Game play visual of ‘Night Terrors’

WHAT: Halloween comes early this fall with the resurrection of one of the most notorious urban legends – Bloody Mary!

WHO: Horror film director OREN PELI (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) and Imprezario Entertainment join forces to turn your environment into an immersive and horrifying haunted house experience unlike any other.

WHEN: The NIGHT TERRORS AR app is currently available for downloading on both Android and iOS.

WHY: StrangeandcreepyhappeningsbesetanaverageCaliforniafamily,theRosens-­­-­­ Emily (18), and her sister, Chelsea (16), -­­-­­ when ghosts commune with them through a centuries’ old urban legend. Initially friendly and playful, the spirit turns unexpectedly menacing, and, when Emily goes missing, you are left as the families’ only hope for rescue.

TO PLAY ON IOS: Night Terrors on the App Store
To PLAY ON ANDROID: Night Terrors on Google Play

NIGHT TERRORS is from Imprezario Entertainment, an entertainment company focused on augmented reality (AR) mobile entertainment, pioneers state-­­of-­­the-­­art technology to immerse users into a survival horror game. The player’s environment is filled with terrifying creatures – demons, souls and other petrifying entities. The phone’s camera, LED light, and other system features create personalized scares by using unique AR captured content paired with 360 degree audio in order to truly immerse players in an experience unlike anything else.

MASTER OF HORROR: A native of Israel, Oren Peli came to the U.S. at the age of 19. Back home, he had dropped out of high school at age 16 to write PHOTON PAINT, a highly successful paint and animation software for the Commodore Amiga, then became a full-­­time software programmer, using his skills to create animation programs and video game software.

Peli then transitioned into filmmaking. Paranormal Activity, which Peli wrote, directed and produced, was his first film. Since then, he produced the hit sequels Paranormal Activity 2, 3, and 4, The Marked Ones, and The Ghost Dimension. The original Paranormal Activity, which was made for only $15,000, would go on to make nearly

$200 million. In total, the Paranormal Activity movies have earned more than $900 million, making it one some of the highest-­­grossing horror franchises of all time.

Peli is also the producer of Insidious 1, 2, 3 and 4 and of the horror film The Bay, from director Barry Levinson, and Lords of Salem by writer/director Rob Zombie. He was the co-­­creator and executive producer of the ABC Show The River, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, and producer/writer of the movie Chernobyl Diaries.

Going back to his tech-­­roots, Peli founded SPOT, a mobile app that lets users easily create or join other local users’ events to meet new people with similar interest

It Came From the Vault: David’s Library: Urban Legend Books





While looking at archives, I found this nice post from 2010 by David. He has a great list. Have you read any of these books?


David's Haunted Library


While looking for books on urban legends, I was trying to find novels based on famous legends. Sadly, I didn’t find many. That doesn’t mean they’re not out there, I just wasn’t able to find many good titles. I found a couple of novels about Bloody Mary but they were about the historical figure behind the legend rather then the legend.

The real Blood Mary was Mary Tudor who was the first queen of England.  Mary had several false pregnancies and miscarriages and it is said that this drove her to madness. The legend of Bloody Mary goes that if you look into a mirror and say Bloody Mary 13 times or say “Bloody Mary I killed your Baby,” she will appear in the mirror and kill the person who summoned her in a violent way. If you want more information on Bloody Mary, a good book is: The Myth of Bloody Mary, The First Queen of England by Linda Porter.

While I didn’t find a lot of novels out there, I did find several compilations of scary urban legends. For instance, the Weird US series of coffee table books is full of local urban legends from all the 50 states. There is a book for every state and there was a TV series on the Travel Channel for awhile. If you want more  info on the books check out

Another compilation I found was Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories that happened to a friend of a friend of a friend by Thomas J Craughwell. This book goes into detail on all the well known urban legends such as Alligators in the New York City Sewers, the disappearing hitchhiker, and my favorite urban legend which is about the family that went on vacation in Mexico and came home with what they thought was a cute little Chihuahua. When they took the dog to the vet they discovered it was really a rat with rabies.

One of the other urban legend titles that’s out there is Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand. This book goes over a wide range of topics and gives newspaper accounts of each legend. The author has written several books on urban legends and has a syndicated newspaper column about urban legends. One good story from this book is about a wife and a husband who is a cement truck driver. The husband comes home from work early one day with his truck and finds a new convertible in the driveway, the husband believes his wife was having an affair and the car was her lover’s car. To get even, he dumped the cement from his truck on the new car. He then finds out that his wife had bought it as a gift and had been saving for it for years.

The last one I want to mention is Let Slip The Dogs Of Love: Suburban Legends of The Living and The Dead by Eugene Kachmarsky. This book is a series of short stories very reminiscent of the Twilight zone.

If you know of any good novels based on Urban Legends, please comment below.