werewolf, werewolves and lycans

The Island of the Devil

Gonna do my part to serve as a travel magazine with this one, recommending to you, those of you who are stupid enough–I mean brave enough–to go there, the Goubbet Al-Kharab, the “Island of the Devil.” First you’ll need to travel to Djibouti. (Hint: It’s in Africa, up in the northern part of the Horn….

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Cousins of Krampus

Just as Santa Claus takes on different forms, even different names, depending on the culture, so too does Krampus. Sometimes Krampus isn’t Krampus at all. The role of Santa’s sidekick, in charge of disciplining naughty children, falls to an alternate character with Krampus-like characteristics. Black Pete, or “Zwarte Piet” as he is called in the…

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Welcome Winter with THE THING

John Carpenter’s THE THING is the perfect wintertime movie. The snow, the ice, the feeling if isolation it imparts. Conversely, it is the perfect summertime movie as well. The snow, the ice, ideal for when you’re trying to stay cool by thinking cool. But as it is the former season we are soon to welcome–my…

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The Golden Globes Are Hollow

There were a few surprises when they released the list of nominees for the Golden Globe awards, which will air in January 2019. For the most part, though, it was business as usual, the same kind of tired business that makes awards shows to a large extent irrelevant. They couldn’t quite ignore BLACK PANTHER, though…

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TV Review: DEADLY LEGACY

For a True Crime junkie like me, it was common knowledge that John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 young men and buried their bodies in the crawlspace under his house. But even I didn’t know that the remains of eight of those victims had never been identified. Never, until now. The development of technology, the ability…

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Ed Wood’s THE HOWL OF THE WEREWOLF

As I sit typing these words, it is the fortieth anniversary of the passing of Ed Wood. In his later years, Ed had to resort to creating porno films to earn a living. He also wrote a great deal of erotica, among the latter this werewolf story. I offer my heartfelt appreciation to those fans…

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MYTHICAL BEASTS: Demons

Next week, the Science Channel series MYTHICAL BEASTS finally gets around to doing werewolves. I’m stoked. This week’s episode was cool, too, though, focusing as it did on demons and devils and, by extension, such things as trepanning (Medieval people boring holes into their skulls in order to let demons out), witches (Medieval people being…

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Celine Dion and the Devil

They say the Prince of Darkness can take many forms, and that he always appears to you in the form of something desirable and tempting, or at the least benign. I can’t really say that I find Celine Dion all that tempting, but she does qualify as benign (unless you want to argue that her…

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And MORE on the Devil

Ol’ hornhead is in the news a lot this week. First somebody revealed that Celine Dion is one of his secret acolytes. (Not so secret anymore, is she, hornhead!) Now I can report that his royal horniness has settled his lawsuit against Netflix and their show THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA after they used his…

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Krampusnacht

I did warn you all last week that the holiday season would bring with it lots and lots of Krampus coverage, you will remember. And so it does. The Krampus mania is underway. In a couple’a weeks I’m going to be visiting a Krampus-themed haunted attraction, good Lord willin’ and the Creek don’t rise. (The…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 27

Chaney left the police station and drove straight home. One of the policemen–Whitlow, he’d said was his name–had walked her to her car, trying to reassure her. The police were doing everything within their power to find Marley. Please go home and try to get some rest. She expected they rehearsed that bullshit. At least…

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New WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE Video Game In Development

I don’t do gaming. I’ve mentioned that before. But when a new werewolf-themed game hits the shelves, or is announced to be hitting the shelves at some point in the foreseeable future, I feel the need to report on it. Think of it as a public service announcement. WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE—EARTHBLOOD is a going to…

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New Species of Wolf Discovered

Did you ever hear that thing about Iceland and Greenland being named in reverse relative to each other? Like, Iceland sounds all frozen and frigid, nothing to see but ice and snow, and it’s really quite beautiful. Greenland, on the other hand, isn’t green. At all. They named it that to trick people into settling…

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Krampus Returns

Consider the headline for this article to be the title for the movie I desperately wish Michael Dougherty would make, a sequel to his wonderful KRAMPUS of 2015. Alas, he’s too busy these days with Godzilla. (Not that I don’t want him to be busy with Godzilla. I just want him to do Godzilla *and*…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 26

Hank had to drive almost to Tuscaloosa to find a Catholic church. Ironwood had a tiny congregation of its own that met for Sunday services in the old shoe store next to the PO’ FOLKS’ VITTLES restaurant, but the presiding priest only drove in once a week. Ironwood epitomized the “Bible Belt” stereotype for evangelical…

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No, STRANGER THINGS is not going anywhere

Have you been seeing those clickbaity headlines pondering “Is the show ending?” or some such? And then if you click on the article, it says no such thing, offering only speculation without any evidence to support it? Yeah, I hate those, too. I try to never resort to clickbaity titles for any of my posts,…

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Self-professed Vampire Stabs “Werewolf”

I am never one for blaming media—not movies, not video games, not TV, not the Internet, not music, nada, nothing—whenever a nutjob does something crazy. A nutjob who is prone to doing something crazy is going to find something to serve as a catalyst, and if nothing exists then the nutjob will make something up….

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Man or Beast?

Let’s do some cool visual stuff, a’ight? Starting with this video. Just watch it and prepare to be awed. (If you try to cut out the middleman and go directly to YouTube to view it, be prepared to sign in to prove you are of legal age. Not that anyone who is NOT of legal…

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

There are enough creatures on display for this one to merit a review here on this site, despite it being a “family friendly” flick. (Although it does manage to get a PG-13 rating.) In particular, the Matagot should be of interest to theria-minded Horror marks. Depicted in the film as solid black hellcats with shiny,…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 25

The police told the Kidde family to go home and rest. Chaney Kidde had never been very good at doing what she was told. She’d gone home, hers and Marley’s, to get their dog. They’d wait it out at her parents house, that was the plan. Her mother had been near hysterics by that time,…

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The Werewolf Spider of the Amazon

First things first: does the title of this article not sound like the title of an ah-maz-ing 50s B-movie? Too bad that movie was never made. Then again, it’s not too late. Some modern-day genius like Larry Blamire (THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA series) could still have a go at it. But on to the…

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Cannibal Cookies

Fake news—and I’m talking about real fake news, here, as opposed to what the little orange dictator currently sitting in the Oval Office calls fake news, which is anything critical of him (and which is, if critical of the orange pervert, almost guaranteed to be accurate—but this is an entertainment site, and I must eschew…

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Simon Pegg as the American Werewolf in London?

That’s purely conjecture, but it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that John Landis, writer and director of the classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, had approached Edgar Wright, co-writer and director of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and asked him to take on the duties of remaking the former…

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Horror is ALWAYS en vogue

Look, I get it, okay? I do. It’s survival of the fittest. Those of us who make a living by writing for the trusty ol’ Internet, we live or die by the clicks. The market is far, far more competitive than television or print media, the magazine racks or bookshelves, ever could be. (Fortunately the…

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The Hellhounds of Mark Twain Forest

Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, 3.5+ million acres of it, sits atop the infamous New Madrid fault, the cause of the most devastating earthquake in US history, the one that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards in 1811. Does its geography, its geological status offer any explanation as to why there has been…

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