11 | ABRACADABRA! Are magic words real?

Magic words once harnessed power. Today, they are used by magicians to set the mood. In this chapter of ORIGINS, discover the roots of Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus and more.

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9 | For the Love of Monsters

We love monsters. The classics, the new favorites, even those still locked in our closets or hiding beneath our beds. Why this infatuation? What is it about monsters that makes us seek them out to prove they exist? In this chapter of ORIGINS we scrape the tip of the iceberg about the monsters we fan

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8 | Time Travel Stories & Alternate Universes

In this chapter of ORIGINS, look into the theories of time travel, parallel universe, and space-time fabrics through the eyes of science and individuals who claim to have experienced alternate time lines. Is time travel possible or are we at Time’s mercy?

7 | Fear of Dolls and Other Uncanny Creations

There’s something about porcelain dolls that scares the hell out of us. The ORIGINS of dolls give you all the reasons why: they are intermediaries, used for magic, and can cause bodily harm. Yes, dolls are the greatest of all my fears. Is it possible that dolls could be alive? Are they capable of hurting us or is that just a byproduct of our imagination?

6 | ORIGINS of Ghosts & Haunted Houses

When we think of the otherworldly, what comes to mind most often are ghosts. Where do we go when we die? Are spirits trapped between this world and the next? If ghosts walk among us, then do they move freely or are they stuck where they died? From Casper the Friendly Ghost to vengeful spirits, what are their ORIGINS and do haunted houses really exist?

5 | ORIGINS of the Scapegoat: Azazel

Throughout history, people have blamed other people or other things for their problems. Sickness has been the result of a curse. Mental health issues the spell of a witch. And a murderous spree the act of demon possession. What are the ORIGINS for our need to find something to blame? How did the concept of the scapegoat begin?

4 | Demon Portals, Aliens, & Other Worlds

I know I’m not alone in this obsession with other worlds whose borders touch our own. Like Hogwarts, the wizarding world that we wish to believe is real so badly that we have recreated it in a theme park. Do these worlds within worlds actually exist? Is there another realm hiding in the shadows of our own? Or are we overworked and so tired of reality we just wish to believe in something more?