From The Shining to Psycho, many of the most iconic horror films of all time are based in hotels - and for good reason. Hundreds of people have stayed there over the decades, and each room has its own history and charm. Of course, sometimes the hauntings are a bit closer to home, such as the Benson Hotel. As one of the most iconic hotels in Portland, the Benson Hotel … [Read more...] about Happy Haunts Materialize at The Benson Hotel
Paranormal Horror Mystery, History and Lore
From the time we are children, we are taught to fear the dark. Thanks to cultural influences like media and religion, we are raised to question what lies beyond. A world of spirits, demons, entities and the odd helpful and possibly friendly ghost or apparition.
From urban legends that won’t die (even if their victims did) to ancient practices, mythology and more. Paranormal mysteries and lore help us understand the subcultures that exist and investigate where some of our deepest, darkest fears and terrors come from. What lies beyond our normal senses, in a plane of existence that science can neither explain nor completely debunk?
Our journalists at Puzzle Box Horror report on a variety of horror and paranormal topics. From haunted houses and artifacts that have influence over their residents and owners, to entities with a reputation for creating fear, chaos and sometimes injury. We’re curating bone chilling history, witchcraft and all things that ‘go bump in the night’.
What is behind the rise in Exorcism rites in the United States? How crazy is it that Dybbuk boxes were a trending gift item on eBay? Puzzle Box Horror is where the really scary stories begin, as we search the world for some of the most interesting and terrifying stories, legends and lore that will keep you up at night.
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In antiquity, the distinction was made between “white,” and “black,” magic (excuse the quotes, those terms are the most recognizable, although I personally reject the concept of colors in magic). In The Book of Black Magic and Pacts, we’re told that, “Esoteric Medicine, which consisted in the application of occult forces to the healing of disease in man, and included a … [Read more...] about Hexing, Cursing, and Crossing: The Truth Behind Baneful Magic
On Russell Street, the White Eagle Saloon has been serving drinks to the community of Portland since 1905. Today, the building stands a regular hot spot on the Eastside of Portland for musicians and travelers alike. Notably marked on the National Register of Historic Places, the building has acquired a set of ghost stories and tales that expands over a century. Polish … [Read more...] about History and Haunting of The White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR
History of Possession and the Church On the topic of possessions, it is widely believed that a person’s mind and soul can be possessed by spirits, whether by man, demon, or god. Prior to the biblical explanation of possession, in ancient Greece, the pagans put an emphasis on the belief that the gods would interfere with their daily lives. Their idea of possession was when a … [Read more...] about History of Demons, Possessions, Exorcisms, and the Films They Inspire
Horror Culture Most of popular horror culture will convince the easily misled that talking boards, specifically Ouija boards, are tools of evil. Movies like The Exorcist (1973) and Witchboard (1986) have painted a fairly devious portrait of talking boards, which previously held a sociable reputation. Prior to its debut in such classic horror movies, it was regarded as a … [Read more...] about History of the Ouija Board: From the Civil War to The Exorcist