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The Fun Of Reading Scary Stories Late At Night

The Scariest Story She Ever Read

The picture above is a comment made by reader Caitlin after she read the story ‘Legend Of The Real Life Chucky’.

No doubt about it, there’s something thrilling about reading scary stories late at night.

If you’re reading *the right* scary stories then you are spooked out of your mind, to where any little noise or shadow raises the hair on the back of your neck.

Reading Scary Story At NightYou are thrown into full paranoia mode, feeling like something might be in the darkness right outside your window (Slender Man).

Or maybe you even get the feeling that there is suddenly a Presence lurking somewhere in the house (Arabella).

Does this sound like a terrible experience? Then reading scary stories late at night isn’t for you. It might be better to wait until the safety of daylight to venture into the world of scary stories. And that’s okay.

But for us scary story junkies the spooked out feeling is the best part of the experience. Like when you get to the top of a roller coaster and then it suddenly drops, the terror is part of the fun.

Does that make us crazy? Maybe. Crazy awesome.

So here’s to you Caitlin and everybody else out there who likes to read scary stories late at night, I’m right there with you!

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10/12/2018
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“Little Red Riding Hood Was My First Love”: Shoutout This Week To Charles Dickens

Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolfOkay so usually my weekly shoutouts are to readers, people who have commented on the blog or written a message or left a voicemail or something. But…

I came across this quote by Charles Dickens today and couldn’t pass it up:

”Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.

I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.”

His first love! I never thought of a fairy tale character as something that could even qualify for such a prominent position in someone’s life.

But for Charles Dickens, Little Red Riding Hood was someone who could make him the happiest person in the world.

I wish I could talk to him and ask him more about this. What was it about the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her character that connected with him so much he actually considered her his first love??

Sadly, unless I come across something by him where he’s written more on this subject I’ll never know.

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a fairy tale character comment below and tell me about it!

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10/11/2018
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Honk for Grandma!! A real-life “Runaway Grandmother”?

Honk For Grandma Car CasketMy wife Jennifer saw this picture on Reddit and of course immediately had to text it to me because of what happened in last week’s story of The Runaway Grandmother.

The Runaway Grandmother is one of the most long running urban legends ever, and it deals with the crazy situation a family finds itself in when Grandma dies in the middle of their vacation.

The family is stuck in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t know what to do with the body, so they wrap it in a tarp and put it on the roof.

Well, let’s just say that decision causes a big problem. (You can read the rest of the story at The Runaway Grandmother Urban Legend post.)

In this picture you can see a person in Florida who has a casket strapped to the roof of their car with the words “Honk for Grandma!” written on their back window.

And there’s an arrow pointing to the casket in case you didn’t quite get the idea.

What!? Haha. I almost *ahem* …died… laughing when I saw this picture. Could it be a real-life Runaway Grandmother type situation? Or maybe someone just went over the top in decorating their car for Halloween?

And were they inspired to do this after reading The Runaway Grandmother urban legend?

Come on Person In The White SUV, tell us your story!

In the meantime I’ll definitely honk for Grandma…and crazy urban legends.

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09/23/2018