Houdini's house is believed to be haunted and some strange things did happen, such as Ginger being awakened by piano music when he slept at the house. When he pulled back the curtain in front of where the piano was, the playing stopped. I'll bet his heart was drumming.
Holy Wood extras - video, competition, Tarot game
Autopsy videoOn the American and Australian CD releases, a picture of crossed guns appears (if played on a computer) and offers a link to the now defunct website for the infamous three-minute long 'Autopsy' video. The autopsy video also used to stream from the UK official site (now gone). In the video, Manson's head is cut open and a foetus extracted from it. This alludes to the autopsy carried out on President Kennedy's body, during which they removed his brain.
At the time of its release, the President of the Catholic League, William Donohue, asked that all Christians boycott the Holy Wood album.
Competition - Holy Wood to HollywoodNow as far as I know there were two promotions taking place for the album. One was a tie-in 'Valley of Death' game with the prize being a week in Hollywood for two.
A gameboard and game pieces came with the Disposable Teens CD1 and you needed 36 game pieces to place on it. 18 pieces were in the Holy Wood CD. Alternatively, the game could be played online at the official site or Dot Music's website. The closing date for entries being 15 December 2000.
The Tarot GameThe other promotion involved collecting ten Tarot cards either with the records, or online, to get code numbers to unlock a previously unreleased song via the Interscope website. Six cards were released at websites by launch dot com, heavy dot com and interscope dot com. You clicked to them via the Mercury symbol.
In the UK at least, the Fight Song double CD set originally had 10 cards, 9 are Tarot cards and one is of the Holy Wood cover art. They are joined in pairs:
- XIII Death with XV Devil
- IV Emperor with 0 Fool
- IX Hermit with II High Priestess
- XI Justice with I Magician
- V Hierophant with Holy Wood cover art and advert (Hanged Man tarot?)
The Masterboard was online until 2007. The codes still unlocked the cards to make them appear but even if arranged into the correct order, there was no longer a link to make the song play. The song concerned was 'Diamonds and Pollen' and it was leaked anyway before anyone could complete the challenge.
Holy Wood thoughtsHere's a link to 'Your Dying God: notes toward a theory of HOLY WOOD' written (in Feb/March 2001) by longtime Manson fan Paula O'Keefe, alias angelynx:
Holy Wood notes by angelynx
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