Welcome to Dark is Not Evil

I am Lisa Hario, a writer of Paranormal stories.  The domain refers to “dark” of the Gothic, the macabre, and the shadow. My blog contains my writing, perspective on the writing life, reviews of whatever I find fun and interesting, sharing about Paganism, and whatever opinion I choose to share.

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January Announcements

January Announcements

Happy New Year! After a hiatus, I am back. I blame end of semester project which sapped all my creative energy followed by holidays, and then a fallow period where I needed to recover. The good art is I know what to expect next semester end, so hopefully will do a...

October Announcements

October Announcements

I hope everyone had a Happy Mabon! Now it is time for apple cider, candied apples, Nightmare before Christmas stuff appearing everywhere and the annual opening of Spirit pop up stores. Bonfires and hayrides hopefully as well.  Spooky stories around the campfire....

Corporatizing Alternative Medicine

Corporatizing Alternative Medicine

This post is partly prompted by a documentary I recently watched on Netflix called (Un)well. This isn’t a review of the documentary itself, but it prompted me to write about some things I have been chewing over. I have been getting uneasy with the corporatization of...

Great Art Made Through Trickery is Still Wrong

Great Art Made Through Trickery is Still Wrong

I have loved the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.  I think it is the best version of the Shakespeare story on film.  When I heard that the lead actors were suing the studio over the controversial bedroom scene, I was shocked. After reading the details, I...

Labyrinth Shadow Cast by NerdDoms Review

Labyrinth Shadow Cast by NerdDoms Review

The Labyrinth (for those who don’t know) is a movie done by Jim Henson from 1986. Teenager Sarah accidentally summons the goblin king Jareth, who takes her baby brother. Sarah then has 13 hours to complete Jareth’s Labyrinth and rescue her baby brother, before he...

December Announcements

December Announcements

Winter, which had been kind to us so far, came to Minnesota with a vengeance in the form of our first major snowstorm this winter. Now is the magick of digging out your car and frantically praying to Manannan Mac Lir to open the way home while on slick roads. To...

Pagans and Horror Genre

Pagans and Horror Genre

Within the Pagan community, there are many fans of the horror genre.  The Wicker Man is a horror movie especially beloved. This at first glance makes sense—horror movies often depict the supernatural, and with it witches, magick, and paganism. However, it is odd...

Sandman Netflix Series

In 1916, Roderick Burgess traps the Sandman, AKA Dream of the Endless, AKA Morpheus, in a failed attempt to capture his sister Death. Over a hundred years later, Morpheus seizes on a crack in the magick containing him and a sleeping guard to escape.  When the...

November Announcements

November Announcements

Go Out and Vote This might be a late message because elections are the day after this goes up but: vote. There are many reasons this midterm is important, but we get the world we make. Local elections are doubly important this year, so make sure you educate yourself...

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