Archive for September, 2005

Supernatural tales and music in Montana

From the Helena (Montana) Independent Record:

Internationally known composer and keyboardist Philip Aaberg and Montana Historical Society historian Ellen Baumler will premier their collaboration based on Montana supernatural stories Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Myrna Loy Center.

Baumler recently spent three days at Aaberg’s studio in Chester working with him on an audio book based on her popular “Beyond Spirit Tailings” to be released at the event by the Montana Historical Society Press and Sweetgrass Music.

Aaberg created an original score to accompany Baumler’s readings from the book.


Baumler’s “Spirit Tailings,” and “Beyond Spirit Tailings,” were based on her research into supernatural stories and ghostly legends across Montana. The books already are among the Society Press’ all-time best sellers.

Vampire cats and spiders and others

Dancing Dracula

From the West Chester (Pa.) Daily Local:

Halloween haunting season has arrived, and that means it’s time for the Brandywine Ballet Theatre’s annual production of the ballet “Dracula.”

Other Halloween activities listed for you Pennsylvanians.

‘I wanted to run away with Dracula’

From the Oakland Tribune:

EDNA O’BRIEN is a superstitious Irishwoman. During a recent conversation she “touches wood” multiple times, usually when she’s talking about the opening of her play “Family Butchers” at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre. She also touches wood to avoid cursing her new novel, “Twilight,” when she happens to mention it in passing.
If superstition has helped O’Brien in her 45-year literary career, perhaps we should all be knocking wood.

Since her earliest splash, when her “Country Girls Trilogy” was banned in Ireland in the early’60s, O’Brien has become a book world celebrity almost as famous for her auburn hair and striking beauty as for her books that deal primarily with women, family turmoil and Ireland.


“There weren’t many books and not much of what we’d call ‘culture’ in the town,” she recalls. “So when these players would come with their melodramas, I can’t tell you how exciting it was just to see one of their fliers stuck to a stone fence. Then to watch those actors. Oh! It seemed they led such charmed lives, which I’m sure now they didn’t.”

A production that remains vivid in O’Brien’s memory is “Dracula.”

“I wanted to run away with Dracula,” she says. “I was so daft.”

So for all you amateur actors performing Dracula this October – and from my searches through the Internet I know there’s a lot of you out there – don’t think your production is unimportant just because you’re in a small-town. You might be inspiring audience members in incredible ways.

Electronic ghost detector

I need to get one of these. From Gadgetry Blog:

The Grand Daddy of Ghost meters, the TriField Natural EM Meter ($179) ignores power sources and appliances and has a built-in tone to alert you of spooky activity. It also comes with instructions on how to stay alive (sorry, I added this bit for effect!). The gizmo has a radio frequency range from 100KHz all the way up to 2.5GHz – if that means anything to you – so you can also check for leaky microwave ovens, monitor cellular phone radiation, and look for RF-based surveillance ‘bugs’.

See, it’s multifunctional.

Friday vampire cat blogging

Hat tip to Philly Gal.

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Cuddly toys from hell

CavBlog, bounced back bravely from the sad loss of his one-eyed, grumpy hamster Frank, posts about cuddly toys from hell. Cavan’s a real trouper.

Only bayou remains

From The Washington Post:

[Hurricane] Rita abused Cameron’s dead as much as its living. The town cemetery is macabre. Coffins float in fetid water, mausoleums are in shards, and human bones lie blanching in the sunlight next to disintegrating burial vestments. Not far away, a church sags beneath a steeple that once pointed to the skies. It points west now, almost accusatorily, to the place where Rita came ashore.

Spooked: the Haunting of a Kentucky Sanatorium

Via an email, Spooked. Creepy site for a movie on a haunted sanatorium.

After Life

Via the soon-(fingerscrossed)-to-return Howard Peirce, comes After Life, a series of photographs of Streatham Cemetery through the four seasons.

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