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Strange Happenings in March

March holds much to look forward to. The start of spring, the year’s first super moon, and the one day a year restaurants list a boiled dinner as the day’s special. There’s also new books to read and new shows to watch while we wait out the wind and rain that usually make up winter’s last gasps. March 1st We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry on shelves. Set in Danvers, Massachusetts during the 1989, a high school field hockey team discovers witchcraft may be the key to a winning season. Since I grew up in a small Massachusetts town and also played field hockey in high school, I am absolutely looking forward to reading this book! My team certainly could have used a little magic to break our cycle of losing seasons. Dispatches from Elsewhere begins on AMC. A departure from much of Jason Segal’s previous work, ‘Dispatches’ follows four people from different walks of life who’s lives are changed by a puzzle that opens them up to a world of possibility and magic. …

Strange Happenings in February

February 1st-2nd Celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc, marking the midpoint of winter equinox and spring solstice. The holiday goes from sundown on the first through sundown on the second. February 6th New season of The Sinner on USA. The third season of USA’s anthology series brings back Detective Ambrose to investigate a sinister car crash outside of Dorchester. Briarpatch premiers on USA. A limited series starring Rosario Dawson,”Briarpatch” follows Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator who returns to her border-town home in San Bonifacio, Texas. The show is based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, February 7th Locke and Key streaming on Netflix. Based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the series follows three siblings as they move into a house filled with reality-bending keys after their fathers murder. Birds of Prey in theaters. After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. February 9th Full Moon February 14th Valentine’s Day Fantasy Island in theaters. …

Blood 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 – squeezed from about about four oranges 1 cup lemon juice- squeezed from about ten small lemons 1/4 cup orange juice- squeezed from one orange 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.

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 Daughters- John Mayer Transatlanticism- Death Cab for Cutie If I Ain’t Got You- Alicia Keys Palace- Sam Smith Into the Mystic- Van Morrison Ophelia- The Lumineers Poison and Wine- The Civil Wars The A Team- Ed Sheeran I Put a Spell on You- Brigitte Wickens Winter Song- Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson Winter- Josh Radin Alive- Chris Daughtry This is Me- Keisha Rise Up- Andra Day From Now On- Zac Brown Band …

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 …