Book Review! Tales of the Dead of Night – Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories selected by Cecily Gayford

Tales from the Dead of Night – Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories selected by Cecily Gayford

Oooh ghost stories. They’ve been around a long time, which makes you wonder: back in the days without the graphics of games, cinema and TV, how DID people scare others with spooky tales? Of course, we’ve always had the traditional “telling of ghost stories in the dark around the fire (or on sleepovers)”. And of course, books. The art of scaring people with only words on paper has always fascinated me. How do people do it? It’s a world where jump-scares and vivid imagery fail. I mean really, no matter how well you describe something horrifying-looking, it’s going to be far less scary than actually seeing it in reality. And so I picked up this book in order to find out more about the classic written ghost story.
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Appmon Chip Booster 5.0: Gain Victory & Claim It! The Power Surpassing ‘Kiwami’!

50What lies in store for our protagonists as they venture deeper into the Deep Web…? Find out in this chip catalog of Appmon Chip Booster 5.0: Gain Victory & Claim It! The Power Surpassing ‘Kiwami’! Set to release in June!
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Book Review! The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

I first learned of this book’s existence at last year’s Singapore Writer’s Festival where I attended a panel about writing the supernatural (The Allure of the Otherworldly) in which Mr. Hurley himself was present to talk about this novel and his relationship with horror. One of the audience members commented that she had screamed while reading the book on a plane flight surrounded by other passengers. As someone with an unhealthy interest in writing horror, that’s when I knew I just had to get my hands on this novel and give it a read. So with the conclusion of my finals last semester, I rushed to the nearest library and managed to grab a copy. And my god, it was incredible.
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A Passage on Boxes

Daryl loves boxes. He’s loved boxes since he was little. And not just any kinds of boxes. “A box is only a box if it’s cube-shaped. A square on all sides. Rectangles are a joke,” is what he always says. He keeps a large stock of empty (unless you count the boxes inside them) boxes in his basement which is, coincidentally, shaped like a box. It doesn’t help that his house is a box either. It always sucks when you’re over at his place and it starts to rain. Where did he find a box-shaped house, you ask? Well, he designed and built it himself. He’s very rich, you know. Companies pay him a lot for his ideas. He’s great at thinking outside the box.
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An Issue with Victim Blaming

I don’t fully understand why some people have a tendency to victim blame. Who, or what, are they trying to protect? To me, victim blaming has a very real political consequence. If you blame the victim, you insinuate that the victim performed some form of abnormal, harm-attracting behaviour and anyone who performs such behaviour is liable to be harmed by an ordinary human being turned criminal. That is to say, every human being is a monster on the inside, just waiting to be triggered by the ‘abnormal behaviour’ of an innocent. We are all capable of being murderers, rapists etc.

This is in contrast to blaming the criminal. By doing so, you point out that the abnormal behaviour lies in the hands of the criminal and that harming others is not a natural human thing to do. Whether humans are truly monsters or benevolent inside is a philosophical argument for another day, but what I’m trying to point out is: a victim blamer paints all of humanity, including himself, as a plausible criminal. The idea of the villain becomes represented in the hubbub of everyday life. And though they may not be fully conscious of this idea, repeated outright victim blaming no doubt has the potential to embed this dangerous idea within the skeletal workings of society. And I fear a future built upon such ideas as its foundation. Be careful what you say or do, especially in a public space. One rule of communication is: everything has its consequences.

Not Anywhere

“Maybe I can find you in a parallel story.”

There once was a man who loved a woman very much. So much, in fact, that word of his love was caught by the four winds and reached the ears of the gods and goddesses in their distant abode. Thrilled, they kept their eye on him as he courted her, watching the nuances of his every move, hanging on every word he spoke and thought about her. In the eons they had dwelled above planet Earth, they had never witnessed a love as raw, as sweet – sweet as, perhaps, the flavour of the first fruit. Particularly enthralled was the Goddess of Love. Forgoing sleep, she watched every dream the man imagined of his muse, smiling all the while.
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My 2nd Publication!

Super excited to present my 2nd publication ever: The World Inside Our Pages! Unlike my first, this one diverges from my usual fantasy-spectacle style and grounds itself in a very real story, one that I hope will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever harboured doubts about local education. I’d like to thank Unseen Magazine for this amazing opportunity (dreams coming true right here!) as well as my kids from Symbal Magazine who were always there when I needed advice. Hope you give it a read and, if you do, hope you enjoy it!

The World Inside Our Pages

My first publication: The Clockwork Demon