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August 12, 2019

The Addams Family is one of my favourite fictional families out there - Morticia and Gomez are the ultimate couple goals and the Addams Family home is the ultimate aesthetic - but just who are they and where did they come from? Is it a world just as twisted as themselves?

The Addams Family was actually created as a cartoon in The New Yorker newspaper in 1938 by their namesake artist Charles Addams. Traditionally comprised of Morticia and Gomzes Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, their butler Lurch who was similar to Frankenstein's monster, a disembodied hand named Thing, their close familial members Uncle Fest...

May 31, 2019

Greek mythology has a cacophony of legendary characters with monstrous attributes, and one of the most infamous would have to be Medusa - a human female with snake like attributes and living venomous snakes in her hair. Those who gazed upon her face and looked her in the eyes would turn to stone, similar to the snake like creature the Basilisk.

Apparently snakes have been freezing us since Adam and Eve. A coincidence that the devil chose to arrive as a serpent? I think not.

Medusa is regarded as a Gorgon, a mythical creature in a sisterhood that could turn people to stone with their powerful gazes, and the earliest notifi...

April 4, 2019

When I mention the word Basilisk, images of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets probably come to mind, but while He-who-shall-not-be-named's horcrux is definitely the most famous of Basilisk's in the world, it certainly wasn't the first.

The Basilisk is a legendary European beast that is reputed as a serpent king that is a hybrid of a rooster and a serpent. It can cause death with a single glance in a way that is very similar to the viper-headed Goddess Medusa, who can turn those that look into her eyes into stone. The creature of the Basilisk was first written about in 79 AD by a Roman author and philosopher named P...

March 13, 2019

One of my favourite episodes of the TV show Supernatural was season one's second episode about the mythical Wendigo, and I wanted to dive a little bit deeper into the history of this man-eating monster that is native to the northern forests of America and Canada.

The legend of the Wendigo comes from native Algonquin-speaking tribes of the Ojibwe, the Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naskapi. and the Innu people - all traditional North American tribes. The Wendigo is describes as a malevolent, cannibalistic supernatural being that is the embodiment of gluttony, greed, and excess. The creature is mentioned in the legend that whene...

March 7, 2019

"Quoff the Raven, "Nevermore!""

It is extremely likely that you have heard this intriguing phrase uttered at some point in your life, but it is only a snapshot of the dark literary genius that wrote it. Edgar Allan Poe penned many tales and poems that catapulted him into macabre fame, among them his 1841 detective story The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and the aforementioned 1845 poem The Raven.

Born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to English actors, Poe had an aptitude for the English language, training with classical education in Scotland, England and then Virginia, where his penchant for gambling saw him kic...

January 25, 2019

You may have heard of Cthulhu (pronounced Ka-thoo-loo) before - a demonic creature that was a cross octopus, dragon and human - but you may not have heard about where Cthulhu and his universe of The Cthulhu Mythos came from. In recent days I've been hearing a lot about this mysterious creature and I thought I would lift the lid on this haunting Pandora's box that Cthulhu lives in.

Cthulhu is actually a cosmic fiction entity that was created by the notorious horror writer H.P Lovecraft in his short story "The Call of Cthulhu" which was published in 1928 and has cemented itself as a pop culture icon that ties horror with t...

October 25, 2018

Zombies are just an imaginary supernatural creature right? They're the stuff of horror movies, either rising from their graves or being bitten by other zombies and causing flesh eating cannabalsitic tendencies.

I mark my career on zombies after writing Cosmic Decay: Contamination, so I've gone out of my way to read, hear and watch as many zombie pop culture projects as possible.

But did you know that the tale of the zombie is based on religious legend? In the same way that vampires can be traced back to Vlad Dracul, and werewolves can be traced back to Native American lore, yes, even zombies have their origins.

The zombie...

August 2, 2018

There are so many classic monster tales and supernatural legends out there - from vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghosts, to Banshees, demons, witches, Ginn, mermaids and other kinds of spirits. Many supernatural legends have their roots firmly planted into old celtic tales, icons of horror, or even just simple nightmare-inducing bedtime stories.

To pay homage to these classic legends I decided to do some digging and uncover the legends and the stories behind these mythic monsters and terrifying images that haunt our dreams today. You've seen where Evil Clowns came from, now it's time for a more lessor-known creature o...

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