The Midnight Alphabet – D

D is for Dragon, for Devil and Doom. D is for Dracula and Dungeon and Dagger. D is for Darkness, Dementia, and Death. D stands for Demise, Deranged and the remarkably ominous Delete. Despair, Djinn, Dagon, Damien, and Dreadful all begin with D.

D is for Duluth. Many travelers have been warned against stopping there. The Untold Delights of Duluth remain untold and unsung for a reason.

D is for Desolation. Desolation is the only known name of the Desert under which the fallen angels were bound in chains and buried. Under a Dozen people alive today know where it lies.

It is arguable whether the Dobharchu (also known as the Dorrahgow) belongs on this list, but for the death of a washer-woman at Glenade Lake in 1722. Anyway, giant Otters that can burrow through rocks and is longer than a man is tall is worthy of note even if they are rarely malicious to humans.

D is also for Darke. Of Mr. Darke, his associate, and their traveling carnival, much has been said.

The appearance of the Slavic Drekavac is contested, but the howling noises it makes are not.

Duchamp might begin with a D, but some experts say the name is spelled duChamp. Others argue that the real name owned by the man that calls himself Arnaud Duchamp cannot be pronounced by human tongues, and that the name is merely an approximation. What is behind his tinted eyeglasses has often been speculated upon.

The Midnight Alphabet – C

C is for C’Thulu. Well, actually C’Thulu has no letters in any human language that spell it, but it is as close as we can approximate without our tongues turning to salt.
C is for Corpse filled Cenotes and Curiously Calm Covens.
C is for Chaos and its various Cults.
C is for Cunning Crypto-zoologists and Conniving Cabals.
For Joseph Curwen, and Captain Clegg.
It is for Cappadocia and Constantine. And Carthage.

Count di Cagliostro was born Giuseppe Balsamo, but he was known in his life as the Count Cagliostro (which is why his entry is here instead of in the previous). A Mystic, alchemist, occultist, failed seminarian, vagabond, thief, murderer, profiteer, Freemason, international instigator, agent provocateur, Charlatan and Convict.

Cagliostro’s disputed but likely involvement in the so-called “Affair of the Necklace” undoubtedly led to the French Revolution. It is interesting that of the Musketeers who claimed loyalty to Anne of Austria, only Aramis ever suspected Cagliostro’s shadow intermingling with that of Richelieu. The latter, of course, held title of Cardinal.

The Spanish Inquisition attempted to carry out a death sentence on Cagliostro, but the Pope intervened… why?

When Cagliostro died in 1795, the reports were not believed throughout Europe and only after a report commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte did the Royal Families accept his demise as fact.

Some claim that Cagliostro re-appeared on the European royal-political map under a different name about a hundred years later. Whether those reports are true or not, there are some disturbing comparisons between Cagliostro’s affect on Western Europe in the late 1700s, and how another “holy” man affected Eastern Europe in the early 1900s… See R for this entry.

The Midnight Alphabet – B

B is for…

Babalon and Black Cat Bone. For Bagh Nakh and Bloodworm. For Bohemian Grove. For Bewitching. For Beast.

Balthazar and his kind are seldom seen outside of the darkest corners of the deepest forests. Their pelts range from black to grey and most colors in between, with those colors being shades of brown. Balthazar can speak, after a fashion, though whether the rest of his kin share this gift is unknown at this time. The Beast of Gévaudan has been denied by Balthazar as being a relation. Balthazar’s legs bend the wrong way, and though people do often mistake it for wolves; it is not: wolves do no have horns.

B is for Batsto. A river called Batsto runs through the south-central Pine Barrens of New Jersey. A village called Batsto is on the banks of that river. An iron-works made use of the rich bog ore deposits during the Revolutionary War. A peculiar blue-green glass was blown in Batsto by an artisan during the mid 1800s. By the late 1980s Batsto was a ghost town. During the early 1990s Batsto was restored as a historic site. The last known pieces of Batsto glass are in private collections.

Bog Hags are actually sexless, in that they have no genitalia. Most Bog Hags possess long stringy hair and narrow faces, and so they are viewed as feminine- hence the “hag” appellation. The ankle-length funerary shrouds, dress-like in some lights, probably add to this misunderstanding. But make no mistake, Bog Hags are without sex. It is not known how Bog Hags reproduce or are created, only that they want to eat you.

Black Dogs have been chronicled as either symbols of protection or portents of doom since 856 AD in the Annales Franoram. Appearing throughout human history every since, including the infamous attack on a church in Bongay England in1577. In more recent visitations, these abnormally large and muscular beasts that tend to appear on dark and lonely roads late at night have been known to protect or herald young children and pregnant women away from danger. One can only assume their troubled history may reflect the state of the world… any conjecture that Balthazar’s kind are related to or in league with the Black Dogs is pure speculation.

Then there is Belasco. About him, the less said the Better.

The Midnight Alphabet – A

A is for Arsenic, to be used for preserving wood. It has had other uses, at times.

A is also for Arkham, a township in Northeastern Massachusettes that has not been seen since the 1920s.

A stands for Azazello, as in “Azazello’s cream” from which women learned the sinful art of painting their faces.

A is for Alchemy, and Appalachia. For Avalon. For Abremalin oil and Athame and Absinthe and Arisoph. And for Academic Fencing.

Ascension.

But most memorable, perhaps, is Absalom.
Absalom, was one of King David’s sons.
Absalom slew his own brother for the rape of their half-sister.
Absalom had conquered a nation by the age of 20. It is probably true that he proclaimed Death without power in his lands or over his people..
Absalom did not, as some legends say, become an island adrift off a continent.
Absalom, found vainglorious about his own hair, was hanged by it.
Absalom’s end was less than pleasant and involved the winnowing and rendering of his flesh and genitalia.
Absalom was buried near the sea on the island of Saint-Domingue. Some say this is why sea-salt can cure those cursed by a Bokor.