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Ruins of Aleister Crowley’s Boleskine House Up for Sale

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Boleskine House at Loch Ness, once owned by Aleister Crowley and used for a particularly nasty conjuring, is up for sale. The house was gutted by fire several years ago according to the BBC, but selling agents from Gailbraiths insist that the structure is still in good condition for restoration.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I start looking for property for sale, one of my first questions is “Is it haunted?” Unlike most, however, a positive answer to this question isn’t a deterrent.

As a matter of fact, if a property has a colorful history and a couple of ghosts attached, I’m ready to buy. But even I would have to sit down and have a think before I signed the paperwork on this one.

Boleskine House in the early 20th Century

You see, while Crowley and his rituals were certainly dark enough, the property has a history that would make even the most die hard horror fan consider carefully.

In the 1600s, a minister named Thomas Houston was said to have waged spiritual warfare with a necromantic wizard on the property who was intent on raising the dead buried in the parish cemetery.

It was said that even after the wizard was sent packing, the bones of the dead would be found lying atop the graves rather than in the ground where they belonged.

The church on the location later burned and Boleskine House was built on its remains. Though it was the center of much upheaval during the Jacobite Rebellion, the house remained in the Fraser family until 1899 when a young Crowley came to call.

He bought the house specifically because its architecture lent itself well to a ritual the magician intended to perform, which he had found in The Book of Abramelin the Mage, a text that supposedly dated back to the teachings of an ancient Egyptian mage.

The Abramelin Operation, is a long-form ritual that takes months to perform including the summoning of 115 separate and specific spirits that will open a gateway for the magician to converse with his or her Guardian Angel.

After contact is made with the Angel and knowledge is received, they must then raise the 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell and bind them. This gives the magician power over them and also removes these dark entities’ influence from their lives.

It was said that Crowley had nearly completed the ritual when he was suddenly called away by the current leader of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which he was a member. Crowley had to leave so quickly that he was unable to banish the spirits that he’d called up and thus they were trapped within the structure and able to cause whatever havoc they wished.

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley was only 23 years old when he purchased the Boleskine House.

It wasn’t long before strange occurrences began to take place with people associated with the property. Crowley himself, was said to have bragged about a man who, after years of abstinence, had suddenly gotten drunk one night and attempted to murder his wife and children.

Two other children associated with the property also died quite suddenly and mysteriously, one at her school desk and another suddenly overtaken by seizures while sitting on her mother’s knee.

Crowley later sold the house and a few decades later, the owner of the home killed himself with a shotgun in what had been Crowley’s bedroom.

Guitarist Jimmy Page bought the home in 1970, but while he owned it for two decades, he reportedly only spent a combined six weeks on the property.

After he sold the property, it went through several owners before mysteriously catching fire in 2015, and all the while, it seemed to serve as a pilgrimage site for those who followed Crowley and his teachings with multiple owners reporting strange visitors showing up at all hours of the day or night, some demanding entrance and other merely wishing to see the home and feel its energies.

The home and its 22 acres are currently listed at $662K American.

What say you, horror fans? Would you like to buy and restore the house? LEt us know what you think down in the comments below!

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The latest Trailer for ‘Smile’ is Filled With Nightmarish Dread

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The latest trailer for Smile is one that really digs its way under your skin. We had the pleasure of seeing it an early Fantastic Fest screening and the terror in that film is palpable and incredibly intense. It never lets up for a second.

The synopsis for Smile is as follows:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile is in theaters on September 30 with some early showings popping up on September 27. Check local showtimes and don’t miss this one.

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‘Solar Opposites: Halloween Special’ Trailer Takes the Series into the Spooky Season

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Solar Opposites has dropped a trailer for its Halloween Special and it looks like a blast. The Justin Roiland series is a nice change up from the sci-fi antics of Rick and Morty, but still has a lot of the same voices and debauchery. The Halloween episode takes the extraterrestrial family down a path of the macabre and even takes them into hell itself.

The synopsis for Solar Opposites season 3 goes like this:

Co-created by Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”) and Mike McMahan (“Rick & Morty”, “Star Trek: Lower Decks”), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food and fun stuff. In season three, this alien team strives to be less of a team and more of a family team.

Solar Opposites: Halloween Special arrives on Hulu beginning October 3.

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First Trailer For ‘The Last of Us’ is All About Brutal Survival

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The first trailer for The Last of Us has finally arrived and it doesn’t let you down in the least. The hit video game series of the same name has given us some truly brutal survival in a savage post-apocolyptic world.

The fact that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin is in charge of bringing this brutal world to life is already a sign that we are in the best hands possible. It’s also great to see that the series is taking what existed in the game and just recreating that world and its many beautifully cinematic scenes. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I wish more filmmakers would do the same.

The synopsis for The Last of Us goes like this:

Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us will arrive on HBO Max beginning in 2023.

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