Posts Tagged ‘weirdness’

The Anthropologist and the Ancestors

Thanks to Sabina Magliocco, I read this interesting piece about a Dutch anthropologist experiencing an ancestor ritual, one involving both the ancestors of the people in New Guinea whom he is visiting and his own. And even though science failed to explain everything, the way I viewed the world was based on the idea that […]

Why “Aliens” Might Be Invisible

Magonia, the review blog of esoteric books (0r should that be, books on esoterica?), recently revisited two books on Unidentified Flying Objects from the 1950s by Morris K. Jessup, the first writer, they say, to use the term “UFO” in a commercial publication. Ah, those were the days, I take it, when the assumed evidence […]

Queen Nefertiti Goes Cuckoo

“It’s kind of fascinating but it’s kind of horrifying,” I said to M. across the breakfast table when I saw an ad for “the only cuckoo clock inspired by the Wonders of Ancient Egypt.” “‘Queen Nefertiti’s regal procession rotates,‘ it says,” I added. “Horrifying, completely horrifying,” she replied. She detests noise-making clocks and barely tolerates […]

La fiesta de los zombies

What do New Mexico zombies eat? Brain tacos, of course. 2 lbs. brains 6–8 tortillas 1 fresh tomato, sliced 1 small onion, diced, shredded lettuce 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder salt and pepper to taste Cover brains with water in saucepan, add salt and simmer 15 minutes. Drain well and mash with fork […]

Is Anybody There?

Do the dead belong in the living room? More information.

The Scary Countryside 2: Children of the Stones

The original “Scary Countryside” post. As mentioned above, “the scary countryside” is a staple meme of television and movies on both side of the pond, but in the UK there is the additional refinement of “the scary countryside where people practice strange and ancient rites.” That does not work as well in North America unless […]

Keep the Weird in the the West

Indianapolis blogger Roberta X muses on the literary sub-genre known as “Weird West.” Sometimes that means sort of H. P. Lovecraft-meets-Wyatt Earp, sometimes other things. My introduction was the online graphic novel Tex Arcana, back when the Web was still young. If your reading tastes don’t go that direction, here are Montana novelist Ivan Doig’s […]

On the Keeping of Pet Hermits and Druids

Some of the eighteenth-century hermits employed by rich landowners were in fact characterized as “Druids.” Campbell clearly had fun with his quest for real hermits. At Hawkstone in Shropshire, a bare-footed and venerable Fr Francis regularly posed with his stock-in-trade: a skull, an hourglass and book. Although replaced at times by an automaton, Hawkstone’s hermit […]

Quality of British Crop Circles Sagging

Says the Daily Mail, which prints some examples. Insiders say a number of top crop circle makers have quit following a clampdown by farmers and moved onto making sand circles, which are legal. In previous years, impressive crop circles have drawn in thousands of tourists to southern England and some believers who saw the circles […]

Hogwarts for Vampires

Maybe if I had a bookish teenage daughter I would know this, but the boarding-school-for-vampires (etc.) genre has exploded. Here is a typical cover blurb: Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering […]