Archive for May 17th, 2005

Ghost hunter teaching in Nevada

He’ll be at a community college. From the Nevada Appeal:

Silver and gold, mule deer and big horn sheep or buffets and blackjack tables – Northern Nevada is known as rich territory to explore by big-game hunters of every ilk.

For ghost-hunter Richard Senate, it’s an absolute specter safari.

The area has more than its share of local haunts, according to Senate.

After a dig on the night of July 3, 1978, the archaeologist and historian had a run-in with the ghost of a monk that left his hair standing on end and his mind reeling trying to explain it all.

I took golf for an easy credit. My school didn’t offer ghost hunting or I so would have been there.

Things that go bump in the night

Sometimes it’s just the dog. From Inside Bay Area:

AMITYVILLE, SHAMITYVILLE. My childhood home really WAS haunted.
Hollywood knows that the claim “based on a true story” helps sell scary movies. In the case of “The Amityville Horror,” the “truth” of the story has been widely discredited, but the Hollywood Hype Machine lumbers on.

As you recall from the book or the first movie, a family bought a house in which a young man had killed his parents and siblings with a rifle, one by one, as they lay sleeping. He supposedly heard voices directing him to do so. The house was put on the market and the new owners moved in with their three children. I hope they didn’t pay top dollar.

The family began to notice little things like doors and windows that opened and closed by themselves, sickly odors, and green slime on the walls. Oh, yes, and an invisible brass band that marched through the house.

I can relate. We lived in a haunted house when I was 9 years old. There were odd noises, horrible smells and unexplained happenings galore.

Go read the rest of the story to find out more.

Sex-crazed demon terrorizes Tanzania

From Reuters:

Mohammed Juma starts to sweat and fidget as he recalls his rape by Popo Bawa, the most feared spirit-monster of the Zanzibar spice islands.

“We believe reading the Koran is our only defense, nothing else,” says the 41-year-old driver and father of four. “But Popo Bawa is real, and well prepared.”

Vacationers on the Indian Ocean islands tend to smile dismissively at accounts in guidebooks of the bat-like ogre said to prey on men, women and children. But for superstitious Zanzibaris a visit from the sodomizing gremlin is no joke.

Anyone checked Bush-appointee Dr. David W. Hager to see if he has an alibi?

Blade:Trinity, a bloody mess

Bill Cunningham at DISC/ontent has a great review of Blade:Trinity, a movie I had the misfortune of seeing in a theater. I loved the first one, thought the second one tolerable and had hopes for the third. Those hopes were dashed by this mess of a movie. Go read Bill’s review.

Whitby: Dracula’s vacation destination in England

I noticed two of my links for Whitby on my sidebar had died as the site’s server host had changed. For those reading Dracula Blogged, it’ll be months before we land in Whitby. But for those reading my book, Whitby plays an important role as the vampire hunters hide in the coastal village where Count Dracula made his terrible landfall.

If you are not reading either book, the photos are still worth a click.

Whitby 1
Whitby 2

Whitby 3

The last is labeled by the photographer as “Dracula’s Whitby.”

The photographer, Don Burluraux, takes lots of his shots during his walks of North Yorkshire. His latest photos may be found in the sidebar under North Yorkshire. But for any lover of Britain, his archive is a delightful place to wander.

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