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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

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When I was young, people worried about shark attacks in the ocean. The Jaws movies convinced us that the cold, black eyes of death were waiting for us beneath the surface.

Most of us have gotten over that and figured out that sharks are friends, not fiends. However, some readers may find themselves nervous about going into the water again after watching this video of a tarantula swimming in a pool at the Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas.

That’s right, folks. We’ve got swimming tarantulas in Texas. In truth, you have very little to worry about, taking a dip with a tarantula. Their bite is relatively harmless to humans and, unless you have an allergy, you would suffer very little. The creep factor of the hairy spiders, though, is pretty strong. That’s why we see them so often in movies.

So, share the pool! Swim friendly. It’s the Texas way.

Cemetery Unappreciative of Family’s Halloween Spirit

Those who follow my World Weird News are people with a darker sense of humor. You carry Halloween in your hearts. You share jokes about crazy things that you’d like to have happen at your funeral to create confusion and wonder. So, you would completely appreciate Christina Wohle.

Wohle’s son, Cole, died at the age of 18 after a rodeo, not from event injuries, but from a heart attack. It is a difficult and tragic life event. However, Cole was a spirited man, with a darker sense of humor. To honor him, they put Halloween decorations on his grave. The cemetery keeps taking them down.

The claim is that the decorations interfere with mowing and maintenance. Christina calls bullshit on that. Here is her Facebook post, showing the before and after of the decorations.

Christina Wohle puts decorations in honor of her late son’s Halloween spirit and sense of humor. The city keeps taking them down.

When I die, assuming I’m not immortal, I hope that someone cares enough about me to make a pilgrimage to my grave and do something that honors me and give the world a little twist. Those who knew Cole seem to believe he would appreciate the gesture as well.

I get it that some people need death to be forever about sadness and loss. I have learned that it is also about continuance, by continuing to remember and celebrate the best parts of people. I think this tradition is a wonderful way to honor Cole. I hope they get to the bottom of this vandalism and are allowed to respect their loved one in their own way.

Fisherman lost at sea describes being violated by mermaids

Sailors have long told the tales of spying mermaids at sea. The traditional answer is that lonely sailors out at sea, fueled by a strong desire for companionship and rum would see manatees sunning themselves on the rocks and imagine them to be beautiful women.

To be clear, they saw this:

from this:

I’d like to think that there’s not enough rum in the world to take me there, but… well… never mind!

Enter Florida fisherman, Alvin McCallister, 72, who was rescued from a small, rocky islet 200 miles off coast. He was shipwrecked a couple of weeks ago and showed incredible courage and capability by surviving off what he could eat in the area, which was seagulls, mussels, and urchins. He also says that during this ordeal, he suffered further when he was sexually violated by mermaids.

Doctors suggest that this was a hallucination brought on by toxins in the animals he ate. The physical symptoms he exhibits they suggest were self-inflicted. I wasn’t there. I don’t know. It is a bizarre experience and, whether all in his head or somehow more real, terrifying.

The full story is available for you to read, but, as always, I paraphrase from Shakespeare “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Houston Ghost Tour Seances

Saul Ravencraft has teamed up with the folks at Houston Ghost Tour to create a unique experience. This is not your grandma’s ghost tour!

You will gather with other seekers in Spring, Texas for a walking tour of the area, while historians share true stories of haunted locations. Then you will gather with Saul and go old school to try to make some sort of contact. This will not be a “ghost hunt” with gadgets and recorders. This will not be like in the movies where you watch a medium channel spirits. You will be hands on with spirit horns, automatic writing, and other traditional tools of the seance. You will have the opportunity to see and feel connection with the spirits.

Saul will prepare you to safely open up to the spirits. What you learn this night you will be able to apply in your own pursuits of spirit connections.

Join us at one of the sessions below and experience what it’s like to go deeper with the spirits.

September 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
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October 4, 2019, 7:00 PM
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Talk Like a Pirate Day 9/19/2019


When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Where: Kick Butt Coffee, 6611 Airport Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752

Saul Ravencraft will be returning with the scurvy crew from The Brotherhood of Crossed Bones and his old mate, Professor Argo, for the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day celebration at Kick Butt Coffee, Thursday, September 19, at 7:00 pm.

Saul will be adding his paranormal entertainment to a bawdy night of burlesque, shanties, parrots, rum! The event benefits Austin Pets Alive.

Put on your pirate gear, a swagger in your step, and join us for one hell of a party. (Did you hear about the rum?)

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Spirit Sessions with Miss Holly and Saul Ravencraft

We regret that we are unable to offer this event at Victoria’s Black Swan Inn. We will be continuing versions of this at other locations. To keep up with future events, please join our mailing list.

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Down the Rabbit Hole, Episode 1: Danny Thomas from Houston Ghost Tour

In this premiere episode of Down the Rabbit Hole, Saul welcomes Danny Thomas, owner of Houston Ghost Tour. They talk about the unusual world of taking people into the shadowy realms of the spirits. Danny talks about his experiences and techniques as a guide and investigator. Saul talks about his work at the seance table.

They are collaborating for an event on June 15, 2019. Click to reserve your spot!

Saul returns to the Museum of the Weird

Some paths fade far into our rear-view mirror. Others come back into view again, and again, as we continue the travel of life. Paranormalist, Saul Ravencraft says that he is pleased that this particular path is returning, at least in part.

“Scheduling made it difficult for me to continue doing tours at the Museum as other activities, such as Sherwood Forest Faire, demanded more of my time,” says Saul. “I enjoy the eclectic energy of that and have missed it, even though the time has been filled with other interesting projects.”

Those projects left a little wiggle room as there was need to fill some limited space.

“There was a space where they needed someone to do what I was doing on a limited basis to help fill out their schedule,” Saul explains. “This will keep me open to continue with the many other projects while still making those connections with people who enjoy the weird.”

Saul said he has missed the Museum since he stepped away in December.

Saul says “I have met a few people who came for tours as strangers who left as allies. I’ve done performances and readings for some of them. There aren’t too many places you can go to meet people who like weird stuff.”

Saul will be regularly featured on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to midnight. The museum features an array of curios & oddities, from Bigfoot to shrunken heads, plus a gift shop. It is located at 412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 and is open daily from 10:00am to midnight. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children $8 and younger. Tickets include a look at the broad collection of oddities and a tour of the special exhibits, including The Creature In Ice and the Sfanthor horror wax museum, as well as a personal performance by Saul. Call the Museum at (512)476-5493 for more information.

March: the Serpent and the Rainbow

When: March 11 (second Monday). Doors open for dinner and drinks at 7:00pm. Film starts at 8:00pm.
Where: Mister Tramps, 8565 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758 (map)
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Join Saul Ravencraft for a look at some of Saul’s personal favorites in horror.

Wes Craven has gave us some great scares in his lifetime. His creations were not just about saying “Boo!” They went deeper inside you and tapped into both primal and intellectual places. The Hellraiser and Freddie Kruger series are what most people recall of Craven’s work, and you can go see those at any sort of horror film series. One of Saul’s favorite Craven films is a more obscure offering called The Serpent and the Rainbow. An anthropologist is sponsored by a pharmaceutical company to go to Haiti to discover the secret to their “zombie powder.” His scientific expedition becomes a twisted path to terror as science and the supernatural clash in a way that threatens to tear away his reason. Horror fantasies that drift along the lines of reality make those lines very blurry… and that’s where you find the kind of horror that will follow you home.

It’s an 80s film, so it’s filled with glorious practical effects. It was filmed in Haiti, and you can feel that.

Donations for this event will go to Doctors Without Borders, an organization dedicating to help get medical help to everyone, everywhere, regardless of politics.

This interactive event takes place in the amazing 3-screen viewing room at Mister Tramps, where there’s not a bad seat in the house. Saul leads the proceedings with help from his sullen assistant. Enjoy each horrible reel with a live audience, the way they were intended to be seen. In between reels, Saul will share some of his paranormal entertainment, featuring some of his strange artifacts and “games” designed to push the boundaries and prove that there are, indeed, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Mister Tramps has a fantastic food and drink menu, so come hungry. The more food and drink you buy the more they love us!