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Review: THE HOWLING the Comic Book, Issue 2

Subtitled “revenge of the Werewolf Queen,” this series is written by Micky Neilson, author of the magnificent novel THE TURNING and its sequel. Issue number one of the series scored a home run with me. Did the follow-up issue suffer from the “sophomore curse,” or did it maintain the level of excellence established by the…

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The Devil Made ‘Em Do It Again!

They’re Still Out There! The Satanic Panic-ers of the 80s all had children, and those children grew up to follow in their parents’ imbecilic footsteps. Did you know that if you are letting your kid watch Disney’s DESCENDANTS movie series you are endangering their precious little souls? (Sure you are.) Because the films are pure…

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TWIN PEAKS Episode Recap 8-13-17

I know it seems that every week I write about how things “are all coming together,” and then the next week there’s some Lynchian acid trip that takes us off in an entirely new direction, but this week there really WAS some of that “coming together” of the major storylines. We found out that Diane…

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Don’t shoot Sasquatch!

The above headline is one of those simple statements the meaning of which can be totally altered by adding a comma. Add one after “don’t” and you are in fact telling the person to whom you are speaking to shoot Bigfoot and not do something else. Add the comma after “shoot” and the implication is…

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Satanic Panic at Outback Steakhouse

One might think that the coming of the Internet would have stamped out the phenomenon of the urban legend. With the sum total of all knowledge, covering the sum total of human existence and the entire history of the universe, as much as it is known, literally right at out fingertips, surely ignorance would find…

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STRANGER THINGS and the Copyright Monster

I posted a few weeks back about the one anachronism I spotted in the hit Netflix series STRANGER THINGS–the use of VCRs by characters in a setting, the year 1983, before VCRs were in common use–but for the most part their 80s aesthetic is flawless. In order to keep that sense of time and place…

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ABC Chases Hikers

Okay, here’s the situation. I heard that old song (and considering it came out my junior year in high school, it really hurts me to call it an “old” song) “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (I will remind you all that this was the pseudonym of Will Smith,…

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Is DARK UNIVERSE dead in the water?

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” Aka, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Everybody’s heard the quote, but did you know where it comes from? It’s from the poem “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough, November, 1785” written by…

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Review: TWIN PEAKS Episode 8-6-17

I’m starting to suspect that the sadist David Lynch really is going to make us wait until the final episode of the season–we’re only five away (insert sadface emoji here)–to get Agent Cooper back, and to get the answers to what’s going on. Not that we’re going to get ALL the answers, but I expect…

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Bait

Think of me like a drug dealer. They give you your first hit for free, because they want you to like it. They know you’ll come back for more. Then they can start charging you for it. That’s what I’m doing. I’m going to give you some of my new novel THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT…

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What Did The Neanderthal Say?

And more importantly, how did he say it? Now we know! We not only know what your typical Neanderthal would have looked like–see picture above–but what they would have SOUNDED like! (We can probably imagine what they would have SMELLED like without too much effort.) An examination of the remains of a Neanderthal man and…

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Review: PENNY DREADFUL The Comic Series Issue 4

SPOILER WARNING if you haven’t read it! Nuh-uh, now! I don’t like that one bit! You CANNOT kill off Sir Malcolm! Yes, I do realize this is the PENNY DREADFUL universe, where dead doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I’m not gonna panic then, despite ominous signs that this may be for real, like having the Mummy’s…

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STRANGER THINGS killing movies?

This article gives all the credit to Netflix, but I don’t think that’s quite proper. It is STRANGER THINGS that deserves the credit, if indeed there is credit to bestow. Netflix couldn’t do jack on its own. STRANGER THINGS is the phenomenon. Netflix deserves credit for recognizing in the show the potential for a goldmine,…

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Chupas and Thylacines

Sightings galore this week! First off, people are seeing Chupacabras in California. One in the Riverside area tried to eat a cat. These Chupas seem to be of the four-legged variety, the kind usually dismissed as coyotes with a bad case of mange. Intriguingly, however, there do appear to be anatomical differences between Chupas of…

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TWIN PEAKS Episode Recap 7-30-17

We finally get to see Audrey, and rather than provide us with some answers, it leaves us with more questions than we had before. What’s happened to her, to make her so bitter, and how did she end up married to that dork? IS she Richard’s mother? Is that what the telephone call the dork…

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Sex with Demons

Warning, parents: This one’s gonna be a PG-13 article. I used to know this guy, Andy, who repeated the same jokes, over and over. One of them, the one he recited the most often, was about his desire to name his penis “Demonz.” People who’d never heard the joke before would always ask him why…

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What the hell, Hull?!

I have a friend, one of those online friends who I’ve never met in real life, who I met because of a shared interest in Gilles de Rais and with whom I get along swimmingly (She’s working on a book, so you’ll be hearing about it as soon as it’s ready!), who lives near Hull,…

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I Got Interviewed! (The Remix)

Note: This article is also appearing on our sister site, VAMPIRES.COM. It features a snippet of story containing both a vampire AND a werewolf, and them getting into a tussle, and since I’ve been given permission by the management to pimp my new novel, available NOW, I figured, why not. (I am adding this additional…

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TWIN PEAKS Recap – 7/23/17

This was without a doubt my favorite episode of the season so far, the most enjoyable and the one that felt the most like “vintage” TWIN PEAKS. It was a delight that over half the episode’s action actually took place in the titular township, or so it seemed, with familiar faces, and faces that have…

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Screwing with Cujo

Stephen King’s CUJO was the first out-and-out Horror novel I ever read, excepting Peter Benchley’s JAWS when I was in first grade. I was in seventh grade when I read CUJO. As with JAWS, my mother bought me a cheap used paperback at a yard sale. She really had no idea what was between those…

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Give The Wolfman a Star!

The stars on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” are more for us, the fans, the “common people,” than they are for the stars. When a living celebrity gets one, and gets to go put his hands in concrete (or is that somewhere else?) and gets to celebrate the fact that he has one, then it…

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Quentin and Chuck

There are those who feel movies about infamous crimes or infamous criminals shouldn’t be made, as doing so glorifies the said criminals and their actions. This is a legitimate concern. On the other hand, such crimes are a part of history, and it is never a good idea to gloss over the ugly parts of…

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The Limb Ripper

“You’ve been told time and time again not to go in the woods after dark; he’s the reason why. The Limb Ripper stalks the edges of the woods, weaving between twisted trees and fallen leaves, just waiting for the next lost traveler to cross his path. His glowing eyes will paralyze you, leaving you defenseless…

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Review: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Whatever movie ends up winning the Oscar next year, it won’t be any better than this one. There are folks calling for Andy Serkis to get nominated for a Best Actor award, the way they were after his performance as Gollum. As was the case back then, he won’t get it. Woody Harrelson also deserves…

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Bigfoot in the Virginias

Sasquatch or guy in a monkey suit? It’s kinda hard to tell from this distance. I’m referring to the photograph above, supposedly taken by the body cam of a conservation officer near the “Howardsville Bridge.” Nice of them to tell us the name of the bridge but not the name of the river. The article,…

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