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The Dripping Bloody Hawk-Mummy of War


Original article here.

In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.

A followup article the same year explains more, and gives the owner's name.

Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.


Original article here.

Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Superstition, War, 1930's

Moodus Mystery

More history here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 07, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Superstition, Natural Wonders, Fictional Monsters

The Martian Writing of Hélène Smith



A self-styled medium, Ms Smith was not content to talk to distant or dead Earth people only, but also had a hotline to Mars. Here is her portrait of a typical Martian, and their language.

Wikipedia entry here.

Long article here.

Happy Nutcrack Night!



Original article here.

Who knew that Halloween used to be a time of divination for romance?

LOVE TESTS OF HALLOWEEN tells of other forgotten customs.

Whether you are roasting your lover's nuts, or going door-to-door for candy, have a swell night!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 31, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

The tour for squares.

The tour for hipsters.

Their home page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Regionalism, Religion, Superstition

Vincent Price and the Occult


Why don't the occult masters ever reveal anything useful, like winning lottery numbers?

Source is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 26, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Superstition, 1970's

The Disembodied

If you like the snippet above, featuring the sensuous writhings of Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50-Foot Woman), then watch the full movie below.

Thanks, BMN!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 25, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Superstition, Sex Symbols, 1950's

The Devil’s Daughter

Full film follows.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Family, Horror, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Superstition, 1970's

Pearl Bryan and Bobby Mackey’s Music World

A haunted country-music club? Just visit Bobby Mackey's Music World in Wilder, Kentucky.

Fittingly, the most famous ghost, Pearl Bryan, has her own ballad.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 04, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Death, Horror, Music, Regionalism, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

The Aswang


Learn about the Filipino vampire known as the "aswang" here and here, then watch the documentary above.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Cryptozoology, Superstition, Foreign Customs, South Pacific
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