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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: The VHS Atrocities of Psychic TV’s FIRST TRANSMISSION [NSFW]

Not long ago, I explored the dark and mystifying lore of “snuff cinema” in its many forms — including works of alleged onscreen murder and mutilation which, though stomach-churning in their realism, were either hoaxes, misrepresented footage or works of transgressive underground “murder art.” In another feature, I examined a notorious example of the latter […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Is it Magic… or Murder? The Sinister Secret of “The Jaywalk Game”

If you recall our previous coverage of a mysterious, mythical road-based ritual known as “11 Miles,” you may see some strong similarities in today’s creepypasta. But unlike that surreal scenario, this “game” is not for the casually curious… not for anyone, for that matter, since it potentially involves deliberate vehicular manslaughter. With that said, consider […]

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This Postmortem Photo of “Loana the Bloodthirster” Bears a Deadly Curse

According to most sources, the photograph you see here was reportedly taken in 1909, during an era where staged photographs of the recently deceased were a common practice, and at the time considered a dignified way of honoring the dead. The passing of more than a century has obscured most of the stories behind these […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This Ritual Allegedly Enables You to Converse With the Dead… But Be Careful!

[NOTE: The images in this article contain nine ghostly human figures. Can you spot them all?] In the past, we’ve written in detail about creepy occult rituals and other mystical “games,” many of which imply lethal repercussions for those who fail to follow the rules, or refuse to take them seriously. This is another such […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This Footage Allegedly Has the Power to Summon “ZALGO”

It’s hard to know where to begin when sorting out the twisted meme widely known among the creepypasta community as “Zalgo” — which seems to involve either an unseen supernatural force, a secret cabal, or perhaps even an evil demigod, the likes of which H.P. Lovecraft himself might have mused about. However, one thing Lovecraft […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Two Spooky Magic Rituals to Perform on Halloween… If You Dare

In keeping with our Halloween theme, which we began with the creepypasta tale entitled “The Clown With Bloody Teeth,” I’d like to continue the trend today by giving you two spooky seasonal entries for the price of one. Both these creepypastas involve a kind of magical “game” [in line with our earlier list of Five […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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Five Chilling Creepypastas Involving Deadly Occult Rituals

We’ve previously examined a particularly disturbing viral legend reported by a user known as InfernalNightmare333, who broke down a specific set of rules for an extremely spooky party game, through which the player(s) could allegedly summon Satan himself. But it’s been a while since we visited other nightmarish so-called “games” and similar arcane rituals circulating […]

Films Scary Fun TV 

Dive Into Crypt TV’s Blood-Freezing New Short MARCO POLO!

Summer is closing in fast, but don’t head for the pool just yet… maybe you should start by watching MARCO POLO, a new short film from Crypt TV and director Chelsea Stardust, which may do for swimming pools what JAWS did for a dip in the ocean. The tale is set in a suburban neighborhood, […]

Music 

Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” Reimagines THE WICKER MAN as a Creepy Kids’ Show

It’s been a long time since we heard new sounds from legendary UK gloom-rockers Radiohead, but their return to the musical arena doesn’t disappoint — and neither does the whimsically macabre stop-motion puppet video for their new single “Burn the Witch,” which puts a whimsical spin on a chilling classic of the occult. Taking a […]

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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 […]

Music 

Music, Magick and the Movies: An Interview With URILIA’s Kristof Bathory

Several years ago, I made the acquaintance of Kristof Bathory, who at the time was the founder and frontman of the band Dawn Of Ashes. Originally an an electro-industrial group, DOA evolved through many permutations, ultimately fusing the hard electronic elements with extreme metal into a potent hybrid of apocalyptic intensity, often focused on themes […]