Horror with a Side of Scholarship

One of the darkest and best chapters in the history of American literature belongs to H.P. Lovecraft. Best known for the Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft contributed huge numbers of short stories and novellas to amateur literary journals. Few horror authors have contributed as much to the genre as Lovecraft, and only a handful have left such […]

Houdini’s death, and the Halloween Seance tradition

Born as Erik Weisz, world famous escape artist, illusionist, stunt performer Harry Houdini died on October 31st in 1926. He toured the United States , Europe and the world. Houdini was a most brilliant self promoter, and in what we would also call today as marketing. He was the man that could escape anything. Many […]

Birth of the Famous Tarot Deck Creator

Arthur Edward Waite is best known as a student and practitioner of the occult and member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Masonic Orders, and founder of Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, surviving in a similar group today as Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis. This weekend marked his birthdate of October 2nd, 1857 in […]

Night Terrors = Pokemon NO

October is coming, and with it will come haunted houses, haunted cornfields, haunted schools, and haunted grocery stores. But what if you could bring the scares home with you?

Movie Review: Odd Thomas (2013)

This film has been coming up on my Netflix recommendations for what feels like forever, and I finally clicked on it last night. OMG it was AWESOME. I found out afterward that it was based on a book by Dean Koontz by the same name.

Traveling the Pale Highway with Nicholas Conley

    Pale Highway, by Nicholas Conley, is a science fiction novel with touches of mystery, horror, and fantasy. The main character, Gabriel Schist, is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who in his youth invented the cure for AIDS. Now in his seventies, he has Alzheimer’s disease and is living in a nursing home. When […]

Music Hall: Cincinnati’s Corpse-Ridden Not-So-Secret

The Pandora Society’s very own Cincinnati has been in the news a lot lately, and while very few locals are especially surprised by reports of human remains uncovered during renovation of a local landmark, it does offer a marvelous opportunity to go spelunking into one of the city’s most macabre treasures: the history of Music […]

April 10th, 1904 – English Occultist Completes Sacred Text that Shocks Britain!

Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema, in which role he identified himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. Born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, […]

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