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Author: mgherika

The Myndie Snake

In the empty hinterlands of theAustraliaoutback, where the sun beat down on rust-red sand, shimmering saltpans and ancient eroded hills, strange beings wrought evil. Dazzled by the searing heat, those people who walked the wilderness knew never to trust the images before their eyes.

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Ancient Legends of the Swamp Lights

Dancing by night over marshes, bogs, brakes and water meadows, the flame-like luminance called ignis fatuus, or “foolish fire,” once was common throughout northern Europe. Although the learned would claim that the flames were caused by marsh gases, country folk knew better, and tales of mishaps made them wary.

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Garkain: Australian Demon of the Dreamtime

The tribes of Australia knew the season for every fruit, the call of every bird, and the depth of every water hole. But they also knew that their land held terrible secrets and harbored creatures that hated humankind.

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Bats: A Winged Emblem of Evil

One of the most well known creatures of the night, swooping and swerving as they hunt, bats struck fear in humankind. They were furred like beasts yet winged like birds – an in-between nature believed to link them to old magic. Some folk said that bats were the ghosts of the unburied dead, or of criminals or those who trafficked with devils. Others concluded that they were witches in disguise, or even cloaks for Satan himself when he went traveling.

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Icelandic Ghost Lore and Tale

I’ve always been fascinated by the lore of different cultures. For instance, did you know that in Iceland, ghosts could be made by magic from a human bone? Called sendings, these ghosts were used as murderers, but they could be defeated. Once, for example, there lived a handsome widow who was much sought after as a wife. She refused all her suitors, however, including one who was skilled in wizardry. After that proposal, the widow, a prescient woman, put herself on guard.

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Bigfoot Tales from New Hampshire

In doing research on Bigfoot in my home state of New Hampshire, I came across a few notable encounters. There’s a story I read that I found to be one of the more interesting tales. The story was written by Ed Parsons of the Conway Daily Sun and depicts an event a friend of his, his girlfriend, and their dog encountered while hiking in the woods one day. This man, by the name of Peter Samuelson, had been hiking the woods for forty years, but little did he know what they would experience that summer day of 1979.

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Yotsuya Kaidan (Japanese ghost story, originally written in 1825 by Tsuruya Nanboku IV )

In Japan there once lived a man who, by his vicious actions, made his wife into a ghost. The man’s name was Iemon, his wife’s was O’lwa, and his motive was that he desired another woman. O’lwa, barely risen from childbed, was given poison, which caused her hair to fall out in bloody handfuls, her eyes to start from their sockets and her pretty mouth to blacken. All through this ordeal, Iemon sneered; then he thrust her from him. In despair, she killed herself and her infant.

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The Shadow People

Shadow people also known as Shadow Folk, or Shadow Beings are supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures that are seen mostly peripherally and move very quickly. Shadow People are usually attracted to one person or location for unknown reasons. Often they are seen as dark silhouettes of human-shape, generally male, that prefer to watch someone unseen and flee the moment they are noticed.

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Wyoming & Montana Vacation - Haunted Hotels, Cowboy Bar, Cemetery, and Ghost Town

I wanted to share some of the “haunted hot spots” I encountered on my vacation to Wyoming and Montana this past September. Although I wasn’t able to fit in an investigation of these incredible places, I was able to visit them, gather some history, and take some photo’s to share my experiences with everyone! One of the first places I want to take you is a ghost town known as Kirwin, WY…

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The Banshee - Harbingers of Death

The Banshee, from the Irish “bean sí” (“woman of the síde” or “woman of the fairy mounds”) is a female spirit in Irish folklore, usually seen as a harbinger of death, as well as a messenger from the Otherworld. In Irish legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. Similar creatures can also be found in Welsh and American folklore.

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