The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire ~ Tales of supernatural horrors

The prophet H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness, set in Antarctica:

“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be left alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.”

Scientific American, Antarctic Neutrino Observatory Detects Unexplained High-Energy Particles:

Hot on the heels of detecting the two highest-energy neutrinos ever observed, scientists working with a mammoth particle detector buried in ice near the South Pole unveiled preliminary data showing that they also registered the signal of 26 additional high-energy neutrinos. The newfound neutrinos are somewhat less energetic than the two record-setters but nonetheless appear to carry more energy than would be expected if created by cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere—a prodigious source of neutrinos raining down on Earth. The particles thus may point to unknown energetic astrophysical processes deeper in the cosmos.

Ray Harryhausen, RIP

Ray Harryhausen created fantastical creatures. He made his mark on the world and made it a better place.

At the lakeshore in the shadows of the mountains of madness

As I warned before, this Antarctic scientific expedition is not going to end well for humanity:

The more than 300 lakes discovered in the last couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth.

At 05.00 a.m. local time, the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) field team hit the shallow waters of Lake Whillans, a small subglacial lake beneath 800 metre-thick ice at the margin of the West Antarctica’s Ice Sheet.

The historic breakthrough has been long in the making. The WISSARD project has been planned for more than a decade and required three and a half years of intense preparation.

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It shouldn’t take very long to find out. The water and sediment samples are now being processed and analysed for any form of organic carbon they may host.

Shoggoth or some long sleeping Elder Things that had retreated under the water? Let’s just be prepared to welcome our new (old?) alien overlords.

Shipment of 18 severed heads snagged by paperwork problem

Chicago Sun-Times:

The heads were shipped from Rome as cargo on a Lufthansa Airlines flight, arriving at O’Hare about one week before Christmas.

“They were properly preserved and tagged as human specimens,” said Tony Brucci, chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office.

Brucci said U.S. Customs officials at O’Hare initially held up the shipment, when they found the paperwork to be “a little confusing.” Then the containers were X-rayed, and that’s when officials discovered what was inside, Brucci said.

Brian Bell, a spokesman with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said earlier Tuesday that the specimens appear to be legitimate medical samples.

“There’s no issue with the transportation of body parts for medical purposes,” Bell said. “There’s nothing against the law that says you cannot ship them, provided you have the right documentation.”

While Bell said he has never before fielded questions about a large package of human body parts, such shipments are not without precedent, he noted.

“Everybody here is ‘Oh my gosh, you got a box of heads’ and everybody thinks that it’s unheard of,” Bell said. “It is a potentially legitimate medical shipment. We’ve seen it at various ports in the nation.”

I know what you mean. Who hasn’t had problems arise when shipping decapitated heads?

The best horrific music

The best song ever in a horror movie is Stella by Starlight in 1944′s The Uninvited. When artists as diverse as Itzhak Perlman, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and a host of others covered the song, I don’t think that’s even subject to debate. The next that comes to mind is the simple, haunting score by John Carpenter for Halloween. Goblin is used to great effect in Susperia. What else is your favorite horror movie music?

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Meat market

For those with ghoulish appetites, this human meat market has your long pork by the pound.

Happy birthday, HPL

Happy birthday to H.P. Lovecraft. This day should be a national holiday.

3,000-year-old Frankenstein monsters discovered

Our ancestors lived lives straight out of nightmares:

In a “eureka” moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish “bog bodies” are actually made from the remains of six people.

According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body parts, although the purpose of the gruesome composites is likely lost to history.

700-year-old vampire skeleton unearthed

For the sake of all that is holy, I hope they don’t pull the rod out of the remains. The best thing would be to cover it back up. Haven’t they ever seen a Hammer horror film?

The discovery of a 700-year-old skeleton in Bulgaria—seen at the country’s National Museum of History in June—offers evidence that the fear of vampires is far older than Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The “vampire” was found entombed among church ruins in the Black Sea town of Sozopol (map) earlier in the month.

Buffy battles aquatic monster

Buffy the vampire slayer saved a small child from a horrific monster. Us magazine has the photos.

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