Author: folklore, superstitions, myths, and the paranormal

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Southern Gothic: Abandoned Churches, cryptic gospel signs, don’t go near the marshes, elusive and overly religious people that are probably Up To Something but everyone is too afraid to ask what

Midwestern Gothic: Something Lives In The Corn, broken down trucks, gravel roads that lead nowhere, empty gas stations placed between tiny towns with only one attendant who makes too much eye contact but never speaks

Southwestern Gothic: Animal skulls hung from posts, shacks miles into the barren desert that still look lived in but nobody is ever seen around, They Watch From The Mountains, shapeshifting creatures hiding in the brush



dappermouth: In deep woods walk saints of anot…


In deep woods walk saints of another kind

holy, unholy, beast and divine.

creepyamericana: Robert Johnson and His Deal …


Robert Johnson and His Deal with the Devil

Robert Johnson, or at least the mythical version of him, is pervasive in American pop culture. He is considered a “Faustian” character, which essentially means the story surrounding him involves making a deal with

Mephistopheles (a demon) or


himself. Deals like these typically were said to take place at crossroads, often seen as a metaphorical or actual liminal space, a place where change happens.

The legend goes that Johnson fell distraught after his first wife died in childbirth and he turned to his love of music to cope but he was horrible at the guitar with an unpleasant voice. Johnson was said to have disappeared for a length of time and then returned with great musical skill and a wonderful, mournful singing voice. At a crossroads, marked with the three guitar statue (above), Johnson supposedly met a man who gave him these abilities–in return for his soul. People point to some of his songs like “Cross Road Blues” and “Hell Hound on My Trail” as evidence that he had made the deal with the devil and the hellhounds were there to collect.

Johnson only recorded three records and died at the age of 27 in 1938 due to “mysterious” stomach pains. Of course, the legend would have us believe that the Devil had come to collect his dues. Most people, however, believe that he was poisoned (one way or another) due to flirting with or having an affair with a married woman. Either way, he died very young after putting out only a little bit of music and had only a couple of photos ever taken of him. He’s a figure shrouded in mystery due to how little is known about him but he lives on in our collective imagination, still recognized as the King of the Delta Blues.




iamveryamused: ‘Schneewittchen" (Snow W…


‘Schneewittchen" (Snow White) by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Heinrich Lefler. Part of a fairy tale calendar published 1905 by Berger & Wirth, Leipzig.

I find the art nouveau flourishes and the coloring of this illustration exquisite.

tohdraws: It Came From The Sea  Commissioned …


It Came From The Sea 

Commissioned horror illustration for Colin Stuart © 2018. 

When Women Channeled the Dead to be Heard

When Women Channeled the Dead to be Heard:


We find ourselves in the middle of a new women’s
movement, as innumerable acts of violence and intimidation threatening women’s
professional success and personal safety are being brought to light. Although
there is much
that is unprecedented about the #MeToo era
, women have always developed
strategies to slip the yoke of social systems designed to limit their autonomy.
In the nineteenth century, many
women discovered a public voice by channeling the voices of the deceased.

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The weird, unsettling noise your home makes at night are the ghosts trying to tell you that you are doing a good job and they are proud of you.