Category Archives: Urban Legends

The Art of the Infernal Deal

I can’t say I totally buy the trope of deals with the Devil. If you actually believe in Satan, you presumably also believe in all the Heaven and Hell stuff, and is there any case where being tortured eternally is … Continue reading

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Mythed Opportunities

Myth-ion Improbable, by Robert Asprin – This was Asprin’s return to this series after a break of eight years due to trouble with the IRS. And I haven’t read any of the books in the series in a few years, … Continue reading

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Toilet Terrors

There was a link on Twitter to this article on ghosts that haunt Japanese bathrooms, and I thought that might be a topic worth addressing myself. Bathrooms can be pretty scary places anyway, but usually the fear is more that … Continue reading

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Black Dogs Matter

From looking up the Barghest, a mythical black dog that made an appearance in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, I found that there are a whole lot of ghostly black dogs in the folklore of the British Isles, as well … Continue reading

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A Case of the Mondays

I understand that the day before yesterday was Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year. Well, at least that’s what an advertising campaign from a British travel agency called Sky Travel says. There was some nonsensical equation used to … Continue reading

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Overbooked

Song of Edmon, by Adam Burch – I was able to get the Kindle version of this book for free, and found it worth reading. The first novel by Burch, who’s otherwise a classically trained but not particularly well-known actor, … Continue reading

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Jumping Jack Flash

I’d heard the name of Spring-Heeled Jack before. He was a character in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and someone put the Morrissey song “Spring-Heeled Jim” on a mix tape for me back when I was in college. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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