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…

The Amityville Saga, Part Three: Hoax or Haunting?

So, what can we make of the Amityville Saga? If we are to take the claims at face value, it would be obvious that the house at 112 Ocean Avenue was seemingly cursed from its very beginnings. If that were the case, where do the DeFeo murders fall into the Amityville cannon? Was Butch, as…

The Amityville Saga, Part Two: The Lutz Haunting

If you thought the Amityville story begins and ends with a family massacre, I’m afraid you’re mistaken. Fast forward through the trial that found Ronald DeFeo Jr. guilty of six counts of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, and we’re in December 1975. 112 Ocean Avenue had been sitting empty for 13…

The Amityville Saga, Part One: The DeFeo Murders

Nobody could have predicted how the events of November 13th, 1974 would forever change the sleepy little town of Amityville, Long Island. Indeed, the crime and the spectacle that followed have cemented their place in the forefront of modern conciseness and strikes a chill to this day.  The case brought together the realms of true…

Around The World In Eighty Ghosts: Part Four

Can you believe we’re already at the end of our little ghost tour? I can.  So here it is! The last 20 stops on our Around The World In Eighty Ghosts Series. I think this proves that not all ghosts stories consist of floating white figures, roaming the halls of  English manors, although there are…

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…