Saturday, May 28, 2016

CFZ 2016 Yearbook

The CFZ has just released its 2016 yearbook:

"The Centre for Fortean Zoology Yearbook is an annual collection of papers and essays too long and detailed for publication in the CFZ Journal, Animals & Men. With contributions from both well-known researchers, and relative newcomers to the field, the Yearbook provides a forum where new theories can be expounded, and work on little-known cryptids discussed."

Richard Muirhead and I wrote a piece for this edition on the Mystery Animals of Arizona.  Thunderbirds, out of place lions and weird biting insects are just a few of the things we uncovered. 

The volume comes in at about 200 pages and also has contributions from the likes of Dr. Karl Shuker, Richard Freeman, Jonathan Downes and many more. 

Available on Amazon and also at the CFZ website.

Friday, May 27, 2016

BEK News

My friends, Shannon LeGro, Sam Shearon and Ryan Sprague have been hosting an excellent show titled "Into the Fray."  Now at its 34th episode, this one features a discussion on the Black Eyed Children.

Ryan has written on the topic, Sam has painted them, and their guest discusses a nightmare account of close encounters with them.

Check out Into the Fray at the link below, and be sure to delve into past episodes, it really is an excellent show.

On another note, Lon Strickler over at Phantoms and Monsters has just posted a few BEK accounts that he's received including a couple of cases from the late 70s and early 80s.  As more and more of these accounts surface, it's easy to see that we are looking at something much larger than a simple urban legend.  Tales of these black eyed beings go far back in history, and recent accounts are causing more people to come forward and talk about their own past experiences.  Lon's blog can be found here:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Coast to Coast AM

I'm on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory tonight to speak about the bizarre case of reported mass demonic possession in a Peruvian school as well as similar cases from around the world.

Catch me on the last two hours of the show.


Haunted Real Estate

According to a recent news story, there's a lovely Victorian home in the Hollywood section of Dunmore for sale.  Built in 1901, the home features 1850 square feet of living space with an additional 1350 square feet of partially finished space.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and has been freshly painted.

There's only one thing about the home that may make some prospective buyers nervous:  It's "slightly haunted."

According to the home's listing, the haunting is "nothing serious," but that's probably a matter of one's view of what constitutes a serious haunting.  The listing states:

"Slightly haunted.  Nothing serious though, e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps.  A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13 am, maybe once a week.  Twice a week tops.  And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror.  Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom."

The ad goes on to hype the features of the home, its picture windows, stained glass and secret door behind a moving bookcase.

It's difficult to tell if the realtor is being serious or making an attempt at humor to get attention for the listing.  Perhaps he's trying to make the listing appeal to ghost hunters.  Either way, it's certainly not the first time that haunted houses have gone on the market with paranormal claims pushed as part of the package.

Over the last several years, the infamous Amityville Horror house has gone on the market a number of times. 

In 1974, Ronnie James DeFeo Jr. murdered six family members in the home.  The house became widely known after author Jay Anson penned "The Amityville Horror A True Story" in 1977.  The book chronicled the claims of the Lutz family who lived in the home just after the murders.
A subsequent series of movies further solidified the home's reputation as a place of horrible, paranormal events.

There's been a lot of controversy about the reported paranormal events in the Amityville house with some people claiming the entire story was a hoax while others are adamant that the terror was real.

Over the years, the appearance of the house was altered in an attempt to hide it from both curious visitors who wanted a glimpse of the iconic home and those who wanted to investigate the paranormal claims.  Despite the changes, people still find the house, and when it goes on the market, the media quickly announces the home's listing and its history.

In May 2010, the house went on the market for 1.5 million dollars.  It was sold later that year for 950,000.
The current owner has listed the house for sale on several occasions, most recently for the whopping price of 1.9 million dollars.

While the potential of owning a piece of haunted history will appeal to a small number of people, the price tag, or the location's reputation, seems to keep buyers at bay, at least for now.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Connecticut Shadow Man

Encounters with shadow figures go far back in history, from shadowy monk like beings with hooded cloaks to the infamous "hat man" of more recent years.  For the most part, the encounters are very disturbing for the witnesses and include feelings of fear and outright terror.

Even more frightening are the cases of repeated encounters with these dark beings, cases wherein the shadow figure seems to be dwelling in the home of the victim, manifesting on a regular basis and often growing increasingly active and aggressive.

Most often, these shadow figures are perceived as being "men" sometimes wearing a hat and long coat or cloak.  On other occasions, they are described as merely a man like shape.  Victims describe a humanoid form with arms and legs that is solid black.

"It was blacker than the darkness of my room," stated one victim of shadow man visits.

In a percentage of these cases, the witness describes seeing glowing red eyes on the shadow figure but no other facial features are discerned.

In an unusual case from Meriden, Connecticut, the witness saw red light coming from a shadow figure's mouth. 

Jacqueline Glen describes encounters with a shadow figure that occurred in her home over a period of time.  She says that the east bedroom on the first floor of the home was always a troubling spot and never gave her a restful night's sleep.

She lived in the home as a child, and her horrific encounters with a black figure started when she was five years old.  The shadow form would suddenly appear after she went to bed and it would lurk in the doorway of her room, watching her.  In an interview she stated:

"I see a man standing there.  It's just a shadow with a blinking red thing coming out of his mouth."

Glen states that the home also contains the spirit of a little girl, seen by witnesses as a blue figure softly calling out "Mommy...mommy."

When she was older, Glen decided to use a Ouija board to try to make contact with the spirits in the house.  The talking board responded that the spirits in the home were named Abe and Veve, but numerous sessions with the board made Glen uneasy and she finally burned the Ouija board in the backyard.

Historical research done on the location tracked the history of the home back 120 years, but there are no records of murder or strange deaths on the property.  Obviously, a home with such a long history had many families live in it over the years, but no evidence of an Abe or Veve surfaced. 

Activity in the house increased when the family decided to renovate the third floor attic, but activity in the home goes back to at least 1971 when Glen says she started having her personal experiences.

At one point, Glen spoke to the Meriden's local paper, the Record-Journal and reported that her daughter had started having experiences with the shadow man.  Ten year old Gina awoke to find the shadow form standing at the foot of her bunk bed.  She described what she saw:

"His head was black, it was just the shape of a body.  I climbed down, rubbed my eyes and it went away."

Ghost hunters Ed and Loraine Warren investigated the house in the summer of 2001 and told Glen that she should have the home blessed by a priest because of the presence there.  She followed their advice and had two priest come in for a blessing.  After they had finished the task and left, Glen says that a musty smell of mildew permeated the home.