Born with a love of scary stories and folklore, Amanda Headlee has spent her entire life crafting works of dark fiction. Most of her work focuses on horror associated with folklore as well as work that would fall into the category of “cosmic horror” – the fear of humanity’s insignificance in the vastness of the universe.

By day Amanda is an Information Services Program Manager, by night she is a wandering wonderer. When she isn’t writing or working, she can be found logging insane miles on her bike or running the back country of Pennsylvania. She’s one of those crazy people who do marathons and triathlons. She is inspired by the works of Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, Margaret Atwood, H.P. Lovecraft, and Joyce Carol Oates — all who write terrifying tales of their own.

You can follow Amanda at The Sarcastic Muse or on these social media sites:

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  1. I agree and I think the film The Haunting (1963 original) is one of the most perfect examples of this. It has a inescapable nightmare quality and cuts viewers loose in this world without answers. If you think about it in the cold light of day, a bulging door should be stupid, not absolutely terrifying!


  2. The Haunting (1963) is my go to movie when I argue the point that imagination is the key to fear. The imagery and sound effects in conjunction with Eleanor’s mental instability causes more terror than an actual “ghost”.

    There is something to be said when you show a ghost / monster / demon’s detached actions or effects rather than the actual entity / being itself. Allow the audience’s imagination run wild!


    • Thanks, Zachary. Glad you are enjoying the blog. Tremors messed me. It convinced me to never move to any location that has sandy soil. I am completely paranoid to visit any place that is not rocky, which is why I am a Northeastern gal – love my mountains and big rocks.

      Hitchcock and Price are the original film boys of fear. Their movies always put a smile on my face and a tremor under my skin.


  3. I’ve felt that it’s always darkest before things get really terrifying! I totally agree about the 1963 “The Haunting.” I’ve only seen it on television, but even then it creeped me out. I’d love to see it sometime in a dark movie theater on the big screen.


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  5. I am not sure why it ever took me this long to follow you Amanda – given my time spent over at The Sarcastic Muse – but it has been long overdue. Interesting to see that we have some stomping ground in common. Having grown up in a small town about eight miles north of Allentown, I am actually very familiar with Kutztown 🙂 Looking forward to more deep philosophical thoughts from the mind of Amanda 😉


    • Dave, sorry for just seeing this comment. It came was while I was out on my sabbatical. Oh no – you are familiar with Kutztown 🙂 I lived in several areas between there and Allentown. Let me know if you ever visit this side of PA, we can grab coffee and talk about all things writing. I am in the Philly area (for now).

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