Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions: Epilogue

The Horsingdon Transmissions is finally over - but rather let us say it is gone for now, not forgotten.

The germ of the Transmissions has been knocking around for a good few years, taking its initial inspiration from the fictional Severn Valley which formed the setting for Ramsey Campbell's early tales of Lovecraftian horror. My intention was to do something similar with my own enweirded corner of Greater London. Whilst much of so much of Horsingdon lies under the shadow of Lovecraft, the air was also heavy with folk horror when the Transmissions first began, so the many of the posts are infused with the mood and themes of the Folk Horror Revival facebook page, the sci-fi-inflected folk hauntology of Ghostbox, Chris Lambert's Tales of the Black Meadow, and David Southwell's Hookland. Matthew Bartlett's tales of sonic horror - set in the town of Leeds, Massachussetts - also helped shape a key element of the Horsingdon setting. And, of course, one should not forget The League of Gentlemen (so recently returned to our screens) - or the speculative horrors of Nigel Kneale and Quatermass.

However, the blog was never entirely successful in terms of its original aim - which was to maintain an ongoing narrative throughout the daily posts, with the end result being somethin akin to a novel in blog format; unfortunately that ended up falling outside the grasp of my creative powers during the early stages of the project. So, instead, the Transmissions ended up as a series of thematically-interlinked and occasionally-intersecting vignettes.

There are also repetitions by way of style and content throughout, such that some later posts are, in effect, rewritings of earlier missives. In this respect, I now see the Horsingdon Transmissions as a kind of commonplace book: a reservoir of ideas to which I hope to return - perhaps reworking the material into a series of interlinked short stories, or a novella. There were also other aspects of the Horsingdon region intimated early on in the series - the outlier villages of Wychford and Dedham, for example - which I never got around to exploring, but whose mysteries I mean to investigate at a later date.

Despite the ending of the Transmissions, the threads of the tales spun out Horsingdon are ongoing - it is, after all, a very real place. I should know. I live there. I would invite you to come and visit - but I'd be afraid that - like so many of the region's residents - once here, you would never leave.

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.365: Just Beginning

After a night of almost gale force winds, the scaffolding around the St. Osmund's Church has collapsed, and the spire has fallen in on itself, causing severe damage to the interior of the building. If there ever was indeed anything imprisoned within the spire, it is certainly now free to wreak its own particular brand of praeternatural havoc upon the Horsingdon populace.

In an equally sinister turn of events, the Boreham family mausoleum within the grounds of St. Osmund's has been broken into, and the corporeal remains of at least three generations of the Boreham line are now inexplicably missing from their final place of rest. The parties responsible for this desecration have also left two sets of unsettling graffiti within the mausoleum: in the lower level of the crypt (where the Boreham family remains used to lie), someone has inscribed in blood an ancient and prehuman formula - one which employs the sign of the Dragon's Head in the ascending node to invoke a monstrous Name of Power, and which is only ever used in the darkest of necromantic rites. Also scrawled in blood on one of the walls of the mausoleum's ground level, in a hand which looks remarkably similar to that of James Boreham, is the following portentous message: 'This is not the End. This is just the Beginning'.

Whatever this means, it surely augurs dire times indeed for Horsingdon. Let us hope at least that that the good folk of the region - and, indeed, all of us - manage to see out the current year in relative peace and safety.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.364: Our Work Here Is Not Yet Done

One of the last photographs of Boreham Mansion: seat to the notorious Boreham family for over two centuries, and birthplace of James Boreham - the last scion of that cursed lineage whose very existence was a blight on the region, and whose legacy remains, even today, one of fear and horror.

The legacy and birthright of an inhuman bloodline whose work, as attested to by so many of the signs and portents revealed throughout Horsingdon over the past twelvemonth, is not yet done.

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.363: Lost Documents

The Ministry headquarters in Horsingdon circa the early 1950s, and at the silent outbreak of the Cold War. By the mid-1970s, the Ministry would have moved their base of operations elsewhere, and the building would become the seat of Horsinsingdon Borough Council - later to be renamed as Horsingdon Town Hall.

However, it seems that the Ministry failed to dispose of all their secrets, and on occasion some unfortunate clerk or administrator will stumble across a file or document of doubtful provenance: a sheet of yellowed paper scrawled with a curious sequence of sigils, or a seemingly inscrutable mathematical formula; or perhaps an after-action report detailing a confrontation between Ministry personnel and something which should not be.

Should knowledge of a kind never meant to be contained or comprehended by human minds be transmitted in such an accidental encounter with these pieces of anomalous paperwork, consequences which are both tragic and monstrous in equal measure tend to be the inevitable consequence. And it is rumoured that there yet remains cellars full of secrets lying unread in the vaults beneath Horsingdon Town Hall.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No. 362: Haunted Housing

Coldhill Estate was built at the behest of Horsingdon Borough Council in the late 1960s - one of the experiments in utopian social housing common at the time; yet within a decade of its construction, the estate had fallen into a rapid social and economic decline, with a rising crime rate and many of the apartments left untenanted due to disrepair.

Notably, Coldhill Estate had, by this time, acquired a reputation for being haunted; this was not, however, a straightforward case of spectral figures seen stalking its corridors, but more a feeling - widely expressed by many of the tenants - that there was something 'not quite right' about the place. People moved out as quickly as they moved in, and fewer and fewer families were willing to accept the offer of being housed there on account of rumours that a number of children from the estate had disappeared inexplicably.

Some have claimed that the strangeness which seems to cluster about the place is a by-product of its architecture - an experimental design supposedly produced by the Ministry; local folklorists have, on the other hand, argued that Chalkhill has demonstrable historic associations with the witchlore of the region - the site having long ago been cursed after a mass execution of witches occured there in the mid-16th century; others will tell you that the estate was built above a barrow within which something dark and primal slumbers.

Whatever the case, the place is best avoided at all cost - if not for the sake of your physical wellbeing, then for the sake of your soul.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.361: The Green Man

The Green Man pub and hotel sits near the foot of Horsingdon Hill, and is named after the folkloric figure said to haunt the nearby Horsingdon Woods.

Despite its mythic nature, there are still occasional accounts of casual ramblers encountering the hulking, shapeless figure of the Green Man in the Woods; it is even rumoured that, on the nights of certain festivals, the guardians of the Black Bowers make bloody sacrifice to this monstrous entity, which they consider to be the avatar of one of Those Who Wait - and who remains imprisoned somewhere in the deep geological strata far below Horsingdon Woods; it is, according to their doctrine, the spilling of fresh blood within the bounds of the Woods which can induce the earth to mutter with the consciousness of this unnameable being, revealing the time-worn secrets of things which should not be.

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.360: Alien Acoustics

This transmission tower situated within the grounds of a Ministry facility at the edge of lower Harlowe has been broadcasting the same signal over the past few months: a low, pulsing algorithm of atonal sound, 

Rumour has it that the facility has been perfecting new sonic technologies derived from a series of musical scores written by a virtually unknown German composer who mysteriously disappeared during a sojourn in Paris some time around the turn of the 20th Century. These technologies are allegedly concerned with the use of an alien acoustics for the processing and transmission of certain kinds of information into as-yet-unpercieved strata or wavelengths of the harmonics which constitute the foundation of reality.

Whatever the case, the signal continues unabated - and for an as-yet undisclosed purpose.

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.359: Yule Horror

The haunted landscape of Horsingdon, stretching off into an indistinct horizon populated by the untenanted Brutalist apartment blocks of Trentford, seen from Horsingdon Hill on Christmas Day. There are occasions when even the awful cosmic vistas sometimes revealed within the region's praeternatural topography fail to compete with the dismal horror revealed within the everyday.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.358: The Swimmers in Darkness

The closure of Horsingdon Bunker eventually led to an overall state of disrepair such that sections of the facility were subject to extensive flooding.

Subsequent tales recount instances of urban explorers encountering monstrous shapes swimming in the black and stagnant waters under which parts of the installation remain submerged. If, indeed, such entities do actually exist, the origin and nature of such subaqueous dwellers remains a matter of pure speculation - although presumably their presence beneath the Bunker is related in some manner to the strange history of the place, and the subsequent reasons for its abandonment.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

THe Horsingdon Transmissions No.357: Mock Tudor Miasma

A wave of building throughout Horsingdon in the 1930s produced a significant number of houses in the then-popular mock Tudor style - many of which remain standing today. But this being Horsingdon, a history of horror and tragedy lurks behind the kitsch-yet-endearing exteriors of some of these buildings - notably those owned by James Boreham.

A strange, ectoplasmic miasma was recently captured hovering about one such property in the photograph above: a house located on Welbury Avenue, whose cellar Boreham utilised as the site of certain occult experiments.

Whilst the house on Welbury Avenue has a history of paranormal activity, the locale appears to have remained psychically inactive and free from praeternatural intrusions for the past three decades, raising the question as to why there has been an apparent resurgence of such activity, and whether this is due to the spectral architecture of the place having retained some kind of sympathetic link with its previous owner - in whatever speculative realm or state of being that notorious individual might currently exist...

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.356: A Voice from the Past

Festive jingles broadcast by Horsingdon's local radio station have been constantly interrupted for most of the week by bursts of howling black static, interspersed with the muted chanting of hymns to alien gods composed in some inhuman tongue. Some who are old enough to remember claim that, behind this atonal cacophany, the voice of James Boreham can be heard sonorously incanting some monstrous psalm. 

This all began soon after the above transmitter array - located atop a Ministry facility built upon the site where Boreham Manor once stood - went live.

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.355: Faceless Witch

Older residents of the region know that Horsingdon Hill is best avoided at this season. Not only are the guardians of the Black Bowers engaged in their dubious ritual preparations during this time, but the infamous Faceless Witch of Horsingdon Woods is particularly active in the lead up to the celebration of the Yule festival.

Little is known about this strange and mysterious entity, other than the fact that, for at least two centuries, the witch has figured heavily as a sinister portent of doom in the Yuletide folklore of the borough.

Needless to say, any reported manifestation of the Faceless Witch predicates some terrible misfortune - at least for those unlucky enough to encounter this entity's spectral presence. No doubt the above photograph - which appears to have captured the Witch on film - will likewise precipitate the notification of the Horsingdon constabulary of the disappeaance of one or more casual ramblers in the vicinity of the Hill. Inevitably, such reports will be forgotten, purposefully misfiled, or even destroyed - for over the years, too many of the local police force have gone missing during the festive season, often after having been asked to investigate a similarly alleged crime - one with no clearly defined victim, perpertrator, or motive.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.354: Pallid Masks

As the Yule festivities draw towards their climax, the guardians of the Black Bowers are more likely to be seen in and around those parts of Horsingdon where the region's praeternatural topography grinds hideously against the walls which separate our world from the monstrous Outside. Typically, one will encounter them at such locales around the hours of dusk, engaging in their ritual preparations whilst wearing the sinister, pallid masks which they deem the appropriate ceremonial garb during this particular season.

If thus encountered, one is advised to depart the area quickly and quietly. In such circumstances, it is likely that they will leave you be; however, for those overly-curious souls who take it on themselves to pry too deeply into the work of the guardians at this time of year, a less certain - and far less pleasant - fate awaits: as is likely the case of whoever took the above photo, whose camera was found a few days ago - perhaps left as a warning to others - abandoned and bloodied on the side of Horsingdon Hill.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.353: The Whispering Well

A curious locale known as 'The Whispering Well' can be found in a forgotten corner of Horsingdon Bunker. Since the ominous events which overtook the facility, what was once just the opening to an access tunnel running beneath one of the Bunker's lower levels has acquired a sinister reputation: it is said that those who encounter this particular locale, if they linger too long, will be drawn to the apperture in the floor on account of the faint chorus of whispers they hear emanating from below; that they will be both enraptured and horrified by the secrets revealed to them the closer and longer they listen; that they will eventually be compelled to seek the source of those whispers, ultimately leading those unfortunate souls to venture into the lower depths of the Bunker - a journey, it is said, from which no one has ever returned.

It is also said that, in the aftermath of such a terminal excursion, a new voice will have been added to that uncanny ensemble of whisperers, whose terrible, murmured pronouncements issue from unseen voids below.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.352: Monstrous Effluvia

A vast luminous cloud hangs over Horsingdon at the start of the Yule festivities, bathing the region in its sickly green glow: the monstrous effluvia, perhaps, of those Outside forces which the guardians of the Black Bowers seek to evoke during this season; yet the world remains - for now - suggesting that their evocations were, at best, only partially successful.

Even so, at a time such as this when the door between worlds remains ajar, more than one of Horsingdon's residents is likely to meet a singular, perplexing and highly unconventional fate before daybreak signals a cessation of the night's horrors.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.351: Black Bowers

Boreham Park Station has recently acquired a Black Bower. It is positioned in front of a wall marking the threshold of the station's bounds. Behind this wall grows a small copse - an outlier of Horsingdon Wood, and fraught with dire rumour: of strange chanting heard on the night of certain festivals, and of grotesquely-inhuman shapes glimpsed at its centre. Reports of such phenomena seem to have intensified since the appearance of the Black Bower - although none of the station staff seem to be able to specify exactly when the curious structure appeared. Nor do they have any notion of what, if anything, it portends...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.350: The Infinite Stair

The architect who designed this exterior stairwell - part of a Ministry installation near Horsingdon Hill - was sectioned due to a psychotic episode not long after the building's completion, disappearing in mysterious circumstances a few weeks later. This individual, it is rumoured, had long been in the employ of the Ministry, during which time he had been exposed to many of the strange and inhuman secrets which were the currency his employers dealt in - including certain texts said to reveal within their pages the alien principles underlying a hitherto unknown body of non-Euclidean and hyperdimensional geometry.

Within a week of the building having been open for use, three people were known to have disappeared inexplicably whilst travesing the stairwell - only one of whom was discovered, cowering at the top of the stairs, a few days later. This unfortunate was soon after declared irreparably insane.

The points of ingress to and egress from the stairwell have since been concreted over - although it is said that one might occasionally discern unearthly sounds emanating from the other side of these sealed portals.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.349: Windowless Prisons

A secluded wood on the boundary of Trentford hides yet more monolithic Brutalism in the form of this Ministry building. With but one entrance, and no windows visible, this structure might represent an ideal type of the architectural inscrutability which Ministry installations seem to strive for. All the better to hide its secrets from casual observers or overly curious eyes.

All the better to prevent access to its interior.

All the better to ensure that there is no means of egress for whatever lurks within.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.348: Ash Circles

Wide, indented circles of grass inexplicable blasted into white ash - like this one near the crown of Burn Hill - have been appearing throughout Horsingdon. Local ufologists cite them as evidence of the landing of extraterrestrial craft; conspiracy theorists claim them as the aftermath of the testing of some powerful Ministry weapon - a sonic beam, perhaps, projected from one of the nearby transmitter arrays; the more esoterically-minded of the region's paranormal investigators argue, for their part, that they are products of votices of praeturnatural energy, released at the apex of one of the black magical conjurations they believe occur regularly at the summit of the hill.

Only the guardians of the Black Bowers know the truth of the matter, and they are so terrified by what the phenomenon portends that they prefer not to speak of it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.347: A Stronghold Full Of Secrets

The Ministry's one-time stronghold, situated in the hinterlands of Northwich, and abandoned since the end of the Cold War - yet still stalked by the ghosts of apocalyptic equasions, impossible secrets, and praeternatural technologies stolen from the sky or pryed from the Horsingdon landscape.

Yet even the proto-Brutalism of the bastion's architecture has not proven prison enough for what is contained within, such that it rumoured - by those who once walked its corridors - that some day a world-ending secret may escape from within the building's confines

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.346: The Horsingdon Coven

One of the few extant images of a member of the infamous Horsingdon Coven - whose present-day participants are supposedly the matrilineal descendants of the order's original founders. Whilst a few other photographs do exist of the Coven's activity in and around Horsingdon Woods, none of these have captured the group unmasked or uncowled.

Some say that the Coven's secrecy in this respect is less about maintaining the anonymity of its members who, perhaps, hold high office in the Horsingdon community; rather, it is about concealing from the world visages which evidence an awful and alien heritage: the by-product of their ancestors' couplings with an entity conjured forth from the ranks of Those Who Wait - an unnameable thing which, to this day, the Coven worships in the form of a monstrous, three-eyed goat.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.345: Praeternatural Nodes

The spire of the church on Harlow Hill is overshadowed by a strange aerial vistant. Not only do Horsingdon's transmitter arrays attract these uncanny intrusions, but it seems that the region's sacred sites follow suit. Such locales have long been recognised as places of power: nodes in the landscape where this world intersects with those unknown zones of being and entity which endure just beyond the horizon of perception. 

And whilst such nodes sometimes allow us a horrifying glimpse of infinite spheres otherwise outside the scope of our perceptual spectrum, they also occasionally permit the many terrible shapes which lurk in the abysmal depths of those nameless and numberless dimensions the opportunity for ingress into our world....

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions 344: Sticks

The guardians of the Black Bowers mark certain ritual sites and places of power with cryptic symbols and effigies - crafting out of sticks, bits of rotting wood, and other detritus provided by the Horsingdon landscape an inscrutably occult language of entropy: an ideographic system which instantiates homologously within its grammar of conjuration the eventual return of Those Who Wait. In doing so, these strange hieroglyphs are not so much signalling but - in a way we cannot even begin to comprehend - are causative of the heat death of the universe, and that final (one might say terminal) nullification of all things.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.343: Monstrous Portents

The inscrutable 'Cold' has forwarded (via e-mail) this image - allegedly of a monstrous entity encountered in the darkest part of Horsingdon Wood by one of his 'proxies'. What this portends, I am unsure: the image is certainly remarkable in the annals of (supposed) genuine photographs of cryto-hominids, given that it manifests an approximation of the human, yet at the same time demonstrating some very alien and inhuman qualities - especially with regard to the seeming lack of facial features,  and the partial appendage shown protuding from the wrist of the thing's right arm.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.342: Soon They Will Be Here

On the evening of October 31st 1999, Horsingdon residents had their viewing of a popular BBC soap opera unexpectedly disrupted by what can only be described as a rogue transmission, which lasted no more than half a minute. Extant video recordings of the event show a design of three pulsing circles of light against a dark background, accompanied by a heavily modulated voice with a disturbing timbre - a voice which announced three times (and three times only) the following: 'There is no more time. Soon they will be here'; after which, normal service was resumed. A number of people contacted to the BBC regarding this unanticipated and unpleasant interruption of their evening's viewing, complaining of migraines and nausea in the aftermath of this strange intermission.

The BBC was unable of offer anything close to a coherent explanation regarding the incident; nor were they able to ascertain the source of the strange and unsettling broadcast. The mystery of the transmission's origin and meaning remains unsolved to this day. Of note, however, is the fact that, scant days after the occurance of this televisual intrusion, the very first of those transmitter arrays which have increasingly come to colonise the Horsingdon landcsape was erected.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.341: The Recluse

This dilapidated, tin-roofed apartment was once the habitation of one of Horsingdon's stranger residents: an individual of reclusive habits who rented the rooms for over a decade; rarely venturing forth, this nameless person was often observed staring mindlessly out of one of the apartment's windows for the better part of the night, seemingly only retiring from his vigil at dawn.

After more than ten years of this inexplicable behaviour, the flat was found to have been suddenly and unexpectedly vacated by its odd tenant, who left behind one curious item: a mask of some rubbery material which perfectly replicated, in the minutest detail, the facial features of the recently departed occupant.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.340: Witch Marks

This witch mark appears in the nave of St. Osmund's Church - perhaps further evidence of the fundamentally cursed character of that locale. According to the guardians of the Black Bowers, this particular mark is a crude approximation of a sigil which represents the True Unspeakable Name of a particularly frightful entity - one which inhabits he same interstitial zone as Those Who Wait, and which partially shares in Their essence.

Rather curiously, the guardians have thusfar refused to comment on whether the ancient witch mark is in any way related to those reports of a strange headless figure seen lurking about St. Osmund's burying ground I have documented elsewhere - but those strange folk have never been the most garrulous of Horsingdon's inhabitants.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.339: Sonic Conjurations

Another transmitter array - this time close to Horsingdon Hill - is subject to a strange visitation. What attracts these curious aerial phenomena to the arrays is unclear, although it seems reasonable to presume that they are responding to the inhuman signals which the transmitters broadcast ceaselesly. 

The region's more occulturally-inclined conspiracy theorists have speculated that the arrays constitute some kind of techno-qabbalistic summoning grid, and that visitations such as those captured in the photo above are less extraterrestrial than they are praeternatural, conjured forth from some unknown abyss for some unthinkable purpose. If this hypothesis proves correct, then one would hope that whoever or whaever is calling these things forth heeds the words by which all cautious practitioners of the esoteric arts abide: 'do not call up that which you cannot put down'.

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmission No.338: Research Facility

Partially hidden behind a copse of trees in one of the more rural parts of Trentford, this abandoned Ministry research facility is haunted by more than just the memories of a time when its rooms and corridors teemed with human activity: a strange, purple-tinged mist has on occasion been seen to envelope the area around the building, within which inhuman shapes lurk - the aftermath of monstrous experiments said to have been conducted using occult technologies in cavernous laboratories deep below the building.

The truth of such rumours is difficult to ascertain, given that those few brave souls who have sought entry into the installation with a view to excavating its subterranean secrets have, thus far, never returned to report on their findings.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.337: The Last Broadcast

The strange signals being broadcast from the many transmitter arrays found throughout Horsingdon and adjacent parts have a tendency to call forth equally curious phenomenon: the blurry globe or sphere which appeared over this MoD installation near Croxley Moor a decade or so ago being a case in point.

There are no official reports regarding this incident, but one of the region's conspiracy theorists has claimed insider knowledge, stating that three of the installation's key personnel - scientist working respectively in cryptolinguistics, xenogeometry, and the physics of Eistein-Rosen bridges - were found to be inexplicably missing from their posts minutes after the appearance of this object above the facility; apparently their current whereabouts remains unknown to this day and, shortly after this perplexing episode the faculty ceased transmitting whatever signal it had been seemingly relaying into some absolute elsewhere.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.336: Urban Monoliths

The municipal wastelands of Horsingdon are dotted with squat, concrete monoliths. One never encounters these structures in any of the region's metropolitan hubs - they are only ever affixed to those zones of derelict, suburban liminality which edge on to the borough's rural topography, and where almost no one lives.

New monoliths appear periodically: of a variety of shapes and sizes, but nonetheless so monotonously uniform in their worn and everyday concrete stolidity that they blend into the built environment almost seamlessly. But no one ever speaks about why they are built.

It is almost certain, however, that these edifices are constructed to seal up and hide away within concrete those things which occasionally seep out into the Horsingdon landscape. Things which no human eye should countenance.

Thus they are prisons both literally and conceptually: confining from sight that which should not be seen, concurrently excluding from thought any reminder that beyond the pedestrian boundaries of Horsingdon life lurk monstrous realms beyond measure and without number.

Friday, December 01, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.335: The House on the Borderland

Whilst it has remained untenanted for several decades, this Art Deco building - which stands on a piece of wasteland aside the North Circular Road as it edges along the boundary between Horsingdon and Trentford - is nonetheless maintained (by persons or agencies unknown) in pristine condition.

Rumour has it that the original architect designed the building according to a set of hitherto-unknown and utterly alien geometric principles, allowing its structure to intersect with other, less-reputable, metaphysical realms; this unknown individual, who was also owner of the property, disappeared inexplicably from within a locked room mere days after taking up habitation within its bounds.

The disappearances of every subsequent owner in equally mysterious circumstances has, since then, understandably rendered the premises unsaleable.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.334: 'As Above, So Below'

An addendum, of sorts, to yesterday's post: the above fuzzy thumbnail was attached to an e-mail which appeared in my inbox this morning, sent by the mysterious 'Mr. Cold' - a somewhat trickster-like figure who has previously directed curious tidbits of lesser-known Horsingdon lore in my direction. On those occasions, however, the material in question has always pertained to matters ufological; in this instance, Cold claims that the photograph shows a manifestation of the very same headless horror mentioned in my previous posting, captured whilst one of Cold's associates was conducting some kind of experiment - apparently of a 'techno-metaphysical nature' - in St. Osmund's burying ground a few nights ago.

Cold's e-mail ends with the occult adage 'As Above, So Below'; whether this is meant to infer some hidden link between the chthonic earth-bound monstrosity supposedly depicted in the photograph, and those unexplained aeriel phenomena which have so often intruded into the skies over Horsingdon, remains to be seen.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.333: Headless Horror

This Romano-British figurine now graces one of the walls of the lower crypt of St.Osmund's Church. Once belonging to James Boreham, the effigy's acephalous condition is not a consequence of wanton vandalism, but by design. Apparently it represents a strange, headless entity said to dwell in an underground labyrinth situated somewhere below Horsingdon. Boreham seemed to believe that an entrance to this chthonic domain lay beneath St. Osmund's burying ground - and that other of Horsingdon's cemeteries also contained portals to this maze-like subterranean realm.

The strange idol was made a fixture within St. Osmund's crypt by one of it's more heterodox pastors, and at behest of James Boreham.

Intriguingly, over the years there have been occasional reports of encounters in and around the cemetaries of Horsingdon with a monstrous, headless entity who - horrifyingly - has also been described as possessing leech-like appendages in place of hands...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.332: Whispers from the Abyss

A cloaked and hooded figure is said to haunt this rather derelict-looking Northwich alleyway - a figure entirely calm and silent except for the strange, low whispering which supposedly emanates from whatever lies within its hood; it is said that those who hear such whisperings often feel compelled to listen more closely to the incredible secrets this curious and otherworldly figure has to impart; it is also said that those unable to resist this compulsion never reach the other end of the alleyway...

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.331: The Attic Room

One of James Boreham's more opulent properties, Welbury House is also one of Horsingdon's most haunted buildings; however, having been in the Boreham family for some generations, the place has a acquired a reputation for hosting spectral forces of a highly unusual - not to say alien - character.

The attic room shown here was supposedly the final resting place of one of Boreham's own siblings, who was born monstrously disfigured, and whose body (it is rumoured) dissolved within minutes of their death - pointing to an other-than human ancestry if true. Other unsubstantiated rumours hold that James was in fact the direct and murderous cause of his unfortunate sibling's death. In any case, there is no extant birth certificate of this supposed relative, and no record of funerary rites involving one of the Boreham family during the period when these events supposedly transpired.

All that remains by way of testament to these alleged occurances are subsequent reports of a rugose, lumpen, and barely-anthropoid mass of faintly glowing and transluscent flesh having been seen standing at the window of the attic room on certain nights, whose approximation of a face is devoid of any features whatesoever.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.330: Symbols Beyond Meaning

Yesterday's post detailing the curious drone seen hovering over Horsingdon has a number of curious epilogues: some two decades after the Horsingdon sighting, a small number of reports and photographs of similar drones seen have filtered on to the internet - in addition to which, documents claiming to function as a kind of grammatological primer for the symbols etched on to these drones have also made their way online.

According to the analysis of these documents found here, the symbols visible on the drones are 'something akin to a language, that could quite literally execute itself, at least in the presence of a very specific type of field.' From which I infer, the symbols, applied in certain configurations, are able to exhert specific effects upon the fabric of physical reality - antigravitational effects, for example. This being the case, we are dealing with a kind of technology virtually inconceivable in terms of current human understandings of language, physics, and mathematics. Apparently similar symbols can be found amongst North American parietal art dating back at least 9,000 years - although currently no evidence has been offered in support of this claim.

Rumour has it that a similar set of documents were found on a body discovered atop Horsingdon Hill not long after the photograph from yesterday's post was taken. To this day, the identity of the cadaver remains unknown - although it has been suggested that it may be the corpse of the original photographer. There is one final and exceedingly strange feature of this aspect of the case: the cause of death could not, initially, be ascertained, as there were no marks to be found anywhere on the body; however, when a full autopsy had been performed, it was discovered that, despite the cranium being undamaged and fully intact - with no visible, external sign of medical intervention - the brain had somehow been removed from within the sealed skull with apparently surgical precision.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.329: Alien Drone

A strange construct hovering over Horsingdon Hill in the late 1980s, photographed by an unknown individual. Rumours persist that other, more detailed photographs of the object exist in the archives of the Ministry - photos clearly illustrating the body and vanes of this apparently alien drone as being marked with a series of bizarre ideograms. Furthermore, it has been intimated that these symbols mirror a system of signification found in certain occult tomes of earthly provenance: tomes which enunciate a hieroglyphics of horror as the means of effecting communication with those primordial and monstrous forces from the Outside...

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.328: Mother Croake

Marjorie Kenton - also known as 'Mother Croake' on account of her toad familiars, and depicted in the woodcut above - occupies a unique place in Horsingdon's witchlore on account of her being an ancestor of Joseph Boreham - and also because of her own speculated ancestry: it is claimed that Kenton's mother called up something akin to a monstrous toad from some black zone of abysmal horror, which she subsequently took as a lover - with Marjorie as the hybrid product of that strange union. If true, this points to a probable origin of the weirdly alien heritage evident amongst members of the latter-day Boreham bloodline.

Fortunately, Mother Croake managed to avoid the fate of so many of Horsingdon's witches. Even so, at a time when women were not only considered chattel but, in the context of a rigidly patriarchal, patrilineal and patrifocal kinship system, also as strangers or even enemies by their husbands, it is unsurprising that her own husband, John Boreham, levelled an allegation of witchery. The irony of one of the Boreham family accusing someone of witchcraft has not been lost on those present-day residents of Horsingdon who still remember the old tales.

In any case, Marjorie was found guilty and sentenced to death on the pyre; however, as she stood bound to the stake awaiting her fate, the proceedings were, so it is told, suddenly and violently interrupted by a thunderclap the like of which those present had never before heard - one which filled the bystanders with a nameless dread; after which it was discovered that a large crack had appeared in the earth near to Marjorie's place of execution. From this there was seen to issue forth a great black cloud of sulpherous smoke within which could be discerned the outline of something monstrous - something akin to a great black toad...

Marjorie is then said to have joyously cried out something - the utterance of which caused the ropes binding her to miraculously unravel, allowing her to to perform avmonstrous toad-like leap - right into the centre of the stinking cloud, which then began dissipating as quickly as it had appeared. Thereafter, no sign of Mother Croake was to be found, and she was never again seen in the region.

Her husband, on the other hand - who was in attendance at his wife's anticipated immolation - was found to have been mysteriouly struck dead. On close inspection, it was discovered that he had been eaten alive from within - his innards crawling with members of an unnatural species of three-eyed toad.

There is one final epilogue to the tale: records of events do not recount what it was that Marjorie Kenton cried out before her unexpected escape; however, rumour persists that the final exclamation which she let fly before fleeing into that toad-shaped cloud of dense black smoke was a single word: 'Father!'.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.327: Ontological Deterioration

 A derelict tower in Horsingdon, colonised by transmitter arrays which continually broadcast across a bandwidth of decay and dilapidation, eroding other transmissions riding the surrounding airwaves: the voice of a loved one, listened to on a mobile phone - whose signal intersects with the anomalous zone surrounding the tower - is rendered ancient and abominable; nearby transistor radios are filled with horrible static, interspersed with a strange, insectile chittering; televisions present images and sounds warped beyond recognition.

The sleep of those who live within the vicinity of the tower is uneasy at best, wracked with febrile dreams of a corrupted and degenerate cosmos trapped in an eternal state of decline and ontological deterioration.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.326: No.37, Horsingdon Lane

This curious, tower-like apartment block - No.37, Horsingdon Lane - has been unoccupied and derelict for decades. Despite its attractive, art deco-like stylings, no on has been in a hurry to take up habitation in the place. The reasons for this are unclear - although James Boreham's prior ownership of no.37 undoutedly has something to do with the matter. Whatever the case, the fact that Horsingdon Borough Council have the building under permanent surveillance - note the cctv camera pointed at the place in the upper lefthand corner of the above image - is, surely, cause for concern.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.325: Buried Secrets

No one is quite sure about the purpose of this ruined structure, located in a wooded area on the edge of Croxley Moor; an outpost of Horsingdon Bunker, perhaps? In its midst, a squat, concrete archway opens on to a corridor, which appears to follow a downward gradient to some nameless, subterranean interior; however, if one investigates only a few metres into the darkness of the corridor, one finds it has been entirely blocked by rubble, frustrating attempts to penetrate further into the building's depths. Perhaps this is for the best - for the darkness below Horsingdon hides many secret things which, for the sake and sanity of the region, are best left undisturbed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.324: Blood Sacrifice

Horsingdon Bunker during the early phases of its construction; even then - prior to 'the Event', the undisclosed nature of which was the cause of the bunker's ultimate closure - the place had acquired a reputation for strangeness: five workers died during an unexpected collapse in a part of the bunker which had previously been declared safe, with mysterious symbols found to be etched into pieces of the rubble covering their crushed and mangled corpses. Some of the older men working on the site, who were familiar with the folkways of the region, claimed that the dead men had been used as a blood sacrifice, sealing a compact with unspeakable Powers to whom the site of the bunker had been consecrated in ages past.

At least two more individuals disappeared mysteriously after venturing into a cave system which was discovered during the bunker's construction. No effort was made to locate or rescue these missing unfortunates, and the entrance to the caves was permanently sealed not long after.

Regardless of the terms of any covenant made with the Powers to whom the site had once been dedicated, it seems that from the offset, the location of Horsingdon Bunker was one which was never readily going to countenance the intrusion of mere humanity into its secret depths.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.323: The Faces From Below

The entry point to an access tunnel serving the partially-built reservoir beneath Horsingdon Hill. Ostensibly, the mesh wire covering was put in place as a safety measure to prevent access to the incomplete structure below; however, other rumors suggest that entry to the tunnel was restricted for another reason entirely: on account of the pale, inhuman faces which, it is said, were sometimes to be seen staring staring hungrily from out the darkness below.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.322: Unquiet Graves

There are any number of disturbed graves in the hillside cemetary on Harlow Hill, the headstones of which have been subject to erosion and erasure, and thus rendered unreadable. 

Though nameless, the inhabitants of these cold and unwelcoming domiciles have not, it seems, always remained convinced of their deceased status - preferring instead (as has recently occured in relation to the prior occupant of the sepulchre shown above) to shuffle about the Horsingdon landscape, evidently with the intention of frightening the region's populace out of its wits. 

Whatever force or agency might be compelling these awful resurrections remains unknown  - as does any meaningful rationale informing these otherwise horrifying and seemingly mindless intrusions into the everyday lives of Horsingdon folk. Perhaps therein lies the truth of the matter: that there is no meaning or intention to be uncovered; that perhaps we inhabit a universe whose troublingly-inscrutable yet asinine disposition leads it to inflict unspeakable horror upon us for its own sake.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.321: Spiritual Communion

Not the permanently veiled Miryam Boreham (of whom only one photograph is known to exist), but James Boreham - bedecked in ritual garb in preparation for a seance. Here Boreham is wearing a 'T'-shaped amulet, possibly in accordance with the obscure ceremonial requirements, established by the guardians of the Black Bowers, for rites involving communion with Those Who Wait (as well as other, less nameable, inhabitants of the Outside). One might, therefore, feel justified in speculating on the exact nature of who - or what - Boreham was preparing to enter into spiritual communication with on this particular occasion...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.320: Red Shift

A cluster of red-litten ghostlights photographed hovering above the northeast face of Horsingdon Hill - moments before they are lost to the depths of space in a sudden, coruscating blur of movement, leaving only a spectral redshift haze in their wake.

Any attempt to elicit meaning from these intrusions into our world is to either court madness, or to provoke a transition into an inhuman mode of being as the only possible means of encompassing such knowledge. As a consequence, the good folk of Horsingdon prefer to let such things alone.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.319: Puppetry and Shadowplay

The grimy windows of this Ministry building on the outskirts of Trentford give the impression of its having been long abandoned; along with the boarded and padlocked entrance, and the many 'No Entry' signs plastered about its lower facade, one could be forgiven for assuming as much.

However, on the eve of certain festivals, crooked, shadowy shapes have been witnessed through the dirt-encrusted windows of the building's upper storeys; often these phantoms are described as moving awkwardly through its dilapidated environs, as if engaged in a some ungainly but highly-ritualised dance - like some darkly spectral projection from another world on to this of an unearthly puppetry: alien marionettes cavorting woodenly to the fitful manipulations and string-pulling of an equally-inscrutable but mindless puppet master.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.318: Monolithic Magicks

A blocky concrete monolith, clearly of modern design, stands just inside barbed-wire fencing surrounding a Ministry of Defence site which the Ebury Way edges past just outside of Trentford. Other similar monoliths – some of which appear to be marked with curious sigils – are positioned within the area circumscribed by the barbed-wire fence such as to create a curious geometric pattern – one which those versed in certain esoteric traditions might associate with a fearful body of myth supposedly of prehuman provenance. The monoliths surround a squat, windowless bunker with a single, reinforced steel door, from which emanates the continuous low hum of whatever strange energies are contained within.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.317: Fearless Vampire Killer

This is the only known photograph of Gareth Lester - Horsingdon's one and only self-styled vampire hunter who, in the early 1970s, was convinced that a blood-drinking entity was haunting the cemetary of St. Osmund's Church on Southcote Lane, having made its lair in some ancient crypt beneath the otherwise-deserted place of worship.

The above image was taken in the grounds of St. Osmund's - shortly after the Church of Starry Wisdom had vacated the premises, and on the eve of Lester's final (one might say terminal) vigil at that place: whatever Gareth Lester did happen to encounter within the grounds of the church on that fateful night, it was presumably resistant to both stake and cross - for in the morning, no sign was to be found of this fearless vampire killer, and he has neither been seen or heard from since.