OTIS Club Newsletter


The OTIS Club Newsletter Thing is one of the main perks for being a member of the OTIS Club. Every week, members receive a four-page newsletter with columns and anecdotes, behind-the-scenes items for OTIS, as well as exclusive photos from oddity hunts, and a round-up of oddity news from around the world. Join today. You can receive issues for as little as $1 a month, plus all kinds of other perks. Want to sample it first? Issue 7 is free to all.

Issue 47 (April 23, 2017): This Week in OTIS, bonus photos, a personal essay looking back at the past ten years, giveaway winners announcement, and lots oddity news items, including newly discovered mummies, giant shipworms, a Halloween-themed cafe, and much more.

Issue 46 (April 17, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, a recounting of some of the oddities we found this weekend, a book recommendation, a giveaway, and lots of oddity news items, including neon skulls, Jesus's DNA, the albino Muse brothers, and much more.

Issue 45 (April 10, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, oddities I saw in South Carolina this week, oddities I wanted to see in South Carolina this week, lessons from the Emily Dickens House, and lots of oddity news items, like a cemetery of hanged men, mourning statues, and a newly discovered Egyptian pyramid, and much more.

Issue 44 (April 2, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, 10 surprises from my UK trip, OTIS Miscellany, and lots of oddity news items, like megafauna tunnels, the caves of Blackheath, Bela Lugosi's house, and much more.

Issue 43 (March 27, 2017): Special “On the Road” edition detailing the my trip so far in England, which involves famous graves, 13th century monasteries, and lots of pubs.

Issue 42 (March 19, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, Strange Stuff from My Study (vampire fangs from "Buffy"), a sneak peak at the next OTIS post, and lots of oddity news items, including a restaurant that dissects humans, coffins at a Philly construction site, a Harry Potter Forbidden Forest attraction, and much more.

Issue 41 (March 13, 2017): This Week in OTIS, bonus photos, an account of my second trip to the Winchester Mystery House, movie suggestions, and lots of oddity news items, including a wildflower superbloom, skeletons under a wine shop, a Hyperloop test track, and much more.

Issue 40 (March 5, 2017): This Week in OTIS, a rundown of my California trip, exclusive photos, info on a new Joe Coleman exhibit, and lots of oddity news items, including Antarctica tourism, Siberia's Doorway to Hell, the Paris underground, and much more.

Issue 39 (February 26, 2017): This Week in OTIS, details about my next public appearance, a road trip movie recommendation, the secret to turning a two-day weekend into a three-day weekend, an exclusive photo, and lots of oddity news items, including a cemetery circus, a six-foot long carnivorous worm, Hitler's phone, and much more.

Issue 38 (February 20, 2017): This Week in OTIS, a chronicle of my seven-hour South Shore day trip and the oddities we found, never-before-seen photos, a look at a movie about oddity-hunting, and lots of oddity news items, including an oarfish corpse, a Japanese hearse, a cannibal map, and much more.

Issue 37 (February 12, 2017): This Week in OTIS, bonus photos, a look at what's changed in Salem since my stay there, a tiny preview of my next book, and lots of oddity news items, including Bigfoot exhibitions, Stalin's holiday home, a Golden Girls-themed cafe, and much more.

Issue 36 (February 5, 2017): This Week in OTIS, bonus photos, a look into my writing life, an obscure movie suggestion, and lots of oddity news, including items on a glass beach in Russia, a lava firehose in Hawaii, robot bats, ice instruments, Deadman's Island, and much more.

Issue 35 (January 29, 2017): This Week in OTIS, bonus photos, the story of my aborted oddity hunt this week, the winner announcement for the "No, You Throw It Away" giveaway, and lots of oddity news, including items on Judy Garland's remains, Europe's first forensic cemetery, a rare E.A. Poe photo, and much more.

Issue 34 (January 22, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, a look at the best comment threads on the site, a contest giveaway straight out of my collection, and lots of oddity news, including a road trip of horror filming sites, a hidden Buddha, a tunnel under Stonehenge, and much more.

Issue 33 (January 15, 2017): This Week in OTIS, the continuing saga of my collection, exclusive photos, updates on the club, and lots of oddity news, including ruby seadragons, ancient middle eastern windmills, ice castles, and much more.

Issue 32 (January 10, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive photos, a look at my strange collection over the years, The OA on Netflix, and lots of oddity news, including the death of a famous sequoia, the remotest national park, an Egyptian bird mummy that turns out not to be a bird mummy, and much more.

Issue 31 (January 2, 2017): This Week in OTIS, exclusive oddity photos, a look at a private writing project of mine, some haunted house talk, and lots of oddity news, including a macabre jewelry show, an English werewolf, new museums of the weird, and much more.

Issue 30 (December 26, 2016): This Week in OTIS, California on the OTIS Map of Oddities, my take on Rogue One, an exclusive photo, some of my strange Christmas haul, and lots of oddity news, including a lost medieval city in North America, Zak Bagan's latest addition to his creepy museum, plans for the world's largest statue, and much more.

Issue 29 (December 19, 2016): This Week in OTIS, my new experience in front of the camera, an exclusive photo from an oddity visit, a meandering review of The Arrival, and lots of oddity news, including an abandoned Russian air force base, spiders made of light, a ghost shark, and much more.

Issue 28 (December 11, 2016): This Week in OTIS, OTIS oddities that no longer exist, an exclusive photo of a mythical beast, a review of a book about a dead kid, and lots of oddity news, including mysterious sea blobs, Fidel Castro's tomb, the rusty fate of the world's longest limo, and much more.

Issue 27 (December 4, 2016): This Week in OTIS, updates to the OTIS Map, OTIS Club surprises for me so far, a breakdown of membership by state, exclusive photos, and lots of oddity news, including Disney creating a Death Star, a place to rent in a British cemetery, an underwater resort room, and much more.

Issue 26 (November 27, 2016): This Week in OTIS, updates to the OTIS Map, my trek to abandoned houses and battlefields and executions sites, exclusive photos, strange stuff from my basement, and lots of oddity news, including a secret Nazi Arctic base, a ghost rainbow, a Krampus parade, and much more.

Issue 25 (November 20, 2016): This Week in OTIS, exclusive OTIS photos, an account of one of the first people to enter Prince's Paisley Park after it opened to the public (bonus: Prince's ashes), a spooky travel book recommendation, and lots of oddity news, including the discovery of a new mummy in Egypt, a mysterious skeleton in a cylinder, a new Dr. Seuss Museum, and much more.


Issue 24 (November 13, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a jail turned restaurant, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, a sneak peek of next week's issue, and lots of oddity news, including the skeleton of a giantess, a 600-year-old tree, and the reinvention of spiritualism, and much more.


Issue 23 (November 6, 2016): This Week in OTIS, Manhattan owl gargoyles, the story of my next book, a look at Charles L. Grant novels, and lots of oddity news, including giant earthworms, witch marks, ice monsters, and much more.

Issue 22 (October 30, 2016): This Week in OTIS, my history of Halloween costumes, a visit to Haunted Lake, and lots of oddity news, including Zak Bagans's Haunted Museum, a bloody stake memorial, how Hollywood and Halloween are altering Mexico's Day of the Dead, and much more.

Issue 21 (October 25, 2016): This Week in OTIS, an account of my Poe talk at the opening of a Poe exhibition in Baltimore, an autographed Vincent Price script, McDonald's Halloween pails, and lots of oddity news, including an atheist graveyard in Sweden, the finally opened Sloane Catacombs in London, why Halloween stores love a bad economy, and much more.

Issue 20 (October 17, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a chronicle of my finds on Saturday's Autumn road trip, a photo from the archives from an Autumn road trip past, a look at the animated movie Over the Garden Wall, and lots of oddity news, including a look at the history of haunted house attractions, the grave of the priest who inspired The Exorcist, the skull of Nat Turner, the now-open gas station from TXCM, Ivan the Terrible's first statue, and much more.

Issue 19 (October 10, 2016): This Week in OTIS--which is basically lots of Salem--, the October I did 25 haunts in 4 different states, a moral from the Bone Church, a look at the horror books of Charles L. Grant, and lots of oddity news, including a cannibal buffet, a magician auction, a glowworm cave, a new Poe exhibition, and much more.

Issue 18 (October 2, 2016): This Week in OTIS, monster corn, how I spent my Florida Halloweens, a horror nonfiction recommendation, the winners of the Bookmark of the Beast giveaway, and lots of oddity news, including prisoner bones found in backyards, a fake giant octopus attack memorial, a town haunted by radio waves, and much more.

Issue 17 (September 25, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a corpse flower, Ray Bradbury week, prep work for the debut of my new book, Connecticut's Witch's Dungeon, a giveaway, and lots of oddity news, including a new H.G. Wells statue, a human skeleton in the Antikythera wreck, a Satanic temple in Salem, and much more.

Issue 16 (September 18, 2016): This Week in OTIS, the story of the time I thought a killer was in my house, a coffin made out of a car, Herman Munster's grave, and lots of oddity news, including a ghost forest, the site of the biggest witch trial in history, a derelict mansion with the car crusher from Superman III, and much more.

Issue 15 (September 13, 2016): This Week in OTIS, the great and frustrating travelogues of Bill Bryson, one of the strangest OTIS Archive photos ever, and lots of oddity news, including the Arctic shipwreck of the HMS Terror, a Mexican cave filled with bones, a driverless hearse, and much more.

Issue 14 (September 4, 2016): This Week in OTIS, an overview of my nine-hour road trip on Saturday with some extremely primo oddities including a saints arm and a derelict horror movie site, Rob Zombie's ex-mansion, a trick to doing long road trips in your spare time, and lots of oddity news, including a Labyrinth exhibit, a magical elf stone, a newly found Irish castle, and much more.

Issue 13 (August 28, 2016): This Week in OTIS, my Jack the Ripper-themed week and how that involves a bridge in Arizona and David Hasselhoff, a look at a haunted house-themed eatery in Canada, a giveaway winners announcement, and lots of oddity news, including an Addams Family restaurant in India, Voynich Manuscript publication plans, the spooky Ancient Ram Inn in England, and the strange hunt for a rumored wild python in Maine, and much more.

Issue 12 (August 21, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a Strange Stuff from My Study article on probably the strangest object in my study (that I kind of wish I didn't own), an OTIS Club giveaway starring Elvira the Mistress of the Dark, and lots of oddity news, from the newly christened oldest European organism to the newly discovered second oldest Great Lakes shipwreck to the latest Loch Ness Monster photo, and much more.

Issue 11 (August 14, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a preview of the 2016 OTIS Halloween Season, a look at a movie about a guy who likes to visit serial killers sites and a look at my own resume in that area, and lots of oddity news, including an estate haunted by a naughty ghost ape, newly discovered Serbian magic spell scrolls, a planned Lovecraft statue, a Poe film festival, and much more..

Issue 10 (August 7, 2016): This Week in OTIS, an article about what happens the week after a road trip (and how much it sucks), a look at some of the oddities I didn't get to en route, and lots of oddity news, from the Ray Bradbury statue design and a Gravity Falls discovery to Mormon bones, an archaeological find beneath the Times Square Toys R Us, and much more.

Issue 9 (July 31, 2016): The second special “On the Road” edition detailing Days 4-9 of our Great Lakes road trip, which ended up throwing a grand total of 3,620 miles at our odometer. For context, the U.S. itself is about 2,700-miles wide.

Issue 8 (July 24, 2016): Special “On the Road” edition detailing the first three days of our 9-day Great Lakes road trip–everything we’ve seen, done, and the condition of my car after about 1,000 new miles on it (spoiler: stuff is falling off of it).

Issue 7 (July 18, 2016 - Free Issue): This Week in OTIS, a story about the most morbid thing I've ever done, exclusive photos, my OTIS-y take on the new Ghostbusters movie, and lots of oddity news, from a Halloween asteroid to a Jewish pirate grave to a town being transformed for the new Stephen King's IT adaptation.

Issue 6 (July 10, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a preview of the massive road trip I'm taking at the end of the month, an ironic movie filming location, a look at an Albert Brooks road trip movie, and lots of oddity news, from a Frankenstein exhibition in Geneva to the destruction of an odd and iconic earthquake fault marker in Los Angeles to a writer-in-residence office atop a bridge in Seattle.

Issue 5 (July 4, 2016): This Week in OTIS, updates to the OTIS Map of Oddity, how OTIS got an audience, Civl War soldier bones, new perks announcement, and lots of oddity news, from Lost Colony of Roanoke artifacts in North Carolina to a hand-dug Holocaust escape tunnel in Lithuania to a Godzilla footprint in Japan.

Issue 4 (June 26, 2016): This Week in OTIS, an exciting book pre-announcement, updates to the OTIS Map of Oddity, what it's like to visit weird, morbid stuff with kids in tow, the Jersey Devil, the first ever OTIS Club giveaway winner is announced, and lots of oddity news, from cannibal skulls in Pennsylvania to Men in Black in Iowa.

Issue 3 (June 19, 2016): This Week in OTIS, a new column that focuses on OTIS's many influences (this issue, the show Mystery Hunters), giant metal bugs, my least well-received book, a giveaway, and lots of oddity news, from the oldest witch shop in New York to a tourist cave contaminated by a Superfund site.

Issue 2 (June 12, 2016): This Week in OTIS, the top ten oddities on my bucket list, a review of a book on monster hunting, a unicorn sighting, and lots of oddity news, from the future fate of the Arecibo telescope and an iconic evil clown sign in New Jersey to holy relic theft and a paranormal museum live-feed.

Issue 1 (June 5, 2016): This Week in OTIS, Strange Stuff from my Study, bonus photos from the week's OTIS articles, a Bigfoot sighting, how OTIS has ruined movies for me, and lots of oddity news, from a gravedigging contest to a mansion full of religious iconography





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