Ever since I was old enough to remember, I have been fascinated by stories of Bigfoot. The big "Readers Digest Book of Unexplained Mysteries and Monsters" on our family bookshelf probably didn't dilute my overactive imagination any, and I would dream of one day exploring the American wilderness, in search of Sasquatch.
Any sane person would agree that the stuff of myths, legends and monsters usually originate from experiences far less sensational. But is that always the case?
I was in the library the other day, and found a book on New Zealand Mysteries. Much to my surprise (and delight), I have discovered that we have our very own Bigfoot legend here in Godzone: "The Moehau Man".
On May 22, 2011 a tornado punished Joplin, a town of 50k in Southwest Missouri (USA) killing 161, injuring 1150 and inflicting nearly $3 billion worth of damage.
Over three years later, as the people of Joplin continue to rebuild their lives and broken hearts, one aspect of the nightmare is gladly remembered and celebrated.
In the wake of destruction, as the children who endured the storm began telling family and friends the stories of their experiences, many of them told of the same, bizarre account…
There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?