The Ghostly Case of the Great Amherst Mystery

History is rife with great hauntings, many of which have served as the foundations of horror fiction and film as we know it, and for good reason. Some truly stand out for a variety of reasons, such as that they were well-witnessed, observed by credible witnesses, or due to their sheer creep factor and intensity, even violence. One of the greatest, most terrifying hauntings ever occurred in an otherwise peaceful village in Canada. It is a case that involved some sort of very active and malevolent presence, which would rattle the region and catapult itself into history as one of the most spectacular, unnerving hauntings the world has ever seen, and which continues to confound to this day. The year was 1878 and the place a cozy, secluded cottage in the quaint village of Amherst, nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of the shores of the Bay of Fundy, in […] Read More

Towers of Terror: Haunted Skyscrapers of the World

The landscape of human habitation has changed dramatically over the centuries, as we have gone from the small hamlets and villages of centuries past to ever more grandiose mega cities of towering steel and concrete. As society becomes ever more crammed into sprawling cities and our buildings become higher and higher in feats of architectural wizardry, it seems that the landscape of hauntings has in some respect changed as well. Far from being confined to old, secluded houses, ghost stories too have moved into our cities to inhabit our highest buildings. As our cities soar higher, so too it seems do the specters and phantoms that prowl our nightmares, evolving right along with us. These are the stories of those haunted places of the world that lie not around us but over us, from which spectral eyes gaze down upon our city streets below. These are the haunted skyscrapers […] Read More

The Enigma of Demonic Possession

Anneliese Michel Probably one of the more  famous modern cases is the sad tale of Anneliese Michel. Born on September 21, 1952, Michel was diagnosed with having temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of 16. Michel was a German Catholic who lived in Leiblfing, Bavaria, West Germany. Her family is said to have been very religious and apparently attended Mass at least twice a week. Not having familiarity with Catholicism I can’t say whether that represents a normal amount or an “extreme” amount. I do think its worth noting her and her family’s deeply held religious convictions. I believe these beliefs may have played a part in the events which would unfold in her life. Around the time that Michel had gone off to college, in the 70’s, she suffered a third seizure while at a hospital where she was being treated for tuberculosis. The picture gets a little […] Read More

Enfield Poltergeist

Stories of poltergeist activity have been an interest of mine, perhaps more so than other kinds of alleged “hauntings”. This stems mostly from some of the evident peculiarities and similarities amongst the cases. This is just a short review, but the phenomenon almost always begins as a tapping or knocking sound that is heard. This is where we get the term from anyway, it roughly translates from German into English as ‘noisy-ghost or spirit’. The phenomenon is usually focused on a pubescent child in the home, almost exclusively a girl. This fact has lead some Parapsychologists to theorize that the Poltergeist Phenomenon may actually originate from the mind of the child in the form of recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis. The idea is that perhaps as these girls are undergoing the normal process of development, the stress and/or hormones causes the girls to unconsciously act out in less than normal ways […] Read More