Lizzie Borden: The Ghost Story Waiting to Be Heard

_MG_2287 by dbking. (Text added) Licensed under CC 2.0

My great-grandmother lived just down the street from Lizzie Borden, and the information in this post has been waiting to be heard for over 100 years. The crime unfolded this way, on August 4th 1892 the maid of the house, Bridget Sullivan found the first body. In the days that followed Lizzie Borden was indicted for the murder of her father Andrew Borden and his wife Abby. There are a lot of inconsistencies between Lizzie and the maid's story. Now my great grandmother always believed that it was … [Read more...]

The Horrors of American Horror Story Coven: A Voodoo Priestess’ Perspective

Dr. John and Lilith Dorsey at Krewe du Vieux 2010

 There is a show on FX TV....Full of fluff about Wicca n Voodoo.It will be the ruin of those poor producers,I hope they don't think they've won. No I'm only kidding. I'm not hexing them. I just like filk, it's like mental floss. But, I've held my forked Voodoo tongue long enough. We are about halfway through the latest season of AHS Coven. Angela Basset is beaming with the fact her Marie Laveau performance has been rated in the top five of her career. The season … [Read more...]

Taking Real Pictures of Ghosts: 10 Tips for Better Paranormal Photography

Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Photo by Lilith Dorsey

The witchy holiday season is upon us, so I figured this would be a good time to post about psychic and paranormal recording. I studied Film production and Cinema studies at NYU at both the undergraduate and graduate level. No, they don't teach paranormal photography there, but rest assured I know which end of the tripod is up and where to stick the boom. I have long been interested in this topic, probably from the time the universe gave me my first recording equipment at about age five. For the … [Read more...]

The Dead Are Too Much With Us

Maman Brigitte Feast Altar

In honor of this Shocktober and Halloween, I have decided to post the following ancestor poem.  I wrote this some years back about the lascivious spirits of the dead in Voodoo. Please feel free to comment, share or add your own poetic Ancestral musings below. The dead are too much with usFor better or for worseThe dead are too much with usBetter hold on to your purse. They walk the streets among usIn anger, joy and pain.They hope their desperate mumblings … [Read more...]

Congo Squared Redux

Grave in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

 The following is a spoken word piece I wrote after my initial post-Katrina visit to New Orleans. The words ring as true today as they then. Just in case you were wondering, yes a tour guide did indeed comment on me and my friend while we were drumming and dancing in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and call us a “supposed” voodoo ritual. I laughed out loud. It’s the 21st century now, not the 19th but the ghosts of the Crescent City still whisper. After Katrina the spirit still floats. The trees of t … [Read more...]


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