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Strange Happenings in December

December is typically a month that horror fans and Halloween enthusiasts bemoan as the glitter encrusted, eggnog soaked, saccharine month of Christmas. I myself don’t mind the holiday itself, but the commercials, crowds, parties, and over wrought feel goodness that leads up to it can really wear me out. Well fear not grinches, because there are plenty of things in December for us to look forward to. There’s Krampusnatch and the winter solstice to celebrate ( I’ll show you how as the month goes on), one more Friday the 13th, the brightest meteor shower of the year, and darker entertainment to enjoy. I’ve even got a list of Christmas horror movies at the bottom of this post. So muster up some enthusiasm worthy of Gomez Addams, and enjoy December your way. December 5th Not much is known about the origins of the European holiday Krampusnatch, but we do know that it is celebrated the night of December 5th, before the feast of Saint Nicholas. The holiday pays homage to Krampus, the hairy, horned companion of …

Strange Happenings in November

November 1st All Saints Day November 8th Doctor Sleep in theaters November 9th Fathom Events airs Madama Butterfly from The Met in Theaters November 13th The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park , New true-crime series on AMC November 14th Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood on shelves November 17th Black Bequeathment by Simon Strantzas on shelves November 18th Peak of the Leonids Meteor Shower November 27th Thanksgiving Knives Out in theaters

Strange Happenings in October

October 1st Imaginary Friend by John Green on shelves. Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill on shelves. The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher on shelves. In the Shadow of the Moon streaming on Netflix. (film) Marianne streaming on Netflix. (series) Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween Marathon begins. Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween Marathon begins. October 3rd Look for Jupiter and a crescent moon to align closely just above the horizon. The Last Seance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie on shelves. TMC’s marathon of classic horror films begins. October 4th The Joker and Lucy in the Sky in theaters. In the Tall Grass streaming on Netflix (film) October 6th and 10th Ghostbusters in theaters. October 8th Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo on shelves. October 11th The Addams Family and Parasite in theaters. Fractured streaming on Netflix (film) October 12th AMC’s Fear Fest horror movie Marathon begins. October 13th Full Moon October 18th Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Zombieland: Doubletap in theaters. Eli streaming on Netflix (film) October 20th The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror XXX …

Strange Happenings in September

Each month I look for TV shows, movies, and events to look forward to.  September 2 Labor Day September 3rd Søren Sveistrup’s new book Chestnut Man on shelves. Known for writing the global hit television show The Killing, this Sveistrup’s debut novel. September 6 IT Chapter 2 in theaters. 27 years later, Pennywise rises again to taunt and terrifying the grownup Losers Club. September 10th Stephen King’s The Institute on shelves. King has written over 60 best sellers, and his latest offering is set in a mysterious institute in Minneapolis conducting terrifying experiments on children with paranormal gifts. September 13 Freaks released in theaters. According to imdb.com, Freaks follows Chloe, who “discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control.” Apparently the less you know going in the better. September 14 Full Moon September 18 Fathom Events Three from Hell and Devils Rejects double feature in theaters. The latest chapter in Rob Zombies ultra-violent saga, 3 From Hell will reunite Baby Firefly, Captain …

Strange Happenings in August

Each month I look for TV shows, movies, and events to look forward to.  August 1 No One Saw a Thing premieres on SundanceTV. The 6 part series examines an unsolved and unusual death in the 1980s. A resident was shot dead in front of almost 60 townspeople in Skidmore, Mo. All of them continue to claim they didn’t see a thing. August 2nd Them That Follow in theaters. The film centers around a forbidden love in a Pentecostal church in the Appalachia that uses the reptiles to worship. August 5th Harry Houdini stays underwater for 1.5 hours in a casket before escaping in 1926. August 8 Two Sentence Horror Stories, a new horror anthology series, premieres on the CW. The series will be comprised of eight half hour episodes focusing on universal social and primal fears. August 9th Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in theaters. In her family mansion, young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of …

Strange Wednesdays: Final Push

Last month I entered in a haiku contest run by Little Infinite, and all of the votes from readers, friends, and family have pushed me into first place. I am so excited and appreciative! Voting ends tomorrow night, and I would appreciate one more vote to help me stay in the lead. It just takes a few moments to cast a vote here, and if you voted once already, the website will let you vote every 24 hours. I can’t thank everyone who already voted enough! Strange Happenings This Week: Read: Not a literary selection by any means, but this past Friday Wendy’s celebrated National Roast Day by hurling insults at any person, brand, or company willing to step up to the plate. The fast food chain’s Twitter feed has become notorious for its snarky posts, and used the holiday to raise the bar considerably. See: Wednesday, January 9- The Moon sets several hours after darkness falls, so if the area your in is dark enough, you may be able to spot the faint band …

Consider Making a New Year’s Resolution

Every year around this time I read blog posts, Facebook updates, and Instagram feeds that fall in either one of two categories: looking forward to the New Year with a resolution to achieve, or a pessimism laden rant on why resolutions don’t work. If you fall into the later category, I challenge you to read the article that inspired me to start this blog as my New Year’s resolution two years ago, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person. Originally written in 2012 by David Wong and published on cracked.com, it provoked such a strong response that they keep reposting it every year. It it’s some of the best advice I’ve ever read. In short, it challenges readers to ask themselves, “What do I do?” versus “What am I like?” and then focus on developing new skills while killing all the excuses that keep people from doing that. To come up with my own New Year’s resolutions, I think of a big goal I want to achieve, and then a short list of the main actions I need to …

Winter Songs

I like eggnog, but I can’t drink it as is. I always need to add a little milk, or it’s too rich for me. The same goes for Christmas carols. I need to break them up with some songs that just make me think of winter. Songs about winter, that were used in a movie set during winter, or just played a lot during the winter season get mixed in my Christmas playlist to break up all the Christmas cheer. When the holidays are over, they make a great playlist on their own. Winter Playlist: Winter- Tori Amos This Year’s Love- Davis Gray Spanish Burn- Early Winter Daughters- John Mayer Transatlanticism- Death Cab for Cutie If I Ain’t Got You- Alicia Keys The Trouble With Love Is- Kelly Clarkson Palace- Sam Smith Into the Mystic- Van Morrison Ophelia- The Lumineers Billie Jean- The Civil Wars The A Team- Ed Sheeran I Put a Spell on You- Brigitte Wickens Winter- Joshua Radin Winter Song- Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson This is Me- Keisha Rise Up- Andra …

Bood Orange Lemonade

There aren’t many fruits that I look forward to being in season during the winter, but blood oranges are definitely one of them. In season roughly November through May in the US,depending on where they are grown, they usually show up at my grocery store around mid January, but I start keeping an eye out for them in December. One of my favorite things to make with them is a flavored lemonade. It’s a little work, but more then worth it. I top mine with Blavod vodka for an extra kick (and macabre color), but it’s refreshing on its own as well. Blood Orange Lemonade: 1 cup blood orange juice 1 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup orange juice 3 cups water 3/4 cup simple syrup One blood orange sliced One lemon sliced Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and let sit for at least an hour. Top with vodka for an extra kick. Strange Happenings This Week: Give Back: The forest fires that have been raging in California have been extinguished, but over 20,000 people …

Holiday Transitions

It always feels strange to make the switch from Halloween scares to the feel good holidays that come at the end of the year. If you struggle to transition from horror movies to holiday classics each year like I do, I have a recommendation. Netflix’s series The Haunting of Hill House has gained a reputation for being terrifying, but after watching it myself, I don’t think that word alone does it justice. The show delivers scares, absolutely, but also so much more. Part horror, part mystery, and part family drama, it’s probably the only show I would recommend to both fans of American Horror Story and This is Us. I don’t think I can say much more without spoiling anything, but I will say that the way the show plays on themes of fate, forgiveness, grief and family stay with me once I finished watching. The Haunting of Hill House managed to make me jump and look forward to holiday family gatherings. Strange Happenings This Week: Celebrate: Give Back: Food drives always pop up during …