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17 Mar 2012

News to Novels #10

This has become my favourite website for the past week.  Paranormal database documents places around the UK with creepy tales and spooky sightings.  Perfect if you write horror and supernatural.  These are a few of my favourites:
Hanged People
Location: Antrim Town (County Antrim) - Corner of the Belmont Road and Cunningham Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A number of residents to the area have spotted ghosts of people hanging from the trees. Local folklore says that this was once the location of a hanging tree.

Location: Beckermet (Cumbria) - Nursery Woods
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: January 2006
Further Comments: A witness reported a large pterosaur-like creature flying above Nursery woods.

Woman in Black
Location: Blackpool (Lancashire) - Ripley's Odditorium
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1970's
Further Comments: When the skull of a local girl was displayed here, several people reported seeing a spectral female figure standing by it. The skull's owner was convinced the item was cursed, and died a week after finally giving it away.

Bell for the Dead
Location: Blaenporth (Dyfed) - General area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death in the village
Further Comments: If the phantom bell is heard to ring three times at midday or midnight, someone of importance is due to die.

Setting/location inspiration:

'The Botox Botticellis': Disturbing portraits of extreme plastic surgery patients
New book featuring portraits of surgically enhanced models aims to challenge what we consider to be aesthetically pleasing. Phillip Toledano's A New Kind Of Beauty asks whether human faces and bodies redesigned using extensive surgery could ever be considered a paragon of beauty.
The New York-based artist, whose photographs have appeared in the New York Times, GQ and Esquire, says his objective was to challenge what we see as beautiful, questioning whether one can redefine what we see as beautiful - and wondering whether we can choose to create beauty ourselves.
Think this is the future of human appearance?

Apocalypse inspiration:

And the weirdest things google maps seem to be picking up. 
Imagine if they could pick up the most sinister images, things that are telling us humanity or the world is screwed.  The picture of a possible Atlantis really intrigued me.  Could we use google maps to try and find the world mysteries? Loch Ness, Big foot, sea monsters... and what could we find? Would we want to know what's really out there?


  1. Have I mentioned how much I love these posts? Because I love them. The Russian artist is AMAAAAAZING!

    Thanks, as always!

  2. I envy his talent :) His photos are very inspiring.

    No problemo. Glad you like them :)