Speaking Piano

CybraphonIf you’re a pianist and you think you’re not quite getting through to your listeners when you play your latest party piece, this could be the way forward. A piano that actually speaks.

The keys are struck by solenoids, and the resulting sound mimics human speech. It’s completely weird, and of course what’s stranger still is that it’s reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009.

However, if you’ve ever wondered how your piano might sound if it was actually trying to transmit a message from the bowels of hell straight from the devil himself then it could well sound spookily similar to this.

Speaking Piano

Creepy Abandoned Places

Ruins Of DetroitIf you’re an author and you’ve been looking for inspiration on where to set your next horror novel look no further. These incredible pictures of some of the most creepy and abandoned places in the world are simply stunning.

My particular favourite is of course The Ruins Of Detroit because they contain pictures of pianos and all kinds of gothic style decay.

Take a look for yourself at some of these pictures and imagine yourself being chased around in these places by all manner of nasties. Cool.

City Hal

Abandoned Places

 

Famous Failed Executions

hanged man tarotAnne Green was a 22 year old woman from England who was most likely seduced by the grandson of her employer. When Green became pregnant she hid her pregnancy and gave birth to a premature baby boy who died soon after he was born.

After trying unsuccessfully to hide the child’s body Green was accused of the murder and was sentenced to death by hanging. During the execution Anne Green had to climb the ladder up to the gallows where the rope was laid around her neck and then was pushed off the ladder.

After about half an hour her body was cut down and placed in a coffin and taken to a local doctor who gave anatomy lectures at the university. When the doctors and others assembled for the dissection and opened the coffin they noticed that the corpse “took a breathe and they heard sounds coming from her throat.”

After giving her hot drinks she opened her eyes. The treatment continued with bloodletting and twelve hours after the execution Anne Green was able to say a few words. After her unique rescue the court usher attending the execution and the prison director of Oxford agreed that Anne Green should be reprieved.

Green later married, had three children and lived for fifteen years after her famous execution.

Top Ten Amazing Execution Stories

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15 most brutal methods of execution of all time

Wildcat Head Ossuary

hellcatSometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift for your loved one. But I believe I have stumbled the perfect gift for any occasion.

Lo and behold, it’s the Wildcat Head Ossuary! It’s a wildcat’s head, in a glass box. Unfortunately the display box costs extra, and also it looks like they’ve all been bought anyway. Damn!

Never mind, there still the Hand Vom Wolfman Shadow Box or the Chernobyl Chicken.

The artist, Sarina Brewer, is part of The Minnesota Association Of Rogue Taxidermists (MART) and their stuff is well worth checking out. If you’re into that kind of thing. But then, who isn’t?

 

Automatic Writing

drawing handsAutomatic writing is writing which the writer claims to be produced from a subconscious, external or spiritual source without conscious awareness of the content. Or all three.

In spiritualism, spirits are claimed to take control of the hand of a medium to write messages, letters, and even entire books. I’m hoping that some kind of spirit turns up and writes mine for me – I may start going to bed with a pencil and notepad strapped to my arm. Would be great if I could get good at Automatic Typing too, and Automatic Editing.

I’m writing a book about being possessed, so it’d be entirely appropriate, surely?

If you want to have a go at some automatic writing yourself, try this link, or see below for more info. You’ll probably creep yourself out. Don’t blame me if you realise you’re channeling Damien.

Automatic Writing – Wikipedia

Testing Spirit Writing

 

Buried Alive

buried aliveBeing buried alive is extremely upsetting and can seriously ruin your day.

Just ask Michalina Lewandowska. She was tasered, bound and gagged, shoved in a box and buried in a shallow grave. She used her diamond ring to escape. And this happened just a few weeks ago.

Michalina was preparing to go shopping with her boyfriend Marcin Kasprzak when the bodybuilder suddenly zapped her with a 300,000-volt Taser gun. He then taped her hands and feet and shoved her in a cardboard box.

And then buried her. It must be love.

Woman Buried Alive In Poland

Masters Of Horror

masters of horrorI was perusing my Facebook earlier today and a friend of mine was talking about ‘Masters Of Horror’, an American TV series I’d never heard of for some reason.

I’m kind of intrigued. It was made between 2005-2007 and features some pretty big name writers and directors. I have a feeling it never made it to the UK, even on Sky.

Has anyone else seen this show? Perhaps you could tell me if there are any episodes I should definitely check out?

http://www.mastersofhorror.net/

Haunted Castles

haunted houseEveryone loves a haunted castle. Some castles are seeped through with myths and legends, scary stories of spooks, and are believed to be haunted places where restless souls linger in the night. Some castles have been investigated by paranormal teams who record and offer “proof” of the hauntings.

Whatever, you’re going to need to try and visit all these places someday armed with a team of cockneys and a video camera that shoots in the dark, with the occasional friend kicking a tin can around and calling it a ghost when no one is looking. Or you might get lucky and see a real ghost. Who knows.

Follow the link to check out the top ten haunted castles in the world.

EXTRA LINK: Would you buy a haunted house for a discount?