‘NetNet Mega-Size: news and reviews of new horror books, shorts, movies & TV; true ghost stories; an original song; paranormal nerd appreciation; 19th century ghost nonfiction; bigfoot, an invisible bird, a puppy named Weasley and more.

Okay, Gang. I imagine you’ve all noticed that I haven’t done a #NetNet roundup for a while. I have been grabbing some favorites since the last installment, and I just found a bunch more when I finally got caught up on my blog reading. There’s a lot of good stuff here, so I’ll add minimal commentary and just let you explore at will. If there’s no text link, click the pic to be taken to the post.

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FROM MATTHEW ALAN BENNETT, A GORGEOUSLY BLUESY ORIGINAL: RIVER CITY LIGHTS

You might as well listen while you look over the rest of my offerings. (Just remember to right click the links and open a new tab or window, in case WordPress chooses to ignore my instructions … again.)

Here’s the link to Matthew’s post about the backstory of the song.

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FROM EVA HALLOWEEN – 9 WINTER HORROR TALES TO KEEP YOU WARM

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FROM PATRICK KELLER: 15 REASONS TO BEFRIEND A PARANORMAL NERD TODAY!

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FROM TIM PRASIL: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF 19TH-CENTURY NON-FICTION ABOUT GHOSTS

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FROM BRITT REINTS: INTERVIEW WITH A “PROFESSIONAL SCARER”

Margee wants to scare the crap out of you. And I don’t mean in that airy-fairy “scare you by pushing you out of your comfort zone” way.

I mean she wants you to scream because you think a zombie clown might be coming after you with a chainsaw.

Figuring out how to scare you is Margee Kerr’s job – she works for Pittsburgh’s notorious ScareHouse – and her passion. She’s researched, experimented, and earned advanced degrees on the subject.

Read the rest here: What Happiness Looks Like: Dr. Margee Kerr, Professional Scarer

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FROM HUNTER SHEA, WHO HAS BEEN A BUSY GUY: 

1) A thought provoking blog: Is Evil Real? An Exorcism In America

2) A new THRILLER novel, out from Pinnacle in paperback: The Montauk Monster

3) News on ANOTHER (horror) novel that will be available April 1st, The Waiting. Apparently this ghost story is based on true events. Here’s an excerpt and here’s a review.

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FROM ACADIA EINSTEIN: REVIEW OF THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND (ON HISTORY CHANNEL)

Acadia’s piece convinced me to give it a shot, and it turns out I really like it. There may be hope for this type of program.

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FROM CONNER THE DOG (COMPANION TO EMILY EINOLANDER): REVIEW OF INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

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FROM JOSEPH PINTO: PUBLICATION IN MIDNIGHT ECHO, OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION

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Apparently it’s an all-ghost issue … and you all know how I love my ghosts. Here’s the link to his announcement at his blog.

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FROM HALLOWEEN GIRL: A REPORT ON AN APPEARANCE BY BIGFOOT “EXPERT,” RICK DYER & HIS “BIGFOOT CORPSE”

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FROM JONATHAN JANZ, WHO HAS ALSO BEEN A BUSY GUY:

1) Publication in Piercing The Darkness: A Charity Anthology for the Children’s Literacy Initiative (You’ve GOT to see the company he’s keeping these days.)

2)  A post that will make you say awww: Introducing the Sixth Member of Our Family: Weasley the Puppy

3) A new novel – this one a vampire western: Dust Devils

AND FROM ERIN SWEET AL-MEHAIRI – WHO CAN MAKE ME WANT TO READ A BOOK LIKE NO OTHER CAN – A REVIEW OF DUST DEVILS BY JONATHAN JANZ 

UPDATE: SHE FINISHED THE BOOK AND POSTED THE FINAL REVIEW AND AN INTERVIEW WITH JANZ – READ IT HERE 🙂

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FROM NINA D’ARCANGELA: A ROMANTIC STORY – THE BLOODY VALENTINE 

Can you feel it? My heart? It is beating solely for you; so strong – so swift; the rapid pump pulsing ever so swiftly through me.  My body pressed so close to your own; my soft fetid breath scampers across your sweet creamy skin.

Read the rest here: A Heart For Valentine’s Day

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FROM RAY YANEK, WHO GETS TWO SPOTLIGHTS FOR HIS RECENT BLOGS:

1) This one for being both timely and helpful: He’s a Character All Right … or at least I hope so. (It’s a great template for creating characters for fiction.)

2)  This one for just great writing in A Newbie Guide to the Digital Scent of Comic Books

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FROM CHRISTY, AT GHOSTS & GHOULS: ANOTHER GOOD TRUE-GHOST-STORY SUBMISSION

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FROM MICHAEL THOMAS-KNIGHT: THE TOP 5 HORROR MOVIE REMAKES

This is an elegant post, even though my favorite is only an honorable mention.

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OOPS, EVA GETS ANOTHER ONE: 5 GREAT HORROR FILMS BY FEMALE DIRECTORS

Read: Women in Horror: 5 Films to Watch on Netflix Instant

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FROM CRACKED.COM: 5 DISTURBING OLD-TIMEY ADS OBVIOUSLY CREATED BY ALIENS

Yes, the topic is a good one, but it was the actual writing that had me in near tears.

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Is the song done playing yet? I’ve saved the videos for last, so I wouldn’t cut that short.

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FROM MICHAEL LAIMO: 3 TEASER TRAILERS FOR HIS CHILLER NETWORK ADAPTATION OF DEEP IN THE DARKNESS

When I read it, back in 2004, Deep in the Darkness was one of the books that made me think, I can do this writing thing. (Wanna-be horror writers should not read Stephen King exclusively.)

See the other two here: Deep in the Darkness Movie Teasers – Coming May 2014

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AND FINALLY, FROM RANDOM VIEWING OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS, THE WORLD’S MOST BRAZENLY HIDDEN BIRD — THE COMMON POTOO

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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: 10 true ghost stories, carnivorous goats, cracked.com, a mechanical cat-beast, elves, Joan Fontaine, Bigfoot.

For the past two weeks, the internet has been obsessed with Christmas. That’s cool. Still, I’m afraid #NetNet is a little on the light side this week.

Hey, side-note, is anyone else having a lot of trouble with images being squished when you post them? It’s driving me crazy. It feels like I’m not doing anything different than I used to, yet half my pics, half the time, are all distorted. Of course there doesn’t seem to be any predictable pattern to it.

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ENJOY TEN POSTS ABOUT TRUE HAUNTINGS

You all seem to like it when I find true ghost stories as I’m rambling about the net, so this should make you happy. Christy, over at Ghosts and Ghouls, has collected her top ten most viewed posts about true hauntings for our enjoyment. Read: Top 10 Ghost Posts of 2013

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GET EATEN BY GOATS

The following image says it all 🙂

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Get details on the offer at his blogspot blog, The Haunted Computer or at his home page.

Scott may be one of the most prolific authors working in the horror field today. Personally, I’ve read The Red Church & The Manor – both of which were great. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do though. Take a look at his NINE pages of offerings over at Amazon.

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SEE WHY I LOVE CRACKED.COM (THE ‘WEIRD WORLD’ SECTION IN PARTICULAR)

Cracked.com is one of my guilty pleasures because of stuff like this: 7 News Stories That Are Clearly Just Horror Movie Premises.

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READ THE TALE OF A HORROR AUTHOR’S ENCOUNTER WITH A CHRISTMAS BEAST

I absolutely love that Johnathan Janz, author of some of my favorite, genuinely disturbing horror novels, can make me laugh hard enough that I snort soda out my nose. Go read Measure Never, Cut Once (or The Beast under the Tree) But put down your coffee or pop first.

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IF YOU ARE AN ELF ON THE SHELF SKEPTIC, CONSIDER THESE

THE SWEET: Ray Yanek is back in the collection for the second installment in a row with his piece, A Christmas From My Son. It’s really lovely, especially if there’s any part of you that knows (or worries) childhood is too fleeting.

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THE NOT-SO-SWEET: Hunter Shea’s elf appears to be a bad influence. I stole this pic from his Facebook page. There are more.

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(Wait, is this like the Vegas thing? What happens in Facebook stays in Facebook?)

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REMEMBER JOAN FONTAINE

Mrs. Horror Boom made a really nice tribute to the late, great Joan Fontaine, star of Rebecca. Go pay your respects.

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GET THE OVERVIEW OF BIGFOOT STORIES FROM 2013

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Over at HuffPost, the editors have gathered the year’s Sasquatch news into one article called 2013: A Big Year For Bigfoot

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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: 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

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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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