doing to get in the Halloween spirit?