Horror: Dolls & Clowns? No Biggie for me. Wide Mouths? Gah!

We all have something we're afraid of, and if someone denies that, they're probably lying unless they have a complete lack of emotion in general. Sometimes things we're frightened of are straightforward, like heights, spiders, the dark. I find spiders adorable, though, but that's something for another time. There's some common fears I don't have,…

Darkness versus “The Light” – We need to twist things up more.

Image by ipicgr from Pixabay One of the most overdone tropes in fantasy, ever, is the concept of 'dark bad' and 'light good'. I'm so utterly tired of it, and I bet much of the world is as well. Yes, humans are a diurnal species and trust the sun to be 'good' for us. It…

Why I Twist Myth & Monsters in my Stories

Hey everyone! My favorite thing about writing is how we, as authors, can twist and craft things into our own world. Some people keep the traditional lore of a monster, which can be fun, but I like to rip that to shreds and build my own stuff. That is especially the case with common paranormal…

The Appeal of Analog Horror to Me

Image by M. H. from Pixabay Analog horror is one of my favorite genres that has spawned over the past few years. Well, not really 'born', as 'found footage' stuff has been around since before the Blaire Witch Project, but 'analog' is something on the internet in particular, creepy short videos to tell a story…

Why are Vampires so sexy?!

Art of my character by this artist! Love or hate sexy vampires, they exist, and they have a huge impact on the paranormal genre. We all know the answer to the question above. It's due to the haunting allure of vampires, and there's a huge amount of 'sexual fixations' (Like my euphemism for 'fetish'?) surrounding…

Something Scary: Horror Elements that Frighten Me

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Being scared for fun is a blast, if you know you're in a safe spot and not actually in danger. That's the appeal of horror, after all! In this article, I'll explore what tickles my fancy and puts a shiver down my spine. Remember, horror is subjective, so what…

Why Liminal Spaces have a soft spot in horror for me & in Defense of adding Monsters to the Backrooms

The Backrooms. I cover lore on this, check out my tiktok. Gods, I love liminal spaces. I tend to talk about them a lot, and may have an article similar to this somewhere... wait... let me search... nope, nothing comes up when I look up 'liminal'. I've written so many articles that sometimes I need…

Wait… I DO write sci-fi!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay For the longest time, I denied really enjoying sci-fi, because there's plenty of tropes and things in the genre that don't interest me. As it turns out, however, I actually have a strong love for it, but not anything involving spaceships. I'm not a huge fan of the setting…

Over 50 rejections, but I’m publishing anyway!

Claws of Midgard by Des M. Astor Ouch. To be honest, agents really do not like my story, and I will not lie and say all these rejections didn't hurt. I tried very hard to push my story, but in the end, agents said no. That's okay. Self-publishing is my choice, and while feedback on…

Growing on Tiktok & Youtube – My journey so far

This is a bat-form of my avatar! Oh my has it been difficult to grow on social media, especially tiktok. I'm still establishing myself on youtube, but I've found a bit more success on TikTok. After some research, I found out that you should release a video every single day, which is super difficult given…