Why do spaceships always meet right-side up?

I've seen this question posed on numerous sites and seen a lot of responses, but I wanted to take a crack at answering why spaceships always seem to meet right-side up in sci-fi stories. The most extreme example of this is Star Trek, where the ships always are shown on a parallel plane, but it... Continue Reading →

The Satanic Head

The cabeça Satânica or Satanic Head is a Brazilian ghost that is, as the name implies, only a head. Also known as the Wandering Head, the origin of this myth is unknown, but is likely based on Portuguese legends. The Satanic Head is described as having long, stringy black hair, glowing red eyes, and a high... Continue Reading →

The Second Coming – W.B. Yeats

  Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely... Continue Reading →

Music for a darkened soul – Depeche Mode’s Violator

Twenty-seven years ago this week, English electronic band Depeche Mode released their seventh studio album, Violator. A darker tone than the band's previous Music for the Masses, the songs were also more personal. There's a narrative point of view to them, as if each is being sung by a man to a woman, attempting to woo... Continue Reading →


Most people have heard of Mediums, individuals with the ability to hear and speak to the spirits of the dead. A rare gift, Mediums were commonly connected to the American Spiritualist movement of the late 19th century. In modern times, Mediums have parlayed their talents into television shows, and there was a long running drama... Continue Reading →

A World Without Ghosts

I wouldn't want to live in a world without ghosts. There may be no such thing in this world, but that there can be doubt makes the dull reality a little more magical. Too many people think science's job is to rob all mystery from the universe, to know all that is knowable. How horrible... Continue Reading →

The Khmunu Manuscript

An ancient spellbook found amongst a museum collection, translated by scientists who discover it is full of funerary rites and exorcism spells - is this the beginning of a horror movie? No, it's what happened a few years ago in Australia as researchers at Macquarie University discovered a papyrus codex in the university's Museum of... Continue Reading →

Locusta of Rome – History’s first serial killer

There have been murderers since the dawn of man, and surely there have been those who made a sport of killing their fellow human beings, but the first person we can definitively call a serial killer was Locusta of Rome. This woman toppled an emperor and founded a tradition of murder. Born in what is... Continue Reading →

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