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Spooky October!

The Carrington Event…


Date: April 07, 2022

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“On the night of the 28th of August, 1859, skies around the world lit up with spectacular displays of light. In some places the heavens glowed red, as though reflecting a massive wildfire. Elsewhere broad bands of white light were seen dancing across the night sky. For almost a week skies around the world glowed so brightly that it was possible to read a newspaper at midnight. Everywhere, people gathered and gazed upwards, terrified and awestruck in equal measure. The vast majority had no idea what they were witnessing, and could only assume that it was a portent of the end of the world.

I tell the true stories behind some of history’s greatest disasters… but without sensationalism or disturbing imagery. Fascinating Horror is all about in-depth research, respectful storytelling, and learning what we can from the mistakes of the past. You might be surprised to discover just how much of today’s world is shaped by long-forgotten disasters from decades gone by.

Music: “Glass Pond” by Public Memory

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6 Reasons for the Decline of The Walking Dead – What Happened to the TV Series?…


Date: March 06, 2022

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“Today at the Mystery Shack, I take a critical look at the prime reason why I think we’ve seen the tv version of The Walking Dead decline so rapidly in the past few years. We’ll be talking about things like the controversial AMC+ early premieres, character deaths, actors leaving and more!


Looking at seasons one and two, you can see exactly what established this series and made it so smoking white hot.

The first two seasons easily stand toe to toe with any modern horror movie…and they are showcasing excellent, deep character dramas. There’s a lot of substance and humanity here…and these are characters you’ve been led to become deeply invested in.

Seasons two and three are great…though I’d say their best episodes are near the end, when the group is decimated, splintered into smaller groups, and they get back to one of the core basics of zombie apocalypse movies…that being, an eerily abandoned world of isolation, where you can roam…but danger can be anywhere…and you cannot just set and stay anywhere for a long duration.

In fact…I think some of the absolute best episodes of the series, happen between the prison destruction and arrival at terminus.

There are goofy and lazy things starting to sneak in, but it’s still an over all solid show with few missteps on its record.

The Woodbury episodes, while still really great, have the unfortunate effect of pulling the series out of that eerily abandoned world of isolation…and even though you eventually have to have evolution of the story and its settings…I think this is where the true zombie fan base began to get turned off…Because when the show starts looking and feeling like “the normal world”, it no longer has all those elements the zombie fans really love…It’s closer to being “just another show”.

That was probably unavoidable.

I think season five is very much worthy of being recognized among the best of the series…It’s just that we start seeing more goofy stuff, and what feels like a softer edge starting to creep into the show.

For example, when the gay character approaches and tries to recruit the group but gets taken prisoner…something about this point feels like it’s lost it’s intensity, that it would have had had this occurred in season one or two.

In fact…one of the things I really dislike about trends after the first two seasons…is that more and more stuff just kind of gets glossed over…and this is a problem that just keeps increasing as the series goes on…and as it keeps fanning out to more places and characters.

This is probably unavoidable, but still…I hated seeing the original model of the show abandoned, in exchange for an action series, with decreasing character development…It started dragging the show into a more mundane direction, a lot of the fan base just wasn’t interested in.

I mean…why have we never seen anything quite like the Rick and Shane relationship and feud repeated?…It’s like when they took one of the absolute best things this series ever had going for it and abruptly killed Shane, they killed “that version” of the show…and moved on to a substantially different era of the show, in “the prison episodes”…which were still great, but they were just lacking something that previously attracted fans to the series.

Shane’s death was massive…but I was really disappointed to see it end, because I was anticipating much more out of it…and I was further disappointed, to see all of it’s connected plot lines abandoned pretty fast…Laurie dies soon after…They toy with us, using her specter hallucinated by Rick [who’s going crazy], but that literally goes nowhere…leaving you wondering what was the point?…and they straight up stop caring whether Judith is Shanes daughter or Ricks.

The show was never quite the same, after season two ended.

Several seasons at Alexandria turned the series into something very different…still pretty good…but less and less representing an actual horror movie atmosphere…less of a human drama…and only isolated points of greatness. The new characters started feeling way more shallow, and undeveloped…It’s hard to care about characters presented like that…They’re just disposable…

Eventually, things devolve so badly, that we actually get a romance and betrayal established and played out over two or three scenes, involving Gabriel and…the junk yard lady [I forget her name…Jadise?]…two established characters…And the junk yard lady gets to spend her five minutes or so as “one of the good guys”, before promptly returning to her wicked ways.

They just spring stuff on you, anymore…Without any build up, characters are suddenly a couple…and situations are suddenly true…It feels like they’re just making stuff up as they go.

And now…with season ten…There are some echoes of good…but it’s mostly shallow, mild, mediocre…even dumb…very inconsistent…Not a lot that’s great…To much that feels cringe…

…There were points where I felt like The Walking Dead characters had been transferred into Z Nation, for crying out loud…I love Z Nation…but I don’t want to see TWD mimicking it…That’s not what TWD is.

I think to many different people have been given control of this show…and the current ones are way out of touch with what this series is supposed to be about…hence, we now have a version of The Walking Dead, which is not truthfully The Walking Dead.

It’s an inferior and sad shadow of it’s former self.


The Fairy Worlds of Richard Dadd…


Date: November 12, 2021

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“In 1864, the nine-year long effort of a mysterious and chaotic painting called “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” had finally been released to the world, however this would not be by the choice of the artist. As the troubled painter who had laboured for so long on this piece, had never considered this to be complete, despite the already somewhat excessive scene displayed. The name of this artist, was Richard Dadd. A Victorian painter famously known for his surreal and incredibly detailed scenes that would normally depict huge crowds of people or fairy-like characters and intricate, fantastical scenery. The tragic irony in his work being so beautifully displayed in these numerous details, was Dadd’s compulsive and obsessive mind, that would not only hinder his ability to complete his art to his own satisfaction, but would ultimately worsen over time, as he would suffer from increasing mental illness. This work is considered by many to be his ultimate achievement, but it also tells much about the fragility of a mind that’s desperate for relief and there is much to be interpreted from it, should you know a fair bit of Richard Dadd’s background. When I first encountered this painting, I felt like I had been staring for hours on end, and still managing to find something new appear from nearly everywhere I looked. I was fascinated in his techniques in creating nearly endless detail and was eager to find more examples of his work. Along the way, I also learned about his life and experiences, which tell a tragic, frightening and compelling story that revealed much meaning in his art. And today I wanted to share that story with you, as well as some of his most captivating works of art that show an enriched technique and unique talent that sadly would never truly be recognized by their own creator. This is the story and artwork of Richard Dadd.

A few errors I’ve made that I’d like to address:

– I say “Israel” instead of Palestine. I originally said “Israel” with the thought in mind that it might make the geography clearer for some viewers, but admittedly I forgot to mention that it was Palestine during the time of Richard Dadd and I apologise!
– My pronunciation of the name Titania is a tricky one. I was always taught it was acceptable to pronounce it as “Tie-tay-neea” and/or “Tit-tar-neea”, though I am aware the latter is commonly used. Including in performances that I’ve seen of the play, I have heard both pronunciations of the name used. I suppose regional dialect plays a part? Either way, until we can bring Shakespeare back to life to prove otherwise, I guess this should really be considered a To-may-toe/To-mar-toe situation.”


Black Eyed Children Documentary – Black Eyed Kids Story – Black Eyes…


Date: November 04, 2021

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“Our country was invaded by paranormal beings. When “Black Eyed Children” approach you, they will ask you a question. Your answer to this question may determine whether you live or perish.

Terry Johnson lived in New York City. He rode the subway, back and forth to work at two different restaurants, six days a week. One was Italian. The other was a burger joint.

He was 25 years old when he first saw a peculiar child in a subway car. Only three feet tall, wearing a basball cap. The youngster wore his cap visor down, like an army soldier. Other than that, Terry thought it was a normal ten year-old… until it looked back at him. Its eyes were shiny and wet, like the eyes of a lower animal. After that the kid basically ignored him.

The child sat there expressionless, head straight, no matter what happened. He never turned his head. He was always on the subway in the afternoons. Terry even got used to him, and when his fear subsided he grew curious. He decided to follow the kid.

He was not stalking a child. He was observing some kind of robot. Besides, he just wanted to see where the kid got off the train. He wasn’t following it home! They both rode the metro to the end of the line, and got out of the car together. As usual the creature continued to ignore him. They waited on different benches, for the first train heading back out.

Terry soon lost both of his jobs. He was unable to concentrate. Following the baseball cap became his new profession. He would observe the child for hours, riding from one end of the city to the other. Terry never had the nerve to track the creature in the evening hours, when the subway stopped running at night.

Until chance deposited them on the opposite seats in the same car. Blank, obsidian eyes of the kid, stared straight ahead… directly at Terry, unblinking. Terry tried to stare down the kid, until subway train was being parked. It slowed to a crawl and then stopped. The end of the line for the night. Terry could see into the windows of more trains on both sides.

The child smiled at him. It said, “Can you help me, mister? I need someone to walk me home.”

Terry just sat there in a state of shock.

“I’m scared,” said the child. “I could really use your help.”

Terry could only shake his head and pray the thing would understand, that his answer was “no”.

Suddenly the small boy became very angry. “It’s your responsibility to look after me! I am helpless!”

That’s when Terry closed his eyes. He thought he heard the boy walk out of the car. When he opened his eyes again the creature was gone, and he relaxed for the first time in months. It was a half hour later when he decided to leave the car himself. But when he poked his head out of the door, there was no room to descend. All the space between the parked trains was filled with black eyed children.

Terry must have passed out, because when he woke up the subway car was pulling into a station. He didn’t care what station it was. He stepped out of the car that day, and he has never since travelled by train.

Whether the black eyed children are aliens from another planet, or demons from hades, their agenda remains unknown. But if you know of their existence, it is said you are much more likely to meet one of them in person.”


The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Sweet Transvestite”…


Date: November 04, 2021

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Sweet Transvestite”

Tim Curry: Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Susan Sarandon: Janet Weiss
Barry Bostwick: Brad Majors
Richard O’Brien: Riff Raff
Patricia Quinn: Magenta
Nell Campbell: Columbia
Jonathan Adams: Dr. Everett Von Scott
Peter Hinwood: Rocky Horror
Meat Loaf: Eddie
Charles Gray: The Criminologist
Jeremy Newson: Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Labow: Betty Munroe

Jim Sharman (1973)”