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I like to explore the cultural connections between the holiday of Halloween and people that invented it. One of the more interesting legends I have run across recently is that of The Cutty Black Sow. “It was the start of the year in our old Celtic lands, and we’d be […]

The Cutty Black Sow, a Gaelic Legend


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Pumpkin Head Sam Trick-r-treat
Halloween always makes us think of the darkest, dankest, ritualistic parts of ourselves. Writers often use the holiday as inspiration for their works. King, Bradbury, Le Fanu just to name a few. Many creepy, spooky and downright bizarre characters have been related to Halloween so I thought I would put […]

Pumpkin Head, Dark beings with Jack-O-Lantern heads


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On December the 19th 1843 a novella written by Charles Dickens, arguably the most popular author of the Victorian era was published by Chapman & Hall. It has been said that it is the catalyst that both revitalized and restored our nostalgic love of the Christmas holiday.  We all love […]

Dickens of a Holiday


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Santa Claus has long been a cult idol of mine.  I think we can all really agree that the image of Santa Claus, perhaps even his entire existence, has been a long lurid story that ultimately simplifies down to mass manipulation. Let me get one thing perfectly clear before I go on. I […]

You Don’t Know Santa



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The traditional carving of the Jack-o-lantern has its roots in a very dark tale from Irish lore about a man named Stingy Jack, who dared to drink with the devil and gambled his soul on the sharpness of his wits.  Originally Turnips were hollowed out and used as talismans against the dark forces […]

A Jack-o-lantern Tale of Two Vegetables