Gef The Talking Mongoose Grafitti Art by Bruce Mahalski – Dunedin

  Recently, whilst travelling down South I went on a bit of a mission to try and find a little known about, secretly hidden and covertly painted piece of graffiti art in Dunedin. It is a painting by prolific local artist Bruce Mahalski. The painting depicts a mysterious character that existed back in the 1930s,… Continue reading Gef The Talking Mongoose Grafitti Art by Bruce Mahalski – Dunedin

The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

It’d been many, many years since I’d been to Melbourne. In-fact the last time I’d been I think Kylie and Jason were still mulling about on Ramsey street and I remember peeking over the fence at a friend’s house thinking that the set of Neighbours was on the other side. That was over 30 years… Continue reading The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Strangers in the Mirror

Have you ever looked in a mirror at night and seen a stranger’s face staring back at you? Have you ever seen something in the mirror which can’t be real? Have you gazed into a mirror, only to realise that the face gazing back at you no longer has the familiar features of your own?… Continue reading Strangers in the Mirror

PSI Theories: A Twist on the Weapons Focus Effect

A friend of mine (Terri) recently drew my attention to the what I believe is known as the ‘Weapons Focus Effect’, this basically says that if an eye-witness is in a situation where they are threatened by the presence of a weapon then it may hinder their ability to clearly identify the person holding said… Continue reading PSI Theories: A Twist on the Weapons Focus Effect

AUSA University Building, Auckland Central

The team were called, in an attempt to document some of the unusual activity that has been reported through the years, right up until recently, in this late 1800’s student office building. Reports of people being touched, items moving, uneasy feelings, ice cold chills, voices heard and figures seen standing in the window, seemingly looking out.… Continue reading AUSA University Building, Auckland Central

Mount St. Mary’s College and Convent – Katoomba, NSW

As I was wandering around Katoomba, Australia, on my way to photograph the local old cemetery, I stumbled upon this incredible beast of a building. Have to say my mouth was pretty wide open for the whole time I spent taking it all in! It’s huge! It was closed to the public and totally surrounded… Continue reading Mount St. Mary’s College and Convent – Katoomba, NSW

Theory in Fear

Batman. Not a name that necessarily comes to mind at all when it comes to conversations concerning the paranormal and hauntings; however, there is an interesting link where life may imitate art.  Dr Jonathan Crane, otherwise known Scarecrow, is a villain in the Batman universe (and who also appears in the 2005 film “Batman Begins,”… Continue reading Theory in Fear

Yowie – What are they?

In the years I have been conducting research into this ‘creature’ ‘legend’ or ‘myth’ known as the Yowie, the remaining question is what are they, if they are in fact real? And that is the $64000 question isn’t it? First of all let me say that this was the last time I will say ‘if’… Continue reading Yowie – What are they?

Ahiaruhe Abandoned House – Carterton

The abandoned house at Ahiaruhe has given rise to lots of legends. Perhaps the most frequently enquired after house in Wairarapa is a derelict mansion that sits atop a ridge in the Ahiaruhe district, across the road from Stonehenge Aotearoa. It must surely be the most photographed building in Wairarapa. It has all the requisites… Continue reading Ahiaruhe Abandoned House – Carterton

Cambridge Hotel – Wellington

Cambridge Terrace, site of some of Wellington’s landmark buildings, was once a stream. Before a massive earthquake changed the landscape in 1855, flat-bottomed boats used to make their way from the harbour along what are now Cambridge and Kent terraces to a shallow lagoon, which later became the Basin Reserve. Many of the principals of… Continue reading Cambridge Hotel – Wellington

Getting Hairy with Rex Gilroy

Rex Gilroy, Director of the Australian Yowie Research Centre, Katoomba, NSW studying the Wadbilliga Dryopithecine fossil footprint. It is yet one more piece of evidence of an Australian primate presence in Pleistocene times and earlier. Photo copyright © Rex Gilroy 2013

I first heard about Rex Gilroy as a child. Perhaps about 1980, or thereabouts. I was a budding young cryptozoologist / paranormal researcher that would spend my time reading up every book or article I could find on the subjects. I also collected newspaper clippings. In my collection I have clippings that mention Rex Gilroy.… Continue reading Getting Hairy with Rex Gilroy

Paranormal Theories

Ghosts; many have had experiences with them over thousands of years. Ghosts certainly aren’t a new fad. But what are ghosts? Straight up, no one is really able to explain the thousands upon thousands of documented experiences that people around the world have had since the beginning of recorded history. Ghosts and hauntings seem to… Continue reading Paranormal Theories

Lopdell House – Titirangi, Auckland

In recent years it is said that some of the tenants had complained of hearing unusual banging coming from the kitchen, toilets flushing by themselves, unusual voices recorded on gallery computers and windows that appear to open by themselves after hours. A woman who had worked in the Art Gallery (large ground floor room) in… Continue reading Lopdell House – Titirangi, Auckland

The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 – By Tony Brunt

The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 By Tony Brunt 1967 – Former convener of the Auckland University UFO Research Group (no longer in existence.) For a little over a month in the winter of 1909 hundreds of New Zealanders reported seeing “airships” of varying shapes and sizes moving about in the sky. Sighting reports… Continue reading The New Zealand ‘UFO’ Wave of 1909 – By Tony Brunt

Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

From the original script by the late Harold H. Fulton It began quietly enough early in September 1969, but before two months were up, New Zealand’s biggest space scare had boomed to the greatest public UFO awareness on record in this far southern land’s experience. For a period commencing mid-September for the following four to… Continue reading Ngatea Mystery Circle – Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial?

Carrington Unitec: Building One

Carrington Hospital, now Unitec Institute of Technology Whau Lunatic Asylum (or: Lunatic Asylum at the Whau; later: Auckland Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Lunatic Asylum, Avondale Hospital, Auckland Mental Health Hospital, Oakley Hospital; Carrington Psychiatric Hospital; commonly Carrington/Oakley Hospital) was a psychiatric hospital on the Oakley Farm Estate situated in Point Chevalier, Auckland. Built in 1865 on… Continue reading Carrington Unitec: Building One

The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui – Britain’s very own Bigfoot?

Ben MacDhui’s principal claim to fame is that, at 4296 ft (1309 m), it is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms range and is second only to Ben Nevis throughout Scotland. However, it is also famous – indeed, infamous – as Scotland’s ‘haunted mountain’, thanks to the sinister, ostensibly supernatural entity known as Am Fear… Continue reading The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui – Britain’s very own Bigfoot?

The Zuiyo-maru carcass

The Zuiyo-maru carcass is a creature caught by the Japanese fishing trawler Zuiyō Maru off the coast of New Zealand in 1977. The carcass’s peculiar appearance led to speculation that it might be the remains of a sea serpent or prehistoric plesiosaur. Although several scientists insisted it was “not a fish, whale, or any other… Continue reading The Zuiyo-maru carcass

Exposing online fakes and frauds of the Cryptozoological kind – A Shukernature Top Ten listing

The internet is the natural home of some very unnatural creatures – fakes, frauds, and the falsely identified. Many of them attract only fleeting, transient attention before being soundly exposed and permanently discredited. However, there is also a hardcore set whose members simply refuse to die – being revived time and time again by unsuspecting… Continue reading Exposing online fakes and frauds of the Cryptozoological kind – A Shukernature Top Ten listing

The Fouke Monster

The Fouke Monster, also known as the Southern Sasquatch, is a legendary cryptid reported near the town of Fouke in Miller County, Arkansas, during the early 1970s. The creature was accused of attacking a local family. Initial sightings of the creature were concentrated in the Jonesville/Boggy Creek area, where it was blamed for the destruction… Continue reading The Fouke Monster

Chupacabras Invasion!

Across the arid plains of Texas, macabre, vampire-like animals are lurking, allegedly aspiring to suck the blood out of hapless livestock. These grotesque, hairless, zombie-gray canines have seemingly multiplied in number since the first known specimen was, shot by a rancher named Devin McAnally back in 2004. The Elmendorf Beast, as it later became known,… Continue reading Chupacabras Invasion!

Mothman

Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from 15 November 1966 to 15 December 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated 16 November 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something”. Mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970,… Continue reading Mothman