werewolf, werewolves and lycans

And Speaking Of Yetis

A friend brought this study to my attention. “DNA Tests on ‘Yeti’ Genome Reveals Truth Behind Abominable Snowman Myth.” So says the headline of this article. Others have been even more hyperbolas, claiming the Yeti is “busted,” “debunked,” and that the case has been “proven” that there ain’t no such an animal. Horseshit. The study…

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The Backyard Werewolf

I found out I apparently get the Science Channel now, too. I didn’t order it–it’s kinda like Chiller, which I wrote about last week, in that respect, but it’s cool. I dig it. There’s this one show called STRANGE EVIDENCE, which features footage captured by satellites and other recording devices, things strange or unusual and…

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In Search of the Sugar Flats Road Monster’s Head

I’ve written previously about the head of the Sugar Flats Road Monster. I’ve taken road trips in search of its infamous head. For those who don’t recall, the head is all that remains of the beast, supposedly killed in the late 80s when a couple of amorous adulterers ran over it with their pickup truck…

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Werewolves in Unexpected Places

It’s a true rarity, as I’ve stated before, when you see me making mention of anything pertaining to what I call “tabloid culture” unless it is done in mocking. There are exceptions, though, and this week finds me concerning myself with the new song from Selena Gomez, titled “Wolves.” I know some of you will…

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Have you played HUNTER’S MOON?

I have an on again-off again relationship with video games. I’ll go through phases where I become obsessed with some game and play it incessantly. Then I’ll go months or even years before I play another one. Granted, my gaming is limited to the original Playstation and to Playstation 2. I haven’t bought the new…

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Neanderthals Still Around?

Everything I’d ever read on the subject told me that Neanderthals went extinct some 40,000 years ago. Everything I’d ever read on the subject was wrong. New evidence shows that the Neanderthals were still alive and kickin’ in southern Spain some 3000 years later than previously believed. Granted, 3000 years isn’t that long a time,…

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STRANGER THINGS Ephemera

Remember a few months ago when I posted a piece on the anachronism of having VCRs and VHS tapes in wide use in STRANGER THINGS? Sure you do. Well, paleontologist Christian Kammerer, a curator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, found another one. There is a reference in the show (SPOILER WARNING! But…

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Cloned Sheep Not Old before Her Time

I’d heard of Dolly, the cloned sheep, but I didn’t know they’d killed her. It happened back in 2003. Dolly had only lived about half her natural lifespan, and at the time of her death it appeared that she was suffering from early onset arthritis. This led to the conclusion that cloned animals–and presumably cloned…

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Movie Review: ZOOMBIES

Right up front, there are no wolves in ZOOMBIES. Unfortunately. And no crocodiles, either. A couple of real missed opportunities, there, in my opinion. As every animal in the movie ends up dead–and resurrected as a zombie–it would have been sweet to see some zombie wolves or zombie gators. Alas, there are none. Mayhaps they’ll…

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Oogly Christmas Sweaters

I live in Alabama, and I’ve always been hot-natured. As in, what is typically just right, temperature-wise, for most people is between five and ten degrees too warm for me. It seldom gets cold enough in my neck of the woods for me to wear a sweater. Even when the weather outside is cold enough,…

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(Comic) Book Review: PENNY DREADFUL Issue Eight

I made it back to my friendly neighborhood comic shop much sooner this last time than the time before it, when I had to combine two issues of PENNY DREADFUL into one article. While it was cool having two issues to read instead of one, I didn’t want to have to wait so long for…

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Alas, Chiller, I hardly knew ye!

NBC sucks. Always has. They’ve cancelled far too many cool shows, shows I enjoyed, for me to ever forgive them. This goes all the way back to the original STAR TREK, which they axed before I was even born, but I’m angry about it anyway. I didn’t know NBC owned Chiller, the Horror movie cable…

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The Hairy Ainu

Let’s get our Anthropology on, y’all! I’d heard of the Ainu before. Always in context with the “Atlantis” argument or some such. The Ainu are residents of Japan, but they are clearly of a different ethnic stock than the typical Japanese. They are more “white,” which is just a non-PC way of saying they have…

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The Chicken or the Egg?

Some people do not believe in anything of a paranormal nature. Others see all the evidence–and there is evidence, just not of a physical variety–see that the evidence is overwhelming, enough to stand up in any court a hundred times over, and accept that there must be more to reality than what we are able…

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S’long, Chuck.

It’s funny how a person can be totally rotten and still be important. Maybe it SHOULDN’T be that way, but who in the past 500 years has been more relevant than Hitler? It would make Charles Manson smile to know that I referenced ol’ Adolph in a post about him, about Charlie. (Would have when…

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Movie Review: ANIMAL

This one came out a couple’a three years ago, but it had completely flown under my radar until this past week. The fact that it is a monster movie was sufficient to get me to watch it. I typically will watch any monster movie, with the sole exception being those new chintzy CGI monster flicks…

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Destination America’s TERROR IN THE WOODS: WEREWOLF

I only recently got the Destination America channel. I don’t know HOW I got it, as I changed nothing in my satellite package. One day, it was just there. Similarly, the network “Chiller,” which shows Horror movies exclusively, tends to come and go in a pattern impossible to predict. Sometimes I get it and sometimes…

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Why’d the Neanderthals look so different from us?

The answer to the above-posited question: high-protein diets! It was HOMO SAPIENS who developed farming, for the most part. Growing and consuming crops. The Neanderthal were carnivores. They hunted, killed, and consumed animal flesh. Miki Ben-Dor, a scientist at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, explains: “During harsh Ice Age winters, carbohydrates were scarce and fat was…

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Devil’s In The Details

It’s one of those things that everybody knows. The Devil’s real name is Lucifer. Except that it isn’t. What happened was, the person translating the passage in the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah in which Lucifer is named–“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the…

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Spoiler Cops and the IT Connection

Do the kinds of people most prone to getting arrested watch STRANGER THINGS? I wouldn’t think so, normally, but then it does seem everybody in the world is watching the show these days. (Except for me, unfortunately. But I WILL get around to watching it.) If I find that I simply cannot wait, though, and…

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Teddy Roosevelt and Bigfoot

Everybody knows that US President Teddy Roosevelt is the most credible witness ever to sight Bigfoot. Except that he didn’t. See Bigfoot, that is. He DID report on a sighting, one that he found credible. Roosevelt wrote a book called THE WILDERNESS HUNTER, published in 1892, in which he recounted the story of a man…

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DARK UNIVERSE is dead. Long live DARK UNIVERSE!

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the creators spearheading Universal’s new DARK UNIVERSE franchise, have jumped ship. You can’t blame them. Anybody at this point can see that it’s sinking. It’s almost underwater completely. Only a couple of the topmasts are still poking out of the water, and they’ll be gone soon. Universal screwed the pooch….

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Movie Review: THOR RAGNAROK

Fenris. That’s why I’m reviewing this movie here and not at our sister site, topcomics.com. (I do comment over there on the racist controversy involving the casting of a black woman as the Valkyrie, however, and how a few vocal racists were predicting the movie would bomb. Hint: It didn’t. And that is a massive…

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Monsters in the Trees

The term is “simulacra.” Or “simulacrum,” singular. Webster’s dictionary defines the term thusly: “An insubstantial form or semblance of something.” It has the same root as the word “simulate.” In layman’s terms, it’s something that looks like something else. Typically, something naturally occurring that looks like something else, which may or may not be naturally…

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AMERANTHROPOIDES LOYSI

The above-titled species of ape does not exist. Conceptually, yes; it exists as an idea. But it isn’t a real, living, or even extinct, animal. It never existed as such. The infamous cryptid photograph depicting one, albeit a dead one–if you are a follower of cryptozoology, then you will be familiar with the case and…

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