Karen Gillan Joins HBO's Salem Witch Trials Drama 

HBO's pilot for "provocative period drama" set during the Salem witch trials, The Devil You Know, has added a grip of new cast members as it rolls toward production this spring, including Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy). The actor shared her excitement yesterday: » 3/14/15 8:45am 3/14/15 8:45am

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Some might argue that everything that passes for "paranormal" is a hoax. (There's no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud's a fraud ... as the 10 cases below will attest. » 12/26/14 9:25am 12/26/14 9:25am

Hey, Weirdos! Is A Reboot Of The Craft In the Works?

Today's unconfirmed/tantalizing/"but whyyy?" Hollywood rumor for all the once and future teen witches out there: There may be a reboot of 1996's The Craft in the works. » 12/15/14 12:00am 12/15/14 12:00am

17th Century "Witch Marks" Discovered On British Estate

Restoration work on Britain's 600-year-old Knole House turned up a most interesting feature hidden beneath the floorboards: "witch marks" or "demon traps," designed to protect the witchcraft-fearing ruler James I from supernatural malevolence. » 12/03/14 6:30pm 12/03/14 6:30pm

How to Bury a Woman Who Fucked The Devil and Might Come Back Angry

Lilias Adie died in the 1700s, when fear of witches ran rampant and the belief that those who had had their souls sucked by the devil (through their teat, I have been informed) would come back to exact vengeance after death was much more common. But her torment didn't end there. » 10/29/14 2:32am 10/29/14 2:32am

The Real-Life Letter Of Apology Written By The Salem Witch Trial Jury

It's almost October, which means Halloween is just around the corner — the witching hour to end all witching hours is almost upon us. But about the real-life stories of witches who were burned and celebrated? A new book, The Penguin Book of Witches, provides actual documents. And we've got a doozy of an excerpt. » 9/30/14 10:50am 9/30/14 10:50am

Salem Could Have Been Scarier If It Had Been More Historically Accurate

The first season of Salem has come to close with a good deal of blood and a major revelation, but as we reflect on the season, it's clear that the show missed an opportunity to mine its historical inspiration. While Salem went for gore and the occasional bit of shock value, it ignored the truly terrifying paranoia… » 7/14/14 6:15pm 7/14/14 6:15pm

Who Would Win A Knife Fight, Salem's Puritan Minister Or Its Witches?

In this corner, we have Increase Mather, the torture-loving witch hunter supreme of Salem. And in the other corner, we have a pair of Satan's handmaidens, armed with a cauldron of magical tricks. When they cross blades, who will come out on top? » 6/30/14 7:00pm 6/30/14 7:00pm

The Salem Torture Scene That We Really Didn't Need To See

Okay, you win, Increase Mather. You are the worst person on Salem—no matter how many devil-worshipping witches are about. But we really didn't need to see the rapey torture methods you use to expose witches. » 6/23/14 6:30pm 6/23/14 6:30pm

Puritan Girls Attack In The Most Demented Moment From This Week's Salem

Salem has been built around some bizarre and gruesome visuals—a toad nursing on a woman's thigh, a girl muzzled and led about like a dog, dead faces stretched out and made to speak. But sometimes, there's nothing quite like a gaggle of girls dressed all in white with murder in their hearts. » 6/16/14 7:00pm 6/16/14 7:00pm

Salem Finally Introduces A Genuinely Frightening Puritan

Somehow Cotton Mather continues to be the most reasonable, rational person on Salem—and it's pretty weird. But at last we're getting a Puritan who kills accused witches first, asks questions later, and quite literally expects God to sort them out. » 6/02/14 5:30pm 6/02/14 5:30pm

Woman Beaten to Death After Being Accused of Witchcraft on Facebook

At last Facebook has brought us back to the middle ages, just as we knew it would. A woman in the Brazilian city Guarujá, near São Paolo, was beaten to death last week after Facebook rumors circulated that she was a witch. » 5/12/14 3:16pm 5/12/14 3:16pm

10 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Total Fakes

The internet can be a tough place to distinguish fact from fiction. Who has time to fact-check all those beautiful, weird, and sometimes horrifying pictures? Well, we do. » 2/20/14 3:57pm 2/20/14 3:57pm

Witches will be casting their sexy spells over New Orleans in American…

We now have the title and theme for American Horror Story's third season: Coven. Ryan Murphy will be taking his regular AHS players and a few new faces down to New Orleans, where they'll be up to plenty of magical hijinks. » 3/16/13 5:00pm 3/16/13 5:00pm

The best quote from election night managed to incorporate a Dune

Nate Silver is the talk of the internet today, and for good reason. When every news outlet on the planet was presenting the presidential race as a dead heat, the NYT's political stats guru was giving Obama a greater than 90 percent chance of clinching a second term — a call he's been making for weeks. In any case: the… » 11/07/12 2:26pm 11/07/12 2:26pm

Urine flavor wheels helped doctors taste patients' pee centuries ago

Back in the day, the medical analysis of urine relied on, well, a doctor's five senses and superstition. But sometimes physicians needed a little extra help in divining the ramifications of some dubious tinkle. » 10/19/12 11:45am 10/19/12 11:45am

Saudi Religious Police behead woman for witchcraft

In Saudi Arabia, there is a hotline you can call to rat out people whom you suspect of participating in sorcery or witchcraft. Dabbling in astrology or simply telling fortunes can land you in prison for life — or worse, get you executed. And last Monday, another witch hunt ended in death. » 12/14/11 3:52pm 12/14/11 3:52pm

Tax-burdened witches cast spells on the Romanian government (using…

Last Saturday, Romania implemented a law requiring self-employed citizens to pay a 16% income tax and to contribute to social service programs. Witches, who count as self-employed workers, aren't thrilled and are hexing the government en masse. » 1/05/11 2:40pm 1/05/11 2:40pm

Get enchanted with the sexiest witch pin-ups of all time! [NSFW]

Is there anything more glamorous and sexier than a woman with magical powers? Our new favorite blog is Sexy Witch, which posts images of enchantresses from the past 100 years. Check out some of our favorite witchy pin-ups below. » 9/08/10 11:30am 9/08/10 11:30am