Hearses from Hell

Residents of Hell, Michigan will proudly host Hellfest 2012, which includes the Nightmare Cruise: an “all hearse car show and parade” that takes place every year.

Hell, which as it turns out is just 45 miles west of Detroit, hopes this year they will take back the world record for number of hearses gathered at once . They set the record in 2011 but earlier in August of 2012 a group of funeral directors in the Netherlands set the new world record.

The parade will take place Saturday (tomorrow) September 15th. The hearse show begins at 10am and the parade at 4:30. It is always held the third Saturday of September.

Just Hearse N’Around,a Hell-based car club that boasts the motto “out to put the others to rest” has hosted this parade for 11 years. If you are thinking about going, they will have the Casket Grill fired up but recommend you bring a cooler of your favorite drinks (it can get hot in Hell!) And if you are thinking about participating, the rules request that:  “the vehicle was purposely built and in service at one time (or currently) as an actual hearse, combo, or flower car. (Pickup trucks with coffins in the back are really cool, but they aren’t hearses.)”

Trophies for various categories will be given, including “Scariest Hearse” and the ever popular “How the Hell did it make it here?” award! You are encouraged to dress in costume. Lots of Goth, steampunk, and horror fare for sale!

Last year, the parade was filmed and several members interviewed for the forthcoming movie (October 2012) Hellbound.  For more information, go to www.hellboundthemovie.com

Did you ever think?



Chili Cook-Off

A funeral parlor in Pittsfield, Massachusetts goes to great lengths to keep business alive. The Devanny-Condron Funeral Home hopes that events such as a chili cook-off, a murder mystery show, an art walk and monthly birthday cakes at the Pittsfield Senior Center will serve as a reminder to folks that the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home is more than just a place to prepare your loved ones for burial. It is an important part of the community.

And ever wonder what happens to coffins that don’t make it six feet under? One company has created furniture that is truly to die for. They don’t come cheap, but you could make your friends jealous with a couch that would rival anything Elivra reclines in!


Coast to Coast Ghosts and Hosts

Now that it is just past midnight I am wired from having talked to the venerable George Noory on Coast to Coast.  So many amazing callers stories too. What a great way to kick off October.

A favorite freaky story that comes to mind after hearing a caller talk about “a dead man in the trunk” is the tale of the widow in Brazil. She was riding in the hearse when a rear end collision on the way to the cemetery caused the coffin to fly forward, striking the woman in the back of the head, and killing her instantly. Eternal love from beyond the grave? Simply a sad or strange coincidence? definitely bizarre.