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29 November 2009 @ 11:46 am
One of my favorite blogs is the Dapper Cadaver - Monster Mondays. It covers everything from movie monsters to cryptozooligical mysteries, to real news stories that would be very Winchester worthy.

Some of my favorite past entries include:

Dolichocephaloids


"Peruvian coneheads"

Because these skulls are over 2,000 years old, I can't imagine them being a Winchester gig but I could see them being part of the mythos in the boys' world, possibly being an ancient demon race that somehow ties into the apocalypse or something Sam comes across on the internet or in a reference book while looking in to a current mysterious creature.

Vampiric creatures



All about creatures that are similar in nature to the the concept of vampire whether by drinking blood or in one incredible case, a deer that has retractable fangs.

Not Another Bigfoot Scam

More season 1-ish in style, but I could totally see the boys having been all over this. Only on the show, it would have been real. ;)

The Monster of Troy



This was one of my favorite entries. No one knows for sure what exactly it was, there are just many theories, and I like how this particular entry goes over a lot of the options and allows you to draw your own conclusions since in all likelihood, we'll never know for sure. It reminds me a lot of the boys' process in monster-of-the-week type episodes; looking at vague pictures then comparing them to what they know is out there and trying to narrow it down from there.

The Montauk Monster



Now this would have definitely made the boys' radar! Last year, this turned up on a beach near Long Island, NY. The creature was photographed by a few witnesses by then stolen by a local so that all anyone had to go on was photographs. This caused a lot of speculation and sensationalism but was eventually revealed to by a marketing stunt by an upcoming movie which was disappointing but the history of speculation is very interesting and revealing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Monster

I could go on and on with the links, there is just that much of interest on the site especially for people who enjoy the mythological aspects of SPN. I spent many a night of insomnia, reading the entire blog backward and forward and still go revisit it when my brain could use a little imagining. They've also got a store where they sell all kinds of Halloween props and all kinds of other bizarre paraphernalia that would work perfectly for the SPN props department.

Definitely check it out when you get the chance, and feel free to share in the comments anything you find that you could see as being Winchester-worthy.
 
 
20 November 2009 @ 05:06 pm
I just wanted to introduce myself. Not that anyone asked for my life story or anything, but as an entirely quiet member who has yet to have participated in anything in this community to suddenly be taking the reigns of it, I thought I'd give you a little background about me and a little insight into my plans for the community.

First of all, I want to say that the very idea and premise of this community is awesome. When I first came across it, it was one of those things where I wished I'd thought of it first! It was that great and totally made sense to me, so as far as I'm concerned, credit for this community does and always will belong to alias_chick for even thinking about it. Anything I do with the community from here on out is just a credit to the awesomeness of her and her idea.

As far as my modding experience goes, I haven't really done any in awhile. I was the creator and longtime maintainer of carrieunderwood but it eventually got too big for me and I was thankfully able to turn it over to two wonderful people who have done great things with it. I was also a co-mod at greysanatomy for a little while but it too proved too big for me. I don't like to get into the politics of fandom, or the ships, or drama, or the wars. I think sometimes, we forget that we're all watching the same show. Wherever we differ or are alike in what we love or hate about a show, the most basic aspect is the show itself. I'm kind of a purist that way, which is what makes this the perfect community for me. It's small, and it has nothing to do with the more controversial aspects of SPN, but the basic thing that drew me to it: the supernatural.

A little background about me, I'm 26, I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania which is a very haunted place in general. PA is full of old wives tales, local legends and lore, supposedly haunted places, and scary stories have been told to me and share by me since I was about five years old. While other little kids were playing cops and robbers, my best friend Heather and I were running from imaginary witches in the deep woods that bordered our small town. It was an interest that has only increased from there on. I now work at an old, old hospital that is considered one of the most haunted places in our town. It has all of the elements, a somewhat creepy location, a nearby cemetery, and a very tragic tale involving a fire. I don't know if I necessarily believe in any of it, but I did have a day last month that made me consider it if even just for a moment. (It involved the power going off, the back up generator failing, and having to walk up a pitch black staircase that was remarkably colder than the rest of the building and I found a door that is boarded up and a floor I didn't even know existed...)

My bookshelf is full of books on local and regional lore from various parts of the country and the world, encyclopedias of vampires and demons and other occultness, ghost stories by region, etc. I also have quite a collection of Haunted Times and, until it unfortunately went out of print, Eerie magazine. I also have a huge interest in cryptozoology which I think goes hand in hand with a lot of the stories on SPN.

So, I have a lot to share, and if nothing else, I will start going through my links to at least share some of my favorite blogs and sites that would make for great Winchester gigs. I'm also going to start making some polls and quizzes and other fun things to make the community more interactive as I know there's not always a lot of Winchester-worthy news out there and it helps to keep things going even in the absence of that. I'm also open to any ideas or suggestions you guys have, or anything you'd like to see here.

You're also free to friend my personal journal if you'd like. My job keeps me pretty busy so my updates and commenting have gotten somewhat infrequent, but I do read when I can and would love to have some more people with common interests so feel free to if you'd like and I will be sure to friend you back.

Otherwise, thanks for the warm welcome and also to alias_chick for being just plain awesome.