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Ann Arbor Book Festival 2014 with David Hayes and Ken MacGregor

The Ann Arbor Book Festival resurrected its Street Fair, and Doktor Leech braved the blinding sunshine to haunt a table shared by fellow HWA members David Hayes and Ken MacGregor. Hayes, shown here arranging some of his many publications for … Continue reading

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What is the Most Common Nightmare?

Over at i09, Robert T. Gonzalez poses the question, “What is the most common nightmare?” To find an answer, he turns to a body of nightmare research generated worldwide since the 1930′s by psychologists Antonio Zadra, Michael Schred and many … Continue reading

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Dogman Legend update

The Grand Haven Tribune posts this update about ongoing Dogman sightings. As a part-time lycanthrope myself, I take more than a passing interest in the “Dogman” legend… but I’m stuck on the NAME of the guy who wrote this article: … Continue reading

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Even Creepier Baby Dolls

If you consider “maternal” and “scary” to be closely related concepts, you should check out fine artisanship of BeanShanine on her site The Twisted Bean Stalk Nursery. BeanShanine takes the already creepy concept of reborn babies — life-like dolls that … Continue reading

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This Just In – Coffin that Plays Music FOREVER

This high-tech-ish coffin that serenades the corpse during that oh-so-boring after-life period — sparks a couple initial impressions: • Can’t wait to see what kind of advertisements will be inserted between the tracks, given that advertising seeps into every crack; … Continue reading

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New Year’s Monsters from Japan

I do love a good folktale, especially ones that mix in a bit of terror. That’s why I was pleased to read about the Japanese New Year’s monsters called the Namahage, who are portrayed by men wearing big masks and … Continue reading

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Of ossuaries and sex ghosts

How exciting would it be to discover great grandfather was a grave robber? Paul Koudounaris reveals this history and more in an interview in the Hairpin. Koudounaris is an author, photographer and art historian, with an interest in ossuaries, charnel … Continue reading

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This Just In: When Taxidermy and Jewelry Design Meet

A local gal takes her love of taxidermy and jewelry making to new levels, as seen in this article from the Detroit News. Be sure to watch the charming video too. Find her on Facebook as well: http://www.facebook.com/detroittaxidermy. I know … Continue reading

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Hello Clarice

This picture comes to us via George Takei’s rather hilarious Facebook feed. George’s only attribution is “from a fan.” Well, thank you, anonymous fan. What an appropriate image for the upcoming festivities! My internet search yielded the following variation on … Continue reading

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This Just In: Vampire Alert!

If you are scrounging to find reasons to be happy, remember that at least there isn’t a centuries old vampire lurking in yur neighborhood… that is, unless you live in Bajina Bašta, Serbia. A mill that once belonged to a … Continue reading

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The After Lives of Everest Climbers

We all know about tombstones used as markers as to the location of dead bodies, but the Smithsonian tells the tale of bodies themselves used as location markers. Several stories in fact. How does this make sense? In the rarefied … Continue reading

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Your First Vampire, The Count, Dead at 78

If ever there was a vampire whose death we should mourn, it is The Count from Sesame Street. Jerry Nelson, the talented muppeteer who portrayed numerous characters over the years, including the Count, is dead at age 78. For many, … Continue reading

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The Blood on the Sidewalk

As Elsa L was relaxing on the porch this weekend, she watched a police officer amble down the sidewalk while chatting on a phone. This was a real police officer, gun and all, not a rent-a-cop. We don’t have beat … Continue reading

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Ancient Celtic Version of Frankenstein Meets the Mummy

Bog bodies are cool as hell, in a morbid kind of way. Human remains sometimes ritually slain that become subject to nearly spontaneous preservation to become leathery “mummies” rate pretty high on the spooky-o-meter. But this one example appears to … Continue reading

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This Just In — (Dead) Vampires on Display

Remains — apparently human — were recently discovered with a metal stake through the chest suggesting a burial ritual to prevent vampires. Evidently, the practice wasn’t uncommon in Bulgaria some 700 years ago. What makes this news? Soon these remains … Continue reading

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This Just In: The Bones in Satan’s Grotto are REAL

I suppose we file this one under art imitating life too closely. Or perhaps not bothering to “imitate” at all, just “cut and paste.” A tourist dungeon in London, UK discovered recently that some of the bones displayed proudly in … Continue reading

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“13th Sign” – WORLD PREMIERE – Friday, 18th @ Filmore, Detroit

THIS FRIDAY – November 18th, 2011 – is the red carpet world premiere of “The 13th Sign” downtown Detroit at the Filmore. The film stars members of Cleveland-based dark industrial musicians Mushroomhead. The band will also be playing at the … Continue reading

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This Just In: Russian Grave-Robber Charged

Russian Historian Mummified Bodies, Police allege. Ah, the kind of heart warming tale you just don’t hear enough of any more. Sure the Golden Age of grave desecration was perhaps the pre-Victorian era where cadavers where harvested for medical purposes. … Continue reading

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This Just In – 3-D Printable Skull Dice

Polygonal dice as if assembled from tiny human skulls. 3-d printable at your command, of course. Dig it. http://www.shapeways.com/model/285240/

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This Just In – Man in Morgue Not Quite Dead

“…not quite dead…” Continue reading

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