July 5, 2019

The world has some very dark and grim places. From abandoned towns of Chernobyl, witch burnings in Salem, and tales of horrific torture in the Tower of London, there is one particular place that summons a very particular energy of darkness, spirituality, and a connection with the other side.

I am talking about New Orleans, the deep south location in Louisiana, America.

New Orleans made history through Hollywood with it's depiction of voodoo and hoodoo running rampant in the streets, causing chaos of black magic cults, evil voodoo dolls and selling your soul at the crossroads. You can see this history dripping in darkness...

June 20, 2019

Spiced rum lovers and fans of Pirates of the Carribbean will know of the Kraken - a giant octopus like creature that sprang from Norwegian legend to haunt the seas and our imaginations alike. Forget the White Whale, the Kraken has quite the seafaring following, and is a legend in it's own right. 

The history of this notorious creature from the deep goes back to 1180, when an account written by King Sverre of Norway, that tells the tale that the Kraken dwells off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorises the sailors. It was then highlighted again in a 13th century Icelandic saga called Orvar-Oddr, which is about t...

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...

May 23, 2019

The Conjuring universe has made itself very known within the horror world as the underlying vein of the supernatural, with the release of Annabelle Comes Home later this year, and the recent reference in the movie The Curse of La Larone. Creating an intricate web that is popular with the likes of Marvel and DC movies, The Conjuring is the universe that horror resides in - but did you know that there is truth behind this horror?

If you've seen The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, you will be familiar with the names of Ed and Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigators who have been at the forefront of some of America...

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 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...

November 1, 2018

Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is a famous holiday celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November every year, following the widely celebrated western pagan holiday of Halloween on the 31st of October.

Dia de los Muertos is a Latin American tradition with it’s origins firmly rooted in Mexico that honours the dead with lively and colourful celebrations. Marked as All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the celebrations combine indigenous Aztec rituals with modern day Catholicism that was brought to the regions of South America by the Spanish. The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on the 31st Octobe...

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...

May 19, 2018

I have a thing about Evil Clowns. I find them so absurdely fascinating that I will probably die at the hands of one - I'll be so overcome by how freakin' cool the clown it is that I won't realise that it IS actually evil and it will hack me to death.

Now clowns weren’t always evil – Their origins can be taken back years and years to the times of old court Jesters in medieval courts entertaining the kings and queens. There was talk that there was a court clown called YuSze back in ancient imperial China, and even a Pygmy clown who performed for Egyptian pharaohs 1. Like everything they evolved over time into black and whi...

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