A Mystery Story for Halloween – The Single Footprint

Have Bag, Will Travel

Just over forty-five  years ago when I was about fifteen I bought a fascinating book called ‘The Reader’s Digest Book of Strange Stories and Amazing Facts’.

The book was an almanac of random stories with tales of the supernatural, mythical beasts, feats of improbable strength, a glimpse into the future and was divided into chapters such as “Strange customs and superstitions”, “Hoaxes, frauds and forgeries” and “Eccentrics and prophecies.”  There were actual photographs of the Loch Ness Monster, Sri Lankan fire walkers and “O-Kee-Pa, the Torture Test,” where young men of the Mandan tribe of Indians endured a brutal and horrific rite of passage that culminated in chopping off their own little fingers.

I learned that people sometimes spontaneously combust, and that an Italian monk named Padre Pio suffered Christ like wounds in his hands called stigmata that never healed.  There were weird facts such…

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What’s up with the lack of jumpscares on Halloween?


Growing up, I loved Halloween. I didn’t have great costumes but I still got to partake in the fun. That was the glory of Halloween. Plus, my mom loved Halloween for all its spooky possibilities. She loved pranks and she loved horror films. The movie Halloween was a home staple. Overall, Halloween was her thing. I truly have fond memories of those Halloween celebrations.

Fast forward a few decades and here I have a most awesome son who loves Halloween. He has been giddy for weeks with Halloween anticipation. Yesterday, we went all dressed up to a Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) celebration. I looked a bit out of place in my Mad Hatter costume. However, my son was dressed up as Slenderman and got kudos at every turn.

While we have had fun dressing up, we also decorated the front of our house as my son…

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Contacting the Dead and a Little bit of Romance!

Life of an El Paso Woman

1509456624440-923586457Hi everyone! Happy Halloween! I hope you’re having a great day! I recently wrote a story about contacting the dead for What’s Up Weekly. Since it ties in with Halloween and even #RomanticTuesday, I want to share it with you. Do you believe in contacting the dead? Do you have any experience with it? Please feel free to leave comments…if you dare! Feel free to check out What’s Up Weekly for other great stories about Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Locals find closure by contacting the dead

By Lisa Amaya

Cultures throughout the world regard this time of year as a time to connect with deceased loved ones. Most well known, of course, is All Hallows Eve, a time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest.

Local psychic medium Dolores Whitaker said she’s helped people contact their loved ones for six years…

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“Time Fetches” … and other responses to the last Wednesday Writing Prompt

Jamie Dedes' THE POET BY DAY Webzine

© Original watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic by the multitalented Renee Espiru. Her poem is featured below.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Wishing you all treats and no tricks … and here’s your first treat of the day, a poetic Halloween celebration courtesy of Paul Brookes, Sonja Benskin Mesher, Colin Blundell, Renee Espiru, Kakali Das Gosh, and John Anstie with a link to Joseph Shaw’s audio of John’s poem to music.  Enjoy!  … and do join in tomorrow for a prompt from a special guest poet. All are welcome, no matter where you come from or whether you’re beginning, emerging or pro. The last Wednesday Writing Prompt was “Twas All Hallows Eve, October  25.

Time Fetches

Received English version

Watch yourself as it’ll soon be time
that the tall hawthorn hedge
that bars you from other worlds
becomes thin this season
in it’s cloud ghosted ditch
so folk from the other…

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Ghosts: Another Accursed Object!

Book 'Em, Jan O

A scary, true story – this time it’s a haunted table.  We keep reading about these objects with strange side effects – here’s one that gave even me the creeps!  Reposted from  G. Michael Vasey on My Haunted Life Too.


For ghosts (all my e-books are only 99 cents for now!) and more, see: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Olandese/e/B071FK9L75

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What Goes Around, Comes Around: Rentals

GameStop is launching a game rental subscription called PowerPass


Game Stop 

the video game store that has fallen from grace in the era of digital downloads, will start offering a subscription rental program, according to Mashable.

Over the past decade, it’s become incredibly easy to get your hands on a new video game without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. Alongside Steam, both Sony and Microsoft offer digital download access to just about any game you might want, making the prospect of getting up and buying a physical disc much less attractive.

So GameStop is changing up the business model.

For $60, subscribers will have the ability to rent as many pre-owned games as their gamer heart desires, so long as they only rent one game at a time. The $60 subscription, called PowerPass, lasts for six months at a time, and will include one free game to keep at the end of the subscription period.

To get in on the rental subscription, users must sign up for GameStop’s Power-Up Rewards program. Luckily, this program has a free tier, which makes users eligible for the rental subscription.

GameStop has had a rough go of it recently, with share prices falling 8 percent on the heels of its latest earnings report. It’s video game retail business, in particular, dropped 3.4 percent in Q2.

A rental subscription allows GameStop to offset its troves of pre-owned game inventory while getting revenue from subscriptions.

Mashable reports that the program will launch in November 19, just in time for the holidays, and could prove to be the gift that keeps on giving.