5 Curious Cursed Objects You May Not Have Heard Of

Who doesn’t love a good curse? Well, except those who fall victim to it, of course.  I for one, have always been fascinated with curses, cursed objects and artefacts you probably shouldn’t touch, so I thought, why not pick a few of my favourites to share with you! By now, we know all about the…

A Brief History of Fairies

Present in one form or another across the spectrum of global folklore, you’d be forgiven for thinking these butterfly winged blighters belong solely to children’s literature and kitschy garden ornaments. Don’t be fooled by the charming exterior made popular in victorian illustrations, the Fay Folk are not to be trifled with. Let’s find out why….

Robert: The Haunted Doll of Key West

If you find yourself at a loose end in Key West, Florida, why not spend an afternoon in the East Martello Museum? Amongst the local art and history, you may find yourself drawn toward one peculiar exhibit – that of an almost child sized doll, named Robert.  He sits in his glass case, holding his…

The Ways Of The Werewolf: A Brief History of Lycanthropy 

The shadow of the werwolf has haunted European folklore since the middle ages, but did you know that the concept of animalistic transformation is present across the globe? From second century Greece to modern day USA, let us explore a brief history of werewolves. A Historic Overview Some believe the very first written reference to…

The Insatiable Tarrare

I first laid eyes on the man known as Tarrare in a Parisian side street in 1789.  “Monsieur,” he said, “care to see me eat this rat?” I did not wish to see such a thing, but before I could utter my resistance, this bizarre man – with sagging jowls that betrayed his youth –…

Elizabeth Báthory, The Blood Countess: Crimes or Conspiracy?

Elizabeth Báthory. Her name alone conjures images of great stone castles and fangs pressed against the necks of virgins – whose emotions are expressed solely with the rise and fall of their bosom, of course.  The countess is considered the female counterpart of Dracula himself, but just how much of her gruesome legend is true?…

Black Eyed Kids: An Internet Legend

Whether it’s innocent babbling about the “parents they had before” or the particularly macabre games they made you play in boarding school that sees you being accidentally waterboarded, kids are creepy.   With no perception of consequence, context or the permanence of death, it’s no surprise their make-believe games leave you worried your sharing your…

The Haunted Hexham Heads

I first came across the story of the Hexham Heads some years ago, which resulted in my own strange experience one dark and stormy night, but we’ll get to that.  For now, we’ll travel to Northumberland, where a chance find leads to one of the most obscure tales in modern British folklore. The Discovery of…

Around The World In Eighty Ghosts: Part Three

The end is in sight so let’s buckle up and continue our whistle-stop tour of the weird world we live in. Read Part’s One and Two 41. Highland Towers – Selangor, Malaysia On December 11th 1993, a 12 storey tower block in Selangor, Malaysia collapsed, resulting in the death of 48 people. As is often…

Around The World In 80 Ghosts: Part Two

We’ve already covered a quarter of our global ghost hunt, but we can’t stop now! Here’s 20 more of the most gruesome spectres and spirits around the world. Find part one here! 21. Emily’s Bridge – Vermont, USA This unassuming covered bridge in Stowe, Vermont, was once the setting of a romantic tragedy, so the…