Five London Horror Stories

Two of my favourite monsters included here

Happy Halloween. In the spirit of Halloween I will give you five horror stories and urban legends from old  London town. Enjoy!

1) 50 Berkley Square

50 Berkley Square is the most haunted houses in London. Berkley Square itself has an interesting history, Robert Clive the man who won India for the British Empire lived in the square, as did one of Briton’s most famous Prime Minister’s Winston Churchill. Another Prime Minister, the lesser known George Canning lived at number fifty and reported hearing strange noises around the house.

50-berkley-square The exterior of 50 Berkley Square

The first death was a girl called Adeline. She died jumping from the attic window in an attempt to escape her abusive uncle. A ghost reacting Adeline’s death was witnessed by more than fifty people during the following years.

In 1872, the house attracted the interest of Lord Lyttleton who stayed the night in the attic to stop the rumors of ghosts. Despite being sceptical Lord…

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Storsjon Lake Monster

Another great article

The Curious Fortean

Storsjoodjuret, yes that is a real word and it is the name given to a cryptid that is said to live in the icy waters of Lake Storsjon (also a real word) in Sweden.The lake is up to 300ft in depth with a surface area of 464 km2 and the city of Ostursund is nestled on its eastern shore line.The creature, whose name I cant pronounce to save my life was said to have been first recorded in 1635 by a folklorist and vicar Morgens Pedersen. He describes the creature as being the creation of a couple of trolls who were engaged in the production of magical substances.

 “A long, long time ago two trolls, Jata and Kata, stood on the shores of the Great-Lake brewing a concoction in their cauldrons. They brewed and mixed and added to the liquid for days and weeks and years. They knew not what…

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The Geometry and Mechanics of the Shining Trapezohedron

An amazing article.

Lovecraftian Science

the_haunter_of_the_dark_by_peteamachree                     The Haunter of the Dark by Pete Amachree

“The Haunter of the Dark” is Lovecraft’s sequel to Robert Bloch’s “The Shambler from the Stars” where the surviving protagonist, named Robert Blake, goes to Providence to write a novel.  While in Providence he becomes obsessed with a large, deserted church on Federal Hill. Eventually, his obsession leads him to breaking into the church and discover the “Shining Trapezohedron,” which appears to be the door or window to other worlds or universes. This article focuses on the Shining Trapezohedron.

Simply put, a trapezohedron is a sold figure where its faces are either trapeziums or trapezoids. A trapezium is a quadrilateral with no parallel sides, while a trapezoid is a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides.

trapezium                             …

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Amazon unlimited

I recently signed up for Amazon unlimited. It was the  months free subscription that got my attention. You may have noticed that I have been a little bit manic this past month. And I’ve been devouring books about digital marketing. The trouble with these books is that the writers promote them fiercely and tell you that the best thing since sliced bread. The their book is the one that’s going to give you all the secrets that will help you break through. Before reading them you can’t really judge. Many of them have hundreds of positive reviews and that might be genuine or it might actually be because they’ve paid people or influenced people to write a good review.

I’m going to reserve this blog here by the way from my thoughts about writing while my WordPress blog is the one I’m going to use for thoughts about the macabre bra (I left that dictation error in because I thought it was funny) and ghosts and alchemy and magic and haunted places.

Anyway, I was looking at all of these apparently indispensable books and thinking these books are going for $4.99 each. And there are lots of them!

And then Amazons advert caught my eye-and that’s what Amazon is really good at. Amazon unlimited is the answer-it’s £7.99 for a month but the first month it’s a free trial. You can have 10 books out at any time and this allows me to get any book out then I want andmost of these books on marketing and writing are actually in Amazon unlimited. 

I’ve also picked up a lot of criticism from writers about Amazon unlimited. Apparently they pay you half a cent  per page read so on average writers are earning half as much as they would from lending a book out compared to selling it. And a lot of advice from writers has been to  avoid Amazon unlimited. I can see this from a writer’s point of view however I think subscription services certainly have a large part to play in the future development of reading. So like it or lump it, I think we stuck with subscription services such as Amazon unlimited. That’s the view from the writer’s point of view however from the readers point of view  I think it’s wholly positive.

So I’ve been able to go through the books at great speed both  the good ones and bad ones. To be honest there are many that I wouldn’t have bought but when I read them I found I have some very useful information in them. I would never have got to see that without Amazon unlimited. Simply because I wouldn’t of shelled out 5 pounds for the privilege of seeing whether this was trash or valuable.

So I think it’s a good deal. You can actually get out a ton of books in your first free month without paying a penny and read what would’ve cost you a whole lot of money. So I would recommend that you sign up for Amazon unlimited and read as many books as you want for the first month and then if you don’t like it you simply cancel your subscription

You could even read my books!

And guess what I dictated this whole piece was sitting in the car by the side of a busy road. That’s not bad is it?

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A Lovecraft Reading List for Beginners: Part II . — Dave’s Corner of the Universe

Different people have different opinions on how involved Lovecraft was in the creation of the Cthulhu Mythos. Some people say he purposely and skillfully created one of the world’s first shared universes, others think he was just to polite to tell people not to use his ideas. The truth is probably somewhere between the […]

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THE COLOSSUS OF YLOURGNE BY CLARK ASHTON SMITH — Horror Delve

“The Colossus of Ylourgne” (1934) is a novelette by Clark Ashton Smith set in his often used fantasy realm of Averoigne. This one begins with the mysterious disappearances of newly-buried bodies from their graves. This continues to occur throughout the land, and soon people begin to encounter the corpses running full speed toward some mysterious […]

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