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For some people, the macabre, grotesque, and blightful never lose their appeal. Medieval and Rennaisance artists and writers were fascinated by it, horror novels and movies are still popular, and every year, October 31st is an almost universal celebration of the Macabre. El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a gigantic Mexican holiday celebrated with paper-mache' skeletons and mummies. Stephen King is one of the most popular writers in American History. I find a certain beauty in the grotesque, a beauty that is rooted in a kind of honesty. During the Rennaisance, the painting of ugly, common folk was frowned upon, even banned, because sanctimonious religious and artistic guild leaders didn't like it. It was not politically correct to have, say, a ragged, unkempt elderly subject in a painting, even if the subject was from real life. By persisting to stand up to the guilds and the church, Rennaisance artists and intellectuals brought up tough social issues that even today, are hard to discuss -- issues like homelessness, insanity, and tyrrany. For me, the grotesque is an expression of truth.

Death and the grotesque still fascinate me (as if you haven't guessed), and I am delighted to find that there are other people just like me (or even worse!) on the net, who share more than just one common interest. The links on this page are all people who have scary-looking web pages, or pages on macabre material. They are my net-brothers.