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Joe Blevins is a freelance writer living in the suburbs of Chicago.

A Low, Ominous Rumble

8:45pm — Yeah, hi. Maintenance? This is Paul Gneiss. That’s G as in golf, N-E-I-S-S. I’m in building 408, apartment 103. Uh, so I know it’s after hours, but uh… I saw this number posted on the office door and didn’t know who else to call. I don’t think that it’s a maintenance emergency exactly,

Raising Rhoda Penmark

In the pantheon of movie brats, there are few who can compare to Rhoda Penmark, the pint-sized predator of Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956). With her braided pig tails, impeccable manners, and immaculate clothes, Rhoda seems like every parent’s dream. But make no mistake, this young lady has killed before — her victims including

Confessions of a Scaredy Cat

Fear is a big part of childhood for a lot of reasons. For one thing, you’re physically small at that age, so your surroundings naturally seem more imposing. Beyond that, you lack knowledge of how the world around you truly works, so you have more difficulty distinguishing between what’s real and what’s imaginary. That weird

Which Objects Haven’t Tried to Kill Us Yet?

For decades now, horror filmmakers have been warning audiences that the inanimate objects around us may just come to life someday and try to kill us. Common items we see every day — our vehicles, our household appliances, even our food — it’s all coming to get us eventually, so we’d better be ready. This

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