Text via The Chirurgeons Apprentice
There is a common and ancient opinion that certain prophetic women who are popularly called ‘screech-owls’ suck the blood of infants as a means, insofar as they can, of growing young again. Why shouldn’t our old people, namely those who have no [other] recourse, likewise suck the blood of a youth? — a youth, I say who is willing, healthy, happy and temperate, whose blood is of the best but perhaps too abundant. They will suck, therefore, like leeches, an ounce or two from a scarcely- opened vein of the left arm; they will immediately take an equal amount of sugar and wine; they will do this when hungry and thirsty and when the moon is waxing. If they have difficulty digesting raw blood, let it first be cooked together with sugar; or let it be mixed with sugar and moderately distilled over hot water and then drunk. 
At first glance, cannibalistic medical practices such as this seem far removed from our own culture. However, the utilisation of body parts for medicinal purposes still persists today, albeit in different forms. Although blood transfusions or organ transplantation may seem dramatically different than drinking the blood or eating the flesh of another human being, these medical practices do share a common belief in the body as an instrument of healing.
Via Huffington Post
A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband’s decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grisly discovery this week.
Apparently, 79-year-old “Marcel H.” from Liege, Belgium, died back in November 2012 of an asthma attack, according to Carters News Agency. His wife was so upset that she failed to report the death and continued to sleep with the body until Belgian authorities made the bizarre finding on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
They were led to the apartment because the landlord claimed the couple hadn’t paid their rent since last year. Neighbors never reported a bad smell. The body had mummified.
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When I read this article on choke sex, my first thought was: WHY has no one ever tried this with ME on a first date? Am I not chokable? And what does that even mean? It could mean swallow throated. Or ham necked. Not that I would necessarily be into it. But you could at least try.
Here is the issue with this: you have to ask first. I mean, I get it. Consent isn’t sexy. Can we please make it sexy? Someone please make a porn or R-rated film involving a truly steamy ground rules scene, okay? Consent can totally be 2014′s new millennial sex trend. Thanks.
And what good is a safe word if you can’t SAY it? Maybe instead of a word, it could be safe sign language. Here’s hoping you’re not in cuffs… (Kidding! I would never wish that on anyone.)
When you take a look at cultures from around the world, you see more similarities than differences. Case in point – while the west has often characterized rituals that involve masks, animal and supernatural costumes as being in the realm of “tribal” peoples, it is ignoring its own tribal roots, which are alive and well in many parts of Europe today. In most of Europe, there are traditions involving elaborate costumes that celebrate pre-Christian holidays and beliefs. While in the “New World,” Christianity and Walmart have been pretty much successful at whitewashing/eradicating any mention or celebration of “pagan” traditions from mainstream society, in European countries with centuries and millennia of history to reflect on, the practices are still alive. For example, the Krampus gatherings and parades in the Austrian Alps, the Bulgarian Kukeri festivals, New Year’s Day celebrations in Poland with the Macidulas or in Germany with the Wilder Mann, or the Festival of Bears in France. All of these and more involve community participation in pre-Christian traditions celebrating Nature, the solstices and humans’ place in the cycle of life, and many of the costumes worn would be at home alongside an anthropological exploration of First Nations’ traditional costumes or those found in tribal African societies. Organized Christianity occupied the territories and destroyed the traditions of people the world over, but has twisted history to make certain people believe themselves more “civilized” than others. But these pictures are clear evidence of the commonality of the human experience, and shows that greed and thirst for power are at the root of our separation from one another.
Walter Potter was a self-taught Victorian taxidermist in Sussex who became famous for his anthropomorphized taxidermy scenes featuring all types of animals, but mainly kittens, squirrels and mice – probably plentiful in those parts. He is famous for scenes like “The Kittens’ Wedding,” his commentary on social inequity “The Squirrels’ Club” and “The Rats’ Den” and “The Death and Burial of Cock Robin.” My daughter freaked when she saw this, but I also got a kick out of their tiny costumes and perfect gestures. The museum Potter created in his home was broken up and sold for over £500,000, while a bid of £1,000,000 was offered by Damien Hirst for the entire collection but was rejected by auctioneers. Check out some of Potter’s scenes below.
The Victorian Blood Book was a part of Evelyn Waugh‘s personal collection of Victorian texts and manuscripts, and arguably the most curious – a scrapbook put together by a loving father for his daughter’s wedding day, this book is an amalgamation of engravings by William Blake, Christian and nature imagery, blood red ink and written text filling all the gaps in between. The text on the pages, hand written by its creator John Bingley Garland in 1854, has the tone of religious ranting, rife with Bible quotes, with phrases such as “Truth! springs out of the earth! and Righteousness! shall look down! from Heaven!” A lot of exclamation points, so many that when I read the text, I read it in the voices of the crazy bums I’ve met on the street trying to convert anyone and everyone to their visions of plague and fire. All I can say is, if my dad gave me something like this, I would question his sanity. But hey, this was the Victorian era, so this type of zealotry was as mainstream and normal as it is today in a Texas megachurch. The creepy element is in the blood dripping from everyone and everything on its pages. Hand drawn in red India ink are bleeding crosses, blood dripping from people, animals, plants and fruit. Literally everything is soaked in the blood of Christ. That’s it, I’m converted! You can look at scans of the full book here, plus take a look at some of my favorites below.
Once again, my favorite holiday is here, and to celebrate Halloween 2013, I want to share another vintage Halloween costumes album! Looking back at how our ancestors dressed on Halloween shows that while we have come “far” in our ability to create creepy images, whether in film, photography or makeup, there was something infinitely more scary about putting a paper bag over your head and dressing in a sack. Plus, you can see a time before rampant commercialism in kids costumes and flimsy, pre-made “sexy” costumes for women. Although I have to say, hearing about people planning to dress as Trayvon Martin this year creeps me out more than anything, just because it shows what depraved, fucked up and soulless psychos they are. All I can say is I hope some paranoid gun-toting hick shoots you (or your family – maybe that would be better karma). Anyway, back to more creative times, when DIY costumes ruled…hope this inspires some of you today!
Sometimes, you just want to look at some creepy, scary shit. Some people want to look at it every day, or watch hours and hours of horror films. In North America, there’s only one day out of the year that celebrates horror and fear (I’m not counting Day of the Dead because there’s so much more to it than that) – Halloween, but for some of us, it’s not enough. So if you need a daily injection of gore and horror, check out CVLT Nation’s favorite Tumblr this moment – 365 Days of Horror! You’ll find gifs from some of your favorite horror flicks, as well as old movie posters, creepy art and photos and whatever fucked up inspiration you need to get through your day. Check out a selection of images from 365 Days of Horror below!
I think it’s time for another installment of our Creepiest Photo Album, and this time I thought it would be cool to showcase some “new” creepy photos, namely creepy photo manipulation. Photo manipulation is not an easy thing to do and get right, and I think a lot of these images will bring you to that dark place in your mind, perfect for Halloween! I have to admit, that while a lot of these pictures are more horrific than the usual vintage ones I post, the are missing a big creep factor that I find in those ones. Something about the fuzziness and graininess of the film in the vintage ones adds another level of scary – maybe these ones are just too “real” looking. Either way, they are still pretty creepy…enjoy…
One place I would love to visit, that is as yet closed to the public, is New Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, now called the Crime Museum, which opened its doors as the Central Prisoners Property Store on April 25th, 1874. This shrine to all things despicable and unholy is used for training purposes within the Yard, showing officers the kinds of crimes encountered by London’s police force over the past couple of centuries, and demonstrating the evidence that convicted the killers. The Black Museum has letters written by Jack the Ripper to the police, taunting them to solve his crimes, as well as grisly crime scene photos of his work. The museum also contains the relocated kitchen of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, known as the British Jeffery Dahmer, where he dismembered and dissolved the bodies of his victims, 15 young men, between 1978 and 1983. A pot sits on the stove, both used to boil the flesh of his victims’ heads, hands and feet. Another exhibit is the gall stone from one of John Haigh‘s victims, the only remains left after the body was dissolved in his acid baths. They also have Victorian death masks on display from hanged criminals, made to show their so-called “deviant” features for future reference. There is talk of the Black Museum being opened up to the public to generate funds for the police force, but nothing has been decided yet. For now, we just have to look at the pictures below and use our imagination to feel the tingles down our spines…