Ready for some frightening fun?

It's the time of year when we love to pop popcorn, huddle up in the dim light of a sputtering candle and tell spooky stories.

I was browsing the Web this week in search of some creepy stuff to write about as Halloween fast approaches, and I stumbled across the King of All Monsters Tournament at ComicMonsters.com.

According to the site, it is "the Internet's leading news and information Web site for horror comics."

The site announces its King of All Monsters Tournament.

"A new form of madness has struck the online horror community as ComicMonsters.com has announced its latest contest, one that will let monster fans decide once and for all which comic book horror character will rule them all!" the home page states.

It says that this month, horror fans worldwide have the chance to fill out a tournament bracket, much like they do with NCAA Basketball's March Madness, and then in turn, vote on each battle, save their bracket and earn points with each victory. The winner will receive prizes from the ComicMonsters.com vaults.

Visitors to the site can vote on who they think will go the distance in the tournament.

"Will the legends like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Freddy Krueger win out? Or will it be someone from the blood-sucking contingent, such as Blade the Vampire Killer, Morbius, Hannibal King and Vampirella? Maybe it will be those of a lycan heart - Werewolf by Night, Nightwolf or Scratch?"

The site says there is only one way to crown the King of All Monsters: Find the brackets and vote for the best at www.comicmonsters.com/modules.php?name=Tournament.

I haven't heard of any actual monsters prowling our canyons, mesas, mountains and valleys, but I came across some ghostly gatherings here and there around the state. Anyone up for a daring day trip? You might want to visit some of them for yourselves.

Arizona is full of tales of the supernatural, of murder, love gone wrong, insanity, revenge, suicides and fatal accidents. The result? Hauntings of many and varied kinds.

The www.shadowlands.net, www.carpenoctem (which means seize the night), www.hauntedhouse.com and www.prairieghosts.com Web sites, to name a few, are some places to visit along the Internet highway for those in search of stories that will make your hair stand on end and have you peering nervously over your shoulder and dancing nervously from one foot to the other when nature calls.

The latter might be the most common scenario, since many of the stories involve haunted bathrooms. Ghosts apparently love to sing and moan as they flush toilets and turn faucets and lights off and on.

Those garrulous ghoulies!

Next week, we'll take a stroll through haunted hallways, demon-infested deserts and be-spirited abodes found throughout Arizona, and some right here in Mohave County.