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Hard Hollywood Lessons

After watching the movies Rings, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, there is only one logical conclusion. Screenwriters think either their audience is stupid, or they have never actually watched any of the movies before writing the respective sequel. One…

Old Tom

I’m finally back. This entry is regarding a legend from Eastern Tennessee, that of “Old Tom.” Tom was said to be a lady’s man during the roaring 1920s. During the time, even in Appalachian regions, speakeasys and bootlegging were common….

Phantom Hitckhikers

Every region has it’s own particular version of this tale. It has became one of the most common urban legends, globally, today. It doesn’t matter where you go or who you speak with, everyone knows of a phantom hitchhiker. There’s…

Strange Places- Centrilia, PA

If you’ve seen the movie “Silent Hill,” you witnessed a current ghost town that was once prosperous and populated. What you may not know is this seemingly fictional town actually exists. “Silent Hill,” the town, was modeled after Centralia, Pennsylvania….

The Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee

There is the remnants of a farm near Adams, Tennessee. The Bell Farm was home to John Bell in family in the early 1800s, and that’s where the story begins. In recent years, the movie titled, “An American Haunting,” was…

The Christine Syndrome: Cars and Curses

Christine is both a film and novel chronicling a young man’s struggles with a car that has a life of its own. Stephen King is rumored to have written this novel based upon James Dean’s Porsche Spyder. But, what are…

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…

Blog Folklore

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…