The ZYX’s of Obscure Things I Want In, On, or Around My Horror House

In keeping with our Horror House theme for March, here is some of my research for my manuscript concerning obscure horror house things because this world is a big beautiful bag of weird (all images courtesy of interwebs).

Z is for ZARF

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ZARF: It’s to keep your fingers from burning off while you drink your potion.

Y is for YEW

YEW TREE: For the inner demon-child in you. Or in it.

YEW TREE: For the inner demon-child in you. Or it.

X is for XANTHIPPE

XANTHIPPE STATUE: To honor and welcome the inner banshee in all of us.

XANTHIPPE STATUE: To honor and welcome the inner banshee in all of us.

W is for WIDOW’S WALK

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WIDOW’S WALK: I feel like it’s less awful than it sounds. Kind of like a mini-lighthouse on top of your home.

V is for VOMITORIUM

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VOMITORIUM: Not as bad as it sounds. It’s just that exit way leading out of an amphitheater.

U is for UCALEGON

UCALEGON: Because nothing says "Welcome Home!" like a neighbor whose house is on fire.

UCALEGON: Because nothing says “Welcome Home!” like a neighbor whose house is on fire.

T is for TILBURY

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TILBURY: Because so much is riding on your zebras.

S is for SOLARIUM

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SOLARIUM: AKA Greenhouse, orangery, or sunroom. It’s like an oven for your whole body.

R is for RUINS

RUINS: Better yet, underwater ruins at the bottom of my private lake with an underground river that connects to my basement poolbrary.

RUINS: Better yet, underwater ruins at the bottom of my private lake with an underground river that connects to my basement poolbrary (See NATATORIUM, below).

Q is for QUARTREFOIL

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QUARTREFOIL: These were hidden all over my hometown. I’m still convinced they were portals to a pocket universe.

P is for PORTICULLIS

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PORTICULLIS: This is NOT what I pictured this word to look like. I’d call it deathfence.

O is for OCCULUS

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OCCULUS: I cannot count the number of nightmares these windows give me.

N is for NATATORIUM

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NATATORIUM: And if it was drained like this basement one, I’d fill the shallow end with books and the deep end with pillows. My poolbrary.

M is for MOTHERHOOD HELPER

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MOTHERHOOD HELPER: I don’t know the name for it, but sign me up.

L is for LANTERN

LANTERN: I don't know what it lanterns but I want six of them.

LANTERN: I don’t know what it lanterns but I want eighteen of them.

K is for KEWPIE DOLL

KEWPIE DOLL: Just kidding. These are the stuff of nightmares.

KEWPIE DOLL: Just kidding. These are the stuff of nightmares.

J is for JIGGUMBOB

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JIGGUMBOB: No thank you, please.

I is for INGLENOOK

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INGLENOOK: Where you go to get warm or burned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H is for HALLWAY

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HALLWAY: Sometimes you should stay in your room.

G is for GARRET

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GARRET: Like an attic, but worse because you’re convinced it will tidy up nicely for a fifth bedroom.

F is for FRIENDSHIP BALLS

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FRIENDSHIP BALLS: AKA Gazing Balls, Looking Balls, or Butler Balls.

E is for ENFILADE

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ENFILADE: A series of adjoining rooms in which the doors align and you’ll probably get stabbed.

D is for DOVCOTE

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DOVCOTE: Where the doves go.

C is for CUPOLA

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CUPOLA: Like a belvedere only more so.

B is for BELVEDERE

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BELVEDERE: Not just an 80’s butler, but so much more than a cupola.

A is for ANTEROOM

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ANTEROOM: You can wait here. You can wait here and you can like it.

 

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