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cratemonster3 Monster of the Week: Fluffy the Crate Dweller

My colleague Dr. Anton Jessup knows a thing or two about dangerous artifacts in university basements. He can tell you that crates from doomed Arctic exhibitions are probably best left alone. Who knows what monstrosities they contain? Why, monstrosities such

mocksuns-feature Cosmic Canvas: Mock Suns Over England

Here’s some cosmic canvas for your Monday: astronomical illustrator Charles F Blunt’s 1845 painting of parhelia observed in England back in 1698. Parhelia are known by a number of names (such as sun dogs, mock suns and phantom suns) and

spacecrazy-feature 5 Ways Space Can Drive You Insane

Venture into the madness of the yawning void… Read more ›

goyahegoat-feature Art Spotlight: The Witches of Francisco Goya

As we’re sharing our witchcraft episodes “What’s in a witch’s brew?” and “Hammer of the Witches,” I thought we might stop to consider the exploration of witchcraft in the paintings of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828). At

mummyembalm-feature A True Story of Mummies and European Ghouls

The ancient Egyptians were a very alien people in many ways. Even in their own time, the complexities of Egyptian cosmology failed to travel well. Modern minds have even more difficulty with it, but science fiction provides an interesting way

phantasm1-feature Monster of the Week: The Tall Man (‘Phantasm’)

At first glance, the Tall Man might not seem all that monstrous at all.  After all, he’s just an unnaturally tall mortician with a penchant for processing human corpses into undead slave labor. Live and let live, right? But the

creepypasta-feature Trigger Warnings, the Internet and Mass Hysteria

We recently published a podcast episode about trypophobia, an Internet meme-powered visceral reaction of unease or revulsion to clustered holes — particularly when Photoshopped onto the human body. Our cover art for the episode included just such an image, which

waxkiller1-feature Monster of the Week: The Mordbid Wax Sculptor

Wax has always been a suspect medium. Here in the natural world, it has long played a crucial role in anatomical depictions of soft tissue and organs. From the Renaissance onward, mouleurs captured every detail of diseased flesh to serve

beelarva-feature Trypophobia Gallery of Pre-Existing Things

Do these clustered holes fill you with dread? Read more ›

halloweenpumpkin-feature Halloween III: Witchcraft, Androids and Great Synth

So I finally got around to watching 1981′s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” in large part because John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s original soundtrack is so incredibly good. Seriously, this OST follows Carpenter and Howarth’s already exceptional collaborations on

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