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Mystery Clown Scares Northampton

Northampton Clown

When some people go on holiday, they forget to turn off the gas. When Alan Moore goes on holiday, it seems he sometimes forgets to turn off the Ideaspace conduit: on Friday the 13th, while the legendary comic writer was off on vacation with family, a mysterious clown started randomly appearing on the streets of Northampton, England, in full costume and make-up - including near the house of the Greatest Living Englishman...

A clown - with red wig and full make-up and sometimes holding balloons - is freaking out residents of one English town, the local paper reports...

The Northampton Clown - which has exploded on social media in the UK - has even sparked a police warning. Police said they were looking to track two teenagers who were caught dressed as clowns, and had been caught acting in a peculiar fashion.

As reported in the Northampton Herald and Post: "He doesn't juggle. He doesn't twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.'' A woman alleged that the clown had knocked on her door in full clown attire before then offering to paint her window sills.

Social media is abuzz with the mystery, with various images of the clown cropping up on Twitter as days go by. Currently it's that perfect Fortean blend of sightings and rumour, when in reality it's probably just somebody (or a few somebodies) having a bit of fun. The Northampton News and Post has pointed out that a short mockumentary posted to YouTube in May this year, about a clown in Northampton, may hold at least part of the answer:

The writer and director of the film, Alex Powell, has stated beneath the video that he is not the Northampton Clown. But there seems to be some link, as the clown costume looks to be the same in both instances - and more provocatively, from 12:05 to 12:10 in the video the same garage door is shown as in the background of some of the recent photos of the clown (see the image at the top of this post, for example).

A clear difference between the two clowns though brings a more sinister edge to the fun - the Northampton Clown, in the recent images posted to social media, appears to be made up very similarly to Pennywise the evil clown/entity, as represented in the film version of Stephen King's It. He even seems to have adopted the same pose...

Pennywise the Clown

Sleep tight, people of Northampton!

Update: Ah it gets even better! The evil clown/entity Pennywise reappeared cyclically every 27 years. Stephen King's It was published on September 15, 1986. You do the maths... (h/t to this commenter at the Dangerous Minds blog).

New Movie About the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Some mainstream exposure for the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident this week with the release of a film based on the strange events that occurred in the Ural Mountains in 1959. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger), the film - Devil's Pass (trailer above) - has a Blair Witch feel and follows a group of modern-day students who set out to investigate the unexplained, bizarre deaths of nine Russian skiers.

As part of the publicity for the film, a number of mainstream news outlets have covered the mystery, such as this piece from Britain's Daily Mail:

The first bodies — frostbitten and frozen stiff — were discovered lying in the snow on flat land near a river, a mile from the tent, next to the remains of a long burnt-out fire.

Around 350 yards away lay the corpse of Igor Dyatlov, the 23-year-old engineering student from Ural Polyetchnic who had put the expedition together and was its leader. (His name would later be given to the area where the tragedy took place.)

Nearby, a search dog sniffed out the remains of Zina Kolmogorova, 22, under four inches of snow, and then that of Rustem Slobodin. The bodies were in a line 200 yards apart, as if they had been trying to crawl behind each other back up to the shelter of the tent, but never made it.

Another two months went by before the rest of the group were found, under 15ft of snow in a den they had desperately hollowed out for themselves before succumbing to the cold.

Some of this group had broken bones and terrible internal injuries but, strangely, no external wounds, not even scratches on the skin.

Stranger still, odd bits of their clothing contained higher than normal levels of radiation.

Indeed, post-mortem examinations of all nine bodies threw up a string of bewildering anomalies. Why were some fully clothed, but others nearly naked? Most disconcerting of all was Lyudmilla Dubinina’s body, which was missing her tongue and eyes.

Link: Secret Soviet death rays. Yetis. Aliens. Just what did slaughter nine hikers on Siberia's Death Mountain in 1959?

Bill and Kyle's Excellent Adventure

Bill and Kyle are two ordinary guys interested in the extraordinary. As 'Mandate33', they have set off in search of unusual places (inspired by Jim Brandon's seminal book Weird America) and documented them in short YouTube videos.

Above you'll find Bill and Kyle introducing themselves, as well as a couple of locations that they visited, while in the clip below they travel to Point Pleasant, home of the Mothman, on the 45th anniversary of the infamous Silver Bridge collapse. While there they interview Rush Finley, owner and proprietor of the historic Lowe Hotel, who was witness to the events of the infamous UFO flap and Mothman sightings in 1966/7...and also discover an unusual synchronicity regarding John Keel and the Silver Bridge tragedy.

Oh, and they also get far too up close and personal to the Mothman for my liking. Let's just say the famous cryptid has a butt that just won't quit...

EcTEAplasm?

A security camera inside a British shop seems to have recorded some fascinating poltergeist activity: behind an unaware customer, a tea box levitates for a few seconds, while another box comes crashing down the floor. Does the craving for a nice cup of tea persists in the afterlife?

Owner Michelle Newbold told Kent Online she came across the footage while doing her weekly review of the tapes.

"I was perplexed I suppose. I just couldn't believe it. I have no idea about how it has happened," she said.

The clip, uploaded last Friday, has already been seen more than 55,000 times.

Many viewers believe it is a marketing hoax for the store. But Newbold insists it is the real deal.

"I'd be interested to find out more if anyone knows anything because I have no clue. I have never seen anything like this since I have been in the shop," she added.

Clever hoax, or genuine evidence of paranormal activi-tea?

[Source]

H/T Susan & Holly

Man Wakes Up With Amnesia - Claims Different Name and Speaks Swedish

On February 28th, a man was found unconscious in a motel in Palm Springs. His photo identification showed him to be Michael Thomas Boatwright, a veteran who had served from 1971 to 1973 in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic. But when he woke up in the emergency room of the local hospital, he claimed to be someone else:

When Michael Boatwright woke up in the emergency room at Desert Regional Medical Center, the nurses began asking him questions for which it became clear he had no answers. The gray-haired, soft-spoken man looked at his identity card and didn’t recognize his own face. He answered only to Johan Ek.

He walked up to the sink, stared at the reflection of the 61-year-old man facing him in the mirror and said he was going to throw up.

Though his driver’s license said he was born in Florida, he spoke only in Swedish and said he remembered nothing about his life before.

“The guy Michael — it wasn’t me. I’m still Johan,” he said through a translator in a recent hospital interview, twisting his water bottle around in his hands.

Fugue state? Split-personality? Intelligence operator suffering from amnesia? Manchurian candidate? Remembered past life? You decide!

Source: MyDesert.com

Adam Gorightly Presents a First Edition Principia Discordia

Rare book and manuscript collectors, please collect your drool from the floor. In the video above Darklore contributor Adam Gorightly shows off "something that is going to be fundamental to his upcoming project: the complete, 60 page first edition Principia Discordia, one of only five copies, this one being the personal copy of Mal-2." Careful turning those pages man!

(via Adam Gorightly's Untamed Dimensions)

Sympathy for Slender Man

For those who have enjoyed Cat Vincent's articles on the modern monster mythos of the 'Slender Man' in our Darklore anthology series, here's a nice little ditty to help you get to sleep at night. Oh wait...

World War II Crop Circles Discovered?

1945 Crop Circle?

Interest in the crop circle phenomenon has been on the wane since the much-publicised 1991 confession of 'Doug and Dave', two British men who said they had kick-started a hoaxing industry by creating circles in fields armed only with wooden planks. But now a researcher is claiming to have proof that the phenomenon pre-dates Doug and Dave's pranking by at least 33 years.

[H]istorian Greg Jefferys, who has a degree in archaeology, says he has new evidence that not all crop circles have a human origin.

After spending more than 300 hours examining aerial photographs from Google Earth’s new 1945 overlay, Jefferys concludes that a number of crop circles has been appearing consistently each summer for at least 33 years before Chorley and Bower began their work.

The overlay, according to the Huffington Post, is a series of images taken toward the end of World War II and covers about 35 percent of England, excluding the Wiltshire area, a crop-circle hotspot that has attracted numerous tourists.

See the gallery of alleged glyphs at the Huffington Post.

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Seeking: Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter Classified

Been unemployed for a while? Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Looking to get back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home parent? Keep your eye on the classifieds in the newspaper, because you never know when your dream job might come up...

I am quite sure most of you have seen the rather large green dragon that has been flying over northeast OKC for the better part of a week. I am looking for someone to:

  • Lure said dragon away from OKC to a more rural area.
  • Force said dragon to land in rural area.
  • Slay said dragon in whatever way you see fit.

No pay, dragon slaying is its own reward. Please note that I am not talking about the red dragon that frequents the area from time to time. He and I have an agreement.

I think it's the last line that wins it for me.

(via @AnomalistNews)

Visit Weird Australia - For Free!

Weird Australia Book Cover

Andrew Nicholson, curator of the Weird Australia website and author of the book of the same name, has made his fascinating book available as a free Kindle eBook download for the next 24 hours (sorry folks, time is up - back to regular price now). With Kindle apps freely available for tablet and desktop computers, there's no reason not to grab this while it's on offer - and just as much reason to actually buy the thing if you miss out on the free period:

Through real reports from the earliest days of European settlement to more recent times, we delve into all things mysterious and unexplained - from eyewitness accounts of the hairy man, sea serpents and big cats to strange objects flying through the skies and encounters with poltergeists, ghosts and other curious visitors from another time and space.

Whether you are a true believer in the paranormal, an interested sceptic or someone who just loves to be entertained with great stories, Weird Australia: Real Reports of Uncanny Creatures, Strange Sightings & Extraordinary Encounters makes great reading.

And keep your eye on the Weird Australia website for ongoing additions to the stranger side of Australia. Well, stranger than what passes for normal around here anyhow...