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The Hellish Killer Who Fought With Joan of Arc

Gilles de Rais or Baron de Rais, was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou. He was a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. So, how is it that his reputation turned to a killer of children?

The True Face Of Evil

Gilles ‘Baron’ de Rais fought alongside Joan of Arc at the Siege of Orléans. This was around La Roche-Bernard in France in September 1438.

de Rais was a young lord who was hailed as a hero. So, understandably any mother would be honored to have their ten-year-old son go live with de Rais and become his page. Unbeknownst to the mother, she would never see her young son again.

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Mystical Menagerie – The Reptilian Monster of California by Mandi Konesni

The phobia of reptiles go back millennia. However, we’ve evolved but did lizards evolved too? Mandi Konesni dive into the subject in this week’s column!

A Primal Fear

Move to the suburbs, they said. It’ll be safer, they said. Until you’re running through the maze of carbon-copy streets, heart-pounding, breathing frantic. The pup in your arms is getting so heavy, but you’re terrified to put it down. All you wanted was to take the pup for a quick potty break before bed. The quiet, tree-lined street was a haven, a refuge from city life. 

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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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Did You Know Death Was An Angel

We often associate Death with the Grim Reaper or a dark silhouette. However, its origin and appearance are quite different than we know, and the name is Azrael.

The Origin of Death

Did you know Death was an angel? Having a being the representative of Death is part of many cultures, but here we are focusing on Death’s relatively old portrayal. It is part of Islam, Jewish, and Catholic faiths.

In Norse, the goddess Hel is the Underworld ruler and is, by definition, Death. In Greek as well as Roman mythology, Thanatos is the one to bring Death upon humans. Those are the bearer of the end of life and the beginning of the afterlife.

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The Devil’s Landing On Earth

If you grew up Catholic, you must well know the story where Archangel Michael defeated the Devil, and he fell from Heaven. But, where exactly did he land? Satan created Hell following his fall. The answer might surprise you.

The Fall Of All Falls

As part of the Abrahamic religions, Satan or the Devil often uses seduction to induce a sinful response from humans. The Devil is part of almost all religions throughout history. But the one we are addressing comes from not only Catholicism and Christianity, but also Islam as well as Judaism. The Devil’s landing on Earth, is it real?

The Devil is a fallen angel, but when angelic one of the most precious ones to God. He was his favorite and most beautiful angel and ‘son’ at the time. Despite his rebellion against God when he refused to bow to Adam, the Devil lived.

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Full Moon And Legends Gives You A Werewolf

I have always loved the werewolvesSomething about being so powerful has always struck me.

My First Screen Experience

My first dab with the beasts was seeing them on screen, and I have to say as a little kid, I was awestruck by the transformation from human to werewolf. 

The first movie I saw that dealt with was the old white and black, The Wolf Man. You have to remember this was the late 70s so old black and white movies were still showing. 

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Vampires Are Monsters Too

GBM keeps going with the Favorite Monster Week and it wouldn’t be complete without vampires, right?

The Beginning

It is hard to say where Vampire folklore began, there are myths of creatures similar to vampires all the way back to Mesopotamia, approximately 3100 B.C.

These are known as the precursors of the vampiric legends. The vampire that we know today originated almost exclusively from 18th century southeastern Europe.

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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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As Above So Below — 2014 Movie — Netflix

As Above So Below Be Careful

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” — Hermes Trismegistus

As Above So Below Original Summary

As above so below be careful…

Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold.

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Beelzebub The Prince of Demons

One of my earliest interest in the paranormal was not vampire but demonology. My attraction to history leads to legends and folklores. A common mistake is Beelzebub who is not the King of Hell.

Infernal Dictionary It’s a Thing

Beelzebub the prince of demons’ story starts like this. In the year 1818, a quite unique dictionary went under publication in two separate volumes. Between the years 1818 and 1863, that book went through reprints six individual times, and many changes applied.

The gathering of superstitions mixed with discoveries from multiple legends, folklores, and bibles, created not only demonology but the Dictionnaire Infernal.

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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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Vlad The Impaler An Introduction To Horror

When thinking about the most horrific names in human history, we can think of quite a few without any effort. But when thinking about torture, fewer come to mind. But when the word blood and Romania surface, there’s only one name that transcends them all, Vlad the Impaler. So, here is Vlad the Impaler, an introduction to horror.

The Heart of Horror

The origins of Vlad the Impaler is not one everyone knows. Not many people wish to search for the darkest minds of human history.

I am one of those ‘freaks’ that devours history from people who spread terror most uniquely and strategically, most preferably, centuries ago. And, Vlad the Impaler an introduction to horror is the right place to start.

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Birth of the Sand Viper - Origins of Jafar by LaSasha Flame

Interview with LaSasha Flame author of Birth of the Sand Viper, Origins of Jafar

Thank you for featuring my dark fantasy short story Birth of the Sand Viper: Origins of Jafar! I had a lot of fun writing this book because it introduces you to a new world of immortals! Before we get behind the scenes, let me tell you a little about myself, LaSasha Flame!

INTERVIEW

What is something unique about LaSasha?

I am not sure you can call this unique but I am a very creative person. I have a passion for baking and cooking along with writing, but I am also talented at painting and graphic design. I designed the covers for this series and I will be designing the covers for all my future books as well. Creating is in my blood! lol

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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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Vampire People Pt.1

A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force of the living. In European folklore, vampires were undead beings that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighborhoods they inhabited while they were alive. — Wikipedia

Greek, Polish, Egyptian…

The vampire has gone by many different names. In Greek, they are called Vrykolakas. In Czech upir, Upeer. The Polish called these creatures of the night Wampir. Myths and legends the world over have given these creatures name since the beginning of time.

Creatures that take the blood of the living to survive dated back into Greek Mythology. Also, people rising from the dead to walk among the living. Well, we need only go back to the Bible itself for such legends.

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Great New England Vampire Panic

Along with all my other quirks and unique aspirations I am working towards a doctorate in American History. The real history of America is not something read in textbooks and vampires are a part of it.

Supernatural Superstitions

Often it’s hidden from sight. The victors write history; the ugliness washed away. I found this tidbit of history and I thought my vampire fans out there might enjoy.

In the early years of American history, New England was full of superstitions about the supernatural. The church spread fears of evil which lead to the witch trials so famously diluted in our history books. Vampires were rumored to roam New England’ rural communities by night with reports documented as early as 1793.

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The Bell Witch

The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a legend from Southern American folklore, centered on the 19th-century Bell family of northwest Robertson County, Tennessee. — Wikipedia

Who or What is it?

There’s much controversy about the Bell Witch Cave. Some say she is the daughter of an abusive father. Some say she is an outside entity that came to torment the Bell Family. There are even other reports that the Bell Witch was a male slave killed by Bell in the past.

The most common telling of it is that the Bell Witch was a neighbor girl whose name was Kate Batts. Often reports show the girl to quarrel with John Bell’s daughter Betsy who’s engagement was to Joshua Gardner—later broke up in 1821.

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