Japan can be a gnarly place. Not only for the sheer intensity of their examples of the macabre, but for how culturally disparate their horror can be for the western audience. Most are familiar with the usual suspects that demonstrate this phenomena like Ringu, Battle Royale, or Tetsuo: the Iron Man. However, there is
I once had a therapist tell me, “our parents know how to push our buttons because they are the ones who installed them.” While I have worked through all my resentments with my parents and accept they were doing the best they could with the tools they had at the
Between 1677 and 1682, the court of Louis XIV witnessed a level of violence, mayhem, and darkness that resulted in the deaths of 36 people, a number of them prominent aristocrats. Rumors and threats of poisonings and witchcraft outraged the court and reached close enough to the king that his
The find of the skeleton of a “vampire child” in Umbria, in Central Italy, by archaeologists from the University of Arizona and Stanford University, made headlines in the past weeks. Most of the publicity around this discovery surely comes from the dark aura it spreads, but to an historian’s eyes
Halloween is a time to celebrate the spooky, the scary, and the frightening. A reason for kids to don masks and demand candy from neighbors, and an excuse for some adults to dress in outlandish, sexy, or terrifying guises that would not be socially acceptable the rest of the year.