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AFFLICTED, a Horror Audio Drama from the minds behind the NIGHTLIGHT Podcast, is coming in October of 2022. Described as Lovecraft Country meets True Blood this seasonal anthology podcast needs our support. I've chipped in, and you can too thro
Taking a brief hiatus to prioritize some writing work that pays the bills. Planning to return for the remaining 5 episodes of the season in early July. In late July, I'll be at the Midsummer Scream Halloween & Horror Convention in Long Beach, C
There are more cars on the road than ever before, driving faster than was legally allowed or even possible in different parts of the past. Yet most of us don't think of roads as particularly scary in an everyday, real world sense. Still, storie
On my way to looking at the Bradbury classic Something Wicked This Way Comes, I dip, dive, dart and drop through some other stories--real and imagined-- that feature frightful fairs and alarming amusement parks. ----------------------My debut n
Beyond being and easy excuse to entertain my appeal for alliteration, this episode's title gives us two words with an unexpected history. Said history underlines the fears that we can have of staying as a guest in a strange place. From murderou
Despite a ton of misplaced distrust in medicine and medical staff plaguing society in recent years, there are still many valid reasons to be nervous about going to the hospital. In fact, the very nature of hospitals--what they're designed for--
Sometimes, people disappear. There is something uniquely terrifying and captivating about the prospect of vanishing, or having someone you care about vanish. Even when there is a likely answer, the lack of absolute certainty regarding the fate
I dare say most of us have something we're hiding. For many of us it's something relatively mundane and harmless, but that may still cause us some embarrassment if exposed. For some it could be something for which you're largely blameless, but
As a famous, catchy PSA song puts it, there are many "dumb" ways to die. Of course, for the dying person, the fact that their demise might be seen as laughable to observers with some distance likely wouldn't make their death any more palatable.
Hatred is not strictly an unproductive, seemingly unnatural emotion. Sometimes hate is understandable, and even a motivation, if directed against an injustice or imbalance. Unfortunately, we too often see it deployed in service of maintaining i
The electric chair was once the go-to method of execution in the United States, and "the chair" still holds a unique position in America's history of capital punishment. In aftermath of more than a decade of debates about how "cruel and unusual
Placing someone in a world that doesn't make sense to them--that operates on its own, unpredictable form of "logic"--creates ideal conditions for comedy (Looney Tunes), absurdist fantasy (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)... or horror. Which ca
For episode sources, scripts and more, visit healthyfears.com. For my publication credits, visit JohnnyCompton.com The opening theme for Healthy Fears: “Dark Game Background Loop” by Claudiu D. Moga aka NikNPhaser, licensed through Envato.The c
For something we have relatively little of in the first place, control is something many of us dread losing. Maybe that initial scarcity of it is the root of the degree of our fear. After all, you'd be more afraid of spilling a cup of water if
Generally speaking, societies across the world agree that our beloved dead ideally belong in a certain, final resting place, and that place is out of sight. The idea of people who are dead--or who should be dead--remaining among us is a consist
One of the three hints for the classic coffin riddle indicates that the person "using" the coffin--the person within it--doesn't know it. This isn't always the case, however. In this episode I explore the long-held fear of premature burial, fro
From Sonny Liston to a couple of iconic 80's film heroes, multiple people and characters have provided examples of how fear can motivate you to win a fight.HealthyFears.comJohnnyCompton.comOpening theme for Healthy Fears - "Dark Game Background
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Season 2 of Healthy Fears will begin in earnest starting February 15th, 2022, and continue with weekly episodes through a 20-episode season.Also, with this announcement, I explain what's been going on with my writing, and anything else that kep
*Bonus Episode* - Every Monday in October I plan to release a "Feariversaries" episode (apology-sans-correction for the corny title) covering important releases and other milestone dates in Horror history. This episode covers October 5th to Oct
The natural world is many things, including incredibly violent. Eruptions, earthquakes and storms can release more ferocious energy than any weapon human beings have ever used. One can only imagine how horrifying it would be if nature actually
What has sharp teeth, a powerful bite and deadly-fast reflexes? Well, a lot of things that can kill us, as it turns out, but in this episode we focus on a certain heavy, armored, toothy reptile which appeared in 3 films (2 of which were actuall
There are likely many more creatures, cryptids and fearsome critters that you're unaware of than there are ones you're familiar with. In fact, even the devils you think you know may be more unknown to you than you realize. And it's only natural
Putting trust in anyone is inherently risky. Even those closest to us can ultimately prove untrustworthy--whether they are malicious or simply misguided--in dangerous ways.This week's episode focuses on The Haunting of Hill House (2018 series)
Some outsiders are too powerful and malicious to be anything but frightening. Carnivorous river monsters pretending to be human, for instance.Primary subject of this episode: Michael McDowell's Blackwater Saga. Get bonus content on PatreonSuppo
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