Spooky tales:  Origins of the Headless Horseman

Whoa:  it turns out the fictional Ichabod Crane wasn’t the first poor schmuck to encounter the Headless Horseman and that author Washington Irving may have been inspired by older tales of same.  Who’d have thunk it?  Our WordPress and Twitter pal across the pond Ed Mooney, photographer and chronicler of Gaelic folklore, has a recent […]

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Spooky tales:  Of Mars, Martians and the Well(e)ses

One of our Spooky Things signature posts of the past is titled “Old World Origins of The Spooky Holiday Trifecta, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.”  If you haven’t read it, we promise you’ll enjoy the post.  If you have, you’ll probably appreciate the reminder.  However, if we were going to write a post called “New […]

Spooky folk figures:  Tales of the Golem

Now that we’re past Allhallowtide, perhaps it’s time during The Dead Season to take a look at frightful creatures from non-Christian traditions.  Given that Hannukkah will be coming up before Christmas, the Jewish story of the golem comes to mind.  A golem is a mythical being from Jewish folk culture, but it really made an […]