eBay–Your source for haunted stuff

Cracked.com is one of my guilty pleasures.

Today I enjoyed this list of questionable haunted stuff that was sold on eBay.

Boy there’s a lot of haunted dolls out there. I carried around a beanbag Minnie Mouse when I was little. The ‘beans’ always squished down into the legs. Must have been possessed.

Teresa

P.S.: When I first tried to add a graphic to this post, Media Gallery went nutso and inserted three extra that I hadn’t clicked on. Ooooooh, spooky.

Demonspotting: Ronové

How'd you like this guy to show up at your deathbed?

Some sources say Ronové acts as a psychopomp–a spirit who escorts souls to the afterlife, but only the souls of old, decrepit people.

Which would really scare those people, since he looks like a monster.

When summoned (though supposedly not by anyone over the age of sixty), he teaches rhetoric (how to persuade others to your point of view) and other languages. He can give his master other spirits as servants. He can get both your friends and foes to do things for you.

He’s a marquis of Hell, with nineteen legions under his command.

Vampires we know and love #21: Upyr

Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.

Upyr

Have you ever been visiting a graveyard and accidentally stepped on a grave, then apologized to the person buried there?

Okay, maybe I’m the only weirdo who does stuff like that…

Or maybe not. There’s something odd about the place where a person is buried, and I’m not the only person who thinks so. One of the ways a person (or animal) can turn into Russian Upyr is by ‘corpse jumping’, that is, walking over a freshly buried corpse.

But the Upyr is also a revenant, who was a witch in life, or just a person who committed suicide (If you don’t know your Catholicism, suicide is the only sin you can’t repent for because you’re dead if successful. A very bad thing.). The Upyr rises from its grave and kills whole families.

The Upyr is not to be confused with the Upor, the Upir, the Upier, or the Upior. These vampires will all appear in this blog if it/I last long enough.

Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
(Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Lobizon: Fox or ape shifter?

Is it a fox or an ape shifter? Hard to say. I guess shape-shifters are tricky that way.

Maberry says the lobizon of Argentina (also parts of Brazil, Paraguay and Uraguay) might be somehow connected to the lobishomen of Brazil, but other than the etymology, I can’t see how. Lobishomen are vampiric female nymphomanics, and lobizon are were-dogs/foxes/apes that walk upright. Guiley says they’re dogs. Maberry says they’re foxes. If anyone wants to fund a trip to Argentina for me for some research, I’m up for it.

Maybe we can understand the confusion if we factor in the Old World. In Portugal, a lobishomen is a type of werewolf, much closer to the lobizon than the Brazilian lobishomen.

Whether it looks more like an ape or a fox, the lobizon eats dead flesh, bodily waste, and babies who haven’t been baptized. Fire and steel will kill it, and aconite, an herb, will ward it off.

Approach the lobizon with caution, and avoid cornering it unless you and your friends want to have your heads ripped off.

Sources

Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
(Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Free Zombie Book–The Z Word

In Canada, that’s pronounced “The ‘Zed’ Word.” But we’re weird up here. We also pronounce “Columbus Day” ‘Thanksgiving.’

Okay, jokes end…

Author of Zombie books and close, personal friend Bella Street is giving away copies of the first in her Apocalypse Babes series, The Z Word. Just head over to Amazon and download it for your Kindle.

Blurb, from ApocalypseBabes.com:

Book One of Apocalypse Babes, The Z Word, follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.

Claim your free copy now! It’s a limited time offer.

Herne the Hunter

Illustration of Herne the Hunter

Image via Wikipedia

There is an old tale goes, that Herne the
Hunter (sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest)
Doth all the winter time, at still midnight
Walk round about an Oak, with great ragg’d-hornes,
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And make milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
You have heard of such a Spirit, and well you know
The superstitious idle-headed-Eld
Receiv’d, and did deliver to our age
This tale of Herne the Hunter, for a truth
-William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Herne the Hunter is one of the oldest ghosts on the book — obviously, if he’s mentioned in a play that was written around 1597. Supposedly, Herne was a hunter employed by Richard the Second in the region of Windsor Forest in England. Poor Herne was attacked by a white deer (though he’d likely been hunting the deer), nearly killing him. The local wizard was only able to cure him by sticking the deer’s antlers on his head and sacrificing Herne’s hunting skills (though personally, I wouldn’t have been all that keen to keep them anyway).

However, the other hunters framed Herne as a poacher — which was a big, big no-no on Royal land in those days. The next day Herne, antlers and all, was found hanging from a local oak tree. But was it murder or suicide?

As these things go, Herne stuck around, becoming a ghost and generally hung around haunting the forest. He rides around on his ghost horse, accompanied by other ghostly hunters, demonic dogs, and a hunting owl.

But he’s just a local legend, right? Not a demon at all, right?

Well… Check out the Gundestrup cauldron, a silver vessel suspected to be from the first century, that was found in Denmark: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gundestrup_antlered_figure.jpg

That antlered guy look familiar? That might be the Celtic god Cernunnos, who was a fertility god and general horny guy (sorry, I should have resisted that one). He looks an awful lot like our Herne, no? And their names kind of sound a bit similar…

Also, any spectral spirit who goes out hunting might just be connected up with the Wild Hunt, which is a group of ghosts, spirits, or even the faery, who band together once in a while to go chasing after some spiritual game.

So, is Herne just another ghost, or is there something more going on here?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup_cauldron