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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 10

Growing up, I had heard the term vrykolakas used as often in reference to one of the accursed, like me, as to the undead, animated corpse that rose from its grave at night to prey upon the living. The word meant both, or either, an unclean, evil thing driven by bloodlust. In fact the term…

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Yes, THE NEW MUTANTS is a Horror Movie

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what director Josh Boone had to say: “I’d say biggest influences for this movie were [One Flew Over the] Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and Dream Warriors. I do love Dream Warriors, I loved the first [Nightmare on Elm Street] as well, but this is very much a…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 9

The irony was not lost on me, how my circumstances presented a perfect metaphor for my life in general. My captors put me to work digging a hole. A well, to be precise. But to find myself standing in one place, digging myself deeper but never going anywhere, filthy, exhausted, muscles aching. My life. If…

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Where to Put Wolfsbane?

The character, that is, not the plant. Disney has a potential problem with THE NEW MUTANTS. That’s probably why the movie, set to debut here in a few weeks, was previously shelved. If they release the movie and it tanks, then it’s no harm, no foul. Sure they’d lose money, but the movie’s already made,…

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The Wulver, the Mr. Rogers of Werewolves

The Wulver is not technically a werewolf, as a werewolf is a shapeshifter, transforming from man into wolf or wolf into man or man into wolf-like beast of some sort or wolf-like beast of some sort into man. The Wulver is always in anthropomorphic beastlike form, or somewhere in between a human being and a…

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Werewolves Within: From Game to Movie

There’s a virtual reality game called WEREWOLVES WITHIN. Apparently. I’d never heard of it before. And it is being turned into a movie. Apparently. The movie will be directed by Josh Ruben and written by Mishna Wolff…Stop. You’re kidding, right? No? Hey, wait a minute. I *have* written about this game before! It takes the…

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Wendigo or Bigfoot?

This cursory article does raise one interesting question: Just how much conflation has there been between sightings of Bigfoot and the Wendigo of legend? The Wendigo has its own unique lore. According to Indian legend, when a human resorts to cannibalism to survive the brutal winters of the north woods, that person is cursed to…

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Movie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Inclusion of Victor Zsasz and a Hyena)

It’s Z-s and then S-Z. If I write it down (or type it out) maybe I’ll remember it. Zsasz. As in, Victor Zsasz. He’s a serial killer from the Batman comics. He cuts himself every time he murders somebody, and his body, sporting dozens if not hundreds of scars, testifies to his proficiency. I’ve long…

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Political Correctness and the Wendigo

In a report from the Contemporary Folklore conference covered in issue 388 of FORTEAN TIMES, the go-to magazine for all things paranormal, weird, or unexplained, a complaint is voiced about the “cultural appropriation” of the Wendigo, likening it to the “sexualization” of the Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. (Anything that isn’t outright vandalism…

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The Witherell House and the Cult of Weird

You may recall the article I posted some time back about the Witherell House in Wisconsin and its connection to Jeffery Dahmer. There *should* have been a link in that article. When I pull it up on my computer, there is one. But I was contacted recently by Charlie Hintz over at the Cult of…

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The Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf Part 8

The Devil does enjoy his little jokes. The toe of a boot, kicking me in the side, the butt of a spear jabbing me between the shoulder blades, woke me. A voice, barking commands at me in a language I did not recognize. Cold water rolling over me, retreating. I opened my eyes. I lay…

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Remaking THE THING?!

When I first heard the news that a remake of the classic was underway, my immediate reaction was a scowl and a snarl. Why, why would anybody think this was a good idea? John Carpenter’s 1982 film is one of the true greats of the genre, though it ironically is itself a remake. 1951’s THE…

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The Shadow

I happened across this really cool image, a GIF (that means “Graphics Interchange Format” and is pronounced “Jiff”; I know because I looked it up) from MTV’s TEEN WOLF television series. The image, the concept of it, that is, is not original to that show, though. I recognized it immediately as being from an advertisement…

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Movie Review: THE HEAD HUNTER

After his daughter was killed by a monster, a beefy barbarian type dedicated his life to killing monsters, keeping their heads as trophies. Years later, he gets his revenge against the one that killed his child, but when he brings its head back to his cottage, things don’t go well. The magic poultice he has…

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Movie Review: GRETEL AND HANSEL

It’s slow and the ending is anticlimactic. But man, it’s pretty. The Victorians pulled the teeth from our fairytales, which were, in their original forms, pure Horror stories. Modern filmmakers have undertaken the crusade to put those teeth back into them, and GRETEL AND HANSEL largely counts as a success in this quiet cultural and…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 6

I have mentioned before the psychological state in which I found myself while trapped in the form of the Cynocephalus. I can only assume it is the same for all the accursed. Unreasoning, blinding rage, an all-consuming impetus to kill; the bloodlust of the beast leaves no room for rational thought. Most of the time….

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part Seven

Naked, smeared with blood, the taste of blood—A tinge of sweetness, like grapes…No. That must be only my imagination, tormenting me.—the taste of blood still in my mouth, my eyes raw from weeping, I returned to the water. I intended for myself a final baptism, one wherein I would follow after the Christ in His…

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The Werewolf Mouse

This seems too good to be true, but it’s vouchsafed by National Geographic so it must be for real. There is a mouse called the Werewolf Mouse—or the “Grasshopper Mouse” if you prefer its more prosaic appellation—and it is, pound for pound, the most badass animal on the face of the earth. This little beast…

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Furries to the Rescue!

I usually get lots of responses when I talk about Furries. When I have in the past made fun of them—they are rather easy targets, we must concede—I drew lots of heat. It was pointed out to me, though, that amongst the Furry community, only a percentage engage in the type of pervy behavior for…

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New Universal Monsters Masks

What I need is a warehouse and Bill Gates money. (I know. Don’t we all, right?) I would love to become a mask collector, but even more of a hindrance to the prospect than the costs involved is the lack of space to keep them should I buy them. I could settle for just a…

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Werewolf Art

Werewolf marks are nothing if not cultured, thus you should enjoy perusing this collection of werewolf artwork from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Now while in the interest of honesty I cannot guarantee that all these works are authentic—some of them might be modern-day creations fashioned to look like they are centuries old—they’re all…

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The Wrestling Beasts of Castle Grayskull

It only took 30+ years for them to catch up with me. When I was a kid, I had three great overriding passions: Horror movies, professional wrestling, and comic books. Under these three umbrellas fell many subcategories. I loved the Masters of the Universe toyline, for example, and the cartoon. When I got a little…

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 5

They were never cruel, these Christ-men. Not kind, most of them, but not cruel. To my mind, cruelty involves an intention to do one harm, to cause suffering in another for suffering’s sake. If any among the Christians treated me in a harsh manner, which some did, the priest foremost among these, I know that…

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The Hideous Hound of Cold Hollow

Is there really a werewolf-type creature roaming the wilds of Vermont? Or is it all a creative bit of ballyhoo? You can watch the short documentary film here. And read up on the legend here. Then you can decide. I admit that I’d never heard of the “Hound of Cold Hollow” before, and I’m well…

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Upcoming Werewolves

There are a couple of lycanthropic cinematic projects—i.e. werewolf movies—coming up that I am excited about. Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer for HUNTER’S MOON starring Thomas Jane, my favorite of Marvel’s Punishers (despite the fact that they screwed his origin all to hell) and the guy who got poor Dirk Diggler into trouble in…

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