“Yarn Darling” Shanell Papp Loves Knitting and the Macabre

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“Yarn Darling” Shanell Papp Loves Knitting and the Macabre

Shanell Papp’s upbringing fostered an interest in death and the macabre. She spent part of her childhood on a farm where she took part in caring and slaughtering the animals. Down the street was a cemetery. That alone provided ample content for her artistic endeavors. Her grandmother, owner of a thrift store/flea market, taught Papp how to knit and to crochet. Papp’s 2008 labor-intensive show Lab (Skeleton) was an instant hit and still discussed ten years later.

Papp, born in 1980, was enrolled in an MFA (Master of Fine Art) program at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) when she began to crochet the life-sized skeleton. It took 4 months to create. Add another 4 months to create and to assemble the internal organs, and Lab (Skeleton) was born—much like Frankenstein’s Monster, a huge influence on Papp’s work.

Creating anatomically correct crochet skeletons is labor-intensive. Papp refers to medical textbooks, visiting college classes, and looking at real skeletons to maintain the accuracy in each piece. She even purchased a gurney to hold one of her creations. Papp says her art is an act of “patience, skill, and commitment.” She sees the pieces as conversation starters. Once completed and installed, Papp enjoys walking amongst the crowd and watching their reactions.

“Lab #4” depicts a skeleton on a table draped with a white tablecloth. The life-sized skeleton is made with yarn and thread and is crocheted and sewn together. It was created in 2006.

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In 2013, Papp created “The Shining/Banff” comparing different rooms from King’s Overlook Hotel with one of the Banff Hotels. Needless to say, The Shining is one of Papp’s favorite horror movies.

To see more of Papp’s work: https://shanellpapp.com/

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Time Warp Picnic Event Is Fully Booked for 2019

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Time Warp Picnic Event Is Fully Booked for 2019

The iconic and popular audience-participatory film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) was filmed at Oakley Court in Windsor. Several horror movies filmed on location, and the castle has a long history. At the time the movie was filmed, the castle was empty and only used for film productions. In 1981, the castle was renovated and opened as a boutique hotel—complete with a “Rocky Horror Package.”

The 118-bedroom hotel includes an upscale restaurant, pool, gym, and gardens. The “Rocky Horror Package” includes an overnight stay in an elegantly appointed room, full English breakfast, outdoor buffet for the “Time Warp Picnic,” and late-night screenings of the film. Unfortunately, all reservations are taken. However, the hotel is maintaining a waiting list.

Keep an eye on 2020 dates, as they are not posted yet. Request “mansion suites” when booking since those rooms are original to the house.

Hotel information: https://www.oakleycourt.co.uk/

“Let’s do the Time Warp again”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aizCMO-mI1Q

Dark (2017- ) Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on June 21st

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Dark (2017- ) Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on June 21st

Cancel your plans. You’ve got 10 days to binge season 1 of Dark, the first German series to be streamed internationally, before season 2 begins. And you want to be ready!

Dark follows three storylines set in three distinct time periods linking the families in the small town, Winden. Season 1 opens with teenager Jonas Kahnwald returning to school after his father’s suicide. A child goes missing and reignites the fears from decades before when another child disappeared. Read my review here: https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2017/12/17/dark-binge-worthy/

Netflix ordered season 2 (a short 8-episode season) within a month of debuting, with season 3 announced shortly thereafter. Netflix announced that a staggering 90% of viewership comes from outside Germany. It is one of the most popular non-English series viewed. It can be watched with subtitles or dubbed.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=VE5BQ4Gj2jY

Listen to the haunting theme song “Goodbye” performed by Apparat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66VnOdk6oto

 

3rd Installment of Annabelle Arrives in Time for Summer

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3rd Installment of Annabelle Arrives in Time for Summer

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) hits theaters on June 26. In the meantime, catch up on some facts and inconsistencies in the infamous Annabelle story.

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) picks up immediately after the Warrens take the possessed doll home and place her in their occult museum. In the 3rd installment in the series, the doll sets her sights on the Warrens’ daughter Judy, now played by Mckenna Grace. Annabelle causes the other items in the museum to manifest and focus their combined demonic energy on Judy.

This will be the directorial debut of Gary Dauberman, who wrote The Nun, both It Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, and the earlier Annabelle films. The bar may not be that high for him to cross.

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Here are some facts and inconsistencies about Annabelle.

  1. This will be the 3rd movie in the series.
  2. It is the 7th movie in the Conjuring franchise.
  3. The real doll is an over-sized Raggedy Ann doll.
  4. It was purchased either in 1968 or 1970 by a nursing student’s mother.
  5. Donna is the nursing student who was terrorized by the doll, along with her roommate Angie and other nursing student Lou.
  6. Early articles spelled the doll’s name as “Annabel.” Somewhere along the way, it changed to “Annabelle.”
  7. None of the Annabelle stories have been corroborated against Ed and Lorraine’s accounts.
  8. The first 2 Annabelle movies starred Sterling Jerins as “Judy.” She has been replaced with Mckenna Grace.
  9. Mckenna Grace starred as “Juliet” in the flop Amityville: The Awakening (2017).
  10. Initially scheduled for a July 2nd opening, the movie was bumped up a week as not to compete the eagerly expected Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
  11. Follow the money. Industry expectations for Annabelle’s opening weekend are $35-45 million with a total domestic tally of $101 million.

 

 

Mediocrity Is Travel Channel’s Business Plan

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Mediocrity Is Travel Channel’s Business Plan

Travel Channel announced that the subpar and totally faked “paranormal” show Paranormal Caught on Camera has been renewed for a second season, ordering 26 new episodes. Hopefully, they will hire a new slate of “experts” and writers who actually vet and verify these stories.

Stop watching this crap. Travel Channel is single-handedly ruining the paranormal field, which is the basis for my 2019 academic conference presentations. Stay tuned.

Biodiversity Study of Loch Ness Announcement Set for September

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Biodiversity Study of Loch Ness Announcement Set for September

Professor Neil Gemmell, University of Otago (New Zealand), and his team spent 2018 collecting water samples from Loch Ness in Scotland. Minuscule pieces of urine, feces, skin, scale, and fur were contained in the samples. Gemmell’s team researched and catalogued their findings. Ultimately, the team hoped to compare the results to 4 popular Nessie theories. The announcement on findings has been postponed twice. Now Gemmell is shooting for September.

Cataloguing the results slowed the process. In addition, Gemmell was in negotiations for a documentary to be filmed in tandem. Parties failed to reach an agreement; therefore, there will not be a documentary on the process.

Early reports claim that the team has identified 15 species of fish and 3,000 species of bacteria within the loch. As for Nessie? Three of the theories has reportedly been eliminated. However, one expert not associated with the study predicts that the Nessie myth will endure…no matter the announcement.

Stay tuned.

THREE Bigfoot Sightings in Georgia

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May Brought THREE Bigfoot Sightings to Georgia

Cherry Log, Georgia is home to the self-professed “World’s Largest Bigfoot Museum.” The museum’s official name is Expedition: Bigfoot, The Sasquatch Museum. Totaling 4,500 square feet, the museum also claims to be “North Georgia’s Biggest Family Attraction.” During the month of May, the museum’s owner Dave Bakara received three separate reports of sightings in North Georgia.

On Monday, May 20, Edward Lee spotted a 7-8-foot hairy bipedal creature walking along Highway 515. Lee noted the creature’s pointed head. Lee thought better of exiting his truck. Sadly, he did not take any pictures.

After Bakara posted the sighting on the museum’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/1EXPEDITIONBIGFOOT/posts/?ref=page_internal), a second man claimed that on May 27th he saw a black/gray creature attempting to fish for trout in a nearby “branch” or small creek. This witness did exit his vehicle; however, he, too, did not take any pictures.

On May 31, Bakara posted that a woman reported that her aunt saw “a huge hairy ape” crossing a road in Georgetown, Georgia. This creature is probably not the same Blue Ridge creature since Georgetown is nearly 250 miles south of Blue Ridge. It’s also worth noting that the aunt described the creature as having reddish brown hair. As with the others, the aunt did not take any photographs.

While Bigfoot sightings in Georgia are rare, there are some. According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), https://www.bfro.net/GDB/#usa, as of 2017 there were 132 sightings in Georgia. At least 8 other states rank higher in sightings. These three latest sightings are not reflected in the BFRO numbers.

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According to the “Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 5 2018 Paranormal Study,” 21% of Americans believe Bigfoot creatures exist. The percentage is increasing. With more people out searching or stumbling upon these creatures, surely they will take charged cellphones to take pictures.

 

For more information: https://www.expeditionbigfoot.com/.

 

New York Times Reports Newly Disclosed UFO Sightings in 2015

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New York Times Reports Newly Disclosed UFO Sightings in 2015

Navy pilots witnessed and videotaped several encounters with unidentified flying objects while in the air or on military aircraft carriers. The reports were declassified and reported on by the award-winning newspaper. Seems UFO activity may have increased…well, certainly the reporting of such activity continues.

The May 27, 2019 article titled “Wow, What Is That?” profiles a series of UFO sightings by Navy pilots. Lt. Ryan Graves details the sightings occurring from the summer of 2014 to March 2015 off the East Coast of the United States. All sightings were reported to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the UFO tracking program begun in 2007 at the request of then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The program was funded from 2007-2012, when it ceased most operations. Reports of the program completely closing were exaggerated, as this blog and the New York Times article proves.

Lt. Graves described unknown aircraft flying 30,000 feet into the air and reaching hypersonic speeds. He and his mates were unable to locate any exterior engines and were stunned that the aircrafts remained in the sky for 12 hours. They followed procedures and reported their observations.

A small but largely significant fact came out of the article. Government officials, notably the Pentagon, boasted about the closure of the UFO tracking program noting that funding had been zero-lined, meaning the agency had not been allocated funds to continue. At the time, a few writers (myself included) read between the lines and reported that the agency would continue to collect and to investigate all sightings from military personnel. In light of possible funding for a Space Force, Congress needs to step up and re-fund AATIP.

Read the full-length article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html

Watch the video: https://nyti.ms/2YNjY3N

Recreate Stranger Things Living Room in Your Home

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Recreate Stranger Things Living Room in Your Home

Recreate the living room from the insanely popular TV series Stranger Things courtesy of IKEA. The “Real Life Series” brings iconic television show living room sets to their Middle Eastern market. Customers can transform their living room into Joyce Byers’ living room. Although the campaign is limited to the United Arab Emirates, savvy shoppers can scroll through the Swedish furniture/lifestyle company’s website and hand-select items.

Here’s a quick checklist to get you started:

Sofa and Sofa Cover: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20415490/

Sofa Throw: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/20528/

Wing Chair: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90359848/?query=STRANDMON&icid=iba|us|unbxdsuggestion|201811132211556208_1

Armchair: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79129104/

Bookcase: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40263848/

Coffee Table: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70239710/

String Lights: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30422126/?query=SOLVINDEN&icid=iba|us|unbxdsuggestion|201811132211556208_1

 

If Stranger Things is a tad too strange, then select from Friends or The Simpsons.

Quirky New Mystery Show Debuts on Acorn

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Quirky New Mystery Show Debuts on Acorn

Queens of Mystery (2019) debuted on the British streaming service Acorn in April. The 3-episode series features three crime-writing sisters who assist their 28-year-old niece, D. S. Matilda Stone, solve murders in the fictional village of Wildemarsh. This quirky series is addictive and easy to binge.

Olivia Vinall stars as the newly minted Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Matilda’s mother disappeared when she was a child, and she was raised by her three aunts. Julie Graham (Shetland) is “Cat,” former rocker now graphic artist. Cat is the cool aunt, complete with stripped pants, tattoos, and Mallen streak in her hair. Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten) is “Jane,” owner of the local mystery bookstore Murder Ink. She gives off the librarian feel. Finally, there’s Sarah Woodward (DCI Banks), who plays “Beth,” the atypical middle age aunt. Although the aunts seem like stereotypes, they’re not. They ground Matilda.

Each episode opens with a fairytale pop-up book animated sequence and is narrated by Juliet Stevenson. The show has a profound Pushing Daisies feel, as well as, Agatha Raisin. Fingers crossed there will be a second season.