Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Witches Hexing Trump Will Have Disastrous Results (And Not The Kind You Think)


The Three Witches, Henry Fuseli, 1783


Last month a group of New York City witches gathered at Catland Books, an occult bookshop in Brooklyn, to put a hex on President Trump, members of his administration, and his constituents. This was different than the “binding spell” put on him by witches in February, explains self-described "transgender wolfqueen witch-goddess" Dakota Bracciale. The binding ritual was intended to stop the President from doing any “malignant works,” but in retrospect, says Bracciale, it was "too loving, light and soft." Hence, the hexing ritual, which actively wishes harm upon the targeted person. Bracciale claims the spells are working: just look at the disarray, scandals, and setbacks the administration has been suffering in recent months. More anti-Trump rituals are planned, and it sounds like they will continue until they achieve their ultimate goal of impeachment, or worse.

Okaaaay then. Here’s what I want to remind anyone who thinks this is a good idea. Spells, curses, hexes -- they backfire. It’s the ultimate case of “be careful what you wish for.” In my book Evil Unleashed, I have a chapter devoted to the travails of a young man who was victimized by a witch’s hex. This isn’t Bewitched, friends. This is serious stuff. Being on the receiving end of a hex can bring misery, suffering, and death. And for those doing the hexing? Well, pretty much the same.

Fr. Herman Jayachandra, a priest with extensive exorcism experience in India and the United States, and who has had to deal with curses and hexes on both sides of the world, warns: “The devil, after using a witch to the best interest of both, eventually will kill her indirectly, driving her mad so she’ll die quickly in an accident or slowly from not being able to care for herself.”

Of course, witches like Bracciale will say they’re not invoking the devil in their spells; only forces of natures, cosmic energy, thought vibrations, etc., etc. Exorcists who have been in the trenches say that’s a bunch of hogwash: The power of the spells comes from evil forces, pure and simple.

“You are becoming indebted by calling on power not from God and establishing a relationship with that power,” says exorcist, Fr. Patrick (not his real name, for privacy purposes). “If you ask a favor, these spirits don’t want to help you in the long run. If you think they do, you are fooling yourself. . . Evil is not concerned about your freedom; it wants control.”

Reverend Vincent Lampert, an exorcist from the Diocese of Indianapolis, says that those casting spells are relying on evil that feeds on anger and revenge. “The end result of all this for people will be to find themselves more deeply entangled with the devil,” he said. “Their lives will continue to spiral out of control.”

There’s a similar theme in all these warnings: loss of control. The witch may think she or he is doing the driving, but later down the road it will become apparent that they’re just along for the ride -- a ride that will end with a crash if they don’t find a way to escape the darkness.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Peruvian Anabelle - Possessed Doll Terrorizes Family



This story goes back to May, but remains blog-worthy for its creepiness. It begs the question, though, as so many of these haunted doll stories do, why do people keep these demonic little playthings around? I don't care if my favorite nephew gifted it to me or not: she'd be outta my house faster than a dead rat.

Possessed Blue-Eyed Doll

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Haunted Dolls are This Woman's Passion




When Karina Eames turned 34, her mother gave her an antique doll as a birthday present. It wasn’t an unusual gift, as Karina had been collecting dolls since her early 20s and had amassed quite a large collection. But it was unique in that it was the first doll in Karina’s possession to, well, sort of introduce itself. The doll was sitting at her feet when suddenly Karina felt her foot being touched by what she described as “children’s fingers.”

“I was both excited and scared as the fingers moved up my leg,' she told Australia’s that’s life! magazine. “I wondered if my sons, Caleb and Jacob had sneaked into my room. But there was no one there!”

Since that night, Karina started experiencing many other strange occurrences, prompting her to investigate further into her existing doll collection, and even motivating her to acquire other antique dolls with a history of “spirit attachment.” Karina, now 38, estimates that within her collection of 700 dolls, there reside about 100 different spirits.

“I love having so many possessed dolls living with me,” she said. “My house will always be happily haunted.”


[I’d rather my house be happily non-haunted, but that’s just me. - John]



To read more, see “Mum says her collection of ‘possessed’ antique baby dolls lets her talk to the dead,” that’s life! February 2017.


(Photo: Creative Commons, author: NikiSublime)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

World's Largest Ouija Board




This is the rooftop of the 130-year-old Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania. Owned by film maker Blair Murphy, who lives there with his girlfriend and baby girl, the hotel is not in operation but rather is open to guests on an invitation-only basis. The Grand Midway has been featured on various television shows and in books for its reputed haunted status, so when the offer came around to buy the property a few years back, Blair--who had always had an interest in the paranormal--jumped at the opportunity.

"It has been one fantastic adventure," said Blair in an interview with Guinness World Records, noting that he and his guests have experienced many strange things at the hotel. But it was when he held a Ouija board session there that the activity really kicked up.
“Things flipped out throughout the hotel.  Energies were swirling.  Guests were getting completely freaked out,” says Blair, “it seemed to kick things up into an entire new level of paranormal activity.  We were seeing floating people and hearing voices and even the hotel pets were flipping out and reacting to unseen forces. Our dreams were pretty wild.  And it wasn't just us.  Other longer-term hotel residents were saying ‘there is absolutely something going on here’ and having their own middle of the night weird encounters.”
For most people, that would have been more than enough reason to pack up and move a thousand miles away. But for Blair, it actually inspired him to make the hotel more spooky by constructing the world's largest Ouija board on the roof, so big, in fact, that it's visible from Google Maps.

“The hotel roof was this massive blank canvas just waiting for the perfect project to present itself,” said Blair. “A Ouija world record roof was a perfect match for our place.”

To see the board come alive from start to finish, check this out:



Interesting, yes. But my readers know how I feel about Ouija boards. If I lived in this neighborhood, I'd be calling my realtor about now.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

R.I.P. William Peter Blatty



While taking a theology class at Georgetown University in 1949, William Peter Blatty heard about an extraordinary case of diabolical possession involving a 14-year-old boy in nearby Prince George’s County. The story stuck in the back of his mind. Two decades later, Blatty secluded himself in a cabin near Lake Tahoe and tapped out a novel on a green IBM Selectric about a 12-year-old girl who became possessed by a demon. He called the novel The Exorcist.

Topping most lists as the scariest movie ever made (and the scariest book ever written), The Exorcist not only made Blatty a star, but opened the door to a whole new generation of horror films, a sub-genre that could be called the “Supernatural Thriller,” the likes of which today are reflected in modern hits like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “The Conjuring,” and the Paranormal Activity franchise films.

Blatty also achieved something else with The Exorcist that in the early 1970s was considered countercultural, if not downright heretical. He made evil a tangible thing. He personified it. It was something that was real, that was intelligent, that was cunning. Yet it could be confronted and overcome. By religion, of all things! This flew in the face of everything the pop psychology of the time preached, that the concept of evil was outdated, irrelevant, and, if anything, was just a “disordered psychoses” appearing in a few unfortunate individuals.

Blatty died on January 12, 2017, at the age of 89, after a short battle with blood cancer. He was a lifelong Catholic, albeit one who struggled with his faith, like so many of us. To honor his memory, here are a few interesting facts about the man who changed the landscape of cinematic horror.

  • In 1959, he took a job as a ghostwriter for Abigail van Buren, the original “Dear Abby” columnist. He ghostwrote her book Dear Teenager.
  • In 1961, while still working in public relations, Blatty appeared as a contestant on the Groucho Marx quiz show You Bet Your Life, winning $10,000, enough money to quit his job and to write full time.
  • During the 1960s, Blatty turned his focus away from novels and towards screenwriting. His credits during this time include The Man from the Diners’ Club (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), What Did You Do In The War, Daddy? (1966), Gunn (1967), and Darling Lilli (1970).
  • His success at writing comedy (in particular, the successful Pink Panther movie A Shot in the Dark) came to a halt with his new-found acclaim as a horror writer. Looking back at his career, Blatty once remarked: “And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence.”
  • In an interview with the Washington Post, Blatty said that he does believe in the possibility of reincarnation. “Personally, I do. In the very early Catholic Church there were sects who definitely believed in the transmigration of souls. I've read a great deal about it. And maybe there’s something in my own life that tends to convince me it’s a possibility.”
  • His final book was 2015’s Finding Peter. It was inspired by the death of his 19-year-old son Peter, who died from a rare heart disorder in 2006.
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(Photo: Creative Commons, author: J.T. Blatty)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Drug Dealers Now Practicing Sorcery



As if illegal narcotics aren’t bad enough in and of themselves, some occult investigators in New York City are claiming the drugs are becoming stronger and more addictive due to evil spells being cast upon them before they hit the streets.

New York state chaplain and occult authority Marcos Quinones recently said in an interview, “Many drug traffickers practice forms of the occult. They incorporate voodoo or black magic that gives them the power to succeed. It makes the product more powerful and creates a stronger addict. In essence, they’re doubling the curse the drugs cause anyway.”

It might be doubling more than just the drug’s effects.

Many exorcists believe that drug use, in addition to other vices, can act as a gateway for demonic activity. Father Vincent Lambert, an exorcist in Indianapolis who recently chased a demon out of a parishioner who was cursed by his girlfriend’s mother, is adamant about this: “We’re in a fight with drugs, the occult, pornography. This is an entry point for evil and we need to take these souls back.”

Quinones feels the same way, noting that he has seen an increase in demonic activity in New York’s five boroughs and attributes it directly to the black magic and voodoo the drug dealers and other criminals are practicing. Some are followers of the death idol Santa Muerte and ask for the robed skeleton’s “blessing” on their products as they recite incantations over the soon-to-be-released drugs.

Dangerous stuff indeed. Once more, kind readers, I remind you to keep yourselves safe in this new year and always -- in body, mind, and spirit.


(Photo: Creative Commons, author: Amait053)


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Urgent: The World Needs More Exorcists!


Okay, I know this isn't exactly the most uplifting headline for a New Year's Day post, but it could lead to a slew of resolutions for some of us. (Note to self: Try not to get possessed.)

Word on the street about a shortage of qualified exorcists has been spreading for quite some time. Ask any exorcist (if you can find one) if they’re busy, and they’ll no doubt tell you they’re swamped. It might not just be full-blown cases of possession they’re dealing with, but hundreds of other devil-and-ghost-related concerns like hauntings, infestations, oppressions, and, of course, mental illness and addictions.

Last October at the International Association of Exorcists conference, 400 Catholic professionals met to strategize about this very topic: how to recruit and train more exorcists. The Rev. Vincent Lampert, the pastor at St. Malachy’s in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a diocesan exorcist, was one of the attendees. Lampert says the situation is more dire than ever because rampant Internet pornography, illegal drug use, and growing interest in the occult have made it easier for Satan to cast his net.

“Exorcism is like triage. We’re the emergency crew — but there aren’t enough of us,” Lampert said in a recent interview with the New York Post.

Things are even more out of control across the sea. The Rev. Vincenzo Taraborelli is a 79-year-old priest in Rome who says he is too afraid to retire.

“I told the bishop that I can’t find anyone willing to do this. Many of them are scared. Even priests can be scared. It’s a difficult life,” says Fr. Taraborelli, who says he treats up to 30 people a day in the back of his church.

Board-certified psychiatrist, and believer in diabolical possession, Dr. Richard Gallagher has also been in the news of late for calling on religious practitioners to be alert for what he calls “a rapidly growing worldwide phenomenon.”

Evil is out there, folks. Be safe in 2017. Take care of yourselves in body, mind, and spirit.


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COMING UP: Cursed drugs hitting the streets of New York.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

True Tales Trilogy: Nightmarish Accounts of Paranormal Activity



Because nothing says Merry Christmas like ghosts, demons, and genies, all of my True Tales books are now available in one convenient volume, True Tales Trilogy. And for a limited time, at a truly terrific price. Spread the word!


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my readers!

May you have a blessed 2017!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Evil Unleashed: True Tales of Spells Gone to Hell and Other Occult Disasters



I'm happy to announce that the third book in the True Tales series is now available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook, and will soon be available in paperback.

Evil Unleashed exposes the dark and dangerous world of the occult by relating the frightening experiences of victims from across the globe. A bit longer, and darker, than my last book, Demonic Dolls, this newest addition to the series should convince everyone that the occult is not a game, hobby, or harmless diversion. It all too often releases evil into the lives of its adherents. And from there, it's a short path to disaster.

So, on that happy note, check out Evil Unleashed. And be sure to leave a review or drop me a note saying what you think of it. Much appreciated. Thanks!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Demonic Dolls Audiobook Now Available!




iTunes

Imagine yourself driving along at night on a dark, deserted highway while listening to the devilish deeds of the world's most haunted dolls. Or maybe you'd rather hear about Satan's little playthings as you drift off to sleep in your dimly-lit bedroom, alone, in the dead of night, so you can dream about . . . well, not sugar plum fairies, that's for sure. Okay, maybe it's best to listen to Michael E. Smith tell the stories of these Demonic Dolls during the light of day--with lots of people around. Whatever your predilection, download a copy today. And while you're at it, if you have a doll in the house, give it a hug. It may be lonely. Or possessed. Or infested with demons. The possibilities are endless!