Occult

Where Do Urban Legends Come From?

Where Do Urban Legends Come From?

From Bloody Mary to Slender Man, urban legends are modern-day tales of monsters and mayhem that just won’t die. Young people trade them at slumber parties, summer camps, internet message boards, and college dorm rooms. They inspire Hollywood, too, reinforcing the legends even more. But how do they start? And …

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Looking Back at the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s

Looking Back at the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s

During the 1980s, Americans absolutely lost their minds–and not just over legwarmers and acid-washed denim. The so-called Satanic Panic swept the nation with lurid tabloid stories of ritual abuse and repressed memories. What really happened? And why were so many people convinced that satanic cults were running rampant in the …

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Killer Cults, Zombies, and Satanic Soldiers

Killer Cults, Zombies, and Satanic Soldiers

What a month it’s been, my friends. As we draw a line under July 2020, I’ve got one thing on my mind: killer cults. Two news stories this month demonstrated what happens when dangerous occult beliefs collide with cold-blooded killers. Here’s what happened. Idaho Cult Mom Believed Kids Were ‘Zombies’ …

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Bizarre Occult Obsession

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Bizarre Occult Obsession

How is it possible that the creator of the most famous rational mind in all of literature also believed in ghosts, fairies, and ancient Egyptian curses? Sherlock Holmes debunked supernatural phenomenon, such as the legend of the spectral beast in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Yet Conan Doyle was an …

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Iconic Good Witches from Movies and Television

Iconic Good Witches from Movies and Television

We’ve come a long way from the cackling, green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West! Once limited to villains–and ugly ones, too–witches have gradually gotten a makeover in the last 30 years. Perhaps that change has something to do with the rise of real-life pagan and Wiccan practitioners. More people than …

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