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Francesco D’Andria used ancient mythology as his guide to locate the legendary portal to the underworld.
Strabo (64 B.C.- 24 B.C.) wrote, “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”
Sounds like an ideal destination for a package holiday. Of course, you’d come back in a different kind of package to that which you left in.
When I was about nine years old and living in France I saw Histoires Extraordinaires (Spirits Of The Dead) on a small black and white TV late one night when I couldn’t get to sleep. Suffice to say it scared the hell out of me, mainly because of the unsettling and truly bizarre Fellini portion of the film, ‘Toby Dammit’. Based loosely on several Edgar Allen Poe stories, seeing this collection of short films coincided with my asking my mother for Poe’s complete anthology, that I got for my tenth birthday and I still have to this day.
The Fellini segment is based on the Poe story ‘Never Bet The Devil Your Head’. You could argue that it’s not that close to the original piece, but the uneasy and confused state of mind that Fellini creates with art direction and camerawork captures something about Poe’s writing that I find fascinating; a sense of evil and a distrust of social norms. In some ways, Toby is better off at the end.
A very nice person has made this available on YouTube in five parts.
Born in 1560, and considered the most infamous serial killer in Hungarian / Slovak history, Countess Elizabeth Bathory abused her position of power to abuse others. After some rumors that were circulating became so numerous that they could be ignored no longer, King Mathias II sent a party of men to Castle Csejthe where Elizabeth had been quietly going about her business.
They found a dead girl, another one on her way, another wounded and many others locked up. They’d been beaten, attacked with needles, burnt, bitten and starved. Over twenty five years it became apparent that she’d claimed hundreds of victims.
They couldn’t do much due to her status, so they locked her in one room for the rest of her days.
Unfortunately it’s also a great place to get murdered. And while the gun debate rages on, there are nutters out there quite willing to lay down their firearm and get a whole lot more creative on your sorry ass. Meat cleavers, razorblades, furnaces, or how about a pair of garden shears?
That’ll teach you.
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.
If 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.