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Support Your Local Asylum

One of the finest examples of American architecture and history is under assault on a daily basis. Across our nation, demolition teams, developers and other commercially-minded individuals see our old asylums as rubbish. Something to be destroyed and forgotten. Local…

Who was Sammy Spangler?

In the Scott County area of Virginia, there lived a man who would certainly draw attention today. As far as it’s known, no such figure existed before or after him. He lived in the region from birth until death, encompassing…

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Bizarre Archeology: Horned Skulls

Today, I’m highlighting the discoveries of horned skulls through history.  I came across this recently and decided to post some of the article here. I’ll leave a link in case you’d like to check it out. Discovered: 1880s Sayre is…

Whatever Happened to Night Gallery?

I would like to know whatever happened to shows like “Night Gallery?” I’ll admit it was a little before my time, but thanks to DVDs, I’ve recently started watching the series anew. Shows today, related to the supernatural, are utterly…

Stop the Clock!

One of the more curious of Appalachian customs revolves around death customs. Primarily, why were clocks stopped when someone died? Why were mirrors covered? These traditions, which indeed have roots in Western Europe, are summed up as such: Clocks were…

Plain Jane is No Name for Reign?

The name of “Jane” is firmly established in history. There are many colorful characters and beloved figures who’ve carried that name, but it is not the best choice for those of aristocracy. Take the following, for example: Lady Jane Grey-…

Arcane Miscellany

Here are some tidbits of text from the oldest books available on the macabre and bizarre. Aldabert- A pseydo-mystic of 8th Century France. Colloquy of the Ancients- A collectino of Ossianic legends. Hazel Tree- This tree was dedicated to Thor…

All I Need to Know About Writing… I Learn from the X-Files?

The X-Files was an incredibly popular television series and fans are still attending movies when they reach the box office. Despite the program’s errors, what can writers learn from the techniques used? I’m creating a series that explores various items…

Beast of Bathory: Great Historical Hoax?

Elizabeth Bathory is perhaps one of the most notorious women of history. We’ve all heard how she sacrificed 600 virgins to keep herself young, and a host of other claims. But, what is the truth behind this figure? Wikipedia tells…

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Vampire Poetry from Francis Englishes

This archaic poet is little known today, but his words have inspired artists for centuries. Here is one of my favorite vampire poems: I burn, when in excess of wine He soils those snowy arms of thine Or on thy…