Author Archives: Mark and Mark

From Shrooms to the Tomb in Edison

Poor Richard and Charles Hoopar. Some time in 1693, the brothers came across some mushrooms in the vicinity of Edison, New Jersey and decided to eat them. Maybe they found them in the woods and scarfed them down then and … Continue reading

Nazis and KKK Bund Together for the “American Fuhrer”

Today it’s hard to imagine that the following sentence is describing an actual rally that once took place in a rural Sussex County, NJ town: “Flames from the wooden cross, forty feet high, crackled into the night throwing lurid shadows on the participants below, some of whom were dressed in hooded white robes, others in the gray uniforms of the German-American Bund. The scene took place at Bund Camp Nordland in New Jersey on August 18, 1940, when the Klan staged a monster anti-war, pro-American mass meeting jointly with the Bund.” Continue reading

The Wicked NEW WNJ Hoodie for 2016!

Don’t be caught dead on a chill autumn night this year without having the brand new Weird NJ hoodie on your body. This black medium weight cotton/poly blend zippered sweatshirt is both toasty warm and way cool at the same … Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. – Makin Waves

Saturday, Oct. 22nd Makin Waves Rock Circus Showcase variety show is being produced by veteran NJ music columnist, Bob Makin and is set to debut at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse. The showcase boasts a stellar lineup that incorporates up-and-coming names from the worlds of music, sideshow and burlesque.
I enjoy shows like this where I can be introduced to new acts that I might not have otherwise seen or go to a gig where I get to see weird worlds collide. All the variety breaks things up a bit and offers something fun for everyone. Continue reading

Halloween in Weird NJ

Folks here in New Jersey sure do know how to get into the Halloween spirit, and often do so with elaborate seasonal displays. Here are just a few of our favorite properties, personalized for the holiday, from this year and Halloweens past… Continue reading

Home State Hauntings – A Ghostly NEW Special Issue!

Home State Hauntings is a 106 pages, fully illustrated, soft bound special issue of Weird NJ, beautifully photographed and designed by Paul Michael Kane with spine-tingling illustrations by Ryan Doan. Here, for the first time, we have compiled the most chilling tales ever told of supernatural encounters in New Jersey in this special issue of Weird NJ. Continue reading

New Issue #47 Is in Stores NOW!

That’s right, the new issue of Weird NJ, #47, which just might be the BEST ISSUE EVER, is now in stores throughout the state! Be the first person on your block to read about all local legends and best kept secrets in New … Continue reading

D.I.Y.N.J. Part XI Breaking Bargain Bins with COMIC TRIPS

Weird NJ correspondent Matt Chyrstal attempts to keep up with the adventures of Paul Brown and Kat Habrukowich creators and stars of the web series, Comic Trips. The series has accurately been labeled as the “American Pickers for 80’s babies” and has already logged in five seasons plus several special episodes (Drunk Toy Review, What’s in the Box? Contest Giveways, Twinkie Taste Test, etc). Paul and Kat are powerhouses of positivity and pop culture knowledge. They are out and about, cruising down the nostalgia highway on a mission to find key issues, vintage toys and unique collectibles. Continue reading