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The Martian Writing of Hélène Smith

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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!

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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

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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



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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

FLUKE



I wonder why the trailer neglects to tell us that the dog houses the reincarnated soul of the little kid's father, who croaked in a car accident. Read the synopsis of the rest of the film to learn of its heart-warming tale of death, malevolence, vivisection, and heartbreak. A feel-good pic!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Movies, New Age, Religion, Superstition, Dogs, 1990's

Feather Death Crowns

A bit of Appalachian folklore:

Back when feather pillows were the norm in Appalachian households, it was not uncommon to find a hardened mass of feathers whose quills had turned inward and locked together forming a disc, or crown, in the pillow of the gravely ill, or recently deceased. Finding such an artifact in the pillow of someone ill was a sure sign that the person would die within the next three days, but it was a comforting symbol when found in the pillow of the recently deceased. Finding a crown in a person's pillow meant that the person has gone to Heaven. [Source: Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State]

People collect these things. The Museum of Appalachia in Tennessee has the largest collection. Carrollscorner.net also has a whole bunch of pictures of them.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Death, Superstition
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