contributed by Michael Stewart
This Kamloops man is a wealth of creative ideas and mind expanding theories that make you go ‘hmmm’. When I met with him for coffee recently, our time flew by as I was completely engaged with his intellectual and entertaining dialogue.
Michael Stewart, aka ‘Stew’, is a horror entertainment blogger. His blog is called ‘The Corner of Terror‘. It is in this creepy corner where Stew reviews horror movies from throughout the ages, horror/paranormal books and comics, and also horror games.
The kicker? Stew believes in paranormal activity. He has had his fair share of other world experiences and is also a facebook member of a collective of paranormal researchers here in Kamloops called Faculty X Investigators.
Here Stew tells how he rates horror flicks for his readers:
“I use a simple three-tiered rating system: The Good (movies I’d recommend and re-watch), The Bad (movies I’d recommend for a single viewing), and The Ugly (movies I’d recommend performing an exorcism on and cleansing).
Once in a while, I’ll even do an opinion piece on the state of the industry (for example, the influx of remakes/reboots).
Reader feedback can range from, ‘Your review inspired me to watch this movie, and I loved it! Great review! I’ll be back for more,’ all the way up to being cursed with the possibility that one day lemmings will do anatomically impossible things to me. In fact, my first e-mail was a death threat in response to my review of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. I smiled, knowing I was finally a ‘success’.”
Stew has most recently reviewed The Babadook and The Conjuring, putting both movies in ‘The Good’ category, and in his blog review he explains why, covering plot, character development, and historical accuracy.
Stew has had experiences using Tarot cards, Ouija boards, involuntary out of body experiences, and poltergeist-like activity.
“My current apartment for instance. It became available for me to move into because the previous occupant had passed away. Well, it likes to act up around Halloween, knocking large stacks of recipes off my printer, tossing a collectible figure (Ash from The Evil Dead) across the room, and flicking my earlobe while I’m trying to work. The rest of the year, it tends to be content with rattling the plates in the kitchen cupboard.
There was also the Battle St house I lived in. This was back in the mid-90’s. I was sleeping on the couch (which is pretty standard for me, actually), on Christmas Eve. The only light was from the streetlight coming through the blinds, and the only sound was the hum of my space heater. Around 1:00 am, the computer in my computer room turned on and played ‘Silent Night’ and turned off. It was a fairly new computer and I hadn’t had time to put any songs on it.”
I had to ask Stew how he responds to the many people who do not believe in paranormal activity:
“But Paranormal Activity does exist! It’s a pretty decent movie. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Seriously, though, I don’t go out of my way to convince people. It’s just not worth the hassle and stress. I know what I’ve experienced, and ultimately that’s what matters. In fact, sometimes, I feel a little sorry for such people because they refuse to see this wonderous and amazing side of Life and what we call Reality.”
In regard to Faculty X Investigators, this province wide collective takes a scientific and open-minded approach to the paranormal. They explore all aspects of the unexplained and I for one am going to check them out!
You can find Stew in his Corner of Terror here: http://thecornerofterror.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter & Instagram as @terrorcorner.
Basically, I’m around here and there. Even Google +. People use Google + still, right?
contributed by bing.com