Without question, one of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century, Edgar Allan Poe was the first author to attempt to make a real professional living out of writing. Most of Poe's work was inspired by the events that happened around him and to him throughout his life. During his career, he was a pioneer of the science fiction genre due to his … [Read more...] about The Gothic Literary Pioneer: Edgar Allan Poe
Murder of 8 People June 11, 1912 is a day in history that will never be forgotten. On this day, an innocent group of eight people were brutally bludgeoned to death in their sleep with no clear motive or murderer. A family of six and two friends of the children's were staying in the home the night of the 10th after returning from church at 9:45-10 p.m. Similar to many … [Read more...] about Urban Legends – Unsolved Axe Murders lead to Haunted House in Villisca, Iowa
Built in the 1800s, the Oregon State Hospital has a reportedly insidious past that went on for years. Once an insane asylum, it is said that terrible malpractice occurred within its walls and that it had a secret tunnel that connected the buildings which shrouded these terrible experiments that were rumored to have been conducted on its patients. Today, part of the hospital has … [Read more...] about The Gruesome History of the State Hospital in Salem, OR
Urban Legends: The Curse of Lafayette I looked up at the loft in my father’s study, my eyes burned from a lack of sleep, but if I was ever going to get broken in to some of the insane notions that my father spoke about the night before this was how I should do it. I felt his hand grasp my shoulder and the kiss he gave me on the back of my head, as he encouraged me to do the … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 02 – The Burden of a Witch’s Son
The Tale of the Weeping Woman is an ultimately tragic one, but because of this grim tale, her story has been told as a bedtime story and over a campfire as a means of entertainment for over a hundred years—this legend is known most often as La Llorona, the weeping woman, and the wailing woman. This grieving woman’s story has changed from family to family, as well as with … [Read more...] about Why Does the Weeping Woman Weep?