This last week is being posted a bit late because I took one of my summer trips across Alaska, and my boyfriend and I ended up taking a road adventure all the way to Homer, Alaska. So I'm backdating this entry for the day after I left on my trip--my apologies! We're exploring the last of the Oregon Urban Legends and Ghost Lore this week with the reports of a ghost soldier, tortured and killed mental patients, the ghosts of the Flavel family, and a haunted lighthouse! Enjoy!
So I entered into an exhibition earlier this year and before COVID-19 closed everything down it was supposed to be a physical art exhibit, obviously things changed which delayed the exhibition and ended up changing it into an online exhibition. This was my entry for the theme "Resilience" which, I thoroughly enjoyed creating.
At some point about seven years ago, I came to a crossroads in my practice of witchcraft. I had put all of my craft supplies away, I rarely lit incense and I couldn't remember the last time I had lit a candle. That's not to say that these things are necessary in every practice, they were simply ways that I would have otherwise regularly manifested my intentions. I had lost myself in my marriage to my now-ex; I could no longer recognize myself. After about a year and a half of living that way, I moved to Alaska and had the most life-changing experience. I had never struggled so much before, just to keep a roof over my head and put food in the fridge--we hadn't prepared enough financially for the move to be comfortable the first few months. It took a long time before I felt comfortable and I couldn't have gotten to that point without the support of new friends in my life. To make this already long story as short as possible, I found myself interested in finding my roots. After a DNA test, I found that a lot of my heritage was Scandinavian and German--I already knew about the German ancestry and had even studied the language for two years while in college. I found myself learning more about the older Scandinavian practices that weren't as widely talked about, as the witchcraft I had spent the previous fifteen years learning and practicing. That's when I discovered galdr--essentially a spell, but with the connotations of being Icelandic in nature--galdr led me to galdrastafur, which is simply-put, Icelandic Stave Magic.
We're still exploring urban legends of Oregon, but this week we're starting to explore Alaska as well! Take a look at some of these interesting tales that have documented first-hand reports. Later on, I tackled some of the literature that Richard Matheson produced--you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that this month's dead author wrote quite a bit that you'll be familiar with!
This is the first time we've looked into the UFO side of the paranormal horror culture, but this particular story is one of the longest-lived UFO sightings in the history of Oregon! After the UFO sightings of McMinnville, we have the Haunting of Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City--which seems to be possibly one of [...]
This week was pretty slow as we start our transition to some big things coming up here in the future, but this is a special week! We're revisiting the Anna story because my organizational skills are outstanding and there was more that needed to be said before the original first chapter. Otherwise, I brought back the following two chapters and some old writing about some unusual cryptids in Alaska!
The end of April signals the end of this particular Dead Author Dedication, with our last article surrounding the life and influence of Bram Stoker on the culture of horror. I brought in some interesting podcasts that are more than worth checking out for their quality horror stories, with a list of the ten scariest podcasts I could find, then a list of The Other Stories podcast episodes that I particularly favored. Another article about the Necronomicon which featured seven movies (including one franchise) that had a connection to the story-line of the movie.
I've researched a lot of folklore this week and am really excited to show you what I've been researching and writing about; first is a dead author dedication segment that features the inspiration that Bram Stoker had for Van Helsing. Next up, I dove into the trend that has risen in Indonesia for volunteers roaming the streets as the pocong, a ghost trapped in the realm of the living who is waiting to be released. Then I spoke at length about the Necronomicon and the Evil Dead franchise and finally wrapped the week up with a look at the fairy tale behind Hansel and Gretel and the interesting adaptation that Gretel & Hansel (2020) pulled off.
This week I'm bringing you the second installment of the Bram Stoker Dead Author Dedication, a critical look into the movie 1408 (2007) which was based on a Stephen King short story by the same name. I created an original fictional narrative based on the story of Bandage Man a ghost story out of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Finally this week I did some investigative research into the origins of the Necronomicon, but it proved to be a rabbit hole that one article couldn't cover fully--so we'll talk about that more later!
I'll be doing a lot of Alaskan Ghost Lore and Haunted Location pieces in the next couple of months and I'm looking for people who would like to share their stories. Send me a message if you'd like to have your story published (with or without your real name--that's up to you), I would absolutely love to hear from you!
Kicking off April with a new Dead Author Dedication, this month's subject is Bram Stoker, author of the renowned Dracula and many other novels. Next up I wrote another piece highlighting a short horror film by ALTER, where I gave details of the kind of grief that people go through when they lose a child, [...]
There are a lot of people that are interested in learning about serial killers, perhaps because they're interested in the demented psychological aspect of it, perhaps because they adore the macabre, others still are interested in the criminal aspect and trying to understand how or why killers do what they do. To be honest, I'm one of those people--my own interests lie somewhere between the educational and the macabre; I'm simply fascinated by how a child who, much like Jeffrey Dahmer, seems to go from having a typical dysfunctional family life and childhood to cannibalism and necrophilia. Trust me when I say I take no personal joy in these types of stories, so much as I want to see how these people come into existence in the first place.
Many people look forward to the first of April, it gives them a chance to play pranks and joke around with people they otherwise wouldn't. This year during the global pandemic that has ravaged our global community and economy, people are being told not to play pranks today. As a general theory, I don't understand why--aren't difficult times the exact time for humor and fun? Well, yes and no, because everyone needs a way to lighten the mood, but the spirit of this fun can be taken too far and enter the spectrum of mean spiritedness.
In the spirit of all of the panic that has been going around about COVID-19, I wrote a short horror story as if it were the daily diary of someone who was just starting to realize the gravity of what we're going through on a global level. It's pure fiction with only one Fairbanks name drop, my favorite watering hole; hopefully, they're not terribly upset by it. I carried on that theme with an article about the origins of Pandora's Box and a retelling of the Greek myth that made Pandora famous. The rest of the week I finish up with something we're all kind of feeling right now, existential dread as well as grave robbing. Interested in seeing more horror related content? Check out Puzzle Box Horror for more great articles!
This week I dove into ghost ships, both the scientific theories of how they exist (and they do!) as well as the lore that surrounds them, but I also did two more Lovecraft-centric articles, one about the creatures that were made famous years after his death, as well as a sort of send-off to his legacy as an author. There are a lot of less than cheery parts of his personal viewpoints that I purposefully neglected to speak about, as they did little to actually contribute to his work in the realm of horror, so while they may be incredibly relevant when in regards to him as a human being, I didn't feel as if they were relevant to his body of work.
Another installment of the Dead Author Dedication for Lovecraft this week, where I wrote about the literary works he completed within his lifetime--this also got me heavily into reading pulp magazines which were popular at the time. After Lovecraft, I discussed how the human race is genetically engineered to have a deeply seated fear of [...]