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Winter, 1484. Pope Innocent VIII decrees an approval for the Inquisition to proceed in “correcting, imprisoning, punishing” perpetrators of witchcraft “according to their deserts.” With such a papal order, the age of the witch-hunt in Europe had begun. 1324, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Over a century before the Vatican’s edict and

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BizarreHistory

When I was a boy, I think it’s safe to say that I was very much like other boys when it came to the idea of monsters. Dracula, Godzilla, the Hulk, Goosebumps… These were the coolest things my impressionable eyes had ever seen at the time. I believe this enthusiasm

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CvltureHistory

Sure, at its core punk-rock is about freedom, maybe even anarchy – whatever that means to each one of us these days. But inside all its niches, punks seem to behave as badly as – if not worse – than any other gathering of people with similar interests. For crusties,

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BizarreCvltureHistory

I saw a ghost. To be fair, I actually saw two ghosts that night, but I will only defend the one. It was there, right by my face, and it was fucking ugly. Last summer I had a friend come visit me from beautiful Los Angeles. He’d never been to

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BizarreCvltureHistory

At the southern end of Woodlawn Cemetery just west of Chicago, a 750-plot area called Showmen’s Rest is set aside as a burial ground for circus folk. There is a lot to appreciate in this small graveyard, but perhaps most compelling of all are the dozens of graves marked “Unknown

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HistoryMovies

Fascination with horror movies spans generations, race, and gender, and those of us who do more than scratch the surface of the genre inevitably find one of the most renowned (or reviled) films: Cannibal Holocaust. Directed by Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust is an exemplar of the Italian horror genre in

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