Category Archives: Urban Legends

Nobody Ever Suspects the Butterfly

Picture by Carsten Witte In this post about a Chinese drama, there’s a mention of butterfly demons, and some possibilities as to how this links to mythology. Butterflies are apparently considered manifestations of the soul in Greek, Chinese, and Japanese culture. … Continue reading

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Snally Boy

I noticed that one of the other monsters described in William Cox’s Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, the same book as the Squonk, is the Snoligoster. (WARNING: The passage is pretty racist.) That’s a name I thought I knew, but … Continue reading

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Listening Backward

One thing I was reminded of in response to my recent post on Satanic panic was that there were some people who genuinely did do horrible things due to what they thought were messages from the Devil or some other … Continue reading

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We Need to Talk About Reg

Here are my thoughts on a few movies I’ve seen recently. We really haven’t been making the most of our Netflix account as of late. They seem to be de-emphasizing movie distribution in favor of the creation of original content … Continue reading

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The Most Horrific Time of the Year

Here are some thoughts on the horror and horror-adjacent movies that Beth and I watched this month. Halloween in a Box – This documentary is about the cheap costumes that came in what looked like pie boxes, made by Ben … Continue reading

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Templar Insanity

It was Friday the Thirteenth yesterday, and September 11th two days before that, so it hasn’t been a great week in terms of luck, I suppose. No one seems to be entirely sure WHY Friday the Thirteenth is unlucky. The … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need a Rationale to Sing the Internationale

They Might Be Giants, My Murdered Remains – Even though TMBG’s albums tend to have a lot of songs, there are also quite a few they record that don’t make the cut, many of which are still quite good or … Continue reading

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¿Donde Estan Mis Hijos?

La Llorona, most literally “The Crier,” but more often translated as the Weeping or Wailing Woman, is one of the most famous Mexican ghosts, but as with most folklore, there are several different versions of her story. What’s consistent is … Continue reading

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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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