Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jersey Devil: The Legend That Won't Die

In 1735, it was the first mention of a cryptid being that was evil, scary, and otherworldly looking. This being came to be referred to as the Jersey Devil and thought to inhabit the pine barrens of the State of New Jersey in the eastern US.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Stalker Between the Worlds: Caught on Camera!

*Warning: Photographs and information in this ongoing series might be upsetting to some readers. Discretion advised.*

This will be an ongoing series chronicling a couple years' worth of encounters with bizarre, horrific, and taunting interplay between one innocent citizen and a stalker that defies description (at least in our known world).

This was an exceptionally well-documented series of events that may at times be too graphic or horrifying for some readers, but it is our hope that by sharing this experience, someone out there might recognize a set of circumstances that are similar.

We have advice to be given to anyone encountering what I am at a lack of words to accurately describe, so henceforth refer to it as…the stalker between the worlds.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Urban Sasquatch Journal: Twigs and Balls

This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.

Prior Installments

#1 What is Urban Sasquatch?
#2 "The Original Experiment"
# 3 The Urban Study Begins"
#4 "Signatures and Signs"
#5 "Mixing It Up"
#6 "Neglected and Discouraged"
#7 "Adding Complexities"
#8 "Stunning Interactions"
#9 "Showing My Intent"
#10 "I'm Being Directed"
#11 "New Team Member"
#12 "Working It Vigorously"
#13 "Curious Interactions"
#14 "New Season Begins"
#15 "Answering My Thoughts?"
#16 Trail Cam Sham
#17 Training for Cameras
#18 Weather, Birds and Unexplained Sights
#19 More Preparation For Filming
#20 Revealing the Urban Research Site
#21 Research Considerations
#22 Making Signs
#23 Footprint Found
#24 Testing Animal Versus Sasquatch
#25 Enticing With Food and Curiosity
#26 Amping up the Exchange
#27 Opening Communication
#28 Extended Visit
#29 Pillaged and Moved
#30 Feather Gift
#31 Disarray
#32 Evolving
#33 Flooding and Chaos
#34 After the Floods
#35 Lots of Changes
#36 Hair Samples
#37 Lots of Tinkering
#38 Shocking Find
#39 Between Storms
#40 Are They Understanding?
#41 Amping up the Challenges

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Bridgewater Triangle: A History of Weirdness

A lot of my paranormal studies end up crisscrossing each other. You think you are investigating a Bigfoot situation and find UFOs and strange lights in the woods or perhaps you go out in search of ghosts and find there are missing people and creepy cryptids being seen locally. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Abandoned Amusement Parks

A drone found this abandoned renaissance festival land in rural Virginia. You just never know what is out there. I personally would love to buy this place to live in and renovate and rent out the buildings to artists and make an art colony that opens up during the seasons for visitors. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Believe: Movie Theme Marathons

Running a marathon of movies with a similar theme on a day off, that is my ideal. Here's just some marathons I put together - depending on my mood.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Appeal of Ghost Towns

Bodie, California

Ghost towns began with a boom and ended with a crash. They were usually based upon an industry, such as mining or railroads, that eventually played out and people moved on to the next hot enterprise.

They have become shells of their former selves, sometimes as little as just foundations on the ground, other times, intact buildings. Photographically, they are inspiring places! I highly suggest you take to the road this summer and photograph one. And, don't worry, every state has them, so you don't have to think about driving west!

Some states with a great deal of ghost towns include Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, and Alaska.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Atlas Obscura and Weird US: Visiting the Oddest Places

"The Thing" roadside attraction in Dragoon, Arizona

Summer comes and you want to enjoy a getaway. Beaches and mountain cabin vacations aside, consider incorporating a few unusual destinations into the road trip and you might just impress your family and give yourself the most crazy memories ever!

There are two great sources to find the oddest and creepiest places in your destination location - Atlas Obscura and Weird US.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Newly Released Findings Might Prove Denisovans Were the Ancient Giants!

*A special thanks to Don Monroe, researcher, and MK Davis, researcher and film/video specialist. Don took photos in a museum in Nevada where in the 1970s they had stored some skulls from Lovelock Cave  - the infamous site of the battle between Paiute people and the
red-haired giants. He released those photos to MK Davis to present to the world.* 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Urban Sasquatch Journal: 2015 Year in Review and 2016 Begins!

This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.

Prior Installments

Monday, March 21, 2016

Haunted Lighthouses and Haunted Beaches

Haunted Lighthouses

Lighthouses are lonely beacons, isolated, sometimes in rugged locations, associated with shipwrecks and isolated keepers, so they seem a natural romantic feature in ghost stories. But, is there a very real reason so many lighthouses are haunted?

The logistics and Feng Shui of a lighthouse seem to make it an ideal candidate to amplify anything that happened there, even become a sort of recording device. You have constantly moving water on rocks, a building usually made of stone, circular in shape with a great power source at the top, often times, metal railing circling within, a keeper who trudged up and down the stairs in daily duties repeatedly, and a round shape that holds energy within, trapping it. Then, you add to that tragedy, loneliness, and no medical help so people often died there. 

I guess the question becomes; why wouldn't lighthouses be haunted? 

Let's have a look at some famously haunted lighthouses - 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Haunted Hiking Trails!

me in the middle, in the Sierras 1985

Day hikes or backpacking, taking to the woods can be a really enjoyable summer activity, but not many people realize there are actually haunted hiking trails. Let's take a look at where you might want to hike this summer if you want double the adventure.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Believe: A Twilight Ghost of My Childhood

Today's Believe installment is going to be about one of the many hauntings upon the property I grew up on. The estate was built in the 1700s but in the time of the Civil War, taken over by the North for a field hospital and later by the South for the same purpose. As I am doing outdoors para month, this seemed an appropriate subject - (for more stories about the hauntings from the perspective of me and my family - read my award-winning book Growing Up With Ghosts)

Friday, March 18, 2016

What Did King Tut Really Look Like?

Image by David Claerr

**This is a special guest post by one of my favorite researchers and artists in the field of ancients and Bigfoot, David Claerr**

In the past decade, the mummy of the boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, commonly referred to as King Tut was exhumed and scanned using medical imaging equipment that gives a detailed virtual 3d image. The data from the scan was be used to make solid resin casts of the mummified skull in one-to-one scaled dimensions. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Forgotten Race of Little People

Happy St. Patty's Day! 

I thought today I should write about the wee folk, or little people associated with legends of magical qualities. Not the elves or the leprechauns, the Tommyknockers or the fairies, but the race of little people believed to have lived around the world in the distant past.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Face Off on Syfy Tonight!

Tonight on Syfy, "Face Off" has five remaining competitors and the concept is a unique Cyclops! 

9 pm EST Syfy!

This is going to be awesome!

Urban Exploration

Urban exploration is the exploring of buildings and structures made for man, but long since abandoned. Some call it "UrbEx" for short.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Urban Sasquatch Journal: Smelling Something Close

This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.

Prior Installments

Monday, March 14, 2016

How Psychic Investigators Can Benefit From Psychic Mediums

*This is a guest post written by Danielle of Psychic Waters*

Paranormal investigators specialise in investigating buildings and locations that have witnessed supernatural activity. They have been able to find ghosts and solve unusual mysteries. Paranormal investigators would benefit from the assistance of psychic mediums. 

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Is It Possible?

Admittedly, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (the 1959 version based on the Jules Verne novel), is one of my favorite movies of all time. As a kid, I could watch it every time it came on and now I own it on disk, so I can see it endlessly! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Camping With Bigfoot: Great Event in May!

With spring and summer coming, lots of outdoor events are proving that, even if you aren't a Bigfoot hunter, ghost hunter, or UFO hunter, there are ways to enjoy it for a weekend. 

If you wonder about Bigfoot in Pennsylvania (one of their favorite stomping grounds), this is your opportunity to get outdoors, meet like-minded outdoors people and also learn about Bigfoot from those who have experienced encounters and do the real leg work and research.

May 6th, 7th and 8th this event will offer workshops and speakers to inform you on the subject of Bigfoot, as well as camping in a campground (or if you like a nearby hotel). 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spiritual and Healing Consultants: Finding What You Need

Finding the right spiritualist for your particular needs is critical to becoming whole. The next step is finding the practitioner who suits you, who feels right. I'd like to discuss a bit about finding the type of guide you need and where you might them.

Friday, March 11, 2016

UFO Hot Spots Around the World

UFO hotspots 
the bigger the circle, the more witnesses 

Above is a map of just the UFO sightings in the US. But what about sightings around the world? What can we learn from these hot spots and where might you plan a trip just to have a chance to see one?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I'm on the Radio Tonight

Tonight at 6 pm EST/5 pm Central/4 pm Mountain/3 pm Pacific time, I will be on the Kev Baker show, talking paranormal. LINK HERE

Wilderness Horror Movies

If you're a horror lover and a nature lover, the two converge into a fantastic genre - wilderness horror.

Let me recommend some good watches depending on the type of wilderness you want to experience -

(**Description thanks to IMDB**)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Face Off - Tonight on Syfy

Tonight on Syfy at 7 pm EST - 

"Bottled Up"
Unique vessels provide the inspiration when the artists face the challenge of creating mischievous genie characters.

Oh, this is going to be good!

Haunted Caves and Scary Cave Finds

Caves are more than the sites of mines and ancient hieroglyphs, the burial places of giants, and homes for bats. They can also be haunted. And, why not? In desperate times, caves were utilized for sanctuary and sometimes standoffs and, given the geology, they seem like ideal vessels in a feng shui sort of way, to retain and hold a kind of amplified haunting that is held captive in a cul-du-sac formation. I am utterly fascinated with the haunted cave phenomena. I cannot think of a better spirit vessel.

Let's have a look at some more infamous haunted caves....

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Urban Sasquatch Journal: Narrowing the Locations

This is the reporting by a Bigfoot researcher of an ongoing study in the Southern part of the United States in a very large park area near homes and urban setting.

Field Report #40

December 20, 2015

I arrived at the parking area at 2:10 PM. The temperature was 73. It was also cloudy, overcast and breezy. I did my initial close by bike ride. 

I was back at my car by 2:28 PM. I geared up with my backpack, etc. I left the parking for the P.R.O.W around 2:35 PM. I arrived at the P.R.O.W approximately 3:03 PM.

During this visit I took 27 photos. My observations are the following with the photos:

@ the P.R.O.W: after arriving I use my survival whistle and blow several times to announce my arrival. I also do a few whoops.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Outdoor Thrills!

Sometimes, the biggest scares outdoors involve chills and thrills of the daredevil variety.

There are some pretty inventive ways to get your scare on. Let's look at some places with insane challenges.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ghost Ships

My ghost ship painting "Thor's Quest" 

I am and always have been utterly fascinated by ghost ships. This post hopefully will bring your sense of adventure and horror together on the sea for several minutes of reading fascination....

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Believe: Enjoying the Sea Anywhere

I'm in the process of making a series of sea-inspired paintings and every springtime, I get spring fever and it always resolves around the ocean. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Same Pyramids Found All Around the World!



How to Tell the Best Bonfire Tales

There is something primitively satisfying about a campfire. We like to gather around the warmth and light, warding off the chill and darkness behind us. But what does that darkness hold? That is the age old fear. 

Once the campfire is constructed, it is good to let your group get comfy, satisfied with some drinks and perhaps some s'mores or hot dogs.

You need to get people relaxed, comfortable and unsuspecting before you decide to wind up a tale that will make them afraid to leave the circle.

Smores: Graham crackers, Hershey's bars, marshmallows, fire-resistant skewers. Lay out your graham cracker, place a Hershey's bar to fit. Heat the marshmallows over the fire until golden, but don't get to close or they burn. Hold the hot marshmallows to the Hershey's bar and place another graham cracker on top of the marshmallows and squeeze it closed while you pull the skewer from the marshmallows. Squeeze and let the chocolate start to melt. Consider keeping a kit on hand 

Campfire Tales

There are two keys for a good campfire tale: 
1. Identifying with characters and/or location.
2. Imparting primal fear and theatrics to make the listeners feel this story could happen to them. 

The objective is to make that circle of campfire safe, but what is behind them in the dark, the great scary unknown. The listeners' vulnerability must be showcased.

Begin with characters who reflect the same makeup of the group around the fire, such as "a family," "a group of campers," "a few couples," or "some teens." Now, you have the listeners identifying with the group. 

Utilize a primal fear most folks have, fear of the dark, fear of being attacked by a wild animal or monster, coming up against some dark unknown force, an angry ghost, or a maniacal killer. 

Legend making:  All good tales tell a legend. A legend is a discretionary tale. It teaches us things like - don't go into the woods alone, or behavior so you won't be punished or perhaps listen to your elders and stay within your safe parameters. This is the basis for what we call urban legends. In ancient times such tales kept children from wandering into dangerous places. 

To make a legend stick, one has to create characters who push past warned boundaries, like parking on lover's lane, going down a wooded path that was not allowed, or doing something wrong they must be punished for. 

Vulnerability equals personal challenge and learning a lesson is the purpose of the legend. In other words, legends basically say "I told you so!"

Telling the Tale

Dramatics - Stand up at the beginning of the story and walk around the circle of people, taking a stick and drawing a circle around the entire group in the dirt. With a flourish, tell them that it is to protect them from what's in the dark behind them and they must not break the circle (nice reminder to them that their backs are to the dark). Toss the stick on the fire for flare.

Now begin the tale. Pace yourself, speak slowly, be sure to make eye contact with each person so they feel you are telling it to them specifically. 

To make everyone identify with the victims, you can have characters who are a jock, an outcast, a nerd and a cheerleader. Or you can do a ship's captain, a first mate, a lighthouse keeper, and a lost woman. Perhaps "a short guy," "an old timer," "the young woman" and the "ditsy teen." Whatever the characters are, make them characters and not names. It will make it easy to recall who they are and also give them listeners someone to identify with.

For the villain, you will want to use things that conjure up images immediately; a scientific experiment chimera creature part bear/part wolf or perhaps a lunatic from the asylum, a killer maniac, an angry ghost, a trouble recluse, a magical monster created by the mind of a wizard. 

That villain's objective must be something the people in the group relate to like; "the killer maniac inhabits the dark forest at night and caves by day. He is so troubled by light, it makes him go berserk. When he wanders the woods, even the fireflies are his victims and anyone stupid enough to use a flashlight or campfire, feels his wrath in a painful and agonizing way!" (At this point, you might want to add some wood to the fire for unsettling effect before you tell of people who were dumb enough to use a light in the woods.) Crane your head and say something like; "did you hear that agonizing scream?" 

Other than back story about the villain, keep what he is doing in the present tense so it sounds like not something that just happened long ago, but is happening now

"The lunatic escaped the asylum and even today lives in the woods nearby. In fact, it could be these very woods. There is an asylum on the edge of them. He slaughters animals and leaves their messy carcasses on the pathways. Hikers come across them all the time, like the dead gutted deer they cleared from the path we took in here (incorporating your groups trek in). That was just two days ago when the forest service removed that. You know that bend after the creek we passed earlier? That's where they found it. He's probably feeding close by. The smell of hot dogs cooking might just draw him in. Maybe we should stop cooking food right now?" (raise an eyebrow) 

You will lead into graphic and tense descriptions of prior killings and then lead into the fact he/it is still on the loose, looking for more to add to the unlucky collection. 

"By the time the ranger shot at him, he was already bounding through the woods, the wet blood of his victim spread all over his face and arms in a bloodthirsty ritual of ecstasy. The ranger never did find sign of him anywhere and the maniac was still on the loose in the woods, somewhere near a tall rock outcropping (nod your head toward the rocks behind you) and was awaiting the next victim who walked into the woods alone." (add more theatrics here, by saying "should we take a break right now in case anyone needs to use the bathroom?" - if they dare!)

When you leave the story open-ended that we don't know what happened to the monster/maniac, you can also point out something to give them lingering doubt. An example would be to say that they don't need to worry, you can tell if the killer is coming because the tree tops shake. Most people think it's the wind and pay it no mind, but it's really the monster/maniac who shakes the trees in his frustration. (now your audience will listen for trees swooshing all evening). 

Details:  Remember details sell the story. Add things that make it here and now "did you see that tree over our path on the way up? They say he knocks trees down to mark his killing area." Or, "watch out for any rock stacks. Those are his favorite way of marking where he is planning to hunt." (having put up rock stacks earlier on the trail the bathroom, your listeners will now look for them and find them!) 

Alternative:  Another popular technique for campfire tales is the urban legend or Native legend.  An historical event retold can only have a terrifying effect if the villain were immortal and still at large. Then, it could be along the lines of Jeepers Creepers or Gargoyles where the villain only emerges every (any odd number) of years and that lines up with today's date or is of a supernatural nature that cannot be killed. 

A little research of lesser known local legends can produce scenarios like the Bunnyman , the unexplained pagan, or the witch who was said to kill some boy scouts.

One of my favorites I did for a group was based on a legend from where I grew up. It was about a man who had a wife that drank and kids that were noisy.  He had enough of it and moved to the woods where he built a shack and proceeded to get lonely over the years, so he would steal people to make a makeshift family. The only people he would not steal in the woods were noisy ones, so if a person were to whistle, sing, or laugh going through the woods, he would leave them alone. Later, after the story was done, people were whistling to the bathroom. 

- Movies with campfire tales and legends - 
The Fog
The Final Terror
Campfire Tales (1997)
The Blair Witch Project

If you notice in this opening to 1980 John Carpenter's "The Fog," the storyteller uses a specific time and date so that the listeners realize "it's the anniversary right now!" 

Happy storytelling and bonfires, smores, and thrills! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

North West Canada Weird Vortex: The Valley of the Headless Men and Other Oddities

There is an enormous and remote wilderness area Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territory of Canada that would make for some amazing hiking and exploring, only it carries a rather dark reputation - as a place where headless bodies show up!  

The local Dene Tribe named the region for "the people over there."  The "people" being some remote mountain folks called Naha who were evil giants who attacked their villages and behead people. These giants were said to wield weapons never seen before (a theme the Paiutes also utilized in describing the Hav-Musuvs of Death Valley)

This theme seems to repeat itself throughout all Native People around the globe. The Natives either killed the Naha off or scared them off, but they went missing over time and just before headless bodies started showing up. Like many other Native legends, it is said the giants just suddenly disappeared....

With the 1800s advent of fur trappers and Europeans to this region of Canada, so came the legends of gold to be found. 

In 1908, two brothers went in there to prospect. After a year missing, it was assumed they were taken by the elements. Eventually, their bodies were found along a river, both decapitated, with their heads nowhere to be found.

In 1917, yet another prospector set out to find gold. He even built a cabin and settled in, but later the cabin was found burned and his headless skeleton was found among the ashes.

In the mid 1900s, a trapper's body was found in his sleeping bag, without a head.

Soon after, a trapper was found frozen to death, holding matches and sitting in front of what looked like a fire that had been running for some time. He was frozen through. 

By the late 1960s, 44 people had gone missing, never to be found again. 

In 1964, a man named John Baptist saw a man-like being with a long black beard that uttered a growl and took off. Several more people in the area reported seeing him, one saying he wore a moose skin around his waist and had a stone club.

These giants are reported to have short body hair, long beards, clawed fingers, long arms, black faces, red or yellow eyes. They are said to make high-pitched whistles and laughing sounds, are nocturnal, smell awful, are swift runners, supposedly hypnotic powers, throw rocks, and will kidnap women and children.

This valley is also known for other cryptids such as thunderbirds, strange lights and UFOs. Some say that the once thought extinct, Bear Dog, still rambles around the hillsides there. Perhaps the area is a strange portal or vortex, even a holding place for some Pleistocene creatures thought long gone.

Source:  In North West Canada,‭ ‬and even some connecting parts of the United States there have been reports of a large wolf-like animal,‭ ‬but powerfully built similar to a bear,‭ ‬particularly the fore quarters where the legs are longer than the rear as well as a broad head much wider than a wolf and with a coat of long white fur.‭ ‬These features all correspond with the physical traits of the larger bear dogs‭ (‬although we can’t be certain about the colour‭) ‬as well as the description of a creature in Native American folklore called the Waheela.‭ ‬Back in the twentieth century the cryptozoologist Ivan T.‭ ‬Sanderson drew this very conclusion that stories of the Waheela may in fact be accounts of a relict population of bear-dogs‭ (‬although confusingly he additionally referred to Canis dirus,‭ ‬better known as the dire wolf for his theory,‭ ‬and this was a true wolf not a bear dog‭)‬.

The Waheela is a creature of legend yet one that many people have claimed to have seen even in modern times.‭ ‬Additionally there seems to be a concentration of reports of the Waheela that come from the Nahanni Valley,‭ ‬a place that is also known by the more grisly name of the‭ ‘‬Headless Valley‭’ ‬due to the discoveries of the bodies of people that were missing their heads.‭ ‬Stories from people who claim to have seen the Waheela are usually fairly consistent although it could be argued that the story of the Waheela is becoming more popular in the mainstream and that more people now know what to say,‭ ‬or are led to a specific conclusion because of this whereas otherwise they might not have said Waheela.‭ ‬The story and description of the Waheela is also similar to other creatures of legend called the Shunka Warakin and the Amarok,‭ ‬so it seems that these different stories may all be describing the same creatures.

Although the story is good,‭ ‬it is currently impossible to establish if the Waheela is a late surviving bear dog,‭ ‬or even if it exists at all because so far it is only legend.‭ ‬No body or part of has ever been presented for scientific study,‭ ‬and there is no definitive video or photographic evidence of a living Waheela in its natural habitat.‭ ‬This does not completely discount the idea that a still unknown large mammal might be roaming around the wilds of Canada given there remoteness and lack of people to witness something,‭ ‬which is why the chance of something being found is viable,‭ ‬if slim.

The idea that Waheela are surviving bear dogs is a little harder to swallow,‭ ‬but suggesting that a legendary cryptid is a relict of a prehistoric creature is not unknown.‭

Others say the region is an opening to Hollow Earth, a supposed other world within our world sometimes described as nirvana. 

Source:  Another entrance is found in the Nahanni Valley but many of those that have dared to enter this area have been found decapitated, thus giving the region its name ‘The Valley of the Headless Men’. The Nahanni Valley in Canada is the land of the Ojibways, the Slave, Dogribs, Stoney, the Beavers and the Chipweyans. It covers 250 square miles in the southern end of the Mackenzie Mountains of Canada  and lies almost 550 miles due west of Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie River of northwest Canada. Hot springs and sulfur geysers keep the
valley warmer than the surrounding areas by about 30 degrees year-round. This land of perpetual mist is viewed by the Indians as â €™taboo’ and avoided.

Much of the land is still unexplored and unmapped, making it an ideal hiding place for a tribe of giants who went into hiding or other mysterious and deadly entities. 

What is happening in the Valley of the Headless Men? We have no idea, and we may not for quite some time. Man still has yet to truly plod through the region extensively enough to discover anything for sure any time in the near future in this still greatly unexplored wilderness. 


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