Author Archives: Mark and Mark

Friday the 13th: Blairstown Becomes Scarestown!

This Friday we’ll be celebrating “Friday the 13th” in Blairstown, NJ, where much of the classic 1979 slasher horror film of that name was shot. Mark and Mark, publishers of Weird NJ, will be signing copies of the magazine and selling other weird stuff too at the Slash … Continue reading

Weird NJ Issue #50!

50 issues! Really? 50 issues of a magazine that at the time of issue #1 was so preposterous, so crazy a concept that we never imagined we’d be doing this 25 years later. A magazine devoted to weird places, colorful … Continue reading

Martel’s Christmas Wonderland

The season is upon us once again when the New Jersey residence that puts Clark Griswold to shame year after year is fully illuminated – The “Hamilton Christmas House” as it is known to the casual passerby, Bob Martel’s House as his friends and neighbors call it, or as it is officially known, Martel’s Christmas Wonderland, is plugged in, powered up, and open each night until about 10 PM. Continue reading

A Nightmare Before Christmas in Trenton

Three days before Christmas, Jean strangled her 78-year-old mother to death in their home. Standing over Julia Zelinsky’s body, Jean took a kitchen knife and decapitated her. Tossing the head into a plastic shopping bag, Jean got into her car and headed straight for Trenton – but not before stopping to wave to a neighbor. Continue reading

Hagertys’ Christmas Village, Pitman

Hello Weird NJ! Within the Grove (Pitman), you can see the Hagerty Christmas lights spreading across a whole neighborhood block. Home of an old Methodist summer camp, the mostly working class residents wait every Black Friday to see something homemade, … Continue reading