EPISODE 17: THE ART OF RYAN MATTHEW COHN

One of the most fascinating people I’ve met in the last 2 year is Ryan Matthew Cohn. In this episode, we take a quick tour of his home that is one of the most surreal places I’ve ever visited in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Shrunken Heads, Jarred pickled specimens, mummified cats and yes, LOTS of skulls elegantly LITTER Ryan’s amazing 3rd floor walk up. Every inch of his space is masterfully decorated down to the woodwork. We also get a sneak peak at Ryan’s creative process in his work space. Have a look as he takes us around his collection and lets us peek into his charming life… Expect more from Ryan as this series develops!

EPISODE 16: SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHER SHANNON TAGGART EXPLORES THE VICTORIAN BORN ART OF ‘SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY’, A PRACTICE IN WHICH THE SPIRIT OF A LOVED ONE OR GUIDE WOULD APPEAR IN ONE’S PHOTOGRAPH. SHANNON TAKES A HEARTFELT AND UNCONVENTIONAL LOOK AT A TOPIC THAT HAD BEEN PLAGUED WITH SCANDAL. FOR MORE OF HER WORK, PLEASE VISIT HER WEBSITE, SHANNONTAGGART.COM.

EPISODE 15 : ART & THE OCCULT

THE VERY VENERABLE PAM GROSSMAN (PHANTASMAPHILE.COM) SHARES HER VIEWS ON THE ‘MAGIC OF ART’. A NOTED VOICE IN THE WORLD OF THE ESOTERIC AND THE ART SCENE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT HER VERY UNIQUE AND COMPELLING PERSPECTIVE ON HOW THERE IS A MAGICAL TRANSFERENCE WHEN VIEWING PARTICUALR WORKS OF ART. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FAR MORE IMAGES, VISIT WWW.PHANTASMAPHILE.COM AND IF YOU ARE IN BROOKLYN, CHECK OUT HER EVENTS AT THE BROOKLYN OBSERVATORY

EPISODE 14 : DEALING IN OBSCURITY

It is a pleasure to have Evan Michelson, owner of the NYC epicenter of the odd ‘Obscura’ and star of Science Channel’s ‘Oddities’ as a guest on our series. In what is certainly our most abstract and experimental episode, she quite eloquently puts into words why some of us are so drawn to certain objects, the dark, and the disturbing. Her house is, as she puts it, a literal library of the strange and esoteric. Each artifact houses a special story and emotion for its possessor. So enjoy a very psychedelic and surreal episode of the series and please make sure to like our facebook page at http://facebook.com/themidnightarchive for random tidbits of macabre history and events around the world! And be sure if in NYC or visiting to check our Obscura Antiques on the Lower East side – you will not be disapointed!

EPISODE 13 : MORBID ANATOMY – OF DEATH AND BEAUTY

IT IS AN HONOR TO PRESENT IN THIS EPISODE MY FRIEND AND A HUGE INSPIRATION TO ME – JOANNA EBENSTEIN WHOSE MORBID ANATOMY BLOG (MORBIDANATOMY.BLOGSPOT.COM) IS SORT OF THE ONLINE BIBLE OF THE MACABRE AND THE SUBLIME (MAKING MADEMOISELLE EBENSTEIN – AS I CALL HER – THE PATRON SAINT OF ODD). HERE SHE DISCUSSES THE THINKING BEHIND HER RESEARCH, HER VIEWS ON DEATH AND BEAUTY AND THE INSTITUTION SHE HAS CREATED. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY A HUGE FAN – MAKE SURE TO VISIT MORBIDANATOMY.BLOGSPOT.COM AND CHECK OUT MORE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY FROM OUR GIRL AT ASTROPOP.COM/SECRETMUSEUM AND ASTROPOP.COM/ANATOMICAL

EPISODE 12 : OLD MACHINES

EPISODE 12 : OLD MACHINES – THE TIM MULLEN COLLECTION — THIS EPISODE TAKES A LOOK AT THE COLLECTION OF NYC’S TIM MULLEN, AN ENGINEER WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR ANTIQUE MACHINERY… HIS AMAZING APARTMENT IS LITTERED WITH MACHINES FROM BEFORE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AND ONWARDS. THE SCOPE OF IT WAS PRETTY HARD TO CAPTURE ON FILM BUT I HOPE WE DID A GOOD JOB OF IT. X-RAY MACHINES, VICOTRIAN HOSPITAL DEVICES, OLD TVS AND RADIOS, AND MY FAVORITE – A FUNERAL FAN (COMPLETE WITH BURNING JESUS LIGHTING) ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY AMAZING ITEMS IN THIS ELECTIRFYING COLLECTION. TIM IS ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ‘NEW’ OLD STUFF SO IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR BASEMENT – DROP HIM A LINE! CREATED BY – RONNI THOMAS – EXEC. PRODUCER – IAN KARR – PRODUCER – JOANNA EBENSTEIN – CINEMATOGRAPHY – ROBERT CARNEVALE MUSIC – STEPHEN COATES

EPISODE 11: OUIJA

EPISODE 11 : OUIJA: THE TALKING BOARD — AND WE’RE BACK – WITH THE FASCINATING MITCH HOROWITZ (SEE OCCULT NY PARTS 1 AND 2) AND THE INCREDIBLE HISTORY OF THE OUIJA BOARD. LEARN ABOUT ITS EARLY ROOTS AS A SORT OF ‘TELEGRAPH’ TO THE OTHER SIDE – TO ITS EVOLUTION INTO THE BOARD GAME TO OUTSELL MONOPOLY. GET A HAUNTING GLIMPSE INTO SOME OF THE CELBRITIES WHO USED THE BOARD AND LEARN ABOUT ITS OMINOUS WARNING TO POET SYLIVA PLATH. ITS MORE THAN JUST A TOY AND A MORRISSEY SONG. SO ENJOY THIS LATEST INSTALLMENT AND MAKE SURE TO ‘LIKE’ US ON FACEBOOK. ALSO FOR A MORE DETAILED HISTORY MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT MITCH’S BOOK OCCULT AMERICA (WHICH CAN AND SHOULD BE PURCHASED HERE) CREATED BY – RONNI THOMAS – EXEC. PRODUCER – IAN KARR – PRODUCER – JOANNA EBENSTEIN – CINEMATOGRAPHY – ROBERT CARNEVALE MUSIC – STEPHEN COATES

EPISODE 10 : DIABLERIES

EPISODE 10 : 3D VICTORIAN HORROR — THIS EPISODE BRINGS THIS WHOLE SERIES AND EXPERIENCE FULL CIRCLE. IN ALOT OF WAYS, THE TOPIC HERE – ‘DEATH AND DEVIL’S IN 3D’ IS WHAT BROUGHT ME TO THIS EVEN BIGGER WORLD. A FEW YEARS BACK, I’D GIVEN MY FIRST ‘LECTURE’ AT THE BROOKLYN OBSERVATORY AT THE REQUEST OF MY FRIEND JOANNA. ASSUMING NOBODY WOULD SHOW UP, I AGREED AND WAS PROMPTLY SHOCKED AND INSPIRED BY JUST HOW AMAZING THE TURNOUT HAD BEEN. ALL TO SEE MY COLLECTION OF 19TH CENTURY 3D DEVIL TISSUES… AND MORE THAN THAT – THE CROWD WAS A DELIGHTFUL MIXED BAG. FROM MENSA TO PRINCETON TO THE STREET PUNKS AND DREGS, FROM THE CURIOUS TO THE SATANIC… TRULY INSPIRING. AND SO HERE IS MY OWN ENTRY INTO THE ARCHIVE – PLEASE BE KIND – I HATE BEING ON CAMERA – BUT – WHAT THE “HELL”… I’M PARTICULARLLY PROUD OF THE WAY WE TREATED THE SLIDES. THE IDEA WAS TO GIVE MORE OF THE 3D/COLOR EFFECT TO THE DIABLERIES THAN SIMPLE SCANS WOULD GIVE YOU. MY ULTIMATE DREAM IS TO FILM THE ENTIRE SERIES IN 3D AND SET IT TO MUSIC (WINK WINK AT THE REAL TUESDAY WELD) – KEPT IT BREIF AND INFORMAL – I AM AWARE OF A VERY COMPREHENSIVE BOOK CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS ON THE SERIES BEING DONE IN PART BY BRIAN MAY (QUEEN’S GUITAR PLAYER AND AVID STEREOSCOPIC FAN) SO KEEP YOUR EYES OPENED! ENJOY – ALSO – I’VE SOMEHOW MESSED UP MY FACEBOOK ADMIN STATUS SO IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP – PLEASE HIT ME UP!! THANK YOU ALL!! CREATED BY – RONNI THOMAS – EXEC. PRODUCER – IAN KARR – PRODUCER – JOANNA EBENSTEIN – […]

EPISODE 09: WAX

EPISODE 09 : WAX — A LONG STANDING OBSESSION OF MINE HAS ALWAYS BEEN WAX… I AM HONORED TO HAVE SOMEONE I GENUINELY CONSIDER A TRUE ARTIST AS PART OF OUR SERIES – MS. SIGRID SARDA. FROM OUR FIRST MEETING I KNEW WE’D HAVE A TON OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. THE CHARMINGLY PERVERSE SARDA HAS TAUGHT HERSELF THE ANCIENT ART OF SCULPTING IN WAX AND IT IS EVERY BIT AS CREEPY AND INTERESTING AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT. HER HOME (WHERE WE SHOT THE EPISODE – IS LITTERED WITH HER CREATIONS. ITS A SCENE OUT OF ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE FILMS “TOURIST TRAP’ MINUS A CREEPY CROSS DRESSING CHUCK CONNORS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE ART BEHIND THE WAX. ITS TRULY A FASCINATING MEDIUM. AND SIG IS TRULY A FASCINATING ARTIST. STAY TUNED AS SHE IS WORKING ON A MAZE CALLED WELCOME TO HEGEMONY WHICH IS SORT OF A SUPER SPEED ‘HAUNTED’ MAZE WHICH WILL FEATURE MANY OF HER WAX FRIENDS – HOPEFULLY INCLUDING THE WAX FIGURE SHE IS MAKING OF YOURS TRULY! ENJOY!

EPISODE 08 : OCCULT NYC PART II

EPISODE 08 : OCCULT NYC PART 2 — WE RETURN TO NYC AS MITCH HOROWITZ, AUTHOR OF OCCULT AMERICA, TAKES US TO SOME OF THE MORE MYSTERIOUS PLACES IN THIS FINE CITY. WE’LL LEARN ABOUT MADAME BLAVATSKY’S MIDTOWN OCCULT SALON, GET SOME INSIGHT INTO GRAND CENTRAL’S MYSTIC DESIGN, AND IN MY CASE AT LEAST – BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH THE OCCULT STYLINGS OF FRED F. FRENCH. MAKE SURE TO KEEP AWARE OF MITCH’S WALKING TOUR WHICH IS HOSTED BY THE BROOKLYN OBSERVATORY AND PAM GROSSMAN. AND DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP MITCH’S BOOK AT AMAZON.COM. CREATED BY – RONNI THOMAS – EXEC. PRODUCER – IAN KARR – PRODUCER – JOANNA EBENSTEIN – CINEMATOGRAPHY – ROBBIE RENFROW – MUSIC – GERARDO GIRALDO