Spooky Scary links for Halloween

Hi! I’m not dead. I’ve just spent the last month and a half starting a new job, moving to a new city and finding ways to make my new apartment livable. Sorry for being MIA, and I promise I’ll start posting more regularly again soon.

But today I wanted to do a short post in honor of my second favorite holiday. From going up to Madison, Wisconsin, for Halloween weekend to my office’s own party today, I’ve been in the spoopy spirit.

Let’s get spooky:

Spotify is matching users to a Stranger Things character based on music history, and giving you a playlist based on said character

I’m only halfway through Stranger Things season two (it’s just my luck that it would come out the weekend I spend 16 hours driving), but of course I’m Jonathan. Honestly, is anyone surprised? But my work day was made much more fun with The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With A Girl” and Father John Misty’s “Nancy From Now On.”

My Favorite Murder

I’ve been interested in all things murder and true crime since I was a kid, morbidly enough. And when I stumbled across this podcast, it was like a perfectly packaged gift specifically for me. I discovered this podcast around the time I started working at my current job, and binge at least two-three episodes a day in my office. If you love true crime and dark humor, this is the podcast for you. If you want a specific episode that will get you hooked, try episode 10.

Vox‘s “5 Techniques Filmmakers Use To Scare You”

I’m a huge scary movie fan. And a huge movie fan in general (I didn’t get that minor in film studies for nothing). And of all the movies I sat through at dreadfully uncomfortable desks in the basement of Strickland hall, my favorite ones to learn about were the horror flicks – The Shining, The Birds, Metropolis, etc.

On a related note – be sure to watch something scary tonight. My recommendations are: Rosemary’s Baby (my very favorite), The Witch, Alien, It (2017), Get Out, The Blair Witch Project and Silence of the Lambs. 

Jezebel‘s reader-submitted scary story, “Look At Me”

Not proud to admit that this thoroughly terrified me. And I don’t scare easily. (It honestly reminds me of the very first threatening chain email I got when I was in fifth grade, and sometimes I still wonder if I’ll be murdered because I didn’t forward it to 10 people).

Okay well on a less morbid note, here is a picture of me and my boyfriend dressed as Gene and Louise from Bob’s Burgers:

Enjoy the holiday, and stay spooky.

Links to read instead of watching football

Because Mizzou is playing and I’m a bad alumna.

NPR’s “A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars”: A charming read about a man who reads to write about what he read in the hopes others may also read what he read, and why bars are the best location for said reading. Follow that?

Vox’s “The essential Stephen King: a crash course in the best from America’s horror master”: From the same author of the essay I’ve discussed earlier, this reads like a Stephen King syllabus. King has been widely covered lately, with It currently in its opening weekend and several adaptations in the works, and I’m all about it.

NYT’s “Harvey and Irma, Married 75 years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names”: How the Times managed to make hurricanes Harvey and Irma heartwarming I will never know. Also, this article answered a longtime question of mine – how the heck are hurricanes named, anyway?

Indiewire’s “Stephen King’s It: 6 Most Important Differences Between the Film and Stephen King’s Book: It is my favorite Stephen King book. So, naturally, I saw the movie opening night. While there were a few places where the movie was a bit clunky, overall I thought it was a success. It was so much fun, even though I will 100 percent rant to you about how Henry Bowers should not have died.

Indiewire’s “The 50 Best 2010’s Movie Posters (So Far)”: I will order all of these for my walls.

The Cut’s “Raise Your Hand If You’re Scared of Taylor Swift”: I’m very vocal about my distaste for T Swizzle. Her playing the victim, her “squad”, her using feminism only when it is convenient for her, her “Famous” fiasco against Kim and Kanye … the list goes on. This article made me laugh with maniacal glee.