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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Match the Phobia

Match the letter of the phobia with the number of its' definition. Answers will be revealed on Monday.

Phobias

A. Wiccaphobia
B. Noctiphobia
C. Necrophobia
D. Stygiophobia
E. Satanophobia
F. Demonophobia
G. Triskaidekaphobia
H. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
I. Phasmophobia
J. Placophobia


Definitions

1. Fear of demons
2. Fear of the number 13
3. Fear of Satan
4. Fear of tombstones
5. Fear of witches and witchcraft
6. Fear of the number 666
7. Fear of the night
8. Fear of ghosts
9. Fear of death or dead things
10. Fear of Hell

ANSWERS: A-5, B-7, C-9, D-10, E-3, F-1, G-2, H-6, I-8, J-4

Did Ya Know Friday

Some interesting facts:

1. Can witches fly? Medieval witches believed flight was possible with the aid of ointments rubbed on their skin. Practitioners rubbed their bodies with creams made from nightshade and mandrake, which, when absorbed through the skin, created a hallucinogenic effect. This produced the desired sensation of riding on a broomstick across the night sky, helping foster the legend that witches can, indeed, fly.

2. In the summer of 1692, residents of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, became convinced that an army of mysterious strangers had them under siege. They suspected that this "army" was French-Canadians allied with hostile Indians, and gunfire was exchanged. When the colonists went to view the bodies, there was not evidence of them. The strangers were accused of beating on barns and throwing stones, among other things. After the episode had run its course, a clergyman/witch hunter by the name of Cotton Mather speculated that the invaders had been demons.

3. Is it true that a town in Pennsylvania has had a fire burning underneath it for forty years? Yes. Centralia, Pennsylvania, located in the anthracite mining region of Pennsylvania, has been burning underground since May 1962. Attempts over the years to douse the fire in the coal mine under the town have been unsuccessful and the population of 1,100 residents has dwindled to fifteen.

4. In Greek mythology, the laurel was a tree with magical properties. According to myth, Daphne transformed herself into a laurel, which made the tree sacred to Apollo. The leaves of the laurel were chewed by the Delphic Oracle to induce visionary powers of prophecy. Sprigs of laurel were also hung over doorways to chase ghosts away from Greek homes. In addition, the smoke of burning laurel leaves was considered a health benefit. The unwell inhaled the fumes with the hope that their illness would vanish.

5. In late seventeenth-century England, belief in fairies was still widespread. So much so, in fact, that one Mrs. Parish persuaded Goodwin Wharton, for a decent sum of money, that she had arranged a marriage between him and the Queen of Fairies. For some reason, though, every time Mr. Wharton was supposed to meet his bride-to-be, the meeting was put off. One time, for example, he was "asleep" when he was supposed to meet the Queen. Mrs. Parish's swindle went on for a decade.

6. French researchers say that there are early indications that the north and south magnetic poles might change places! According to Gauthier Hulot of the Institute of Earth Sciences in Paris, the last such reversal took place 780,000 years ago. Now, data from an orbiting satellite indicates that a similar shift may be happening. If the rate of change continues at the present pace, the north and south magnetic poles will flip-flop in 2,000 years. Will North Become South?

7. According to occult belief, an etheric projection is a white, cloud-like replica of an individual's physical body, similar to a ghost or apparition. This etheric projection can be sent a great distance, allowing the psychic to visit absent friends or loved ones. When the etheric body is absent, the physical body lapses into a deep trance state, resembling death. Yet, while the psychic's body retains a heartbeat and a pulse, her "personality" is many miles away, observing the people who are dear to her heart.

8. In 1983, a Mrs. Carson of Lake Kushaqua, N.Y., was laid out in her coffin, presumed dead of heart disease. As mourners watched, she suddenly sat up. Her daughter dropped dead of fright.

9. Novia Scotia's most haunted locale is the Sackville-Beaver Bank region, says Darryll Walsh, an expert on ghostly happenings in Canada. Reported sightings include the Cobequid railway ghost, considered to be the wife of a man killed more than a century ago, as well as a friendly ghost who haunts the basement of a school in Waverley. In addition, there are several new reports of mysterious glowing lights at an abandoned military base in the area and frequent observations of a ghost wandering lonely Beaver Bank Road.

10. In east Africa, soccer teams hire witchdoctors to ensure their success. Known as "jujumen," these soothsaying specialists use a variety of magical rituals to create successful outcomes for their teams. In fact, witchcraft is considered part of the team's mental preparation for a game; just knowing that a jujuman is using divine powers helps team members relax. Typical witchcraft prescriptions include avoiding females first thing in the morning and leaving soccer balls on a grave during the night before a big game.

Source - WinterSteel: Paranormal Information, Stories of the Unexplained

GS Question of the Week

First things first. The new season of Ghost Hunters begins on October 11th. Mark your calendars.

Now on to this week's question:

On a Salt Lake City woman by the name of Lily Gray's grave marker are the words "Victim of the Beast 666". This phrase has stirred up quite a few questions as to its true meaning which is yet to be answered. If you could have any phrase on your tombstone which would only be significant to you and no one else, what phrase would you choose?

My Answer: When I posted this question, I had no idea what my answer was going to be and I still don't. I envy those who have significant sayings or gestures. It's proof of a special bond.

Miss Horror Fest 2006

I saw a commercial on the Fuse channel for this. After Dark Films is looking for the next "Queen of Scream". Miss Horrorfest is the public face of Horrorfest, a weekend of never-before-seen terrifying films played exclusively in 500 theaters across the United States.

You get $50,000 cash, a crown, a costume, and the pampered position of being the Queen of Horror for a year. This involves luxury travel, TV appearances, radio shows and seeing your face on posters and billboards around the country. “Miss Horror Fest” will be named on Halloween, October 31st, Miss Horror Fest will be crowned at the New York City Halloween Parade outside of the Fuse Headquarters across from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

HOW TO ENTER:

There are two ways to enter. You can send between September 8th and October 8th a 60-second or less video clip of yourself as Miss HorrorFest and upload it at: http://www.youtube.com/horrorfest. Or you can show up for a live audition from September 23rd to 29th in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami and Dallas. You must be a legal resident of the US and 18 years of age or older.

For complete contest rules go to: http://www.liquidgaming.net/horrorfest/horrorfest.

Don't miss the Chainsaw/Fangoria Awards on the Fuse Network which is set to air on October 22nd. Finalists will be given a chance to appeal to the live audience, including celebrities and industry insiders, as to why she is the best choice to be "Miss HorrorFest".

The Livingston Wizard

In 1794, a stranger appeared at the door of the Adam Livingston farm in Middleway, West Virginia, asking for shelter. The family happily took him in and fed him, but late that night, Adam Livingston heard strange gasping sounds and wheezing. The stranger was coughing violently and was barely able to ask the good samaritans for a priest. He knew then that the man was dying.

Being a Lutheran, he knew of no priest and vowed one would never grace their property. Later that night, the stranger died and Livingston and some neighbors buried him on a corner of the property the next morning. A small cross was erected at the grave. The bizarre events began just hours later.

The story of the haunting gained fame in the area and the ghost became known as "The Livingston Wizard". The curious came to see the wizard perform its strange magic. Dishes fell out of cabinets and broke on the floor, fires and lanterns went out with no one near them, things flew about the house by their own power, money vanished, livestock disappeared and died and strange screams and bells were heard around the farm. One afternoon. Livingston saw a man stopped in the road with a wagon. The teamster demanded that Livingston remove the rope that was stretched across the roadway. When he said there was no rope, the driver angrily slashed at it with his knife.... but the blade passed through nothing. Another wagon came along at the same time and this driver also saw the rope but he couldn't cut it either. Finally Livingston convinced them to move on.

A short time later, the strange events took another turn. Day and night, the family heard the sound of cutting shears in the house, snipping constantly with an irritating metallic sound. Items around the house began to be mysteriously cut apart... clothing, blankets, saddles, shoes, boots, anything that could be cut was scissored into odd spiral shapes. A visitor to the house wrapped her good silk cap in a handkerchief before entering the house. When she left, she opened the handkerchief and discovered that the cap had been cut into ribbons... but the handkerchief had never been touched. Another visitor, a tailor from Middleway, planned to expose the stories as a fraud. He walked to the house, carrying a suit that was wrapped in a paper bundle under his arm. He heard the sound of the shears, but saw nothing. When he unwrapped the untouched paper, he found that the suit inside had been sliced into pieces.

After being plagued by the events for years, the family implored their minister to perform an exorcism. The Lutheran pastor, Episcopalian minister and three Methodists failed. One night, Livingston dreamed of a man whom a voice said could help him. He was a Catholic priest named Father Dennis Cahill. Some friends in Shepherdstown helped to track the man down and he came to the Livingston farm.

Father Cahill blessed the house with holy water and as he turned to leave, a satchel of money that had been missing for over a year suddenly appeared and fell onto the doorstep. It all appeared to be over at last.... but it wasn't. The manifestations soon began again.

By this time, the story had spread as far as Baltimore and the Catholic diocese there sent Father Dmitri Gallitzin to investigate. After living with the Livingston's for three months, he recommended an exorcism. Father Cahill returned to the house and the two priests, and the entire family, prayed for the spirit to leave the house. The horror was finally over. Grateful that it was over, Livingston converted to Catholicism in 1802 and deeded 40 acres of his estate to the church. In 1978, a religious retreat called Priest Field Pastoral Center was built on the land.

But is the horrific events really over? Some say it isn't. A priest who was leading a tour group of the retreat had his metal-rimmed glasses snipped in two by an unseen force and tourists who have visited the site have reported camera straps, purses, clothing, and other items have been mysteriously cut to pieces. Is it the "Livingston Wizard" or has a new spirit taken its place?

Source: Prairie Ghosts

Double Dose of Weird News



A doctor by the name of Ahmed Rashed not guilty to stealing a hand from a New Jersey medical school cadaver and giving it to an exotic dancer. Rashed, , a 2005 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, voluntarily returned from Los Angeles where he is in a residency program.

The dancer, Linda Kay, kept the hand in a jar of formaldehyde in her bedroom. Friends have said she called the hand "Freddy."

Police discovered the hand, along with six human skulls, at Kay's home in July, after being called there on a report that a roommate was suicidal. The roommate was not home, but Kay was. Kay, 31, has pleaded not guilty to unlawful disposal of human remains. Her mother has said she believed the skulls were bought from a mail order catalog.

The left hand was taken in May or June 2002, according to an investigation by the school and South Plainfield police, said Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Judson Hamlin. Medical school spokeswoman Anna Farneski said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing. The charge against Rashed carries up to 10 years in prison.

Ghost Tours in Norwich


For most people who take part in Dave Chisnell's twice-weekly ghost tours of the city not far from where 700,000-year-old evidence of human habitation was discovered last year, it is pure theatre.

"I have seen two ghosts in my life. I used to live in a haunted house in this city. I had to steel myself to come along tonight. I want to see one more. I want to be sure I am not imagining things,"Lee Goldin, a long-time resident of Norwich, said.

They are among some 50 people following caped tour leader Chisnell as he leads his group from Norwich's oldest pub -- the 750-year-old Adam and Eve -- on a winding route through the back streets of the city who's first Cathedral dates back to the Norman conquest in 1066.

A few spooky Norwich tales:

The story of Cromwell's lost army is chilling. Hunting a dissident royalist group Cromwell sent an army group into Norwich -- which is supposedly undercut with smugglers tunnels large enough to accommodate men even on horseback. They never came back. The royalists, knowing they were coming, laid wires across the tunnels and when the horses and riders finally turned the corner they lifted them -- decapitating horse and rider at the same time. Although no one has successfully explained how to commit such mass execution, it grabs the audience -- standing on this platform with the imposing cathedral behind them and on the cobble stones said to reverberate with the lost soldiers.

Perhaps the most poignant story Chisnell tells is of the Lady in Gray -- the ghost of a young girl locked up in the family house with her kin at the height of the plague in 1578 because people thought everyone inside was dead but were too scared of infection to enter. "When they opened the house a few weeks later to take the bodies out for burial they found human teeth marks on the legs of the parents and flesh in the throat of the girl -- she had choked to death trying to stay alive," Chisnell said.

Perhaps one of the most enigmatic of Norwich's ghosts is a monk -- a stage struck monk to boot.

At the theatre in Madder Market -- madder means dyer in ancient English -- an obviously stage-struck spirit monk has been regularly seen, but not by all. "At one recent staging of "Agnes of God" a group of school children of between nine and 13 came along to see it," Chisnell said. "The following day back at school they were asked to write up their experiences. 13 of the 43 said the best bit was when the monk came across the stage -- there is no monk in that play."

GS Question of the Week

What's your favorite Urban Legend?

My Answer: I guess my favorite would have to be the Lover's Lane one mainly because it is linked to a serial killer in my hometown. I know it is sad that one of things a seemingly small town's claim to fame is a 1940s killer that was never caught but it could be worse.

Haunted EBay Painting

Below is a picture of the popular Haunted Ebay Painting. Its' original title is "Hands Resist Him" and it was painted by Bill Stoneham.


Stoneham painted it in 1972. The boy is himself, the hands being other lives, and the windows/door being a thin veil between waking and dreaming with the small doll like girl being the guide through. He doesn't know how it ended up abandoned behind a brewery but he does know that the gallery owner from which the painting was displayed and sold and a Los Angeles Times review critic both ended up dead within one year after the painting was shown. Is it merely a coincidence or is the painting really haunted?

People have had several different but strange reactions upon viewing it. Some have felt ill even passed out. Others have claimed to have had strange visitors at night. Children cried in horror when looking at the pictures while others were too afraid look at it.

Do I think it is haunted? No. I think saying it is boosted its popularity and the price which it worked. The painting sold for $1,025 in February 2000.

This is the original text that accompanied the painting:

WHEN WE RECEIVED THIS PAINTING, WE THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY GOOD ART. A " PICKER " HAD FOUND IT ABANDONED BEHIND AN OLD BREWERY. AT THE TIME WE WONDERED A LITTLE WHY A SEEMINGLY PERFECTLY FINE PAINTING WOULD BE DISCARDED LIKE THAT. ( TODAY WE DON'T !!! ) ONE MORNING OUR 4 AND 1/2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CLAIMED, THAT THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURE WERE FIGHTING, AND COMING INTO THE ROOM DURING THE NIGHT. NOW, I DON'T BELIEVE IN UFOS OR ELVIS BEING ALIVE, BUT MY HUSBAND WAS ALARMED. TO MY AMUSEMENT HE SET UP A MOTION TRIGGERED CAMERA FOR THE NIGHTS. AFTER THREE NIGHTS THERE WERE PICTURES.THE LAST TWO PICTURES SHOWN ARE FROM THAT 'STAKEOUT'. AFTER SEEING THE BOY SEEMINGLY EXITING THE PAINTING UNDER THREAT, WE DECIDED, THE PAINTING HAS TO GO.PLEASE JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. --- BEFORE YOU DO, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING WARNING AND DISCLAIMER. ----WARNING: DO NOT BID ON THIS PAINTING IF YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESS RELATED DISEASE, FAINT OF HEART OR ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH SUPERNATURAL EVENTS. BY BIDDING ON THIS PAINTING, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE THE OWNERS OF ALL LIABILITY IN RELATION TO THE SALE OR ANY EVENTS HAPPENING AFTER THE SALE, THAT MIGHT BE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PAINTING. THIS PAINTING MAY OR MAY NOT POSESS SUPERNATURAL POWERS, THAT COULD IMPACT OR CHANGE YOUR LIFE. HOWEVER, BY BIDDING YOU AGREE TO EXCLUSIVELY BID ON THE VALUE OF THE ARTWORK, WITH DISREGARD TO THE LAST TWO PHOTOS FEATURED IN THIS AUCTION, AND HOLD THE OWNERS HARMLESS IN REGARD TO THEM AND THEIR IMPACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.------------ NOW THAT WE GOT THIS OUT OF THE WAY, ONE QUESTION TO YOU EBAYERS. WE WANT OUR HOUSE TO BE BLESSED AFTER THE PAINTING IS GONE, DOES ANYBODY KNOW, WHO IS QUALIFIED TO DO THAT? THE SIZE OF THE PAINTING IS 24 BY 36 INCHES, SO IT IS RATHER LARGE. AS I HAVE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS, HERE THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS. THERE WAS NO ODOR LEFT BEHIND IN THE ROOM. THERE WERE NO VOICES, OR THE SMELL OF GUNPOWDER, NO FOODPRINTS OR STRANGE FLUIDS ON THE WALL. TO DETER QUESTIONS IN THIS DIRECTION, THERE ARE NO GHOSTS IN THIS WORLD , NO SUPERNATURAL POWERS, THIS IS JUST A PAINTING, AND MOST THESE THINGS HAVE AN EXPLANATION, IN THIS CASE PROBABLY A FLUKE LIGHT EFFECT. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BID ON THE ARTWORK, AND CONSIDER THE LAST TWO PHOTOGRAPHS AS PURE ENTERTAINMENT, AND PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THEM INTO CONSIDERATION, WHEN BIDDING. AS WE THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO BLESS ANY HOUSE, WE STILL WELCOME INPUT INTO THAT PROCEDURE.

This auction is nearing the end. I want to thank the more than 13000 people that took the time to look at this image on EBay. I appreciate the more than 30 suggestions, that I received regarding blessing the house, exorcising and cleansing. 7 e-mails reported strange or irregular events taking place, when viewing this image. And I will relay two suggestions made by the senders. First not to use this image as the background on the screen, and second not to display this image around juveniles or children. Last not least, thanks for appreciating the art as well.

Source: Castle of Spirits

GS Updates

I apologize for not posting a lot. My first assignment is due in six days. So, I'm crunched for time to finish and send that in. Once I've done that, I'll have more time to post more ghostly things here. Oh, Click here if you don't know what I'm talking about.

On top of all that, my 23rd birthday is on Sunday. I wish I could say I'm looking forward to it but I'm not. I've never been much of a birthday person mostly because I've never really had a good one. The majority have been tolerable.

Anyways, I just wanted to update you on some new things at Ghost Stories. I posted a while back about setting up a forum. Well, I set up a group over at Yahoo. Feel free to join and talk about all your paranormal fascinations. A lot of the links on the sidebar will be transferred over to to there in order to free up some space. I may or may not be changing the template again. Thanks for all the nice comments on the current one. I found one a while back that I wanted but due to circumstances beyond my control I couldn't get the code for it. However that has since changed.

One thing I've noticed while doing the BlogMad thing is the Thursday Thirteen meme. From what I can tell, all you do is write thirteen things about yourself or things you like. To be honest, I don't like talking about myself no more than I have to plus I don't like doing a lot of memes but it gave me an idea. First of all, I don't know if this is going to be a weekly thing or a monthly thing or a whenever I feel like it thing but I'm shooting for monthly for now. Also, it won't be on any certain day. I'll post a notice on the forum a few days ahead of time so you can prepare.

I call it the "Ghostly Thirteen". You list thirteen paranormal related things. It could be the top thirteen haunted places you want to visit. If you have a blog similar to mine, it could be your top thirteen posts. Whatever you want, as long as it's paranormal related. I'm no good on graphics. So, if you are and would like to volunteer your time, email me at paranormal_stories2004@yahoo.com with your ideas. All credit will be given to you.


Ghostly Thirteen
13 Ghost Stories Posts

Add your link if you want to join Ghostly Thirteen.

GS Question of the Week

I want to start off by saying that today is the day to remember the 2,996 people who died as result of 9/11. I signed up for a project that gives a blogger a name of a victim and you have to write a tribute about that person. I posted mine if you would like to read it and there is a link to all the others.

I also would like to point out, if you didn't already know, that I add my answer to each week's question on Sunday. I like the opinions you all have. Keep them coming. Now on to this week's question:

Would you spend the night in a well known haunted place? Why or why not?

My Answer: I really don't know. I'm fascinated with the subject to attempt it but staying the whole night is a coin toss.

Bed Reckoning

Urban Legend: This photo was taken in a hospital after the patient was in an accident where he was responsible for a young woman's death.

It is said that when you receive this image and do not send it to at least five people, the woman will look for you during the night to collect your soul.

People in Laredo, Texas, received this image and did not send it and were killed outside a bar; it looked as if this woman killed them. Send it to five people or the woman will look for you.


Origins: First of all, I hate chain letters. Yeah, some of them are cute and/or funny but I never send any. Guess what? Nothing has ever happened to me. No dire consequences at all.

As for this legend, the killer chain letter is totally FALSE. No one was killed in Laredo, Texas as a result of not sending the letter. Actually the photo above is from a Thai horror film variously titled The Mother or The Unborn or Bangkok Haunted 2: The Unborn. The image was used as the DVD artwork for the movie. The sleeping person in the photo is not, as the e-mail would have it, a man but rather Thai actress Aranya Namwong.

Third Season of Ghost Hunters/Criss Angel

I'm sure like some of you TAPS fans have been wondering if and/or when the next season of Ghost Hunters will begin. After doing a little digging, I found an article at TV.com that confirms there will be a third season (13 new episodes) of Ghost Hunters. However, it doesn't specifically state a premiere date. It only says that it will be sometime in October. I'll keep you updated with any new developments on this.

I'd also like to inform you Criss Angel fans that on Halloween (October 31st) on the A&E channel there will be special Mindfreak episode. Criss has invited Deborah Gibson, Steve Valentine, and Three Six Mafia to the Armagosa Hotel in Death Valley for a celebrity seance. They'll spend the night proving if the living can communicate with the dead. With Criss Angel involved, you know something insane is going to happen.

GS Question of the Week

This weeks question was inspired by a post made at Sue's and Matt's Paranomoral Blog. be sure and check it out. Here's the scenario:

You're in the market to buy a new house. After seeing dozens of the ones not right for you, the realtor finally shows you the house of your dreams. It's everything you've ever wanted and is in your price range. You know when something sounds "too good to be true" that it usually is. So, you tell the realtor that you want to sleep on it and wait until she leaves to go talk to a neighbor or two. After striking out a few times, one kind neighbor and her family relay their strange experiences there. According to them, the house may be haunted. So, do you: A) Buy the house anyways despite that it might be haunted, B) Research further before making a finally decision or C) Continue looking? Why?

My Answer: For the most part, I agree with most of the answers provided. I would do more research on the house before making any finally decisions. Maybe even go a step further and track down a past resident. With some haunted houses the activity is harmless. With others it is unbearable. My decision would also weigh heavily on whether or not I have children at the time (I don't have any at the moment). I could live with it but I wouldn't put them through it.
 
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