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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Seven

ONE WEEK AGO: HALF MOON, WAXING Hank Frye liked to keep to a routine. He sometimes speculated that he had a touch of the obsessive-compulsive to him, in his desire for neatness and order. Though nowhere near a mania for him, Hank found that his day seemed to go better, and his stress level stayed…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE HAUNTED STRANGLER

I’d never gotten around to seeing this one from the grand master Boris Karloff, and it was my loss. Filmed in glorious black-and-white, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER features Karloff as a writer who is convinced that the man hanged a few years earlier for the crimes committed by the “Haymarket Strangler” was in fact innocent, and…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE X-FILES “Shapes”

I caught this one on the telly the other night and it brought back waves of the nostalgia, both for the early 90s, which weren’t a particularly good time for me, as well as hearkening back to much better days, the glorious 80s, making me think of the short-lived series WEREWOLF, a show so much…

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Happy Anniversary, Montauk Monster!

Ten years ago, the Montauk Monster set off a nationwide panic. Okay, so there was no actual panic. More like nationwide curiosity. And “monster” is probably stretching it a little. It was some kind of animal, a dead one, but not a particularly big one. And unlike the vast majority of actual monsters, this one…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Six

Lucas Vale sat in his favorite recliner, staring at the far wall, the lights off. He could just make out the pictures there, framed photographs of his parents, his brother, one of him and Marcus with their cousin, Angela. He tried to think. He’d promised the two detectives, Brewster and Whitlow, that he’d come down…

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STRANGER THINGS Bumped

Oversaturation is a concern, but if it applies to STRANGER THINGS it’s not anything that we’re going to have to worry about anytime soon. Possibly it will never become an issue. STAR WARS is a good example of something that is impervious to oversaturation, as if STAR TREK. Tolkien. Werewolves, vampires, and zombies. And, unfortunately,…

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It’s Dart!

When I first saw this I would have put good money on it being a case of Photoshop. Turns out it’s the real thing. A gigantic tadpole they’ve named “Goliath”, with “gigantic” being a relative term and “they” being the scientists who captured and are now providing a home for the jumbo amphibian. “A look…

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Another Bloody Blood Moon

As of this moment (the moment I sit writing this article), we’ve just had yet another lunar eclipse, aka a “blood moon.” And once again the wannabe doomsayers (who are really the wannabe click-generators, I suspect) predicted the end of days. The same way they do with EVERY SINGLE ONE of these frickin’ eclipses. And…

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Movie Review: ANOTHER WOLFCOP

After all the time spent in anticipation, all the buildup and the hype, could any movie possibly live up to my expectations? Was ANOTHER WOLFCOP worth the wait? Could it excel even its predecessor? The answers to those questions are hell yes, hell yes, and not quite, but it’s close, respectively. If you loved WOLFCOP…

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Neanderthals Could Make Fire But Didn’t Kill The Gibbon

Is this really news? I had thought it was kinda already common knowledge that our hirsute cousins could make fire. Technically this study only proved that they COULD have used their primitive tools to start fires, but it seems like a given to me, since it IS a known fact that Neanderthals USED fire. They’ve…

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The TWIN PEAKS Tree Puppet

Lookah here, dammit. Not all of us can go to the San Diego Comic-Con. It isn’t fair that there’s all this “con-exclusive” stuff being offered there. What about the rest of us? We have to wait and buy it on eBay for some jacked-up price by a “flipper.” (I only this past week became familiar…

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STRANGER THINGS at the Con

Ah, the San Diego Comic Con. For all of us who can’t go—and let’s just call a spade a spade, that’s the vast majority of us—we at least get to enjoy it somewhat by reading about it online and looking at all the photographs taken. The movie trailers released for the SDCC find their way…

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Waitin’ on ANOTHER WOLFCOP

Welp, it’s out on video, finally. It released the beginning of this month. Netflix tells me there is a “very long wait” for the DVD, so it would seem I’m not the only poor sucker still having to watch his movies on DVD. As I wait not at all patiently for them to ship me…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Five

NINE DAYS AGO: WAXING CRESCENT MOON The sound of leather meeting flesh echoed off the sandstone walls of the gully, a dry smack followed by a gasp of pain. The young woman knelt on the gravel of a dried riverbed, her knees and the balls of her feet grinding against the sharp stones. She leaned…

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Be Very, Very Quiet…

A QUIET PLACE is now out on video. It occurs to me that it isn’t quite correct to say “out on DVD” now, as more and more of you are moving away from those pretty shiny discs in favor of this “livestreaming” fad. I’m a collector, down to the marrow, and I will ALWAYS prefer…

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Black Phillip in the Mail! Or, The Mandela Effect Hits Close To Home

You’ve all heard about the Mandela Effect, right? It’s this theory concerning parallel realities, and it explains why lots of people have clear memories of Nelson Mandela having died in a South African prison in the 1980s when he didn’t really die until 2013, or why the Berenstain Bears used to be spelled BerenstEin Bears….

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The Georgia Werewolf and the “Scariest Small Town”

Oh, this is gonna be fun. First, refresh your memories as to my search for, and subsequent discovery of, the gravesite of the “Werewolf of Georgia,” Ms. Emily Isabella Burt. Then check out this site. It’s all about Talbotton, Georgia, the “Scariest small town” in the State. And it’s so packed with false information that…

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STRANGER THINGS Season Three – Steve Goes To The Mall

This commercial is brilliant. This commercial is hilarious. This commercial is also an example of just how clever and creative a show can get when it is as over as STRANGER THINGS. (Wrestling terminology: the term harkens back to the Carnie days, from which wrestling sprung; for a performer to be “over” means that fans…

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Werewolves?! That ain’t Christian!

I have, for the most part, given up wasting time arguing with people on social media. It’s such an easy trap to fall into, and when you are, like me (not bragging, it’s just a fact), good at rhetoric, it’s even easier. It’s tempting to totally tie up some numbskull in logical knots. It might…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Chapter Four

NINE DAYS AGO: WAXING CRESCENT MOON Lucas hated clubs. Not just disliked them. Hated them. On a couple of occasions back in college, he’d been dragged along by his friends to one of their favorite spots. Both times, he’d ended up nursing a soft drink and a growing migraine, sitting by himself and watching them…

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My Devil Sign Is Back!

Last week, I was traveling south on Interstate 65 in Alabama. As I drew near the State capital of Montgomery, I started to keep my eyes peeled, hoping to see it. I’m talking about Alabama’s most infamous and beloved roadside oddity, the Devil Sign. It features a bright red devil, complete with a nasty-looking scythe,…

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Ed Gein wasn’t PC? Say it ain’t so!

Here is an article bitching about—I mean, examining—the ways in which THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS isn’t PC. Typically this kind of thing elicits only an eye roll from me, or, if I’m short on material for the week, an angry online deconstruction of the original piece at this or one of our sister sites….

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Homegrown? Nope, Labgrown!

Probably it’s inevitable. Probably it’s even a GOOD thing. But it sure makes people nervous, myself included. We’re talking about meat created in a laboratory. Yes, it’s possible. In fact it’s happening already. Everybody’s afraid of eating meat that came from an animal treated during its life with hormones, but here we’re talking about meat…

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Djinn and Skin(walkers)

Something that struck me recently is the similarity between the Skinwalker of Native American lore and the Djinn of Arabic legend. They are both known for being shapeshifters, and both tend to be nefarious entities in league with the powers of darkness. The Djinn—from which we get our word “genie”—were beings created by Allah out…

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Hatin’ on Sasquatch

This is something I’ve encountered repeatedly online. There is a real hostility towards the notion that Bigfoot is a supernatural being, rather than just some animal. There are groups on Facebook devoted to all things Bigfoot, but if you were to join in a discussion and suggest that Bigfoot is anything other than some undiscovered…

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