Halloweenfest day 1

Your first eerie day consists of: Irrational Fears Podcast.. Come and see what scares you!

Followed by a short scary story written by vivian lakatos: ‘Please Don’t Go to These Real Life Horror Camps

REVIEWS THAT SCARE!

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Irrational Fears has been a passion project for me that has evolved from a series of personal short stories to a podcast. What scares you? Let’s find out...
— Anthony Luciano

How did it get started? 
Ever since I was young, I have experienced a lot of paranormal things and been scared of a lot of stuff. I’ve also never had anything to hide, so I shared my “irrational fears” with everybody. Even if they seemed crazy. And I found it really interesting and exciting to be able to share that with people and, in turn, for them to share back. It’s always been a passion project of mine that has evolved from me writing my memories of things that scared me to compiling a list of things that scared myself and others to a potential short film and now the podcast that you know today.

What made you finally create it? Was this something you had wanted to do for a while?
It has been something that I wanted to create for the better part of the last decade. But every time I would sit down to do it, I’d find myself distracted or turned off by the fact that there are so many other people out there writing scary stories or making scary short films and what-not. I was scared the market was already flooded. My girlfriend and I lay in bed at night and I read her scary stories offline until she falls asleep. One night she said that I should read to people for a living because she loved my voice so much. I followed up by telling her all about my dreams of building out the Irrational Fears Project and she gave me no more excuses. I was working on it the next day and have been ever since.

What are your plans for this podcast? 
My plans are to be putting out new content multiple times a week coming out of October that isn’t limited to just narrating stories. Though that will still be a HUGE part of it. I also hope to begin collecting submissions for stories to be narrated going forward to help spread writer’s content and also build up their names as an extra outlet outside of their own Social Media and word of mouth. 

I would also love people to send me their own personal “irrational fears” to help build the project and maybe have a story, narration, or something else in the future (it’s a secret) built around their fears! Fears can be sent to me at irrationalfearspodcast@gmail.com

Do you have a set schedule? 
Right now, the set schedule involves an episode of the current, running series “My Romantic Cabin Getaway” by Felix Blackwell going up every Friday until it is complete (at the end of October). Going forward, there will be a much more dense schedule offered every week that will involve a lot more and unique content.

Is there a pattern to the shows?
I guess you could say there is a “pattern” of sorts This pattern just consists of the best scary stories myself or my girlfriend can find. I hope to have themed weeks or months that will help build some sort of pattern going forward, but that has yet to be set in stone.

What is going on for your special Halloween Month
For the month of October, I am doing a special twist on the “31 Days of Horror” where I am narrating a different story every day and still releasing “My Romantic Cabin Getaway” every Friday. There are also special, limited edition shirts, phone cases and things like that to commemorate the first annual 31 Days of Horror for Irrational Fears. I hope to bring something even bigger to the table next year!

 

Fun note: Irrational fears narrated EERIE DOLLS story Night Squeals

Links:


Limted Edition 31 Days of Horror 2016 merch
Homepage 
Soundcloud - @irrational_fears
Twitter - @What_Scares_You
Instagram - @IrrationalFearsPodcast
Facebook - /irrationalfearspodcast
Reddit - /r/irrational_fears
Patreon
Submissions for narrations can be done on horrorfictionblog.com/submit/ or sent directly to irrationalfearspodcast@gmail.com

People can also be added to my email list by sending a request to irrationalfearspodcast@gmail.com email until we have something a little more formal setup.

 

What Scares You?


Please Don’t Go to These Real Life Horror Camps

VIVIAN LAKATOS

I want to warn you all about this new phenomenon that you’ll see popping up in the next couple of weeks, and all through October, right up until Halloween. 


You may have seen it in the news; your dad might’ve read it in the paper and shook his head; your mom might’ve been gossiping about it with the neighbor as they walked their dogs; your friends probably shared it on every social media platform. 


What is it? It’s real life horror camps. They go by generic names: Camp Fear, Fear Camp, Camp Blood, and so forth – they’re not very original. However, to a horror nut like myself, this is the kind of stuff that I live for.


When I was younger, my parents would put me in sleep away camps – it was great. I made new friends, learned life lessons, got my first kiss from Matthieu Switzer there, and overall always had the desire to go back every year. Once school ended in June, I was counting down the days until I could go back to camp. 


Naturally, I pursued the easy job of being a camp counselor once I was of age. I am now on my third year of doing this, and not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty damn good at it. One night, I was doing the regular evening bunk check when I first heard of 'real life horror experience camps'. 


Campers were not allowed to have their phones on them; we kept them secured in a safe, and if their parents need to reach them, they can do so through us. The last thing we needed was some kid playing Pokemon Go near the dock falling into the lake for some rare water Pokemon and ends up drowning because they can’t swim. 


Luckily for us, we were allowed to have our phones on us. Not that it’s any use – service here is awful, we rely on walkie-talkies to communicate with one another, just like all other camps.
I was sitting in the camp den when my phone had gone off, three times in a row – I’d never been this popular in my life. I looked down at my phone and smiled, it was my boyfriend, Ian. 
‘Phoebes, check this out! Literally right beside us!”


A link.


“Sign up! You’ve got the experience, and I could go as a participant.” 
I opened the link, curious. A blank white page opened up, a blurb outlining the job: 
 

LOOKING FOR: ACTORS AND EXPERIENCED CAMP COUNSELORS!


PARTS UNKNOWN, MI – Two decades after half a dozen missing counselors were found brutally murdered at Camp Nightgale, the camp is reopening to the public!
Legend goes that when the parents dropped off their children for camp, they were told to come back immediately. They found themselves looking at one lone survivor screaming bloody murder, yelling about torture and murder. The only evidence was Polaroid pictures of the attacks hanging on every cabin door. The campers were dead, six counselors murdered, and six more counselors unaccounted for, missing ‘til this day.


Nicknamed Camp Nightmare after the incident, the groundskeepers have decided to revive the camp for its 20-year anniversary, allowing campers to return. Locals still claim that the killer(s) still out on the loose, and the missing counselors will come back ‘home’ – some will warn others, some will seek revenge to harm anyone that crosses their path.


Note: This is a fictional camp. Participants will be dropped off in the middle of a 40-acre patch of woods at an undisclosed location where they will survive a real-life horror movie.
It was safe to say, I was intrigued. I had sent in my application, and within three days I received a call back saying that they were going to be going through the ropes and training us during the first week of August. 


I took an early leave at my current camp, and packed my bags to meet with the rest of the people at the ‘undisclosed’ location, which in fact, was easily accessible by car. 
The job itself was simple; as the 'dead counselors', we would babysit the participants all through the 12 hours of this “real-life” horror experience. There were 3 tiers: ‘Easy’ – where your cabin is your safe zone, and you are allowed to venture into the woods.


‘Medium’ – once again, your cabin is your safe zone, but you may be touched by the ‘killer(s)’, and they can also bang on the windows and doors terrorizing you in your cabin (but they cannot come in). 


‘Hard’ – you’re not safe anywhere. You will not get much sleep; you will be touched, grabbed and even dragged out. Nothing was off limits on this level. 


Loud noises, fog machines, realistic props, power tools, and everything else you could imagine seeing on set of an Eli Roth movie would be used to accelerate fear in the participants. It was up to us as counselors to (1) dress like the 6 murdered counselors, and (2) provide medical assistance and let them out when they have had enough. 


As you can see, a month long planning was well needed, but we are also planning to have an ‘early bird special’ for horror movie producers, directors, and A-list celebrities during the end of August, and up until the end of the first week of September. 


My first night here was easy; we learned everyone’s names, played some games – it was like I was back at camp as a child. We learned our roles, our lines, and most importantly, the legend details of Camp Nightgale. 
I was put into a cabin with three other girls: Claire (‘missing counselor’), Lisa (‘dead counselor’), and Rachel (‘medic’). We exchanged stories of what we would think will happen, which celebrities would come by, and most importantly, what types of people would be able to last the full 12 hours in the ‘hard’ tier. 


“I think those horror geeks will choose the medium tier – they’re smart enough to know the rules of horror.” Claire said. 


“No, I think they’ll go for the hard tier, they want to live through what they watch in movies, this would be a wet dream for them.” I said, chuckling. 


“All I know is that after every shift, I will never take a shower for granted – ever again. I’m still peeling off some of that tester SFX make up!” Lisa said, peeling what looked like her own bloody skin off her arm.


“I just hope I only have to deal with people having panic attacks, and not shitting their pants in fear. I did not go to med school for that,” Rachel said making a face. 
The rain begun to pour down now, an ominous atmosphere over our cabin. We knew everything around us was fictional, but everything was slowly coming together so realistically. Sometimes you would find yourself screaming in the middle of the night in the washroom because you thought your own silhouette was someone else. 


A flash of light outside – lightning. 
Somewhere, a scream.
Followed by laughs. 


We all rolled our eyes – this seemed to be a regular occurrence here, people scaring others. 
I had drifted off into a deep sleep (thanks allergy medication!), undisturbed the whole night; I would even say I slept like the dead, but I feel like that would be speaking ill. 
I remember having a vivid dream that night that left me feeling uneasy from the moment I woke up. It was raining, there was lightning that was oddly illuminated from under our cabin door and not through our windows. It was as if someone was taking pictures – and as suddenly as the rain started, it stopped, along with the lightning. 


When I woke up, Claire wasn’t in her bed. I didn’t think much of it, figured that she might’ve had to go prep early.
I asked around, but nobody had seen Claire.


“I guess someone is taking their role seriously,” someone said off to the side. 
At dinnertime there was still no sign of Claire. I was beginning to get worried. 
Lisa, Rachel and I walked back together to the cabin, skipping out on the small campfire session people were throwing that night. 


The closer we got to our cabin, the sense of unease that loomed over me was more present. 
“Hey, what’s –“, Lisa said, running up to the cabin door. 


I remember letting out an audible gasp when I saw was Lisa was holding in her hand: a series of Polaroid pictures of Claire – presumably dead. Her throat was slashed open, her eyes staring straight into the viewfinder; pale blue and glazed over. 


I turned on the walkie-talkies we were given, “we need a groundskeeper to Cabin 9 please,” I radio’d in, my heart starting to speed up. 


I reached for the doorknob, turning it. I was expecting to find Claire’s body there; maybe something out of a horror movie – the walls painted with blood, Claire sitting there with her guts spilling out of her torso, the killer standing over her smiling; but there was nothing.
“Maybe they’re just trying to scare us? Doing a test run or something?” Lisa said, trying to calm Rachel and I down.


I can’t explain it, but that uneasy feeling I had after my dream last night? I’m really starting to doubt it was a dream. The ‘local legend’ said that the killer(s) took pictures of their deceased victims via Polaroid pictures and hung them up on the cabins like this one. 


The program’s director and groundskeeper both mentioned seeing Claire coming out of one of the men’s cabins around four in the morning. Apparently we didn’t have anything to worry about, just a classic case of a ‘camp slut’. 


We had gone to bed that evening without seeing Claire. 
Two days had gone by, and I thought I saw flashes of Claire from my peripheral vision, or heard her laugh, but it seemed to just be my imagination acting up.


Nobody else seemed to give a shit. 


Rachel, Lisa and I ended up getting a new roommate: Vanessa. She would take over Claire’s role, and when we asked if she was told anything, Vanessa had said that Claire had given them a letter in the middle of the night saying she quit and got picked up by her brother. 
“You don’t find it odd?” I remember asking.


Vanessa shrugged. “I’m sure this whole thing can be draining for people. They literally threw me in the fire today and I have no idea if I can handle it!” 


The next couple of nights went by smoothly, Camp Nightmare was starting to feel like home for me. 
That was until last night. 
Last night around two in the morning, Vanessa stepped out of the cabin to use the washroom.
Her screams woke everyone up. 


When we had rushed out, we saw Claire. Just like the Polaroid pictures, her throat was slashed open, and her white shirt was now stained in dark red. She stared at us with her vacant eyes as her dead body hung from the tree, swaying in the wind.
The camp programmers had tried to cover it up saying it was a prop dummy designed to scare us, and that it just bore a very similar resemblance to Claire. 


The body was taken down within the hour; no one was allowed to get close to the body, let alone sneak any photos. 


I got out of there as fast as I could; I went home. I know what I saw. I knew there was a reason to be legitimately scared. 
You know what I think? These places

are a real life murderers wet dream; here, you could easily get away with murder. These places feed off publicity and want to make money quick, they will cover up deaths, and they won’t shut it down.


Camp Nightmare is set to open to the public on September 4th. Please don’t go. I went to the police, but they took it with a grain of salt. They told me that while this Camp is open, they will be expecting many prank calls, and that there was little that will be done about it.

Links: 

Twitter @vivianvl

https://vivianvanessablog.wordpress.com/

23 year old genre nut, writing about the things that only haunt you when you’re alone. She’s also an aspiring author, who still jumps at the things that go bump in the night.  

Please note: Eerie Dolls does not own any Halloweenfest stories. 


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REVIEWS THAT SCARE

 Hey guys we are Reviews That Scare, and we are here to discuss our top 3 movies we have reviewed so far in 2016.

1. 2 Jennifer. -Directed by Hunter Johnson, Staring David Coupe, Lara Jean Mummert & Hunter Johnson.

This indie horror film was shot entirely with an IPhone 6, which is super original but it left us wanting more blood. However it didn’t disappoint with the suspense, creepy characters and excellent Buffalo Bill references.

Our Final Ratings for 2 Jennifer

 Kills 4 out of 5  Gore 3.5 out of 5

 Badassness 3.5 out of 5

 Movie 3 out of 5

Click The Link below for the full review of 2 Jennifer. https://youtu.be/P00nBcGFiSo

2. All Through the House. -Directed by Todd Nunes, Staring Ashley Mary Nunes, Melynda Kiring, and Jessica Cameron.

This festive homage to 80s style slasher movies is a fun film with some awesome kills, that is a little bit predictable at times but none the less still a good watch.

Our Final Ratings for All through the House

 Kills 4 out of 5

 Gore 4 out of 5

 Badassness 3 out of 5

 Movie 3 out of 5

Click the link below for the full review of All Through the House. https://youtu.be/kL060vd1SqY

3. Rob Zombies 31. -Directed by Rob Zombie, Staring Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm Mcdowell, Richard Brake, & Jeff Daniel Phillips.

Rob Zombie goes back to his House of 1000 Corpses and Devil Rejects days with this gore fest filled with blood, mayhem and fucking clowns. A must watch for any horror fan.


Our Final Ratings for Rob Zombies 31

 Kills 4 out of 5

 Gore 4 out of 5

 Badassness 4 out of 5

 Movie 4 out of 5

Click the link below for the full review of Rob Zombies 31. https://youtu.be/-LVGxC9AQsw

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