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The Nexus of Occult Horror, Religion & Spirituality
As time and conditions permit, we hope to share articles, offer interviews, and present ideas of interest related to the Devilish Films we find intriguing and the Witchy Flicks that we so enjoy. We are not limited to devilish films only, but literary works of related subject matter may be explored as well as nonfiction. Analysis, symbolism, religious interpretations, reviews, inspirations, art, atmosphere, nightmares… Very little will be taboo, but we like to keep it tasteful.
We also hope to serve as a means of offering ideas towards therapy for other lost souls who have been traumatized by religious experience. Mr H.B. Gardner has experience as a spiritual counselor. He utilizes the Tarot, meditation, art and (as needed) ritual for self-transformation.
photo: H. B. Gardner
photo credit: KSK Sugao
I grew up in the ’70’s and 80’s and was naturally attracted to the occult and horror genre. Books on mythology, witches and vampires intrigued me from my earliest days. I drew pictures of haunted castles and witches and collected supernatural horror comics and monster figures. My older sister indulged me by making my own black Dracula cape with red lining. After much pleading and begging, my father (God rest his soul!) built me my own plywood coffin with a hinged lid so I could play Dracula. (I was granted permission to sleep in it on at least one or two occasions with the strict stipulation that the lid stay open!) While other kids wanted to play sports, I wanted to play Monsters, or Greek Myths, or Witches. So yeah, I was the weird kid in my neighborhood.
Our parents took us to church and Sunday school weekly and had a firm faith, so naturally I always wanted to look deeper into the spiritual side of things. I read as much as I could on the occult and the supernatural and spent all my free time at the library downtown or at school. I got my first deck of Tarot cards at age 13 and have been selectively collecting them ever since. I got my first job at the local city library at age 15 where I volunteered (since I spent so much time there anyways!) until they could legally payroll me at age 16. From there I began to read on Eastern religions and the bourgeoning New Age, Neo-Pagan and Wicca movements (amongst other taboo topics). I searched for meaning in horror films and the human drama that surrounded me. I questioned my family’s and community’s religious beliefs at an early age and, as a teen, experienced my own little microcosmic version of the “Satanic Panic” in the Midwestern American city where I grew up. I have been staring into the Abyss ever since; deciphering the Darkness around (and within) me. Now, I am kind of like a Joseph Campbell
(one of my role models) of occult horror.
Diabolical Horror has been more than a means of amusement for me; it has inspired me to seek deeper into religious beliefs and the psychology behind them, and to compare ancient symbols and philosophy with the art of horror. My studies and experiences within the, shall we say, artistic fringes of counter culture have also inspired my own artwork. My own path is fluid and unfixed but constellates mainly around Traditional Witchcraft, the Tarot, Tantric Goddess traditions and the Cult of Sorrows within Roman Catholicism.
I Currently live in Osaka, Japan where I tutor English students privately and at a prestigious private Catholic school. I am kept very busy as a father and teacher and writer and artist but will try to maintain a monthly article submission on this site, sometimes light, sometimes deep.
p.s. On this site we choose to use the Royal “We” because, as the man possessed by demons said to Jesus of Nazareth, upon being asked his name in Mark 5:1-20, the demon possessed man replied: “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
All articles on this site are written by H. B. Gardner – unless otherwise noted.
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