Reality Meets Fiction: Communicating with Spirits

by Barry Pirro Don’t you just love spiral staircases? I know I do. You don’t see many in houses these days apart from the narrow, metal ones that are installed as an afterthought when converting a garage or some other such space into a proper room. But the spiral staircase I was climbing down thisContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Communicating with Spirits”

Spirit Photography: Hoax or Reality?

Spirit Photography, or the capturing of a spirit on film, first became known in the 1850’s and 60’s with the rise of photography in general. As more individuals gained access to cameras, as well as the means to sit for photographers, the greater chance there was to witness spirits of the dead or supernatural beingsContinue reading “Spirit Photography: Hoax or Reality?”

Reality Meets Fiction: Voodoo Dolls

What do Barnes and Noble, Walmart, and Target have in common? They all sell Voodoo Dolls! And they’re not the only ones. You can buy Voodoo dolls and kits from hundreds of online vendors, and browsing through the many different types of online Voodoo dolls is quite entertaining. There’s the “Mini Office Voodoo Kit” thatContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Voodoo Dolls”

Reality Meets Fiction: Psychomanteum and Seeing the Dead in Mirrors

by Barry Pirro A woman walks into a dark room and sits in a comfortable chair. All around her, the walls are obscured by a black curtain, and in front of her is a mirror set at an angle so she only sees darkness reflected in its surface. The only light comes from a singleContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Psychomanteum and Seeing the Dead in Mirrors”

Reality Meets Fiction: The New England Vampire Panic

by Barry Pirro A century after the 1693 Salem witch trials, citizens of Rhode Island began hearing whispers and rumors of something that frightened them even more than witchcraft. They began to suspect that there were blood sucking vampires in their midst. Even more disturbing, they thought that the vampires were members of their ownContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: The New England Vampire Panic”

Reality Meets Fiction: Premature Burials

by Barry Pirro In his short story The Premature Burial, Edgar Allan Poe wrote, “There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction. To be buried alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to theContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Premature Burials”

Reality Meets Fiction: A Demon in Upstate New York

by Barry Pirro Of all the paranormal cases I’ve been involved with, the following is one of the most disturbing; not only because of the bizarre and frightening nature of the activity reported, but because I discovered that this was not a haunting–this was a demonic infestation.  Demonic infestation often begins with the typical innocuousContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: A Demon in Upstate New York”

Reality Meets Fiction: Shadow People

by Barry Pirro There is a paranormal phenomenon known as shadow people, and the sightings people have of them are often terrifying. Shadow people are humanoid figures that witnesses describe as looking ‘blacker than black’ or ‘totally devoid of light’. Unlike a real shadow, shadow people look solid. While some appear to be bulky andContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Shadow People”

The Creative Nook with Barry Pirro

by Maureen Mancini Amaturo The Dark Sire has paired up with Barry Pirro, ghost hunter and paranormal investigator, to bring you a new series of articles, “REALITY MEETS FICTION.” Barry will be sharing his real-life paranormal stories with you every 4th Friday of the month. His first story is on Shadow People, coming this Friday,Continue reading “The Creative Nook with Barry Pirro”

Reality Meets Fiction

by Maureen Mancini Amaturo Introducing REALITY MEETS FICTION, a new addition to The Dark Forest blog. To kick off our Spring issue (launching April 30) and to honor the lore, legends, and influence of all things gothic, The Dark Sire will spotlight the continuing fascination gothic holds in the contemporary world by sharing experiences fromContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction”

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