Monday, May 20, 2019

The Roots of Wewoka Cemetery

After a short time of exploring the Oklahoma territory where they were forced to go, a group of Native Americans stumbled upon a mysterious plant while hunting This plant looked like a gnarled tree root, with so many twists and turns within its seemingly fragile length that one could barely tell it was not one solid object The mottled green and brown color stood out against the yellow grasses that made up the floor of the Oklahoma Crosstimbers The young...[Read More]

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April 29, 2019 Beings and Entities, Body Horror, Folklore and Folktales, Ghosts and Spirits, Historical Fiction, Locations and Sites, Myths and Legends, Nature and the Outdoors, Strange and Unexplained

The Hollows and the Hills

Part 1 I am often asked how it was that I first became interested the true crime genre It's the sort of question I frequently get at conventions, book signings, panel meetings, and interviews, but the actual answer is fairly mundane What I find more interesting is the source of that question, why people expect a compelling answer I suppose we're used to the idea we get from movies and television, where characters can often label one thing, one singular event that acts...[Read More]

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April 29, 2019 Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Journals and Diaries, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Myths and Legends, Strange and Unexplained

The Hallway Wasn’t Empty

Did you know that, once introduced to routine, our brains are capable of accepting it to the extent that when something changes, it doesn’t notice The change could be small and harmless, an object there that wasn’t, or something moved to another room that you would normally duck around on your way out You’d still duck around it, grabbing your coat in an expertly practiced movement of routine, never thinking twice Most people never think twice, they have more important things...[Read More]

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April 28, 2019 Beings and Entities, Madness, Paranoia, and Mental Illness, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Psychological Horror, Strange and Unexplained, Suspense and Thrillers

Miracle Girl

“When is Miracle Girl coming” I asked and got a stony look of disapproval from my uncle in return If he read comic books, he’d appreciate my nickname for an immortal elementary schooler Grandpa laid his good, gray eye on me The filmy, unseeing one wandered off, like the old man’s mind often did “Miracle, my a--” “Dad!” Uncle Isaac snapped, the confines of our apartment’s small kitchen lending an extra edge to his voice I bit my lip to keep from laughing...[Read More]

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April 27, 2019 Demons and Possession, Ghosts and Spirits, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Myths and Legends, Occult, Magic, and Witchcraft, Strange and Unexplained

Russian Doll

“You really do like my collection, don't you” Those words were among the most terrifying I had heard in my entire life  Not because of the words themselves, but because of the man saying them  The man who had me tied up in his living room, of his freaky old house, who sat calmly and collected on a couch that had last been reupholstered probably a century before I was born Before I get too far, you can probably guess I'm still...[Read More]

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April 26, 2019 Artifacts and Objects, Beings and Entities, Investigations and Crimes, Locations and Sites, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids, Occult, Magic, and Witchcraft, Strange and Unexplained

The Living History Project

One of my least favorite parts about being a middle school history teacher is the bullshit “Living History” assignments we give at the end of every school year Kids are supposed to sit with their grandparents and video tape, voice record, or transcribe their oldest memories for posterity (and for an easy way to bring up their GPA) I have been doing this for seventeen years, and when I collected the projects this time around, I assumed they would be as...[Read More]

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April 25, 2019 Artifacts and Objects, Deaths, Murders, and Disappearances, Historical Fiction, Journals and Diaries, Locations and Sites, Strange and Unexplained, Technology, the Internet, and the Deep Web

The Devil is in the Details

It was the year 1992 Peter Ivankov’s life was never the same since then - firstly, because his home country had gone through a massive transformation following the dissolution of the Soviet Union the previous winter Secondly, 1992 was the year Peter went blind Early that year, Peter’s mother began sending Peter on regular trips outside their house in St Petersburg early that year Despite the mundane nature of these trips Peter never got tired of them - a trip to the...[Read More]

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April 24, 2019 Beings and Entities, Madness, Paranoia, and Mental Illness, Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids


I’m sitting here in my basement, freezing my ass off in my boxers and more terrified than I’ve been in my entire fucking life It’s almost 3am, I don’t want to wake up my wife and I sure as hell don’t want her to ask what I’m writing about I just hope this is coherent enough for people to understand, maybe weigh in with some advice 5 years ago, I was 28 and living in a pit of shit and depression...[Read More]

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April 23, 2019 Strange and Unexplained

I’m Not Afraid of the Basement

I hadn’t been to my childhood home since my parents got divorced I was five years old when I was last in that home It was very important to me to have my home in my possession My Dad built half of the house and the entire backyard Now that I’m married and ready to start a family I really wanted my old childhood home back in my life I didn’t have much of a childhood and this was one...[Read More]

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April 22, 2019 Strange and Unexplained

The Rodderson Experiments

The Rodderson Experiments By Henry Parkissel Hey, everyone, it’s Henry from Oddity Watch, formerly known as MagaScream I would like to preface this article by addressing our recent name change, which was done because people thought that “Maga-“ in “MagaScream” was an acronym for “Make America Great Again” In actuality, it was intended to be a pun on the word “magazine” When we first decided to start this paranormal journalism company, we bounced around ideas and landed on, ”The magazine that’ll make you scream- MagaScream!” We are not...[Read More]

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April 21, 2019 Science and Experimentation