Sunday, May 31, 2009

Police Officer Attacked By Flying Witch

At approximately 3:15 AM on January 16, 2004, Mexican Police Officer Leonardo Samaniego was on normal patrol when he claims he was attacked by a flying witch.

Samaniego was driving along when he noticed something fall from a nearby tree. The something hovered above the ground and turned to look at the officer while attempting to hide her face from the car's headlights.

Samaniego describes seeing a tall, brown-skinned woman with large black-eyes with no pupils. The figure was wearing a black cloak or robe.

When the witch noticed the officer, she flew at the windshield, grabbing and clawing as if trying to come through the glass. Samaniego panicked and put the car into reverse while attempting to call for backup. Unfortunately, help didn't arrive as soon as he had hoped. Terrified with fear, Samaniego crashed into a wall and passed out. When he revived, Paramedics and other officers were already on the scene. He was not afraid to tell his story and was interrogated by officers. A news crew on the scene was able to score an interview. Samaniego agreed to take a drug test and a psychological evaluation and passed both.

Shortly after hearing of the reported encounter, another Police Officer, one Jorge Contreras, claimed that he and two other officers had seen the witch three nights previously but had decided at the time not to report the sighting. A couple of citizens also reported sighting the witch. One individual videotaped a strange Flying Humanoid. In fact, it seems as if Samaniego's encounter was merely the first of a rash of sightings of strange flying beings in Mexico, with many of them captured on film.

Mexican Policeman Attacked By A Flying Humanoid Entity

Mexican Officer Attacked By Witch


Guytrash is a demonic spirit, usually in the shape of an animal such as a black dog, that is said to haunt roads in the Northern parts of England.

Appearance: A large black dog, horse, or mule with eyes the appearance of burning coals.

Lore: The Guytrash delights in making people become lost, though in some legends the Guytrash is said to help other people find their way.

The oldest reference to the Guytrash appears in Charlotte Bronte's, Jane Eyre.


Brujeria, or Mexican witchcraft, is a practice composed of a mixture of indigenous folk magic and folk medicine mixed with Catholicism. Male practitioners are called Brujos while female practitioners are called Brujas.

Brujas are also believed to be monsterous flying hags that attack people, similar to lore of European witches.


In Japanese folklore, personal belongings, items, or objects 100 years old or older can 'come alive', i.e. turn into a supernatural beings called Tsukumogami. Such objects can be either benevolent or malevolent. A teapot may sprout arms and legs and be jolly while another object may sprout sharp teeth and evil looking eyes from the cracks or tears in the item. Specific names are given to classes of object that become tsukumogami.

Appearance: Antique objects a hundred years old or older that are literally believed to come alive. Any cracks or tears in the item can manifest as eyes and sharp teeth. Other Tsukumogami appear more friendlier. In Japanese art, Tsukumogami are portrayed as items with animal or human-like forms, say like a fox with a pan for a head. To view a drawing of Tsukumogami, click HERE.

Lore: Tsukumogami are for the most part harmless. They do enjoy playing pranks on their owners and causing mischief. However, some of them can take revenge on a cruel owner who treats them improperly. Perhaps Tsukumogami lore explains why certain antiques are considered 'haunted' or 'cursed'? Perhaps such legends explain why certain old houses seem to feel alive or take on a life of their own? Perhaps Tsukumogami explains poltergeists?

Defense Against Tsukumogami: Tsukumogami are repelled by electricity. Modern devices that run off of electricity do not become Tsukumogami. Special rituals, such as Hari Kuyoy for broken needles, is performed to comfort and console disposed of items that might become Tsukumogami.



Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying Truth About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, And More by Joshua Gee

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vampire Doctor

The Lake Worth Monster

The Lake Worth Monster, or Lake Worth Goat Man, was a creature first reported in Lake Worth, TX on November 5, 1969. Eyewitnesses, including police officers, claim to have seen the monster.

Other sightings of the beast occurred in July of that year. One couple, Mr. and Mrs. Reichart, claim the monster jumped on top of their car while it was parked near Lake Worth on the night of July 10.

A picture of the creature was even later taken, though the photographer now scoffs at the notion that the picture is of a genuine unknown monster.

Sightings of the creature occurred through November and then tapered off into the new year (1970).

Appearance: 6ft tall or larger, Bigfoot-like creature covered in hair and with portions of it's body also covered in scales. The monster also was said to have sported goat horns, with some witnesses claiming it had only one horn located in the center of it's forehead. Other witnesses described the creature as a 'white ape'.

Lake Worth Monster

32 Years Ago, A Strange Whatever Terrorized Lake Worth

John The Conqueror

Picture Is From A Vintage 1940's King Novelty Co. Hoodoo Catalog In My Collection. John The Conqueror Root is advertized for 50 cents (1940's price).

John The Conqueror (pronounced "John The Conker") is a trickster-spirit and folk hero among African-Americans in the folklore of the Southern United States and especially among Hoodoo practioners.

It is said that in life John was a prince, the son of an African King and that he dedicated his life to helping his fellow slaves, mainly by tricking their white masters. It should be emphasized that John The Conqueror's tricks were never said to be mean-spirited and that he most often gained the respect of white masters by his displays of intelligence, cleverness and wit.

Appearance: An African-American man

Lore: John The Conqueror gave his name to three roots used in Hoodoo practice, High John, Low John, and Little John. High John, otherwise known as John The Conqueror Root is the special root said to have been imbued with the trickster's spirit. As in many folk heroes and spirits, it is said that John The Conqueror did not die but is ready at any time to appear to his fellow man in need of his aid.

Powers: In legend, John The Conqueror had the power to appear and disappear at will. In his tales, John The Conqueror would magically appear and trick the white master who did not seem to notice that he was not one of his slaves. He also had the power to achieve practically anything he set his mind to, usually to the benefit of his fellow slaves. His power has been transferred to the root named after him and anyone who owns a root can likewise benefit from his assistance.

John The Conqueror Root: Ipomoea jalapa, Ipomoea purga, Ipomoea pandurata, etc., is the Latin name for the root. There couldn't be a better choice of plants for the spirit of John The Conqueror to live in. Being a member of the Morning Glory family, Ipomoea Jalapa 'conquers' all obstacles in it's path and out-competes all other plants for sunlight and nourishment. African-American slaves were taught the use of the root by the Iroquois people, who referred to the plant as 'man root', possibly due to it's resemblance to a testicle. The Iroquois believed the plant had the power to grant it's owner super-human strength. Children, and possibly women, were strictly prohibited from touching the root. John The Conqueror root has become the most powerful root used in the practice of Hoodoo. Whole dried roots are fixed and carried as lucky pocket pieces primarily by men, who rub them to draw luck, money, and love. Smaller roots are used in mojo bags. Chopped or broken roots are processed into oils, incense, powders, and colognes, all sharing in the reported mystical powers of the trickster-spirit, John The Conqueror.

More Images From My Vintage 1940's King Novelty Co. Hoodoo Catalog

High John The Conqueror Root Perfume

Hand Holding Lodestone And John The Conqueror Root

Mojo Bag With Lucky Hand Root (lower left), Lodestone (upper left), John The Conqueror Root (top), Van Van Oil and Devil's Shoestring Roots (lower right)

John The Conqueror Root

John The Conqueror Root

Hoodoo Herb And Root Magic

Friday, May 29, 2009

Road Trolls

Author Jerry D. Coleman has documented reported encounters with 'Road Trolls' in his books, Strange Highways and More Strange Highways. Road Trolls are more often encountered by truckers in the Southern and Midwest portions of the United States. The beings tend to at first be mistaken as either homeless people or hitchhikers until the witness approaches closer to the figure or looks more closely at it.

Appearance: Road Trolls are said to be hairy, human-like beings that wear tattered clothing and which have a wooden pegleg.

Lore: Road Trolls are seemingly peaceful beings and have never been blamed for any deaths. In at least one encounter documented by Coleman in 'More Strange Highways', the female witness attributes the sighting of the creature to saving the life of her nephew. The boy had fallen out of a tree and had broken a bone. The witness believed that had she not had seen the creature, been shaken up as a result and decided to return home early, then the boy might have bled to death. In another encounter, a Pastor had a sighting and was struck by the feeling that the being was lost and in need of assistance. An encounter that took place on I-44 near Big Cabin, Oklahoma on March 15, 2000 best sums up encounters with Road Trolls. Said witness Brad Royalty, "The thing was tall and hairy and had a wooden leg, I first thought it was a bum but it freaked me out, It just stared."

The Mad Gasser

The Mad Gasser is the name given to a mysterious and unidentified assailant who struck terror in the people of Mattoon, IL, in 1944.

The first attack occurred on August 31, 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Urban Raef awoke to discover they were nauseous and suffering from paralysis. A sickly sweet odor permeated the room. The pair eventually recovered and there was no sighting of the mysterious attacker.

The next night, one Mrs. Kearney reported a similar experience, smelling a strangely sweet odor and then experiencing devastating side-effects. Her husband returned home to find a strange man dressed in tight black clothing and a cap peeking in the bedroom window. Mr. Kearney gave chase but the suspect disappeared into the night.

On September 5, Mr. and Mrs. Cordes had an experience with the phantom and actual evidence was found, a rag soaked in a mysterious liquid. The police took the rag as evidence but unfortunately the liquid evaporated before it could be identified.

In all there were some 20 reports of attacks by 'The Mad Gasser' as the local newspapers dubbed the phantom. Many of the attacks occurred on the same night. Who could be responsible?

One theory, by author Scott Maruna, is that a local man named Farley Llewelyn, a man said to have had the hobby of experimenting with chemicals, was the responsible party. According to the theory, Llewelyn sought revenge for being considered to be a homosexual by the community by attacking townspeople with chemicals that created the gas responsible for the symptoms. Llewelyn's family had him committed shortly after he became a suspect in the attacks, and here is where things get a little strange. For you see, Llewelyn's committal did not end the attacks. The attacks continued.

Prior to the committal of Llewelyn, the Mad Gasser was always described as a man wearing dark, tight-fitting clothing. After Llewelyn's committal, the description of the attacker changed. The Mad Gasser was now being described as a woman dressed in men's clothing. In fact, at one of the scenes police found a high-heel print supposedly left by the phantom. Did the first witnesses get it wrong? Could the Mad Gasser have always been a woman dressed up as a man? Or could something else have happened? One theory is that Llewelyn's sister dressed up as a man and continued the attacks in order to end suspicion and protect her brother.

So is the case solved? Not quite. There's one detail I forgot to mention. The events in Mattoon, IL, were not the first time the Mad Gasser struck. Ten years previous, and hundreds of miles away in Botetourt County, VA, a similar set of attacks occurred, with victims reporting a strange smelling gas that caused them to experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and paralysis. It's unlikely that Llewelyn had any connection to these attacks. It's also unlikely that anybody in Mattoon, IL, even knew of these other prior incidents.

The story of the Mad Gasser has a rather depressing ending for the Mattoon police had grown tired of hearing the constant reports of victims claiming to have been attacked by the Mad Gasser. The police went on record as saying that the events were nothing more than mass hysteria, despite the physical evidence gathered, and that anybody who claimed to have been the victim of the Mad Gasser might be in need of psychiatric treatment. As expected, reports of attacks quickly subsided.

The Mad Gasser Of Mattoon

Mad Gassers!: Phantom Attackers In Virginia & Illinois

The Mad Gasser Of Mattoon

The Mad Gasser Of Mattoon: Dispelling The Hysteria

Secret Lives Of Women: The Occult

A Witch, a Vampire, and a Satanist discuss their lives.


Aatxe is a demon in the folklore of the Basque people.

Appearance: A red fiery bull or a man

Lore: Aatxe dwells in caves during the day and comes out during nocturnal storms to wreck havoc. Aatxe may be a servant of the goddess Mari. In some legends Aatxe only attacks evil people and helps good people by scaring them into staying at home when it is dangerous to be outside.

Powers: Shape-shifting


Dictionary Of Gods And Goddesses, Devils And Demons by Manfred Lurker

To Raise A Storm: Witches And Weather

"Second to flight, the witches chief power was the power to control weather. Witches were constantly accused of manufacturing hailstorms to destroy crops, or of creating tempests that sank ships, or of conjuring sudden hurricanes to spread fires or otherwise wreak havoc on their neighbors. Sailors feared women who whistled because of the sympathetic magic implied in "whistling up the wind." And the association between chaos in the macrocosm and chaos in the microcosm that we find in King Lear's howling tempest (and other Shakespearean storms) was in fact an association between devilish doings and huge storms that dated back to the Middle Ages.

The witchy blighting of crops with hailstones may in fact be a remnant of the attributes of the Mother Goddess, condensed (if we may pun so) into the figure of the witch. For the power to make nourishing rain or blighting hailstones is again a form of the power to increase (or blast) fertility. The witch is a rainmaker, a snow maker. Is there an official Witch of Aspen?"

-Witches, by Erica Jong

One of the things witches were famously credited with was raising storms to kill their enemies or destroy their property.

Below is a traditional spell used by witches to raise a storm.

Wet a rag with water so that it is soaking-wet, i.e. don't wring the water out. Beat the rag against a stone three times while saying;
"I knock this rag upon this stone to raise the wind in the devil's name. It shall not lie until I please again!"

If you so choose to perform the following spell, might I recommend playing the following song in the background, as you do so? It is 'Cursum Perficio' by Enya. Just listen to it and try not to visualize an approaching storm. The song starts out like a calm, beautiful day and then halfway through the tone changes dramatically, just like an approaching storm. It would definitely set the mood.

'Voodoo' Woman From 'Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil' Passes Away

Valerie Fennel Aiken Boles, the real-life inspiration behind the character of Minerva, the so-called 'Voodoo Priestess' of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, passed away on May 8, 2009.

It's doubtful that Boles was actually a member of the Voodoo religion. A more likely scenario is that Boles was a Hoodoo woman who simple used the label of 'Voodoo', adding to the growing confusion between the two completely different practices. It is also said that Boles was the widow of the infamous Dr. Buzzard, a (white) Hoodoo man, rumored to have been the most powerful Rootworker to have ever lived. Dr. Buzzard is said to have died in the 1920's, so it's likely that if Boles was married to a 'Doc Buzzard', then it is probably from a later generation of Hoodoo men who took up the name of a former great as a means of attracting fame and customers.

Reclusive Voodoo Priestess Of 'Midnight' Fame Dies

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Picture Is From A Vintage 1940's King Novelty Co. Hoodoo Catalog In My Collection

Hoodoo, a.k.a. Rootwork or Conjure, is a spiritual system composed of a mixture of African-American, Native-American, and European folklore, folk magic and folk medicine within a primarily Protestant Christian religious framework. Hoodoo is practiced primarily in the Southern portion of the United States.

Hoodoo gets it's common name of Rootwork, due to the prevalence of the use of whole roots and herbs among practitioners. The term Conjure is perhaps the oldest term used to refer to the practice and dates back to the 1700s. Interestingly, the term Hoodoo as the blanket-name for the practice only dates back to the 1800s.

Setting lights (burning lamps or candles, a.k.a. "candle magic"), burning incense, sprinkling powders, fixing mojo bags, taking spiritual baths, and reciting Psalms are common rituals of Hoodoo. Such rituals are undertaken to draw luck, love, money, protection, or to gain revenge. Other standard rituals include those designed to uncross an individual or client, which is a ritual designed to remove a curse or jinx, carrying lucky pocket pieces such as a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover, wearing of magical perfumes and colognes, and the creation of 'doll-babies' or 'voodoo dolls'. Practitioners make extensive use of roots, plants, stones, dirts, and other items from nature as well as mundane household items, or items easily obtained, for any number of magical or medicinal rituals.

Professional practitioners of Hoodoo, those who take on paying clients, are referred to as Root Workers, Root Doctors, Hoodoo Men & Hoodoo Women, "Hoodoos", Conjure Men & Conjure Women, Conjurers (pronounced "conjurs"), Two-Headed Men & Two-Headed Women, Goomer/Gummer Men & Goomer/Gummer Women, and Black Gypsies. Rarely one might find practitioners referred to as Spiritualists, due to the connection between some practitioners and the Spiritualist Church Movement. A more generic term for a professional is that of "Spiritual Worker".

A very common occurrence is the false equation of Hoodoo to the religion of Voodou (Voodoo). The difference between the two is mainly that Hoodoo is a system of folk magic with practitioners being mostly Protestant Christians. Voodou, on the other hand, is a religion unto itself.

The practice of Hoodoo has influenced American culture via music, primarily Blues, movies, and folklore. In the Southern portion of the United States the phrase, 'Don't Make Me Put Roots On You!', is an often heard quaint reference to the practice.

"You Remind Me of a Man..."(The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, 1947)

The 2005 movie, The Skeleton Key, was based primarily on Hoodoo, though it's portrayal of the practice was anything but accurate.

References to Hoodoo in television shows include; Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, and TrueBlood.

Hooodoo In Theory And Practice

Links to Hoodoo shops:

Miller's Rexall Drug Store

Lucky Hoodoo

Lucky Mojo

Sonny Boy

Phoenix Candle Shop

Wisdom Products (was Indio)

The Luck Shop

Grandma's Candle Shop

Old Grandpa

Old Style Conjure

Stanley Drug Co.

To learn more about what practitioners do, listen to the Hoodoo podcasts at the site below.

Old Style Conjure

Also, be sure to browse my section under the "Hoodoo" label at the end of the blog for more of my blogs on Hoodoo.

Black-Eyed Kids

In 1998 Journalist Brian Bethel had a strange experience with two kids who had seemingly black-eyes (no whites showing) and which exhibited mind-control powers. Bethel was genuinely scared for his life and later wrote of his experiences on an ng (news group). Brian's story spread and more and more people began coming forward with their own encounters with strange people who didn't quite appear human.

In Bethel's account, two pre-teens came up to his driver window and knocked on it while he was making out a check to pay a bill late one night. The children wanted him to give them a ride so that they could retrieve some money to attend a movie. Bethel felt uneasy about the situation and only later realized with shock that the children's eyes were completely pitch-black, with no whites showing. During the encounter, Bethel suspected the children had some sort of mental power to get him to do what they wanted, as he almost opened the door to them. This mind control power has become a staple in the lore surrounding reports of Black-Eyed Children.

In another reported sighting, a woman identified only as 'Tee', claimed she had an encounter with a Black-Eyed Teen. Tee worked as an apartment manager and a knock on the door announced the arrival of a person wanting to check out an apartment that was for rent. When Tee answered the door she was shocked to discover a seemingly normal individual in his late-teens, save for the fact that he had completely black eyes. Tee also reported feeling that the individual had mind control abilities.

Appearance: Children and teens with completely black eyes, no whites of the eyes and no iris showing.

Lore: Many of the reported sightings tend to lend toward the traditions of Vampires or Demons with the belief that such beings mus be invitied in or else they cannot harm. Other stories tend to lean toward 'Men In Black' or Alien explanations.

Powers: Mind Control

Brian Bethel's Black-Eyed Kid FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Black-Eyed Kids: A Profile

Black Eyed Beings/Black Eyed People: Don't Let Them In For Your Life!

In Search Of...Ghosts In Photography (1981)


A Changeling is a fairy substitute. In folklore, fairies are said to kidnap babies, small children and attractive young people. When the fairies kidnap a person, they leave one of their own deformed or weak offspring behind. This fairy substitute is known as a Changeling.

Appearance: At first the Changeling will appear extremely similar to the kidnapped person. However, small details will be noticeable to keen eyes, such as a difference in height, weight, or color of eyes. In some legends the Changeling will revert to it's true fairy form with time.

Lore: Not all Changelings are fairy offspring. Some Changelings are enchanted brooms, stalks of grass, or pieces of wood made to temporarily look like the kidnapped individual. In time these forms of Changelings will sicken and die. If a Changeling, the fairy offspring type, is not identified it will grow up to be a powerful witch or wizard.

Identifying A Changeling: A keen eye to detail can help identify a Changeling. Otherwise, getting a Changeling to betray it's own identity is best. In one tale, a woman was able to get a Changeling to admit it's true nature by doing something odd in front of it. In the legend the woman decided to brew tea in an eggshell. The Changeling, disguised as an infant, watched her every move and then blurted out, "I have seen many things in my days but never have I seen someone brew tea in an eggshell." At that point the gig was up, the Changeling was busted.

Defense Against Changelings: Like all fairies, Changelings fear Iron objects. They also fear salt and scissors. The best method of dealing with a Changeling is to abuse it, usually by threatening to burn it. If a Changeling is outed and is threatened of being burnt, the fairy parents are said to immediately take back the Changeling and return the kidnapped child. Unfortunately, this practice of threatening a perceived Changeling has led to the abuse and murder of babies perceived to be different, be it via birth defect, deformity, or merely being a gifted child. To protect your child from being kidnapped by the fairies, the best defense is to make sure the child is baptized. It is said that fairies can only kidnap unbaptized children.

Changeling Legends From The British Isles

Banished To The Witch Village

Cleary, Bridget

In 1894, Michael Cleary accused his wife, Bridget Cleary, of being a witch-changeling.

Michael had noticed that Bridget appeared to have grown 2 inches taller, as if over-night, as well as noticed her acting seemingly odd.

After consulting with his mother-in-law, who was an avid believer in fairies, Michael become convinced that the fairies had spirited Bridget Cleary away and left an impostor witch-changeling in her place.

In March of 1894, Michael, Bridget's cousins, her own father, and several locals, accosted her and accused her of being a witch. The mob tied her up in her bed and physically abused her, demanding that she admit to being a witch-changeling, as well as demanding the return of the true Bridget Cleary.

When Bridget wasn't sighted for several days, a neighbor came to check in on her, fearful that she had taken ill. The neighbor was shocked to discover the poor woman tied up and being abused.

The next day, in a fit of rage, Micheal Cleary doused his wife with lamp oil and set her ablaze. Michael and an accomplice then buried Bridget's corpse in a shallow grave that was eventually discovered on March 22, 1894.

During the resulting trial, several people were convicted of manslaughter and Micheal Cleary was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor. Despite torturing and murdering his wife, Micheal Cleary insisted that Bridget Cleary was a witch-changeling and that the true Bridget Cleary had been abducted by fairies.

To learn more about the sad fate of Bridget Cleary and of the relationship between witches and fairies, read:

The Burning Of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke

Witches by Erica Jong

The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

To watch the documentary, The Burning Of Bridget Cleary, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

World Of Vampires


Pontianaks are vampiric demons of Malaysian folklore, women who have died in childbirth and who have risen from the grave to attack the living. It is also said that Pontianaks are the stillborn children of the Langsuyar. Pontianaks kill their victims by gutting them and eating their entrails.

Appearance: A hideous old woman with fangs and a feeding hole in the back of her neck.

Lore: Pontianaks shun sunlight and seek shelter in banana tree trunks or other tree trunks during the day. Pontianaks are associated with the howling of dogs. If the howls appear distant the the creature is actually quite near. If the howls appear close then the creature is far away.

Powers: A Pontianak can make herself appear as a beautiful woman in order to seduce her prey.

Defense Against Pontianak: Like the Langsuyar, the Pontianak fears nails. If a nail is driven in the feeding hole in the back of the Pontianak's neck, then she will transform into a beautiful woman until the nail is removed.


The Black Hope Horror

I read the above book several years ago and thought it would be a good book to recommend reading.

Imagine discovering your housing edition was built upon an old slave cemetery called 'Black Hope'. Now imagine your accidental desecration of one of the graves awakens forces that you can't comprehend. This is the story of, 'The Black Hope Horror'.


In Malaysian folklore, the Langsuyar or Langsuir is a woman who has died in childbirth while giving birth to a stillborn baby. Within 40 days after her death, the unfortunate woman shall rise from her grave to suck the blood from infants from a special hole in the back of her neck.

Appearance: A hideous woman wearing a green gown, with long-flowing hair, long claw-like finger nails, and red, glowing eyes.

Lore: A Langsuyar can be 'domesticated' or tamed for a time, during which she will look and act like a normal woman. However, it is said that this is just temporary and that a Langsuyar will eventually revert back to her former ways. Unfortunately the Langsuyar is not the only thing to fear. The Langsuyar's stillborn baby will also rise from the grave and become a Pontianak.

Powers: Flight, shape-shifting into an owl

Defense Against Langsuyar: The unfortunate woman who has died in childbirth while giving birth to a stillborn baby is buried with glass beads in her mouth, an egg in each armpit, and pins and needles stuck in the palms of the hands. This ritual will prevent the corpse from turning into a Langsuyar. Otherwise, the Langsuyar's power resides in her long hair and nails. If one could cut off her hair and nails and then stuff it in the feeding hole in the back of her neck, then she will revert to a woman for a time. Other lore states that if one can stick a nail in a Langsuyar's feeding hole then she will do the same. Because of this, Langsuyar's are said to fear nails.

The Haunted (1991)

A 1991 made for t.v. movie based on the reported real life experiences of the Smurl family's stay in a true haunted house.

(I watched this on t.v. when it first aired. The 'succubus' scene is a classic! Also, you can tell it's an oldie because the wife smokes on camera!)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Church Grim

Church Grims, Kirkegrim, Kirk-Grim, or possibly Kirkonavaki, are supernatural black dogs that guard Churches and graveyards in European folklore.

The origins of the Church Grim may stem from the early Christian practice of performing sacrifices upon the construction of a new Church. The spirit of the sacrifice was said to stand guard and protect the land from evil.

Appearance: Large black dog with supernatural abilities, though in some countries the Church Grim can take the form of other animals or even people.

Lore: The Church Grim, like the standard Ghost, is attached to a certain location, in this case a Church or graveyard.

Powers: The Church Grim possesses supernatural abilities that it uses to guard it's domain, usually by frightening off evil or those whom do not belong on the premise, such as trespassers. In some legends, the Church Grim will ring the Church bells if someone connected to the area is about to die or as an omen of soon-to-be ill fortune.

The Church Grim


In Catalan folklore, Dip is a demonic, blood-sucking black dog.

Dip's image appears on the coat of arms of Pratdip.

In Search Of...Bigfoot (1976)

The Oldest Ghost Story?

Well, it's not the oldest, but it is very old. Dating to a couple of thousand years ago, Pliny The Younger records a ghost story complete with all the so-called modern trappings.

There is a restless spirit, rattling chains and other strange noises, nightmares, the appearance of a phantom, and to top it off, the price for the house was slashed considerably which again is something that is said to occur today with reportedly haunted houses.

There is even a conclusion to the tale that seemingly sounds so modern that it begs the reader to ponder whether or not there just might be something to the tales of the restless dead.

"We tend to think of the written horror tale as a relatively recent phenomenon. But in fact the first hand circulated ghost stories date back at least two thousand years. This one was related by several ancient authors, the historian Tacitus among them. The version here, however, is by the Roman letter-writer Pliny the Younger (A.D.61-115). In it are the staples of the horror tale: the restless corpse, the rattling of chains, the beckoning finger. There's even a ghost breaker or exorcist for later writers or film makers to build upon. The translation is that of William Melmoth (1746), as slightly revised, with proper deference to the Latin original, by R. W. Stedman."

To read this ancient ghost story, click on the following:

An Ancient Ghost Story By Pliny The Younger

Oklahoma Rancher Spots Large UFO

On May 18, 2009, a rancher near Buffalo, Oklahoma, spotted a large UFO with red, blue, and white strobe lights. The object was reported to be anywhere from 25ft to 50ft in diameter and hovered completely still at times. After the sighting the witness described finding large areas of grass that were laid down flat, a possible effect of the UFO.

Low-Flying UFO Approaches And Hovers Over Remote Oklahoma Ranch


The Penanggalan is a vampiric demon of Malaysian folklore that flies through the air in search of her prey, the blood of newborns, small children, pregnant women, woman who have recently given birth, as well as placentas. Similar to the Manananggal, the Penanggalan differs in one aspect, mainly that come nightfall the creature's head separates from it's body and flies through the air, dangling it's entrails behind it.

Appearance: By day the Penanggalan appears as a normal human woman. By night the Penanggalan separates it's head from it's body, grows fangs and an elongated tongue, and flies through the air in search of it's prey.

Lore: There are many stories about the origins of the Penanggalan with the most popular being a story of a priestess taking a ritual bath in vinegar. The priestess was startled by a man and jerked her head so fast that it decapitated her. She did not die, but the head became a monstrous entity. Another legend suggest that a Penanggalan is a witch who broke her pact with a demon. According to folklore, the Penangalan smells of vinegar due to the fact that she either keeps her body in a vat of vinegar while she is hunting or that she soaks her entrails in vinegar so to shrink them and be able to fit back inside her body. Penanggalans are said to perch on rooftops of the houses in which babies are born, screaming to announce the time of birth.

Powers: A Penanggalan can fly by using her long hair as wings. A Penangalan can also maneuver her entrails like tentacles. The body fluid that drips from the Penanggalan's entrails as it flies is said to spread disease and anybody who comes into contact with it is said to develop sores that never heal.

Defence Against Penanggalan: Just as in traditional Vampire lore, sunlight is fatal to the Penanggalan. If she cannot rejoin her body come sunrise, she will die. A Penanggalan can always be identified when in her human form by her constant stench of vinegar. Sleeping with scissors under one's pillow is also said to repel Penanggalans. The most popular method of repelling Penanggalans involves planting thorny bushes around the entrances of the house. The Penanggalan's entrails will become trapped on the thorns so that it can be easily killed or else it can die if it can not return to it's body before sunrise.

The Tale Of The Penanggalan

What Is A Penanggalan?

Monday, May 25, 2009

In Search Of...Ghosts (1977)


A Manananggal is a combination Witch/Vampire/Demon of Filipino folklore. Similar to the Aswang, yet more distinct. Like the Aswang, the Manananggal eats unborn babies, sucking them out through it's long hollow tongue or proboscis. The Manananggal also sucks the blood of sleeping victims. What distinguishes the Manananggal from the Aswang is one unique feature, the ability to separate it's body at the waist. Come nightfall, the creature will split in half, with the upper torso growing leathery, bat-like wings to fly around in search of prey. The remaining torso will stay behind and it is the creature's main weakness. Like traditional Vampires, sunlight is fatal to Manananggals and they must reunite with their lower torso before sunrise or else they will die.

Appearance: By day the Manananggal appears as a normal human woman. At night, the Manananggal separates itself at the waist. The upper torso grows bat-like wings and claws and then flies off in search of prey.

Lore: There are many ways in which a Manananggal reproduces, but one method is by a woman ingesting the blood, saliva, or flesh of another Manananggal. In some tales, the source of a Manananggal's power are black chicks that are kept hidden within her throat. In these legends, when a Manananggal wants to reproduce, a black chick is transferred to the throat of a victim/new Manananggal. Manananggals are often sometimes called 'Tik-Tik', for the sound the creature supposedly makes when flying. Just as with Aswangs, the louder the sound of the creature the further away it is, to confuse it's prey.

Defense Against Manananggal: Like Aswangs, Manananggals abhor garlic, salt, and holy water. Manananggals are also said to fear daggers, vinegar, onions and spices. If a Manananggal fails to reunite with it's lower torso before sunrise it will die. One way to prevent the Manananggal from reuniting with it's lower torso is by sprinkling salt or ash on the exposed raw surface where the Manananggal separates itself and reattaches itself.

What Is A Manananggal?

Dispatches: Saving Africa's Witch Children (2008)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Bigfoot Hunt In Oklahoma

Approximately 30 researchers will be scouting in and around the Kiamichi Mountains in the Southern part of Oklahoma this Memorial Day Weekend, hunting for any sign of the elusive monster known as Bigfoot.

Researchers To Hunt Bigfoot

In Search Of...Salem Witches (1980)

Piculas, Jim

Substitute teacher Jim Piculas performed a magic trick in front of his Rushe Middle School class in Land 'O Lakes, Florida, in January of 2008. Piculas made a toothpick disappear. Little did he know that such act would cost him his job as he received a call from his supervisor advising him that he was being accused of 'Wizardry'. Piculas was dismissed from his assignment and has since attempted a lawsuit for his claim of being 'blackballed' due to the accusations.

Teacher Sues Over Alleged 'Wizardry'

Is It Real? Vampires (2006)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Purple Church

Last weekend I went to The Purple Church of local fame. I thought I'd re-post a Myspace blog I made to inform readers here of the folklore of this infamous place.

Since I was recently asked by a myspacer for directions on how to get to "The Purple Church", I thought I'd take the time to reminisce about the good old days....Ah...The Purple Church. The burnt-down remnants of a basement which supposedly belonged to a church, but which is now used in service of "The Dark Lord", Satan.

The Purple Church supposedly gets its name for the purple spray-painted "Satanic" graffiti, which dominates the place.

It is said that on Saturday nights with a full moon, a virgin is sacrificed to Satan. Well, that's what "they" say at least.

I remember the first time I went to The Purple Church. There were five of us, Jeremy B., Michelle B., Kevin B., and Frankie H., and myself, all piled into my car. We never actually made it all the way to the site itself, but we did go a few yards or so into the dark woods, which was rather frightening.

On later visits, Michelle B. and Beth B. accompanied me to the little entrance way where you park your car. Unfortunately, neither of the two had the guts to go with me. I sure as hell wasn't going to go by myself!

Later on, Beth would tell me the story about how she and a friend happened to go to the site during the day. They reported seeing a bathtub full of animal parts with sleeping bags laid out in front of it. I believe her story, as I've heard from more than one person that a lot of homeless people camp out in the woods.

Lore: The Purple Church is a rumored location of Satanic worship. According to legend, on Saturdays with a full moon a virgin is sacrificed to 'The Dark Lord'.

Location: The Purple Church is in Spencer, Oklahoma, near the border of Midwest City past the intersection of 63rd & Douglas Blvd. Travel until you get to the 'spooky' part with trees hanging over the road, blocking the sky (only happens during the Summer months when the trees have leaves). Go further and you will come up to a small hill. The entrance to the path that leads to the Purple Church is located on the right.

*Disclaimer: The Purple Church is on private property. Trespassers beware. Also I need to point out something about folklore. I love folklore. I'm a huge fan of it. However, one should realize how to properly treat folklore. We shouldn't treat folklore as if it is 100% based in reality. Most folklore should be interpreted as taking place in an alternative dimension or universe. The story is important but one should not get caught up with the belief that it is 'real'. The reason I need to post this disclaimer is because accusations of 'devil worship' have destroyed innocent people's lives. People have had their children taken away, been forced out of town, or even worse because certain individuals cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality. This said, The Purple Church is a very spooky place to visit. Have fun if you decide to visit it and remember, stay safe.



First of all, What are fairies? Well, unfortunately nobody knows for certain, though there are many theories. Here are a few:

1.) Pagan gods - Fairies are the remnants of the old, pre-Christian gods.

2.) Ghosts - Fairies are the spirits of the dead. Some people claim fairies are either the spirits of unbaptised children or they are the spirits of the Pagan dead who are too bad for heaven and too good for hell, thus they are doomed to wander the earth. This theory does have some basis in fact, as many of the 'fairy mounds', where fairies were said to live, turned out to be burial mounds upon excavation.

3.) Pygmy Natives - This theory suggest that there was a widespread race of pygmy natives in much of Europe, prior to the coming of the Indo-Europeans, and later the Celts. This theory suggests that these pygmies were driven into exile and hiding upon the advancement of invading tribes. This theory would explain 'fairy raids', by which fairies were said to come into town, under the dark of night, and steal whatever they could get their hands on. -This sounds just like the actions of a race of people in hiding, to me at least. Unfortunately, there is simply no proof that there ever was such a pygmy race.

4.) Demons - Some modern religious folk claim fairies are demons. This theory goes that when the Devil and his angels were kicked out of heaven, God 'froze' them as they fell. Those demons that were frozen in the sky became sylphs, the fairies of air, those frozen in the water became undines, the fairies frozen in fire became salamanders, while those frozen in the earth became gnomes.

5.) 'The Neutral Angels' - A twist of the 'fairies as demons'-theory is that the fairies are the angels who remained neutral in the fight between God & the Devil.

6.) Nature Spirits - The most attractive and most popular theory, mainly that fairies are simply the spirits of nature. They aren't outright Pagan gods, but rather, the spirits of the trees, the water, and the landscape.

7.) Aliens - Modern theories suggest that fairies are actually alien encounters. According to this theory, ancient peoples didn't understand what an 'alien' being was so when they encountered them a unique lore about these 'little people' began to be accumulated. Of course, those who disbelieve in both aliens and fairies believe this is nonsense. Something to ponder though...Say you lived in rural Ireland a couple of hundred years ago. Also, say you were traveling in the woods and was shocked to see a 'gray' (standard alien) peeking at you from behind a tree. Now, since you don't have any language or concept of a space-alien, what do you think you would call such a diminutive creature? -Remember that the standard 'gray' is reported to be around 3-4 feet tall. -The 'Little People' indeed!

8.) Inter-Dimensional Beings - Similar to the 'alien' theory, this theory suggests that fairies are actual denizens of another dimension that crosses with our dimension from time-to-time and allows encounters. Same criticism goes for this theory as with the alien theory.

Now that we have somewhat an idea of what fairies are, what do they do, who can see them, what are their powers, and how are they dangerous?

Q- What do fairies do?

A- Anything they want, though the folklore claims that fairies can often be destructive toward humanity by ruining crops, sickening livestock and people, kidnapping people, and making people get lost. There are also stories of fairies killing people as well.

Q- Who can see fairies?

A- Fairies can reveal themselves to anyone they choose, though when concealed it is said that only small children, animals, witches, and people with 'second sight'/psychics can see them.

Q- What are their powers?

A- The magical power of fairies is called, 'glamor'. 'Fairy glamor' is the ability to alter the perceptions in a human being. They can make us see, feel, touch, taste, or experience, anything they like. They can use their power to walk amongst us invisibly, by altering our perception so that we don't notice them. This doesn't mean that they are actually 'invisible', it just means that we don't perceive them. Remember looking for something, like a set of keys, only to discover they were right in front of your face the entire time? This is how fairy glamor works, by altering our perceptions. Fairies could be walking around in broad daylight, it's just that we can't perceive them because of their power.

Fairy glamor is also used to make things appear more attractive or desirable than they originally are, hence the modern meaning of the word, 'glamorous'. For example, a fairy might trick a person into believing a sack of hay is a sack of gold, or that poisonous toadstools were a scrumptious feast. Fairies also use their powers to make us get lost in the woods, by confusing our sense of direction, and in extreme situations, causing us to walk off cliffs or sink and drown in swamps.

So does this mean that fairies are evil? Well, modern religious folk might think so, but actually in folklore fairies aren't evil in our sense of the word.

You see, The ways of fairies are not our ways. They do not have our morals. They do not believe in our religions. They do not subscribe to our values. Like children with extreme powers, they can kiss one cheek one moment and then slap the other cheek in the next. They can love you and then turn around and kill you with not an afterthought of guilt. Again, their ways are not our ways.

So are fairies evil? -Nah. According to folklore, the majority of fairies are apathetic to humanity. Some can be beneficial, while others are clearly detrimental, but any encounter with fairies can be dangerous to mortals.

This brings us to the point of this blog, How to survive a fairy encounter unscathed.

1.) Knowledge - Know the fairies. Learn the lore. Knowledge is power and can come in handy.

2.) Iron Objects - Fairies fear them. The theories why fairies fear iron are many, too many to go into detail here.

3.) Don't Dance With Them - Fairies may entice you dance with them in their circles, but beware. Time for fairies is different than it is with humans. You might think you just danced for 10 minutes but afterwards you discover that 10 years or more have gone by.

4.) Don't Eat Or Drink Anything They Give You - It could be poisonous. See #5 below.

5.) Don't Go To Fairyland - Fairies seem to enjoy enticing mortals to go willingly to fairyland with them. Other times they simply kidnap poor victims. Either way, do not go if you are invited. Just like in #3 above, time is different for fairies. You might think your visit lasted an hour only to discover upon returning that a century has passed by. There are tales of people returning only to find out that their entire families have been dead for ages. In many of these stories, when a person returns from visiting fairyland they instantly crumble into dust when their feet touch the ground. Also, as in #4 above, do not eat anything in fairyland (Now, this is for if you should be kidnapped as hopefully you wouldn't voluntarily go). Anyone who eats or drinks in fairyland can never return. Such lore is remarkably similar to tales of the underworld, like in Ancient Greece, such as in the myth of Persephone.

6.) Don't Take A Fairy Lover - Just as in Keats famous poem, 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', all fairy-human unions are seemingly destined to turn tragic for the mortal. The same holds true for human women as well. In Ireland, a male fairy called 'Glanconer'(Love-Talker) delights in bedding human females. Unfortunately, he's a 'love-'em-and-leave-'em' type of fairy and his cast-offs soon either go mad and kill themselves or else waste away and die as no touch of a mortal man will ever satisfy them.

7.) Salt & The Lord's Prayer - Cary a pinch of salt in your pocket and recite The Lord's Prayer before traveling. I'm not sure if Holy Water and Crucifixes would work, but I guess they couldn't hurt.

8.) Don't Step Into A Fairy Circle - If you chance upon a fairy circle, a circle of mushrooms where the fairies were said to have danced, do not step into it. Lore states that people have simply disappeared after doing so and that such circles might be gateways to fairyland.

9.) Stay Indoors When Fairies Are Most Active - Samhain (Halloween), Beltane (April 30), The Solstices & Equinoxes, Midnight & Noon.

10.) If You Are A Farmer - Any crop not harvested after Halloween belongs to the fairies. Attempting to harvest after Halloween might upset them and cause them to retaliate in an unpleasant way, say the future blighting of crops for example.

11.) Fairy Pathways - Avoid them at all cost. A fairy pathway is literally that, a pathway the fairies are believed to regularly frequent. Don't build a house on one. Don't move into a house that was built on one. According to legend, anyone who builds a house on a fairy pathway or lives in one built on a fairy pathway will be plagued with poltergeist-like phenomena as well as experience extreme bad luck. The fairies are going to travel their pathway regardless if there is a house in the way. They aren't going to go around it. Instead, they are going to march right through your living room, breaking stuff and scaring the kids and pets in the process. How do you identify fairy pathways? -Ask around. If there is a fairy pathway nearby then there will be plenty of lore attached to it, especially if you come from Ireland, Scotland, and the like.

12.) Get Your Baby Baptised - It is said that fairies can only kidnap unbaptised babies.

13.) Be Observant - When fairies walk amongst us in human form, they will appear with some odd feature about them, say like one eye of a different color. Some fairies, like the German Nixes (dangerous water fairies), love going to human markets and will do so in the form of a beautiful woman in a flowing green gown. The Nix can always be spotted by a careful observer because a part of her gown will always be soaking wet and dripping water. (Nixes also like to take unfortunate mortal lovers who drown during love-making.)

Be also observant when it comes to possible changelings. A changeling is a human impostor. It's the fairies equivalent of a student exchange program, though the human recipient was taken against their will. When the fairies kidnap a mortal, they leave one of their own kind behind. They will use their fairy glamour to impersonate the abductee but a keen observer can notice certain flaws. Again, something will be 'off' They might have different colored eyes, appear slightly taller, or something else. Usually, when a changeling is discovered the fairies will return the kidnapped mortal and take the changeling back. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes threats of abuse before the fairies do so.

14.) Don't Steal From The Fairies - You would be surprised how many tales there are of foolish people who happen upon a fairy treasure and decide to help themselves. Let's just say the tales don't end good for the poor thief.

15.) Don't Cut Down Trees Or Move Boulders Or Large Rocks Without The Fairies Permission - Such could be the home of the fairies. Instead, one is supposed to ask permission, or to at least explain why such needs to be accomplished. Ample time is to be given for the fairies to relocate. Anyone who destroys the home of a fairy is likely to find himself/herself homeless soon later.

16.) Don't Spy On The Fairies - If one spots fairies, it's best to quietly scram. 'Peeping Toms', when caught, can be severely punished.

17.) Don't Follow Fairy-Lights - If you see a fairy-light, also called fox-fires or will-o'-the-wisps, do not follow them. The fairies use these lights to fool and trick people into wandering away and getting lost, or worse, falling off a clip or drowning in a swamp.

18.) If You Become The Victim Of Fairy Magic - Strip, turn your clothes inside-out and put them back on. Put your shoes on the wrong feet. This is said to confuse the fairies and destroy their ability to harm you.

19) Silence Is Golden - Do not talk about fairies directly, but instead use phrases like 'The Good People', 'The Kind People', etc., lest you attract them. If you encounter a fairy do not speak of the encounter lest you be plagued by bad luck and ill fortune for the rest of your life.

20.) RESPECT...RESPECT...RESPECT - If you don't put into practice any of the above advice, practice this one and you should be fine. Always show the utmost respect to fairies and you should survive the encounter unscathed.

Modern Fairy Sightings

The following clips are from the documentary, 'The Fairy Faith', by John Walker

"Join John Walker as he explores the magical "other world" of fairies. Visit the places fairies live and meet some of the people who have seen and believe in them." -From The Website

This clip delves into Native American beliefs. Yes, Native Americans have beliefs in 'fairy-like' beings. For some tribes, it is these *little-people* who give the medicine men their powers and teach them the ways of the healing herbs. Keep in mind how similar this belief is to the belief that fairies were said to teach magic to witches.

In the following clip, a family claims to have stumbled upon a circle of dancing fairies. Keep in mind that her tale contains the standard 'trappings' associated with fairy sightings, mainly that of the other-worldly music and the belief that one shouldn't look at them directly or talk about the experience, lest the fairies exact revenge. -And trust me, much folklore exists concerning the fairies enacting revenge against a mortal. Fairies aren't cute kid stuff. They are dangerous, and encounters with them tend to be more destructive to the mortal involved.

Don't believe me? Research the similarities between aliens and fairies. Both are said to kidnap people, both come from another 'world', time is said to be different for both, and both have power to alter the perceptions of people, i.e. 'Fairy Glamour' and the mind control that aliens inflict upon reported abductees.

Reminder: Fairies are said to be most active around Samhain & Beltane or modern day, Halloween and May Day. So, It may be wise to carry an iron object (fairies fear iron) in your pocket, especially if you have to travel by foot in nature during this time. A pinch of salt in your pocket and The Lord's Prayer before you start your venture also couldn't hurt.

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.
Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain-lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.

High on the hill-top
The old King sits;
He is now so old and gray
He's nigh lost his wits.
With a bridge of white mist
Columbkill he crosses,
On his stately journeys
From Slieveleague to Rosses;
Or going up with music,
On cold starry nights,
To sup with the Queen,
Of the gay Northern Lights.

They stole little Bridget
For seven years long;
When she came down again
Her friends were all gone.
They took her lightly back
Between the night and morrow;
They thought she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.
They have kept her ever since
Deep within the lake,
On a bed of flag leaves,
Watching till she wake.

By the craggy hill-side,
Through the mosses bare,
They have planted thorn trees
For pleasure here and there.
Is any man so daring
As dig them up in spite?
He shall find the thornies set
In his bed at night.

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.

-The Fairies by William Allingham

Slip-Skin Hag

A Slip Skin Hag (Boo Hag), is a combination witch/vampire/demon of folklore in the Southern portions of the United States, especially among those of Gullah descent as well as believers and practitioners of Hoodoo.

A Slip Skin Hag appears as a normal woman by day but by night slips out of her skin and flies around in search of victims to torture and harass while they sleep. Victims are said to experience sleep paralysis, awaken with strange scratches, suffer from nightmares, and are plagued with unnatural illnesses and fatigue, often leading to mental illness and eventually death. Slip Skin Hags are also said to press on their victim's chest while they sleep in an attempt to suffocate them. Such a state is referred to as being 'hag ridden'. If the victim is male, sexual molestation may occur.

A Slip Skin Hag is distinct from a traditional Hag, mainly due to the fact that by day Slip Skin Hags appear and act as normal human women. (A traditional Hag is a spirit-like entity.)

Appearance: By day a Slip Skin Hag appears as a normal human woman. At night, the Slip Skin Hags slips out of her skin and searches for victims. Fortunately she remains invisible when out of her body, though it is said that if one attempts to wrestle a Slip Skin Hag, and could grab hold of her, then one would feel the sensation of holding raw meat.

Lore: Just as in traditional Vampire legends, the Slip Skin Hag must return to her skin by sunrise or else she will die. Unlike the traditional Vampire who drinks blood, the Slip Skin Hag feeds off of the soul, breath, or life-force of the victim.

Powers: Invisibility, flight, can pass through the tiniest cracks or spaces in order to enter into the bedrooms of her victims, with keyholes being a well known entry point.

The book, Blue Roots: African American Folk Magic Of The Gullah People by Roger Pinckney, documents (p.78) a reported Slip Skin Hag in Charleston, SC, in 1916:

"Neighbors suspected a certain woman of going out after dark and tormenting a former lover who had found a new partner. They found the skin hanging behind the woman's bedroom door, salted it thoroughly, and waited anxiously in the closet. The woman came in at dawn, commanded the skin back into it's rightful place. The skin, in salty misery, did not respond. "Skin, skin, don't you know me?", the woman pleaded. The neighbors leaped from the closet and the hag disappeared into thin air, never to return."

Defense Against Slip Skin Hags: A Slip Skin Hag can be killed if she doesn't return to her skin by sunrise or if her skin is destroyed while she is out of it. Another method of inflicting suffering or death upon a Slip Skin Hag is to salt her skin so that it causes extreme pain when it is placed back on her "raw" flesh. (Red Pepper is also said to work wonders as well.) If a victim knows the identity of the Slip Skin Hag he can write her name as well as the word 'Hag' above his front door and this will bar her from being able to enter. 'Direct Confrontation', i.e. publicly accusing the suspected Slip Skin Hag is also said to rob her of her ability to harm. Other methods of repelling Slip Skin Hags refer to Vampire lore, mainly by hanging a kitchen sieve over the bed or by scattering sesame seeds on the floor around the bed. (The Slip Skin Hag must count each hole in the sieve and each sesame seed before she can attack the victim, thus making sure sunrise will come before her task is complete.) Other methods include magic itself. Hoodoo men and woman, a.k.a. root workers, root doctors, or conjurers, can use rituals and magic to repel, kill, or even trap a Slip Skin Hag in the form of an insect in a bottle. The insect is then killed and the hag is destroyed.

Wicked Charleston by Mark R. Jones

Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bigfootville (2002)

Bigfoot In Oklahoma

Boy Survives Aswang Attack

On September 22, 2004, in Tantangan, South Cotabato, 16 year-old Tata Porras and his 14 year-old brother Michael were sleeping in a rice field when Tata was awoken by a strange squeaking sound. Upon investigating, Tata discovered a black dog with glowing red eyes about to bite the neck of his sleeping brother. Grabbing his gun, Tata shot at the creature which fled into the darkness. Unfortunately Michael was hit in the leg and required hospital treatment. People arriving to the scene to help heard Tata yell, 'Aswang, Aswwang'.


The Aswang is a cannibalistic shape-shifting combination witch/vampire/demon of Filipino folklore. Appearing as a normal woman by day, the Aswang goes unnoticed. By night the Aswang stalks her prey, people, corpses, and unborn babies. When abducting a living human for food, the Aswang will leave something behind, like banana trunks, in the appearance of the person. This 'changeling' will quickly sicken and die. Some Aswangs have long, hollow tongues or proboscises in which they insert into pregnant women in order to suck out the fetus.

Appearance: A normal human woman by day, but by night she is a shape-shifter and can appear as anything, including inanimate objects. An Aswang in human form is said to frequently have blood-shot eyes for staying up all night.

Lore: The term Aswang is generic as it applies to many different types of demonic beings that share similar features and habits.

Powers: Shape-shifting, flight, can confuse people with her cries as the louder they are the farther away she is.

Identifying an Aswang: If your reflection in her eyes is upside down or if you see her in her true form when viewing her by bending over and looking behind yourself through your legs, then she is an Aswang. A more magical means of identifying the presence of an Aswang is a ritual concoction of coconut oil and holy herbs that is said to boil and froth in the presence of an Aswang.

Defense against Aswang: Garlic, salt, holy water, semen, stingray tail, silver swords and other silver items, images or pictures of old women, and an amulet in the form of a red bag filled with ginger root to repel the Aswang and coins to weigh the person down so that the Aswang cannot carry the victim off.

What Is An Aswang?

The Southend Werewolf

William (Bill) Ramsey lived a quiet life, that is until he believes he became possessed by a demonic spirit that caused him to become a werewolf.

On July 22, 1987, Ramsey drove to the nearby police station and viciously attacked several officers while growling, exhibiting seemingly superhuman strength, and biting several people. While in jail he even managed to squeeze his head and one arm through the narrow slit used to pass trays of food through. Needless to say, Ramsey was loosing control of himself. Ramsey came to believe that he was a real-life werewolf, a man possessed by a wolf spirit.

Ed & Lorraine Warren, demonoligists, stepped in and offered an exorcism. The exorcism reportedly worked and Bill Ramsey settled down to a seemingly normal life, or at least until the next full moon.

Ed & Lorraine Warren went on to document the case in their 1993 book, Werewolf: A True Story Of Demonic Possession.

Goat With Gold Chain Attacks Village

A small village in Trinidad has reportedly come under attack by a demon in the form of a white goat wearing a gold chain. The problems started after a woman died of a blood disease and then after her funeral, an attendee went home and set herself on fire. She had reportedly complained of hearing voices. Soon other women would also complain of hearing voices telling them to kill themselves. People began reporting encounters with a strange white goat wearing a gold chain. A make-shift exorcism followed.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flying Humanoid

Reports of sightings of Flying Humanoids are quite common. Probably the most famous is the reported Mothman which was sighted by hundreds of people during a span of one year, 1966-1967, in Point Pleasant, WV.

Flying Humanoids come in many varieties. Some look like ordinary humans, others are reported to be very grotesque. Regardless of their appearance, these creatures all have one thing in common, they fly with or without the aid of wings or an apparatus.

The Mysterious Flying Humanoids

The Boggy Bottom Monster

The Boggy Bottom Monster is the local name for Bigfoot in the southeastern portion of Oklahoma, centering in Atoka County. The beast gets it's name for the sightings that occured in and round Clear Boggy Creek.

Oklahoma Woman Calls 911 After Bigfoot Sighting

On July 18, 2006, Jackie Marlow, age 52, witnessed something strange. Sitting on her porch and smoking a cigarette, Mrs. Marlow looked up to see a "reddish-brown, long-legged something" casually walk off into the nearby woods.

Growing up in Caney, Oklahoma, Mrs. Marlow was accustomed to the local legend of "The Boggy Bottom Monster", a Bigfoot-like creature which supposedly lives in the area. Mrs. Marlow claims she never believed in the legend, that is, until she had her own sighting.

After witnessing the creature, Mrs. Marlow became overly-excited and began calling everyone she knew to inform them that the monster is real.

Mrs. Marlow became so excited, in fact, that she began to experience symptoms of what could have been a heart attack. Calling 911 for help, the responders who answered, indicated that this was the very first time they had ever came to the aid of a woman who required help after witnessing a Bigfoot. Luckily for Mrs. Marlow, she was soon diagnosed as experiencing only a Panic Attack and nothing life threatening.

Animal X: Phantom Black Dogs

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Abuse Of Child 'Witches' Is On The Rise

In parts of Africa there is a growing trend of children being labeled 'witches' and subsequently being abused, kicked out of their homes, or worse, killed by their family and neighbors. Some have even been horribly disfigured in rituals designed to 'exorcise' them. Local Churches do little to prevent the torture with many preachers acting as paid 'witch hunters' on the side.

Abuse Of Child 'Witches' Is On The Rise

BBC Photographer Snaps Pic Of Ghost

BBC photographer and skeptic Chris Sandys snapped a picture of what appears to be the ghostly image of a man sitting in a chair. The picture was taken in the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Some speculate the figure is Edward Jenner.

Ghostly Museum Image Caught On Film

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