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Northern Norway’s Witch Trials

On Bookstagram of late last year, a new book was advertised and caught my attention. The book is loosely based on the true story of the Vardo Witch Trials.

About The Book

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave takes the readers to the island of Vardo. We are pulled into the very experience the witch trials caused in Vardø in the year 1621.

Through the eyes and mind of Maren, we see the stories of the women of Vardø. We also share the Commander’s wife’s point of view, Ursa, who is responsible for sending the authorities to the village. 

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Pagan - Altar - Witchcraft

The Witch’s Corner with L.A. Maciel

Welcome to our new weekly segment with L.A. Maciel and The Witch’s Corner! Here, you’ll find answer to questions about witchcraft you never thought about before!

A Witch’s Introduction

There’s a common phrase amongst writers that are writing about ourselves is difficult. I would have to agree. And it’s not just the concept of feeling narcissistic in this case.

It’s about self-preservation. You see, I am a witch. Well, I’m a pantheist pagan with animistic leanings, but I still practice witchcraft in one of its many forms. And this reality can cause problems.

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Obscura Is Not A Typical Antique Shop

Do you remember the show Oddities? It used to play on Discovery back when it was reliable. I wish it’d come back for this reason!

The Official Show Summary

Obscura is not a typical antique shop! Here’s the summary.

Oddities is a half-hour documentary/reality television program that follows the operation of an East Village, Manhattan shop which trades in antiques and other rarities.

The show premiered on November 4, 2010, and airs on the Discovery Channel and its sister network, the Science Channel. — Wikipedia

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Robert The Doll

A Wicked Case of Pediophobia

After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother. Sounds familiar? Well, Chucky has a creepy origin and its true name was Robert.

The Beginning Of A Beautiful…Disturbing Friendship

In Key West, FL on a street by the name of Eaton, sits a home referred to as “The Artist’s House.” It was in this beautiful home, originally built between 1890 and 1898, that a young man named Eugene would receive a life changing present. 

Eugene Robert Otto, by all accounts, was only around 10 years old when he received a hand-made, one of a kind, cloth doll from one of the servants who worked for his parents. A gentle gift, given the name of Robert, would soon cause waking nightmares for the boy known to family as Gene.

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Angel Wings

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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What It MeansTo Be A Witch In 2019 With L.A. Maciel

Witchcraft is the practice of magical skills and abilities. Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision. — Wikipedia

L.A. Maciel — The Witch

I’m from a small town in the middle of the redwood forest, three hours south of the Oregon border, which is why I’m an avid hiker and nature lover.

I was told at a young age that I would have been a SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome statistic. It is why I’m a Death Positive Advocate. Death has always been an inspiration to me, and it has influenced me in my everyday life.

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Zombiepalooza Interview

My first podcast interview was an experience I can’t forget.

The interview, conducted by Jackie Chin brought me much pleasure and a chance to talk about GBM, Merry Krampus and novels to come.

Lucky Me

My husband and I had to go to the United States, in the beautiful town of Burlington, Vermont to pick up an order at the University Mall. So, early in the morning we headed for the borders.

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Wade Davis The Zombie Anthropologist

In my previous article, I talked about Mr. Davis’ account with Haitian culture and the zombification of people.  Mr. Davis’ work is known, read, and some even scoffed at his work.

However, I believe he was the first to take West African zombies seriously. Wade Davis might be the zombie anthropologist!

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Satanism Stereotypes

The timing of this article conveniently releases during a current scandal regarding Satanism in the media and visual entertainment.

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