The sun dipped down below the horizon before it was even five o’clock. Kelsey grimaced lightly as she looked up from her phone. She knew that Hannah, her sister, would have another fit if she walked home in the dark. Actually, it shouldn’t even be an “if”, it was going to be a “when”. Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania wasn’t even that dangerous. Kelsey struggled to remember the last time anyone had even shoplifted or burglarized anywhere in this town.
The door sounded, and Jeremy walked into the 7-Eleven. They didn’t say anything to each other, he was just here to take her shift. Kelsey briefly raised her eyebrows and proceeded to clock out. Another boring day gone down the drain. Convenience stores were definitely not a very steady source of amusement.
Continue reading Virago: Part the First — Fire & Rain
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
American Horror Story has a tradition with its last episodes. Every season there is an entire episode dedicated to an epilogue, where we ‘wrap up’ so to speak, and find out how the story ultimately ends. After the way the last episode ended, it should be pretty easy. Lee gets arrested, found guilty of multiple counts of murder that are well documented on tape. Tie a little bow on it, send it off, and we’re done.
Continue reading American Horror Story Season 6 Finale: It’s Finally Over!!!
In this episode of Tea & Fiction: The Horror Show we discuss episodes five and six of the docu-series: The Staircase. We ask some serious questions and get basically get no answers. What happened in Germany? Is there motive? In the defense totally at a loss? In what world does a neighbor suddenly adopted their dead neighbor’s kids? Join us in our wonder and constant confusion!
Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled: Liberating the Astronauts by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.
In Liberating The Astronauts, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.
What will you do when the astronauts call?
Who knew the Apocalypse would look so dated?
We had come so far, turned so many pages but, in the end, none of that mattered.
The tapes had taken over and that was that.
Looking back, we should have expected it, especially with the rise of the Internet all over the world. We thought CD’s and DVD’s were the next step and, for a while they were, but physical media soon crumbled under the awesome weight of the virtual, the unseen. The tapes remained, old and dusty, waiting for a chance to rise again. The world would embrace VHS once more: or else.
Continue reading TAPES: CHAPTER ONE
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Those of you still playing AHS Bingo, then you get a blackout this episode, as we begin with horror trope # 12579: fanatic re-enactors with selfie sticks in the woods. They’re following the path of “My Roanoke Nightmare” and they were just oh-so-excited to retrace the show’s steps during the blood moon. Within minutes they find the ghost of the production crew assistant who died back in episode 6. This results in even more eye rolls and blood fodder, but at least we get a quick glimpse at Taissa Farmiga, who makes a last minute appearance this season.
Continue reading American Horror Story: Season 6; Episode 9: The Semi-Finale
When I first heard that a Doctor Strange movie was in the works my first reaction was: “Isn’t he that wizard?”
I didn’t know anything substantial about Doctor Strange beyond that. So I began to research and by the end, I was muttering, “Can they even make a decent movie from that?” Because Doctor Strange is mind-trippy. To pull it off in comic book form where our imaginations can fill in the blank spots is one thing. To pull if off on screen is a different matter.
Continue reading Review & Podcast: Doctor Strange – Magic & Whitewashing
Editor’s Note: In this episode of Tea & Fiction: The Horror Show we discuss episodes three and four of the docu-series: The Staircase. We also touch on a few other stories that got under our skin: the mysterious death of Elisa Lam and a creepy Reddit “ghost story”. Missed our first podcast? Click here!
Quick note, we misspoke in this podcast that the life insurance was $7,000 when it was actually $70,000.
Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled: “Liberating the Astronauts” by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.
In “Liberating The Astronauts”, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.
Continue reading Astro-bite: The remains of the
Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught up check out Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3, and Part 4 of Demon.
The hallway leading from the offices to the council room is not a long one. Kallan is not sure if this is a good or bad thing. With her report in her hand, she pushes through the double doors. It is always disorienting going into the council room, no matter how many times she does it.
Continue reading Demon – Part 5