On creepiness.


A word on “creepy”: I know it gets thrown around a lot without necessarily being explained, so I’ll take a crack at it.

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Stemonitis fusca is a rather marvelous species of slime mold that carries its jelly-like spore-forming fruiting bodies on curious stilts | photo by Nick Cantle | +

See earlier post about trying to find beauty in non-traditionally cute/beautifully creatures.


Elizabeth Báthory is one of the most prolific serial killers in all of history.

She was born into nobility and was highly educated but also very vain.

One day, infuriated, Elizabeth struck one of her servant girls so hard that some blood dripped from her face onto Elizabeth’s hand and she immediately thought that her skin took on a glowing freshness of her young maid.

Elizabeth believed she had found the secret of eternal youth. After this, women were abducted and hung upside down, while they were still alive and their throats were slit to prepare Elizabeth’s bath.

The Countess of Transylvania and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted.