Author: Lizzie Violet

Behind the deceptive smile waits the child of darkness! Never trust a girl in pigtails!

Do You Believe in Big Foot?

Sasquatch? Big Foot? Yeti? This creature goes by many names and its legend is hundreds or maybe even thousands of years old. There are cave paintings of it, its image appears on ancient artifacts and of course there is shaky camera footage.

My other question is, why is footage of Big Foot either blurry or shaky? One of the most famous bits of footage is the Roger Patterson film shot in Bluff Creek, California in the autumn of 1967. Every time another Big Foot sighting is mentioned the footage makes the rounds.

There has been more recent footage bouncing around the interwebs. One clip is taken during a boat tour along Banff National Park and the other is footage of buffalo roaming in Yellowstone National Park. Both have Big Foot wandering around in the background. In the Yellowstone National Park footage you will see four ‘Big Foot’ at the 3 minute mark.

Banff National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Here are a few articles you can also read on the subject of Big Foot.

Big Foot Base — https://bigfootbase.com/bigfoot-evidence/

National Geographic article — https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/2/150210-bigfoot-science-animals-yellowstone-sasquatch-myths-culture/

Big Foot Information Project — http://www.bigfootproject.org/articles/mayak_datat.html

Ancient Origins — https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/bigfoot-cryptozoology-conspiracy-0010179

Sasquatch Canada — https://www.sasquatchcanada.com/first-nations-sasquatch-references-gallery.html

Let’s take a poll. Do you think it is staged or real?

{I’m not saying that Big Foot doesn’t exist. There is a large percentage of the Canadian wilderness that has not been explored, so… who knows. I just wish we could see evidence that isn’t a shaky camera.}

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Killer B Cinema presents: Mahakaal

To kick-off October (aka The Month Of Halloween) Killer B Cinema is showing the 1993 Indian horror film classic Mahakaal (more info below)! We will also have a cartoon or short and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Audience Participation approved!

Dress-up in your Halloween best for our Spooktacular raffle prize!

Doors open at 8 pm and movie begins at 8:30. (Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/646529995832115/)

Movie info:

Mahakaal (also known as The Monster and Time of Death) is a 1993 Indian horror film. It was directed by Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay and is a ripoff of the American horror film franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film soundtrack was composed by Anand–Milind, and the background score was composed by K. J. Sing, Y.V. Tyagi and Vishal.

Info about See-Scape:

Our movies will be shown on the second floor! There are two bars available in See-Scape. The bar is open on the second floor during our event and is cash only. Debit/Credit purchases are available on the main floor. See-Scape also has an amazing menu. To learn more about See-Scape, please click here! https://www.seescapeto.com/

How to get there:

See-Scape is located at 347 Keele Street and the event space is on the second floor. There are a few ways to get to See-Scape.

From Keele Station — take the 41, 89 or 989 bus north. Get off just before Dundas. It is about a 5 minute bus ride from the station. (You can also walk from Keele Station in approximately 15 minutes).

From Dundas West Station — Take the 40 Junction bus. Get off at Keele, then walk south on Keele. See-Scape is a few buildings down. It is approximately a 10 minute bus ride from the station.

Parking:
There is a Green P parking lot beside See-Scape and a few other paid parking lots close by.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for killer B-moves from the 1930s to present! Please like our page @killerbcinema so you don’t miss an invite.

Thank you to the See-Scape and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at See-Scape.

Killer B Cinema presents: 3 Dev Adam

Tonight is the night! You do not want to miss out on 3 Dev Adam! Here is the invite with all of the info!

https://www.facebook.com/events/646592095825121/

But… You promised bats!

Where have the bat posts gone? You promised us bats! Yes. Yes I did, however, life got in the way. Since my last post I had a bad reaction to all of the mosquitos bites I got and things in general got really busy! Due to all of that, I haven’t had time to get out for our regular dusk strolls. But do not fret, I have a new adventure that I will be posting about soon.

During the glorious month of Halloween, my Gomez (aka my husband) and I will be heading off for an adventure in Japan! I’ve been dreaming of this trip for many years and I’m beyond excited that we will finally be going! One of the best parts (besides seeing family and visiting all of the things on my crazy ‘to visit’ list) is that our first few nights we will be staying in a hotel with a giant Godzilla head on top of it! GOJIRA!!! Ask me how excited I am. No really. Ask me!

Back to bats for a moment. Japan has a lot of bats and I will be taking our bat detector with us. To find out more about The Ryukyu Flying Fox click here and for the Japanese House Bat click here.

In writing news, I am doing my (I swear it this time) final read through of Freaks & Grimm and then it is off to a couple more readers. Once I get their feedback, it is being sent to a publisher. I loved writing this book, but I have another story scratching at my brain currently (a 1930s based novel), as well as another novel idea for the continuing story of Freaks & Grimm.

If we are able to fit in a few more Bat Adventures before the cooler weather drives them into hibernation I will do a blog post .

The Bat Days of August

12-18, August 2019

Sadly…. this will be a short blog post. I wasn’t able to go on any bat adventures this week. Last Sunday, the day we had our best bat sightings yet, I was bitten 17 times my mosquitos (from the knees down). There was a reason the bats were so active that night. Unfortunately, I had a bad reaction to being bitten and had a few sleepless nights and decided to avoid being out after dusk due to the fact I didn’t want to get any new bites. How that the bites are healing up, we are hoping to get out this week.

One of the reason I got so badly bitten is I won’t use bug spray. The natural stuff doesn’t work on me and the chemical laced stuff is bad for the environment.

Here is a link to an article about why we need bats! https://www.bats.org.uk/about-bats/why-bats-matter

Type of bats: Large Brown Bat
No. Mosquito bites: Too many to count!

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Bats, Bats and more Bats!

You are likely thinking to yourself, will Lizzie’s blog only be about bats? No… not to worry, I will blog about other things, such as there will be some Freaks & Grimm updates coming as well as Japan planning. I’m on a bit of a bat blog frenzy because they are only really active for a few months here as they hibernate for several months. That’s right folks, in colder climates such as Southern Ontario, bats will hibernate in the fall/winter months (approximately six months), usually from late fall (Oct/Nov) until spring arrives (Mar/Apr). During hibernation bats will wake up every once in a while to hydrate themselves, otherwise we won’t see them. I need to get my bat adventures in when I can!

Contrary to popular belief not all bats hibernate in caves, in fact due to urbanization, many bats will hibernate in attics or the walls of homes. Generally it is Big Brown Bats that will be found hibernating in homes. Some Canadian bat species such as Silver-haired, Red and Hoary Bats will migrate several hundred kilometres between summer and winter roosts to warmer climates. 

Here is a great article by Canadian bat expert Brock Fenton. Funnily enough Brock is my neighbours cousin and I hope to one day meet him. That would be the ultimate bat nerd moment for me! https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bat

Thursday, August 8, 8pm.

It was a cooler night (finally) and a bit breezy so I didn’t have my hopes high. We decided to wander along Vine avenue and we were pleasantly surprised. We saw a bat (swooped by us) at the Sweet Potato parking lot. We also had a strong signal on the Bat Seeker as we sat in the park.

High Park never fails to disappoint us. We heard some very strong bat sounds just south of Humberside.

Type of bats: Big Brown Bat
No. Mosquito bites: 0

Saturday, August 10, 8pm.

We had the pleasure to be poolside at a friends BBQ last night. When dusk hit we got out the Bat Seeker. We saw and heard at least two different bats flying around. The bats we saw were much larger than the ones we have recently seen and around the same size as the Silverhaired Bats we’ve seen at High Park. I’m wondering if that is possibly what we saw. If you know what kinds of bats tend be be in Toronto’s Rouge Hill neighbourhood, please let me know.

This is a great read for bat lovers. https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/2790/guide-bats.pdf

Type of bats: Silverhaired Bat?
No. Mosquito bites: 3

Sunday, August 11, 9pm.

Tonight was the best sightings we’ve had yet. There were at least three bats flying around our back yard at the same time and we watching the magical dance of two bats playing together! The sounds coming out of the Bat Seeker were insane!!! The reason the bats were so active was the mosquitos were really thick tonight. I hope we get a few more nights like this!

Type of bats: Big Brown Bat
No. Mosquito bites: I lost count. They feasted tonight!

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat