December 30, 2022
Ever have one of those days when you piss off a seal, then it goes and finds an octopus to slap you in the face?
August 25, 2022
Steak Knives & Spirits
For decades, unexpecting guests with reservations at the Keg Mansion, a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, have found their expensive dinner dates often interrupted by a sudden chill in the air– goosebumps prickling across their skin as the unsettling feeling of being watched by more than just their waiter takes hold. For some, a meal in this historic Torontonian building becomes hard to enjoy when the restless ghosts and spirits inside decide to invite themselves to dinner.
Once known as Euclid Hall, the Keg Mansion is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto but it wasn’t always a place that you could make Friday night reservations for: it was once a family home.
It would seem that the family has never left.
August 23, 2022
A Boulder Endeavor
Amongst the sprawling Last Chance mountain range and the hiking trails of the Cottonwood in Death Valley is a dry lakebed known as the Racetrack. This stretch of desert domain grows no vegetarian yet folks often venture out to witness the ongoing races that have given the area its name.
No need to start your engines. You can leave your four wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles parked in the driveway; the contestants here require no automotive assistance as they sail about the track. The vehicles? A motley crew of hundreds of stones and boulders (some as heavy as 320 kilograms or 700 pounds) that seemingly move about the flattened desert region all on their own, leaving a trail of dust and dirt behind them.
They are known as the sailing stones of death valley
August 18, 2022
One of the first questions that often arises when planning a vacation or a work trip is: where are we going to stay? A themed vacation rental? A towering hotel with a rooftop pool? Maybe a roadside motel, but some are a little too reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to actually provide a good night’s sleep…
If you’re heading to Dallas, Texas, the Adolphus Hotel might be one of your options. Its doors have been open to guests for over a century, with celebrities, former presidents, and even the Queen herself having spent a night or two under its roof. But despite all the glitz and glamour, there’s a dark and eerie history that starts right in the lobby.
Would you spend the night in the haunted halls of the Adolphus?
August 17, 2022
Dear New Owner
Imagine someone handing you the keys to your dream home; a beautiful house in an idyllic little neighbourhood that you’ve just spent 1.3 million dollars on. You’re excited to move in, to bring your children, and to start the next chapter of your life amongst the other families on the street. Sure, there’s a few touch ups to be done but it’s nothing a few contractors and some helpful hands can’t take care of. Soon enough it’ll be the perfect home.
But then a letter arrives in your mailbox, unaddressed and unsettling.
“Dearest new neighbor at 657 Boulevard. Allow me to welcome you to the neighborhood.”
August 17, 2022
Edison’s Spirit Phone
Following the First World War, spiritualism and the study of the afterlife saw a surge in popularity as desperate families searched for ways to hold onto those taken from them. The war had left people with a sense of uncertainty and a fear of the future. It made sense that many turned to those who claimed they could reach a world beyond— and even make contact with the loved ones they had lost. Mediums and mystics emerged at all corners of society, offering to commune with the deceased. For a price, of course.
Amongst those attempting this contact with those no longer living, emerged a man of science, someone you might’ve not expected to be associated with the study of the afterlife. Phonographs and lightbulbs sure, but what in the world did Thomas Edison have to do with the dead?
June 27, 2022
It’s a common fear to be afraid of the unknown, of things that catch us by surprise. Many of us are hypervigilant in areas that we are unfamiliar with, casting glances around corners, being mindful of what could lurk in the shadows, and jumping at the sound of something as mundane as a creaky floorboard. It’s human nature to be cautious; but what if we told you that danger was sometimes even closer than that? What if sometimes the threat of danger came at the hands of… well, yourself?
An odd phenomenon has led to many self-inflicted attacks, as the hand strikes out against its owner, acting with a mind of its own. Those who have experienced this tend to explain that it was all beyond their control; that something else had taken command of the harmful limb. At the center of this, is a medical condition linked to the brain and a feeling that one’s hand is no longer their own.
What is this ailment and how else does it manifest?
July 15, 2022
Magic, Madness or Bread?
The Middle Ages were known for a variety of things: gothic architecture, chivalrous knights (and not-so-chivalrous ones), grand castles and cathedrals... and a veritable smorgasbord of terrible endemic illnesses.
You're likely familiar with the infamous bubonic plague or Black Death, which killed 1/3 of all Europeans, and possibly also with more quotidian illnesses like syphilis and cholera. However, there is a lesser-known ailment that is much weirder. An illness that caused extreme convulsions and paranoia and religious delusions, and is caused by eating contaminated grain.
Why was rye so dangerous?
July 14, 2022
July 11, 2022
A fictional location that appears in one of HP Lovecraft's stories — and remarkably, there is an almost identical real life location — is the description of the very megalithic and classic ruins appearing in his story "The Moon-Bog." Although the story takes place in the fictional setting of Kilderry, within "The Moon-Bog" Lovecraft describes an Irish landscape where a Greek temple is built upon an ancient megalithic structure. Remarkably, such a place really does exist in Ireland and is hardly known of, even in Ireland.
July 9, 2022
The Horror of Dyatlov Pass
Kholat Syakhl is in one of the most desolate mountain ranges in the world. In Russian, it's called "Dead Peak". Not far from the Arctic Circle, it's a lonely, windswept crag - which makes it a beacon for daring backcountry hikers who want the ultimate challenge.
And so, in 1959, a small group of Soviet hikers led by Igor Dyatlov set out with fanfare on a never-attempted hike across the brutal landscape.
They never reached their destination.
Two weeks after the hikers went missing, their bodies were found strewn about their camp. But they didn't seem to be lost. They hadn't frozen to death. Many of them were only half-dressed, in fact -