The Wintermoon Collective is home of:
Books, Art & Gaming
The esoteric art and writings of Arijah Ankh Khalid-Zyn
The work of Alyce Crowley
Carnal Chaos & Chaosophia 3D Arts
The Blood Witch
Websites & Organizations
The Gothic Poets Society
The Eternal Beloved
The Sinister Tea Sorority
Ghost Story Apparel
The Not-So-Sweet Shoppe
The above listed are our brands and projects in which we represent, both past and present.
Some projects are currently in progress. Wintermoon Publishing full catalogue will be available soon.
We are currently in the process of building our physical home and shop. Some of these projects have pages and social media, some do not;
However, all available merchandise, any club, project or information will be available in the physical location upon completion.
The exact physical address of Wintermoon is currently being withheld for reasons of privacy and security.
Upon completion, Wintermoon will be a fantastical reality unto itself. Located in an enchanted forest nestled deep in Appalachian history, majik and
folklore along the Cumberland plateau in Grundy County, Tennessee.
We are the portal to all things paranormal on the plateau. (more information will be released in due time.)
We call this "the Transylvania of the South".
Once upon a time, this place where we live was known as "Transylvania".
The etymology of the word literally means "beyond the forest."
It is derived from Medieval Latin: trans meaning "beyond" and sylva meaning "forest", which was used primarily not as a name per se,
but more as a description...when referring to a mountain surrounded or encompassed by the woodlands.
There are so many legends in regard to this region in particular,
from ghost stories to cryptozoological lore regarding werewolves and vampires to hollowman to sasquatch.
The name was used during the Transylvania purchase at the beginning of the American Revolution in March of 1775.
A North Carolinian named Col. Richard Henderson,purchased about 20 million acres of Cherokee lands of the southern and central Appalachian Mountains
under the umbrella of the Transylvania Land Company.
This area included most of Kentucky as well as a good portion of Tennessee,
all the way down to the Tennessee River...including our little part of the forest.
At the conclusion of the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals of 1775, Dragging Canoe spoke against the sale of Cherokee land.
When he said "it is a dark and bloody land", we do not believe he meant it as a curse, but as a statement of fact
because of the war and bloodshed that was running rampant at the time as well as there being many weird and unexplained things that happen here.
So in the essence of the original name as well as the resonation of lore and legend and the paranormal like it's Romanian counterpart,
we endearingly and respectfully call it such.
We are artists.
Everything we create is art.
From the art and writings of Arijah Ankh Khalid-Zyn
to the art and 3d content of Mizdimma DeSade... this place is art.
Planned and designed with love and majik, we do not call this place "enchanted" or a "work of art", lightly.
It has been 10 years in the design stage, and 20 years since it's initial birth as Ravynmoon.
The story of Ravynmoon is rather lengthy, so we prefer to reserve it for late night campfire stories or long discussions over coffee.
We are witches.
Regardless of any preconceived notions about what some may *think* we are,
we are nature folk with over 40 years of experience in Appalachian Forest Craeft.
We create everything by hand with the resources we have around us.
What we believe.
We believe in nature and that each person has a majik all their own.
We believe that the market has become over saturated with "me toos" and an
overabundance of unsustainable and unoriginal items of commerce.
We were comfortable during a time when people still communicated organically instead
of internet messengers and still frequented their favorite shops in person instead of shopping online.
We miss the excitement of walking around an old town
and exploring the mysteries and histories and ghosts and we aim to bring a sense of that era back.
What we do.
We publish our own media including our own books, music, games and divination sets.
We sell crafts that we make, be it art, jewelry, clothing, or candy;
curate and sell oddities and curiosites, as well as official band merchandise,
grow and sell our own herbs and plants both dried and live, bath and body supplies,
and make our own teas, candles and incenses.
We will also host many fun and interesting events.
We're artists by trade and geneaologists and historians by purpose. Librarians, if you will.
Our focus is on culture and history...especially in regard to the Appalachian paranormal.
Hours & Location
Once the shop is finished, the shelves stocked, and the door open...
then we will add more info to this section.
Our 6th annual Ghosts by Gaslight
Dark Winter Tales from beyond the grave.
A night of Gothic Victorian Ghost Stories.
Monday, December 14th, 2020 starting at 8 pm central
Make some cocoa, curl up with a warm blanket & settle in for a night of traditional scary story telling.
Brought to you by your friends at the Wintermoon Collective & Dance with the Dead Radio.
The event will be broadcast via podcast and links for the show will be announced within the hour before, on all of our social media platforms and by various
personalities and friends of Wintermoon and Dance with the Dead radio.
The show's main page will be this website. Quick links for mobile listening will be attached to the social posts.
The telling of ghost stories during winter is a hallowed tradition; a folk custom that stretches back for centuries.
Be it Shakespeare, Irving, Poe, Shelley, Dickens...or a plethora of others, dark winter tales speak of ghosts and the undead, mysteries, magic and
paranormal mayhem and the fears that plague the human mind at it's base levels of instinct and survival.
The stories speak to the psyche as the still and cold season tends to stir the imagination with frights. To be frightened commands preparation for the "what ifs" in life.
Those possibilities and creations of monsters were the telling of us; symbolically, historically and fantastically---as capable of any such horror or atrocity...if certain conditions are met.
Of course, the church frowned upon the tradition, since in their eyes, Winter should be reserved for their own traditions and any talk of old Pagan or nature based traditions and tales
were (and still are) attempted to be overshadowed and watered-down to the point of extinction. Certain boogers and banshees were left to the realm of sin and of devils-and dare ye who thought otherwise!
People began to fear the "wrath of god", but it was the instead the condemnation of the church and those who dared not cross it for sake of loss, ostracization from family, friend and community,
the loss of home and business, or torture and loss of life that was the underlying fears.
One did not fear a loving "god", but a hateful and vengeful church who used manipulation, pain, discord and occasionally---death, to get it's totalitarian agendas across
to a simple people who didn't have as big of an armory or as deep of pockets as their politics, who used the church as it's courier of systematic psychological and spiritual
A creative and thinking mind is a danger to those who know it as the only power greater than themselves.
We here at Wintermoon uphold the tradition of our ancestors. We and others like us, continue to tell the stories in the dark. This tradition has not disappeared,
but has been overshadowed, like so many other of our traditions.
It is a rational and natural human experience to fear the unknown, desire the things unseen, and to understand.
Asking questions is a requirement of survival, not a sin; After all, it's the lost, confused and tormented who become the perennial ghosts, undead monsters, shadows and memories of a distant and not-so-distant past.
Glam'r, by Sabine Gould read by Mizdimma DeSade length: 41:47
The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe read by Arijah Ankh Khalid-Zyn length: 10:58
Tune in at 10pm central for a live ghost box session on Facebook at Wintermoon Curios
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