Varla Ventura

I am the author of Fairies, Pookas and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm, The Book of the Bizarre; Beyond Bizarre; Among the Mermaids; and Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night. I am a lover of all things truly strange and freaky, and spend a good deal of my time reading and researching stories of the unusual variety. I live in the North Woods where all manner of things tap, tap, tap at my windowpane at all hours of the night.

Chili Cook-Off

A funeral parlor in Pittsfield, Massachusetts goes to great lengths to keep business alive. The Devanny-Condron Funeral Home hopes that events such as a chili cook-off, a murder mystery show, an art walk and monthly birthday cakes at the Pittsfield Senior Center will serve as a reminder to folks that the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home is …

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Rattling Rafters and Haunting Moons

Recently I had the privilege of staying overnight at Preston Castle, an old boy’s reform school in Ione, California. It looms above the sleepy little gold rush town, peering down upon the vineyards and scraggly pines with half-shuttered window-eyes and a toothless brick grin. When we arrived the moon was on the rise, nearly full …

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