Thursday, May 5, 2016

Slenderman Roundup

Slender Man, the Internet meme originally created during a contest on the Something Awful forums, continues to creep his way into various aspects of both social media and the entertainment industry.

Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, recently announced that it has a Slender man film in the works.  Apparently, a script by writer David Birke has been completed and production is scheduled to being in the fall of 2016 with the movie slated for release in 2017.
There's no word on the story, but indications are that it will follow the general fabricated history of the character.

Screen Gems has an extensive horror library already with films such as Resident Evil and the Underworld franchise. 

Meanwhile, HBO films has announced that it will air a documentary on Slender Man later this fall. 

"Beware the Slenderman" is directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky and it follows the story of Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, the two young girls involved in the notorious Slenderman murder plot that unfolded in 2014 in Wisconsin.

HBO says the documentary is meant to explain the dark side of the Internet and its ability to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.

And finally, website Dread Central is reporting that the sixth season of the popular show "American Horror Story" will be centered around Slenderman.

Reports state that a script has been written and that AHS is anxious to adapt it to the show, though a final deal has not yet been cut.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Siberian Mothman

Yet another Mothman like creature from the archives.  This one is from 1968 and occurred in a remote region of Northern Siberia.  This was originally reported in the Russian publication, "Gentry" in 1993.  Again, credit goes to researcher Albert S. Rosales for digging up this obscure account.

Details listed on the report state that the incident location was near Vladivostok, Primorsky Kray region, Russia.
"At a very isolated region of Northern Siberia a taiga hunter was brought into one of the villages suffering from severe wounds. He had deep facial lacerations and on his hands, and his clothing was torn to shreds, he lost one of his eyes. While at the small medical facility in the village he was flown by helicopter to a better equipped hospital in a larger city. While recovering he told a most amazing story.

According to the unidentified hunter he was in a very isolated area and had come up to a ridge and there during the evening he sought a place where he could stay for the night. Passing by a large rock he noticed a small cave, it was cold and windy so he immediately sought refuge in the cave. His immediate plans including building a small fire in order to warm up, the cave entrance was narrow, so wearing his bulky clothing he barely squeezed through the crevice. However the cave was surprisingly long and narrow, but suddenly expanded by three meters as he found himself in a sort of ‘hall’ five meters wide. The far end of the cave was lost in deep darkness as the cave was only illuminated by a weak ray of light from a small torch he carried. The hunter decided to go out and gather branches so he could build his fire; he left behind his gun and small backpack. Collecting twigs and brushwood he returned and built his fire. After warming up he decided to go out again and explore the nearby wood, however later as he returned to the cave he noticed that at the end of the ‘hall’ something dark stirred. He immediately ran for his rifle but suddenly there was a loud shrilling scream and something attacked him.

As he stood by the fire defending himself he clearly saw the sort of creature that he was fighting against, but only for a moment. He was able to describe a dark man-like creature with huge wings with an approximate wingspan of about 2 meters. The creature had a human head covered with hair but there was no hair on its face. He saw huge eyes and almost no discernible mouth or nose. The creature suddenly glided towards him emitting an incessant wailing howl and suddenly tearing claws were grabbing his face and arms. As the hunter fell, severely wounded, the strange creature jumped out of the cave. The unfortunate hunter did not notice any legs but noticed that the body was short and forked below. After the creature left, the injured hunter treated his wounds with alcohol and bandaged them as best he could, but he could not completely stop the bleeding. He grabbed his weapon and sat by the fire afraid to go out. An hour later he heard a noise at the entrance of the cave and he fired a shot towards the crevice. He heard a shrill cry and the flapping of wings. As soon as dawn broke the injured hunter left the cave and stumbled towards the closest village. He apparently lost consciousness near the village and was later found by other hunters. He had also lost two fingers on his right hand."


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

National Paranormal Day!

The Wheezing MIB

In yesterday's post, I chronicled how investigator John Keel wrote about a strange condition exhibited by purported aliens and Men in Black in a number of cases that he documented.  In the same Saga article I previously quoted, Keel details another odd case involving a strange wheezing man:

"In the fall of 1969, an astonished motorist in Massachusetts found the road blocked by a large flying saucer.  A red-faced man with "popping eyes" came up to his car and asked the witness to drive him into the nearest town.  The man wore a short black coat and "very shiny green trousers, made out of some material I have never seen before."  As soon as the man got into the car, the object on the road lifted silently into the air and vanished.

The witness tried to talk to his passenger, but the "man" seemed to have great difficulty breathing.  When asked where he was from, he replied, "You wouldn't understand."  The driver was thinking of going straight to the local police station as soon as he let the man out.  But when the stranger got out of the car on the town's main street, he wheezed and said, "Nobody is going to believe you so don't bother."  He appeared to stagger uncertainly as he moved away.

Keel notes that visitors such as this character in the shiny green pants act like deep-sea divers who have come up to quickly.  Excess nitrogen in the body can cause a diver to suffer from vertigo and nystagmus (a condition that creates rapid, involuntary movement of the eyes).

Apparently, in a number of the cases that Keel chronicled, the visiting entity asked for a glass of water so that they could "take a pill."  Numerous witness have watched these strange beings swallow a pill, after which, their condition becomes more normal.  Or at least, as close as such beings can get.

Keel further reported that in 1976, he obtained one of the pills that these apparent "aliens" use.  He had a chemical analysis done on the pill and was told that it was nothing more than simple sulfur.  Unfortunately, no further details are provided about the pill so we are left to wonder about the rest of that particular story.

One fascinating aspect to these old cases are the recurring themes that run through numerous weird entity encounters.

The shiny green pants worn by the Massachusetts "man" harkens to reports of the grinning men.  Some of the odd request remind one of encounters with the black eyed children.  And of course, there's the running theme of the MIB or Men in Black, they weave through so many UFO accounts.

Perhaps it's all a grand game and we the witnesses, investigators and chroniclers of such phenomena are unwitting players.  Or perhaps we're simply being played.  Either way, the mystery continues to unfold with each generation and we have to wonder, what's coming next?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Keel's Weird MIB

In his June 1974 column for Saga magazine, John Keel wrote about what was for the time, the most common type of "alien entity" being described by witnesses.  And it's not what most people these days would expect. Furthermore, he writes that many of these visitors exhibit a strange condition.

Keel states:

" type has turned up more often than any other.  These "creatures" are of normal height--five to six feet tall--and resemble normal earthlings, except that their facial features are quite angular.  Often, witnesses think they are of oriental extraction, because of their elongated eyes, high cheekbones, and dark complexions.

One of the most ignored aspects of these largely overlooked contact cases is probably one of the most important.  These strange beings have trouble breathing.

The seem to be gasping for air when they speak, as if they were suffering from asthma.  Their faces turn red from the effort.  When they move, they stagger uncertainly, almost as if they were drunk."

Keel expounds further on the apparent condition of these visitors stating that they appear to show symptoms of "aeroembolism" or "the air bends."

There are a number of interesting aspects to Keel's article.  First of all, of note is the fact that in 1974, at least by Keel's accounting, the most common alien entities being reported were not the now familiar grays, but a more human appearing figure closer to the notorious MIB (Men in Black).  In the article, Keel also states that labored breathing is a common factor in many MIB reports and in fact, he gives us several fascinating reports as examples:

"From a deputy police officer's description of his encounter with three mysterious men in black suits in 1968:  "The had an odd manner of speaking, as though they would inhale, speak until they had expelled all their breath, and then inhale again before beginning to speak again."

Testimony of a family in Cape May, New Jersey, describing a mysterious visitor who appeared shortly after they had experienced some unusual UFO sightings in 1966: "He seemed to wheeze, like  a man with asthma.  He appeared to have difficulty breathing.  One of his eyes appeared to have a cast, like a glass eye.  His eyes did not seem to move in unison."

In 1967, a young family man from Belpre, Ohio, witnessed some interesting sightings.  Shortly afterwards, he had a brief encounter with two black-garbed Oriental-looking men.  He said they appeared confused or drunk, and seemed to have difficulty walking.

In the spring of 1968, an "Indian" in black clothes appeared in the middle of the night, on a college campus in Minnesota, following a series of UFO sightings.  He behaved in a drunken fashion.

A "drunken Chinaman" staggered into a newspaper office in New York State, while a reporter was typing up a local UFO report in 1969.  He was dressed in a black suit.  After much wheezing, he managed to say, "Don't print that story."  He then staggered out, bumping into furniture.  The reporter followed him immediately, but the street outside was completely deserted.

Is it the atmosphere itself of planet earth that's causing this effect on these beings, or is something else going on?

More tomorrow in part 2.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blank Eyed Girls

For several years, Cartoon Network has aired an animated series called "Adventure Time."

It's a popular show that's received numerous awards.  It has also inspired a wide range of related merchandise including video games, comic books and even clothing.

The show follows two main characters, Finn, a human, and Jake, a dog with magical powers, who travel around the Land of Ooo.

I'd never seen the show before, but a recent episode was called to my attention so I checked it out online.

The episode is titled "The Blank Eyed Girls."  It features the two main characters having an encounter with a group of black, er, excuse me, "blank" eyed kids who first show up at the front door and then mysteriously appear inside the house.  Finn and Jake panic and out of desperation, call late night radio host "Starchy" for advice.

Starchy, has a thick mustache and runs a popular nighttime talk show discussing conspiracies, ghosts, aliens and a wide variety of strange phenomena.  Hmmm sounds vaguely familiar.  He suggests several possibilities to explain what the girls are and how to deal with them.  Nothing quite works out however. 

The episode is just over eleven minutes long and somehow manages to throw in a whole range of things related to the black eyed kids along with theories ranging from fairies to tulpas.  It's an interesting example of how much the awareness of this weird phenomena has moved into pop culture.

Check out the show at the link below.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Phantom Passenger in Korea

Phantom passengers are some of the most common ghostly manifestations found around the world.  Commonly known as the "vanishing hitchhiker," there are numerous variations of this tale.

In most cases, the accounts involve a young girl spotted on the side of the road.  Frequently, the drivers are lone males who believe the girl is in distress or lost and they offer her a ride home.  In many accounts, the woman vanishes once she is inside the car.
In some versions, they arrive at the destination before the girl disappears.

The most famous version in the United States is no doubt Chicago's "Resurrection Mary."
Tales of this famous Chicago ghost can be traced back to the 1930s when encounters were first reported.  It's commonly believed that a young girl was killed in the area after being at a party.  Since she never made it home, her ghost is still wandering the roads, trying to find her way back.

Other vanishing passenger tales can be traced back to the late 1800s and come from a wide variety of countries and cultures.
Recently, I came across an account of a female phantom who took a cab back home.  This particular tale took place in Korea in 1941.  The story was related by one, Haruo Aoki and was told by a woman referred to as Miss Oeda.
The location of the incident was the city of Kunsan, Chon-ra-puk-to, Korea.

"About midnight a taxi driver of Guntaku Cab Company in Kunsan received a telephone call from the municipal crematory asking for a cab.  He picked up a young lady of twenty or so in front of the crematory and was told to drive to the hardware store of a Mr. Shimo.  When the cab arrived at Mr. Shimo's place on Meiji Street, the girl told the driver she did not have the fare and asked him to wait until she could go into the house to get it.  Because Mr. Shimo had kept a store at the same location for years and was a respected citizen, the driver waited outside without any misgivings.  The girl, however, did not reappear.  Finally, the driver became impatient and knocked at the closed door.  After repeated attempts to arouse somebody in the house, sleepy-looking Mrs. Shimo showed up and asked the driver what he wanted.  She seemed to know nothing about the girl's ride.  However, after the driver had described the young lady, Mrs. Shimo showed him a picture of her daughter on the wall.  The daughter had died a few days before and her body had been sent to the same crematory.  The driver recognized her immediately and became fatally ill."