105: Make Your Peace

“Then he heard Wei’s scream get cut off abruptly and then he heard a quick succession of thumping… like a body falling down the stairs… or being dragged. And then a moment later…”

In story one this week, we go to Beijing! A beautiful and ominous, ivy covered French baroque style mansion sits in a complex with another mansion inside an impressive courtyard in the Dongcheng District of Beijing. Originally built by the American Catholic Church in 1910 and then used from 1930 until 1949 as a Chinese language school to train foreign missionaries, the house then began a long, long period of sitting unoccupied, surrounded by stories of the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman haunting the grounds

And now, to Iceland! Hurrá is a popular bar/nightclub in Reykjavik, Iceland. Hurrá doesn’t just make the lists of the best pubs in Reykjavik, it also makes the lists of the “most haunted” spots in all of Iceland. Local lore claims that a young sailor was murdered on the shore where the bar now sits, many centuries ago, and his spirit never seems to have moved from the place where he died.

Story three considers the idea that being in touch with the other side might be something passed from one generation to the next when a red bouncing ball appears to multiple in one family. Story four has us encountering a house full of paranormal activity that seems to be coming from a gnome.

New Merch:
Also, in the store now at badmagicmerch.com! Revelations Tee, coaster, and coffee mug. This design reminds me of stained glass from some medieval church – but a dark church that would have gotten a lot of heretics burned – and it looks incredible.

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Finally, our hearts going out to the 13 US military service members killed in Kabul helping with evacuations. We will honor their sacrifice – and the sacrifice of so many others – by donating to a military charity in November, keeping the tradition going of donating to a military charity every November.

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Opening Sumerian protection spell (adapted):
Whether thou art a ghost that hath come from the earth, or a phantom of night that hath no home… or one that lieth dead in the desert… or a ghost unburied… or a demon or a ghoul… Whatever thou be until thou art removed… thou shalt find here no water to drink… Thou shalt not stretch forth thy hand to our own… Into our house enter thou not. Through our fence, breakthrough thou not… we are protected though we may be frightened. Our life you may not steal, though we may feel SCARED TO DEATH.”

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