Coney Island Event with Paranormal Expert Mark Sceurman

Mark Sceurman has been investigating the weird and unusual in his home state of New Jersey for over 30 years, compiling over 56 volumes of travels through haunted homes, abandoned factories and underground tunnels entitled Weird NJ. Not only traveling in the paranormal realm, his search to seek out the truth between local legends, mysterious areas and the darker side of history has been an ongoing theme.

Sceurman has also traveled across the United States to seek out similar legends and paranormal hot spots, co-producing 40 books with Mark Moran proving that each state has its own share of strangeness to be told.

He claims his next door neighbor has knowledge of aliens and time travel but has told him he cannot divulge any information. His neighbor only wears dark glasses and white shirts. Sceurman was once visited at home by the Men In Black, asking if his neighbor ever talked about his job. He received a letter in the mail with samples of dirt claiming to be from Mars, and another letter from someone who wants to show him a portal to the Inner Earth, which happens to be in New Jersey.

He claims the encounters with people that he comes in contact with are sometimes more frightening than any haunted house. He has never had a close encounter but would like to.

Mark Moran is lifelong resident of New Jersey, and graduate of Parson's School of Design in the NYC. As co-publisher, writer and photographer of Weird NJ Magazine, Mark has spent the last 28 years wandering the back roads, back alleys and backwoods of the Garden State and beyond, seeking out mysteries and trying to find explanations for the unexplainable.

Mark is the co-creator of the bestselling Weird NJ and Weird U.S. series of books published by Barnes & Noble. He has co-authored more than 40 books, 60 magazines, and was the co-host of the Weird U.S. television show, which aired on the History Channel.

In addition to his ongoing role as commentator on Travel Channel’s Paranormal Caught on Camera, Mark has made frequent TV appearances on other shows, like; The Holzer Files and Trending Fear.

These days Mark lives a seemingly normal life in a quiet Jersey suburb. Though his mild-mannered neighbors would never suspect it, each morning as he jumps into his Jeep to go to work, Mark begins a brand-new adventure into the unknown, seldom explored and all but forgotten side of American culture.

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Aura Photographs by Mystical Photographer Christina Lonsdale

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Artist Christina Lonsdale grew up during the time of fascination with everything new age in the 1960s but as the internet grew, she entered the world of the Digital New Age. When the artist encountered “aura photography,” which is made with the use of a very special camera that can actually capture a person’s individual essence and electromagnetic energy, thereby illuminating their true selves, she found the perfect marriage of art and science. For audiences, this means a deeper connection with the subjects.

Metal sensors help capture a person’s inner vibe inside a specially-designed “dome” that looks like a small spaceship, wherein energy can be viably concentrated. Using a hand-modified Polaroid camera, the wavelengths of a sitter’s spirit are translated into vibrant and otherworldly colors. With her newfound tools, Lonsdale found that she was able to connect her formative childhood experiences with those of the burgeoning realm of social media to embark. Therefrom sprang the triumph of the Radiant Human project.

“As human beings, we carry electricity inside us,” Lonsdale said in a 2019 interview with Artnet News. “It radiates past our skin in what’s known as an electromagnetic field.” What emerges, in Lonsdale’s words, is essentially the OG Instagram filter. “Instead of doggie ears and Coachella wreathes, you have the color of your energy,” she says.

In the book, Lonsdale provides detailed case studies that describe what certain colors indicate about a person’s aura. Through hundreds of photographs, including remarkable images of celebrities such as Busy Philipps, Zosia Mamet, Chloë Sevigny, Joseph Altuzarra, and SZA, she pulls out the nuances of individuals’ personalities through the gradient colors of a Polaroid. Sometimes, the auras are almost imperceptible, but it’s exactly those discreet and subtle changes that make up the whole of a person’s aura.

Perceptions can pivot with the click of a shutter,” Lonsdale says on the project’s website, “illuminating our truest selves, and giving new light to what was there all along.”

Here new book, Radiant Human: Discover the Connection Between Color, Identity, and Energy is out this month.

Read the full article here.

 


Museum of the Paranormal

Archive-of-the-afterlifeAtlasObscura reports the following:

The Archive of the Afterlife in Moundsville, West Virginia bills itself as the “National Museum of the Paranormal.” It’s packed with oddities that are historical, and in some cases, allegedly haunted or cursed. 

You’ll find relics from the former West Virginia State Penitentiary, such as what the museum claims is the the lost execution cap to the electric chair “Old Sparky.” There are also battle-damaged artifacts from European battlefields from World War II.

A majority of the room is filled with supposedly haunted items from residential paranormal cases and collected from here and there. Some say a few of these items seem to be more “charged” than others, such as the Annie portrait, the mutilated effigy doll, and the aforementioned execution cap. 

The rest of the room harbors funerary and mortuary items, which includes two embalming tables, one embalming pump, and two service display caskets. One casket is for adults and the other is for infants. The funerary items are accompanied by an array of funeral home advertising and signage.

The museum is located on the second floor of the Sanford Community Building, which is formally known as the Sanford School or the 3rd Street School. 

Know Before You Go

Seasonal hours (April 1 to November 30): Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6 pm. Off-season hours (December 1 to March 31): Friday to Saturday, 1-6 p.m. $5 per person. It's located on the second floor in room #202. Keep in mind that the museum is geared at not only entertaining its guests, but also having some information for educational purposes. All ages are welcomed, but there may be some content that the guardian(s) may want to be wary of for their little one(s). Added, the museum's personnel stresses that each person enters at their own risk and that they are not responsible for any physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual harm that may be experienced by each individual guest.


Makeshift Subway Shrine to Mercury

Subway-shrine-nyc-untapped-new-york1Mercury, the planet of communication is also one for travelers. Now during the pandemic, a shrine to Mercury has been spotted in Brooklyn in a subway station. Let's hope this helps us get to our destimations safely and on time.

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When you are running late and waiting for the subway, you may find yourself praying for it to arrive quickly. Well, it looks like one subway rider has taken their plea for timely service to the next level by creating a cardboard subway shrine. This makeshift ode to the god Mercury was spotted by straphanger Russel Jacobs in the Utica Avenue A/C stop in Brooklyn.

 


Get Yourself a Ghost

GhostmakersLooking to buy a ghost? check out Atlas Obscura's coverage of York, England's Ghostmakers:

 

Messrs Bloodworth, and McArthur, members of the Sorrowful Guild of Master Ghostmakers, opened this shop on York’s famous Shambles street in 2019, with the intention of selling original York Ghosts.

With the city considered one of the most haunted in the world (occasionally nicknamed The City of One Thousand Ghosts), it would make sense that many souvenirs contain phantasmagorical features. The York Ghost designs favor the more playful “bedsheet with two holes” depictions of ghosts. This tongue in cheek seriousness permeates not only the small ghost sculptures, but the entire store. 

The building currently occupied by the York Ghost Merchants dates to 1780, with the ground floor acting as the sales space. Here, around 1,000 ghosts can be found at one time, surrounded by ghostly images hidden in the furniture and plasterwork. There are other fun features around the shop such as a miniature train that is sometimes used to deliver ghosts to their new living companions. The upper floors are where the workshops used to create these spectral beings are located.

The ghosts are small sculptures made of a material considered a trade secret by Bloodworth and McArthur. The material can feature several colors and most of the ghosts sculptures contain psychedelic patterns. There are also special edition creations that have become collector’s items. All York Ghosts feature the makers’ mark of two torches alit, crossed and upside down, a throwback to Victorian symbolism.

Know Before You Go

Per their official website, opening times are Monday — Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.