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Halloween/Samhain has always been my favorite time of the year. I’ve always been a fan of scary stories and movies. So for the month of October I will be embarking on a series of blog posts I call “Internet Mythology” in which I will showcase form on the web’s most interesting boogieman.  Today I start off with Jeff the Killer.

Though I think most of the source material of the origin of Jeff the Killer is a poorly written piece of teenager fiction, I must say that the face of Jeff into Internet mythology.

The image of a man with large shadowed eyes and wide smiling mouth is most often accompanied by the words “Go to Sleep” Though the words are a reference out of his origin story, I always equate this to a long night of browsing the internet to stumble on this image and two thought come to mind. One is that it’s late and i should go to bed, but some where in the back of my mind the second thought says that is just what this smiling face wants me to do.

Jeffs back story and appearance may have been inspired by the Joker of the Batman comic books according to TVtropes.com.  A chemical alteration caused his face to be bleached white with his own hideous reflection breaking his sanity. Though Self inflicted, his mouth is carved open into what is called a “Glasgow Grin”.  The back story of the Joker is never completely spelled out and in many ways left a mystery; as the Comic book villain would say, “If your going to have a past, It might as well be multiple choice.”

Enjoy a some wonderful reading of the first Jeff the Killer story from my favorite Youtube ‘Pasta reader MrCreepypasta. You don’t have to look at the image if you don’t really want to but his voice makes the bad writing  bearable. Even with the plot holes…

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Greek mythology is everywhere, Egyptian mythology is reliably available as well as Norse and Roman. To get down into the nitty-gritty of Celtic mythology, much of the mainstream does not seem concerned. What is Celtic tends to either have a Christianized touch or read in such a deep Gallic that its hard to understand the keep at it. Many of what is Wicca as we see it is based in the Celtic culture and lore but for someone with a short attention span like me it can be hard to focus on and read and…. ooo look a butter fly.

Celtic Myth PodShow, for me, for nothing else, helped me understanding pronunciations. They use music and sound effects to drive the story home the way a radio show would and simplifies some of the readings in a way for everyone to understand without sacrificing any of the content or integrity of the stories. I am not as far in the series as i would like but if nothing else the first 11 of their pod casts are worth the mention.I have not come across many people talking about this little show much on my internet travels but I must say this is one of the best tools I have used for learning about Celtic Mythology.

Give it a shot. The first episode had me hooked. find it on iTunes or at

http://celticmythpodshow.com/

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I could not resist making this meme. the “What people think I do” meme has come about this week to a lot of love and a lot of hate. I thought I’d be the first to make one from a pagan/wiccan perspective… but then I found others who had already done them and posted them to their blogs…

The point it, I think its ok to laugh at ourselves.

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