all creeps, ghouls, & freaks welcome...
i've always been into "scary" stuff; i wrote/drew a comic about a teenage killer clown named "zoey" when i was in 4th grade (if anyone wants me to try to track that down let me know). i think i started to watch "scary movies" around 5th grade, and now when i watch a movie, it's almost exclusively horror. i may have some true crime related things on this page, but i acknowledge that it's a whole different thing than fictional horror and it's important to be respectful of the victims. with that being said, i hope you enjoy looking through my horror corner!
does the dog die? (crowdsourced trigger warnings for movies, not horror specifically)
bloody disgusting (hub for news about all things horror)
kindertrauma (site about the horror media that freaked us out as children)
lair of horror (lovely site for fans of the horror movie classics)
effedupmovies.com (just like it sounds, get your fix on disturbing movies)
rotten dot com (an archive of the now-defunct shock site; "pure evil since 1996")
the cannibal cafe forum (an archive of the infamous site, read at your own discretion)
mattisdovier on giphy (artist who makes creepy black + white gifs. warning: flashing images)
terminal 00 (very creepy/trippy; warning: site autoplays loud music)
last meals project (in case you're curious what people ate before their execution)
136 creepy wikipedia articles (just what it sounds like)
bongcheon dong ghost (scary interactive web comic; warning: jumpscares)
ok-su station ghost (another webcomic by the same artist, but no jumpscares)
scp foundation (archive of fictional creatures and anomalies)
dr. rinaldi's horror cabinet (wordpress blog with loads of interesting writings/reflections)
your ghost stories (paranormal stories and info, you can even submit your own experience)
internet pathology lab (images/info on human internal anatomy.. gross!)
this man (creepy/weird and interesting)
housecreep (find out if you live near a murder house)
plane crash info (recordings + transcripts of pilots' last words... really morbid)
ted's caving page (site where a man writes about bizarre experiences he's had)
langley/cozy angels' slasher shrine (i just think this is a cool lil horror-themed page/shrine)
koinuko's dark page (another horror-themed page, really interesting in my opinion)
the stillman's light (weird site dedicated to an unexplained phenomenon)
fantasticland by mike bockoven
well first, i'd like to thank my friends randie and sav for suggesting that i read this book and also for letting me borrow their copy.
clicking on the book cover will lead you to the goodreads page where you can read a full synopsis. tdlr; teens working at a huge amusement park get flooded in during a hurricane. the situation quickly devolves into violence and bloodshed. the story is told through a series of interviews of those involved, attempting to answer the question of why so many kids died despite having an adequate amount of food, water, and shelter to keep everyone safe. (fiction)
my *spoiler-free* thoughts.   .   .   .
there could not have been a better time for me to read this book, considering i finished it around the same time i was buying my season pass for kennywood park. i think the fact that i was getting ready for the park reopening helped me get more absorbed in the book, visualizing the description of the fictional fantasticland park more vividly than i might with other books. when areas of the park came into play, in my mind i likened them to similar areas in kennywood, silly as that sounds. kennywood is definitely far smaller than fantasticland is depicted (rivaling disney), but of course i used a little imagination as well.
fantasticland is a wonderful mix of genres: thriller, disaster, psychological, and a gorefest with some social commentary sprinkled in. my friends warned me that it was brutal, but as a desensitized horror movie junkie, i didn't think it would have much more of an impact than anything i've seen. well, i was dead wrong. reading this book gave me some intense gutteral reactions and forced a gasp of shock from my lips several times. something about reading about such atrocities for some reason hits harder than watching something on the screen, in my opinion. i should also give props to the author, who brought each character alive enough for me to feel genuinely heartbroken if/when they died.
⊳ would i recommend it?     yes, absolutely
⊳ rating?       4/5 stabs
⊳ trigger warning(s):   viscera, r*pe mention (not described)