OTIS PHOTO: Hit up a Fall festival in a Shaker village north of me. Things I’ve seen with my own eyes now include: dog herding sheep.
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OTIS PHOTO: Hit up a Fall festival in a Shaker village north of me. Things I’ve seen with my own eyes now include: dog herding sheep.

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Halloween at the Christmas Tree Shops
Today we check out a store-that-should-not-be-named-at-this-time-of-year to see how well they do Halloween. I think you can guess the verdict just based on this photo… (read more)
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Halloween at the Christmas Tree Shops

Today we check out a store-that-should-not-be-named-at-this-time-of-year to see how well they do Halloween. I think you can guess the verdict just based on this photo… (read more)

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Cannibal Corpse: The Grave of Alferd Packer
Recently, I was in Denver, Colorado, where there is a lot of cool stuff to see. Top on my list? A cannibal grave. My first ever, I think. It’s the grave of Alferd Packer… (read more)
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Cannibal Corpse: The Grave of Alferd Packer

Recently, I was in Denver, Colorado, where there is a lot of cool stuff to see. Top on my list? A cannibal grave. My first ever, I think. It’s the grave of Alferd Packer… (read more)

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RANDOM THING: I’ll post today’s article at some point, but I think it’s time for a recap. After all, it’s Day 8 of the OTIS Halloween Season. How do you think it’s going so far? In case you don’t recall, Days 1-7 went like this:
Opened with a video
Saw the grave of a Mississippi witch
Invited you to an interactive tour of my study
Took the first road trip of the season 
Announced the debut of Poe-Land 
Visited St. Louis exorcist sites 
Gave 30 reasons to visit other sites than mine 
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RANDOM THING: I’ll post today’s article at some point, but I think it’s time for a recap. After all, it’s Day 8 of the OTIS Halloween Season. How do you think it’s going so far? In case you don’t recall, Days 1-7 went like this:

  1. Opened with a video
  2. Saw the grave of a Mississippi witch
  3. Invited you to an interactive tour of my study
  4. Took the first road trip of the season 
  5. Announced the debut of Poe-Land 
  6. Visited St. Louis exorcist sites 
  7. Gave 30 reasons to visit other sites than mine 

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Amityville Horror Perpetrator Tells His Story to Fellow Inmate
In 1991, a 13-year-old boy sneaks into the Amityville Horror House to check out the place’s massive spooky rep. Years later he’s imprisoned with the perpetrator of the horror, William DeFeo himself, and hears the story firsthand…through a haze of OxyContin
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Amityville Horror Perpetrator Tells His Story to Fellow Inmate

In 1991, a 13-year-old boy sneaks into the Amityville Horror House to check out the place’s massive spooky rep. Years later he’s imprisoned with the perpetrator of the horror, William DeFeo himself, and hears the story firsthand…through a haze of OxyContin

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RANDOM THING: Seven of you have asked about Poe-Land appearances. As of now, I’m not doing many because my calendar looks like a Rubik’s Cube dropped from 3,000 feet. But I am doing 2 or 3. First one is in the Henry Wilson Museum at the Goodwin Library in Farmington, NH. on October 3. Been here before, and it’s a nice, cozy place to talk some Poe. Come and hang. Here’s more information.
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RANDOM THING: Seven of you have asked about Poe-Land appearances. As of now, I’m not doing many because my calendar looks like a Rubik’s Cube dropped from 3,000 feet. But I am doing 2 or 3. First one is in the Henry Wilson Museum at the Goodwin Library in Farmington, NH. on October 3. Been here before, and it’s a nice, cozy place to talk some Poe. Come and hang. Here’s more information.

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Trick-or-Treating the Web: 30 Links to Halloween 2014
Today, we trick-or-treat the web. I’ve gathered 30 links to get you in the Halloween Season spirit whether you want it or not, like these Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters donuts and vampires in England and Joseph-Gordon Levitt performing Thriller and 27 other things I should post individually to “maximize my social media impact”… (read more)
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Trick-or-Treating the Web: 30 Links to Halloween 2014

Today, we trick-or-treat the web. I’ve gathered 30 links to get you in the Halloween Season spirit whether you want it or not, like these Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters donuts and vampires in England and Joseph-Gordon Levitt performing Thriller and 27 other things I should post individually to “maximize my social media impact”… (read more)

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RANDOM THING: If you’re going to the October 30 unveiling of the Poe bust at the Boston Public Library, say hi to me. I’ll be the guy dragging people up to the plaque and pointing vigorously at my name on it. Just nod and humor me. We can leave the cops out of it.
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RANDOM THING: If you’re going to the October 30 unveiling of the Poe bust at the Boston Public Library, say hi to me. I’ll be the guy dragging people up to the plaque and pointing vigorously at my name on it. Just nod and humor me. We can leave the cops out of it.

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The Spirit of St. Louis: Exorcist Sites in the Lou
When it comes to The Exorcist and the real-life story that inspired it, we often think of Washington D.C. It was there that the spiritual shenanigans started and where the movie was filmed and took place. But the climactic exorcism itself happened in St. Louis, Missouri. And in my casual tracking of all places Exorcist-related (like this and this and this), I finally made it to the Lou… (read more)
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The Spirit of St. Louis: Exorcist Sites in the Lou

When it comes to The Exorcist and the real-life story that inspired it, we often think of Washington D.C. It was there that the spiritual shenanigans started and where the movie was filmed and took place. But the climactic exorcism itself happened in St. Louis, Missouri. And in my casual tracking of all places Exorcist-related (like this and this and this), I finally made it to the Lou… (read more)

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Announcing the Debut of Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe
For this book, I visited some 90 sites related to Poe and interviewed dozens of people who have maintained his physical legacy in some way. Come to Poe-Land with me as I:

Climb to the top of a 170-year-old church bell tower to look for Poe’s inspiration for his poem The Bells
Enter the dark, uncomfortable depths of a strip club looking for site of the newspaper building that launched his career in literary magazines
Track down and hold in my stupid, stupid hand such relics as his hair, pieces of his original coffin, his engagement ring, and other astounding artifacts
Descend into the cellar that gave him the idea for interring people (and cats) in walls
Dive into the largest collection of Poe pop culture memorabilia in the world
Tip-toe into the most valuable collection of original Poe materials in the world
Cross the Atlantic to trace down the five years he spent as a child in London
Chronicle the creation of the brand new Poe statue in Boston, one of the boldest designs ever conceived for an author
Explore the catacombs in the graveyard where he is buried
Step foot into his college dorm room, his honeymoon suite, and the last house in which he ever lived
Hang out with enough Poe performers that to this day I’m tempted to cultivate a mustache myself…
Read more or buy it now.

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Announcing the Debut of Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe

For this book, I visited some 90 sites related to Poe and interviewed dozens of people who have maintained his physical legacy in some way. Come to Poe-Land with me as I:

  • Climb to the top of a 170-year-old church bell tower to look for Poe’s inspiration for his poem The Bells
  • Enter the dark, uncomfortable depths of a strip club looking for site of the newspaper building that launched his career in literary magazines
  • Track down and hold in my stupid, stupid hand such relics as his hair, pieces of his original coffin, his engagement ring, and other astounding artifacts
  • Descend into the cellar that gave him the idea for interring people (and cats) in walls
  • Dive into the largest collection of Poe pop culture memorabilia in the world
  • Tip-toe into the most valuable collection of original Poe materials in the world
  • Cross the Atlantic to trace down the five years he spent as a child in London
  • Chronicle the creation of the brand new Poe statue in Boston, one of the boldest designs ever conceived for an author
  • Explore the catacombs in the graveyard where he is buried
  • Step foot into his college dorm room, his honeymoon suite, and the last house in which he ever lived
  • Hang out with enough Poe performers that to this day I’m tempted to cultivate a mustache myself…

Read more or buy it now.

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Pictures of Graveyard Evictions in Guatemala
Eviction time in Guatemalan graveyards looks, well, relevant to this time of year.
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Pictures of Graveyard Evictions in Guatemala

Eviction time in Guatemalan graveyards looks, well, relevant to this time of year.

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First Road Trip of the Season
With a console stuffed with candy corn-flavored Hershey bars and caramel apple Twizzlers, we set off Saturday for a seven-hour road trip that took us to ancient cemeteries, mysterious underground stone chambers, the home of a werewolf, an Irish round tower, and the house whose demonic shenanigans inspired The Conjuring… (read more)
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First Road Trip of the Season

With a console stuffed with candy corn-flavored Hershey bars and caramel apple Twizzlers, we set off Saturday for a seven-hour road trip that took us to ancient cemeteries, mysterious underground stone chambers, the home of a werewolf, an Irish round tower, and the house whose demonic shenanigans inspired The Conjuring… (read more)

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RANDOM THING: Wife turned in early, so I’m watching Tobe Hooper’s “Invaders from Mars” and prepping tomorrow’s Halloween Season blog post. 
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RANDOM THING: Wife turned in early, so I’m watching Tobe Hooper’s “Invaders from Mars” and prepping tomorrow’s Halloween Season blog post. 

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OTIS PHOTO: Just passed the haunted attraction near my house en route to pick up some pho. Never done it for some reason, but this year’s the year, I think. Black and white because crappy cellphone pic.
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OTIS PHOTO: Just passed the haunted attraction near my house en route to pick up some pho. Never done it for some reason, but this year’s the year, I think. Black and white because crappy cellphone pic.

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My Study, My Sanctum

Welcome to my sanctum. My ready room. My happy place. My sad place. My study. If I were a turtle, this would be my shell. I have carried it with me everywhere I have lived, and I hate being outside of it. Surrounding me is my life. Artifacts from it at least…things I’ve picked up over the years, items from my OTIS travels, the books that most influenced me, pop culture relics, mass-marketed silliness, one-of-a-kind awesomeness. And now I’ve put together an interactive 360-degree panorama of it so that you can invade my privacy…(see more)


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My Study, My Sanctum

Welcome to my sanctum. My ready room. My happy place. My sad place. My study. If I were a turtle, this would be my shell. I have carried it with me everywhere I have lived, and I hate being outside of it. Surrounding me is my life. Artifacts from it at least…things I’ve picked up over the years, items from my OTIS travels, the books that most influenced me, pop culture relics, mass-marketed silliness, one-of-a-kind awesomeness. And now I’ve put together an interactive 360-degree panorama of it so that you can invade my privacy…(see more)

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