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‘’LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH’’

The much overlooked and under appreciated ‘’Let’s Scare Jessica To Death’’ was a quasi-independent 1971 Horror Film (eventually picked up by Paramount Studios). Seen by some as one of the scariest Horror Films made, the eerie and unusual tale was filmed in color and featured no famous Actors or Actresses. The film developed a major Cult following and was a staple in American Drive-In Movie’s and small Theaters for years. The Plot deals with Jessica, a woman who was institutionalized for having a severe mental breakdown. Her Husband and close friend decide that a change from The City to the Countryside is just the trick. The group take residence in a creepy old House near a Lake, outside of a small village, populated by only ‘’old men’’. Each of these very stand offish lads wears some sort of bandage on their body, except the Town’s antique Dealer.

 

After moving in, the group finds a beautiful young vagrant named Emily. A strange girl, she is the atypical ‘’Hippie’’. Realizing She is trespassing, She volunteers to leave. But Jessica and Her form a bond – and Jessica allows Her to stay (as maybe a future girlfriend for Her and Her Husband’s friend – Woody). The 4 of them seem to get along perfectly – despite the obvious ‘’strangeness’’ of Emily. Raiding their new home (built at the turn of the Century) for antiques to sell – they find an odd piece. A silver framed picture of the previous tenants. Mom, Dad and their daughter – Abigail (who looks very much as Emily does). Taking their treasures to The antique dealer in Town, He tells them the story of the original owners of the house. In the 1880s, the Owners daughter Abigail was supposed to have married (a man She did not love). Going swimming in the nearby Lake, She drowned and Her body was never found. A curious story, He buys everything – including the picture.

 

Later at the House, it seems Emily and Woody are hitting it off. In the morning, Jessica and Emily go swimming in (of course) The Lake. ‘’Something’’ grabs Jessica by the leg and pulls Her down – almost drowning Her. Of Course, their was nothing there, so everyone starts thinking Jessie may be relapsing again. After a series of other strange occurrences, Jessica’s husband becomes convinced his Wife is ‘’losing it’’ again. Claiming to have found the antique dealers body at the bottom of a ravine (only to met Him later ‘’alive’’ with similar bandages to the other Men in Town – Jessica starts to doubt Her sanity as well. After several other weird happenings, Emily seduces Jessica’s Husband (who is found by Jessica later in their bed, with ‘’bandages’’) – our ‘’Hippy’’ cons Jessie to go swimming again. BIG MISTAKE. Coming up for air, Jessica finds Emily is gone…..only to appear as (you got it) Abigail (complete with corpse white skin and 19th Century wedding dress. Surrounded by Her ‘’slaves’’ (the Men with the bandages…remember?), we learn that Emily/Abigail is a Vampire. After so many ‘’bites’’ Her victims become Her willing slaves.

 

Jessica swims out to a free floating boat in the middle of the Lake. Climbing inside, a pair of pale white corpse hand reach up from the water, intent on grabbing Jessica. Grabbing a Gaff Hook, Jessie repeatedly beats Abigail to ‘’death’’. In ‘’reality’’ Jessica beat Her Husband to death (who was perhaps trying to save Her). Abigail and Her Slaves watch from the shore….glaring. Only perhaps the whole movie was actually Jessica having a severe mental split again…..your not quite sure at this point. Originally hard to find on most mediums, ‘’Let’s Scare Jessica To Death’’ can now be found on DVD easily. If you can find it, watch it. It will make you ‘’jump’’ at points. Altogether a fun time from 1971.

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‘’BEYOND THE DOOR’’

 

A very strange Film from 1974 – ‘’Beyond The Door’’ shouldn’t have become the Cult Classic it did. Filmed at a time when ‘’Demonic Possession’’ was at it’s height (thanks to Warner Brothers iconic ‘’The Exorcist’’), it seemed everyone was making a Film about some Demon or Devil taking over someone. It too was one of the ‘’sued films’’ by which Warner Brothers levied against infringement of their ‘’intellectual property’’. Unlike most however, Producers settled out of Court in 1979 (which is why copies were available for release even today). The film was a joint Italian/American venture which featured then well known British Actress Juliet Mills (and nobody else outside of Italy would know!) Filmed in San Francisco, California – the film is extremely laughable in terms of the vocal overdubs (or poor acting coaches at any rate). But he eventual creepiness and downright scary scenes did indeed rival Warner Brothers ‘’Exorcist’’.

 

The Plot centers around an American Family of Jessica, Paul and their two precocious pre-teens (boy and girl). Jessica comes up pregnant despite precautions and learns She is really 3 months advanced (as opposed to the 3 weeks She thought). In fact, doctors are shocked to find the ‘’child’’ is growing at an alarming rate. We also met Dimitri, Jess’s former lover (who was a practicing Santanist). Ordered by The Master (Ole Scratch), to prepare His girlfriend for His ‘’seed’’, He breaks away and helps Her escape. Running Himself, His Car loses control and careens off a cliff (only to be suspended there by ‘’you know who’’). The Devil makes a deal with Dimitri. Bring Him back the girl and He just ‘’might’’ allow Him to live). Many years pass.

 

Jessica’s pregnancy finds her mood beginning to change. She begins to ‘’hear and see’’ things and somewhat abusive to Her Children. Dimitri on the other hand, finds Her in America and starts to shadow Her Husband – waiting for the right time to ‘’tell Him’’ the awful truth. Doctors can find no reason for the rapid growth or even stranger activities of Jess. Without giving away too much, Her Husband leaves Her alone with the kids on night to about 10 minutes of really scary special effects and twisted viewing! Dimitri makes His presence known to Jess’s Husband (who by now realizes some is seriously wrong with His wife (again, a series of scenes in the film will definitely explain that!) After, Dimitri (who really loved Jess after all, bungled the Demon Birth (which is stillborn and deformed….REALLY deformed), Dimitri leaves the couple’s life. Slowly, the family comes back together again, trying hard to forget the terrifying experiences they all had at the hands of The Devil. Jess’s Son begins to play with a birthday toy – which bears a striking resemblance to Dimitri’s car (the one that was held in the air by The Devil years prior. For some reason, He throws the toy over a Pier into the water. In reality, We see Dimitri back in His car, crashing now to His doom.

 

The silliness aside, as stated – ‘’Beyond The Door’’ has some real scary moments that even seasoned Fright Fans will like. Two sequels were made much later, with neither having anything to do with the original premise or characters (only cashing in on the name). Skip these, Please!

 

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''KAU CHIM''

The ''Kau Chim'' (or ''Chi Chi Sticks'') – are a form of Far Eastern Fortune Telling devices. Originating perhaps as early as the 4th Century AD, The Kau Chim are a series of 8-inch wooden sticks – numbering 100 total. One end is painted Red and a series of both Arabic and Chinese Numbers (1-20) are painted. The total sticks are kept in a special Chim Bamboo Cup. A person wishing to know a specific decision or ''life changing'' matter examined – they would go to a Kau Chim ''Reader''. Normally, One would hold the cup of sticks for a moment and hand it back to The Reader. The cup is them emptied of it's contents on the ground. The manner in which they fall (revealing the side of numbers or lack of), is then interpreted into answers. Kau Chim is practiced in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Most Readers are highly regarded in a Community, even today.

 

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''JIAOBEI''

From China (and ancient at that) – are The ''Jiaobei'' (also called ''Moon Blocks''). These are Bamboo wood – shaped pieces. Traditionally, one side is flattened (Yin) and the other rounded (Yang). The ''Yin and Yang'' Belief is present in most Chinese Religious or Divination practices. Placed into a common cup (of any construction), a hand is placed over the top. The whole of which, is then shaken several times. The Reader of this form of Fortune Telling, then turns up the cup and dumps out the Jiaobei pieces on a flat surface. The Reader will then interpret ''how'' the Jiaobei land. If less Yang is seen, One is ''out of harmony'' with Nature. Thus, One one would best NOT make rash decisions. A greater amount of Yin and One will (or could) make fortune for oneself, based on One's ''harmony'' with Nature. The practice of using Jiaobei can still be found in many parts of China or Countries which host large Asian Communities.

 

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''PARADISE CAN BE SCARY....THE GHOSTS OF NUUANU PALI LOOKOUT''

While Hawaii is a beautiful locale to live or visit, The chain of Islands have their own local myths and legends (born out of Centuries of Native tales). They too have their own ''Ghost Stories''. Which brings us to the ''Big Island'' of Oahu and Nuuanu Pali. The Sheer rock face of lava rock (several thousand feet in height), date to the earliest times of Oahu's formation. It was also the site of a long ago battle in the year 1795. Then, King Kamehameha was on a quest. This was to unite all The Islands under one Ruler. Other than Oahu, each was ruled by a Chief. They took it seriously when told to quite their reigns and bow down to a single Ruler. War started. At Pali Point, a clash between Kamehameha Army and Chief Kalanikupule's Forces, resulted in The Chief having 400 Warriors cut off from escape. To their front was the King's Army, to their rear – the cliff. Perhaps it was more agreeable to kill themselves with honor, than surrender. Perhaps The King purposely ordered His Forces to (at spear point), push the Warriors over to their death. The end result was the sure death of all 400, left to rot on the rocks below. No doubt their remains were dragged away my many Jungle animals. But some say their remains are still there....somewhere. Which leads us to the ''Ghost Story''. People have reported for years, that on certain nights and time (normally late evening in the summer), One can ''hear'' screams and yells of Warriors in battle. Others claim they can ''see'' (if only fleeting), the images of long dead Warriors ''falling to their death''. And others still, can ''see'' long lines of Warriors arrayed in battle on The Point.

 

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''DACTYLOMANCY''

A practice of Divination, ''Dactylomancy'' is the process of using a ring or circular object to ''answer'' questions relating to One's fortune. Typically, the ''responses'' are simply ''Yes'' and ''No''. In usage, a Ring or circle is tied to a piece of string or twine and suspended 12-inches from a surface. Without movement, a Person asks a question – to which the Reader (who is not moving the device), will interpret ''how The Spirits'' move the Ring (left or right for the response). During the 14th Century, when Dactylomacy was at it's ''height'', a series of Rings fashioned into known Zodiac symbols, were suspended and used in a similar vein. However, as an ''addition'', a special cloth was placed underneath the images. After all questions were asked and answered – the cloth was burned with the ashes scattered. This made sure that the ''spell'' was set. Naturally, the practice would be quickly condemned by The Church as ''demonic''. Other construction materials included precious metals, each corresponding to planetary influences, which too were used to forecast One's future.

 

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''TASSEOGRAPHY''

''Tasseography'' is another form of Divination, which is commonly referred to as ''Tea Leaf'' Reading. Many Cultures practiced this ''Art'', by which the raw (cooked) tea leaves (wet), are left at the bottom of a Cup and when the Requester is finished with their consumption, a Reader ''interprets'' the general pattern and placement of the leaves, to determine One's ''Fortune and Luck'' (or bad). In later years, Coffee grounds and the sediments from fresh Wine were used in a similar fashion. The origins of Tasseography may go back as far as Ancient Egypt, but were more commonly recognized in Central Europe around the 10th Century AD. Some Users of this form of Divination have specially designed Cups for use. These are often called ''Zodiac Cups'', due to their having Zodiac symbolism painted onto both the Cup and it's saucer. The practice was hugely popular in Great Britain in the 19th Century with the revival of Mediumship.

 

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''CLAIRAUDIENCE''

Relating to ''Clairvoyance'' – Claireaudience is claimed to be One's ability to ''hear'' answers to questions asked to a Medium, most often ''given by The Spirits''. Not all Mediums or Psychics claim this ability, and it is also sometimes associated with those who claim to also ''see Spirits''. Most often, responses are related to The Medium's ''Spirit Guide'' (or ''helpful Spirit'') that guides The Medium to a level of psychic acceptance of ''other plains'' of Existence. Many Religions claim variations of Clairaudience, or ''hearing'' the ''voice of God'' or other Entities.

 

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''AN EVIL TALE.....THE LEGEND OF BOOGER JIM''

Perhaps an Urban Legend, or a tale made of of many unrelated ones – The ''Legend of Booger Jim'' is a staple of Blacksburg, South Carolina. Beginning in the early 1970s, no one is sure just exactly why ''He'' was called ''Booger''. One theory is that the Man was very much disliked in Town. Relating to The American Southern word ''Booger'' – or problem, some say this is where His nickname came from. A drunk and trouble maker, ''Booger Jim'' was said to be a very cruel type. One night, as the legend goes - He came Home drunk again and fought with His Wife. Having put up with His ''mood'' too many times – She packed Her and their Child's belonging to leave Jim. Enraged, Jim flew into a violent assault. It was said He choked His Wife to death. While this violence was going on, Jim's child awoke and screamed in His Mother's defense. Jim (in His drunken state), turned His fury on His Child – strangling Him to death as well. Jim (it is said) – passed out.

 

Waking in the morning, Jim saw what His drunken rage had wrought. Fearing for His own life (for no doubt The Police would learn the truth), Jim decided to kill himself. He walked to The Blacksburg Bridge and hung Himself with Car Battery Charging cables. His body was found later, as was His murdered Wife and Child. It was no stretch for The Police to determine what had happened. But since that time, many who drive over The Bridge report seeing a ''Man waving wildly, as if to beckon One to stop''. The ''Man'' appears to be ''yelling'' but One cannot hear Him. This is because, upon closer view, The Man's neck is tightly wrapped with a Cable! This alone causes most to drive off in terror. Most say that this is ''Booger Jim's'' final reward. To haunt the Bridge forever........

 

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''YAMA''

The concept of the Entity known as ''Yama'', is related to East Asia and Buddhism. This is a Being of immortal creation, which is said to be a Judge. His ''Court of judgment'' is closely related to both Purgatory and Hades – in Western Christianity. His purpose is to judge only those who lived in ''ill will'' and possibly ignorant of Karma. As is seen in Far Eastern Religions, all persons are seen as neither Good nor Evil. In fact, at time of death, a Yama will determine if the Spirit being judged was even aware that He or She was perhaps ''unknowing'' of the sins of their former life. This is a form of Repentance, which is also related to Western Christianity. The Yama, if convinced of the ''sincerity'' of the answer, will allow The Soul to ''pass on'' into Paradise. If not, The Yama conveys The Soul over to Demons for final torment.

 

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Some really interesting articles the past few days! Clairaudience is a difficult one to categorise as I'm never personally sure whether this is referring to internal voices or external voices. I've had telepathic (i.e. internal) communication with Angels/guides before but nothing "external". To be honest hearing external voices would probably kind of creep me out a bit. I honestly don't know whether my experiences are categorised as Clairudience or not. I do know that Jeffrey Allen is Clairaudient and my interpretation from his experiences is that they're external. I guess it depends on each person as everyone has different skillsets.

And in some ways, the Dactylomancy is very similar to a Pendulum. The only difference is that a pendulum channels your Higher Self (if done correctly), whereas you say the Dactylomancy is more "external" forces. You can only channel light energies, but dark energies can cause inteference in you doing this accurately. Having any mental or emotional attachment to the outcome of a question will also allow you to "force" an naswer to what you want it to be.


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''THE RUSSIAN SLEEP EXPERIMENT''

Perhaps one of the most disturbing ''Urban Legends'' of recent time – The ''Russian Sleep Experiment'' is quite possibly a great candidate for an ''modern'' Lovecraft terror tale supreme. Some say it is pure myth, others a REAL incident (long guarded), that made it's way out (finally), when The Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. You be the judge......

 

As the story goes, The Soviet Military wanted to experiment with sleep, in particular – how long they could keep an average soldier awake (totally without sleep). In a secret underground Facility, a special chamber was constructed for (5) people, all who were to be subjected to such a test. Rather than use it's soldiers, The Soviets decided to use prisoners. The prisoners were given the incentive of IF they ''passed'' the test, they would be free – with their convictions expunged. Naturally, they all agreed.

 

However, as the men were sealed inside the chamber (which was wired with sound and cameras for Researchers to study the effects – the real method of the test was revealed. A top secret gas was pumped into the chamber. The gas was said to be odorless and colorless and was – as it is said would NOT allow those who breathed it in – to sleep. Researchers documented the effects, which began roughly 3-days in. The Researchers said they saw examples of extreme psychosis, to include hallucinations. After 5 days, some of the test subjects began to ''witness Demons'' – rending their flesh from their bodies. In reality, it was the prisoners, tearing off their own flesh with their bare hands – and consuming it! Some prisoners gouged out their eyes and one even screamed so lout and so long, that He literally snapped His vocal cords! By Day 7, one of the men had smeared His excrement over all the view portals – rendering direct viewing impossible. The Researchers noted that the cameras must have started to malfunction, fo the surviving ''men'' now resembled grotesque ''monsters'' (ala Lovecraft). The Researchers remarked that perhaps without ANY sleep, a human might de-evolve into such a ''creature''. They reported their findings to The Soviet Military. True to form, it was decided that such an experiment was worthless for military applications, and it was decided to ''shut down'' the experiment – and silence all having knowledge of it.

 

This meant killing the Researchers! A squad of soldiers eventually showed up and began to assassinate the doctors. One however, arming Himself – fought back. He opened the chamber, perhaps to allow the now deemed ''monsters'' out to attack His former employer. Some versions state, despite this – The Squad was able to kill the remaining ''monsters'' and surviving Research member. Other versions state that they didn't – only sealing the whole affair deep into the underground Facility.......where they STILL live, or perhaps are simply ''waiting'' to escape.............

 

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''THE STRANGE STORY OF LAKE LANIER''

Lake Lanier.....a beautiful ''man-made'' stand of water located some 60 miles North of The City of Atlanta, Georgia (US). Noted for it's often peaceful shores shrouded by dense woodland, the Lake boasts many little ''islands'' (also too, man by man). The area is a mecca for summer water sports, camping and picnics. It is also quite possibly haunted, as well it should be – considering what ''lies beneath'' the waters. You see, Lake Lanier covers over an entire Town from the 1950s (it is said). And while all former Residents were moved, they left their homes, businesses and other ''artifacts of life'' behind. This was to include their cemetery.

 

In the 1950s, The US Army Corps. Of Engineers was tasked with many projects throughout The United States (then in peacetime). These tasks included the creation of many thousands of water sources, dams and bridges. These would serve an infrastructure to include new methods of hydro-electric power and facilities. Northern Georgia had several Projects as well. The largest was the creation of a massive dam and diverting a nearby River to fill it. They built bridges and roads, all to bring ''new life'' to the rural countryside. But somethings had to change. Small villages and towns (normally no larger than several hundred residents), were faced with the Government legal precedent known as Imminent Domain. This theory states that the ''needs' of the Government as far as room for infrastructure growth, outweigh the ''rights'' of a Home or Business Owner. Most often, the Government will offer many thousands more of what a property is worth to a Owner, in hopes of having them ''sell out''. Those that don't, often face long legal battles by which the Government still invokes the precedent. All took the money and moved from Lanier, allowing The Army to create the massive in-land Lake.

 

The Government stated it destroyed or otherwise wrecked the Town. So too, did they ''relocate'' the City Cemetery (paying to have ''residents'' relocated, as it were). But many of the older graves (1840s), had no relatives. And while they deny it, many have proof that the Government ''left'' some. But time goes on. The Lake would become a source for tourism ''dollars'' for many years....and hundreds (over 600 accidental deaths). Many tree branches, remaining wood and concrete are blamed for boating accidents and drownings. Other however, tell stories of ''feeling arms, hands, feet and legs'' brush by them and even GRAB a few passerbys (at least that is what is claimed). ''Orbs'' dancing across the waters are also a common sighting and is the sighting of ''hands'' jutting from the water. ''These'' disappear if one gets too close for a picture. The conclusion of most is that of the bodies ''left behind'', the Spirits are ''annoyed'' at being abandoned as it were. Perhaps the idea of so many frolicking on the waves is too much. Underwater expeditions have been conducted (with videos). These do prove the fact that much of the demolished Town still remains, but the old graveyard is yet to be discovered – now buried and obscured by the many decades of silt, which compose the bottom of the Lake now. Perhaps one day, they will be found, before anyone else has an ''accident''.............. ''Care For A Swim, Anyone?''

 

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''TO GRUNCH OR NOT TO GRUNCH....THE LEGEND OF THE GRUNCH''

Perhaps an urban Legend, or ''something else''... many born in The American State of Louisiana know of ''The Grunch''. Where it's name comes from is unknown, perhaps a local ''Southernism''. But The Grunch is seen as a very ''real'' local terror, going back several hundred years. On the far outskirts of The City of New Orleans (East), is a stretch of Country Road called ''Grunch Road''. To follow it, one will go from asphalt to gravel to eventually dirt and then nothing. The road ends at another typical feature of Louisiana, The Swamp – known as a Bayou. The Grunch were said to be ''poor folk'' – cut off from civilization. They began to survive off The Bayou and even began to inter-marry one another. The result of both of these effects, was the creation of (basically) ''mutant'' humans. They in essence began to de-evolve into ''something else''. This ''species'' grew claws and fangs as a means of hunting it's prey.....humans! The Grunch's most common method of ''hunting'' was to take a lone goat and injury it. Leaving it on the road, a hapless human would stop and perhaps care for the wounded animal. The Grunch will then attack, with the ultimate goal of draining all blood and eating the remaining flesh! ''Grunch Attacks'' were seen the ''reason'' why so many people would go missing in The Bayou. And while there are obviously more ''rationale'' explanations, why not could there be a strange mutated humanoid lifeform living along Grunch Road?

 

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''YO HO, YO HO, A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME!.....THE GHOST OF BLACKBEARD''

Ocracoke Inlet.....a small waterway that feeds into The North Carolina Coast from The Atlantic. Peaceful by today's standards, The Inlet is better known locally by it's more infamous name...Teach Hole. Still not ringing a bell? ''Teach'' was the given name of one of Piracy's most infamous and well known Buccaneers – ''Blackbeard''. The Carolina Coast was His and His Ship's haven after raids, with stories of unfound millions in treasure still being sought. But Teach Hole is better known for being the ''spot'' where, in 1718 – Blackbeard met His end in a heated battle. As His ''legend'' states, He was ''shot, pierced and hacked'' so many times, that any other ''Man'' would have long died. Blackbeard however kept fighting – thus adding another of His well known nicknames ''The Demon of The Seas''. Legend states that His Head was hacked off and tied to the Bowspirit of His Vanquisher's Vessel (the Bounty was on ''His Head'', hence). But His body was dumped into The Inlet as the tale is told – ''eaten'' by sealife or washed into the awaiting sea.....maybe! For many Centuries, it has been reported that ''strange lights'' dancing under the waters of The Inlet are in fact, The ''Ghost'' of Blackbeard. The ''light'' darts to and fro, as if ''searching for something''. Some even say they have heard (on the winds) a ghostly voice crying ''WHERE'S MY HEAD?'' Now science will state that the ''light'' is nothing more than naturally occurring light from plankton reacting to tidal movements.....Perhaps.....

 

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''THE EVIL HOUR''

Based on several ''Legends'' meshed into various ''Tales'', The ''Evil Hour'' – or La Mala Hora, is an Urban Legend (of sorts), in it's ''original'' Hispanic version – Mala Hora is the Spirit of a jilted (scorned) Lover (normally a woman), who committed suicide. Her Ghost is said to haunt only crossroads (multiple road conversions). When a ''faithless'' Lover (Man) crosses Her ''domain'' – she appears as a very attractive young woman, eager and willing to have an affair. Should the ''faithless'' Man concede, Mala Hora will kiss them – sucking their lifeforce from their very being )and leaving a dried husk behind). It is a cautionary tale. In the American Northwest (New Mexico), ''La Mala Hora'' is somewhat different. Although the same ''context'', ''She'' appears as a ''Black Orb'' of spinning ''energy''. ''She'' (if seen) will suck the life (soul) from the viewer. She is also know to ''reside'' within deep woods and stands of trees....waiting for Her target. She ''senses'' a ''corrupted'' Soul (or cheating Lover). She ''strikes'' usually between the hours of 12 midnight and 1AM.....

 

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''FIREBIRD''

The mythos regarding the Firebird, can be found in many different Cultures throughout The World. Described as a ''bird-like'' creature, The Firebird can represent both good fortune, rebirth and course – as a harbinger of doom or impending death (depending). Made from fire, and being from The Supernatural (in most versions), it is said to capture One is to be able to not only ''see'' one's future – but to control it. However, in many tales – this comes at a price. Either one's soul is forfeit or rapid aging bringing death is the usual result.

 

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''SIMARGL''

Eastern Slavic Mythology, speak of Simargl as a Class of ''Griffin'' or Winged Beast – common in many of that regions Legends. ''He'' is often portrayed as part ''Lion and Canine'', and has great wings (to fly). Associated with The Constellation Ursa Minor (The Bear), His Wife was The Goddess of Night. Simargl was also seen as a ''Bringer of Death and Destruction'' in some myths. Many Russian Rulers from the 5th thru 14th Centuries AD saw Simargl as a personal Protector.

 

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''FENGHUANG''

In Ancient China, The Fenghuang were seen as very ancient Bird Beings that ''ruled'' over all other ''fowls'' of both the land and air. Thus, ancient Emperors and Queens would sent great expeditions throughout China to locate The Fenghuang and bring them back to Court. The ''ownership'' of which, was seen as establishing one's Dynasty for all Eternity. The Bird, of which The Male was known as The Feng and Female Huang, would hopefully produce just One heir. In this too, was seen as a form of Dynastic immortality. For should The Fenghuang did not mate, so too would the particular Dynasty eventually fail. Several ancient Chinese graves of Emperors have found Roosters mummified as a means of honoring The Fenghuang.

 

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''THE PAASSELKA DEVILS''

The ''phenomenon'' known as The ''Paasselka Devil's'' is indicative to Lake Paasselka, in Finland. The Lake is millions of years old (possibly around 200 Million, in fact). Formed from a Meteor impact, it filled in time to form an 8-mile long, 200-feet deep stand of water. For Generations though, it has been the scene of a strange occurrence – still witnessed today. At specific times (mostly at night), strange green globs of light are scene exiting from the surface of the water. Sometimes, they rise as high as several feet, in other instances – they ''dart along the water top''. They are called ''The Devils'', and are associated with ''Evil Spirits''. The phenomenon is often explained by mainstream science as a result from Earth tectonic plates reacting to the the remains of the meteor impact (and the hereto unknown minerals and effects they have). The ''Devil's'' are most commonly seen as the previously mentioned ''Will-O'The Wisp'' mythology common in other Countries.

 

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''A GREAT FAT REDUCER!......THE LEGEND OF THE PISHTACO''

In a Tale part Urban Legend and part actual criminal ''activity'' – the term ''Pishtaco'' will actually mean different things to different people who live in South America (in particular, The Andes Region). ''They'' are said to be evil creatures, who had never been human (but somewhat resemble them). The Pishtaco hunts, captures and eventually kills it's prey (Man, Woman or Child), with the goal of removing any body fat, rendering it (cooking) – and consuming it! The origins of this off ''Entity'' actually has a historical linage – that of The Spanish occupation and colonization of South America in the 15th Century AD. Many of those Natives saw The Spanish as ''White Devils'', having never before seen such. Everything they did was seen as different and potentially dangerous. A rumor began to circulate among some of the Local tribes, that The ''Devils'' would kill Natives and use their body fat for a variety of needs. From lubrication to actual medical cures, soon the word ''Pishtaco'' (or ''to cleave and devour'') – would become a Native ''watch word''. In time, these ''Entities'' were even seen as cannibal Demons that even ate the flesh. In reality, some Spanish Colonists began to prepare Pork Skins (fried) as a delicacy. The Natives felt that they were actually eating ''people''.

 

In time, a separate ''Demon'' developed from The Pishtaco mythos. Small and voracious ''monsters'', they only hunt at night. They are noted for a long extension of ''flesh'' that can ''pop'' from their mouth. This ''device'' is like a ''suction pump'', which has sharp fangs at the opening. Once ''expelled from the mouth (but still connected), the creatures can ''drink down'' the boiled ''source of nourishment''.Their ''groups'' will bring great iron pots to cook down their victims for their fat. And while it is said they can be killed as one can any human – they were to be avoided (in the high Andes Mountains). This ''Legend'' would take such serious route over 400 odd years, that a very modern issue would develop from The Pishtacos. In 2009, severe famine rocked the Region, which brought International Aid (Food). It also brought Medical Staff to conduct studies of those effected. One method of study, involved the measuring of body fat to determine the long term effects of the famine's malnutrition. Word spread, that these ''foreign Monsters'', were actually in league with The Pishtacos, using their ''studies'' as mask to target those who The Pishtacos would then ''find and eat''. Coupled with this superstition, over 60 people were killed by local Gangs – harvesting human fat for sale to unrelated medical studies. Real or imagined, The mythos of The Pishtacos are still very MUCH alive today.

 

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''A BIT TOO...CRABBY!.......THE LEGEND OF THE HEIKEGANI''

An interesting tale, The actual Sea Crab species known as The Heikegani are unique to Japanese waters. The species have a top shell (exoskeleton), which resembles that of a human face! And which much of this could be well attributed to the phenomenon known as Pareidolia, one can easily see the ''resemblance''. Local Fishermen have a tradition by which if they catch the crab, they will release it back into the Sea. Why? Simple...Fisherman will tell you that it is in reality the Spirit of a dishonored Samurai Warrior. According to Legend, in the 12th Century AD – an epic battle between Japanese Clans for control over The Island Kingdom, resulted in an ending of typical fashion....Winner and Loser. The Losers, as Samurai and bound by The Code of Bushido, decided to commit suicide in an usual fashion to avoid capture. They, and their their young Emperor-Prentender, all jumped into The Sea and drowned. It is said that their Spirits took on the form of The Heikegani Crab, their face forever in anger and etched onto their shell.

 

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''VISITORS FROM BEYOND?.....THE LEGEND OF THE HITODAMA''

Another Japanese myth going back Centuries, The Hitodama were said to be the Souls of recently departed Ones, who have 2 to 3 days to seek out still living relatives. This ''meeting'' can be to reassure the still remaining, or give grave warning. Only said to be seen by the intended relative, should an unfortunate non-family member behold The Hitodama, they would be dead by the time they turned 28 years. This death figure has never really been explained, but it is assumed that ''older'' persons were smart enough to avert their gaze or likewise warn away the foolhardy. Said to be great balls of ''firelight'' ranging from blue, to red, yellow and orange – after the 3 days visit, they simply vanish. Many explanation have been given on the phenomenon – to include swamp gas, tectonic plate reactions to various ground minerals and even decomposition gases from cemeteries.

 

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''EL HOMBRE CAIMAN''

The Tale of ''El Hombre Caiman'', or ''The Alligator Man'' – is from the Coast of Colombia, South America. It's age is uncertain. The story deals with a rather ''randy'' Fisherman, who liked to ''watch'' women bathe in the River waters of a nearby village. However, afraid that He would be ''seen'', The Fisherman sought out a Wizard – one that could help Him to become unnoticed. The solution was simple. The Wizard would transform Him into an alligator that could better hide on the river bank. When ready for the change, The Fisherman would take one of two potions. The first, would turn Him into the creature and the second would ''change Him back'' again into a human. However, The Fisherman needed help. He recruited a simpleton (who could keep His secret). At the first growl of the now transformed gator, He was to give Him the potion to change.

 

But The Fisherman was unaware that His assistant was terrified of alligators. When the time came to change back into His human form, the assistant panicked and dropped the second formula, causing it to smash on the head of the creature. Thus, only His ''head changed'' back into human form – the rest was still that of a gator! The Fisherman was now a monster of terrifying visage.

 

The Fisherman's Mother found out the self-imposed curse and went to get another dram of potion. But unfortunately, The Wizard had just died. Without hope, The Fisherman's Mother soon too died of sorrow – leaving our now dubbed ''Alligator Man'' a legend. Women stopped going to the river bank to bathe – unless they were accompanied by a man with a gun! Saddened and forlorn, the self-made monster decided to ''end it all''. He allowed Himself to be floated by the river to The Sea (to die). It is unclear if He succeeded, because the half-Man, half-Gator creature has been said to been seen for many years along Bocas de Cenzia River.

 

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