Watching Twin Peaks as a Teenager

During their honeymoon in North America, my cousin and her husband made a detour with some friends into Snoqualmie Falls, the small town in Washington State where parts of Twin Peaks were filmed.  They stopped for cherry pie at a diner (whose acknowledgement of the famous television series amounted to some photos fixed to a […]

Facing One’s Fears: A Chat With Freddy

I first saw the original Nightmare on Elm Street at a pool party when I was about 12.  It scared the crap out of me then and has lingered in memory since. It was with a sense of wonder, then, that I found myself chatting on the phone last Friday to the delightful Robert Englund, […]

Vampires in Santorini

With its dramatic volcanic landscape and pastel-toned architecture, Santorini is one of the most picturesque places on earth—a magnet for honeymooners and indeed tourists of all stripes.  But it was the rumour of vampires that attracted me to this fiercely sunny Aegean island some years ago. Before leaving on a four-month European trip, I’d read Raymond […]

Giant Corpse in Space

Another mysterious horror story has resurfaced in my memory, this time from the realm of science fiction.  It was a short story by a male author.  For a while, I thought Isaac Asimov might have been responsible, but since reading him as an adult, the tone of this particular story doesn’t seem quite consistent with the […]

Rabbit Bites Girl

Here’s a mystery for you… Somewhere between the ages of 10 and 13, I borrowed some seriously creepy young adult novels (all by the same author) from the library.  Fragments of story lines, as well as their generally twisted atmosphere, have stayed with me, but I can’t for the life of me remember who wrote them, […]

Uncanny Valley and Fond Memories of the Wax Dummies at the Australian Museum

I remember making an excursion as a child to the Australian Museum with my parents.  There must have been an exhibition on everyday life, or city living, or some such thing, for in one darkened room we came across a life-sized tableau of a family in their living room.  Here were a wax mother and […]