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When it comes to being haunted there are no places perhaps more haunted than the Winchester Mystery House. Located in San Jose, California, the giant Victorian mansion once was home to Sarah Winchester, widow of the maker of the Winchester rifle. Aside from now being a historical landmark, the place is known for its size, strange architecture, and strong paranormal activity. The most perplexing feature about the place is its known construction that went on every single day with Sarah Winchester's insistence until her death in 1922 when all construction halted. So why did Sarah Winchester keep building? Who are the spirits that haunt this place and why is the architecture so bizarre?
When her husband died, Sarah Winchester inherited his fortune and his land. After her child also died she decided to move but not before going to a medium who told her to build a home for herself and always continue to build to appease those who died from Winchester rifles. It is also claimed that she moved west because the spirits of those who died from the rifles haunted her and her family. When she finally moved to the property that we now refer to as the Mystery house she began building and it began a strange house at that. She did not use an architect and would add on to the building in a strange fashion. The house has several oddities such as doors and stairs that go nowhere, windows overlooking other rooms, doors that when you open them up it's just a brick wall, and stairs go up to nothing and stop at a wall. Many accounts suggest these oddities are due to her belief in ghosts haunting her to make up for the bloodshed her husband's rifles caused. It's suggested today that the layout for the house's odd structure could be the reason it seems so haunted.
The outside may look normal but the inside tells quite a different story. There are around161 rooms, 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms as well as 47 fireplaces, over 10,000 panes of glass, 17 and possibly there were more. There are also two basements and three elevators. The number 13 is also prominent throughout the house with the number of stairs, tiles on a floor, windows in a room, and other things always at 13. There is also a room that Sarah Winchester stopped going in altogether after she placed one of her late child's items inside it. Perhaps the most puzzling thing of all is in modern times a census was taken to find out how many rooms were in the house and oddly enough it was more than the 161. Did people just miscount the number of rooms or have some been added over the years by spirits?
So who haunts the house and why? Sarah Winchester is said to haunt the house of course. She is mainly said to be seen in what used to be her bedroom. She is said to be seen throughout the house but mainly in the rooms she frequently used. Aside from Sarah Winchester, the ghosts of the construction workers who worked on the house are said to haunt the place. They are seen walking the halls or even seen building. During tours, people also claim they hear whistling as if a worker if passing the time while working. Whatever it is there is no doubt between the reasoning or the building that the Winchester House is in fact haunted.
Winchester died in 1922 all building of the house ceased..at least from a living standpoint. Since she left no one in her will to get the house it went to the city and it was made as a place for people to be given a tour of. Over the last few years when a census was done on the house the outcome for the number of rooms seemed to be more than the previous time they were counted. Some suggest that the person handling matters simply miscounted but the other theory is suggested that the ghosts are still adding onto the house.
So what is our fascination with this house? It’s strange, it’s not like any other house we’ve ever seen or will ever see in our lives. It’s an endless labyrinth that tells of a woman’s bizarre superstitious endeavors and is one of the best and obvious places that ghosts should roam because they feel their mission will never be done. The Winchester House is not to be taken lightly in fact if you ever tour the place you should always stay with your group because you don’t want to get lost and who knows who you may bump into.
Here is a poem I wrote that is in my poetry book, The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage. It’s called Echoes of a Rifle and it’s about the Winchester House and it’s history. There have been many homages and references to the house in popular culture and with the house as big as it is it’s no surprise why it’s inspiration and referenced so many times.
It was to be a simple build
of what was to become a house
But told to add on for blood that spilled
With enough spaces to confuse even a mouse
So it went on for years and years
Men everyday hard at work
Adding on features hidden with fears
The lady of the house slowly going berserk
They put in windows against walls
Doors and stairs that lead to no where
For as long as the echoes call
She tells them to build without concern or care
Each stairwell ending in thirteen
of all kinds straight, angled and spiral
Even today workers are still seen
Whistling Dixie as they nail and smile
Taking a count of the rooms within
May lead to a chilling revelation
Since constant building would forgive sin
The number can only be an estimation
The whispering of voices carry on
as the spirits seem ever so delightful
The men hard a work still, never gone
All from the echoes of a rifle
|Posted on April 26, 2021 at 3:55 PM||comments (23)|
It’s not just playing with a Ouija board and tapping on the wall three times. Spiritualism is the belief the dead can communicate with the living. It has been a wide belief and practice throughout America and Europe since the 1800s. A few well-respected people began the practice with their own early methods. Many Victorians during the 1800s began abandoning their religions in favor of spiritualism despite the vague connection between the two. Victorians were interested in the paranormal, supernatural, and occult because it displayed a new look into parts of religion and the afterlife. Many popular forms of the paranormal included in the late Victorian era were mesmerism, clairvoyance, and others but mainly the big one in Spiritualism.
A few well-known people were for and against the idea of spiritualism. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the infamous Sherlock Holmes but was fascinated by the principles of spiritualism. Not only that but his wife had taken it up and become a medium and clairvoyant. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was also into it however, her husband was against it despite the fact that she herself was very much into it. While many people were caught up in the fad of the time that was spiritualism there were some who were not and none more so than magician Harry Houdini. Something about spiritualism bothered him and he made it his mission when he wasn’t doing magic to expose as many people who practiced spiritualism as he could. What has his motive? It’s uncertain but perhaps Houdini looked at spiritualism as “fake magic” compared to what he did and didn’t want to see people’s livelihood’s ruined by promises of talking to their dead loved ones.
However, not everyone was against it and even royalty claimed to see ghosts and found themselves getting into spiritualism. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert claimed to see spirits and even held one or two seances with a medium in hopes to get a deeper look into the spirits they saw. Spiritualism was a giant wave of a fad that took on literal otherworldly popularity and in many ways, it’s easy to see why people at the time were so taken and accepting of it. On the other hand, it’s also easy to side with Houdini on it in the sense that many people knew it was popular and most likely didn’t have any powers or connections to the supernatural. So rather than try to see if they could become good at it they simply prayed on the vulnerable and ran scams telling people what they wanted to hear and pretended to be communicating with the dead.
Whichever side you choose to stand on you can’t dent that spiritualism was a thing and it is still widely recognized today though in more dramatic fashion and other types of more profound techniques. In a different time, spiritualism could have become a concrete solid religion or common practice with all the elements of what made it popular when it first came out but perhaps luckily people were skeptical and questioned it. Maybe spiritualism has substance but then again maybe it was all nothing more than an idle scam that too many people got caught up in.
|Posted on January 24, 2020 at 6:50 PM||comments (24)|
When we think of possession we naturally tend to think of the horror movie The Exorcist. A movie about a young girl who becomes possessed by a demonic spirit and the church is brought in to perform an exorcism on her to get rid of the malevolent being. This while dramatically fictitious is an example of demonic possession. Demonic possession is defined as the belief that a person's actions are controlled by an alien spirit, demon, or entity. It also happens to be a controversial topic in the sense that some people believe it can happen while others believe it can't create a controversial topic that divides people on their thoughts on it. So why do I want to talk about possession? Well for one, horror is one of my specialties and possession is a bit horror topic, two I'm trying to write more posts on the paranormal and three, I think it's a decent topic to discuss and talk about.
The first thing to know about demonic possession is that it is connected to religion in the sense that each religion has its own theories, thoughts, and ways to address it. I won't be getting into the details of each religion's ways of dealing with possession but rather I'll talk about the dark sides and effects of it that they all share. Many believe possession to be a disorder and possibly a psychological disorder with several other traits to go with it. While possession could easily be diagnosed under many disorders and symptoms one must look past a medical diagnosis and try to believe that it is a supernatural happening and force. Possession is not a common occurrence which is why it should not quickly be attributed to a normal disorder or illness. Possession is a demon, an actual being from another world, possibly hell or someone who was bad in life that has become a demonic spirit. After characterizing what possession is the next step is identifying what it wants and why it's attached itself to a particular person.
In most cases, a demon who possesses a person's body wants one thing, to control them. They want to live in this world and use the person's body and essence as a way to live amongst the living and cause harm to the person as well. Now while I have never seen or heard of a real case of possession I imagine it's truly horrific and probably quite painful to the person being possessed. While fiction does do a good job of showing how possession maybe it dramatically shows the things we all expect possession to be and usually cuts out the small symptoms and things that make the ordeal truly worse. In movies and shows all we usually see is a demon talking in a voice nowhere close to the actual person's voice, the person talking inappropriately, vomiting, inflicting harm to the person's body and writing strange symbols on walls. Is this what real demonic possession is? I'm sure parts of this are true to what really happens but I can't help but feel like Hollywood dramatizes these particular effects because they know they will shock people.
Possession is a serious supernatural condition and while I have stated above that it's controversial its also the reason Hollywood and horror make it a perfect cause and effect as a tool and vice. What's scarier than a person being taken over by a demon and acting totally different, threatening people and doing strange and abnormal things? Exactly, not much. A demon itself is scary enough but when a demon tries to or successfully takes over a human body and still does demonic things? That's bound to scare the daylights out of people and put the scare and fear factor at a 10 out of 10. Should we enjoy seeing possession in fiction? Sure, as long as we remember that it's just that, fiction. Seeing it for real is probably fifty times worse and something no person wants to see or experience for themselves. Possession is many things but one thing it isn't is a horror tool used to scare people. It is a vicious and dark part of life that in rare cases does happen and sometimes we forget that.
|Posted on January 17, 2020 at 8:25 PM||comments (22)|
Ghost Stories. Chances are we’ve all heard some over a campfire, or have read them at some point. Ghost stories are meant to scare us, to give us chills and to make us look over our shoulders. Some stories are urban legends, told for years and passed down without any true knowledge of whether or not it’s true. Other stories are the ones that will be listed here, the best of the best. These are some of the best ghost story books of all time and how they have shaped not only the ghost story genre but also transcend the paranormal genre as well.
In no particular order but descriptions only on the first six:
The Shining by Stephen King: The tale of Jack Torrance who takes his wife Wendy and son Danny up to the mountains of Colorado so he can take care of the Overlook Hotel during the winter months. Jack soon begins hearing and seeing spirits and they tell him his son has a special gift.
Many would suggest The Shining isn’t truly a ghost story but I say it is but not in the traditional
sense. It does have a lot that goes on and the ghosts take a while to appear but the fact tat they are there, exist and are centered to the plot of the book means that it’s definitely a ghost story, and one of the best at that.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: Four people stay at a house, all their for different reasons. They stay within the house to see that it is haunted and if the ghosts are welcome to their visitors but underneath the surface as the house livens up, it makes it’s presence known.
A great ghost story that takes on the ole group of people adventuring into a haunted place in hopes of finding something. It’s told in such a way that you get a good sense of what each character feels and experiences and some more than others. This is first novel that started the ole group ghost adventure story.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold, vile and beyond bitter old man who doesn’t believe in Christmas and doesn’t really care for people or appreciate life as most do. His recently deceased partner Jacob Marley visits him and tells him three ghosts will visit him to try and get him to change his ways.
A beloved fun and famous Christmas tale but also a brilliant and eerie ghost story. It’s been told in remakes so many times over the years but usually in most cases keeps the same version and overall ghost story presence.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving:
Ichabod Crane is a whimpy school teacher who is gullible and bullied by local Brom Bones. As he walks homes through the woods everyday he soon begins to hear things, ghosts perhaps? Even more so he begins seeing things and one thing in particular, a horseman, a headless horseman.
While Crane himself gets scared of locals telling him ghost stories the story’s main focus of ghosts is on the headless horsemen, who may or may not be a ghost at all but either someone in town playing a trick on Crane or simply a figure of his imagination.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: A young woman gets a job taking care of two children who are strange, silent and shy. The woman begins to hear things in the house and sees phantoms but while she is starting to get scared and feel the terror the kids aren’t scared in the slightest which could be the scariest thing of all..
Another classic story that has been told many different times although there are different variations on how it’s told. A chilling yet enthralling ghost story nonetheless, The Turn of the Screw is a ghost story that slowly develops and only gets more creepy the more into it you get.
Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe: The story of a man whose wife, Ligeia dies and he finds another woman to marry and she too dies. The man stays with his dead wife only to see her rise from the dead but now as his beloved first wife Ligeia.
Considered one of the best short stories of all time, it was one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works. It’s a ghost story in the sense of it’s deep interpretations and hidden inner meanings which means while it doesn’t seem to be a straight up ghost story on the outside it can be considered one as such from it’s inner meanings.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Dark Matter by Michelle Pavor
|Posted on October 18, 2019 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
You know his name very well. He is a man who lives on today after becoming immortal due to being the inspiration for one of horror's most notorious fiends. His name is Vlad Dracul but you know him as Vlad the Impaler. He was a fifteenth-century Wallachian prince born in the city of Sighisoara, what is now modern-day Romania. The word Dracul means devil and since his father was also Vlad Dracul he became known as Dracula meaning "son of the devil". Before literature turned him into what we now know as Dracula, Vlad was a prince but also a general who lead his Romanian army into battle to conquer and take back what was rightfully there's against the Turks. It is because of his status as a general and getting back his land that his own people consider him to be a hero and brave fighter who protected his country.
However, as history has come to make us all too aware, Vlad was not called The Impaler for nothing. Vlad didn't just want to defeat his enemies he wanted to consummate them into the ground, to humiliate and intimidate them in the most barbaric ways possible. His methods of torture are nothing short of bloodthirsty genius and satanic madman. His most well-known method of torture was to impale his victims on long sharpened wooden stakes, and many were impaled from their bottoms all the way up through their bodies so they endured death in the slowest and most agonizing way possible as people looked on in horror. It is said that he impaled over thousands including men, women, and children for intimidation and for the sport of war to make his point and those who resisted his Draconian ways.
Many of the people impaled were hung upside down as the stake went through their bodies and sometimes it would take them days or even weeks to die while impaled. When the Ottomans proclaimed war against Romania, Vlad fought them to restore order and so he could rightfully reclaim his land for his people. During this war, Vlad's first wife committed suicide by throwing herself from the tower of the castle where she well into the river. She proclaimed she would rather rot and have fish eat her then to be taken prisoner by the Turks. Despite having won many battles fate caught up with him and he was captured. He was killed in battle in 1476 near Bucharest where soldiers cut off his head and displayed it on a wooden stake.
Was Vlad the Impaler really a Satanist? A fiend who drank blood? A man who detested women by impaling them in the most sensitive areas? Maybe, maybe not but it is widely suggested that historians exaggerated many of his tales so it's hard to say what is true and what isn't. Either way, the whole idea that a man once existed that actually impaled others is a terrifying notion that intimidates people even still today. There is much I did not go into detail about Vlad's life but in a nutshell, he was a Prince and general who just fought for what he believed in and had an unorthodox way of torture and was over the top when it came to war. Some legends suggest that he drank the blood of his victims, that he covered himself in the blood of them before killing more. It's also said that he wore a crimson red suit of armor to not only intimidate but that when the blood splattered on him it simply mixed in with his suit so you couldn't tell.
This is where our beloved Count Dracula comes from. The story to which Bram Stoker got his inspiration. While Dracula is fictional, he is based on the real Vlad the Impaler. If you truly watch Dracula(1992) you'll realize that much of the story is taken from the real-life accounts of Vlad the Impaler. Whether or not he was a satanic madman is debatable but one thing is clear. Vlad the Impaler lives on through the ideas of many Romanians who look at him as a hero and revolutionary even still today. He lives on as an immortal vampire in literature as Count Dracula who lives in a creepy castle and longs to find his beloved.
In the 20's, a team went to exhume Vlad's body but when they opened the tomb all they saw laying in it were animal bones…
|Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Cannibalism. When we hear the word we immediately think of horror and complete terror and well we should. By no means am I going to glorify, defend or tell you cannibalism is necessary at times in order to survive because that’s not this type of post. What I am going to tell you is the horrors of cannibalism and what it is and why it is one of the most disturbing things imaginable. If this topic makes you upset, offends you or makes you sick then I suggest you read no further. No seriously, if this isn't for you then leave now, you’ve been warned. What is cannibalism? You know what it is, it’s when a human being eats another human being. It’s a thought that just creeps, sickens and turns our stomach inside out(no pun intended). In the world of horror every once in a while we come across a non-horror idea that we make scary but while cannibalism isn’t a horror topic it doesn’t need any adding of details because it’s already a real-life horror.
Why do people eat other people? Again, we know the answer to this, at least from a survival standpoint but then again from another viewpoint we don’t which is what I’m talking about. Why do people eat other people? Because they are sick, twisted individuals who for some reason to which we will never understand, enjoy the taste of human flesh. Wendigoes are creatures from Algonquin folklore who take over people's bodies and turn them into cannibals. Now while not every case of cannibalism has people pleading the Wendigo defense it should be brought to your attention that there is a mythical horror which deals with cannibalism.
Some people in this world are just sick in the head, deranged and twisted individuals who know no bounds. In the movie, “The Green Inferno”, a group of people get into a plane crash and the plane crashes in a remote jungle. The survivors are found by members of a tribe, taken prisoner and then cooked and eaten. As crazy of a movie as this is it also gives the notion that there could in fact, no there are probably are tribes of people who as part of their custom, eat other human beings. That may be all fine and dandy but it still doesn’t correct the fact that people are eating other people! (are you sick of hearing this sentence?). Then, of course, there’s the ole snowed in up in the cold mountains and your friend is dead so how do you survive? You eat them. Again, while these two practices are deemed “necessary” it still doesn’t make it okay and it doesn’t justify the fact that people should eat other people.
Jeffrey Dahmer, the world’s most notorious cannibal. I don’t know about you but I’m not a psychologist and if I was I don’t think I’d want to really see the results of this man’s brain. Dahmer like many serial killers has unfortunately been glorified by media and Hollywood with countless books and movies on him. Dahmer killed several men and ate them. He stored their body parts in freezers and refrigerators and at one point he had a human head in his frig. Dahmer enjoyed what he did but at the end when he was caught he regretted his actions but again apologize all you want it doesn’t justify the horrific action of consuming another human being.
I once watched a murder investigation show about a man in Canada who lived alone on a farm and never adventured out but when he did he picked up prostitutes and somewhere down the line he developed the idea of killing them and then eating them. When he was finally caught police and FBI found over two dozen bodies buried on his property. I once saw another similar show but it was a bit more disturbing about two cannibals who became friends and one of them became ill and was going to die so he asked his friend to eat him after he died and to document it and explain what it was like. There were way more disturbing parts to it but because I think you’re already grossed out enough as it is, I’ll leave it at that.
So what are your thoughts on Cannibalism? Do you think it’s necessary when you're stranded out in the cold with nothing to eat and it’s the only way to survive? Do you think there are communities of people out there in other countries or in small remote islands who eat other people as part of their customs and religion? Or are you like me? Someone who thinks of the word cannibalism and just gets chills even thinking of the meaning of the word. To know that there’s Jeffrey Dahmer’s of this world who wished to destroy us as human beings by dissecting us like insects and then consuming us. I hope you're like me because cannibalism is truly one of the most horrific things in this world and one of the most messed up things that can happen to us as human beings.
|Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
“Listen to them, the children of the night, what music they make!” -Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula
When we hear the word vampire we immediately think of two things. One, an immortal creature that longs for blood and two, the essential star vampire Dracula, the vampire who other vampires long to be. In a nutshell, we think of vampires as creatures and supernatural beings with extraordinary powers who we love to read about and watch on television. The tale of the vampire has been told over the years in so many ways from Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula all the way to Stephanie Meyer’s Twlight(with lots and lots of vampire tales in between).
The one thing to note and consider here however is our perception of the vampire and how it is that we now glamorize something that simply shouldn’t be glamorized. Why is it that we don’t fear vampires? Where exactly did we go wrong and why did this change? Well, technically Dracula is a romance novel just like Die Hard is a Christmas movie but I’ll save that discussion for another day. The way the media and authors have portrayed vampires usually runs the same...until now.
For every Dracula story and film there’s always the same premise, the same idea; that Dracula is a vampire who wants his beloved back and stalks Mina because he longs for her while causing havoc around him. Underworld tells of the classic vampires versus werewolves battle which while fun to watch is your typical beast A very beast B fighting for supremacy of who’s the best of the best. Then you have your Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice which shows the flamboyant and sometimes over the top vampire Lestat and his many adventures. Then of course there’s the love and sex appeal we have given the vampire, the glamorization I referred to in the beginning. I’m not sure of the very book or film that did this but it’s taken us to now, we have this affection and sex appeal for the vampire that just doesn’t make sense yet we are used to it because it’s become the normal.
I myself have found a new approach to the vampire, one that I have not really come across in any other story or portrayal. In my series, Vampires, I talk about how vampires should be feared in the first poem but then I tell of how vampires have become depressed and almost suicidal and longing for death because no one fears them anymore. It goes into detail about how many just wish to walk into the sun or wish to get stabbed in the heart. The most recent poem in the series shows how the vampires are tired of feeling bad for themselves and make you remember who they are and just why they should be feared.
At first, when I wrote about the vampires being depressed and suicidal it wasn’t my intention at all as I just wrote what came to me at the time. From there it took on a more interesting idea for me so I expanded on it. I felt it was a different approach to the vampire lore and there’s nothing sexy or glittery about them. The series is up to about six or seven(yes I’m not sure how many I’ve written at this point) but with the most recent being the fact that they want to strike fear into people again it will be interesting to see if I could keep it going but so far nothing is in the works of another poem in the series. Vampires can be portrayed in many different ways and even as suicidal depressed immortals who are just so over life.
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|Posted on September 27, 2019 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
If you’re into horror then chances are it doesn’t matter if it’s real or fabricated horror you love it regardless. However, there is a big difference between going to a place expecting to get scared from a comical theatrical sense and going to a haunted house where people were murdered and the killer still haunts the house. It goes without saying that real horror is different and far more scary than any haunted house or theme park. Let’s not let that spoil this article in fact let’s take a look at examples of both and look into why some of us can’t get enough of either.
All haunted attractions are based off of real horror, things we perceive to represent real horror and meant to scare us. These places whether it’s in a house, church(I have attended a haunted attraction in a church before), field, warehouse or wherever they are, you go there expecting to be scared and you know you will be. When you go to a real known place with paranormal activity you don’t know whether or not you’ll get scared and that triggers a whole different feeling inside you.
Real haunted horror are places like the Amityville House, The Winchester House, The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Bobby Mackey’s, Gettysburg, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, and many more. These are places where horrific things took place and all have haunted pasts that still continue to this day. These places are only some of the most famous but there’s many more. If the walls in these places could talk they’d have some of the most gruesome and disturbing ghost stories to tell and that’s putting it lightly. Real hauntings and real horror are what some of us think we want to see for ourselves to see if we can encounter or experience anything. Sure it seems like a good idea until we realize we bit off more than we can chew..
Haunted Horror Attractions are the places we go every year in October. Haunted Houses, Haunted Factories, Haunted Hayrides, Corn Mazes, you name it. These places are designed to scare us and we go there in anticipation in hopes of being scared. For some it’s all about the scare, the adventure and fun. When you go to these places you’re likely to feel something but at the end of the night you know that it’s all done in fun and that none of it’s real. Whether it’s a scary clown, cosmic alien, creepy lumberjack with a chainsaw or whatever you may see in these places these are characters created to scare you and you let them. These haunted attractions are scary fun and quite a change from the real haunted horrors we hope to encounter when entering a real place filled with paranormal activity.
Now of course real horrific places have inspired movies and television shows so that we as horror fans can ingest it easier. Real horror is seen countless times in Hollywood and entertainment but it’s not watered down but changed so that it’s just like a haunted attraction, to be anticipated and enjoyed in a theatrical sense. This however doesn’t always work and sometimes it just makes people want to go to the real place and before you know it they are traumatized and wishing they never watched the movie to begin with. I am exaggerating a bit but I’m sure it’s happened just like I’m sure some haunted attractions have tried to hold their haunted theme parks at real known haunted places. Can you imagine the type of horror you would get then? The best of both worlds until you couldn’t distinguish between what’s real and what’s not. Perhaps it’s best we keep our haunted attractions separate from the real horrors of the world because after all we don’t want to create any more real life haunted horrors...
|Posted on September 27, 2019 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
Haunted houses, mansions, asylums, and cemeteries. When it comes to haunted we genuinely think of these four places but let's not forget about factories and warehouses. These two places, in my opinion, could be even more haunted then the four listed above. Before I get into why I believe this to be so let’s first delve into why factories and warehouses are creepy. From an outside perspective, most factories and warehouses are big in stature and are made from brick and concrete so they give off a menacing look because they have to store such big things within them.
Have you ever looked at a giant factory building during a dark gloomy day? Chances are if you have you get the same feeling I do, you get creeped out! So why do I feel factories and warehouses are more haunted than houses, mansions or even asylums and cemeteries? Well for one they were built hundreds of years ago and likely had hundreds of workers inside and if you account for accidents that may have happened well you have a few dozen or so hauntings right there.
Factories and warehouses are made for businesses and back in the day when industrialism came along many of them were built all over the world especially right here in the United States. If you factor that in plus consider the fact that there were hundreds of people, accidents bound to happen and not to mention horrific deaths possibly occurring because of the equipment in these factories you could easily get hauntings from these places today. Of course not every factory or warehouse is haunted but I’m sure if a poll were taken it would show a great deal of them could have paranormal activity. Also, factories and warehouses have that natural rustic, man-made, rugged look to them which doesn’t help matters when it comes to the creepy factor.
There are so many reasons factories and warehouses could be haunted just like houses, mansions, asylums, and cemeteries but there’s also another overlooked reason that could be the case. Many warehouses over the years have been used as slaughterhouses, places where people butcher animals and maybe more. They have also been known to be used as headquarters for criminals and even places where criminals and the mafia do business by killing people within them. This could also be a reason that places that still stand now are not only creepy on the outside but scary and haunted on the inside due to the horrible history that took place.
Factories and warehouses are where work is meant to be done and maybe that’s just it. Perhaps people who once worked there long ago haunt the place not to scare people but because it’s all they knew, it’s what made them happy, to go to work every day and have a purpose. Perhaps they haunt the place because they still feel there’s work to be done or they are on a continuous loop as a residual haunting repeating an action in their once everyday working life. If you find yourself in a creepy factory or warehouse be on alert but also remember you may not have to be afraid because yes the place may be haunted but those who still roam the building are not there to harm or haunt you or maybe they are…
|Posted on September 20, 2019 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hades. In ancient Greek mythology, he is the god of the dead and the king of the underworld. Now I could give you a rundown of who he was and who he's connected to in Greek mythology but that's not what this piece is about. I want to give you the gruesome side of Hades, the reason he is the god of the dead and king of the underworld. So let's skip the history textbook descriptions and eighth-grade project portrayals and get to the good stuff, shall we?
History's depiction of Hades is actually sad for horror fans and those who consider death as evil because Hades wasn't depicted as evil but was well-mannered and reserved. However, it's popular culture and Hollywood's idea of Hades that make him far more sinister than the Greeks ever did. The only reason the Greeks feared Hades was because he is the keeper of death so naturally the Greeks saw him as evil and feared death so they feared him. Popular culture portrays Hades as a cold ruthless demeaning bastard who breathes fire and brimstone and burns people alive till they join him in the afterlife. He's considered pure evil and a villain due to his association with death. So in a way, we took the Greek's fear of him and took it steps further and turned him into a more fearful foe.
So how did Hades become such a villain and why did we as a society do it? Well, the how is simple, all it takes is one person to have written or shown him as such and from then on it took off like wildfire. As for the why well again Hades represents death so naturally like the Greeks we see death as evil, as something we don't look forward to so it's only fitting that we add more to an already gloomy figure to make him eviler. Popular culture has turned him into a dark being that people not only fear but will bring harm to them, almost as if he were the devil himself. However, in Egyptian myth their God of the underworld was Anubis also the preparer of the dead but there's no real horror or villainous spin to Anubis yet there is with Hades, this is a better question to ask why too. We tend to enjoy Greek mythology so it's again only fitting that we made Hades bad and Hercules good and the man that takes him down.
To elaborate a bit further about popular culture turning Hades into a fearsome being of death I once wrote two poems about Hades in my horror poetry books, The Macabre Masterpiece, and The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage. The first poem tells of Hade's warning people about how he's not mentally stable and if they defy him they will face the consequences. The second poem is Hades explaining how he has embarrassed, tortured and killed people after they ignored his warning from the first poem. The two poems are a clear example of our depiction of Hades as an evil figure however these two poems go a bit beyond that and make Hades sounds like a soulless psychopathic killer. As you take a closer look at Hades you realize the truth. Hades wasn't evil, we are for making him evil and if that is true then what does that say about us?
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