Night of the Living Head!

by on Jun.14, 2018, under From the Web

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GHOULA and the 3D Space
present another evening of movie manifestations and macabre marionettes.

“THE MASK” (1962)
(also known as “The Eyes of Hell”)
Each attendee will receive an “Eyes of Hell” viewer absolutely FREE!
Without it… you are just another mortal.
With it… you can enter the weird world of a diabolical ancient cursed artifact!

DATE: July 7th, 2018 (Saturday) ONE NIGHT ONLY!
TIME: 7:00pm
WHERE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater 
1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Downtown) (map)
ADMISSION: $15.00 (to purchase tickets, click here…)

The original publicity for this cinematic assault announced “The forces of evil stalk their prey into the audience.” So, is there a better place to screen this immersive nightmare than in a theater where puppets and performers also interact with the patrons?

That’s right, not only will we be showing this cursed cult classic (a film that must be seen to be disbelieved), but there will also be a preshow featuring the enchanted Bob Baker marionettes and a dream-like solo performance by master puppeteer, Eli Presser.

But wait, there’s more…

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s party room will be transformed into a ghoulish gallery of cursed dolls. This one-of-a-kind paranormal exhibit will feature toys of terror from master puppeteer Eli Presser’s personal collection of super-natural oddities. Yes, you will be in a room surrounded by actual haunted dolls! This will be the first time these “things” will be on public display. Don’t miss this chance to be in their presence before they go back in the vault!

So, please join us for a night of celebrating prossessed objects with faces, and stare into the “eyes of hell”… If you dare…

WARNING: We are not responsible for nervous breakdowns. Attend at your own risk!

To purchase tickets, click on this link…
https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=9803373aee57dbd965bc67f224ffc420&t=tix&vqitq=48583964-73ff-4df7-ab5f-9db500aafeeb&vqitp=78b94759-999a-420f-992c-62952e98a071&vqitts=1528999325&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=4e941fcb91af14e035a7ef5e5808d106

P.S. Did we mention this theater may be haunted? (for more about the theater’s ghosts.)

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Night of the Living Head!

by on Jun.14, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post


GHOULA and the 3D Space
present another evening of movie manifestations and macabre marionettes.

“THE MASK” (1962)
(also known as “The Eyes of Hell”)
Each attendee will receive an “Eyes of Hell” viewer absolutely FREE!
Without it… you are just another mortal.
With it… you can enter the weird world of a diabolical ancient cursed artifact!

DATE: July 7th, 2018 (Saturday) ONE NIGHT ONLY!
TIME: 7:00pm
WHERE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater 
1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Downtown) (map)
ADMISSION: $15.00 (to purchase tickets, click here…)

The original publicity for this cinematic assault announced “The forces of evil stalk their prey into the audience.” So, is there a better place to screen this immersive nightmare than in a theater where puppets and performers also interact with the patrons?

That’s right, not only will we be showing this cursed cult classic (a film that must be seen to be disbelieved), but there will also be a preshow featuring the enchanted Bob Baker marionettes and a dream-like solo performance by master puppeteer, Eli Presser.

But wait, there’s more…

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s party room will be transformed into a ghoulish gallery of cursed dolls. This one-of-a-kind paranormal exhibit will feature toys of terror from master puppeteer Eli Presser’s personal collection of super-natural oddities. Yes, you will be in a room surrounded by actual haunted dolls! This will be the first time these “things” will be on public display. Don’t miss this chance to be in their presence before they go back in the vault!

So, please join us for a night of celebrating prossessed objects with faces, and stare into the “eyes of hell”… If you dare…

WARNING: We are not responsible for nervous breakdowns. Attend at your own risk!

To purchase tickets, click on this link…
https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=9803373aee57dbd965bc67f224ffc420&t=tix&vqitq=48583964-73ff-4df7-ab5f-9db500aafeeb&vqitp=78b94759-999a-420f-992c-62952e98a071&vqitts=1528999325&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=4e941fcb91af14e035a7ef5e5808d106

P.S. Did we mention this theater may be haunted? (for more about the theater’s ghosts.)

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SPIRITS with SPIRITS (June 13th, 2018)

by on Jun.11, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post

GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of the month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost-hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”

All those who attend will receive a free (square) GHOULA. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)

THE DATE: June 13th, 2018 (Wednesday)
THE PLACE: Los Toros
21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm (3:00pm – 8:00pm is Happy Hour)

THE GHOST(S):

Chatsworth rests in the North-Western edges of the San Fernando Valley, in the shadow of some of the most picturesque rock formations in Los Angeles County. These vistas have been the backdrop for many movies, TV shows, and commercials, doubling for Old West locales and distant hostile planets. Not only are these same hills the site of a formerly top-secret rocket/missile testing base, but they have also served as the home (or hide-out) for numerous outlaws and fringe cults (including the infamous “Manson Family” that went on a killing spree in 1969). In addition to cowboys, padres, Native Americas, actors, rocket-scientists, bandits, zealots, and murders, this rocky area also has had numerous ghostly visitors over the years. Not only do large numbers of spirits roam the surrounding topography, but they also populate one of the neighborhood’s most beloved landmarks.

Los Toros opened its doors in 1967, and for more than half a century they have been serving up Mexican food to the hungry locals. In that time, they have earned a reputation for having the best bean dip in the valley, as well as at least four resident ghosts and possibly many more. There are the apparitions of an older man and an older lady, who may greet you at the entrance, since this is where most of their sightings occur. It should be noted that although they haunt the same spot, they have not been seen together, and apparently take turns appearing to customers. Then there is the “well-dressed man” who spends his time in the after-life hanging around the restaurant’s bar (wouldn’t you). Lastly, there is a phantom female seen in the far ends of the restaurant, at the end of the night, seemingly clearing tables that had either not been used or were already cleaned earlier. Additionally, there are disembodied voices heard, cold spots felt, and objects moving by no visible means. whether these are from the before-mentioned spirits, or additional ones haunting this establishment is unknown. Likewise, the identity and motivations of the four most-seen ghosts is also a mystery, although it is presumed that the woman clearing the table is most likely a former waitress eternally finishing up her duties.

In 1969, a couple of years after they originally opened, two youths attempted to buy beer at the bar, and were turned away by the bartender for being under-aged. The hooligans returned later, after operating hours, with a fire bomb, and blew-up part of the restaurant. Although there were employees in the building at the time, no one was hurt in the explosion, and the culprits were easily caught and charged with arson. Could this traumatic event in the restaurant’s history cause the residue energy within its walls? Speaking explosions, it has long been rumored that their have been many accidental explosions over the years at the secret base due to experiments with rocket fuel. Could Los Toros’ ghosts be former aero-space engineers visiting the local hangout they enjoyed in life? Then again, like the supposed vanishing waitress, maybe these ghost are ex-employees still returning to their happy workplace long after they died. Who knows?

So come out, join us, share ghost stories, and toast this ghost… If you dare!

(to read about the last haunted location… )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations… )

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The Children of Walker Street

by on Jun.01, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

The Spanish Flu killed between 50 million and 100 million people between 1917 and 1920.   It swept the globe, killing people in every corner of the world.  It was a particularly cruel plague.  Most illnesses prey on the weak.  They take the elderly and children, but the Spanish flu was indiscriminate. It killed many healthy young adults as well as the weak. It is considered to be the second largest disaster in human history and it infected 28% of the human population and killed 3% of the global population.  It killed more people than the black plague.  Enormous Flu wards were created to care for the amazing number of sick that over ran hospitals and health facilities where the sick were lined up like cattle to wait for death.

It is no surprise that the Spanish Flu left many ghosts.   I’ve found many ghost stories related to this terrifying epidemic.  The story of Walker Street in Historic Huntsville, Alabama is one of the sadder of these tales.  According to local legend, the Spanish Flu hit Walker street with a particular cruelty.  It took mostly children, leaving entire homes empty.  So many people died that the bodies of the dead would be left on the front porch  because there weren’t enough healthy people left to bury the dead.  

The ghosts of the many children that died on Walker Street during the Spanish Flu are still said to wander the streets at night.  They’ve been seen singing and playing in the shadowy dark.  They sing nursery rhymes as they play and haunt the living that have been left behind.  There is a  rhyme that the children are said to have made up.  “I had a bird whose name was Enza, I opened the window and in flew Enza.”  The children are said to still sing this little rhyme as they wander Walker Street.

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Horror Art Made Flesh

by on May.17, 2018, under From the Web

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A passion for the paranormal and for all things that go bump in the night can be expressed in many venues.  I love to write, some love to paint, others engrave their passion on their flesh.  One of my favorite horror novels was Kathe Koja’s Skin.  Written in the 1990s and set in Detroit, this novel pulled the reader into the obsessive world of tattoos and piercing.  Similarly, tattoo artists can pull us into our own obsessions with all things haunting and dark by imbedding images in our flesh.
Featured Artist:
Matt Looney
Black Pearl Studios in Florence Alabame
Matt Looney is the owner of Black Pearl Studios in Florence Alabama and specializes in horror themed tattoos.  Follow him on facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/BlackPearlStudioTattooParlor/

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Horror Art Made Flesh

by on May.17, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

A passion for the paranormal and for all things that go bump in the night can be expressed in many venues.  I love to write, some love to paint, others engrave their passion on their flesh.  One of my favorite horror novels was Kathe Koja’s Skin.  Written in the 1990s and set in Detroit, this novel pulled the reader into the obsessive world of tattoos and piercing.  Similarly, tattoo artists can pull us into our own obsessions with all things haunting and dark by imbedding images in our flesh.
Featured Artist:
Matt Looney
Black Pearl Studios in Florence Alabame
Matt Looney is the owner of Black Pearl Studios in Florence Alabama and specializes in horror themed tattoos.  Follow him on facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/BlackPearlStudioTattooParlor/

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A Phantom in the Woods

by on May.14, 2018, under From the Web

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The woods near Oscoda, Michigan are filled with legends.   Oscoda is a small town near Saginaw bay by Lake Huron.   Many of these stories surround Lake Solitude.  Lake Solitude used to to be attached to Lake Huron, but the years have cut it off, isolating it and now only a trickle of water connect the lake to the larger body of water.  Near the lake are the ruins of  Au Sable, the region’s oldest settlement.   Over the years this area has become associated with witchcraft and ghosts and there are tales of many local ghosts.  

The story of one of these resident ghosts was told best by a group of hunters that once got lost wandering the shores of this lake.  The hunters had gotten seperated from their group and lost their bearings.  They spent hours wandering through the woods in a desperate attempt to find anything that looked familiar.  But all their attempts were in vain and they were unable to find any help.  When they had finally given up and sat down,  a young woman seemed to appear out of nowhere.  She was lovely and amiable and the group immediated trusted her.  She explained to them that she was a local farmer’s daughter and that she knew the woods very well.   She guided them back to the safety of town.  The hunters were so greatful that they turned to thank her and then they watched her vanish into thin air.

When they got back to town,  they went to the local bar to have a beer and relax.  As they drank, they told their story to the bartender.   He knew the story well.   The ghost was well known in those parts.  The young woman’s name had been Leona and her family had once had a farm in those woods. Back in 1929, Leona had been shot and killed by a hunter who mistook her for a deer. Since then, her spirit had been seen many times, usually leading lost people out of the forest.

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A Phantom in the Woods

by on May.14, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

The woods near Oscoda, Michigan are filled with legends.   Oscoda is a small town near Saginaw bay by Lake Huron.   Many of these stories surround Lake Solitude.  Lake Solitude used to to be attached to Lake Huron, but the years have cut it off, isolating it and now only a trickle of water connect the lake to the larger body of water.  Near the lake are the ruins of  Au Sable, the region’s oldest settlement.   Over the years this area has become associated with witchcraft and ghosts and there are tales of many local ghosts.  

The story of one of these resident ghosts was told best by a group of hunters that once got lost wandering the shores of this lake.  The hunters had gotten seperated from their group and lost their bearings.  They spent hours wandering through the woods in a desperate attempt to find anything that looked familiar.  But all their attempts were in vain and they were unable to find any help.  When they had finally given up and sat down,  a young woman seemed to appear out of nowhere.  She was lovely and amiable and the group immediated trusted her.  She explained to them that she was a local farmer’s daughter and that she knew the woods very well.   She guided them back to the safety of town.  The hunters were so greatful that they turned to thank her and then they watched her vanish into thin air.

When they got back to town,  they went to the local bar to have a beer and relax.  As they drank, they told their story to the bartender.   He knew the story well.   The ghost was well known in those parts.  The young woman’s name had been Leona and her family had once had a farm in those woods. Back in 1929, Leona had been shot and killed by a hunter who mistook her for a deer. Since then, her spirit had been seen many times, usually leading lost people out of the forest.

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SPIRITS with SPIRITS is BACK!!!

by on May.09, 2018, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles | Go to Original Post


GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of the month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”

All those who attend will receive a free (square) GHOULA. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)

THE DATE: May 13th, 2018 (Sunday)
THE PLACE: The Tonga Hut
12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to ? (4:00pm – 8:00pm is Happy Hour)

THE GHOST(S):

The Tonga Hut is considered the oldest “Tiki bar” in Los Angeles, opening in 1958. Much has been written about Tiki bars and their exotic rum-based fruity cocktails. There are many fans, books, and websites devoted to the artifacts and lifestyle associated with this post World War II era craze. So, the history and the facets of this topic can easily be found elsewhere. What is worth mentioning however is that some believe the resurgence of its popularity is because of this humble bar, which became a lightning rod for the preservation of this culture when fans discovered how far it had sunk in the 1980s with electronic dart boards and neon beer signs. Thankfully, as a result, The Tonga Hut has been restored and reimagined into this magical oasis in the desert of the San Fernando Valley.

This bar has also been on GHOULA’s radar for more than a decade, so we are very glad we can finally visit it. A long time ago, when we started doing these meet-ups in haunted bars, we were given a tip that this North Hollywood gem may be haunted. So one night, two of us from GHOULA dropped in to do a little “research.” After some time at the bar, we asked the bartender about ghosts. We were informed that “This bar is not haunted and there are no ghosts here.” We pressed a little more, mentioning that most historic places have legends and rumors connected to them that add to their colorful history and so on. Again, we were told that “This bar is not haunted and there are no ghosts here.”

We were about to drop the subject, when the patron sitting next to us (an elderly man) asked if we were looking for ghost stories. When we answered affirmatively, he told us that there was a long time regular of the bar that we should meet. With that, he called over an elderly woman with a drink in her hand. The man introduced us, and pleaded with her to tell us her ghost stories about the bar. As she was about to sit down and spill the beans, the bartender interrupted and said in a louder voice “This bar is not haunted and there are no ghosts here” and then added “and anyone who says otherwise… will be banned from the bar!” The older lady, scared from this threat, scurried away disappearing into the crowd. Our new friend turn his back on us and pretended we weren’t there. The bartender then turned to us (GHOULA) and said these final words “I’m going to ask you to leave now.” Not wanting trouble, we left without a ghost story.

Clearly we touched a nerve with this bartender, and clearly there was a ghost story. Henceforth, the Tonga Hut had always represented the one that got away. It was a great tavern that was apparently haunted, but we just couldn’t get the story. We never did find out what those stories were, but thanks to the investigative work of James T. Bartlett, author of Gourmet Ghosts 2 (and friend of GHOULA), we finally have a ghost story to pin to this exotic landmark. As he published in his book, it seems that a long time regular of the establishment named Dottie passed away, and subsequently, after hours, a cleaner would have long conversations with Dottie’s spirit while she did her nightly chores. One can not help but wonder if that patron we talked to so many years ago was this Dottie. Did the woman who was going to tell us a ghost story end up becoming the story herself? If so, sadly we may never find out the details of that original ghost story. So, whoever else might be haunting the Tong Hut will have to remain a mystery. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the ghost we do have, and have a drink at one of the most unique watering holes in LA. By the way, a seat is reserved for Dottie (the resident spirit) at the bar during Happy Hour.

So come out, join us, share ghost stories, and toast this ghost… If you dare!

(to read about the last haunted location… )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations… )

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HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR!

by on May.04, 2018, under From the Web

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(Above-the William H. Perry Residence as it appeared a century ago in Boyle Heights.)

GHOULA’S HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR!

(Who wants to go inside a haunted house?)

THE DATE: May 26th, 2018 (Saturday)
THE PLACE: The Perry Mansion
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Heritage Square Museum) (map)
THE TIMES: 6:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm (Click here for tickets)
(The tour is about an hour long.)
ADMISSION: $13.00

Due to the restrictions of this 142 years old historic landmark, we will only be able to bring small groups into this house, and we only have allowed access to three haunted areas inside the walls of this protected building. 

NOTE: This is not a themed “haunted attraction” with special effects and costumed actors, nor is it a “ghost hunt” with psychics and equipment to record the presence of spirits. This is an evening of story-telling and an exploration of the buildings haunted lore… Simply put, This is an actual tour of an actual haunted house.

In a city known for its architecture, “house tours” are a common occurrence in Los Angeles. Although, there are many historic homes throughout the South-land with docent-led tours (who may mention rumors of hauntings), this in the very first “house tour” conducted in our city, where the focus is entirely on the ghostly inhabitants.

The “residence with the phantom presence” in question is the stately former home of William H. Perry (the largest house in Los Angeles when it was built in 1876), which is currently part of the Heritage Square Museum in the Arroyo Seco corridor. If you have ever taken the Pasadena Freeway (The 11O) between Downtown and Pasadena, then you have most likely seen it against the hills, next to the parkway, with the protected cluster of Victorian-era buildings. If you have ever wanted to pull off the freeway, go beyond those gates, and hear the strange stories the docents don’t tell you. This is your chance…

Come join us on this one-of-a-kind HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR… if you dare!
…And if you dare, that house you normally drive past, will never look the same again!

For tickets…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghoulas-haunted-house-tour-tickets-45631259325

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