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Chelsea Tatham, Times Staff Writer

Chelsea Tatham

Chelsea is the chief editorial assistant in the Tampa office and staff writer for the Tampa regional sections. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and media studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She came to the Times in 2014 as an editorial assistant in St. Petersburg before moving to Tampa. She writes news, human interest stories and contributes the The Feed blog.

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  1. Review: 'Alias Grace' a spellbinding tale of true crime and quiltmaking


    Grace Marks would rather be a murderess than a murderer, if given the choice between the two.

    The elusive and mysterious term is a fitting description of the title character in Netflix's new series Alias Grace.

    Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is a young Irish immigrant imprisoned at 16 for the murders of her employer and his housekeeper in northern Canada. She was put through a grueling trial, imprisoned in an insane asylum and now serves a life sentence for crimes she can't seem to remember....

    Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks in Alias Grace.
  2. What to watch and listen to this week: Uncivil podcast explores overlooked stories of the Civil War


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    Gimlet Media's new series Uncivil hasn't been out a month, but it's already considered urgent listening.

    Uncivil explores stories from the Civil War that you probably weren't taught in school. Like the broken promise made to former enslaved black farmers that they would be given "40 acres and a mule" and the pervading myth that the Civil War was not about slavery....

    The Uncivil podcast explores untold stories of the Civil War and aims to debunk common myths.
  3. What to watch this weekend: 'Stranger Things 2', Joan Didion documentary


    Ghost bustin': Stranger Things 2

    The pop culture-filled sleeper hit of last summer finally returns for a second season just in time for Halloween. Steven Spielberg, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, arcade games and science fiction captivated the generation that grew up in the 1980s. And Netflix's love letter to that decade, Stranger Things, continues to captivate the current generation. In the first season, young nerd Will Byers vanishes, pushing his friends, family and local police into an extraordinary mystery. The Duffer brothers manage to cram secret government experiments, supernatural forces and an extraterrestrial-type girl into eight episodes of captivating television. Now it's 1984 in Hawkins, Ind. The town is still reeling from the Demogorgon's wrath and Will's friends are still trying to figure out what happened to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Will (Noah Schnapp) was rescued from the Upside Down, but a more insidious entity threatens those who survived. Get your Eggos ready, Stranger Things 2 is now available Netflix....

    Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in Stranger Things 2.
  4. The Vault of Souls turns Tampa’s Exchange National Bank into a creepy chic escape room


    If you've ever wanted to help a lost spirit escape from eternal damnation, the Vault of Souls is the experience for you.

    Now in its third year, the immersive haunt in downtown Tampa's former Exchange National Bank, now known as The Vault, is truly unlike any other Halloween attraction around.

    Previous coverage: The Vault of Souls is an evening of 1920s elegance and fear...

    Now in its third year, the Vault of Souls changes its haunted experience to include an escape room where guests solve puzzles to release a trapped soul.
  5. What to watch and listen to this week: Halloween offerings, best spooky podcasts


    Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

    And there's nothing quite as chilling as popping in a pair of headphones and listening to a velvety voice recount grisly tales. Or if true crime is your beat, a cold, calculated host describing dastardly deeds.

    These are just some of my favorite creepy series....

    The Halloween kids classic The Nightmare Before Christmas airs this week on Freeform.
  6. What to watch this weekend: 'The Walking Dead,' Stephen King's '1922'


    100 episodes of walkers: The Walking Dead

    Can you believe how far Rick Grimes has come? Seven years ago on Halloween, AMC debuted The Walking Dead based on a comic book about the world after a zombie apocalypse . The first few episodes were terrifying for Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who had just woken from a coma to find an empty hospital, except for chained cafeteria doors marked "Don't Open Dead Inside." Now the horror series hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season, and it's moved from undead scares to focusing on the fight for survival in a new world without established government or civilized law. The premiere of Season 8 sees Rick and the people of the Hilltop, Alexandria and the Kingdom formulating and executing a plan to overthrow Negan and the Saviors. Fans who wavered during last season's clunky storylines will be soothed by the new season going back to what made The Walking Dead so popular in the first place. Season 8 begins at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC....

    Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead.
  7. 7 creepy podcasts to get you in the Halloween spirit


    Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

    And there's nothing quite as chilling as popping in a pair of headphones and listening to a velvety voice recount grisly tales. Or if true crime is your beat, a cold, calculated host describing dastardly deeds.

    Podcasts can also provide a way to get that nostalgic feel of swapping ghost stories and be chilled by the words and noises going through our ears....

    Television network AMC recently debuted an immersive new podcast, Deadly Manners.
  8. 'The Walking Dead' marks 100 episodes with Easter eggs in Season 8 premiere


    The hit zombie series has come a long way since Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and entered a post-apocalyptic world overrun with the undead.

    AMC's undead darling hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season on Sunday. And longtime fans will take comfort to know that The Walking Dead is taking its characters and storylines back to what made the show so popular in the first place....

    Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Season 8.
  9. What to watch and listen to this week: 13 Nights of Halloween starts, Dirty John podcast


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    Dirty John

    Amidst the onslaught of chilling true-crime podcasts popping up every month, occasionally there's one so startling that it draws you away from the rest of the mayhem and murder.

    Dirty John from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery will make you think twice about ignoring someone's red flags.

    Reporter Christopher Goffard delves into the extensive deceit brought about by John Meehan (spoiler: he's Dirty John) after he married interior designer Deborah Newell. Newell thought she met the man of her dreams with John, but her fairy tale quickly unraveled into chaos and danger for her and her family....

    Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.
  10. What to watch this weekend: 'Lore,' 'Queers,' 'Mindhunter'


    Spooky mythology: Lore

    This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime....

    Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter.
  11. Plan a Halloween movie marathon with these spooky flicks on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO


    Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Not just because I can be my true witchy self and eat Reese's cups until I hate myself. No, I just really love to be scared.

    There are plenty of events locally where you can get the pants scared off of you. Just check out our Halloween guide....

    Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch.
  12. Review: 'Lore' reels you in with terrifying true tales from history


    Some of the most popular and terrifying legends have their gnarled roots in history. Amazon's Lore brings those tales to life.

    The six-episode series is inspired by the wildly popular podcast of the same name, which boasts about 6 million listeners every month. Now up to 70 episodes, host Aaron Mahnke weaves tales of terror and urban legends with the true history that inspired them....

    Campbell Scott in an episode of Lore, which chronicles the Great New England Vampire Panic in the 19th century.
  13. What to watch this week: It's CW premieres galore with 'Riverdale,' 'Dynasty,' 'Valor'


    'Tis the season for superhero fans and Riverdale alums - CW premieres new seasons of all its hit shows this week. DC comic book fans get to see what Kara Danvers, Barry Allen, Oliver Queen and the Legends have been up to when their respective series return this week. The network also drops new dramas Dynasty and Valor. The former is a reboot of the scandalous '80s soap about an uber-rich family. The latter centers on a group of elite U.S. Army helicopter pilots after a return from a dangerous mission. But perhaps the most anticipated return is the second season of Riverdale, the pulpy, critical darling that stole hearts last fall with juicy teen drama and small town scandal....

    Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Appa and Camila Mendes in Riverdale.
  14. A Celebration of Harry Potter brings Weasley twins, Viktor Krum to Universal Orlando


    Witches and wizards will get to meet the famous Weasley twins and the Bulgarian quidditch team's seeker this year at A Celebration of Harry Potter.

    The annual Harry Potter fest -- now in its fifth year at Universal Orlando -- announced James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) as part of the first round of celebrity guests.

    More guests will be announced at a later date....

    James and Oliver Phelps, and Stanislav Yanevski are heading to A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in January.
  15. What to watch this week: Fox's 'The Gifted,' ABC's 'The Mayor,' 'Black-ish'


    Fall TV premieres and returns just keep coming. This week ABC brings back primetime favorites Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish and premieres political comedy The Mayor and drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. And don't forget Scandal, which debuts its seventh and final season on Thursday. And the breakout TV star this week is Fox's The Gifted, a Marvel Comics-inspired series that follows mutants that escape to an underground community to avoid an oppressive government. I hope you're keeping up, TV watchers....

    Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White in The Gifted.