About Me

So, I have noticed that I have a couple of new followers (welcome!). I have thus decided to make this little post introducing myself.

Hi! My name is Katie. I am a thirty-something living in northern Minnesota. I currently work in a call center (blech). I also like cats more than I like most people (see above).

I have been running this blog since 2013, but haven’t really been updating it seriously until this past January. The title, “Wrath Of The Bitch Queen,” is basically a play on the second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath Of The Lich King. Because I am a fan of WoW, puns, and reclaiming the word “bitch.”

I am a huge nerd, and have been one for pretty much my entire life. I grew up watching numerous sci-fi series like Star Trek and Babylon 5, as well as a number of movies of the same genre. I also read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy novels, and have been very into video games since I was about 18. Those are the topics that I generally tend to blog about.

I currently have a PayPal site (which sometimes is in German for some reason), and a Ko-Fi link, for people who want to make a coffee-sized donation. I have also set my Patreon page back up.

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Mythology Monday: Krampus

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It’s the holiday season, a time of love, togetherness, and revelry. And, if you’re from certain parts of central Europe, a terrifying goat man.

Yup, today we’re talking about Krampus.

Krampus is a figure that originated around Austria, but is referenced in a lot of places throughout Europe, including Germany, Bavaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and northern Italy. He’s a companion of St. Nicholas, and generally visits homes the night before the saint’s feast day of December 6.

And what does Krampus do during those visits, you may ask? Why he punishes children who’ve been naughty, of course! Oh, but there’s none of that “lump of coal” shit here, oh no. No, Krampus whips said naughty children with a birch branch. The really evil kids, though, he stuffs in a giant basket to be drowned or eaten.

Because nothing says “holiday cheer” quite like corporal punishment and kidnapping.

Now, while he is currently associated with  St. Nick, it’s believes that he may be much, much older. One theory is that he’s derived from the Horned God, an ancient European deity currently venerated by Wiccans. Another theory is that he’s actually the son of the Norse cthonic deity, Hel. Either way, it appears that he came to his current role though the magic of syncretism.

Appearance-wise, Krampus is generally depicted as above: a large, hairy black goat-man with a Gene Simmons-esque tongue. Think a satyr, but way, way creepier. Of course, modern depictions of the creature tend to lean way, way heavier into the horror factor.

A fesitval called Krampuslauf is quite popular in all the places I mentioned above, but is starting to gain popularity in North America as well. During these events, people dress up as Krampus and parade around. Researching this post lead me to a lot of pictures of these events, and holy shit do people put a lot of effort into these costumes. They are very impressive. Abjectly terrifying, but impressive.

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As things like this tend to do, Krampus has managed to worm his way into popular culture. Most notable is probably a 2015 horror comedy simply entitled Krampus, but the figure has made his way into a lot of different media.

So, there you have it. Proof that the Germanic world will find a way to make the most innocuous things absolutely horrifying.

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Mythology Monday: Medusa Gets Royally Shafted And Then Dies

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(Content warning; this post contains discussion of sexual assault.)

So, Medusa. Most people know the basics of her story: lady with snakes for hair, turned men to stone with a glance. Which, you know, goals.

What’s interesting about Medusa is that her origin is different depending on which version you hear. In the original, Medusa and her sisters Stheno and Euryale were always monsters: specifically, gorgons.

The Roman poet Ovid, however, changed things up a little bit. So, because that version is more interesting to me (if also kinda infuriating), that’s the one I’m going to be talking about today.

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Mythology Monday: The Iroquois Creation Myth

So, there’s this tendency that certain Americans have towards treating the indigenous peoples of North America as a kind of monoculture. This is, of course, not true: there were over 570 indigenous nations in the continental United States alone. At least, this was until white people came and kind of fucked everything up, as we are wont to do.
Which leads me into this Mythology Monday topic: the Iroquois creation myth.

Now, the Iroquois actually weren’t a single nation, but rather a confederacy of 5 (eventually 6) different but similar nations. Felt like I should probably mention that. Anyway, on with the story.

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