Archive for the 'Pirates' Category
Friday, September 19th, 2008
So, um… talk like one. Or not. But for today, at least, the site’s been piratized…
edit @ 23:27 PDT – okay, close enough to midnight… putting this toy away until next year
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
In honor of TLaP Day, the management at MotHV Central has activated the Talk Like a Pirate plugin! Yar! All posts and comments are automagically piratified for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy it while it lasts.
In other site news – between bouts of having my arse handed to me by my job, I’m still trying to figure out why the site is being so bloody slow… My apologies for the, um, lackluster performance.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
Title: The Ghost of Captain Brand by Howard Pyle. 1903.
Note: “From Book of pirates. (New York : Harper, c1903.) Pyle, Howard (1853-1911), author.”
Original found here.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
Who doesn’t love the lonely emptiness of a ghost town? From nautical periodical Sail World:
At first it just appears like an old fashioned building – long and low with wide verandahs, cool looking for the tropics. Then you start to notice other things around this marina – similar buildings on the skyline, weedy bitumen roads into the rain forest, ancient fire hydrants – and you start to realise that you have arrived in some kind of a ghost town. Asking questions, you find it’s not an ordinary, or even small ghost town, but an immense, wilting military city, a leftover from the US presence in Panama.
In our Peterson 46 Blackwattle we have arrived in the ‘new’ marina called Shelter Bay, just opened a few months ago on the far side of the Panama Canal from the city of Colon.
In the empty air it’s easy to imagine lines of soldiers here, snapped to attention, whiffs of diesel as the jeeps roll by – basketball being played in off times, jungles runs in the morning, the clatter of the mess rooms. The rain forest has been cleared for the buildings, replaced by rolling lawns, now tall and weedy among the remaining palm trees.. Back in the marina we’ve heard tales of jungle training in the thick forest. But now, as the forest reclaims its own, the monkeys are taking over, yelping to each other, and making impossibly long leaps high above us through the undergrowth. The chorus of birdcalls sways back and forth over our heads as we walk. We’re glad for them, these returning inhabitants.
But then we take a car, and just 10 minutes and hundreds of years away visit another ghost – the ancient fort of San Lorenzo that guarded the legendary gold of the Chagres River. The Spanish built it around 1600, but over the centuries were given a very hard time by the English, who kept attacking and destroying it. That loved vile pirate Henry Morgan did a thorough job of it – he captured it, used it to sack Panama City, then blew it totally before making off with the gold. They built it again, but then the English Admiral Vernon took it again just 80 years later. The ruined structure that we roam was built yet again in 1750.
Go read all of it. Sounds like a great setting for a story.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
Arrr, me hearties. The scurvy dogs be finding treasure that I be a wanting. From National Geographic:
Treasure hunters digging on a remote bluff overlooking Florida’s Suwannee River claim they have found tantalizing evidence that pirate gold might be at the bottom of a muddy, 13-foot (4-meter) hole.
“We’ve found mahogany wood samples, flecks of gold, and gold all over the diver’s dive suit [after diving in the hole],” said Tommy Todd, a St. Petersburg landscaper who owns the property being excavated.
Todd and his partners, whom he declined to name, may be closing in on a treasure that—according to local lore—was buried in the area some 200 years ago by Jean LaFitte.
LaFitte roamed the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century as a smuggler and privateer, though he reportedly described himself an entrepreneur and defender of American freedom.
The spot near Fowler’s Bluff, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) upriver from where the Suwannee meets the Gulf, was a likely hangout for LaFitte and such notorious colleagues as Jose Gaspar, Billy “Bowlegs” Rogers, and Black Caesar (see map of the Suwannee River).
Entire article well worth reading.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Blackbeard’s ship…just might have “come in.”
Ten years of research has led to the “inescapable conclusion” that a shipwreck near Beaufort is the flagship of Blackbeard the pirate, a state historian said Friday.
Lindley Butler, historian for the Queen Anne’s Revenge project, said the size of the sunken ship, the number of guns it carried and the artifacts recovered from the site strengthen the connection to the pirate.
Historical records indicate that Blackbeard sank the Queen Anne’s Revenge off the N.C. coast in 1718. – The Sun News
So far, about 15 percent of the shipwreck has been recovered including jewelry, dishes and thousands of other artifacts.
The items are being preserved and studied at a lab at East Carolina University, and eventually more will become available for the public to view, Claggett said.
Nearly 2 million people have viewed shipwreck artifacts since 1998, including at a permanent exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort and at a maritime museum in Paris, project officials said. – Winston-Salem Journal
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
Arrrr, ye scurvy dogs. Shiver me timbers ole Cap’n Carnacki almost be forgetting.
And yonder be the site for ye British tars.
[update from protected static: because a day without pirates is like... well... I don't know. But we'll have the Pirate filter engaged for the day. All your exclusive MotHV content - piratized!]
Friday, August 11th, 2006
Death posted on a blog to open a dialogue and to discuss ways that Death is making a killing in profits.
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
It has been too long since I’ve done a round up of my fellow horror blogger posts. The horror of war has cast a shadow of late over the fictional horror I love.
With that said, follow me into the shelter and comfort of my dusty and spiderweb draped crypt. Bring that candle over here. Sit beside me as I set the exhibits before you on top of this coffin. The occupant won’t mind. Let us see what I’ve collected.
Bibi links to German Expressionist films, including Nosferatu, The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Curt at the Groovy Age of Horror interviews Mark Ricketts about his graphic novel Night Trippers. Check out the interview here and his review of Night Trippers here. Both are well worth the click of the link.
Stacie brings us Silent Hill horror over at FinalGirl. And do not miss her match made in heaven. Zombies are always in style.
Cavan at The CavBlog finds us a nice set of Most Haunted coasters and key rings. I’m looking forward to The CavBlog mouse pad.
Mark at Exclamation Mark’s Vintage SciFi/Horror Reviews unleashes his claws and takes a bite out of Reptillicus.
Taliesin of Taliesin meets the vampires introduces us to Vampirates, perhaps the greatest concept ever for a children’s book series.
Ghost Droppings brings us some perfect Halloween decorations (it’s never too early to decorate for Halloween).
Kevin of Ghost in the Machine rounds of Comic-Con news so I don’t have to.
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Monday, June 12th, 2006
I confess I had similar thoughts when I first saw the trailer for the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Coming Attractions has a Q&A with Bill Nighy (you might remember him from Underworld or Shaun of the Dead):
CS: At that point, did you realize that your face would be obscured by octopus or squid tentacles?
Nighy: There were various drawings and yeah, it was plainly never going to resemble me, which is always a good thing. (That’s a joke.) But he kind of evolved. I can’t remember, but the early pictures, he always had some kind of growth coming out of his chin. I don’t know if they were actually tentacles at the very beginning. I think that was a later idea, which is brilliant actually, because the tentacles live, they have a life, and they can do stuff. They are extremely unsettling and scary, which is basically Davy Jones’ job in the movie, to put the fear of God into people.
CS: Did Jones intentionally have a Lovecraftian look and does his appearance have anything to do with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology?
Nighy: No, it’s funny. I sort of thought in that area. I don’t know for sure, you’d have to ask them, but it would seem that it’s the kind of world that might have informed them.