Archive for October, 2005

Scariest Mask I’ve Seen


Let’s just hope he doesn’t show up at YOUR door….

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South Burying Ground

A Halloween treat from RubDMC.

I’m working again tomorrow (tonight?), and since death is a very real possibility for many of our patients we kind of downplay the whole thing.

But anywho here’s a quick snap of one of our charming town burying grounds, know as the ‘South Burying Ground.’

It’s only a couple hundred yards (and clearly within view) from the ‘North Burying Ground,’ but the explanation’s an interesting one.

Each lies on its own side of a stream called ‘The Milldam.’ In early colonial times dead bodies could not be transported across moving water – so anyone who died south of the Milldam was buried in one graveyard, while anyone who died north of the Milldam was buried in the other.

The South Burying Ground is small, and bounded by Main Street. North is on a hillside, and was later expanded into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which includes Authors’ Ridge where Emerson, Thoreau, and others are buried.

Ghost hunting goes high tech

Ghost hunters spend lots of time investigating The Winchester House in San Jose.

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

Before there were Ghostbusters there was Thomas Alva Edison.

The father of sound recording technology wanted to make a device that could record the voices of the dead, according to his diary.

Since then, just about every recording and measuring technology invented has eventually fallen into the hands of ghost hunters, who stake out haunted houses, graveyards and other spooky locales to try to capture empirical evidence of restless spirits. To this end, they utilize the latest in sound, video and still-image recording, as well as sensors that detect changes in temperature, electromagnetic fields and radiation.

“We’re looking for a ghost or spirit’s influence on the environment,” said Vince Wilson, author of “Ghost Tech, the Essential Guide to Paranormal Investigation Equipment.”

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Wyoming ghost stories

From the Jackson Hole (Wy.) Star Tribune:

SHERIDAN — At first glance, Wyoming might not seem to be a breeding ground for ghost stories and haunted houses.

These are often associated with medieval castles or Victorian mansions, but in reality, the state’s vast, wind-swept plains and the rugged mountains — both often shrouded in mist and mystery — support an array of eerie tales.

Real-life monsters

A Cincinnati-area pedophile got busted for trying to set up a neighborhood haunted house.

’nuff said.

DIY Monday: The “read ‘em and weep” edition

Or perhaps, the “better luck next year” edition. Given that today is Halloween, if you’re still thinking about how you’re going to decorate your house, let’s face it: you’re screwed.

(unless you have an army of robot zombies or flying monkies at your disposal to do your bidding – in which case, you probably don’t need to do anything special to make your house scary for Halloween – but I digress)

So, in the spirit of continual self-improvement, I offer you this meta-site: The Monster Page of Halloween Project Links. Totally non-commercial, this site has an A-Z listing of haunted house-related projects. Poke around, get some ideas, follow some basic safety precautions, and I’m sure you’ll have your own scratch-built horrors to share with us next year ;-)

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Because a Halloween without bat skulls is like…

…well, y’all finish that one for me – I’d love to see what you come up with.

Happy Halloween, all!

[And thanks to PZ @ Pharyngula for sharing…]

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“Six vampire movies with bite”

I must salute MSNBC’s movie editor, Paige Newman, for her bravery – or foolishness. Late last week, she wrote a column on 6 non-traditional-should-see vampire movies; that had to have been a daunting task, knowing that it would bring out the partisan in vampire and horror buffs. Still, it’s not a bad point of departure (even if she seems to miss some of the deliberate Southern Gothic-ness of Near Dark). Her list?

  • Near Dark (1987)
  • Innocent Blood (1992)
  • Nadja (1994)
  • The Hunger (1983)
  • Ultraviolet (1998)
  • Martin (1977)
  • Of the list, I haven’t seen either of the last two – Ultraviolet sounds like a lot of fun, a BBC Channel 4 miniseries she describes as “X-Files meets Dracula”.

    So – there’s the list. Anyone got anything they’d like to add? Remove? Second? Terminate with extreme prejudice?

    [updated 1 Nov 2005 1:21PM PST to correct the producers of Ultraviolet – thanks, Cav, for reminding us how willfully dense Yanks are ;-)]

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    Touring Dracula’s lands

    I’ve always wanted to take a trip to Dracula country and to travel Central and Eastern Europe, from Prague to Budapest to Bucharest. The travel guides line the bookcase behind me. Life always got in the way of the dream, however.

    Some day, though, I will travel in the land of Count Dracula.

    Freelance writer Eric Lindburg did and recounts his trip to Transylvania and the Ottoman Empire in The Kansas City Star:

    BRAN, ROMANIA — The old Gypsy woman at Dracula’s castle looks hard into my face as she divines my fortune:

    “You will travel many places, always looking,” she says in broken English. “But is better you stay close to home and have longer life.”

    Sitting in the kitschy Dracula Bazaar deep in the heart of Transylvania, I wonder whether buying a garlic braid in the next shop might be a life-extending investment for the darkness approaching. Or maybe I’ll spend my final hours dancing the night away at Dracula Disco just down the road.

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    Finding ‘Witchfinders’

    The Washington Post reviewed several horror and supernatural books to mark Halloween. The illustration is from Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy.

    Most Americans know about the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692, but a more lethal outbreak of witch hysteria infected England from 1645 to 1647, during the country’s devastating Civil War. It all began when Goodwife Rivet got sick and her husband blamed her mysterious affliction on the bewitchment of a one-legged octogenarian named Bess Clarke. Two “witchfinders,” Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, interrogated the widow Clarke, and she proudly confessed to “carnall copulation” with Satan.

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