Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Houska Castle…The Gateway to HELL?

In a land far, far away from here, in the Czech Republic, is a castle. This castle is known as Houska Castle.

When I think of Castles, I think of a place where kings and queens lived. Castles are supposed to be enchanting, right?

Traditionally, a castle served as fortresses; a military institution as protection from an enemy. Castles usually have a motte, which is a mound or ditch filled with water to keep unwanted visitors from entering, and other types of protection. Many castles are built by large bodies of water, near mountains, and other places of protection.

Houska Castle is not an ordinary castle. You see, this castle is hidden far away from a water source and is surrounded by forest and sandstone mountains. This castle was built using Gothic architecture, in 1253-1278 during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia. It is definitely one of the best preserves castles out there for its age. This castle was not built to keep unwanted visitors away; it was built to keep the unwanted and evil INSIDE and locked away. It is also built over a well that is reported to be bottomless and also serves as a gateway to HELL. Many investigators who have tried to find the bottom to this well have not been able to. The walls surrounding the chapel above this well are covered with paintings of dragons being slain. The walls are always wet, and there have been claims of demonic activity in the chapel, as well as screams and moans coming from the bottomless pit below, which is why this castle is said to be a gateway to Hell.

Here are some claims made by people who have visited this place. (I pulled this from a website, so check out the link)

People over the years have claimed to see something in the area of the chapel that looks like a cross between a human, a giant frog and a bulldog. They say you can see thru it and it can be heard growling. It’s said when you hear it growl that you are filled with a sense of great fear.

Just outside the front gates people claim to see a giant headless black horse running around dropping great drops of blood from its neck. It is said to run towards the front of the castle and jump into the air and vanish.

People have also claimed to see a line of people chained together walking towards the castle gates and each person chained to the chain has a horrific injury. Some people are said to be carrying their heads or other body parts. A giant black dog is said to be attacking and biting the people on the chain. Then their will be a flash of lighting and a ghoulish laugh and the chain of people and the black dog will vanish.

A beautiful young woman in a beautiful white dress is seen often walking in windows looking outside. No one knows who she is but she appears to be the most normal of all the ghosts in and around the castle.

The mad monk is said to haunt the Chapel. He is wearing simple brown robes and he attacks you with a ghostly axe that goes thru you but doesn't injure you. It has really scared many people over the years. Some have run out of the castle swearing to never return to the castle for any reason.

If you want to learn more about this cool place, check out this episode of Ghost Hunters International on Hulu. It aired in July, and it was the inspiration for this blog post.

If the link above does not work, go to hulu.com, look up Ghost Hunters International, and look for the "Gates of Hell" episode. It is pretty spooky!! If you have seen this, let me know what you thought about GHI's investigation and their findings...

Tell me, what do you think? Do you think a gateway to Hell actually exists? Could there be more gateways to Hell?

Monday, August 3, 2009


The Haunting at Millennium Manor

Note: Most of the information about this house was pulled from websites I have found. You will find links at the end of this post. I want to give credit where it is due.

This is a story that reminds me of the story of Sarah Winchester, and the Winchester Mansion. They are not identical but there are parallels. I want to tell you about this freaky, creepy and very beautiful house that is practically in my neighborhood.

What is so cool about this place is that it’s practically right up the road from my house!! In fact, I drive by it on my way to work if I take the scenic route and have some time to kill. It is Located on Wright Road in Alcoa, TN. It is known as the Old Stone House, or Millennium Manor. This house was the home of William Andrew Nicholson, who constructed the house, and his wife, Fair. It was designed to withstand Armageddon, the return of Christ. According to some, Nicholson claimed to have been told by God to build the house and that for as long as he continued construction on the house that he would never die, and he planned to live in that house for a thousand years or eternity. He and his wife believed that as long as they kept on working on the stone house that they would never die. (1)

Millennium Manor was built from 1938 to December, 1946, by William Andrew Nicholson and his wife Fair. They had moved to Alcoa, Tennessee, from Pickens County, Georgia, where he was a mason and carpenter. In 1937 he got a job with the Alcoa plant as a replacement for striking workers. Mr. Nicholson started construction of Millennium Manor at the age of 61 while maintaining a full time job at the Alcoa plant across the street.

Millennium Manor was built to survive Armageddon and a thousand years beyond. If any structure can endure that fate, it is this one. Millennium Manor was built using Roman architecture which can still be seen standing in structures after more than 2,000 years. The light colored stone of Millennium Manor is Tennessee Pink Marble found in nearby Friendsville, Tennessee. The "Arch and Keystone" visible over doors and windows continues throughout the entire house, including the floor and roof. First built was a wooden "form," shaped like the inside of the building. A rubber tarp was laid over this form. Stone was stacked on top of the form and a "Keystone" inserted. (At this point in the construction, the wooden form could have been pulled completely out, and the roof would still stand on its own without any mortar). Cement was poured over the stacked marble rock, and the cement sifted through to the rubber tarp and hardened. Wrinkles in the rubber sheet can still be seen on the inside ceiling The form was then removed, at which point that part of the roof (or floor) was finished. In theory, it should be possible to remove ALL cement from the entire building and have it continue to stand, since the only function of the mortar was to hold the rock in place and not to bear a load.

Over 4,000 bags of cement were used, and in some places agricultural lime was used instead of sand for less water seepage. The thinnest inside wall is 19 inches. The thinnest outside wall is 25 inches. The roof is greater than 3 feet thick, and the floor is greater than 4 feet thick. The roof alone supposedly weighs 423 tons. All walls are load bearing. There are 14 rooms and a two-car underground garage, for a total of about 3,000 square feet under roof. The upstairs has 7 chimney flues. A six-story deep well is 5 feet in diameter

That is some house, huh? And what an amazing story behind it!! Sadly, in 1950, his wife passed away. Nicholson felt that Fair had lost her faith and that as a result she died. Her death devastated him, but he continued with the belief that he would live forever if he kept building.

He lived in the house until his death in 1965.

Urban legend has it that his wife was buried within the walls of the house. This is not true, and in fact both she and Nicholson are buried in Clarks Grove Cemetery, their graves are unmarked. Another rumor had it that William Nicholson was a devil worshipper and a cruel man, but that was far from the truth. He was more of an eccentric man with ideas that he could live forever, and many found that to be odd and started making false claims about him.

There are folks who believe that Mr. Nicholson’s ghost is residing in the house. There are claims where people have seen strange and unexplainable lights in the house and heard activity going on when the house in uninhabited, even during the day time.

I also came across a cool picture taken at the Millennium Manor (3) . Take it as you may. There could be many explanations for the face in the window. Our eyes and mind play many tricks on us, so tell me what you think.

What is your take on this house or the picture above? Have you ever been there? Share any thoughts or experiences you might have. I plan on visiting this house and doing my own investigating (after I get the okay from the owner).




Sunday, August 2, 2009


Hi, thanks for stopping by.

I want to give a little background so you will have a better idea of who I am and what this blog is about.

Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in all things paranormal. I have experienced things in my life that can only be described as PARANORMAL. There are many non-believers out there, and I am cool with that. I am not here to push my beliefs on anyone, that is not what I am about. I do, however, love to share stories about the paranormal to whoever is willing to listen. :)

I have been fortunate enough to visit some haunted hotspots across the US. I have been to places like Winchester Mansion in San Jose California, as well as local haunted hot spots in my home town. I have also captured some interesting pictures (a full bodied apparition, unexplainable phenomenon [it could have been a bug...but it is still freaky none the less], and orbs.) I plan on posting those photos in a future blog, and you can tell me what you think.

I will also post stories that have sparked my interest, and hopefully will spark yours, too.

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