William Blake is justifiably considered to be among the greatest of England's poets and artists. His place in the books of art history is assured despite his general disengagement from any definable movement, except perhaps romanticism, to which he belonged in spirit more than in form. Blake was professionally an engraver and acquired little acclaim for his work in his … [Read more...]
Myth & Legend
Browse articles relating to folklore, myths, and legends below.
According to local legend, in the small town of Hellam, PA - the name means "Hell Town" because there's a sulfur pit on the town's outskirts - you'll find the Seven Gates of Hell. If you pick up the Weird Pennsylvania book, you can read more about this local legend. Rumor had it that if you were to walk though each of these seven gates in order, you'd go straight to hell, … [Read more...]
A reader asks I am an English Lit. grad. student and have long been interested in the portrayal of the Devil in literature. I am considering proposing an independent study that addresses the different ways Satan has been depicted in works from various centuries and countries. Aside from, say, Milton, Dante, Marlowe and Goethe, can you point me towards some other works that … [Read more...]
Malaysian's TheStar.com.my has a list of Malaysian ghosts with brief descriptions. Pontianak or kuntilanak - A type of vampire in Malay folklore. Langsuir - A version of pontianak but said to be the deadliest banshee in Malay folklore. Manananggal - The spirit of an older, beautiful woman capable of severing its upper torso to fly into the night with huge bat wings … [Read more...]
Paranormal investigator Massimo Polidoro describes his search for the historical Dracula for a Discovery Channel Europe tv show over at lifescience.com. If you've read anything about Dracula, you've probably heard the name Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler associated with him. But while there are a few similarities, there's a good chance that Bram Stoker didn't know much about … [Read more...]