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Jazz Maniac! Terror of THE NEW ORLEANS AXEMAN

In the darkest annals of true crime there is only one maniac killer who bent an entire city to his murderous will. Deep in the swampy terrors of New Orleans, amidst the honky-tonk jazz palaces, clip joints, lurking within iron wrought stronghold of voodoo, a disciple of the dark arts lay waste to an entire […]

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The Shocking Story of Rasputin the Mad Monk

They poisoned him, shot him, stabbed him and threw him, bound, into an icy river – still RASPUTIN, the mad monk of Russia, wouldn’t die! A hundred years after his demise, his origin and his supernatural control of the Tsar of Russia has been chronicled by dubious memoirs, sensational movies and the unrelenting legend of […]

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The Grim Truth About THE ADDAMS FAMILY

After unleashing his ghoulish creation as a series of one panel gag cartoons in the pages of THE NEW YORKER magazine, artist Charles Addams paid a dear price for seeing his creations come to life on TV during the early 1960s. Born in 1912, young Addams had a peculiar proclivity for drawing and one of […]

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The Forbidden World Of VHS Grey Market

Once upon a time in the days before bit-torrent and all-region DVD players, die-hard  horror fans could only find ultra-rarities through the forbidden world of the VHS grey market dealers. Genre fans were only able to get cult and obscure films – be they Mario Bava, Godzilla, Kung Fu or Hammer Films – during the […]

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The Other PSYCHO? Will The Real Norman Bates Please Stand Up?

Did you know there was another inspiration for Robert Bloch’s famed PSYCHO killer Norman Bates? While Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein gets the lion’s share of real-life inspiration for the fictional slay-crazed mamma’s boy, Bloch fully admits he wasn’t aware of the full details of Gein’s murderous intent until years later. At the heart of […]

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Chilling Ghost Photo Baffles Famed Spook-Buster Houdini!

Spiritualist debunker, ghost hunter and master magician Harry Houdini could dismiss every single spirit world photograph he was ever challenged with — except for one chilling photo. Houdini, who was born Erich Weiss, achieved world renown as an escape artist, and then mysteriously began one of the earliest probes of psychic phenomena during the early […]

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The Real-Life WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S! Did Errol Flynn Steal John Barrymore’s Corpse To Party With It?

It’s one of the oddest and creepiest tales to emerge from the decadence of old Hollywood and key players in celebrity grave robbing have gone on the record to confirm the gruesome tale of a corpse partying after its time on Earth was long done. Silent movie legend John Barrymore who starred in the 1920 […]

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Gruinard Island: The Island of Death!

Just off the British Isles, in the Scottish Hebrides, is a seemingly serene island whose green-peaks belie the terror of government sanctioned death experiments! Gruinard Island, a small oval shaped isle, is less than a mile from the Scottish mainland, but it was here that secret forces of the embattled UK unleashed a testament of […]

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Panic in The Skies! The Flying Terror of the Giant Thunderbirds

The annals of real-life monster hunters brim with tales of hairy hominids, aquatic monsters and anal probing UFO-nauts but there are also those who soar through the skies that may hail from the Jurassic era — the fabled Giant Thunderbirds — and no, we don’t mean that US Air Force stunt team. This winged terror […]

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The “Ghost Possession” Crisis Continues to Sweep Malaysia!

In the Southern Asian region of Malaysia, several schools were reportedly afflicted by what officials call an outbreak of “mass hysteria,” as students claim to have been possessed by vampiric ghosts. Not only have the Malaysian students seen the evil spirits, but have been physically assaulted… and in a desperate attempt to cleanse the schools […]

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The Haunted Horror of WILLOWBROOK: School of the Damned

A long abandoned and decaying state institution located on New York’s “Borough That Time Forgot” Staten Island, The Willowbrook State School, was known as a “snake pit” — and for good reasons. The facility which was originally designed as a hospital for children with extreme intellectual disabilities who were once called “mentally retarded” back in […]

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The Chilling Link Between the Black Dahlia Murder and Cleveland’s Infamous “Torso Killer”

The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, THE BLACK DAHLIA, which inspired countless books and films, remains unsolved. Yet, Short’s killer, many believe, may have been the Cleveland Torso Killer, a notorious maniac, who hacked victims apart with all the finesse of a butcher. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Elizabeth Short took […]

Dr. Wertham’s Dilemma: The Rise & Fall of EC Horror Comics

Today’s gory horror films owe more than a debt to the chest-bursting, intestine-twirling Senate Subcommittee-defying horrors of EC Comics’ 1950s “funny books” — TALES FROM THE CRYPT, THE VAULT OF HORROR and THE HAUNT OF FEAR. When comic books first hit newsstands in the 1930s — all in color for a dime — they were […]

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Fear the Real-Life Legend (and Hideous Stench) of the “Skunk Ape!”

In the fetid swamp lands of the Deep South, a stinky Sasquatch-like critter is said to terrorize locals during the dead of night. The mysterious hairy creature who roams the backwoods gives off a stench so foul, so malodorous that the few who have survived its nauseating horror speak in hushed whispers of the furtive […]

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Psycho A Go-Go! The Very Strange Murder of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN Director Al Adamson

In the annals of true crime, there has never been a more macabre case than the brutal murder of DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN director Al Adamson. Like something out of his own no-budget drive-in blood baths, the director was savagely murdered and his body buried beneath a crumbling ramshackle ranch house in Indio, California. According to […]