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Encounter monsters, mermaids and mythical creatures in our exclusive preview of Matthew Meyer’s The Book of the Hakutaku

Encounter monsters, mermaids and mythical creatures in our exclusive preview of Matthew Meyer’s The Book of the Hakutaku

Goblins, shapeshifters, and vengeful ghosts don’t just materialize on Halloween in Japan. They haunt the dreams of the superstitious. They are rumored to appear in strange visions. They creep around
Mythical Goddesses Inspired by Folklore Illustrated in Surreal Settings

Mythical Goddesses Inspired by Folklore Illustrated in Surreal Settings

Based in Quezon City, Philippines, illustrator Katrina Taule creates colorful portrayals of mythical goddesses in surreal settings. Using a combination of hand-drawn and digital illustration, Taule’s
Thought-Provoking Photos Tell Deep Stories Inspired by Andrew Wyeth Paintings

Thought-Provoking Photos Tell Deep Stories Inspired by Andrew Wyeth Paintings

Award-winning fine art photographer Paul Ernest has recently curated his first photobook titled May I Tell You a Story… The collection features over 75 thought-provoking images that look like scenes
Powerful Bronze Sculptures Tell the Story of European Migrants in Search of Utopia

Powerful Bronze Sculptures Tell the Story of European Migrants in Search of Utopia

Oslo-based Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum is known for his imaginative figurative sculptures and installation art, which often explore political themes. His previous work mixes tragedy with humor,
Season's Screamings: The creepiest Christmas creatures & seasonal specters from fiction, and folklore

Season's Screamings: The creepiest Christmas creatures & seasonal specters from fiction, and folklore

Ho, ho, h’oh god, no! Along with the jolly elves and perky gingerbread men, there are also monsters in Christmastime lore, and pop culture, that should fill you with more than a stocking-full of fear.
The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons

The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons

What’s going on with all these stories about strange skeletons? From legends of the crystal skull to allegations of ancient extraterrestrial remains and giants, it seems the world is chock-full of
Um, the Mothman isn’t the only monster lurking in this state

Um, the Mothman isn’t the only monster lurking in this state

Each state may have their famous landmarks and local legends, but after learning about the Chicago “Mothman,” we’re currently more interested in…
13 Horror and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows Inspired by Urban Legends

13 Horror and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows Inspired by Urban Legends

Eerie entertainment frequently takes inspiration from urban legends, with good reason—nothing’s scarier than a fantastical tale that still feels like it just might be true. TV shows like The X-Files
13 Horror and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows Inspired by Urban Legends

13 Horror and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows Inspired by Urban Legends

Eerie entertainment frequently takes inspiration from urban legends, with good reason—nothing’s scarier than a fantastical tale that still feels like it just might be true. TV shows like The X-Files
Folktexts: How to fill your head with free folklore

Folktexts: How to fill your head with free folklore

In third grade I stole a book from the school library: The Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend.I could barely read it, but the images on its cover and what little
Syfy's Channel Zero Returns With Its Most Gruesome Season Yet: Butcher's Block

Syfy's Channel Zero Returns With Its Most Gruesome Season Yet: Butcher's Block

Tonight, Syfy’s horror anthology series Channel Zero dips back into the Creepypasta chest of frights for Butcher’s Block. The third season of the show is just as unsettling as Candle Cove and No-End

Aaron Mahnke Reveals the Real Reason Everyone Loves ‘Lore’

It's like looking in a mirror. These are just the ways our predecessors coped with the foreign, unexplainable, or things that they feared. By making up stories.
Folklore generator

Folklore generator

Andy Purviance's Purviance.com/myths generates (and beautifully presents) snippets of folklore: perfect for forming story ideas or oblique strategies.Some I got:Pursuit of game leads to upper
Mystery of The Giant's Causeway in Ireland has been unlocked

Mystery of The Giant's Causeway in Ireland has been unlocked

Time for a bit of folklore.Benandonner was a giant from Scotland. He was something of a tool and constantly threatened to lay a beating on Ireland. Fionn mac Cumhaill was a giant too. He resided in

Bone & Sickle, a new macabre podcast by Al Ridenour

Krampus LA co-founder (and occasional BB guest blogger) Al Ridenour is taking a stab at podcasting with Bone & Sickle, a show that "celebrates the intertwining of horror and folklore." :Like my
Photoshop Expert Visualizes a World Where Giant Animals Roam the Land

Photoshop Expert Visualizes a World Where Giant Animals Roam the Land

While many would have only heard tales of human giants from folklore, Toronto-based photographer and Photoshop artist Mani visualizes a world where gargantuan animals roam the land. His growing

LA’s Bizarre Museum of Jurassic Technology Celebrates 30 Years—It’s Time You Visit

An exhibit on soviet astronaut dogs shares attention with a display about how bedwetting can be cured by eating mice.
A Miraculous Field Recording: The Guitar Playing of Joseph Spence

A Miraculous Field Recording: The Guitar Playing of Joseph Spence

Amanda Petrusich writes on Joseph Spence, the Bahamian guitarist, and the recordings of his playing made by the folklorists Samuel Charters and Ann Danberg, for Folkways Records, in 1958.
Giant Wooden Trolls Make Mischief in an Enchanting Outdoor Museum

Giant Wooden Trolls Make Mischief in an Enchanting Outdoor Museum

Over the summer, the Morton Arboretum in northern Illinois welcomed some peculiar new guests: a whimsical tribe of wooden trolls. Crafted by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, these mythical creatures are
Jenny Greenteeth: Horror at the Water’s Edge

Jenny Greenteeth: Horror at the Water’s Edge

According to certain English folktales, a vile creature lurks in the slime-caked dark of local ponds. When little ones wander too close to shore, she lashes out to drown them in her slippery embrace.