True Crime Sunday: The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! This week’s case was so shocking that a town changed its name after all was said and done. Gordon Northcott was born in Canada in 1906. In 1924, he moved to Los Angeles with his parents and eleven-year-old nephew, Sanford.  After the move Northcott asked his father to help … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders

Haunted Locations: Route 2A, Haynesville Wood, Maine

Welcome to weird Wednesday where we explore the darkest corners of the globe, searching for the mysterious and unknown. Today’s location takes us to the land of lighthouses and lobsters, the state of Maine. If the frigid waters, dangerous weather conditions, and upwards of 11 haunted locations aren’t enough to frighten, and terrify you into … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Route 2A, Haynesville Wood, Maine

True Crime Sunday: The Legend of Lavinia Fisher

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! Last week we talked about Jane Toppan, the murderous nurse who may have been America’s first female serial killer. This week we’re going to talk about the intriguing story of another woman who may hold that title. However, there may be more… or less to the story. Historians seem … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: The Legend of Lavinia Fisher

True Crime Sunday: Jane Toppan

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! This week we're taking a look at a murderous nurse. Jane Toppan was born Honora Kelley in 1854. After her mother's death, she was abandoned by her father and sent to an orphanage with her sister. After two years, she was released as an indentured servant to a wealthy … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Jane Toppan

Haunted Locations: Hoia Baciu forest, Romania

Welcome back to weird Wednesday, where we like to roam far and near, looking for excitement and fear. Today’s search brings us to Romania, the land of wine, salt mines, and more haunted castles than should be allowed in a single country. There are many reasons to tour this country from haunted fortresses to ancient … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Hoia Baciu forest, Romania

True Crime Sunday: Tony Marino and the Murder of the Unkillable Man

Welcome back to another True Crime Sunday! Today we’re going to look at the case of someone who had a simple scheme planned in order to collect on life insurance money. The only problem was that an intended victim just wouldn’t die. In 1932, speakeasy owner Tony Marino and some buddies came up with the … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Tony Marino and the Murder of the Unkillable Man

Haunted Locations: Aradale Asylum, Victoria, Australia

Welcome back to weird Wednesday, where we like to roam far and near, looking for excitement and fear. Today’s search brings us to a land down under, Australia’s Aradale Asylum. The Aradale Asylum was once known as the Ararat Lunatic Asylum and is in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. For me, anything that had once been called … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Aradale Asylum, Victoria, Australia

True CRime Sunday: The Chocolate Cream Poisoner

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! This week, we’re going to take a look at someone who liked to add a little something extra to sweet treats, Christiana Edmunds, aka the Chocolate Cream Poisoner. In the late 1860s, Christiana, then in her late thirties or early forties, lived with her widowed mother and had begun … Continue reading True CRime Sunday: The Chocolate Cream Poisoner

Haunted Location: KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Welcome back to weird Wednesday, home of the most haunted and horrific places on the internet. Here we travel to seek spirits, to learn the history, to immerse ourselves in the reasons as to why they cannot move on. Is there a purpose to this search?  Maybe for many, it's to learn if there is … Continue reading Haunted Location: KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

True Crime Sunday: Hex Hollow and the Murder of NElson RehMeyer

Welcome to another True Crime Sunday! This week, we’re going to take a look at a case involving witches, curses, and murder. Am I talking about Salem in the 1600s? Nope. This case happened in Pennsylvania in 1928 in Rehmeyer’s Hollow, also known as Hex Hollow. For some time prior to the murder, John Blymire … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Hex Hollow and the Murder of NElson RehMeyer

Haunted Locations: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico

Welcome back to weird Wednesday where we like to roam the land for lost spirit and wayward wraiths.  This week's haunt takes us to Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico.The ranch is located near Colfax, NM and was once the hideout spot of Black Jack Ketchum and his gang of outlaws. Born Thomas Edward Ketchum in … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico

True Crime Sunday: The Fox Sisters

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! For the last week of June’s focus on con artists, we’re going to take a look at the Fox sisters, whose prank on their mother led to a lasting legacy in the world of spiritualism and parapsychology. In New York in 1848, 14-year-old Maggie and 11-year-old Kate discovered they … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: The Fox Sisters

Haunted Locations: Hotel de Haro, Washington STate.

Welcome back to Weird Wednesday, where we love to wander on the wild side. Today, we roam Washington State, home of Hotel De Haro on San Juan Island, one of the state’s most haunted hotels.  Hotel de Haro, located on San Juan Island, in Washington state is the longest running hotel on the island and … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Hotel de Haro, Washington STate.

True Crime Sunday: Victor Lustig

(This post was originally seen on the House of Stitched blog back in December. I had to bring Victor Lustig back for my look at great con artists this month. He is one of my favorites I’ve written about for True Crime Sunday… the Eiffel Tower and Al Capone, what’s not to love?) In a … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Victor Lustig

Haunted Locations: Utica State Hospital, Utica, NY

Welcome back to weird Wednesday, where we like to explore the most haunted locations we can find on the internet, some near, some far, but all with rich history, disturbing legends, and ghostly residents.  Today, we explore the Utica State Hospital, the first state run lunatic asylum. In 1843, when it opened, it was considered … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Utica State Hospital, Utica, NY

BIRTHRIGHT

The weekend is almost upon us! What are you reading? Let’s look at Birthright by Christine Morgan. We love genre and subgenre diversity in an author. In additions to writing superior extreme horror, Christine Morgan has a singular talent for creating less graphic folklore, supernatural, and cosmic horror. If you have not yet had the … Continue reading BIRTHRIGHT

Haunted Locations: Sallie House, Kansas

Welcome back to another Weird Wednesday where we like to go on short jaunts through historically haunted places. Today's trip is short but not very sweet. The location featured today has been hailed as one of the country's most haunted locations. Read on to find out why. Located in Atchinson, Kansas, the Sallie House is … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Sallie House, Kansas

True Crime Sunday: Barbara Erni and Her Mysterious Trunk

Summer isn’t far away. You know what’s a fun way to welcome the warm weather? Talking about great cons for True Crime Sunday! That’s right, we’ll spend the month looking at hoaxes and frauds and grifts– oh my! This week, we’ll be looking at a woman who sounds like something out of myth. She had … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Barbara Erni and Her Mysterious Trunk

True Crime Sunday: Big Bertha Heyman

We’ve spent the last three weeks talking about Jack the Ripper, so I thought we’d do something a little different this week. Today we’re taking a look at a charismatic lady who gave zero hoots, who turned lemons into lemon merengue pie, and who may or may not have been somewhat of a Robin Hood. … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Big Bertha Heyman

Haunted Locations:The Bell Witch Cave, TN

Welcome back to Weird Wednesday when we explore the haunted and horrifying houses of the dead,  the demons, and the dreadful.  Today’s trip takes us to Robertson County, TN, home of the Bell Witch.  The legend of the Bell Witch dates back to 1804 and has been known as one of the most famous haunted … Continue reading Haunted Locations:The Bell Witch Cave, TN

True Crime Sunday: George chapman (Jack the Ripper, part 3)

Welcome to part three of our look at the infamous Jack the Ripper case. Last week, we took a look at the murder of Carrie Brown, a New York prostitute who was killed in 1891 under circumstances not entirely unlike those of the canonical five killed by Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel. This week we’re … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: George chapman (Jack the Ripper, part 3)

True Crime Sunday: Carrie Brown (Jack the Ripper, part 2)

Last week, we looked at one of the most infamous unsolved cases in history— Jack the Ripper. It is agreed his reign of terror took place in Whitechapel in 1888 and that Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly are all Ripper’s canonical victims. Was 1888 the beginning and … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Carrie Brown (Jack the Ripper, part 2)

Haunted Locations: Stull Cemetery- Lecompton, Kansas.

Welcome back to Weird Wednesday where we explore the frightening, the fearful, and the freaky! Hope all of you friendly fiends are ready for today’s edition! Stull Cemetery in Lecompton Kansas has one of the most colorful back stories of this series, so far. Rumored to contain the actual Highway to Hell and has been … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Stull Cemetery- Lecompton, Kansas.

True Crime Sunday: Jack the Ripper (part 1)

I’ve been holding off on talking about Jack the Ripper because I feel like everyone talks about him. Even people who don’t have an interest in true crime know at least the nuts and bolts about the case. However, I came upon a possible connection as I was doing some research for today’s post. So … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Jack the Ripper (part 1)

True Crime Sunday: Burke & Hare, resurrectionists

For this week, I had robbery on the brain. No, not like that. I had thought about piracy or highway robbery. Then I remembered another kind: grave robbery. Today’s story is about a couple of grave robbers and murderers and a new industry created by a new law. In 19th century Scotland, medical students used … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Burke & Hare, resurrectionists

Haunted Locations: Mansfield Reformatory, Ohio

Welcome back to Weird Wednesday where we like to take a walk on the wild side!Today, we visit Mansfield Reformatory, home of the Shawshank Redemption film location! The Ohio State Reformatory began construction in 1886, right on top of a former Civil War Camp site and admitted its first inmate in 1896. The goal of … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Mansfield Reformatory, Ohio

True Crime Sunday: THE ANGEL MAKERS OF NAGYRÉV

In the early 20th century, it was a tough time to be a lady in Hungary. Teenagers were often married off to men chosen for them. The women, of course, had no say. Divorce was not an option, even if the marriage was a bad and/or abusive one. However, a fascinating shift came with the … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: THE ANGEL MAKERS OF NAGYRÉV

True Crime Sunday: The Watcher

Picture it: you find the perfect house and agree to the million dollars plus price tag. While you’re getting the house ready for your things and family, you get a letter. “How nice,” you might think. “A welcome from the neighbors.” Well… maybe yes or maybe no. Definitely no if you’re the family in today’s … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: The Watcher

True Crime Sunday:Thérèse Humbert And her Inheritance

When we were children, many of us probably enjoyed playing pretend. Maybe we were royalty or movie stars with lots of money. And then when we got older, most of us grew out of that. Not so for the star of this week’s True Crime Sunday post. Thérèse Daurignac was born in France in 1856. … Continue reading True Crime Sunday:Thérèse Humbert And her Inheritance

Haunted Locations: Daksa Island

Welcome back to Weird Wednesday, horror fiends, friends, and family. In today’s excursion, we travel halfway around the world to Croatia, to a tiny place called Daksa Island. Daksa Island is north of Dubrovnik, and in the distant past, had been home to Franciscan monks, dating back to 1291. For hundreds of years, the tiny … Continue reading Haunted Locations: Daksa Island

True Crime Sunday: The Murder of Pearl Bryan

There are places where true crime and the utterly weird intersect. Today's True Crime Sunday case was chosen after watching a Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural episode about Bob Mackey's. I won't be talking about the establishment, but rather a murder with strange elements that may or may not be connected to it. In 1896, the headless … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: The Murder of Pearl Bryan

Haunted Locations: LaLaurie House-New Orleans

Welcome back to another Weird Wednesday. I hope everyone is ready for another ghostly adventure! In today’s venture, we travel to New Orleans French Quarter, to 1140 Royal Street, to be exact. The infamous LaLaurie Mansion, where Madame LaLaurie lived with her third husband, Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie and two of her children. This is … Continue reading Haunted Locations: LaLaurie House-New Orleans

Haunted Locations: An Exorcism in Iowa

Welcome back to another Weird Wednesday, where we like to explore things that are dark and disturbing, decaying and decomposing, dead and devilish. Those places haunted by bad deeds, bad blood, and bad memories. The empty caskets and mass graves, the murderers, those that are dark and depraved, demons of death, dealers of decomposition. Where … Continue reading Haunted Locations: An Exorcism in Iowa

Black is my Happy color: Is Horror Good For you?

In a nutshell, yes. People think if you watch horror movies, or are into "dark subject matter," there's something wrong with you. Truth is, there may be something wrong with them. According to several research studies, its been discovered that horror movies can help you release stress and anxiety. According to Wes Craven, "horror films … Continue reading Black is my Happy color: Is Horror Good For you?

Just a little update

Hello everyone! If you're a new subscriber, or one of our loyal followers from the beginning, you'll be seeing a lot more posts here. Hopefully, this is a good thing. We tried to compartmentalize the Magazine with it's own blog but that was a painful process and we thought maybe we should just keep going … Continue reading Just a little update

The Face You Wear

Happy Friday. What’s everyone reading? Available today is the new psychological horror thriller The Face You Wear by Faith Pierce. An unknown threat is creeping its way into Jana’s residence in this psychological horror novel. Jana overcame a bleak, poverty-stricken childhood to achieve her version of the American dream. She has her own home, a … Continue reading The Face You Wear

(un)tethered

No throwback this Thursday because we have something new to show you. We have been talking about dark poetry, and House of Stitched’s own M Ennenbach has a new collection out titled (un)tethered. (un)tethered by rationality, adrift on waves of bipolar dissonance, a collection of pining odes to wildflowers and succulent agonies in the grip … Continue reading (un)tethered

Haunted Locations: The Eddy House, Chittenden, Vermont

Welcome to weird Wednesday where we explore the darkest corners of the globe, searching for the mysterious and unknown. Today’s location takes us to The Eddy House, Chittenden, Vermont. Once owned by two brothers, William & Horatio, who came from a long line of psychics, witches, and seers. The boys had a very rough life, … Continue reading Haunted Locations: The Eddy House, Chittenden, Vermont

Collabs

Happy Monday, everyone. Did you know Stitched Smile Publications/House of Stitched Magazine is open to marketing collaboration? We believe the indie and small press community is a family and we all do better when we support one another. Why? I am glad you asked. There are many reasons for this. Our House of Stitched family … Continue reading Collabs

True Crime Sunday: Emily Swann and John Gallagher

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! The last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the cases of two women, one of whom may hold the title of America’s first serial killer. Today we’re going to look at the only man and woman to be hanged together in Britain. In the early 20th century, Emily Swann … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Emily Swann and John Gallagher

Voices

Happy Throwback Thursday. In 2018, Stitched Smile Publications published Voices, a collection by A.J. Brown. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is also a terrible place to live. Thoughts, fears, and paranoid thoughts lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce when you are most vulnerable. Those thoughts whisper words of no escape. … Continue reading Voices