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Mystical Menagerie – The Eternal Nightmare

Most people love their sleep, especially as they grow older. We can’t wait to fall asleep. However, it means terror and possible injuries for some of us, if not worst. Is it a simple question of mistaken identity? Or is it paranormal?

Check For Monsters Under Your Bed

You wake terror beating at you. There’s something insidious in the room with you, creeping closer, intent on doing you harm. You try to run, but your limbs won’t obey your commands. You cannot shout. You cannot scream. 

The only thing that moves is your eyes, frantically searching the parts of the room you can see while lying prone in bed. Pressure increases on your chest until you can’t breathe, and you realize you are going to die. Panic consumes you. 

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Why Is 666 The Number Of The Beast

What numbers do we think about when we hear the word ‘devil’ or ‘evil?’ 666. But why is 666 the number of the Beast, and what does it mean? How far back are we going?

666 In Pop Culture

Why is 666 the number of the beast? The number 666 goes back a while, but we also use it to represent something negative, such as the Beast in today’s world. Often when houses or buildings have 666 addresses, they have a lower price—people associate, like the number 13, a bad reputation.

WARNING: Conspiracy theories | Religion | Catholicism | Christianity

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The Worst Night Terror Ever Told

It is Halloween, and what is it without a good horror story? Even better when it turns out to be real. In some ways.

Living With Night Terrors

This is it, the worst night terror ever told.

It all started when I was four years old—or so I can remember. I would have quite detailed nightmares and real to the touch it had me not wanting to sleep. Later, my grandparents raised me.

My mother even revealed to me that I would not want to sleep in daycare. I was afraid I would not wake up.

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Horror - Blood

Living The Goth Life At Thirty-Five

We often hear growing up that we are going through a phase. We hear that nothing is the end of the world. But some found their paths young.

An Unusual Childhood

Living the Goth life at thirty-five years old is not easy. Growing up, I was in many different courses, all the arts you can think about and even model. Like most children of my age, I also watched the Walt Disney movies reborn from the 90s. The Lion King was my favorite…it dealt with death.

Because my grandparents raised me, my view of life was different than others. I grew up Catholic/Christian and went to church every Sunday. I was in the choir and the church group. I participated in extra curriculum activity the group had in association with my school.

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A Slasher Series That Keeps On Giving

Right now, the interior of the house is safer than the outside. So, a Slasher series seems in order.

The Slasher Intro

A Slasher series that keeps on giving through an anthology of stories that is unique and old at the same time.

All is in the delivery of the story, right? Well, this Canadian show is quite a treat and currently plays on Shudder and Netflix.

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Acrophobia

Phobia Week We Have Acrophobia

Acrophobia is the irrational fear of heights. It creates a motion of discomfort that can lead to high levels of anxiety.

Too High For Me

Who’s afraid of heights? Well, your not alone. About 5% population has an irrational fear of heights. Such as climbing ladders, attending meetings on high floors, flying, bridges, or even standing on a steep hill. 

It’s one of the natural environment phobias. It includes fear of thunder and lightning (astraphobia) or water (aquaphobia.) People with acrophobia often avoid situations where they will be exposed to heights. However, this is not always possible.

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Phobia Week Keeps Going With Ichthyophobia

Just keep swimming! So many tales and movies take place underwater. Some pleasurable, some suspenseful and there’s James.

Sleep With The Fishes

Alright, Biters, the Gothic Bite Magazine, is doing a phobia week. So, I have a bit of an odd one for you. It’s called ichthyophobia, and it is the fear of fish.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a crippling fear of just about anything, which called the water home. Although I’m a good sport about it, this has led to endless jokes and teasing from friends and family alike.

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Phobia Week Taphophobia

It starts from the idea of being in a confined place such as a grave by mistake. It’s a fear of premature death.

Six Feet Deep

 For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep fear of being buried alive. More specifically, I was worried that the people around me would find me in the form of suspended animation. Resulting in not being able to tell that I was really alive, and they would think I was dead and bury me. 

And then I would come to in a dark coffin with little oxygen and not being able to move. I would terrorize myself with this thought while trying to go to sleep at night. Why would I do that? Well, I have always been fascinated by the macabre, even when it scares the hell out of me. 

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Phobia Week Continues With Dementophobia

Phobias are irrational, but some can come from a real place and has an origin story. Mine causes me night terrors and follows me.

First Stop Denying

At first, I was going to bring to light my clourophobia, which is the fear of clowns. But Kendra and Ed kindly removed with the re-adaptation of the movie IT. With that in mind, I decided to bring light to a phobia that most people don’t talk about because it’s scarce.

Often this phobia is either an afterthought to a person or something that passes. In my case, it terrorizes me since my childhood. If I am, to be honest here, the only positive I ever had in my life was my grandpa.

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Phobia Week Today Is Monatophobia

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda, Star Wars

What Is Your Greatest Fear?

When Alexa first asked what I thought about doing a theme of phobias among the writers of GBM, I admit for a moment I paused. To explain what scares us each the most is not only different for each of us, but it is also intimate and personal.

However, each and every one of us has a fear. We may hold it close to our hearts but it is always there, lurking in the shadows or sometimes it is brazenly in the light. It can appear to us when our eyes are closed tight, or when we are wide eyed and quite aware.

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The Demon House — A Film By Zak Bagans

The Demon House Documentary

Ghost Adventures is a series that captivates viewers. But its host, Zach Bagans, went a step forward when buying the Indiana Demon House.

The Infamous Ammons House

A little history before we plunge into The Demon House Documentary! The Ammons haunting story is probably most popular when one calls it, the 200 Demon House. Many believe that the demonic possession that occurred in 2011 is alleged.

The house is in the town of Gary in the State of Indiana. It all started with Latoya Ammons and her mother, Rosa Campbell. Latoya was the mother of three children who disclosed the paranormal events taking place inside the house.

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Horror - Blood

Interviewing A Professional Vampirologist

Gothic Bite Magazine loves to interview everyone, including those walking straight out of an Epic Gothic novel such as, The Gravedigger. Come meet with Clémentine Lyon.

The First Professional Vampirologist

Dr. Clémentine Lyon is a professional vampirologist. She is a parapsychologist with a doctorate in anthropology and history. She is here to talk about her experience with “living” vampires. Now, this is how interviewing a professional vampirologist happens at Gothic Bite Magazine!

Hello, everyone. I am Clémentine Lyon, a doctor in anthropology and history. My specialization is in ancient history, more precisely legends and folklore. I developed an interest in vampires when realizing that the term of “forceful bite” happened to be mentioned everywhere around ancient civilizations from around the globe.

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Eye Horror

The Horrifying Definition of Monster

Monster is an imaginary creature that is very large, ugly, and frightening a monster with three heads prehistoric monsters. — Oxford Collocations Dictionary.

Monsters of History

The definition of the word monster is one we attribute to many subjects. Moreover, we can call a person a monster for their actions, responses, or appearance. Ultimately, a monster could be in the eyes of the beholder.

What each of us finds individually attractive doesn’t mean it pleases the masses. What was beautiful in the Renaissance might not be so today. However, have the word monster lose its meaning over time?

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Why Death Positivity is Important

 “The movement seeks to eliminate the silence around death-related topics, decrease anxiety surrounding death, and encourages more diversity in end of life care options available to the public.” — Wikipedia

Life Is Impermanent

I was initially going to write an article on “green funerals,” but I thought I’d do something different. You see, I can rant for hours about all the different ways you can handle your body after you die.

How to plan your funeral before you die, and so on. However, I think it would be beneficial to talk about why I find the Death Positivity Movement so important.

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The Icepick Lobotomy

During the middle decades of the 20th century transorbital lobotomy, or ‘ice pick’ lobotomy, a radically invasive form of brain surgery, was used extensively for patients with psychiatric illnesses. — Science Gallery

WARNING – Sensitive Subject Matter

No Less Brutal

If you are squeamish, you might not want to read this. However, if you are into horror and want to learn about how many psychiatric patients were abused back in the day, this might be right up your alley.

You have heard of people receiving lobotomies. It is a procedure that involves cutting into the skull and the frontal lobes. It used to be used to treat mentally ill patients, oftentimes leaving them unable to independently function, or even worse—severely brain damaged and in a vegetative state.

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Serial Murders

A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. — Wikipedia

The Brutal Fascination

There seems to be a fascination with serial killers. Even I am intrigued by them. So, what is it about them that piques people interest in them? Is it their crimes, the victims? The types of murders they committed.

The brutality of it all? For me, it’s trying to understand how another human being can be so devoid of emotions that they see other humans as prey. Chilling to think of, but to them, we are a means to their dark desires.

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

There has been documentation of people being kept in cages when they were “unable to be controlled” by caretakers, and even the wallpaper was peeling from the walls. Patients attempted to kill each other, and were sometimes successful due to the overworked staff. Continue reading Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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Enter Sandman

Now I lay me down to sleep. Pray the lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake. Pray the lord my soul to take…

Enter Sandman

Say your prayers little one
Don’t forget my son
To include everyoneI tuck you in, warm within
Keep you free from sin
‘Til the sandman he comes

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The Real Witchcraft

Not long ago, Gothic Bite Magazine asked for people to share their paranormal stories with us. Some of you answered the call and now, here are some of your stories…

I Knew Better

It was the summer of 96 or better referred to as “The Summer of Hell.” I can’t help but to blame myself; after all, I’ve watched plenty of horror movies to know all the basic rules, but even then I ignored the most important one.

I was young and curious. So attracted to anything horror. I played with a spirit board by myself, and if that wasn’t enough, I had chanted spells that I found in a spell book written in another language.

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Sandman, A Horror Poem

For the month of April, Gothic Bite Magazine is celebrating the character of Sandman. A mystical character that worked its way into the paranormal world. Here is a poem about the sand throwing man.

Sandman

He is coming through the dilapidated alley
Slowly he’s coming to your window and watches the prey.
And if you look at his gaze you will fall in never land
For he will feed your eyes with his fearsome dreadful sand.
Shhhh here comes the Sandman.

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