Archive for April, 2009

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Hans Holzer

April 29, 2009

hans-holzerHans Holzer, known as the Father of the Paranormal, died Sunday at his Manhattan home after a long illness.

Dr. Hans Holzer, PhD, authored over 145 titles including Murder At Amityville, which was the basis for the 1982 film Amityville II: The Possession.

Having earned his PhD from the London College of Applied Science, he spent over five decades traveling the world to obtain first hand accounts of paranormal experiences, interviewing expert researchers, and developing parapsychological protocols and terminology such as ‘sensitive’ and ‘beings of light’.

hans-holzer2I first came across the work of Dr. Holzer in the 70s, through Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of… actually. This led me to books in the local library such as Ghosts I’ve Met, The Lively Ghosts of Ireland, Possessed!, and The Psychic Side of Dreams. These were invaluable to me and Hans Holzer’s work inspires me to this day.

He will be sorely missed.

I take a measure of joy today, however, knowing that Dr. Holzer has finally made the journey across the great divide for himself, and his questions… questions he asked all his life… have finally been answered.

Godspeed, Doctor.

~Bob Freeman
writing from the Haunted Hoosier Heartland

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The Georgia Guidestones

April 26, 2009

by Randall Sullivan, for WIRED

guide1The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it’s hard not to think immediately of England’s Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.

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Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the “guides” themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology. Some are vaguely eugenic (guide reproduction wisely—improving fitness and diversity); others prescribe standard-issue hippie mysticism (prize truth—beauty—love—seeking harmony with the infinite).

guide2What’s most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization. Not everyone is comfortable with this notion.

A few days before I visited, the stones had been splattered with polyurethane and spray-painted with graffiti, including slogans like “Death to the new world order.” This defacement was the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history, but it was hardly the first objection to their existence. In fact, for more than three decades this uncanny structure in the heart of the Bible Belt has been generating responses that range from enchantment to horror. Supporters (notable among them Yoko Ono) have praised the messages as a stirring call to rational thinking, akin to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. Opponents have attacked them as the Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.

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Godspeed, John Michell

April 26, 2009

John Michell, author of some 40-odd titles that covered everything from sacred geometry to archaeoastronomy, euphonics to Fortean phenomena, passed away April 24th. He was 76.

michellI first discovered the writings of John Michell as a school boy, happening upon a copy of The View Over Atlantis in the bring one/take one box at my local library in ’77 or ’78.

It was a fascinating book, especially to my pre-teen mind, sending my head all a spin. This was my introduction to ley lines, telluric currents, and sacred geometry, all of which center prominently in my current worldview.

He was, without a doubt, one of the premiere pioneers of the New Age.

May he find solace in the Summerland.

~Bob Freeman
writing under duress in rural Indiana

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An Interview with Linda Godfrey

April 20, 2009

Howlin’ Wolf: An interview with Linda Godfrey

by Jim Cobb

Linda Godfrey is one of the foremost experts in dogmen, werewolves, and other related cryptids. She has been actively investigating these creatures for almost twenty years. Her research has resulted in several books and countless interviews across the country. Also of note – according to my wife, Linda makes one mean salad. Seriously, my wife can’t stop talking about it. I managed to corral Linda for a brief interview for our readers here.

Jim: I know you’ve told the tale many times, but for the sake of readers here who might not have heard it yet, how did you get started researching cryptids?

Linda: It all began when I was starting as a reporter for the Walworth County Week in late 1991 and someone tipped me off that people around Elkhorn, Wisconsin, were reporting seeing something that looked like a werewolf. I wrote the story and became intrigued with the mystery. It went nation within weeks and has never stopped.

Jim:  Prior to The Beast of Bray Road, had you had an interest in, for lack of a better term, the “weird?”

Linda: My dad read a lot of science fiction and was interested in UFOs. I had been interested in investigating psi phenomena for many years, so perhaps I was more open to this topic than some others may have been.

Jim: I know your focus has been on dogmen and werewolves. Are there other cryptids that peak your interest at the moment?

Linda: I also collect reports of any unknown creatures, and have investigated Bigfoot sightings, flying man-sized creatures, lizard men, even a giant white rabbit. I think it is interesting that where one strange thing appears, you often find a whole constellation of unknown creatures.

Jim:  Have you developed your own theories on what people are seeing out in the forests? What do you think The Beast of Bray Road truly is?

Linda: I can’t say what it is definitively because there just is not enough evidence. I think it is either a natural species of wolf or wolf hybrid that has developed the adaptation of upright locomotion, or that it is what the Native Americans I’ve talked to say it is; an inter-dimensional creature that can move between a corporeal and a non-corporeal state. And some sightings (a very small minority) may be something else entirely; certain reports sound more like phantoms or conjured thought forms.

Jim: Let’s talk about your books for a moment. You’ve published several books related to your research. I’m wondering if there is one book of yours that stands out to you? If you could only recommend one of them to someone interested in cryptids and the paranormal, which would it be and why?

Linda: Well, perhaps “Hunting the American Werewolf” covers the broadest scope in terms of sightings, locations, theories and timeline.

Jim: Any upcoming book signings or other appearances?

Linda: I may be appearing at a conference in LA in late July or June. I’ll be updating my schedule page at beastofbrayroad.com. And keep an eye out for an upcoming episode of Paranormal State on A&E.

Jim:  I know you started at least one online group devoted to cryptids and other unexplained phenomenon and I believe you’ve been involved with at least one or two others. Are there any online communities you’d recommend? What might you feel are the pros and cons of these online groups as a whole?

Linda: I think these groups are very individual things. They can be fun and informative, but are sometimes made up of a wide variety of people with extremely different levels of expertise and literacy, and it may take some searching to find the forum that is a good fit for you.

Jim:  What advice or pointers might you give to someone who is just starting out with their own research into unexplained phenomenon? Are there specific books you’d recommend? What might they expect when they actually get out into the field and interview witnesses and such? Any particular “rules to live by?”

Linda: Number one in my book is to treat the witnesses with respect. Always study ahead to learn what native plants and animals live in the area you’ll be looking at so you can be prepared, and be sure you aren’t trespassing.

Always take a ruler to lay next to footprints, etc. to be photographed, and take plastic bags for fur samples or scat. I wrote a chapter on this topic in “Werewolves; Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena” (Chelsea House Publishing), and there is a lot more to cover if you’re going to do things right.

Dressing right for terrain and weather and bringing a good camera are also key.

And keep in mind that most encounters with unknown creatures are accidental and fleeting.

Jim:  By now you’ve spent many years talking to witnesses, examining evidence, and tromping around the countryside. Could you share one or two experiences that really stand out in your memory?

Linda: A highlight would definitely be my late night visit with a History Channel cameraman and witnesses to a lonely gravel road about an hour south of Traverse City, MI, where multiple witnesses had seen at least two different manwolves, one dark brown and the other gray and taller.

We kept seeing yellow eyes in the brush, and I heard something very large shake out its fur like a wet dog about 30 feet away.

Finally something ran across the road just at the edge of our spotlight, and I saw the fur along its spine illuminated for a second or two. The spine was vertical. It blotted out a reflective road sign as it crossed, and the sign measured seven feet tall. One of the witnesses also saw it.

That’s when everyone decided to go home!

Jim:  Finally, what’s up next? What are you working on now? Any new books coming out in the near future?

Linda: I’m working on a third book for the Beast series, hope to have it out by the end of summer, and a book on Wisconsin hauntings. I just finished a Young Adult novel called The Kobold, and continue to receive 1-5 sighting reports a week from around the world.

Thank you Linda for taking the time to speak with us. Very much appreciated!

For those interested in learning more, Linda hosts a few different websites.

The Beast of Bray Road

Linda Godfrey’s Blog

Weird Michigan

As noted in the interview, Linda has authored and co-authored a number of books.

Strange Wisconsin

Hunting the American Werewolf

The Beast of Bray Road

Weird Wisconsin

Weird Michigan

Werewolves (Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena)

Lake and Sea Monsters (Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena)

The Poison Widow

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Witches and ghost hunters gather in Salem

April 19, 2009

From Salem News

You’ve heard of Christmas in July. This is Halloween in April.

Dozens of witches, psychics and ghost hunters are in town this weekend for two separate conventions at the Hawthorne Hotel, where such topics as “common sense approaches to paranormal investigations” and “pagans in global action” will be discussed.

GhoStock 7 — a four-day convention for paranormal investigators — kicked off Thursday with opening remarks from local witch Christian Day. Yesterday, Illinois-based Witch School International began hosting “three days of Wicca, Witchcraft and High Ritual.”

They’ve come from places like Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Louisville to be here.

In the basement of the Hawthorne Hotel yesterday, GhoStock 7 (billed as “four days of spooks, spectres and spirits”) was in full swing. The four-page itinerary included lectures on some of the South’s most haunted locations and an overview of ghost-hunting equipment, such as instrumental transcommunication.

“It’s a national event for sure,” said organizer Patrick Burns, the one-time host of TruTV’s “Haunting Evidence.”

Continue reading at the link below…

Witches and ghost hunters gather in Salem – SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

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What was that?

April 17, 2009

Ghostwriters Society Disclaimer: The following is not presented as proof of the existence of the so-called Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or North American Yeti, or any other name that has been ascribed to these legendary creatures said to haunt the backwoods and uncharted byways.

It is what it is.

Bring your own grain of salt.

The Beast of Gum Hill

As posted by erikusmaximus on youtube.

Footage of The Beast Of Gum Hill while ATV riding on 04/05/09 at approximately 6:30pm.

This is the 2nd time I have seen this creature/bigfoot called The Beast Of Gum Hill. This is the first time we managed to capture it on video.

This is the first known video footage of the BOGH, there was a still photo taken in the early 80’s that I remember seeing .

The camera used was a cheap digital VuPoint 5.0 With waterproof case that I use while filming my ATV rides.

Local legend has talked about this non-aggressive, reclusive beast for a little over 100 years. The BOGH is around 7ft tall and guesstimated at 350 lbs.

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The Hand of God

April 14, 2009

(CNN) — New photographs released by NASA have captured images of a vast stellar formation resembling a human hand reaching across space.

NASA's Chandra Observatory captured this hand-shaped image of an X-ray nebula.

The image, taken by NASA’s space-based Chandra Observatory telescope, shows an X-ray nebula 150 light years across.

It shows what appear to be ghostly blue fingers — thumb and pinky clearly discernible from index, ring and middle digits — reaching into a sparkling cloud of fiery red.

NASA says the display is caused by a young and powerful pulsar, known by the rather prosaic name of PSR B1509-58.

“The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand,” NASA says.

The space agency says B1509 — created by a collapsed star — is one of the most powerful electromaginetic generators in the Galaxy. The nebula is formed by a torrent of electrons and ions emitted by the 1,700-year-old phenomenon.

The finger-like structures are apparently caused by “energizing knots of material in a neighboring gas cloud,” NASA says