Halloween Rising

For this latest spooky October post, I’ve grown a little bit impatient with the month and I want to cut to the chase. Here’s a nice little primer on the Celtic roots of the Halloween holiday and its evolution through the ages to the seemingly silly, scary celebration we know today. Do the souls of [...]

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Loving the Alien

Another spooky October post, this one examines the horrors that can happen during a close encounter with an alien. However, this isn’t about anal probes or lost time, this is a famous story that illuminates the way that fantasy and religious thinking can obscure all reason when it comes to a belief in alien visitors. [...]

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Back to Twin Peaks

Continuing with the scary October posts, and reveling in the announcement of the return of Twin Peaks, I found an example that distills the aesthetics of the original, providing a map back to the place where Laura Palmer and a beloved, bizarre television series were both killed. While the mind reels at what David Lynch [...]

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Goatman of Pope Lick

Continuing our spooky posts for the month of October, here’s a story about a cryptoid monster who’s said to inhabit a location near Pope Lick, Kentucky — it’s almost too good to be true. Check out this take on the legend from this Impulcity post… Okay, to be fair, this place should always be abandoned. [...]

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D&D at 40

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons — the original role-playing game, D&D has influenced every RPG boardgame that’s come since its first publication in 1974, and D&D‘s impact on modern video games is nearly as profound. I haven’t played D&D since I passed on my secret knowledge of armor and [...]

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Radical Sexual Mystic

Ida Craddock was a 19th century champion of free speech and women’s rights who is of particular interest to Insomnia due to the occult mysticism that permeated her voluminous, pioneering writings on human sexuality. Craddock is considered the first great hero of the sexual revolution — she can also be seen as its first martyr. [...]

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The Riddle of Robert Johnson

Here at Insomnia, we love the strange crossroads of hardscrabble blues and high weirdness that come together in the life of legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Johnson. The story of the blues pioneer finds the gifted musician rejected by his family, living the reckless, itinerant life of a musician, drinking heavily, womanizing, dying mysteriously and infamously associating [...]

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Stanley Kubrick on the Moon

Yesterday we marked the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and today we’re reminded of the first human footprints on the lunar surface. What may have been a “small step for man” may have been an epic studio production for cinematic sorcerer Stanley Kubrick. According to researcher Jay Weidner, we actually landed on the [...]

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LORE at Corvidae Collective

If you missed the Art Crawl last Saturday night and you’re craving a gallery fix, let me suggest this fun event tomorrow afternoon at Corvidae Collective in The Arcade in downtown Nashville. LORE is an exhibition of work exploring and celebrating fairy tales and folk myths from around the world. I’ve seen a few of [...]

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Haunting Goatman’s Bridge

Was casting about for some weirdness to post here when I got into a quick chat with Chris Charbonneau on Facebook. A few quick clicks around on his page uncovered a paranormal phenomenon that I wasn’t familiar with: It’s a story about America’s haunted history of racism and violence that may have resulted in an [...]

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