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Gardening for Witches

You can’t be a proper witch without knowing the plants. A witch’s garden is the perfect choice for those who want to prepare their own potions, or just want to grow something a bit more interesting than daffodils. Since witchy types are fond of the night, tips and techniques for growing moon garden plants are included as well.

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The Haunted Traveler

Most people’s idea of a holiday is a sunny beach someplace. The Haunted Traveler takes you off the beaten trail, to hotels and B&Bs where things go bump in the night. To restaurants where unseen hands might throw the occasion glass, or the person walking through the pub might not be of this world. Or historic sites who have former tenants who just won’t leave. For those who love the chills, and are less concerned with science and more in search of atmosphere, this is your guide to creepy travel.

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Gothic Horror Stories

Next to traveling to creepy sites around the world, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as reading a story which sends chills up your spine. These tales are specially curated from the golden age of gothic horror. Best served with a strong drink in front of a roaring fire, while the thunderstorm brews in the distance

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Historic Travel Destinations

The golden age of gothic horror is a couple of centuries in the past. It’s hard to understand how we got here without knowing the past. The historical background behind the places and issues that haunt us still. For those who get a thrill out of historic markers or can’t imagine taking a long trip without stopping in at one historic site at least.

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The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva

MARK TWAIN SAID IT BEST … "sometimes too much to drink is barely enough" It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was experimenting with the absinthes available in the United States, and thought “why not write a review of what’s out there. And why not write it will drinking it?” Seven or eight years later - Click to read more

The Witch House, Home of Jonathan Corwin, c. 1675. Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

When I heard that WGN was making a series based on the Salem witch hysteria, I was skeptical. Then I saw the previews. I decided on the spot I’d rather eat my own swill than watch it. The events that happened at Salem were horrifying. The more one gets into that story, the more horrifying - Click to read more

c. 1898-1900, home of the John J. Cruikshank, Jr. family, Hannibal, MO

Haunted hotels, bed and breakfasts with ghosts … there are countless places to spend a spooky night across the country. Let’s face it, ghosts don’t appear on schedule and usually not at all. So if you’re spending the night someplace spooky, it should be somewhere full of stories, comfort and ideally, a well stocked bar - Click to read more


I had a fresh buzz on, realized it was time to eat and was just about to sit down with it when I remembered … the debate. It was just starting and I only intended on giving it a few minutes. I finished supper and was working on a beer, when I started getting into - Click to read more

Moon Garden Plants, June 1, 2016

This is my first year for growing Datura. Around here it's known as Jimson Weed, though I believe what they call that here is a different animal altogether. It's one of the staples of a witch's garden, used for poisoning as well as inducing delirious states in whoever takes it. Intentionally or simply because they - Click to read more

Wild Bergamot in the Witch's Garden, July 1, 2016

Wild Bergamot in the Witch's Garden, July 1, 2016 It's July 1 and the beginning of the heat. The first good crop of weeds are threatening to overtake the witch's garden. But in betwixt the weeds there are treasures to be found. The wild Bergamot is from a couple of years ago in an overgrown - Click to read more

Brugmania blooms in the moon garden, June 20, 2017

I admit I had doubts it would do it. The USDA lists our plant hardiness zone as 6b, which isn't exactly this plant's natural habitat. But it did it. There was a single bloom which last four or five days, and as it was dying off the whole trees burst into bloom. The first bloom would - Click to read more

Yorktown Ghost Stories: Colonial era ghosts still haunt the streets of this landmark village of the American Revolution thumbnail

 Nelson House, c. 1730, Colonial National Historic Park, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia. Click to see more Yorktown pictures from History and Haunts The Nelson House is an imposing edifice by anyone's standards. Three stories tall and on a hill overlooking the James River, the house was believed to be for a time, the headquarters of - Click to read more

Ghost stories are a traditional part of New England evenings, and have been since before the founding of our country. So what can be better than spending an evening in a haunted Massachusetts hotel, inn or bed and breakfast? Let's be honest … you're not likely to be disturbed by either the dead or undead in a - Click to read more

The Crowninshield Bentley House c.1727-30. Click here to view larger and more images from Salem, Massachusetts. Part of the Peabody Essex Museum and available for tours, June through October126 Essex Street at Washington Square “I lied when I said she had gone away. I killed her. I had to. It was sudden, but we were alone and I was - Click to read more