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A Tour of the Past: Old Haunted Buildings

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Some buildings history can be seen on the outside from its age, abandonment or old rustic look. However, for some buildings the history and the past isn’t always seen on the exterior but rather the interior and its history still lingers thinking it’s the past. Some buildings histories have haunted pasts, ghosts or beings who stay inside the building haunting it because they either don’t want others there or they simply don’t know things have changed. From a scary horror standpoint, we all know about some of the worlds most haunted places; from the city of Salem and it’s many places to Bobby Mackey’s bar, a place said to have not only ghosts but demon spirits as well. We will take a look at some of these places but in general, we will go over why it is we as people like not only abandoned places but we also like haunted buildings.


So what is our fascination with haunted buildings? Some have made a hobby out of it and some do it for a living. Ghost hunting has become extremely popular over the last twenty years and it’s no surprise as to why seeing as we tend to enjoy the things that scare us. These ghosts all seem to reside in old haunted buildings although I would state that even if you didn’t know a building was haunted it may give off haunted vibes just from the look alone. There are thousands of haunted buildings all over the world. From houses and old factories to old battleground bunkers to medieval European castles, there is no end to the type of building it is but what is known and what they all have in common is their haunted past that currently takes up residency.


Some famous haunted buildings have become big tourist attractions such as Bobby Mackey’s, Lizzie Borden’s Bed & Breakfast, The Winchester House, The Amityville House, as well as countless factories, hotels, asylums and prisons(two most notable are Eastern State Penitentiary and Alcatraz). These places all have chilling pasts and these past events now are said to live on forever as people flock to them to see if they can catch a glimpse of a spirit of centuries past. Why do we enjoy haunted buildings and ghosts? Well, we just do. Some of us find it really interesting and are intrigued by ghosts or simply love the creepy paranormal history of a building.


If anything consider this. A normal old historical building will have lots of history and great past stories to it no doubt but an old historical haunted building will have much more. Not only will it have its history but it will also have a dark twisted and sinister history to tell. A story that is hard to believe and not only that but the past is still around today and lingers telling people to leave, showing them a residual haunting or even worse trying to harm them. Haunted buildings may sound like fun but they can also be dangerous as this is a part of the unknown and you should be more scared than excited.


We love touring places of the past and we also love touring haunted places so the two do in fact go hand in hand. You should try to learn when going to a haunted building rather than hope to get scared and see something. In fact, try to go there with the intent to learn and if you do happen to see something haunting and chilling then consider that an added bonus. Haunted buildings make up a good chunk of our history and there will always be a story to tell and there will always be horrific things that have taken place that has shaped these places into haunted infamy. As long as we visit these places and talk about them they will live on forever and perhaps that’s just what theyve wanted all along.

Exploring the Unknown: Abandoned Places

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Abandoned places. They fascinate, scare, and baffle us. They make us curious and wonder just what dwells inside and why it ever became abandoned. This is exactly what exploring the unknown is and while some don’t care for it, exploring abandoned places has taken on a life of its own and has become quite popular over the last few years. Urban exploring is going out and exploring man-made structures, especially abandoned buildings and areas not generally open to the public. Why is urban exploring a thing? Why are we fascinated by abandoned places? Is it really a good idea to explore the unknown? All these questions and more will be answered as we dive deeper into the craze and need to know of abandoned places.


Why are we fascinated by abandoned places? Some people are interested in knowing about the past, about learning what once was and the whole idea of why something that was once popular and prominent has become nothing more than a vacant empty space. You’ve likely walked or drove by countless abandoned buildings but have you ever been curious? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what used to be there and why it’s no longer there or the better question why has nothing been built to replace it?


Abandoned means left behind, forgotten so buildings and areas are no different and many fall victim to the times, the economy or simple nature. I believe we are fascinated because it’s hard to wrap our heads around how such beautiful places become decrepit or how some places can become so decrepit when they used to be so lively. We are curious, it’s in our nature so abandoned places in a way take us back in time to make us think to the good ole days and how some of the places we go may also one day become abandoned.


Why is urban exploring a thing? One word, Chernobyl. The small town that went up in flames during a nuclear reactor exploding in 1986 has captivated us since it happened. More than a decade later the radiation levels have gone done immensely and over the last few years, the place has become a hot spot for urban exploring. Why do we as people like exploring places we aren’t supposed to be? Because of just that, we aren’t supposed to be there. Naturally, we wonder why the place is abandoned but we also wonder why(except for Chernobyl because it’s a safety concern) we aren’t allowed in the area. In most cases, it’s due to safety or because of its private property and people just aren’t allowed there. This is why urban exploring is a thing. We are intrigued, we like breaking the rules but most of all it’s one of the few things that even though it’s illegal to trespass we have fun and learn at the same time.


Is it a good idea to explore the unknown? Probably not but that certainly doesn’t stop people from going into dark places. Our minds and what we are told tell us not to dare go into the unknown but our instincts tell us otherwise. We love mystery, we love intrigue, and some of us love to be put into dark and dangerous situations. Also sometimes we need to take chances, perhaps the unknown isn’t always a bad thing maybe there’s something harmless or even good in the unknown.


Many abandoned places are like this. We have no idea what is inside not only does that not stop us because we want to know but we are willing to take the chance to find out. If it’s bad then we simply turn around and run away(well most of us anyway) but if it’s harmless then we explore deeper and deeper till we are captivated and educated at the same time. Abandoned places will always be around and as long as we as humans are curious we will always adventure into the unknown to find out just what exactly is inside and why it came to be abandoned.

Why Wax Is A Creepy Horror Theme

Posted on June 30, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There are many horror themes and tropes out there. It could be monsters and haunted houses to skulls and psycho killers, but then there's the simple normal everyday things we put into horror to make it scarier than it really is. In this case, I'm talking about wax. Now, what makes wax scary right off the bat? Well, nothing unless you're afraid of burning yourself with hot wax. However, a deeper examination shows that not only is wax used in the horror world as an element to scare but you've probably been scared or at least unnerved by a certain piece of wax.


So what is the one-way wax can fit into horror? Why wax figures of course or turning people into wax. Wax figures creep some people out because of their ridiculous likeness of real people and also because there's sometimes you just get a weird feeling about them. Wax figures are for the most part meant to honor people but knowing they aren't really people and that sometimes wax creations of bad people exist, well it doesn't help put you in the mindset that wax is an evil vice.


Turning people into wax is another creepy thought and idea that has been placed into horror with the films House of Wax. In the original, a man murders people and turns them into wax figures he lost in his first place due to a fire. In the newer version, a whole town is abandoned and everyone a group of teens sees are wax figures who were once people but made into wax using a machine. Tell me that's not creepy, heck that's scary and downright terrifying. From those two examples, you can see how wax can be turned into a scary horror theme. Using the idea that people can be turned into wax figures creates the illusion in our minds that wax figures are creepy because maybe there's more to them then just wax sculpted into the likeness of real people.


Now, of course, these are just two mainstream examples of how wax has been incorporated into horror to make it scarier but there are others not only in cinema but in literature as well. When it's not being used as a way to scare people in horror, wax is mainly used in horror when shown as a candle to shine a light in the darkness. So in an ironic way wax can be used for both good and evil, good as a candle and light to help a character get out of the dark situation or evil as an element and theme to make people think that people are made out of wax. Wax is very much an underrated theme in the world of horror. When it's used as a small theme it tends to go unnoticed but when it's used as the main theme it can really make you think and perhaps as it's intended, scare the living hell out of you.

Poetry: A Way of Expression

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Poetry. If you've read my previous articles on it and know a little about me then you know I'm a believer in the world of poetry. This time I'm not going o convince you to give poetry a chance but explain why poetry is one of the true ways of expressing one's self. Poetry has been written for over hundreds and hundreds of years and it has served as a unique writing form but also a way in which a person can express themselves. It gives them a voice they either didn't know they had or a way to express how they feel without actually using their voice. I'm not saying to hide behind poetry but to use it and harness it as a tool and as a part of you. People enjoy the written word and they also like emotion so one thing that poetry is able to do is not only bring out these things and bring these people together but to do it in a way that only poetry can.


Whether it's a rhyming poem, free verse, a ballad or a sonnet, poetry will get its message across no matter in what type of form it's in. For example, William Shakespeare wrote sonnets and some deep, thorough and feel written sonnets at that. Sure, he used iambic pentameter and his own language and structure but you know what? If you've read Shakespeare you still knew what he was talking about and you were still likely moved or captivated by what you read.


This is because as good as Shakespeare was he was also using tools of poetry and words to express himself. Emily Dickinson has some rather dreary and depressing poems and while they are very sad to read they are also very well written and they express her thoughts and feelings as she was feeling at the time. Also, could anyone paint a better visual of nature using words than Emerson, Thoreau or Frost? Their expression about nature wasn't just about nature but also about finding one's self in the outdoors and taking nature and all of what makes it majestic in.


Poetry doesn't have to be a sad rhyming poem about how depressing your life is and it doesn't have to be an over the top love sonnet of you expressing your life for someone. The fact that you are in your own, sitting down and writing and using your thoughts and putting them down into words on a paper or screen is proof that you're using poetry to express yourself. Nothing is as true as that and nothing feels more right than writing a poem because you're feeling so much and have so much to say.

Why You Should Give Poetry A Chance

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you already like poetry then this isn't for you. If you don't like poetry or think it's out of date or doesn't do anything for you then pay attention as I will try to convince you to give it a try. First of all, poetry isn't dead it is very much alive. I'm not talking about every emo kid out there who writes about darkness, I'm not talking about every soldier who returns from war to write above the pain they are feeling, I'm talking about creative off the top of the noggin and from the heart type of poetry. I'm not against anything I've mentioned but I'm saying if you want to give poetry a chance you start with those who are killing it the ones who will make you reflect and change your mind about the magical world of poetry. Poetry is a way of expression, it's an art form and most importantly of all, it's whatever you want it to be.


Poetry isn't just for women or those in touch with their emotions, in fact, throw that stereotype out the damn window because it's just simply not true. You should read and even write your own poetry because if you have a voice that your afraid of being heard then take to poetry and take to a paper or computer and write it down. Poetry isn't a secret and it's not a phase it's been around for years. You see it but you judge it, why? Because you don't know the true meaning of it and what it can bring to you or do to you or how it can make you feel. Words are powerful tools and poetry are sharp expressions that are meant to register into your brain and your heart to make you feel and or truly think. Poets aren't out to change the world but you should give them a chance because it's not asking much of you, in fact, you should open your horizons to the world of poetry because you may, in fact, be pleasantly surprised.


So why should you really take a chance on poetry? Well, news flash, we have the attention span of goldfish, it's true. If you're like me and you just can't even with a 400-page book, no worries! Poetry books, poems, and poems no matter the type tend to be short or reasonable in length and most of all you can likely find a topic that you enjoy in poetry form. So if you like short reads and don't think poems are written about what you like then your in luck and think again. You should take a chance on poetry because you'll be entertained and you'll learn at the same time.


You'll be inspired, you'll surprisingly enjoy what your reading and you can read modern poetry then if you want to read the classics you can! It's up to you but please I urge you to try poetry, consider it a taste test, a buffet and poetry is that food you keep eyeing unsure of if it's good and in the back of your mind your dying to try it. Well don't ignore that inner voice, try it! Try poetry and I assure you, you will not only thank me later but perhaps you will be writing your own poetry and you'll remember that poetry is not only not dead but you too want to prove that it's very much alive.

The Wax Factory Character Interviews

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Character Interview with Dmitri Townsend


1. What can you tell us about yourself?


My name is Dmitri Townsend, I’m 20 years old and I attend Bartholemew Halbriar University. I’m a fun and outgoing person, I’m into history and I’m a big football fan. I’m laid back and I enjoy traveling and trying new things. I’m not a angry or violent person and I treat others as they like to be treated. I enjoy writing and art although I’m not good at either but I appreciate those who can. I was born in and grew up here in Craven Hollow and I know the rest of New York is busy but I honestly love it here and I wouldn’t trade it to be somewhere else. I’m a determined and goal driven individual,


2. Would you enter a creepy old factory?


What an odd question(laughs). Uhh..I mean yeah sure why not. I’m up for an adventure and I mean my best friend Derek is into abandoned places so I’m sure I totally would because he’d likely pressure me into it(laughs again). Yeah, I would totally enter a creepy factory as long as it isn’t haunted.


3. How much does friendship mean to you?


It means a lot to me. I have a great group of friends whom I cherish. I know they are there for me like I am for them. There’s my girlfriend Melina who is also one of my best friends, she’s amazing and she’s also a great friend who is a great listener. My best friend Derek and I have been friends since like elementary school, he’s fun and most people don’t get him but I’m glad to call him a friend. Then there’s my friend Tasha who is Melina’s best friend. Tasha and I are cool, we aren’t as tight but I am glad to call her a friend. Friendship means a great deal to me as does family and in a lot of ways I feel like they are my family. It’s great to have friends because I don’t like being or feeling alone.


4. Who’s the most important person in your life?


Well I’m sure you can guess after the last question, that would be my girlfriend Melina. She’s my everything and she means the world to me. I’ve known her since sixth grade and we’ve been together since eighth grade when I asked her out on the bus during a field trip. Melina gets me, understands me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life and to be able to call her my girl. I’m not the jealous type so I know Melina has her guy friends and that’s fine and I totally trust her and I know I’m as important to her as she is to me. She truly is the most important person in my life and I think in a year or two I’d like to make her my wife.


5. If you were in a life or death situation how do you think you’d manage?


Wow that’s quite the question!(laughs). Damn, uh, I’m not sure. I’d like to think I’d hold my own, step up and take initiative and I’d make the right decisions although I don’t know how I’d find myself in a life or death situation. I live a casual and calm life so I imagine it would really make me think and even take a toll on me but in the end I would put money on me managing well and doing my best to make the right decisions for myself and anyone else involved.


6. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?


I believe in aliens and I’m into the Roaring 20's. I know random right? I just find aliens fascinating and I believe that they exist, have been here and even walk among us not to sound like a nut or anything! And yeah the Roaring 20's just seems like it was such a fun and simple time to be alive. I may live it up like they did when it’s 2020(laughs) I’ll be styling and be all suave. I just really enjoy learning about the 20's.


Character Interview with Gustav Vandaldrake


1. What can you tell us about yourself?


My name is Gustav Vandaldrake and I am in the wax business. My business takes up most of my life as I don’t do much outside of it. Although when I’m not working my hobbies include stamp and rock collecting as well as listening to my vintage jazz collection, oh I do love my jazz! I have been married to my lovely wife Isabella for over 40 years and I cannot imagine life without her. I enjoy a good cup of coffee or joe as the young people like to call it these days. I enjoy cooking because my wife grew tired of always cooking for me(chuckles) and I am a very kind and gentle man. I enjoy making the most of life just as I did when I was younger and what is it they say? You’re only as young as you feel!


2. What exactly is a wax factory and what can you tell us about your business?


(Laughs) You certainly aren’t the first person to ask me this. Wax factories were popular back in the day in the early 1800's. From a general standpoint, regular wax factories served as places that made candles and candle accessories or they made wax within the factories and from there the wax was sent out to other places to be used as candles or your other basic wax needs.


The Wax Factory is a bit different you see, The Wax Factory didn’t just make candles nor do I in fact I intend to go by my great grandfather’s old creations. The Wax Factory here is bigger and broader. Here it deals with not just candles but everyday items and unique items all to be created from wax. The wax is made here, things are created from it and most of all it acted and will continue to act as a shop where people can come in to see what we have and buy these elaborate wax items. I’ve done a lot of reading on my great grandfather’s business from old books down in the basement and my vision is to make this place as authentic to how it was back in the day. Oh I’m giddy just thinking about it!


3. Care to tell us a little history on the town of Craven Hollow?


Oh heavens if I didn’t know any better I’d swear you’re asking me about the history of this town because I’m old! It’s quite alright, while I’m not a historian I do know a little bit about this town. Craven Hollow is one of the smallest towns in the state of New York. It was founded I want to say back in the 1600s? Not quite sure there and it for the most part has always been a quiet little town where people come to relax and get away from you know, the busy streets of New York. The city once had two big businesses, The Wax Factory and a fur trade business although if my memory serves me correct the fur business didn’t last long nor pan or as many had expected. It can be a bit eerie and odd in town if your not from Craven Hollow, people have told me that although I haven’t the slightest idea what they mean!(laughs). The town is peaceful and I also remember hearing something about a statue being built here and that Bartholemew Halbriar to whom the school is named after had part in it’s creation. Craven Hollow is a joyous place and has great history!


4. What is it about wax that you love so much?


I don’t love it half as much as I’m told my great grandfather did! It’s hard to explain but I guess in some ways wax reminds me of clay. It’s a thick material and it’s easy to work with, and many people only see it as what candles are made from but those people must not have big imaginations. I love wax because I love the vision and work my great grandfather put into the place and the passion he had for it and in many ways I think it got passed down onto me. I enjoy creating and wax is the material of my choice. It’s an underrated substance, it works nicely with fire and I just have a way with it that gives me a extraordinary feeling!


5. What do you know about your great grandfather Ghyslain?


What a lovely and kind man he was! Oh I remember my parents and my grandfather telling me about him and he fascinated me. He was a hard working man and he gave job opportunities to so many including woman. He loved just loved wax and he and his partner Edward Langston were quite the creators when it came to wax. My great grandfather was a visionary and I think in many ways was a big part in this town’s success. Without him people would not have had jobs and I just know he was a very generous and friendly man. He was the type of guy you’d want to know and would appreciate knowing.


6. Do you think young people will appreciate The Wax Factory?


Oh I hope they will! Oh how I hope they will. I’m not up to date with what young people of today like and don’t like but I at least hope that they will stop and check out the history of not only this factory but a key part of business within their city. I think those who enjoy history, like big old factories and like wax will enjoy the Wax Factory! I also plan on making part of the factory a museum but not all of it will be a museum, as I said before it’s going to be a place where people can come and buy things made of wax and I hope the young people of today will appreciate that and I don’t see why they wouldn’t.


Be sure to get your copy of The Wax Factory!

Why Was Killing the Normal?

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

You ever watch or read a western where a guy looks at another guy wrong and before you know it one of them’s dead? Or a guy rides into town and his sole mission is to kill as many men as he can or kill the fastest gunslinger in town? Why? Why is this normal? Just why exactly was killing as normal as waking up in the morning? I mean sure, people are killed everyday but back in the Wild West days it was just unnatural and a bit odd and unsettling if you really sit down, look back and think about it. Just because a guy looked at you wrong, you shoot him dead. He eyed your favorite saloon girl, you shoot him dead. He doesn’t drink whiskey, you shoot him dead. His horse is faster and more majestic than yours, you shoot him dead. Tired of these? Okay, the point is simple, killing for the sole sake of killing is inhuman but in the wild west it seems like everyone was easily frazzled and could get upset without any second thought.



The wild west was cool and all and you probably even say “hey I wish I was a part of that time!” but have you ever sat and thought about it like truly thought about it? You think of all the great adventures you could have and all the saloon girls you could get but you probably don’t think of the fact that you wouldn’t get clean everyday and worse you wouldn’t think about how well you could hold up in a fight before you’re shot dead. The truth is you should because killing was the normal and as cool and awesome as it may have looked it was a downright dirty and despicable time and killing back then were as normal as learning your abc’s today. If you could hold your own then that’s great and all but imagine living knowing you could die just for looking at a guy wrong. Then again some people are touchy on social media but this isn’t the same in the slightest.



So why was killing so normal back in the Wild West? Because it just was? Not good enough for me. Because people were easily upset and didn’t take kindly to others? We’re getting warmer. Because back in those days it was all about the times, surroundings, survival and basic instinct? Yup that sounds about right. The wild west was just like any other era, it had certain things that made it what it was. But killing? Yes killing. It was probably no different than people dying in war everyday or the days when people carried around swords instead of pistols and rifles. It’s just a hard thing to think about though that people could just get killed and everybody thought it was normal. A big difference however is when people die in war they likely died for honor in some way, getting decapitated with a sword or gunned down in broad daylight just seems like it would really take some getting used to if one ever could get used to such a thing.

 


Also imagine watching a guy gun another guy down and then that guy goes into the saloon and orders a whiskey and everyone acts like nothing happened because they don’t want to get killed. That sounds awful to me. I mean sure I would keep my mouth shut and eyes away from the man but the fact that killing is the only thing on that man’s mind or anybody else’s is truly a terrifying thought. I’m not even going to get into the fact that I would have to kill in order to survive back then because while it’s cool to think of getting into a wild west showdown or duel with someone, I don’t know about you but I don’t want to kill anyone and I certainly don’t want them to kill me. But that was the wild west for ya. Survival of the fittest, there can be only one, you looking at me? Whatever way you wish to look at it, it’s simple..the wild west is cool to watch and read about but to be there in a place where killing was normal and getting clean was crazy talk? Count me out partner.

Can A Writer Not Be A Reader?

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

They have nothing to do with one another. You don’t need to be a reader in order to be a writer because while they share the common trait of books and literature it is a reader that needs a writer but not the other way around. Readers who love certain writers wait for their favorite writer to write the next book of their favorite series. A writer doesn’t need to wait for a reader, they hope a reader jumps onto their writing. A writer should be appreciative that a reader picks up their writing but why should it matter if a writer doesn’t read? After all a writer’s audience is not other writers, they are if the author writes about writing but a fictional author no. Let me clarify that again, a writer’s audience is not other writer’s unless the genre they are writing is about writing and helping other authors.


Now everyone has their own opinion however to me what I have stated above speaks volumes and is quite clear and makes sense yet I still think I have skeptics, those who still think the opposite and that is totally in your right to have that opinion, however it is not in your right to push it in the face of those that don’t believe and result to insult people who don’t believe that writers need to read. Readers are going to read, writers are going to write. And people are going to take to social media to try and make their point even if it means disrespecting others who don’t share the same opinion as them. Let’s examine this a bit further, just because a writer doesn’t read books as often as a bookworm per say does NOT mean the following:


-The writer doesn’t read books at all(just not as much as them)

-The writer doesn’t read anything(we as humans read everyday but doesn’t mean books)

-The writer doesn’t know how to read(some people actually think this)

-The writer’s writing will suffer because they don’t read(it won’t because it has nothing to do with their writing)

-The writer doesn’t experience and take in knowledge(They do just not as much as a bookworm or traditional reader would)


The point? It hasn’t changed, just because someone doesn’t read and they are a writer doesn’t mean anything, it simply means if anything that they are more dedicated to their writing and can get more writing done because that is their choice. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading so just because someone becomes a writer they are supposed to read more? If they didn’t read a lot before than then why would becoming a writer change anything? It wouldn’t and shouldn’t. If A person doesn’t like to read then that’s their right, their choice. They should not be chastised for it. I personally do not like to read however that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to read, it doesn’t mean I don’t read books and it certainly doesn’t mean my writing suffers because of it. When I became a writer I actually started reading more and found a new appreciation not only for reading but for my fellow indie authors.


In conclusion, everyone is entitled to their opinion, writers are going to write and readers are going to read. The better question to ask is if a reader writes a few things are they considered a writer? Or are they merely readers picking up a new hobby or taking a stab at the other side of the spectrum? However you want to look at it the point remains the same that reading and writing while crucial to us as humans do not need to read in order to be writers. Writers can get inspiration from many things some may choose to do so by reading and others from taking in all around them. The choice is their’s and their’s alone. Is it easier to read or to write?


Obviously it’s easier to read that’s without question however again people will be criticized if they don’t read as writers because there’s so much irrelevant accusations and speculations of the individual. Let me clear that up in case you got confused. Some writers or people in general find reading to be difficult not because they cannot read but because they have a hard time getting into a book or simply devoting time into a book because they are busy doing something else such as writing. Read if that’s what you want to do, and write if that’s what you want to do but don’t throw shade at others because they don’t share the same appreciation for reading as you do. We are all different and we all like different things and we all enjoy similar things.

The Difference Between A Residual and Intelligent Haunting

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Ghosts. Some of us find them scary and some of us long to talk to them because they are our loved ones trying to reach out. Ghosts are beings that are still around after death. Some are good and some are bad, some interact and some are just images reliving their past experiences and cannot interact. So what exactly is the difference between a residual haunting and an intelligent haunting? Well my guest, the operator of the My Haunted Salem site on tumblr is here to explain the difference between the two. 



What is a Residual Haunting?


Residual hauntings are somewhat hard to describe, but are fairly common. Also known as “psychic impressions,” residual hauntings are considered by many as the type of haunting experienced most by people. When a ghost (person or animal) or even an event is witnessed over and over again, or doing the exact same thing, this is known as a residual haunting. It is “residual” because it is believe that energy from emotionally-charged events imprint upon our world. It is the release of this residual energy that creates the ghost person, ghost animal or ghostly scene.


Famed paranormal investigator, Frederic W. H. Myers called this type of haunting a “vertical afterimage.” A residual haunting, according to Myers’ definition, would be a memory impression left by individuals, animals or events, especially, it would seem, when under duress or from a time when there was the release of strong emotions, left as pictures in the atmosphere of a particular site.


The ghosts of residual haunting can be both seen or heard repeating the same activity. It is believed that most disembodied footsteps and many ghostly noises that are heard in a haunted place might be residual in origin. The residual sounds can be heard over and over and by different people. For example, it is said that in the Queen Mary’s Second Class Pool Room, one can still hear splashing, though the pool is now empty!


We may think of a residual haunting as a movie being replayed, day after day; and occasionally, someone is lucky enough to see or hear the encore. It is believed by ghost hunters that some events, due to strong emotional energy attached to it, imprint themselves on the environment where the event took place. Sort of “trapped in time,” the event is recorded in the atmosphere of a location. It’s the same with spirits of people – if one were to see a ghost doing the same activity over and over, and with no response to the present environment, it is likely a residual haunting. The person’s spirit is not there, in this theory, but just a phantasm of them exists, like a photograph in time. Residual hauntings are past events playing in the present but with no interaction or connection to the present.


What is a Intelligent Haunting?


Intelligent haunting are those in which the ghost interacts with the present. It is intelligent, in that the ghost may communicate, or interfere in some fashion, with those of us living on the earthly plane. The disembodied person has elected, for some reason, to stay here due to a connection with a person, place or thing. Intelligent haunting sometimes happens due to a spirit’s compelling need to deliver a message from the other side of the grave or to watch over loved ones. In addition, it is also plausible that an intelligent haunting can occur due to attachments the ghostly person feels to memories, trauma, tragedy or any other emotional tie, effectively binding the mind to:


not realizing the deceased person’s body has indeed expired

completing unfinished earthly business


re-living traumatic events, as the mind consistently replays the event in an attempt to comprehend


perhaps remaining with loved ones or persons the ghost finds like company with


not letting go due to some form of fear after death, such as fear of punishment or moving on unto the unknown


Intelligent haunting manifests typically in what some may consider to be “ghost signs.” Hiding or moving objects, doors opening and closing, hearing strange sounds, noticing a spiritual presence (e.g. goosebumps), and the disturbance of electrical devices are all examples of ghosts attempting to gain someone’s attention and communicate from the spirit realm.


One may also experience dreams and visions of loved ones, especially, right before or after sleep when most of us are more open to contact (and the left brain is quieted down). It is also not uncommon to physically see a ghostly loved one, as well, as either an apparition or shadowed form. The best thing one can do is remain open to the contact and listen to what is heard deep within as that is how ghosts primarily communicate. If you encounter a haunting, seek to speak to the spirit, using in words of peace, compassion and love.


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You Can't Break the Rules of Poetry

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You can’t break the rules of poetry because technically their aren’t any. I’ll wait while you read that again and calm down..go on, relax and calm down. You good? Okay. Now what I mean by there are no rules is just that. There aren’t any list of rules that state how poetry has to be or what it should and should not have. Sure there’s tons of people and sites who have come up with lists of their own of rules of poetry but these by definition are their rules and not official rules of the poetry world or community. Anything that one could consider a rule about poetry isn’t a rule but a common sense principle of writing poetry. I’ll get into examples and details in a moment but just know that if someone tells you that you broke the rules of poetry just either tell them that there are no rules or smile and walk away.


Poetry needs emotion-


Refer to my post on this. Not only does poetry not need to be written with emotion but you can write tons of poems without feeling any sort of emotion. People naturally assume that it has to be written with emotion, feeling but the truth is, it doesn’t and just because you didn’t use it doesn’t mean it won’t give the reader feelings or make them emotional.


Poetry needs to rhyme-


Anyone who believes this either doesn’t truly know or understand poetry or just assumes one thing with the other. Prose is poetry without rhyming and with the use of powerful words doesn’t involve any rhyming whatsoever. It doesn’t need to rhyme to be good and it doesn’t need rhyme to be considered poetry.


Rhymes need to connect-


Not a rule but more of that common sense principle I mentioned earlier. Let’s be honest we are all guilty of rhyming a word with another that has nothing to do with the poem it’s called being an amateur but we grow over time. A good poet finds words to rhyme that go together and if not they use a different word that rhymes or they are clever and really make that word rhyme within reason. Again this isn’t a rule but more something you pick up and understand over time.


Poetry can’t have punctuation-


Someone said this to me once when they noticed a poem I had written have several commas. I simply replied back that poetry is what you make it and can be written any way you want it to and since it’s written word like anything it needs to have proper punctuation.


Poetry needs form-


Again this should be a given so that doesn’t make it a rule. Poetry naturally needs form, structure, a way to which its written but that doesn’t mean it’s a rule.


Now do you understand? People will say poetry needs this or poetry needs that but these are the same people who believe that poetry is dead or they try way to hard to follow the very rules that they made up to appease the imaginary poetry gods that they also made up. Case in point? Poetry does not have any rules you can break, only the rules to which are essential to all things written. Just because you write different than someone else doesn’t mean you can make up rules for them. Poetry is a way of expression, writing it is no different.

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Poetry Without Emotion

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Poetry. It is a way of expression, a way with words, a way in which a person writes down their feelings and emotions. However, some may be surprised to know that poetry doesn’t always have to be about or need to involve emotion. Now I know what you’re thinking, but poetry is almost all emotion, it’s a person putting everything they are feeling onto paper pouring their heart out. Yes, in a way you’d be right but only to an extent. Nothing says poetry has to be about emotion or even written with it we just naturally assume this because in most cases when we feel down or want to express our emotions, some of us do so through poetry. Emotion may be a standard in poetry but it is not a priority, meaning it is not always necessary. Poetry invokes many different types of emotion from reading but the main point I’m getting across here is that it doesn’t need to be written with emotion. That’s not to say poetry without emotion isn’t as good but the fact is that it does exist and there are some examples of it.


When I wrote my first book, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore I knew I wanted to write horror poetry. While I knew the poems would create emotions in the reader and the words written involve emotion I myself didn’t really use emotion to write them. They weren’t my experiences or something that had happened to me. They were written for entertainment and came from creation and imagination and not emotion. See? Poetry without emotion can be done. Another example of this is some of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems however I would imagine most did come from emotion, the emotion of depression as the man was always down and in a gloomy mood.


Poetry can be whatever you want it to be. It can be something you want people to know about you, something you want someone to know, or it can be a story in poetry form. One could say regardless of how and what you write about that emotion is needed in order to write it but I would have to disagree. I have nothing against writing with emotion, many of my poems I‘ve written have lots of and were written emotion I’m merely saying that sometimes although not always emotion and poetry do not always go hand in hand.

 

Poetry is a feeling and a creation. It is everything and it is nothing. Poetry with emotion could be said to be more real, more pure and authentic. Poetry without it is said to lack substance and real drive but again this is just assumed as a person can write a poetry about anything without emotion just as good as a poem with emotion can be written. Remember, no matter how you write poetry and regardless of what you write about it doesn’t have to be written with emotion but you can be believe that emotion is still a part and involved in it.

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The Ten Best Wax Museums to Visit

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Wax Museums are an underrated source of entertainment. They are museums yes but they not just places to learn about the history of a person or place they are an experience to see great craftsmanship and feel as though your standing next to someone famous. Wax Museums are intriguing places because they can take you back in time, take you to a place in the present you never thought you’d be and make you feel as though you’re a part of something special because well, you are! Listed below are the top ten best wax museums in America that you should check out if you happen to be in the area or if you are traveling the country checking out wax museums!

 10. Jesse James Wax Museum in classic Route 66.

 You’ve probably heard all about one of the wild west’s most notorious and ruthless outlaws back in the day. His story has been told throughout history hence the reason his name still gets mentioned today. This museum is not only located in a nostalgic area in Route 66 but is all about the famed outlaw who took the west by storm and continues to fascinate people today.


9. House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

 Located in Lake George, New York this is a place absolutely perfect for horror fans. Aside from it’s name sake star of Frankenstein the museum also features many horror characters sure to scare and excite you to tears. There’s also other horrific looking figures that will leave you talking about them long after you leave.

 

8. Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

 Okay so chances are most people don’t go to Myrtle Beach to check this place out but perhaps they should. This version of the Hollywood Wax Museum is entertaining, enthralling and a great place to stop by before you head to the beach. It features many celebrities and even had zombie figures because why not, right?


7. National Great Blacks Museum

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the museum is a dedication and honor in showing African American History. You’ll learn a lot of stuff you may not have ever learned in school and not only is it educational but very entertaining and a must-see for wax museums.


6. Potter’s Wax Museum

Located in St. Augustine, Florida, it’s said to be the first ever wax museum opened in the United States. The museum has many historical figures, celebrities as well as many of horror’s scary characters. Seeing as it’s the said to be first ever wax museum opened in the U.S, why wouldn’t you want to go?


5. Rock Legends Wax Museum

Located in Niagara Falls, New York this museum is perfect for all music and rock and roll fans. The museum features rock stars from the past as well the current ones. It’s a great place to learn the history of rock and roll and get a selfie with your favorite music star!


4. National Presidential Wax Museum

Who said there’s nothing exciting in South Dakota? Aside from Mt. Rushmore the state also has the National Presidential Museum. The place has over 100 historical figures and features every president and is a great place to catch up on your presidential history!


3. Salem Wax Museum & Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum

Two places close to home that I just couldn’t separate!


The Salem Wax Museum is of course located in Salem, Massachusetts and as someone who’s been there I can tell you it’s quite a cool and interesting place! Of course you’ll see figures and learn about the infamous Witch Trials of 1692 but you’ll also learn about the history of the town and how they came to be so witchy as well as how the town came to be founded. There’s also a Pirate Museum in Salem that is really interesting if your into piracy.


Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is located in Bristol, Connecticut and is an absolute must-see for horror and classic horror movie fans. The place is owned by Cortlandt Hull, the great nephew of horror actor Henry Hull who played the werewolf in The Werewolf of London. The place has many classic horror figures such as Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu.


2. Madame Tussaud’s in Hollywood, California

If you ever find yourself in Hollywood and you still don’t come across any celebrities walking the streets it’s okay you can still meet them! Madame Tussauds is the most famous place known for wax figures. It’s right next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an epic three story building and features 115 celebrity wax figures!


1. Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

There’s lots to do in Tennessee and if your planning a trip there you better be sure to add this to your places to visit. You’ll get to see old famous actors and actresses like silent film star Charlie Chaplin as well as Norma Jean herself, Marilyn Monroe. There’s lots to see and is truly the definition of a wax museum.


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Deadly Cannibals: The Eerie Mystery Of The Wendigo

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Wendigo is a mythical monster in Algonquin folklore. It’s a considered to be that of a man eating creature and an evil spirit known to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and other parts of United States and even Canada. The wendigo may appear as a vicious monster with some characteristics of a human and is also known to be a creature whose spirit has possessed a human being and made them become disturbing and unpredictable. It is usually connected to and associated with murder, greed, and other known evil notions. The legend of the Wendigo comes from a controversial modern medical term known as Wendigo psychosis, described by psychiatrists as a syndrome with symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and fear of becoming a cannibal.


There are well over two dozen different types of spellings for the Wendigo. Many of these come from several different Native American Algonquin tribes. In most cases and incidents the Wendigo are known for being cannibalistic, evil and supernatural. They are also associated winter and famine. In some cases, humans are known to be overpowered by greed and could turn into wendigos. It is also said that Humans could also turn into wendigos just simply by being in contact with them or around them for too long.


It’s suggested that Native Americans understand the wendigo. The Wendigo can take over a person with an idea of corruptive and disturbing behavior, greed or even consumption. This idea states that a person of evil intentions or who favor certain sins are prone to becoming taken over or influenced by wendigos. Wendigos are known to be violent and aggressive by their nature. They also have the instinct to kill and are known to be cannibals. In popular culture the Wendigo has appeared all over. It has appeared in several fiction books even having some fictional books solely written for it. They have appeared in comics and graphic novels as well as movies and television shows.


While the wendigo is known from myth and in popular culture there is still a mystery behind the creature that gives off it’s evil eerie presence. Wendigos don’t just appear as stated above it takes a person thinking evil self-absorbed thoughts and having ill intent in order for them to appear or take over. Yet even this idea and their having some notoriety, they still have a mysterious aura about them. Wendigos tendencies are enough to scare or frighten a person however, they are also known to have a foul smell to them and they look like beasts with their bones using showing and having blood on them. Wendigos could be characterized as several personifications of evil and their presence is of the darkest intent.


Adding to popular culture, one of the poems in my horror poetry book, The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage, is called The Wendigo which is my take on the mythical creature.

The Wendigo

In the harsh winter climates

There lurks a suspicious creature

Half person/half beast

Imagine a skeletal moose-like bigfoot

That feasts on human flesh

It comes from an old Algonquin myth

Its said a human can transform into one

Or vice versa, either way it's chilling

It’s a vicious spirit with malicious intent

Violent by nature, fueled by greed

With gluttonous tendencies

Its exterior is that of mainly bone

With skin that drapes like a canvas

Lips tarnished and bloody

Not to mention they smell horrid

An odor of death and decay

But most of all it wishes to feed

And feed it shall if one encounters it

Beware of the Wendigo

The treacherous famine walker

The beast of starvation

A cannibalistic being of death

 

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Horror: It's Not Always About Blood, Guts and Death Count

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What makes horror great? Well before we get into that let's go over what is essential but not always necessary when it comes to horror. A scare factor, suspense, fear, blood, guts, evil, darkness, and death. These are just a few of the many words and feelings that attribute to horror but they are the basic ones that are usually seen. However, two three of these tend to always be the focus when they don't need to be. When making horror whether it's a novel, video or film the first three things people naturally go to right away and make sure they add are blood, guts, and death. Blood is usually added because it demonstrates a part of us that is usually the first thing to go when it comes to horror. This is in most cases followed by guts as a story being told goes past simple blood loss and guts are shown. Finally, after the two meet and are withering a person away death is the end result. Does a story truly need these three things to be great horror? The answer may surprise you but it's no, no they do not.

A great horror story or film can still be epic and amazing without all the theatrical elements that make it stand out. For example, an intense paranormal movie with extreme haunts from spirits, ghosts, and demonic presences does not use blood and guts because the sheer fact that they are not among the living is enough to invoke fear and scare a person. Psychological horror doesn't need blood, guts or death but relies on the deterioration of the mind by invoking fear and using whatever means of horror that are necessary to scare a person. Horror can be many things and relies on several different elements to make it what it is. When we read a horror novel or watch a horror movie we see the variables that make it up to be horror but sometimes it's the things we don't see or consider that truly make it a horror. A simple spine chilling look from a character, the focusing on a shadow or the cold sensation from a lingering ghost can make for some great and creepy horror.


It's not always about body counts. You know where I'm going with this. Perhaps not so much in novels although I'm sure there are some, horror movies solely rely on body count to really show that it's horror. Sorry, Jason, Freddy, Chucky, and Michael Myers but how you're used is a cliche in horror and while it is horror and it is gruesome it's not always necessary to truly make horror stand out. How many books or movies have you read or watched only to realize that either a bunch of people are going to die and the main evil presence sole focus is on killing people and lots of them at that? Chances are more than you thought and this is okay but in my opinion, we need to try to stay away from this and get into more factors of what makes horror great.


In my upcoming novel, The Wax Factory, I have a group of college students who visit an old factory as part of a project( I know this may sound cliche but just stay with me here). Along the way, they encounter some strange things and paranormal events that change the landscape and test their will power for survival. I'm not spoiling anything for you here but people die, also what I can tell you is that not everybody dies and there's not a huge body count. Why? Well Aside from not wanting to be cliche I didn't want this to be a focus in my novel. Death is just a basic anomaly, a natural part of life in this novel. Sure, how some perish could be considered extreme but the fact that I don't have a body dropping in every chapter means I want you to appreciate all the things that make the novel horror and not just the blood, guts and body counts.


Is horror too cliche for its own good? Not at all, but like all things and other genres it needs to be itself and branch out and expand. Do you want every horror novel to be on the sole point of everybody dies, it's about the kills and there's a huge mess afterward? Do you want every fantasy to be about wizards, dragons, and magic? Do you want every romance novel to have a hunky guy or love triangle? No, these are considered cliches and basic tropes to these genres but they do not define the genre just like how horror does not need gore and death to make it stand out. The next time you pick up a horror book or movie or see something horror ask yourself the following, will I stop reading or watching if it's solely one element? Or will I read and watch intently and look for the other essentials? Will my experience be better knowing that horror does not have to be about guts and the glamour of killing?

 

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Wax Museums, Do You Think They're Scary?

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wax Museums, they show famous people and help them live on forever. The craftsmanship of the figures within these museums are absolutely timeless. When we step into a museum we are sometimes taken back in time or up close and personal with some of our favorite people. One of the most famous wax museums is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_Tussauds" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Madame Tussaud's in London, known for its amazing wax figures. Over the years many other https://www.madametussauds.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">locations of the most famous wax museum have appeared all over the globe. Wax museums are meant to be an experience and entertainment of education and fun. They serve as a purpose to showcase and immortalize people from history and people we currently see in today's society. However, a quick observation of one of your favorite celebrities or perhaps an infamous killer in wax makes you think it's so real that it's as if the person is standing there before you. This isn't a bad thing but if it's someone evil or bad such as an infamous killer it sort of gives you the creeps and for a brief moment you get the sensation that the wax figure is so life like that it may come to life!


One of my favorite https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052520/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twilight Zone episodes called, "https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734665/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The New Exhibit" tells of a curator of a wax museum who is in control of the Murderer's Row section of the museum. Here we see wax figures of infamous killers and the most well known of them is Jack the Ripper. The museum closes and the man decides to keep the figures down in his basement where he keeps them cool. He also swears that they are starting to come to life. The reason I reference this episode of the Twilight Zone is because it's a perfect example of our fears as human beings of wax figures looking so lifelike that you'd swear on your life that they themselves breathe life and are real. Also, it's not until we encounter an evil figure made of wax that we get chills and forget that it is wax but our minds wander as we try and try to remember that they are only made of wax, nothing more.


The resemblance of some of these figures is sometimes eerie and creepy. One thing as people that we tend to do is associate figures, dummies, dolls, and mannequins in the horror culture by bringing them to life and giving them real-life characteristics. This is why some of us(including myself as I'm afraid of ventriloquist dummies) are scared of all these things especially wax figures because we know they aren't real but because we've seen so many horror films that depicting them coming to life that sometimes we just assume they will come to life and let our imaginations get the best of us. Some dolls are just creepy looking, mannequins aren't always the best things to be near while your alone in a mall, dummies are always being brought to life in cinema and literature and wax figures just look so darn life like that you'd be a fool not to get scared or have the thought cross your mind.


Imagine you're in a museum and you're the only one. You walk around looking at the figures and taking it all in, the history, the detail in each figures face, the feeling as though you're among real people. Suddenly you look around your shoulder and turn around. You look back at the figures where they stand or are in the same position they've always been and will continue to be in. Then you get that odd feeling in your stomach, that feeling you can't shake. Your mind starts thinking strange thoughts and your hearts beating a mile a minute and before you know it your thoughts and heartbeats have been coated in shock, hysteria, and fear. You feel as though the figures will come to life at any minute and harm you or even worse kill you! Surely, you've experienced this or at least thought about it? If you haven't well then the next time you decide to go to a wax museum you better hope other people are there, otherwise you'll remember this article and all I've said and you'll be looking over your shoulder thinking that maybe just maybe your not alone after all.


I'm intrigued by the idea of whether or not wax museums are scary or not because my sixth novel takes place in a wax factory and deals with the principles of wroking with wax. I wonder, since wax figures and museums are scary, wouldn't factories of wax be just as scary knowing they use the same materials and elements? The Wax Factory could be as scary as a museum but I'll leave that for youto decide.

 


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