Sabine Baring Gould, Father of Werewolf Lit?

Believes in werewolves.

Believes in werewolves.

Sabine Baring-Gould was an eclectic man. Born in England in 1834, he is best known for the hymns he composed, among them the infamous “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” He was married for nearly 50 years and fathered 15 children. He was a collector of stories and folk songs as well as an accomplished novelist, and was known to write while standing. He spent years collecting folklore of werewolves which eventually resulted in , The Book of Werewolves, which was published in 1865 and is still one of the largest studies of werewolf lore to this day. He died in 1924 and was buried next to his wife.

 

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Ghost Chronicles, Tonight!

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Join me and the lovely hosts of Ghost Chronicles, Ron Kolek and Anne Kerrigan. Tune in live tonight at 7 p.m. EST to hear some bewitching banter and a few good ghostly tales!

click HERE to listen

Stay strange!

 

photo by Shannon Landers via flickr

Watch Him Saw Me In Half: Interview with Joe Diamond, LIVE, Tonight, June 12

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What happens when you get a magician, a live radio show and one very excitable freaky chick together, all by the light of the moon? You get Joe Diamond’s interview with me, live, tonight. SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, 8-10 PM CST. (THAT’S, 6-8 PM PST OR 9-11PM EST. I don’t know what time it is in Australia.) And no, he won’t actually be attempting to saw me in half, nor will he put me in restraints (too, too bad!) but I promise you we will have a delightful romp through the world of the strange. Please join us!

You can listen live via this link:

UnRealRadio

or this one:

WLIP

(Kenosha, Wisconsin)

Come howl beneath a Great Lakes half moon tonight!

 

 

The Paradelphia Story: Tuesday, May 17

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I’ll just dive right in here: I’m so excited to announce I’ve finally booked a date with Rick Prewitt and the crew at Paradelphia. We’ll be talking about mermaids and other wild and dangerous creatures that dwell upon slimy rocks and forested caverns. Join us!

TUESDAY, MAY 17

8:30 PM EST

Click here to listen live on Wildfire Radio.

 

It’s Totally Okay to Space Out Saturday Night

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Spaced Out Radio is the perfect excuse to get freaky with me and the esteemed host, James Tyson THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14. 10PM-MIDNIGHT PST.

Join us as we amble along a dark and shadowy path where only the truly weird dare to tread.

So mix yourself up a little something something and get cozy.

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Image: Shannon Landers Photography via Flickr Creative Commons

Spend the Night with Me (and George Noory)

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DAHLINK. I know you thought tonight is the night you’re finally going to get to bed at a reasonable hour but you were sadly mistaken. You can’t miss tonight’s Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Why? BECAUSE I’LL BE THE GUEST.

Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to eat your gruel and pour yourself a draught of ale before I’m on. I’m the second segment so that’s MIDNIGHT to 2PM PST.

TUNE IN HERE if you are a Coast Insider (you can also listen after-the-fact as a Coast Insider).

Click HERE to find your local station and tune-in live (and call in!)

We promise to keep you very, very awake.

 

Image: CreepyPasta 

What Happens When You Crawl Out From Under a Rock: Beyond Reality Radio

I’m baaaack. I’ve been hiding in the darkest and most wonderfully terrifying of places but more on that later. Let’s celebrate together. Pour yourself a large glass of something that burns going down and tune in to Beyond Reality Radio this Monday, April 11, at 9 p.m.-midnight EST.

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Co-hosted by hosted by Jason Hawes (TAPS/Ghost Hunters, awesome dad, badass, author) and JV Johnson (promoter and organizer of SCARE-A-CON and publisher/editor of TAPS ParaMagazine & The Horrophile, all around insanely cool guy) that should be enough for you to tune in. But if it isn’t then think of me, dear ones. How wretchedly distraught I will be if you can’t join.

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What Big Eyes You Have: Werewolves

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It seems that unlike the mindless zombie or the ancient mummy, or event the licentious vampire, we don’t fear the werewolf so much as feel sorry for the werewolf. It is a wild beast caught in a trap. We worry for him, we wish it could be another way. We don’t want to become werewolves the way we want super powers or immortality. We want the werewolf to be free of the curse that binds him. Free to be either beast or man, not tragically stuck being both.

Here are a few interesting facts about werewolves you may not know:

  • Werewolves are not always mean: In medieval romances, such as Guillaume de Palerme, the werewolf is not the terrifying creature of more modern tales, but rather benign, appearing more like a victim and less like the enemy. (True also of Harold in Eugene Field’s story).
  • Werewolves are not always male: The 1588 story from the mountains of Auvergne tells the tale of a she-wolf whose paw was cut off by a hunter. When he opened the bag where he had placed his prized paw he discovered instead a woman’s hand. It didn’t take long to figure out who was missing the hand (a nobleman’s wife) and she was burnt at the stake. That’s one way to end a marriage…
  • Werewolves are not always wolves: Were-creatures can be in the form of many beasts. In variations of lore from around the world we find examples of were-cats, were-sharks, were-bears, and even a were-dolphin.
  • Werewolves are not always fictional: There is a rare but very real disease now called clinical lycanthropy. Those diagnosed believe themselves to able to transform into a non-human animal, specifically a wolf.

For those of you who aren’t such fans of the werewolf you will want to avoid the darkest of woods at night, especially any woods that looks much like the one described above—full of ravens, vampires, and serpents—and you should never, ever go out on a full moon. You may fare well, as the heroine of our story does, but to hedge your bets you might want to keep a little satchel with you full of silver bullets (you’ll need a gun to fire them) on hand, or a silver dagger if you can’t get a gun. If you are a dead-mark a bow and arrow might do, but it is very risky. Oh, and make sure to stock up on wolfsbane. It will ward off wolves but it can also be an antidote to wolf bite, if taken within a few hours of contact.

Check out my book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night. 

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Photo: James Finister via flickr

Book cover by James Warner, copyright Weiser Books 

 

The “CALL OF CTHULHU” Cocktail

Can I get a hell yeah?

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Call of Cthulhu: A Cocktail

By Peggy Nadramia and Joe Netherworld

Since the beginning of our association in the Cocktail Lab, we have discussed our mutual desire to create a libation evoking the essence of the slumbering horror that is Cthulhu, the cosmic Old One first brought to the consciousness of man by New England author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But it couldn’t happen until the stars were right, and we had received the Elder Sign. The time has come.

The Cocktail Vultures have been pleasing your palate for awhile now, but all is not fun and games here at the Lab. Last night we were possessed with an irresistible frenzy to mix, to mix well, and to taste a drink both powerful and beguiling. We have found it.

The short story “Call of Cthulhu” first appeared in 1928, in an issue of Weird Tales, the pulp magazine familiar to every…

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What Are You Doing RIGHT Now? Get Thee to a Listening Device

Paratruth Radio Show, tonight at 8pm EST/5 pm PST. Me, a couple of freaky hosts, and a whole lot of banshees. And probably a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf or two.

Listen here:

PARATRUTH RADIO LIVE NOW!!

T-minus 20 minutes or so. old-radio