Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline REVIEW!





Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Published:  Random House NY

WARNING!!! THIS BOOK MAY CONTAIN TOTAL GEEK OUT MOMENTS!!! lol

I would just like to say first of that this book reminded me of a game I play called Second Life so some parts really made me laugh because I have experienced them first hand playing that game. I also love the references from old TV shows,movies,games,and music.
The book takes place in a dystopian world in the future where jobs,food,and housing is scarce and the only way for people to escape this reality is to play the OASIS game that a man named Halliday has created. With the OASIS letting you do anything you can do in real life most people don't even leave their houses anymore.
Halliday feels that his end is near and since he has to children and no wife he has no one to leave his fortune to so what does he do? He puts an egg into the OASIS game in which a player must find three keys and complete three gates in order to find and once they have finished the final gate they can find the egg and obtain full ownership of the OASIS and Halliday's fortune. Sound easy? Well think about the whole world looking for this item at the same time and if that isn't enough there is also a company called the IOI looking for the egg as well and they will stop it nothing to find it even if it means.....DEATH.

Rating:






Thoughts: This book was a total page turner and I would tell anyone and everyone that this book is a must read!

Quotes: "Three Hidden keys open three gates where in the errant will be tested for worthy traits, and those with the skill to survive these straits will reach The End where the prize awaits."

                                 READY PLAYER ONE!


"Three hidden keys open three gates  wherein the errant will be tested for worthy traits, and those with the skill to survive these straits will reach The End where the prize awaits."




    Ernest Cline Interview

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Won a Book Bundle!

The people of my house descended upon me when they learned that I had won a book bundle from a book club named From Left to Write. They were as shocked as me when they heard the news and quickly got puppy dog faces so they could each pick a book from the bundle that they could have. I gave in since it is the holidays and I love to see people's faces when I give them gifts so of course my husband chose first. Sheldon (husband) chose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ( I am currently reading this book) and Skeletor (roommate) since his birthday is coming up got Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
I would like to say that the book club stayed in touch with me right up until I got the books in the mail which didn't even take a week to reach me which is AWESOME! I got the box just a few days after learning that I won it and I turned into a little kid again as I held the box and jumped up and down with happiness. I am also on good terms with all three cats since they got the box the books came in. Below is a list of the books in the bundle and don't forget to check out the From Left to Write blog!

Book Bundle List

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking   by  Susan Cain

Lady Almina and the Real Dowton Abbey  by The Countess of Carnarvon

Ready Player One  by  Ernest Cline

The Black Count  by  Tom Reiss

The Expats  by  Chris Pavone

Double Cross: The True Story of D-Day Spies  by  Ben Macintyre

The Headmaster's Wager  by  Vincent Lam

I Am Forbidden  by  Anouk Markovits

Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man  by   Brian McGory



Home Page  of  From Left to Write




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Unicorns?! PART 2

In this post I will tell you about the Unicorn in two different cultures. I hope you enjoy!

The Chinese Unicorn..
The Unicorn is part of the Chinese mythology but they don't resemble the white horse that many know as a Unicorn. The Chinese Unicorns are described as having the head and body of a stag or deer, the tail of an ox, and the legs and hooves of a horse. Some accounts say that they possess the green scales of a dragon and a voice like a bell. Even the horn of the Chinese Unicorn was different, it wasn't hard like most stories today lead you to believe but soft and fleshy. The horn was covered with fur in 5 colors which was considered special by the Chinese. The fur consisted of red, yellow, blue, white, and black color.
Accounts of the Chinese Unicorn are consistent regarding it's appearance and almost always describe it as "gentle, beneficent, delicate in diet, regular and stately in pace".
Called the Ki-lin or Qilin ( pronounced "chee-lin") the Chinese Unicorn was one of the four special animals who lived in the heavens right next to the dragon, phoenix, and the tortoise. It is said that these special animals would appear on earth on rare occasions to herald the birth of a wise person/benevolent emperor or to intervene in human affairs. Five thousand years ago it was a said that a Unicorn taught the emperor Fu Itsi the secrets of written language.
For most of China's history, pictures of the Ki-lin were displayed in the rooms of pregnant women in the hope of granting them the good luck of bearing distinguished sons.
Are the two Unicorns the same creature even though their appearance is different?
Some scholars believe so and they think that the look of the Unicorn is different due to environment.

The Unicorn of India...
Ancient religious literature of India show a very different type of Unicorn. The Unicorn of India isn't an animal at all but a boy/young man with a single horn growing from his head.
The story comes from book 3 of the Mahabharata: The Book of the Forest. Written around 200 B.C., the Mahabharata "which means :great story" in Sanskrit) with it's collections of myths and ancient stories is one of the foundational documents of the Hindu religion.
The story of the Kasyapa is of a boy who left his family to become a holy man dedicated to mystical meditation. Kasyapa shunned human company after the death of his teacher and lived in the forest with only animals for company. As the story goes he encountered a beautiful doe deer or antelope, the animal ended up staying with him in his hut and some months later gave birth to a baby son.
You are probably asking yourself how that could happen. There are different explanations for how something like this could happen, one account has kasyapa spilling his "seed" in the lake water which the doe then drinks. Another story says the doe became pregnant just from seeing the mans body.
Either way the child who was mostly human except for one horn growing out of his forehead. This child was named Risharinga/Rsyasrnga meaning "antelope horn".
The doe soon died after the birth so the child was raised by it's father away from other humans. The horn of the child was said to represent the childs special, even divine, nature.
although it's appearance is quite different from what most of us envision a Unicorn to be, many scholars believe that the Unicorn boy of India may have influence Unicorn stories in other parts of the world.

So now you can ask yourself...do I believe in Unicorns?



    North Korea's secret unicorn lair found! Link to the Article

  Unicorns in NY?!



  Unicorn in Italy?!

 

   Last Unicorn song from the 1980's animated film

Monday, December 10, 2012

Unicorns?! PART 1

"If God had not created the Unicorn, man would have invented him, for he has a form and nature that must exist." - Welleren Poltarness, A Book of Unicorns
The word unicorn comes from the Latin word Unicornis meaning "one horn".
There have been sightings of Unicorns in Africa,Asia,and other parts of the world.
Do Unicorns really exsists?
It is said that unicorns reside in deep dark forests, remote deserts,and mountain peaks. They don't tend to live in places close to humans. Which could explain why most people have never seen a unicorn. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It is said that a Unicorn's horn has the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Until the 19th century, belief in Unicorns was widespread among historians,alchemists,writers,naturalists,physicians,and theologians.
Cosmas Indicopleustes, a merchant of Alexandria who lived in the 6th century, made a voyage to India and subsequently wrote works on cosmography. He gives a description of a unicorn based on four brass figures in the palace of the King of Ethiopia.
A one-horned animal is found on some seals from the Indus Valley Civilization. Seals with such a designare thought to be a mark of high social rank.
Unicorns can even be found in the King James version of the Bible!
Some bones were found at Unicorn Cave in Germany's Harz Mountains. Some of the bones were reconstructed by the mayor of the Magdeburg. Otto Von Guericke, as a Unicorn in 1663 but the bones were later found to just be woolly rhinoceros and a mammoth with the horn of a narwhal.
One suggestion is that the Unicorn is based on the extinct animal Elasmotherium,a huge Eurasian rhinoceras native to the stepps, south of the range of the woolly rhino of Ice Age Europe.
The power of the Unicorn rests in it's singularity. Despite variations in the mythology relating to this most elusive and remarkable of creatures, a persistent aspect of Unicorn lore is that there is only ever one of them. This adds to the most extraordinary beast, and makes it the object of passionate quest by generations of mystics, who see in it a universal symbol of the greatest prizes of all - enlightenment and spiritual transformation.
If you wish to see a historical Unicorn then look no farther than NYC were you can find the Cloisters. The Cloister was built in the 1930's and includes parts 5-centuries-old that were actually disassembled from monasteries and other buildings in France. The cloister houses the medieval collection of metropolitan Museum of Art. Were am I going with this you may ask well the high light of the collection is the Unicorn Tapestries known as The Hunt of the Unicorn. The tapestries were created around 1500 and consists of 7 tapestries. The tapestries measure 12 ft high and up to 14 ft wide.
The Tapestries were owned by the same French family for generations before being purchased by oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1922. John the donated the tapestries to the metropolitan Museum of Art in 1937.
The Unicorn tapestries are immensely popular in the United States and have done much to cemnt a certain visual image of the unicorn in the minds of the American public. Nancy Hathaway who is a writer and Unicorn researcher describes the image of the Unicorn as "a graceful,horse-like animal,creamy white,with a long spiraling horn,cloven hooves,a curled beard,and a delicately plumed tail". To this day people still think of Unicorns as white horses with a spiraling horn.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Getting Back To Work!

I know I have been slacking a lot with posting blog entries but I am working hard to make the next research blog a good one. It will be about unicorns through history to today and already I have learned so much about this subject from reading up on it that I can't believe I have gone this far into life without learning these things. I am super excited about this post because I love horses and I have always wanted to own one but also because the first word I learned to spell when I was little was Unicorn. I learned how to spell that before I learned how to spell my name.
Life is crazy at the moment with surgery,Thanksgiving,black Friday, and the weather is having quite an effect on me. Even with all the crazy crap going on we have gotten the Christmas decor up and it is being enjoyed as we speak! I love the lights they are so pretty and I cry when everything is over and we have to take them down :(.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?


I just finished reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and I have given it 5 stars because I just loved the dragons they were such complex characters and their mingling with the humans kept me on the edge of my seat at times.
I also started reading the next book in the Tiger's Curse series by Colleen Houck Tiger's Destiny and these books always get good ratings from me because I love the whole plot of the series and Colleen Houck has a way with words that makes you feel like your right there with her characters.

 WHY HAVE YOU BEEN SLACKING?

Alright I will admit it I have been sleeping quite a bit and I have also been watching vlogs on YouTube like a crazy person. My favorite vlogger is mandaelysepanda and I like her because of how dorky she is. Watching her vlogs makes me feel like I am not alone and on more than one occasion I have watched one of her vlogs while I have been depressed and even if it is for a moment she makes me smile.



   mandapanda vlogs

      Colleen Houck book signing

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Real Vampires PART 2

To nights post will be about the most popular type of real life vampires the Psychic Vampire. Down below are my findings I hope you enjoy reading them and become interested in the subject.

A psychic vampire is a creature in either human form or phantom-like form that feeds on psychic energy. Some human psychic vampires don't know that they are so they will feed unintentionally on those around them leaving the victim feeling weak with a tired drained feeling.
Night time psychic vampire attacks...
Sometime during the middle of the night sometimes as soon as the victim goes to sleep a feeling of dread is felt. The victim will then find it difficult to move, and might noticed that something is in the room or approaching. If the victim notices the figure in the room it usually appears to be a dark figure this would be the Phantom-like psychic vampire.
The entity is said to move on top of the victim which gives the victim a feeling of weight on their chests. The pressure on the chest can be felt even if the entity isn't on top of their chest directly so the weight felt isn't from the weight of the entity it's self. Victims have reported seeing the entity surrounded by color. There have also been reports of people hearing voices or a wind tunnel like sound during an attack. The sensations of a night time psychic vampire attack also match up with Astral Walking which is when a person's consciousness detaches from their body.
Day time psychic vampire attacks...
The daytime attacks are almost always because of a human with the ability and it might not be on purpose. Their victims are usually those around them at the time. The attack will usually leave the victim feeling drained of energy and on extreme cases can cause the victim to pass out for a short period of time. If the psychic vampire doesn't know that they have the ability and doesn't learn to control it then those around them will continue to be attacked. Energy from electronics has also said to be drained around psychic vampires. Everything runs on energy so it is very important for the psychic vampire to learn to control their ability properly.
There is a theory that vampirism of the psychic kind predates popular folklore versions of blood drinking vampires. Some would even go so far as to say that psychic vampirism was the cause of the folklore in the first place. I have also come across some theories that everyone is a psychic vampire in one way or another because we all feed off the energy of each other.
Scientists who have studied psychic vampirism say that the people who engage in vampire behaviors  is because of the way they see themselves. In certain situations these vampires behave in ways that make sense to them based on their perceptions, and in turn see no other alternative. Extremists with the ability may seek domination and in some cases even destruction of the victim.
There Are three types of psychic vampirism today.
Type 1: One-on-One Psychic Vampirism
This category includes any form of psychic vampirism between two people with one being the vampire the other the victim.
Type 2: Group Psychic Vampirism
This category also called collective vampirism includes any form of vampirism that involves a group,organization,or institutions.
Type 3: Parasitic Psychic Vampirism
This category is the most different of the three. Parasitic vampirism is an internal form of psychic vampirism turned against the self. This type is the vampire and the victim. Parasitic psychic vampires attack from within so each time they take in energy their bodies ability to cope weakens to minor stress so they feel the need to always feed.
Above are some pictures of studies done on psychic vampirism also make sure to check the important links to continue the knowledge of the subject.


  An interview with Joe H. Slate, PH.D. he studies psychic vampirism



 An episode about Psychic vampirism from the History Channel

 

     A website with more information about Psychic vampires

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Real Vampires? PART 1

Type 1: Immortal Blood Drinkers
This type of vampire is the base of most if not all fictional vampires. Due to ethnic changes there are several species in this category. There is a theory that demonic possession after death was the cause of vampires which would explain why they are said to dislike religious items. No matter the amount of species there are in this category none of them have even come close to the amount of powers of the fictional vampires that are based off this type. Most of the evidence on Immortal drinkers is unconvincing. This type of vampire is the least likely out of all the vampires to actually exist in real life.

Type 2: Mortal blood drinkers/Occult
Some common humans feel the need to drink blood. Some drink blood for religion while others believe that blood has powers. In some cultures it is believed that drinking the blood of an enemy would give the drinker great wisdom and power.
However there are some people who suffer from a disorder called Renfield's Syndrome (named after the character in Dracula) feel the need to drink from living things to stay alive. Renfields is considered a form of insanity and is responsible for some people to commit violent crimes to get blood.
Most people who claim to be real vampires described traits from popular fictional vampires. Those people are the fakes among the occult vampires. There is a theory that people who fake being a vampire do it because they like the attention or they want to act out a fictional vampire from the stories they loved.
Some of the "mortal" blood drinkers claim to be immortal but they lack the wisdom that comes with the age they claim to be which lead me to believe that these people are also fakes.
Why would someone do ? well they might just like book vampires a little to much or it could be that they think that being a vampire is cool.
The real mortal drinkers might suffer from a psychological need to drink blood. There are also those whith Renfield's syndrome. If a person has Renfield's syndrome they usually tend to show signs of having it at a young age.
How can a person get Renfields?
Most people with the syndrome are male and it is usually sparked by an event in childhood in which the sufferer associates the taste and sight of blood with excitement. As the person gets older the attraction to the blood becomes sexual.
Renfield's syndrome has three stages...
Stage 1 is autovampirism which is when the person will drink his or her own blood even if it means cutting themselves to get it.
Stage 2 is zoophagia, this stage is when the person eats or drinks from live animals. Some might obtain animal blood from a butcher.
Stage 3 is true vampirism. In this stage the person drinks from humans. some have even gone so far as to break into blood banks to steal blood. Most of the people with syndrome that have committed violent crimes are at this stage in the syndrome.

That concludes this posting but to continue your search for real vampires got to the Important Links below. Until next time folks stay safe!



  an episode from Paranormal TV

 

    Modern Vampires episode from A&E







Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vampires Fiction/Folklore

Sorry it has been so long since I posted an entry this subject has taken a lot of time to get good information on and plus I have been having some health problems lately. I'm having surgery the Nov. 1 to get my health fixed or at least a little bit of it lol. Anyways here is the next part of my vampire posts.

Most Fictional vampires have traits distinct from those of folkloric vampires. Legends say that a vampire is a mythological/folkloric being that feeds off the life force of animals and people. Vampiric entities have been recorded throughout history the earliest dated back to prehistoric times.
The term "vampire" wasn't popularized until the early 18th century. After an influx of vampire superstition into western Europe from Balkans and Eastern Europe.
With the increased level of vampire superstition in Europe mas hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.
Most vampires in folklore  had a range of different looks from nearly human to a bloated rotting corpse. The charismatic sophisticated vampire didn't show up until the interpretation of the vampire by the Christian Church. If you look back in history when a person saw a vampire they didn't wear a cape or stylish clothing that fiction leads you to believe. The vampire was usually said to be wearing what they were buried in.
The historical descriptions also say that the vampire's skin wasn't pale but it had a reddish tint like the blood that was eaten had infused with the body. The vampire's body would also look bloated unlike fictianl vampires that are almost always thin. People also claimed that the vampire would have a rotting smell. Here are some other characteristics from folkloric vampires...
Rancid Breath
Long Fingernails
Long Hair
Sharp Teeth (but not always fangs)
Blazing often Red Eyes
There were also vampires in folklore that possessed a phantom-like attributes appearing almost ghost-like. These phantom vampires were said to feed off people at night while they were sleeping. This type of vampire was also said to resemble the person it once was. Most people that had a run in with this type of vampire usually just see the vampire as a dark mass.
It is said that in some countries people believed that a vampire could still have sexual relations with humans. Of course though no one would want to willingly have sex with a folkloric vampire so the act was much like that of an incubus demon. It was also believed that the children from this match were born with the ability to sense the undead. In other countries people believed that a physical vampire could become human again. There is a folkloric vampire in Malaysia call the langsuir which is a female vampire that could be captured and cured. In some religions there are Gods and Goddesses that resemble vampires.
Hindu's Dark Goddess Kali
This demon-like goddess isn't gentle,bashful,nor subservient toward her husband. She walks in the nude with her hair disheveled. So you may be asking yourself where I am going with this well Kali Drinks the blood of demons. She gets intoxicated by the blood.
Even though Kali tends to fight alone she does ask for help sometimes but here is the catch she will only ask for help from other women and never men. Kali is the destructive/violent form of the Mother Goddess Durga and it is said that she actually sprung out of Durga's head during battle and is often portrayed as Shiva's wife or consort.
The name Kali is derived from the Hindu word that means "black" and also "time".
She is the destroyer of ignorance and wrongdoing,but also creates reality. Though she is capable of destructiveness she is not seen as evil. Kali is seen as a nessary aspect of salvation and conversion.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Real Vampire Cases PART 2

Part 2 of my Real Vampire Cases will be about two of the worlds most famous vampires in history. I hope you enjoy this entry.

CASE 3:  Elizabeth Bathory  (Aug.7,1560 - Aug.21,1614)
Elizabeth Bathory was one of the most mentioned vampires in History.
After the death of her husband Ferenc Nadasdy Elizabeth and four other collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls. A witness Attributed to over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was only 80. Elizabeth herself was never tried nore convicted,but in 1610 she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later.
 Elizabeth was said to bathe in the blood of her victims which had to be virgins. She thought that doing this would help her retain her youth and beauty. Elizabeth's ruthlessness has been compared to that of Vlad the Impaler and she has even called Countess Dracula throughout history.
So you make be thinking "well how did this happen?". Well we aren't really sure what made Elizabeth so ruthless but perhaps it was because she was only 15 when she was married off for political gain. She was also known to be a very bored person in her adult life because she didn't really like to go out much and was pretty much a hermit. There is also a theory that she practiced witch craft.
After Elizabeth's husband's death she wanted to find a new mate right away since she never really liked her husband in the first place. Elizabeth's aunt introduced her to flagellation soon after. Elizabeth fell in love with the practice an armed with her husband's silver clawed whip she would beat the front of her victims bodies so she could see their faces as she cause them pain.
One day Elizabeth viciously struck a servant girl. The strike was serious enough to draw blood which got onto Elizabeth's hand. Later that night Elizabeth was sure that the hand that got the girl's blood on it looked fresher,younger,brighter somehow.
Elizabeth consulted with her alchemists about the blood. The alchemists didn't want to disappoint so they told her that there was a place far off where virgin's blood was used to help the age of the body. Even Elizabeth's beauty consultant said that her theory was a sound one. Elizabeth was sure it would work. Of course if a little worked then a lot would be even better so Elizabeth started to bathe in virgin's blood and in some cases if the girl was pretty she would also drink the blood.
The girls would be hung up side down by their ankles then stripped and while they were still alive and warm their throats were slit. Elizabeth would drink the blood of the really pretty girls first from a golden cup then she moved to drinking the blood straight from the girl while she was still screaming.

CASE 4: Vlad the Impaler (Nov.13,1431 - Dec.18,1476)
Vlad III was born in Sighisoara,Transylvania kingdom of Hungary which is present day Romania. Vlad III was the prince of Wallachia and was a member of the house of draculesti. Vlad was mostly known by his patronymic name Dracula which means Son of the Dragon. Vlad's father Vlad II also known as Dracul was a member of the Order of the Dragon which was founded to protect Christianity in Eastern Europe. Vlad III is revered as a hero in Bulgaria but some see him as nothing but a tyrant.
Vlad III is known for impaling his enemies which is how he got his historic reputation as the Impaler. Vlad's reputation for Excessive cruelty spread as far as Germany and across Europe. The total number of his victims isn't exact but it is expected to be tens of thousands. Vlad's ruthlessness caught the eye of Bram Stoker and sparked him writing Dracula in 1897.
During his lifetime Vlad III took pleasure in torturing and killing. He is even shown in cryptoportraits made during his lifetime in the role of cruel rulers. According to German stories Vlad had whole villages destroyed and burned to the ground. Vlad's favorite form of torture was impalement. It is even said that Vlad III would eat his dinner with his field of impaled people. This field of torture was a smart one because of the shock value. It has been said that an invading Ottoman army turned back in fright when it saw the feild of rotting corpses. Some say that Vlad may have even drank the blood of his victims.


THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT VLAD THE IMPALER!

1. In 1975 a documentary style movie came out titled "In Search of Dracula". There was also a movie that came out in 1989 titled "mircea" that shows Vlad in his youth.
 2. Vlad III had two half brothers named Mircea II and Vlad Calvgarul
3. Vlad III also had one younger brother named Radu III the handsome.
4. During his life Vlad wrote his name in Latin documents as Wladislaus Dragwlya.



     Vlad the Impaler Documentary

 

      Elizabeth Bathory Documentary

Monday, October 22, 2012

Real Vampire Cases PART 1

I am so sorry this took me so long to post I have a lot of things to look through I am still not done with the research for this project. I figured I would start typing up what I do have though so you guys at least have something. Here goes I hope you enjoy it.

REAL VAMPIRE CASES

CASE 1: The Devil's Child Case

Sean Sellers then 13 was a self-proclaimed "devil child". He claimed that he made a pact with the devil which was sealed by him drinking his own blood. He also kept a jar of blood in the refrigerator hidden behind the eggs.
As a teenager Sean held nightly rituals in his Oklahoma home. The rituals were to invite demons to possess his body. Soon the "demons" renamed him Ezurate and told him that his power would grow if he killed someone.
On September 8,1985 sometime after midnight Sean killed a clerk for the city of Oklahoma named Robert Bower.
A few minutes before midnight on March 14,1986 Sean conducted another ritual in hi home while his parents slept just a room away. He told police later that demon appeared to him that night in a strange kind of mist. Sean then entered his parent's bedroom and shot them both in the head. Sean was later caught and became Oklahoma's youngest death row inmate he was only 15 at the time.
He told police that he enjoyed drinking blood like a vampire.


CASE 2The Vampire of Sacramento

Richard Chase was born May 23,1950 and from his time of birth he was a bed wetter,fire starter,and killer of small animals.
In high school Chase was convince that a Nazi crime syndicate had targeted him and his mother was getting paid to poison him with a chemical that would turn his blood to powder.
Chase thought that if he killed small animals and dismembered them then put the organs in a blender with cola drinking its mixture it would heal the damage he thought the poison did to his body.
In 1975 Chase was committed to a mental asylum after developing blood poisoning from injecting himself with rabbit's blood. Even in the asylum he would catch birds that would land on his window sill and eat them. In 1976 Chase was released with a prescription for an antispychotic.
In 1977 Chase was found wondering nude in the Lake Tahoe area. A bucket of blood and a live was later found in his Ford Ranchero. He was later found out that the blood was animal.
Chase's first victim was killed in December 1977 in a drive-by style shooting. A month later he shot Teresa Wallin then 22 three times killing her. Chase then dragged her body into the bedroom of her home. He then continued to dab her repeatedly. Chase then used a yogurt cup to catch some of her blood in which he then drank.
Two days later Chase bought two puppies from a neighbor, he then killed them and drank their blood. It was at that moment that Chase knew that animals blood wasn't as good as human and wasn't as satisfying.
Chase committed his largest murder spree on January 27th. Chase killed four people on this date. Evelyn Miroth,her six-year-old son,her friend Danny Meredith, and her 22 month old nephew who she was baby sitting. Chase then drank blood from his victims, he also removed some of their organs. After this cops had evidence to arrest him.
Chase later told police that he was a bit disturbed about the killings but only because he was afraid that their spirits would come back to haunt him. He had no sign of feeling guilt for what he had done. Chase claimed that he needed to drink blood.
Chase was convicted of 6 counts of first degree murder but Chase cheated the gas chamber by taking hi own life in his cell at San Quentin Pen. 

That concludes PART 1 of Real Vampire Cases I hope this caught your attention... Stay Tuned for more to come!!!



   The Vampire of Sacramento

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The History of Halloween PART 2

Welcome to PART 2 of my History of Halloween. I'm just going to jump right into the rest of the post so enjoy!
Trick-or-Treating also known as guising didn't really take effect until the 1930's. The word trick-or-treating didn't make appearance until 1934, the first use of the term in publication didn't appear until 1939. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing (caroling). Trick-or-Treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, the poor would go door to door on Hallowmas (Nov. 1) receiving food in the return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (Nov. 2). Shakespeare mentions this practice in hi comedy The Two Gentlmen of Verona in 1593.
One thing that most people have done at least once is play a Halloween game. Most of the games played on Halloween in the past were divination games. One game that was part of Scottish Tradition was an apple game that was said to tell the single ladies future spouse. This is how you play the apple divination game, the lady must carve an apple in one long strip then toss the peel over her shoulder. It was said that the peel of hte apple will land in the shape of the letter of the future spouses name.
There was also another game that played by single ladies. People said that if the lady sat in a darkened room in front of a mirror on Halloween night they would see their future spouse looking back at them. If the lady was meant to die before marriage she would instead see a skull in the place of the spouse.
I am going to be finishing this post up with some things you probably don't know about Halloween

1. Though food tampering has happened in the past it is very rare for this to happen so parents can lighten up a bit!
2. Most believe that Samhain begins Halloween night when in doesn't actually start until November 1.
3. It is said that the Celt's would wear costumes on Halloween night to trick the evil spirits that would come to our world with the good spirits.
4.Another tradition was to leave food and drink outside the front door for the roaming spirits.
5. The romans celebrated a holiday at the end of October called Feralia.
6. With the coming of Christianity the early Church of England tried to Christianize the Celtic holidays.
7. An American historian named Ruth Edna Kelley wrote the first book about the history of Halloween in the US titled The Book of Hallowe'en in 1919.
I am going to finish up this post with some Important links and I hope that everyone learned at least one thing new about this subject. Thank You for reading!



    History of Halloween from an unknown channel

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The History of Halloween PART 1

Halloween...All Hallows Evening.....Samhain, all names for a holiday that takes place on October 31.  Halloween is one holiday that is observed around the most if not all of the world. October 31 is the day before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. November 1st is All Saints Day for Western Christians and is celebrated by Roman Catholic Churches. There are some scholars who believe that Halloween originated from Pagan tradition first. The word Halloween wasn't used Until the 16th century. The word Halloween represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve.
Historian Nicholas Rogers noted that some folklorists have detected it's origins in the Roman Feast of Pomona ( Pomona is the Roman Goddess of fruit and seeds) or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia. It is linked mostly to the Celtic festival of Samhain ( Samhain is derived from the old Irish Samuin meaning Summer's End).
The Irish and Scottish people believed that Halloween was the day when our world an the supernatural world were at it's closest and that magical things could happen during the night. The souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes on Samhain eve.
The Gaels believe that the only way to ward off evil spirits was to build huge bonfires and invoke the help of the Gods through animal or human sacrifices.
The Puritans of New England maintained strong opposition to the holiday and it wasn't until the mass Irish and Scottish Immigration during the 19th century that the holiday was introduced to the continent in the earnest.During the mid 19th century it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century it was being celebrated coast to coast.
One thing most people now do on Halloween is pumpkin carving. The carving of the pumpkins spring from the Samhain custom of caring turnips into lanterns to remember the souls held in purgatory. Immigrants in North America used pumpkins because they were native to the area and easier to carve than turnips. American pumpkin carving can be seen recorded as early as 1837.
Are you saying WOW yet? Well how about this?
One of the earliest woks on the subject of Halloween was from a Scottish poet named John Mayne who in 1780 made a note of Halloween pranks and ghost stories that were done on the night of All Hallows eve.



Friday, October 12, 2012

Real Life Werewolves???? PART 2

Welcome to part 2 of my real werewolves entry. I will just cut right to the chase.


In the years 1520-1630 France had it's own werewolf problem and many people were suspects. I couldn't find much on the subject but I did find out that at that time people ate a lot of Rye bread and other cereal products. In cold damp conditions cereal products can grow a fungi called Ergot. If the Ergot fungi is ingested through food contamination it can have LSD like effects. A little fact that I learned while looking into this fungi was that it is actually used to make LSD. People would sit down to dinner and a few hours later they will begin to become sick. The symptoms of Ergot poisoning are as follows  painful seizures,spasms,diarrhea,paresthesias,itching,mania,psychosis,headaches,nausea,vomiting,and hallucinations. The main problem that comes into play with the whole werewolf situation is the fungi would make people crazy and people would hallucinate which made them think that they were becoming an animal. I watched an interview with a lady that actually survived an outbreak that took place in a village in France named Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951. This woman said that she could remember seeing snakes in her bed that weren't actually there she even said she saw a large tiger in her bedroom. A lot of people got very sick during this outbreak in the 50's and a lot didn't make it because the fungi actually starves the brain from oxygen. A man named John Grant wrote a book about the French outbreak titled The Day of St. Anthony's Fire (St. Anothony's fire is another name for Ergot poisoning). There have been hundreds of Ergot poisoning cases, there is even a theory that Ergot poisoning could have been at the root of the Salem Witch Trails. The most resent Ergot poisoning outbreak was in Ethiopia in 2001 after dozens of people ate contaminated barley.
So now the question stands. Do you believe in werewolves?



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Real Life Werewolves??? PART 1

Halloween is drawing near so to start the celebrations this post will be about real werewolves. I live in Ohio so I will start with werewolf sightings in my area first. Here we go!!


It all began in Defiance, Ohio in 1972 a story was reported in the Cresent-News paper saying that the police were on the look out for a wolf like man who was said to have attacked three people the night before. The story gets even more strange when two brake men from the near by railroad tracks confessed to seeing a large wolf like creature lurking around the tracks. None of the sightings were witnessed on a full moon including the night of the attacks. The three attacked also had no neck wounds it said which is strange since I for one have never heard of a werewolf that just bites on the neck I mean come one now we aren't talking about vampires here. The Police chief that was on the case was Donald F. Beckler ( I researched this man and I found nothing) he said that the attacks had taken place during the early morning hours before sun rise and was probably just robbers. The next day which was August 3, 1972 more people were said to have been attacked but the victims didn't actually see the person or thing attacking them. The police were also on the look out for a man dubbed "Wolf-Man" who attacked one man and attempted to attack two other near the Norfolk area. The man was said to be wearing an animal mask which is how he got the name. August 4,1972 only one "wolf-man" report was noted on this day. A lady had called police because she heard scratching at her door but she didn't actually see it. Ohio werewolf sighting that I could find proof of all happened in the 70's and everyone knows that the early 70's almost everyone did drugs at the time and most of the drugs that were used at the time were HEAVY drugs so most of the people that saw something could have been on drugs at the time though I have proof of it.
Let's go to Wisconsin, Elkhorn to be exact there was a Werewolf sighting on Bray road. The first sighting was in the early 80's and over the years more and more sightings of a large creature were reported in the area. People that have actually seen the creature described it as a bear like creature resembling Bigfoot. It was guessed to be 2-4ft tall on all fours and 7ft tall on two legs. The weight was guessed to be about 400-700 pounds and it's fur was said to be brownish gray like a bear or dog's fur. Even though no one saw an actually human transformation the creature was called a Werewolf by the local newspaper. Because the newspaper called it a werewolf mass hysteria started in the area and more people started to come forward claiming to have seen the beast as well. A local news station wanted to cover the story so they  put LInda Godfrey on the case to get information. After hearing all the witnesses testimonies of what they saw she fully believed that there was some sort of beast like creature in the area. She eventually wrote a book on the subject titled The Beast of Bray Road.
In Michigan there were sightings that resembled the Bray road beast following the release of a popular song titled "The Legend" about the Michigan Dogman in 1987.


    Man broke into house in Ohio claiming to be a werewolf

 


  The Bray Road Beast



   The Legend of the Dogman "song"

Thursday, September 20, 2012

MUST READ BOOK LIST!!!

A * means that the whole Series is good...

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore   By William Joyce
The Ghost and the Goth    By  Stacey Kade
The Hunger Games   By  Suzanne Collins
*Tiger's Curse Series  By Colleen Houck
*Diary of a Whimpy Kid Series  By Jeff Kenny
*Clockwork Angel Series  By Cassandra Clare
*Wings Series  By  Aprilynne Pike
*Legacy Series  By Cayla Kluver
*Chronicles of Vladimir Todd Series  By  Heather Brewer
The Outsiders  By S.E. Hinton
Walking In Circles Before Lying Down  By Merrill Markoe
The Book Thief  By Markus Zusak
Howl's Moving Castle  By Diana Wynne Jones
*Crimson Series  By Trisha Baker
In Her Shoes  By Jennifer Weiner
Juliet Naked  By Nick Hornby 
Little Women  By Louisa May Alcott