Labyrinth Exhibit Coming to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta

An exhibit featuring characters and costumes from the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth will be on display this fall at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts.
Sir Didymous on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jim Henson film Labyrinth, which means a new special edition Blu-Ray (with staircase maze display case!), theater screenings, a board game that looks amazing, and an exhibit coming this fall to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

The exhibit will include Hoggle’s head, Jareth’s throne, goblins, David Bowie’s costume from the stair maze, and many other items related to the fantasy film so many of us wore out VHS tapes watching over and over again. There will also be a Labyrinth-themed masquerade ball to kick off the first day of Dragon-Con September 1st.

Despite it’s cult status, Labyrinth disappointed at the box office and became Jim Henson’s last movie.

Labyrinth 30th anniversary blu-ray
Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

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via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Photo: Legendary Maryland Goatman Spotted in Washington DC?

A recent photo seems to show what may be evidence of Maryland’s legendary goatman.
Photo of the Maryland goatman
Is this Maryland’s elusive goatman? Photo courtesy of Ryan Davis.

On April 25th, Cult of Weird received an email with a very intriguing photograph, which claims to be photographic evidence of the infamous Maryland Goatman, a legendary creature said to haunt several locations in Bowie, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, including the community of Laurel, where this image was allegedly taken.


I wrote a detailed history of the legend in Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?, but for those new to the legend, here are the bare-bones essentials. The creature is often described in campfire tales as strange mutation which somehow escaped from the nearby Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. He’s usually described as resembling a Greek Satyr—a bipedal humanoid with two furry goat-like legs, a human male’s upper body and the horns, and sometimes the muzzle, of a goat.

A man named Ryan Davis reportedly took the photo, and had this to say:

I’m in DC for the GRC summit starting today and was playing tennis Saturday morning at Montpelier Park while some friends played golf at Pawtucket Greens. As we were packing up we saw something on the forest bordering the park. As I took out my camera phone it came up onto two feet and I realized it was a goat. I told some people back in DC about a goat waking on two legs and they said it was some old Maryland Goatman legend. I called WBAL in Baltimore and talked to someone about it but I don’t think they believe me. They think it’s a bear holding a freshly killed goat. They ran the story this morning. As a reader, thought you might enjoy.

The urban legend itself is absolutely absurd. The creature haunts Maryland make out spots, and leaps out at passionate young couples brandishing an ax. The creature was also blamed for locally high-profile pet mutilations in the 1970s.

Many reputable sightings of strange creatures do occur in Bowie, Baltimore, and several other densely populated areas in and around the Washington area, though almost all of the sightings describe large, upright, hairy hominids which sound much more like the equally legendary Bigfoot. Literally hundreds of these sightings have been collected in Mark Opsasnick’s essential book, The Maryland Bigfoot Digest. Hardly any of the people who’ve allegedly seen what they call the Goatman, actually describe a creature like the one in the photo.

I do not agree with WBAL’s assertion that the photograph depicts a bear carrying a dead goat. That’s asinine. The Goat’s head clearly belongs to the body of the hairy creature pictured. I do not, however, believe this to be a legitimate photograph of Goatman.

I would never accuse the photographer of being untruthful, but I do believe he, himself to be the victim of a hoax. The whole thing is just too good to be true.

It’s a great photograph. It isn’t blurry (meaning the creature wasn’t trying to avoid human beings just several feet away), and the only part of the creature’s body that’s hidden is the legs. The trickiest bit of any decent satyr costume are those utterly bizarre backwards bending goat legs—take it from someone who knows—Halloween costume parties are cutthroat affairs in my family. Perhaps the most suspicious part of the anatomy is the location of the head—low on the shoulders, creating an almost humpbacked appearance. A human’s head and shoulders could easily be concealed in the interior of a costume while a taxidermy-ed goat’s head is displayed to the prankster’s victims.

The Internet lost its collective mind Thanksgiving weekend, 2015, debating the existence of the creature after a article brought the creature’s alleged existence to the world’s attention once more. Five long, cold months is plenty of time for a hoaxer to build a clever costume, to have fun with come Springtime.

If further photographs and sightings occur in the coming days I could change my tune. I hope this is real. I WANT this to be real. But to my eyes, it’s just too good to be true.

Maryland goatman photo

J. Nathan Couch is an authority on the subject of goatman legends and the author of Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? For more, go to his website

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Pope Lick Monster Legend Claims Another Victim

Kentucky’s deadly train track-dwelling goatman legend known as the Pope Lick Monster has claimed another life.
Pope Lick Trestle where the goatman is said to live
The Pope Lick “trestle of death” in Louisville. Photo credit: @amills4294

Over the weekend, Louisville’s Courier-Journal reported on the latest death on the deadly Pope Lick trestle, where several people have lost their lives over the years while searching for the legendary half-man, half-goat monster said to live there.

26-year-old Roquel Bain and her boyfriend where visiting Kentucky for a haunted tour of Waverly Hills Sanatorium and decided to check out the nearby legend of the Pope Lick Monster. The mythical goatman creature is said to live on a train trestle that towers 80 feet above Pope Lick Creek, luring curious teens to their death.

Cult contributor J. Nathan Couch, who investigated the Pope Lick Monster while researching his book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? notes this legend holds the distinction of being the only goatman directly responsible for, at the time, at least three deaths. He writes:

The monster is said to possess a wide array of supernatural skills to lure people out onto the trestle including mimicry, telepathy, and/or hypnosis. Once a victim is lured onto the trestle, the Pope Lick Monster uses its abhorrent physical appearance to frighten its intended victims, causing them to leap or fall to their demise. Some versions of the legend insist the monster waits for a train to approach—then from beneath the trestle—holds its charmed victim down until the train runs them over.

Image from the short film Legend of the Pope Lick Monster
From the short film The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster, 1988.

Bain is the latest victim of Pope Lick. She and her boyfriend were walking on the railway, which they believed to be abandoned, when they realized a train was quickly bearing down on them. Bain’s boyfriend dangled off the edge, then climbed down unscathed when the train had passed. That’s when he realized his girlfriend didn’t make it. She was struck by the train and thrown off the track, where she was later pronounced dead.

More: Pope Lick Monster: Searching for Louisville’s Deadly Legend

Occult America Explores the Nation’s Esoteric Roots

From seances and psychics in the White House, to the supernatural origins of alternative religious practices, America’s roots are steeped in mystical beliefs and esoteric traditions.
Occult America book
Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

America was founded on secret knowledge and esoteric mystical traditions. In Occult America, author Mitch Hororwitz traces these roots and examines the strange stories of seances in the White House, the history of the Ouija board, the arcane symbolism on the dollar bill, and more.

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Opening a new window on the past, Occult America presents a dramatic, pioneering study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.

Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

Occult America is available right here.