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These Washington D.C. Witches Tried to Kill Hitler With an Occult Ritual

In February 1941, LIFE magazine published what may have been the strangest story ever to grace its pages.  It was written in a straightforward manner, without a hint of jest and not meant to poke fun. The name of the article? “LIFE Goes to a Hex Party.” Seems fairly innocuous, until you get to the […]

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Hygiene Horrors: Remembering the Nightmarish 1973 Saftety Short LONELY WATER

So-called “mental hygiene” filmstrips gained popularity after WWII and were main sources of instruction through the 1980s. These films, often unintentionally hilarious, were meant to offer guidance for children and teens, ranging in topics from sex education, safety, drugs, dating, social etiquette, and physical and mental health topics. Frequently, these films used scare tactics; other times, […]

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Give Back to the Earth by Turning Your Decomposing Body Into a Mushroom Patch!

In 2013, in only the second episode of the series, HANNIBAL featured a pharmacist who would abduct diabetics, monkey with their insulin in order to send them into a diabetic coma, then bury them in neat little rows in the forest. Buried in shallow graves lined with nutrient-rich mulch, these bodies were used as food […]

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Visiting the Real Frankenstein’s Castle

When Frankenstein’s Castle was built sometime in the thirteenth century, it was just one of many castles in what is now Germany, at the bottom of the Odenwald mountain range. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Frankenstein became a household name with Mary Shelley’s novel. The historical link between the novel and the goings-on […]

Sex, Drugs, and…Satan!: The Rise and Fall of the 80s Satanic Panic

In 1980, Canadian psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder and his patient Michelle Smith released a memoir called MICHELLE REMEMBERS. The book describes Michelle’s recovered memories of supposed Satanic ritual abuse as a child. The first such book to be released on the subject, MICHELLE REMEMBERS alleged that Michelle’s mother was part of a Satanic cult and forced her […]

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An Expert Once Suggested This Horrifying Deterrent Against Nuclear War…

I feel pretty confident in saying that no one wants to deploy nuclear weapons. Sure, it might quickly wipe out an immediate problem, but the collateral damage is incalculable, the environmental impact is devastating, and the fallout will continue for generations. But I guess some people think that pushing the red button is a little […]

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“EyeBorg” Filmmaker Shoots Video Footage With His Bionic Eye

The future is now! Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence has turned what most people would see as a disability into an opportunity: an accident at age nine caused him to shoot his eye out, but now, as an adult, Rob Spence has replaced his prosthetic eye with a teeny tiny camera. Spence calls himself an EyeBorg, […]

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Behold the Awesomely Creepy Horror Manga Cosplay of Mamakiteru

You may be thinking, “cosplay is so 2012″… but think again: now, the coolest thing ever is horror manga cosplay. Twitter user Mamakiteru has a unique cosplay specialty: she recreates individual panels from Japan’s beloved horror manga comics, with impressive results. Her favorite subject seems to be the works of Junji Ito — whose most […]

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The Five Scariest Real-Life Cults in Modern Times

Cults are terrifying. The idea that one person can convince dozens — or even hundreds — of people to take part in heinous crimes to serve some ludicrous idea that no normal person would consider rational makes my skin crawl. The following cults are all lesser-known than, say, the Manson Family or Jonestown, but are […]

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The Spooky History Behind The Long-Lost MIDNIGHT GHOST SHOWS

Before streaming horror movies on demand; before cable channels devoted to the genre; before late-night horror hosts, there were Midnight Ghost Shows, sometimes called Midnight Spook Shows. These mixed-media shows, held in movie theaters, utilized magic, special effects, and horror films to appeal to teenagers in the years before television. The precise origin of these […]

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The Ten Most Haunted Places in India

Set in India, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR sees American mother Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) desperate to reconnect with the son who died in a tragic accident. Of course, the only way to do this is through a haunted Hindu temple, and it wouldn’t be a movie if things didn’t go horribly, horribly wrong. In […]

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CODEX GIGAS: Who is the Mysterious Author of “The Devil’s Bible?”

The Codex Gigas is the largest book still in existence from the Medieval time period. Literally, the largest: 36 inches tall, 20 inches wide, 8.7 inches thick, weighing 165 pounds. A portion of this book became the Catholic Church’s official Latin version of the Bible in the 16th century… and yet, it is often called […]

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Terror in Tonopah: The Clown Motel, The Old Cemetery, and The Lady in Red

Clowns. They are terrifying. Whoever thought that a grown adult in oversized clothing and more makeup than a pageant child playing tricks on people was a good idea is seriously demented. Whoever came up with the idea for a Clown Motel should be institutionalized. http://whitedogblog.tumblr.com/post/142827558289 The Clown Motel is located in Tonopah, Nevada, better known […]

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The Grisly Unsolved Case of the Camp Scott “Girl Scout Massacre”

June 13th, 1977 was the opening day of Camp Scott, a Girl Scout camp in Locust Grove, Oklahoma which was starting its 49th season. It would also be its last… as the next morning, a camp counselor found three young campers brutally murdered in their tent. Nearly 40 years later, one of the most heinous […]

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The Chilling But True Story of “The Silent Twins”

I think we can all agree that twins are scary and weird. At least, that is what horror movies like THE SHINING and DEAD RINGERS and directors the Soska Twins have taught me. But one of the most truly bizarre cases of weird twins has to be that of the Gibbons girls. June and Jennifer […]