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Reflections: Urban Legends

Reflections: Urban Legends

October 31 / 17

We all know what day it is and it would be very appropriate for you guys to read some urban legends. Found these gems courtesy of ThoughtCo. The article, written by David Emery focuses on these urban legends. Are these truth or fiction? I can’t answer that. Read these stories and think for yourself. To see the rest of this article click here.


Credit source: ThoughtCo.

 

The Dead Boyfriend

Here are two examples of the urban legend known as the “The Dead Boyfriend.”

Example #1:

A girl and her boyfriend are making out in his car. They had parked in the woods so no one would see them. When they were done, the boy got out to pee and the girl waited for him in the safety of the car.

After waiting five minutes, the girl got out of the car to look for her boyfriend. Suddenly, she sees a man in the shadows. Scared, she gets back in the car to drive away, when she hears a very faint squeak… squeak… squeak…

This continued a few seconds until the girl decided she had no choice but to drive off. She hit the gas as hard as possible but couldn’t go anywhere, because someone had tied a rope from the bumper of the car to a nearby tree.

Well, the girl slams on the gas again and then hears a loud scream. She gets out of the car and realizes that her boyfriend is hanging from the tree. The squeaky noises were his shoes slightly scraping across the top of the car!!!

Example #2:

Here’s a story my mom told to me and my friends when I was about seven years old. You can imagine I was scared to death…

A woman and her boyfriend were on their way home from somewhere (not important) one night, and suddenly his car ran out of gas. It was about one in the morning and they were completely alone in the middle of the nowhere.

The guy stepped out of the car, saying comfortingly to his girlfriend, “Don’t worry, I’ll be right back. I’m just going to go out for some help. Lock the doors, though.”

She locked the doors and sat restlessly, waiting for her boyfriend to come back. Suddenly, she sees a shadow fall across her lap. She looks up to see… not her boyfriend, but a strange, crazed-looking man. He is swinging something in his right hand.

He sticks his face close to the window and slowly pulls up his right hand. In it is her boyfriend’s decapitated head, twisted horribly in pain and shock. She shuts her eyes in horror and tries to make the image go away. When she opens her eyes, the man is still there, grinning psychotically. He slowly lifts his left hand, and he is holding her boyfriend’s keys… to the car.

 

 

The Vanishing Hitchhiker

Also known as “The Ghost Hitchhiker,” “The Phantom Hitchhiker” and “The Lady in White”

A newlywed couple, Nathan and Heather, were driving up the northern California coast to spend their dream honeymoon in a quaint bed-and-breakfast with a seaside view. They had hoped to arrive before dark, but a heavy fog had descended on Highway 1 and their progress was slow. They were at least an hour-an-a-half from their destination as night fell.

If you’ve ever driven that stretch of highway you know how tortuous it can be, with its narrow lanes and switchback curves. It was just as they were rounding one of those curves that they passed a solitary hitchhiker, a young woman in a wispy white dress standing on the shoulder with thumb outstretched.

“Good luck getting a ride on a night like this,” muttered Nathan under his breath.

“Stop the car and turn around,” said Heather. “Please, she’s all alone. We have to give her a ride.”

“We’re two hours late.”

“Please.”

Nathan pulled off the road and turned around. As they approached the girl from the opposite direction they could see her dress was in tatters. Her face was pale and gaunt.

“Can we give you a ride?” Heather asked as they pulled up beside her.

“Oh, thank you,” said the young woman, who appeared to be in her late teens or early twenties. “I have to get home. My parents will be worried sick.”

“Where do you live?” asked Nathan.

“Just down the road, about 10 miles,” she said, climbing into the back seat. “There’s an intersection with an abandoned gas station. Across from there. It’s a white house with a rose garden. They’re waiting for me.”

As they made their way north again Heather attempted to make conversation, but the girl fell silent and slumped in the back seat, apparently asleep.

After about 15 minutes Nathan spotted a dilapidated service station.

“Is this it?” he asked. “Hey, is this the intersection?”

Heather turned to wake the young woman and caught her breath. “Nathan, she’s gone.”

‘”What do you mean, ‘she’s gone’?” Nathan said, pulling into the driveway of the white house. “How can she be gone?”

She was right. The hitchhiker had vanished.

A light came on and two people, an elderly couple, stepped out onto the porch.

“Can we help you?” the man asked. He looked as though he dreaded hearing the answer.

“I don’t know,” Nathan began. “We were driving, and we picked up this hitchhiker, a girl.”

“And she gave you this address,” said the man, “and asked you to bring her home.”

‘Yes,” said Heather.

“And then she was gone?” Heather nodded. “You aren’t crazy,” the man said. “And you’re not the first. She was our daughter. Her name was Diane. She passed away seven years ago, killed by a hit-and-run driver on the highway. They never caught whoever did it. I guess her spirit won’t rest until they do.”

Nathan and Heather were speechless.

“Won’t you come inside for coffee or tea?” said the woman. “You’ve had a shock. Some in and sit down.”

“No. Thank you, but no. We’re late,” said Heather. “We have to get going.”

After exchanging uncomfortable goodbyes, the newlyweds departed, as they had arrived, in stunned silence.

 

Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn on the Light?

Tales known as “Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn on the Light?” or,”The Roommate’s Death,” might be told around the campfire or at sleepovers. Often it is told in urban legend style as if it happened to a friend of a friend at a nearby university. You might be worried that it is recent incident and a serial killer might be stalking the campus. You can allay your fears by matching the story you just heard with long-circulating urban legends.

Here are two examples.

AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN’T TURN ON THE LIGHT?

As told by W. Horton:

Two dormmates in college were in the same science class. The teacher had just reminded them about the midterm the next day when one dorm mate—let’s call her Juli—got asked to this big bash by the hottest guy in school. The other dorm mate, Meg, had pretty much no interest in going and, being a diligent student, she took notes on what the midterm was about. After the entire period of flirting with her date, Juli was totally unprepared for her test, while Meg was completely prepared for a major study date with her books.

At the end of the day, Juli spent hours getting ready for the party while Meg started studying. Juli tried to get Meg to go, but she was insistent that she would study and pass the test. The girls were rather close and Juli didn’t like leaving Meg alone to be bored while she was out having a blast.

Juli finally gave up, using the excuse that she would cram in homeroom the next day.

Juli went to the party and had the time of her life with her date. She headed back to the dorm around 2 a.m. and decided not to wake Meg. She went to bed nervous about the midterm and decided she would wake up early to ask Meg for help.

She woke up and went to wake Meg. Meg was lying on her stomach, apparently sound asleep. Juli rolled Meg over to reveal Meg’s terrified face. Juli, concerned, turned on the desk lamp. Meg’s study stuff was still open and had blood all over it. Meg had been slaughtered. Juli, in horror, fell to the floor and looked up to see, written on the wall in Meg’s blood: “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?”

THE ROOMMATE’S DEATH

As told by Jon Little:

I heard about a girl who went back to her dorm room late one night to get her books before heading to her boyfriend’s room for the night. She entered but did not turn on the light, knowing that her roommate was sleeping. She stumbled around the room in the dark for several minutes, gathering books, clothes, toothbrush, etc. before finally leaving.

The next day, she came back to her room to find it surrounded by police. They asked if she lived there and she said yes. They took her into her room, and there, written in blood on the wall, were the words, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?” Her roommate was being murdered while she was getting her things.

 

Hope you enjoy reading these. Enjoy, be safe, be blessed!

 

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Creative Close-Up: Creative Writing

Creative Close-Up: Creative Writing

October 30 / 17

Hey everyone! Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend. I wanted to share with you a few videos about Creative Writing. That’s what this month’s Creative Close-Up is about. I’m sure some of you have always wanted to write, but are not quite sure how to go about it. I can only hope this can help you along your creative writing journey. Some of these videos are a few years old, but they’re still effective.

Enjoy your Monday, be creative, be blessed!

 

 

Image source: unknown

 

Wednz Scene: Book Festivals, Awards & Events for November 2017

Wednz Scene: Book Festivals, Awards & Events for November 2017

October 25 / 17

Found a list of book festivals, conferences, and things. Courtesy of African American Literature Book Club, there are several events taking place in November….


Credit source: African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)

  1. Wisconsin Book Festival

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, to Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Madison, Wisconsin

  2. Texas Book Festival

    Saturday, November 4, 2017, to Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Austin, Texas

  3. Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Washington, District of Columbia

  4. Kentucky Book Fair

    Friday, November 10, 2017, to Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Frankfort, Kentucky

  5. Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 – St. Petersburg, Florida

  6. Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

  7. National Book Awards

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – New York, New York

  8. Ake Arts and Book Festival

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, to Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria

  9. Bluffton Book Festival

    Thursday, November 16, 2017, to Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Bluffton, South Carolina

  10. Miami Book Fair International

    Saturday, November 18, 2017, to Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Miami, Florida

  11. Mosaic Literary Conference

    Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Bronx, New York

 

Just click on the links above to get the information you need on each event. Enjoy the rest of your Hump Wednesday, be blessed.

 

 

Image source: African American Literature Book Club

Wednz Scene: Scream on the Green

Wednz Scene: Scream on the Green

October 25 / 17

Hello everyone! For those living the Columbus, Georgia area, this event is right up your alley. Young Professional’s Scream on the Green is coming this Friday, October 27 at the CSU (Columbus State University) RiverPark Campus-Woodruff Park Lawn.

It all starts at 7:00 pm. Lots of activities, lots of fun. Go to www.YPColumbus.Ga.com for more information.

 

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Short Scary Films….

Short Scary Films….

October 24 / 17

Hello! October is almost gone, but I do have something for you guys. Scary short films, horror films. Found five of these great short scary films I think you might like.


Created by Ahishek Kumar, presented by White Cape Productions.

 

 

A film of Jean-Yan Babois, The Young Woman: Dorothee Babois, The Old Lady: Emma Niola, Thanks to Anais Jenner, Nicolas Robert-Naudin, Manou & Moon.

 

 

Directed By: David Lawrence Produced By David Lawrence, Adrienne Michelle Executive Producer(s): David Lawrence, Allen Schmitt Written by David Lawrence Main Cast: Hoyt Richards, Julia Parker, Elizabeth Sandy

 

 

Directed By: Juan Diego Unzueta Written By Juan Diego Unzueta & Roberto León Edited By Juan Diego Unzueta Camera Operator: Roberto León Soundtrack: Jim Dooley (When A Stranger Calls).

 

 

Story by Dan Dark Directed by Dustin Demoret Produced by Dan Dark and Lauren Harper Dumoulin Filmed by Bayonet Media. www.speechlessmovie.com/

Creep and scary….Hope you enjoyed these short films. Enjoy your Tuesday, be blessed.

Image source: The Night Sky

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

October 21 / 17

I’ve posted a few works of Edgar Allan Poe and I’m going to do it again this year. Here are a few short videos of some of his most famous and not so famous works…..

Aaron Quinn

 

 

Edwin Leon

 

 

Jean & Tim ENG

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed.

 

 

image source: bio.com

 

Weekend Scene: Denver Art Week

Weekend Scene: Denver Art Week

October 21 / 17

Hey again….Second, Denver Art Week, which will be happening on November 3-11, 2017. I saw this while I was getting yesterday’s post for @ The Event ready. Here are some of the highlights…..


Credit source: http://www.denver.org

Denver Arts Week is an nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. This year’s Denver Arts Week takes place Nov. 3-11, 2017

PROGRAMS

  1. Know Your Arts First Friday

  2. Free Night at the Museums

  3. Denver’s On Stage

  4. Family Friendly

  5. Hidden Gems

Lots of events taking place such as 14er Film Fest, 2 for 1 Admission to Listen/Hear 101 – Decoding Classical & Baroque, Broken Down, and many other events during Denver Art Week.

Free Night at the Museums is where Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is free…yes FREE.

You’ll also experience the Denver Film Festival, which takes place Nov. 1-12 and Breakin’ Convention, Nov. 4-5, the world’s biggest festival of hip-hop dance theater.

For great deals and other information go to www.denver.org/denver-arts-week.

Image source: denver.org & colorado.com

Wknd Scene: Book Review

Wknd Scene: Book Review

October 21 / 17

Hey! It’s the weekend and I have three things to pass along to you today. First, a book review from Literary Hub. Three books that are the rave is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins and The Girls by Emma Cline.


 

Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker – “Saunders does a fine job—and has a fine time—quickening his little necropolis to literary life … Although readers may feel that Lincoln in the Bardohas little in common with the author’s dystopian short stories, there’s actually quite a lot of similarity in preoccupation and technique. Saunders often pays imaginative attention to corporations, bureaucracies, and nomenclature, and he has a predilection for creepy theme parks…In Saunders’s hands, Oak Hill, too, is a kind of theme park, with various rules and precincts and spectacles, as well as opportunities for the author’s parodic gifts … Even with this granular structure and its comic interludes, the book gathers a satisfying momentum, enough to reveal what Saunders has called, in one of his essays, a novel’s Apparent Narrative Rationale—what the writer and the reader have tacitly agreed the book is ‘about’ … he also elects to venture into Lincoln’s awareness and perceptions, and, when he does, it’s an all-in enterprise, a physical incursion undertaken not only to extract characterizing thoughts but also to influence them…Saunders is giving us an imaginative truth in keeping with a number of startling and benevolent short stories he has written, ones that end with characters reaching a low point and then pulling themselves back up.”

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Claire Fallon, The Huffington Post – “Collins’ impressionistic, psychologically observant collection captures moments from a past era that should remind idealistic readers today that our disillusionment is not new … At every turn, Collins burrows deep into the minds of her characters, mostly black women, and brings to life their daily joys and frustrations as well as their persistent anxieties … Nearly 30 years after her too-early passing, this author’s powerful debut collection manages to perfectly embody the existential torment of her country.”

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Kate Tuttle, The Los Angeles Times –  “The Girls is gorgeous, disquieting, and really, really good … [Cline’s] prose conveys a kind of atmospheric dread, punctuated by slyly distilled observation, not unlike the early cinematic style of Roman Polanski, whose wife, actress Sharon Tate, was killed by the Manson family. That deliberate tone remains throughout, though it’s somewhat less successful in the sections set in the present … By far the strongest writing comes when Cline limns the nearly exquisite boredom and anticipation of early adolescence … brings a fresh and discerning eye to both the specific, horrific crime at her book’s center, one firmly located in a time and place, and the timeless, slow-motion tragedy of a typical American girlhood.”

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 I think these books could be a great addition to your nightstand….Check out lithub.com for more about what’s going in the literary world.

 

 

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