A deal with the Devil

There are many tales around this one. Whatever form these legends take, the story’s the same: someone wants fame, money, talent, knowledge, love, power, you name it. And what’s the easiest way to obtain it? A pact with the Devil. Or so they think. The meeting always takes place at the crossroads, involving some personal…

Teke Teke – a modern Japanese urban legend

She is angry and her only purpose is to punish and kill. This vengeful Japanese ghost gets her name from the sound she makes with her fingernails while she’s dragging herself towards her victim. There are two versions of the Teke-Teke story, one that dates back to post-WWII-occupied Japan, and one that appeared around 1957….

The Scandinavian Gjenganger

Are you afraid of ghosts? What about a hybrid between a zombie and a ghost? Something that is essentially a ghost, but has a corporeal form and can even infect you. They will torment anyone, be it friend or foe. They will come at night and administer the so-called dead man’s pinch, spreading sickness through…

Rusalka, the demon water Nymph

From good to evil, she has a heartbreaking story in which goodness and love don’t prevail. She is the Rusalka, a water Nymph turned to demon after her love is not shared. She is known to leave the water depths during springtime, on Rosalia, Green Thursday, or rusalka Easter. Also, in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine,…

A witch? A deity? Who is Baba Yaga?

A hut that is constantly spinning? A witch that doesn’t fly by broom? Meet Baba Yaga, a creature associated with dark powers and often accused of eating children. Nothing new here, but what about her god-like traits? Is she evil? Is she a guide? I believe Baba Yaga represents a ritual of the passage of…