This is HellBoy's first cousin. He hangs out with HellBoy and me and spends most of his time doing cursory internet research and debunking stuff like this picture here
The so-called Castle Island near Dublin, Ireland
which is really the photoshopped merging of an image of this island in Thailand
with a picture of this castle in a mirror image and stuff that didn't fit trimmed away: Lichtenstein Castle is situated on a cliff located near Honau on the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Historically, there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskrieg's War of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin.
In 1802, the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837, the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff's novel Lichtenstein, added the current castle in 1840–42. The romantic Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.
For every serious contributor to the flow of information on the internet there is at least one person interested in creative alterations of reality. Very few people seem to care whether facts are facts or fiction. Understand that this is equally true in every arena. It is doubtful our political sources are any more trustworthy than the photoshopped images that travel into our awareness. This comes to us from both the left and the right. Beware the facts. They probably are not facts. Castle Lichtenstein sitting on Thailand's James Bond Island (so named for appearing in a 007 movie) in the Dublin waterways somewhere is a perfect example.
But not HellBoy's cousin, who is of course, quite real.
Some years ago my poetry took on a mythic flavor and I became a character in my own poems, a mage, "the man of the Northern Wall". This apellation is not completely fictional. My middle name is Noordwal, a Dutch term for north wall, though in current Dutch it mainly means north bank as in riverbank. I was told that an ancestor, a Portugese Jew escaping the Inquisition, settled in a small Dutch town and took this name from where he settled, near the north wall of the town. I have thought for a long time that -wal meant wall, think my mother told me that. A linguist might say that my usage is no longer common, is an older usage, but then the Inquisition happened in Portugal a few centuries ago, right around the time the Moors lost control of the Iberian Peninsula and the Jews lost the modest protection given them by Islam. Now I write as this mage, my poetry persona.