Monday, November 30, 2009
Tagline: "This time terror comes from below."
Phantoms is a definitely a Lovecraftian film. Though based on the book by Dean Koonzt, there are too many similarities to suggest Koonzt wasn't inspired by the true king of terror.
To watch the movie, click HERE.
Appearance: Normally invisible to humans but can appear as birds or clouds.
Lore: The Sluagh swarm together like birds or insects and are most active at night, especially around midnight. The Sluagh are blamed for a whole list of assorted evils, from the death of cattle and livestock to the kidnapping of humans. Among their favorite activities include picking up human beings, flying them through the air, and dropping them off in distant locations, kidnapping people and recruiting the souls of people on their death bed.
Powers: Fairy glamour, invisibility, shape-shifting, flight, shooting of venomous darts by which they kill their animal and human victims.
Defense Against The Sluagh: Like all fairies, the Sluagh fear iron objects and salt. Religious objects may be helpful. In addition, it is believed that the Sluah either always approach from the west or can never approach from the east. Such knowledge might come in handy.
The Sluagh and the Wild Hunt
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Basically, Lovecraft correctly realized that humanity is an extremely trivial and fragile species, obsessed with a self-centered and deluded, inflated egotistical understanding of our importance in the grand scheme of things. Humanity on a whole is simply naive and ignorant about the harsh truth of reality.
The characters in Lovecraft's stories all pretty much go through he same basic process of unfoldment, with characters starting off as living in a "reality bubble", going about their daily lives with the false assumption that they understand what reality is and how the world operates. Quickly a series of events is triggered which unfold through the course of the story. Such experiences serve to burst the character's "reality bubble", exposing the unfortunate individuals to horrible realities they would be better off not knowing of. The end result is that the characters are either driven insane or kill themselves, if not commit gruesome crimes before doing so.
Although I don't take such a drastic outlook of humanity as Lovecraft did, I do fully believe that most people live their lives within a very small "reality bubble" of their own creation, completely oblivious to any reality existing outside of their self-imposed prison. Such individuals are in for a very rude and traumatic awakening when and if events should take place which serve to shake up or threaten to shatter their world-views.
I also share Lovecraft's understanding of the greatness of the universe and of man's utter insignificance. We are of little to no importance in the grand scheme of things. We speak of "the end of the world" without even understanding that we are actually speaking about the end of humanity, not of the planet, and definitely not of the universe! LOL
Also, like Lovecraft I ponder the possible existence of species eons more advanced than our own species. Perhaps such beings do exist and are out there yet for some reason we simply aren't able to detect them due to our extremely primitive state. Or perhaps such beings are currently here but that since our "reality bubbles" aren't big enough to include them, we ignore any evidence to suggest we are not alone (cough, cough...UFOs).
The following clip serves as a good model to show just how extremely tiny and fragile we are in relation to the Universe.
If this clip doesn't get to you, then take some time to go out into the country, away from city lights at night. Stare up into the night sky and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by sheer number of stars, stars which have been burning for billions of years longer than you or I have lived.
Let's face it. Humans are insignificant.
The results are as follows:
"I'm Not Sure" - 11% of the vote
In Third Place
"No" - 12% of the vote
In Second Place
"Yes" - 29% of the vote
In First Place
"I Think Aliens Might Exist But I Don't Believe They Are Abducting People." - 45% of the vote
Thanks for voting!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
and with strange aeons even death my die.
Cthulhu is perhaps the most popular figure from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Cthulhu is a Great Old One, as well as the high priest to the other Great Old Ones. Cthulhu is important as he will be the first Great Old One to arise when the stars are right, paving the return for the other Great Old Ones. As far as pronunciation goes, the human tongue cannot properly pronounce "Cthulhu", however the most common pronunciation for the name is "ka-thoo-loo".
Appearance: A winged,gigantic humanoid form with insect-like and octopi-like features, such as feelers and tentacles.
Lore: Cthulhu lies "dead but dreaming" in the sunken city of R'lyeh, which currently resides at the bottom of the Pacific ocean. When the stars are right, Great Cthulhu will awaken ushering in Humanity's demise. Cthulhu has an extensive cult found worldwide with a major base in the United States existing in Louisiana. The cult is dedicated to the awakening of Cthulhu, worshipping the Great Old One with chants such as;
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
Translated it reads, "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." The Phrase is often simplified to just, "Cthulhu Fhtagn". Cthulhu's offspring, referred to as Cthulhi, are also said to inhabit the earth, though most were destroyed when the city of R'lyeh was destroyed and sunk beneath the waves.
Powers: Incredible physical strength, telepathy, dream communication, mind-control, and the ability to drive people insane.
Defense Against Cthulhu: Practically none, save for the Elder Sign which repels him.
Cthulhu In Culture: Cthulhu has had a rather substantial impact on culture, influencing everything from music, such as Metallica's "Call Of Ktulu" (yeah, the name is wrong! LOL), to t.v. shows and cartoons, such as the Real Ghostbusters who had an episode dedicated to Cthulhu, and to pop culture. When the presidential election time draws near, fans of Cthulhu use their creativity to produce artwork, banners, and even ads advocating the election of "Cthulhu for President", often with the catchphrase, "Why vote for the lesser evil?". Another interesting aspect of Cthulhu's influence of society is the growth of the Cthulian Parody Religion, where fans, many of which are Atheists, jokingly claim to worship Cthulhu and the Great Old Ones in the belief that they will one day destroy the world. The Cthulian Parody religion is popular with the younger generations, though currently there is competition between Cthulhu and the Flying Spaghetti Monster for battle over the minds and souls of believers!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Appearance: It's hard to describe their appearance, but the Elder Things were approximately 8ft tall and resembled winged creatures that were part starfish and part plant. For a drawing of an Elder Thing, click HERE and HERE.
Lore: The Elder Things dominated the planet and built huge cities with their advanced technology. The Elder Things created humans as slaves, food, and playthings. The Elder Things also bio-engineered monstrosities dubbed Shoggoths which they used as servants and beasts of burden. These Shoggoths would later rebel against their masters, helping to bring about the end of the Elder Thing's domination of the planet. The Ice Age provided the final blow to the Elder Things. What few remained survived by migrating to underwater cities where they presumably remain today, possibly in a state of suspended animation.
Powers: Advanced Technology
Defense Against The Elder Things: The Elder Things, though extremely long lived, can be killed through normal means. The Elder Things pose little to no risk to humans at this point. When the Elder Things began to decline in numbers, their pets (us) took over the planet. The Shoggoths, the creation of the Elder Things, pose a far more serious threat to humanity.
Observation: Erich Van Daniken eat your heart out! Lovecraft beat you by far in suggesting that extraterrestrials visited the earth eons ago and founded human civilization.
Appearance: Their appearance varies. Many of the Elder Gods are the more well known Egyptian Gods, such as Bast, Isis & Osiris, Anubis, so therefore there appearance would be similar to traditional representations of such deities. Other Elder Gods are Greek deities, such as Hypnos the ancient Greek god of sleep. The most powerful Elder god, Nodens, is a Celtic deity of hunting, fishing, and healing which was equated with Neptune with the Roman conquest. In Lovecraft's writings, Nodens is portrayed as the Roman Neptune, i.e. riding in a seashell chariot pulled by sea monsters.
Lore: As stated above, the Elder Gods are opposed to the Outer Gods and to the Great Old Ones. According to some, the Elder Gods used their powers to imprison the Great Old Ones at least for a time. Others suggest that the Elder Gods merely accidentally stumbled upon the Great Old Ones as they hibernated and recognized the danger they posed to the universe and used their powers to keep them from waking. Unfortunately, the Elder Gods are simply not that powerful to completely prevent what must eventually come to pass. When the stars are right the Great Old Ones shall return and destroy the world.
It should be stated that just because the Elder Gods are opposed to the Outer Gods and to the Great Old Ones doesn't mean they are on humanity's side. The Elder Gods are for the most part indifferent toward humanity. The Elder Gods only intervene when the situation suits them.
Powers: Too numerous to list, though the power of the Elder Gods is believed to weaken with time, something that does not apply to the Outer Gods or to the Great Old Ones. Because of such, it can be stated that the Elder Gods are less powerful than their opponents. It was the Elder Gods who supplied humanity with the Elder Sign that repels the Outer Gods and the Great Old Ones.
Defense Against The Elder Gods: Practically none, though the Elder Gods are usually no threat to humans.
Appearance: Just as with the Great Old Ones, the appearance of the Outer Gods varies exceedingly from amorphous shapes, to chimera-like creatures, to elemental beings, and as strange as mechanical or machine-like in appearance. One even appears as a mass of glowing bubbles! Some Outer Gods are completely incomprehensible to humans.
Lore: The Outer Gods have as their master dreaded Azathoth, the blind, idiot demiurge, the creator of the universe, whose throne lies at the center of chaos and whom is constantly entertained by demonic flutists. The messenger or avatar of the Outer Gods on earth is Nyarlathotep, who often appears in human form. The Outer Gods have as their archenemies the Elder Gods.
Powers: Too numerous to list
Defense Against The Outer Gods: Practically None, save for the Elder Sign which repels them.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Great Old Ones are powerful races of extraterrestrial beings in the works of Lovecraft, and other Chtulhu Mythos-authors, that ruled the earth in eons past prior to the rise of the human species. The current absence of the Great Old Ones is but temporary for when the stars are right they will return to destroy human civilization and eat or enslave any human survivors.
Appearance: Their appearance varies according to race and type, however most of the Great Old Ones are of gigantic size compared to humans. Many are multi-armed, have tentacles, feelers, multiple eyes, wings, and have slimy skin. Some do not even have any true form and appear as amorphous blobs. Others appear in forms similar to giant animals such as lizards or frogs. Stranger still are the ones that have a plant-like appearance or even a mechanical or machine-like appearance.
Lore: The Great Old Ones are not composed of matter as we know it. They were only able to rule in past eons due to the conditions of the universe at that time, i.e. "The stars were right". When the stars changed they could no longer exist in our world. Some sleep under the earth or the bottom of the sea. Some fled to other planets and some fled into unknown dimensions awaiting the time when the stars would change again, allowing them to return and reclaim dominion over the planet.
Certain deranged humans have created cults honoring individual Great Old Ones, worshipping them as gods. Such cultists eagerly anticipate the return of their masters. Ironically, in most cases cultists do not achieve any benefit from their worship other than being among the first humans to be eaten.
Powers: To numerous to list here, though telepathy and shape-shifting are common attributes. In addition the mere sighting of a Great Old One is usually enough to drive humans insane.
Defense Against Great Old Ones: Practically none, save for the Elder Sign, which repels them.
For those who aren't familiar with H.P. Lovecraft and his work, then please realize that Lovecraft truly was the master of horror, revolutionizing the horror genre to such a degree that some have coined the phrase "cosmic horror" in order to describe Lovecraft's work.
These next few weeks should be a real treat!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Appearance: A slimy, grotesque humanoid creature, seemingly reminiscent of The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Lore: Not much lore is currently available, save for a couple of cases of Eachy sightings reported in the past. Windermere and Bassenthwaite lakes are said to be the home of an Eachy. In each case the creature was said to have been sighted emerging from the water. Pictures were taken of the 1973 Eachy sighting in Bassenthwaite Lake.
Defense Against Eachy: Not much is known concerning defence against Eachy, but the standard iron object and salt may prove useful as such are deterrents for most fairy beings. Prayers and religious objects might also prove effective.
Bassenthwaite Lake 1973
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Appearance: To her chosen mortal lover and victim, Leanan Sidhe appears as a beautiful and seductive otherworldly woman. Only the victims of Leanan Sidhe can see her as she uses her powers to appear invisible to everyone else.
Lore: Leanan Sidhe is a powerful muse, seeking out young passionate men with gifts in the arts. She uses her fairy magic called glamour to seduce and inspire the poor lad to achieve greatness and fame in the mortal word, but alas, her gifts come at such great cost. In exchange for fame and artistic inspiration, Leanan Sidhe drains the lifeforce of the unfortunate young man. Leanan Sidhe is often suggested as the reason behind why so many of "the greats" die young.
Powers: As a fairy, Leanan Sidhe possess the power of glamour, which is an ability to alter human perception to make something appear more desirable that it actually is. Leanan Sidhe can also use her abilities to travel invisibly among humans.
Defense Against Leanan Sidhe: Leanan Sidhe, like all fairies, fear iron objects and salt. There are herbs, such as daisies and forget-me-nots, and even woods, such as ash, that repel fairies which can be placed on the victim, above the victim's door and around the house to protect the victim from the vampiric embrace of the Leanan Sidhe.
Leanan Sidhe In Culture: William Butler Yeats documented the Leanan Sidhe in his work, Fairy And Folktales Of Ireland;
"Most of the Gaelic poets, down to quite recent times, have had a Leanhaun Shee, for she gives inspiration to her slaves and is indeed the Gaelic muse -- this malignant fairy. Her lovers, the Gaelic poets, died young. She grew restless and carried them away to other worlds, for death does not destroy her power."
The poem, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, best sums up the dangers of Leanan Sidhe and of the fairy-folk in general.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats, 1819.
Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.
Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel's granary is full,
And the harvest's done.
I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and fever-dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.
I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful - a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She looked at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.
I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery's song.
She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna-dew,
And sure in language strange she said -
'I love thee true'.
She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept and sighed full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.
And there she lulled me asleep
And there I dreamed - Ah! woe betide! -
The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.
I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried - 'La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!'
I saw their starved lips in the gloam,
With horrid warning gaped wide,
And I awoke and found me here,
On the cold hill's side.
And this is why I sojourn here
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge is withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.
Painter, John William Waterhouse was inspired by the poem to create this masterpiece which you can view HERE.
Painter Frank Cadogan Cowper also produced a painting inspired from the poem which you can view HERE.
Sir Frank Dicksee painted his version, and my favorite rendition, which you can view HERE.
Walking around a bend leading to a clearing Taylor was shocked to observe a large metallic craft hovering above the ground. Taylor described the craft as having a rough surface and of being a dark metallic color. Portions of the craft were clear or "see-through". The craft dropped two robot-like entities in the form of metallic spheres which moved about via protruding pegs. Taylor claims these robot-like entities attacked him, grabbing his trousers and then spraying some form of foul-smelling gas or substance which caused him to become ill and eventually pass out. The last thing Taylor claimed to remember was struggling with the spheres and then falling flat on his face. Taylor claims his next memory was of coming to face-down on the ground with no sign of the craft or the spheres.
The authorities were notified and an official investigation was conducted. Taylor's incident remains the first official case of the police launching a full investigation of a reported UFO sighting.
During the investigation physical evidence was obtained in the form of Taylor's ripped trousers, from where Taylor claimed the robots grabbed him, and of strange marking on the ground in the clearing which were also consistent with Taylor's account. Though the evidence doesn't prove that Taylor had an extraterrestrial experience, it sure makes the encounter far more interesting and worthy of study.
Robert Taylor's experience was documented on Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. You can view the clip below. Taylor's segment begins approximately 2:20 into the clip.
Robert Taylor passed away on March 14, 2007 at the age of 88. Everyone who knew Robert Taylor all agreed that he wasn't the type of man to be making up stories. This doesn't mean they all bought the spaceship explanation. In fact, most of the people in Taylor's life chose to believe that he had encountered some top secret government craft and not an actual alien vehicle. There have been some debunkers who have attempted to explain the encounter as being nothing more than an epileptic fit or of a sighting of the planet Venus, but mostly people seem to be of the opinion that something unusual did seem to have happened to Taylor that November morning in 1979, but what that something was, we might never know.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Appearance: The Each Usige primarily appears as a beautiful horse though it can also shape-shift into other forms, such as attractive men in order to seduce it's human victims.
Lore: The lore of the Each Usige is almost identical to that of Kelpies. The Each Usage, in horse form, will entice riders to mount him at which time they will become hopelessly stuck to the creature's adhesive flesh. The beast then drags the victims to a watery death. In human form the creature will lunge at the victim and drag them into the water to consume them.
Powers: Shape-shifting and incredible strength
Defense Against Each Usige: Like Kelpies, Each Usige can be distinguished from ordinary horses by the fact that their manes are constantly soaked and dripping water. The mane of the Each Usige will also be tangled with seaweed. The best defense against Each Usige is to never mount one or even touch one.
Each Usige can be killed. In one legend a father seeks revenge against the Each Usige that killed his daughter. The father manages to tempt the beast out of the water with an offering of a slaughtered animal and was able to slay the monster. The beast's corpse was said to have dissolved into a jelly-like substance.
Trivia: Probably the most famous example of an Each Usige is the infamous Loch Ness Monster.
Appearance: The most common form of the creature is of a beautiful black horse.
Lore: The Kelpie manifests as a horse in an attempt to entice a foolish person into mounting him. When such a person does mount the creature he or she finds themself hopelessly stuck to the creature's adhesive skin. The Kelpie then makes a mad dash to it's watery home where it drowns and then devours it's victim.
Powers: Shape-shifting and incredible strength.
Defense Against Kelpies: Kelpies can be distinguished from normal horses by the fact that their manes are always soaking wet. The most obvious defense against Kelpies is to not mount one, even touch one for that manner. In one legend a boy and his friends encounter a Kelpie. The boy's friends mount the beast at once but the boy only touches the skin of the beast. The boy's friends become hopelessly stuck to the creature while the boy only has his fingers stuck to the creature's skin. The boy was able to escape by retrieving his knife and by cutting off his fingers. The boy's friends were not so lucky and were never seen again.
The Kelpie possesses a magic bridle. If one can manage to steal the bridle then they will be able to control the Kelpie and even put it to work, but beware. Like all fairy beings the Kelpie is remarkably crafty. If the Kelpie ever manages to retrieve it's bridle then it will quickly consume it's former master and bid a hasty retreat to it's watery lair.
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Zamora rose to public attention with one of the most well documented UFO sightings of the past century, a sighting which included physical evidence.
Zamora was chasing a speeder on April 24, 1964 when he encountered a large, white, egg-shaped craft with a reg insignia on it's side. Around the craft were small, child-sized beings dressed in white overalls. Upon seeing Zamora, the beings quickly entered the craft and the craft took off. Zamora was so shaken-up by his sighting that he requested to speak to a priest.
Project Bluebook investigated Zamora's sighting and Major Hector Quintanilla, in a secret report to the CIA, described the Zamora sighting as "the best-documented case on record".
Zombies at 7% of the vote
Bigfoot at 8% of the vote
Fairies at 13% of the vote
Werewolves & Aliens tied at 14% of the vote
"Other" at 17% of the vote
Witches at 20% of the vote
In 3rd Place:
Vampires at 25% of the vote
In 2nd Place:
Demons at 32% of the vote
In 1st Place:
Ghosts at 59% of the vote
Thanks everyone for voting!