‘NetNet: circus freaks, beast of Boggy Creek, font-love, a zombie fix, 2013 movies, a scary diary, a gingerbread mansion, and Christmas murder.

BROWSE A COLLECTION OF CIRCUS FREAK VISITING CARDS

Scott Davis, over at DC Photo Artist, is a talented photographer who also collects CDV (carte de visite) photographs from the 19th century. His latest addition can be found at the recent post, Circus Freaks – Chinese(?) Pinheads in Williamsport, PA. Until he posted this one, I did not know he had such a collection but, because his blog is well designed, I was quickly able to access all the entries in the category, Circus Freaks. It’s a treasure trove.

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Two Asian Pinheads, by John Nice, Williamsport, PA, via dcphotoartist.

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READ AN INTERVIEW WITH LYLE BLACKBURN, AUTHOR OF THE BEAST OF BOGGY CREEK

John Mountain, of Written in Blood, scored a cool Q&A this week. Read: 10 Questions With Author Lyle Blackburn.

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ENJOY SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR WORD-NERDS & FONT-FREAKS

Mark Petruska, of Mark My Words, has a cool art project up. Read: It’s All Fonts & Games. (Check the comments for how-to.)

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Unrelated – but free – clipart from openclipart.org.

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SATISFY YOUR ZOMBIE NEEDS WHILE THE WALKING DEAD IS ON HIATUS

Jack Campisi, of Back in Jack, (and one of two magnificent Monster Men) comes to the rescue for those of us suffering from The Walking Dead withdrawal. Read: What to Do During “The Walking Dead” Mid-Season Hiatus.

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ADMIRE A NEAR-PERFECT BLOG POST

Jordan & Eddie (The Movie Guys) put together a great wrap-up of the best movies of 2013 which respects the horror genre. As I read this post, I was struck by the clean, effective structure. (And all those clever, clever internal links.)

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Read: The Best and Worst of 2013: Jordan’s Take.

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DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THIS SCARY DIARY IS REAL

Mrs. Horror Boom has stumbled upon a creepy mystery:

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To learn more, read: The “Creepy Diary” – Have You Seen It Yet?

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BOW DOWN BEFORE THE CREATOR OF THIS GINGERBREAD MANSION

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English baking enthusiast, Tassy, keeps a blog called, Just Nice Stuff. Why not read her charming “About the Blog” section, as a cheery palate cleanser?

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READ A MURDER MYSTERY (WITH PARANORMAL ELEMENTS) FOR CHRISTMAS

Juli D Revezzo has a new paranormal romance out. It’s called Murder On A Midnight Clear, and you can get a Kindle copy at the link right now for only $.99.

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‘Tis the season … for death. 

Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn’t respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene’s psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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#NetNet Update: this week’s edition will come on Sunday.

Hey, Guys.

  • It’s the Ogre’s birthday today.
  • Langston and I are doing his first overnight shift tonight, starting at midnight.
  • I want to watch The Sing-Off with my family now, while eating chocolate cake.

If the connection at the #paranormalhotel is good enough, I’ll finish reading your blogs and gathering items to share after I get Langston settled in. Otherwise, NetNet will be posted tomorrow, after I get up.

Have a good night!


‘NetNet: WWII, mortality, teacher tribute, haunted cabin, dreams and fiction, ghost pic(s), and a nativity in abstract.

LIVE THROUGH WORLD WAR II, VIA TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

Now this, THIS is a project!

“Updates from the Second World War, live from 1940. All posts from today’s date 72 years ago, at the time they happened.”

On Facebook. Or follow @RealTimeWWII

One recent tweet:

  • “More bloody shrapnel wounds than I ever saw in my life.” Nurses hurriedly give morphine, marking anesthetized with lipstick M on forehead.
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Click here to see more WWII propaganda posters.

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ARE YOU AN FSM?

Jonathan Janz, author of has a thought-provoking article up in response to the recent death of actor, Paul Walker. But this piece is about more than that. I discovered I’m not the only FSM in the world. (And now I have  a handy acronym for how I make my family crazy.) Do you think it’s a horror writer thing? Read: How Close We All Are.

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To learn more about these titles, visit Jonathan’s website.

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MEET VERNA MARIE OWEN (1895-1986) A LEXINGTON MISSOURI TEACHER

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Speaking of thought-provoking – Patrick Keller has a post up about a teacher that served through five decades. (He makes a practice of finding out more about people who history might otherwise forget … which is such a cool thing to do.) Read the piece here.

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VISIT A HAUNTED CABIN WITH A HORROR AUTHOR

Tamara Thorne, author of 8 horror novels, is slowly revealing the events that unfolded during a vacation in a reputedly haunted cabin.

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Kindle edition only $3.99.

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin: FIRST NIGHT

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin – Second Night

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CONSIDER HOW DREAMING FEEDS FICTION

Ray Yanek has a post up about how a recent dream is connected to recent events in his life, and how that may inspire his fiction.

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Read: On Dreams and Inspiration. 

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SEE A POSSIBLE GHOST PICTURE (OR TWO)

Matthew A Bennett has a short post up called Hunting season – ghosts, that is… (an iffy ghost pic) He thinks, maybe he caught a glimpse of the Grey Lady in this shot:

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I think it’s possible. But there’s another, different photograph over at his post that gave me a little chill. Perhaps it’s just pareidolia, but if that’s the Grey Lady, she’s lovely.

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MAKE A MINIMALIST NATIVITY

I am fascinated with this:

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That’s a little strange, coming from me, because I’m not usually drawn to abstract art, but this seems so … right. I’d want more animals – but that was always my favorite part of our nativities when I was growing up.

What colors would you use?

Find the simple instructions for creating one of your own at Curbly. How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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#NetNet

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