Storytime: The Ghost in the Apartment.

This is s a story many won’t believe and i wouldn’t myself if it wasn’t because i happened to me and years after my sister told me something pretty close to it too.

It all happened when we moved to our first apartment in Nahariyya, Israel. It was the summer of 2002 and we had just arrived to the country two months before.

The apartment was close to the center of the city and the school, which was great. But the moment i got to that apartment i didn’t like it. It was old and very dark, but that’s what my parents could afford at the time so, that’s it.

I don’t remember when it started, maybe a month or so into the summer, whenever i came back from anywhere i would see a person standing in the bathroom. It was a white shadow always there.

I would wake up in the middle of the night and it would be there.

I would do anything and i’d think i just saw it, but only there, in the bathroom.

The thing is, i always had the feeling it was the owner of the house, since he had passed and his wife was the one renting us the house.

So to me it was a man.

I could never see a face, just the shadow.

The weirdest thing to ever happen to me in that apartment though wasn’t the ghost aparently only i saw, it was that one i was sitting at the computer and i felt watched. I looked back to my sister’s bedroom and the door was a little open and it seemed as if two red eyes were looking at me. I got so so scared i started sleeping with the lights one for a very lng time after that.

The thing is, my mom never believed me about the ghost in the bathroom. But years later talking to my sister she told me she used to see things in that house too.

She explained to me she used to see also a white shadow, but or her it was a woman, and she would see it anywhere in the house.

She told me she was so scared about it but no one else in the house would talk about it so she stayed quiet about it until i told her my own experience.

I thought about that “ghost” for years until one day i remembered the celling of the bathroom was lowr than the rest of the house’s. now, you may thinking “she is going the say a body was there”.

Well, not exactly.

There was an empty space to put things there, we could never use it because it was full of this man’s things. So, i ended up believing he needed something from there. and since he was a ghost he couldn’t get it or something, so maybe he was waiting for me to help him, and i never did.

I know you are not supposed to talk to ghosts because it supposedly give them more power, but i always remember the little ghost who got not help because a little me never asked what he needed. Imagine living an afterlife just to stand there and wait for somebody to help and that help to never come. He must be so bored by now of standing in the entrance of that bathroom… i hope someone helped him.

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Horrid

Horrid by katrina leno

Genre: Young Adult, horror, paranormal
Pages: 336
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.76 stars

Summary: Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?

My review:

A girl and her mom move across the country to live in her grandparents’s house after her dad dies. The house is creepy and she feels like something is happening, but her mother keeps telling her everything is okay. But as time passes she realizes something is happening either to her or the house, is she going crazy or there’s something living with them?

This is the first book i read by the author and i gotta say i totally loved the way she writes. There are so many descriptions and interesting moments, like many of them never happened to me but the way she describes them feels totally real and it was like i could touch and feel whatever she said.

Finally, a different author is referenced in this book, a classic for sure, Agatha Christie, but not Shakespeare or any of the Bronte sisters. If you know what i mean. It’s refreshing to see not all readers in books read the exact same two books in the world like they are the only book in existence.

I liked the main character and her friends, the mom, the guy (yes, i’ll call him the guy because he was the only one)…

The mystery around the book is an interesting one, though i managed to discover it half way through the book, it still was well developed.

I liked the vibe though all the book, it was chilly and a little disturbing, especially when something was about to happen. I just couldn’t put it down because i got so nervous about what was going to happen next.

Overall, it was a great reading and i’ll be checking out other books by the author since i liked her way of writing so much.

Finally, a creepy book for halloween!

Have you read the book? If so, what did you think about it? If you didn’t, are you interested in it?! Let me know in the comments below!

Reminiscing Monday: Horror movies from my childhood.

When you are little you are very impresionable, and i remember that because of many horror movies that i won’t watch to this day because of that.

I gotta admit in my house horror movies weren’t allowed until i was about 10. Which doesn’t mean my stepdad wouldn’t watch them when we (my sister and i) were sleeping.

I remember waking up in the middle of the night wanting to go to the bathroom and having to cross the livingroom where my stepdad was watching A Nightmare on Elm Street. The scene was the one where blood is coming out of the bed.

I remember this because it made a number on my 8 years old mind. And i remember being scared of the movie for a very long time.

There was another time when my stepdad was watching Cape of Fear but i can’t pinpoint the scene i watched, also my stepdad is telling me that’s not a horror movie.

Then, when i was 9 for some reason i was allowed to enter the theatre and watch The Sixth Sense with my 12 years old sister and her friends. I have to say that one gave me nghtmares for quite a while.

So I don’t understand why my mom let me watch The Blair Witch Project a few months later.

Man, i loved the movie and watched it and rewatched it so many times when i was little, i even own a book that tells the whole myth. It’s awesome, but yet again i got scared for a while and was a fraid to go outside at night until i was about 12.

As i grew up, for some reason i decided i was brave enough to face my fears and by 13 i started watching all the essentials, the exorcist, ju – on, the ring, rec, the eye, saw, etc.

It was a difficult time and i wasn’t as ready as i thought. I was scared most nights and i was a hard time to try sleeping, but hey… i’m still here, so it wasn’t that bad after all, right?

Over the years i’ve watched a lot of horror movies, i always try to overcome my fear for them, so i keep on trying and trying and sometimes i won’t sleep fora few days but most of the times i don’t even think about them before i go to sleep.

Overall i think i have managed my fear for horror movies, and that’s why i’m watching a few this month to comment on them… i’d watched some new one i never saw and a few that left a mark on me for a long time, i just wanted to know if i’m still so scared as i was before because of them.

As i’m writing this before finishing all the movies i hope i managed and everything is okay with me.

I hope i’m still sleeping every night.

I mean, i do enjoy watching them, don’t worry. The adrenaline i get from watching horror movies has made me do a lot of stupid stuff over the years, but hey… i really really enjoy being scared.

The scariest thing to happen to in the last few years? Well, i visited the Edinburgh cemetery at night and i felt something touched my knee. That was pretty awesome.

So yeah, fear won’t really stop me, not anymre at least.

How about you? Which movies scared you when you were little? Which gave you nightmares? What is the scariest thing to happen to you?

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Even If We Break

Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Genre: Young Adult,
Pages: 336
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 3 stars

Summary: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

My review:

Five roleplayer friends about to go their separated ways because of lies and tragedy decide to make the last weekend together a moment to remember but as they start playing in an isolated cabin in the mountains things start to go south, and all hell break lose. Who is the one trying to kill them all? Will they survive?

I really wanted to read this book since it came out but i’ve been waiting for October to do so. I actually thought it would be more scary.

The book has five different voices, as each one of the characters have their own chapters.

At first i did enjoy them, i really liked the characters and the fact that there was a lot of representation, there was a trans boy, a non binary character and a not neurotypical one. I read some reviews were people complained about the fact that there were two no cis characters but to me it made sense since they were the only ones in their school, and from personal experience, lgbtq+ people do find each other and grow closer together because they have things in common other people don’t. So i did like this little fact about the book.

The story is pretty straight forward, the friends find one of theirs is missing and everything start going to hell. The thing is, for me at least, the first half of the book was so much better than the second half. In the first half i really felt like i couldn’t put the book down. I just needed to know what was going on, but in the second half of the book two of the characters were out and i felt the stroy being told a little forced.

The main problem i got with the book was there were too many povs and they felt the same, at times i lost track of which character was the one talking because they all sounded the same, they had no different ways of talking between each other.

As for the resolution of the story, i didn’t like it. I don’t find the reason for what happened actually a good one, which surprised me because other books i read by the same author i really could get behind the why of what as happening. I just feel like the reason and the ending itself was a total miss.

So, i don’t know, i’m not sure if i would recommend this book to others, since i wasn’t that okay with the ending. I think the author should’ve found a better reason for the events, though maybe it could have changed the book too much. I was expecting something more spectacular or even paranormal… so i don’t know. I’m a bit dissapointed on the book.

But don’t get me wrong the first half is great.

Overall, i give this book 3 stars and nothing more.

Have you read the book? If so, did you enjoy it? If you didn’t do you think you’d give it a chance? Let me know in the comments below!

Reminiscing Monday: AHS.

After reading became difficult for me, i started enjoying a lot watching tv. Well, not tv per se, but Netflix and Crunchyroll, you get the idea.

There are two kinds of tv shows i enjoy the most; comedy and horror.

Comedy is so easy going, you don’t have to think about anything, but with horror, i wish i could stop thinking.

As i’m a very impresionable person, watching horror tv shows it’s a whole experience for me. I get really scared if they do it right.

One tv show that fails to give me nightmares, although i wish it did is American Horror Story.

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Sure, the show can make you feel at times a bit uncomfortable, but to this day it never gave me a true scare and i’ve been watching it since its very first episode. I got to admit i did not always finish the seasons, because i got bored. For example it took me three times to finally finish watching Murder House. I would just leave it unfinished when i hit episode 12. Yes, i got bored at the end … twice. I won’t complain though because Murder House, Coven and Apocalypse brought my favorite topic and character to the show; Michael Langdon.

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I don’t know what it is, maybe i grew accustumed of the plot twists by Ryan Murphy, but i gotta admit it hadn’t surprised me since season 3.

Sure, i still love the show, it’s one of those creepy tales tv shows you just can’t get your eyes off or maybe that’s the actors they bring to the show. I feel all of them are so magnetic i love them all so much, it’s just a joy to watch it.

I love the fact that they don’t cut with the blood and the ugliness, it just as it would be if it were to happen or at least as i think it would be. I mean, when my head goes to that kind of ugliness, it just looks like it does in AHS. It may be that they managed to get to my head, and thus i imagine stuff as they show, but well… i just really enjoy it.

Anyways, AHS is my aesthetic for horror.

The thing is, i didn’t always watched the show, there was a time when i was sort of mad at Ryan Murphy, i can’t even remember why and i know it’s stupid, but i couldn’t watch any of his tv shows. But let’s be real, i totally forgot why i was mad, and it sure was something silly so i put that away and started rewatching all the seasons and catching up with the ones i missed.

For what it’s worth, i think AHS may be of Ryan’s best works. I watched all the ones that came out since Glee, so i don’t know about before but as far as i understand the guy is a tv genius.

So, there’s that…

Do i recommend this show? Absolutely… surely not every season may be for you, and some may disturb you … or bore you but heck, it’s amazing.

If you haven’t watched it yet, i would recommend it if you want some shows instead of movies for this halloween.

The Horror Genre.

But first, what is horror? Horror can be fright, scare or disgust. In literature you may find it, as literary historian J. A. Cuddon defined the horror story as “a piece of fiction in prose of variable length… which shocks, or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing”.

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Horror has always been with us. From the begining of human kind, there had been stories to scare little children so they wouldn’t misbehave or stay up late at night. It started as folklore and stories tell from generation to generation. Even Myth is set upon scaring the people from “the wrath of the gods” so they would behave.

As story went from mouth to mouth to being written, so did the horror genre. It became part of the mythology of different places in the world. IT started by telling stories of monsters that lived in the dark such as vampires and it grew from there more and more.

But horror literature started its way as we know it mostly since the 18th century. It started with a gothic style . It drew inspiration from the late middle ages, finding its first steps in The Castle of Otranto by author Horace Walpole. The book was firstly published as medieval romance, then rediscovered and republished as a fake translation. IT became very popular in no time.

The gothic horror became what we now really know as horror in the 19th century, it was written by great authors like the Grimm Brothers, Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker.

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The horror presented in the 19th century many of the current and most iconic monsters and horrors in human history.

As we enter the 20th century, we can see a proliferation of cheap newspapers which led to the growth of horror publications. At first it came in parts on the magazines, until the whole novel could be published. This way many became known authors.

In the later years of the 20th century from the ’60s and moving forward started a new beginning for the horror. As slashers movies started to become more and more popular and many books were starting to being adapted to movies, such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, the horror got a new apogee in which authors as Stephen King came to be.

Stephen King believes the horror gets popular again in waves, every 10 or 20 years it comes back, which could explain his character IT coming back very 27 years.

As far as we can see horror has been very popular over the last century and into this one, especially with a lot of horror movies coming out every year. Even though many of them aren’t as good.

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As we come closer and look into the 21th century we can see that with techonology alongside, horror has shifted and became even more common, even for younger people. Books for Young Adults, and even for kids are released every month. And not only that but the fenomena of Creepypastas, short horror stories on the internet, was created.

Overall, i think it has been a very long time since horror has been relevant, always there, from our very beginning as humans, and to this day when technologies accompany us but it can take away our most deeply rooted fears.

Are you afraid of the dark?

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