Authors

Carlton Mellick III

Carlton Mellick III is out of mind and you have to read his books!! His genre? That is an excellent question, my friends. Bizarro fiction, definitely. Horror comedy? Crazy-ass weird shit? Quite possibly those too…

Haunted Places

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park

Scooby-Doo – Where are you??? The Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park in Rock, West Virginia is right out of an episode of Scooby-Doo…if there were dead kids in cartoons, that is. It has a violent history that goes all the way back to the 1700s. And fun fact – it’s built on an ancient Native American burial ground!

Homicide

The Kobe School Killer

On the morning of May 27, 1997, in the port city of Kobe located on the Japanese island of Honshu, police got several calls from people passing the town’s junior high school about something that looked like a mannequin’s head laying in front of the gate. When police arrived they quickly realized that this was not a mannequin’s head, but the head of an 11-year-old mentally challenged boy named Jun Hase…

Serial Killers

Dorothea Puente

Dorothea Puente was a sweet old woman that rented rooms in her house to elderly and disabled people. She was happy to take care of them, give them their meds, and even hold their hands if they needed it. Oh yeah, and she was also happy to murder them, bury them in her backyard, and steal their social security and pension checks…

Legends and Lore

The Legend of Vampires

What happened to all the vampires? How did they go from scary, soulless murdering demons to sappy, romance novel characters? People used to be terrified of them! They stayed in at night, hung garlic and crucifixes to keep them out, and stayed away from cemeteries and anyplace they thought one would be living. Now people fall in love with them. Where did vampires come from? Where did it all go wrong?

Haunted Places

The Ghostly History of Poveglia Island

When I think of going to Italy, a deserted island is the last thing on my mind. I want to eat my way across the country, take in all the scenery, admire every piece of art I can find, see where my great-grandparents were from, and stop to see a good friend in Olbia! However…this little abandoned island is said to be one of the most haunted places in the world and I one thousand percent want to go there!..

Haunted Objects

The Hands Resist Him

This was painted by Bill Stoneham in 1974. It started out innocently. He found an old picture of him and a childhood friend that was taken when he was around five. He decided to paint it. So simple, a painting of a pleasant memory. Nothing sinister…

Misc

Do You Want to Be a Horror Writer?

Writing can be hard sometimes. Though we mostly write personal opinions here at Scary Matter, we do put in quite a bit of research to get our facts straight. I can only imagine how hard it is to write an entire novel or screenplay!..