Kirk Amaral Snow
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Kirk Amaral Snow

Kirk is an artist and occasional writer with an interest in occult cinema, history, and dark folklore. He spent his younger years chasing bands and ghosts around the abandoned factories, basements, and woods of New England. Now based in the mid-Atlantic, Kirk still seeks out the wyrd edges of local culture.

Stick hex from Episode 1 of True Detective.
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Part II- Trail of the Great Old Ones While the stick hexes of the Blair Witch franchise have a clear lineage, the so-called “devil nets” or “bird traps” of True Detective have a much more mysterious origin. They are described by a pastor in an early episode as being connected

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Stick Hexes from The Blair Witch Project
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Part I – Secret Paths and Magic Alphabets When arriving at the scene, Marty Hart and Rust Cohle walk down the path between the cane fields in rural Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. Smoke still settles to their right as another officer lifts the crime scene tape. The two encounter a strange

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I am starting this discussion of the film Demon (Poland, 2015) in a different place than when I originally watched it a few months ago. While it already seemed timely to discuss in relation to many aspects of American politics and the rise of extreme nationalist groups, I did not

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A woman walks through the dusty, grimy, street. It is packed with an immeasurable number of bodies, yet people seeking their ale still find her amongst the crowds due to her dark, peaked hat. She is one of the alewives in the community, producing enough overage from her family’s daily

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The Egyptian revival gates at Westminster Burial Grounds.
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Walking north along Baltimore’s Greene Street towards Lexington Market, just outside the grounds of the University of Maryland, you might come across an Egyptian Revival gateway leading to a small burial ground nestled in a dense urban area of Baltimore’s downtown. Peering through this gate, you may glimpse a few

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