Cursed objects from the Cult of Weird oddities collection, including an item once owned by Ed Gein, pieces of Aleister Crowley’s ruined Boleskine House, and mid-century mortuary handbooks detailing proper embalming and funeral procedures.
Legends are fun. Facts are often less so.
Still, I’ve acquired a few objects over the years that gave me pause. Fleeting thoughts even crossed my mind that maybe I should make note of the day I brought them into the house as a benchmark, to measure any potential increase in misfortune that might follow.
If negative energy is real, and could actually become attached to particular items as paranormal research suggests, surely the vintage Ouija boards and human remains in Cult HQ would be emanating some bad vibes.
Here are three objects from the Cult of Weird collection that, whether cursed or not, have certainly seen their fair share of disturbing things.
Ed Gein’s Tooth Paste
This is a lid from a stoneware jar of Swinton’s English Primrose toothpaste with a flow blue transfer-printed floral motif.
Flow blue originated in England in the 1820s. The name refers to the vivid cobalt blue glaze which blurs (flows) during the firing process. It softened the hard lines from the stencil used to apply the design, making it appear hand painted.
“Blue and white” pottery was popular from 1830 to 1915.
This piece was found on the property of Ed Gein, where his infamous “house of horrors” once stood, in the 1980s.
If a cauldron owned by Ed Gein is terrifying enough to warrant a place in Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum, then a toothpaste jar lid must have at least a little bad juju.
Ruins of Aleister Crowley’s House
Aleister Crowley lived at Boleskine from 1899-1913. The “Wickedest Man in the World” bought the house specifically to conduct an elaborate black magic ritual known as the Rites of Abramelin the Mage.
Within those walls, he is said to have conjured 115 spirits, the 12 Dukes of Hell and even Lucifer himself.
“Crowley’s subsequent orgiastic ceremonies and ‘sacraments’ are too disgusting to detail in a family newspaper,” The Scottish Daily Mail wrote.
Crowley was called away on other business before completing Abra Melin, leaving some to believe he never banished the spirits he summoned.
Later, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page bought Boleskine because of it’s connection to Crowley. But much more has happened here to lend credence to the idea that Boleskine may be cursed.
Boleskine in 1912
The house burned in 2015, and again in 2019 soon after current owners Keith and Kyra Readdy purchased the property, reducing what remained to rubble. They are working diligently to restore Boleskine to its former glory.
If anything in the Cult of Weird collection was actually infused with dark energy, surely it would be these pieces from the ruins of Boleskine House.
1940 Mortuary Administration Handbook
I’m sure this 1940 mortuary handbook isn’t cursed, but I completely forgot about it until I found it recently while looking for something else.
The guide to mortuary administration, along with the 1958 rules and regulations for Oregon funeral directors and embalmers, provide precise details on how to prepare bodies and conduct funerals.
Instructions for picking up the deceased from the family’s home or preparing the body for viewing at the home.
Never use cheap hardware on good caskets and other funeral “don’ts”
Rules and regulations for funeral directors and embalmers
Definitions, in case you were not aware in your capacity as funeral director what “embalming” meant