werewolf, werewolves and lycans

A New “Hobbit”

First they discovered the “Hobbit,” HOMO FLORESIENSIS, the diminutive, reportedly cannibalistic cousin of HOMO SAPIENS, on the island of Flores in Indonesia in 2004. The “Hobbit”, you may recall, starred in the faux-documentary THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE on Animal Planet back in 2015. Actually we’re not supposed to refer to them as Hobbits anymore,…

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Back to the 80s!

It would be just fine with me if we could go back to the 80s. I’m sorta like Uncle Rico from NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (only not as sad, I hope), longing to return to the glorious days of 1982 (or any of the other years of the decade; unlike Uncle Rico, I was just a wee…

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The Devil Did In Jayne Mansfield!

First the facts: Jayne Mansfield died in a car wreck outside New Orleans in 1967 at age 34. The legend: Mansfield had started an affair with Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. When she dumped him, he put a curse on her, resulting in her death in that wreck. Alternately, Mansfield attended a…

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The Witherell House, the Seventh Son, and Jeffery Dahmer

Pay attention, as this one can get a tad labyrinthine. (Not really. I just wanted to take advantage of an opportunity to use the word “labyrinthine.”) There’s an old house located in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. (Fon du Lac? Does that translate into “Fondue Lake” in French or something? Or does it mean “fond…

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On Direwolves

Apparently *not* having any interest in GAME OF THRONES is a thing now? Like, it has become so fashionable as to be ridiculed on social media? Have you seen the memes, with a picture of Lena Headey, saying something along the lines of “two more weeks until people who don’t watch GAME OF THRONES have…

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Bigfoot Vs. Dogman

Who’d win in a fight? I know this is a site dedicated to werewolves, where we love werewolves and all manner of similar beasties, and I should be rooting for the Dogman. I have to be honest, though. I think a Bigfoot would clobber a Dogman. Why? Size matters. If we’re talking about the stereotypical…

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Thoughts on IN SEARCH OF MONSTERS: BIGFOOT

The debut episode of this new series from Travel Channel served as a good introduction to the phenomenon of Bigfoot for the novices out there. It covered all the bases. Is Bigfoot a relic hominid, like Gigantopithecus? Do Bigfeet live underground? Is Bigfoot really an alien? There were some credible individuals featured in the program,…

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The Human Puppy

I remember back in the day I saw this episode of Phil Donahue—I know I’m telling my age here, but I *was* just a wee bairn at the time—and they were showcasing adults who fetishize acting like infants. Grown men, all hairy and fat, wearing diapers, lying on the floor kicking and screaming and flailing…

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Movie Review: HELLBOY

This one is getting lambasted by the critics, but you can’t put any stock in that. Commoner critics have no business reviewing genre movies. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times. Ignore all the rest, then, and listen to a relevant opinion: mine. :) I love Guillermo del Toro and I…

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PET SEMATARY: Where’s the Wendigo?

We got to *hear* it. Shuffling around in the woods. We even got to hear it howl once. And there was a picture of it in the book that John Lithgow’s character showed to his neighbor. But I was a tad disappointed that we never got to see the Wendigo in the flesh in the…

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Dueling Churches

Church the cat, that is. Churches, plural, for cats, plural. Which one did you think was scarier? The blue fluffy undead cat from the 1989 original PET SEMATARY or the Maine Coon from the new one? I loved both of them, but I think the original has the edge in the creepiness factor. Something about…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 44

Chaney heard screaming. She turned, almost colliding with a young couple as they ran past. Everyone seemed to be looking in the direction from which the two youths came, people shielding their eyes from the glare of the streetlights, standing on tiptoes to try and see over the heads of the crowd. “What’s going on?”…

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JEKYLL AND HYDE Getting a Movie

I’m not that big of a musical fan, despite being a Theatre geek. The few that I do love have some connection to the Crime or Horror genres. I liked CHICAGO. I dig the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. And I love JEKYLL AND HYDE. The rest of them, for the…

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We Still Love Our Wilderness

Studies like this one are most interesting to me. It postulates that human beings living in the First World like to keep their homes at the temperatures and levels of humidity that most closely approximate the climate of the African Savannah. Specifically, the temperature and low humidity come closest to matching those conditions in western…

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Cillian Murphy moving to A QUIET PLACE?

Considering just how successful it was both economically and critically, we knew almost immediately after its release that A QUIET PLACE would be getting a sequel. John Krasinski will return to write and direct, but he won’t be able to appear in the movie, as you can well understand if you’ve seen it. His character…

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Cannibal Sammich!

We all know that Ed Gein was from Wisconsin. He’s as immediately identifiable with the Badger State as are the Great Lakes, the Wisconsin Dells, beer and cheese. I’m sure there are those in the Wisconsin department of tourism who would prefer it if this was not so, but like it or not, ol’ Ed…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 43

Roosevelt had helped Mathilda carry her burden from the house to the waiting taxicab. Now, as she climbed from the stale interior of the automobile out into the hot, wet night, she would have to carry it alone. With care, she unloaded her basket and three plastic grocery bags and set them at her feet….

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“Satanic” Painting Taken Down

We must not offend the stupid, no, no. We must pander to the lowest common denominator. Is it fair to call the people who complained about an outdoor painting in Lakeland, Florida stupid? If willful, deliberate ignorance is tantamount to stupidity, then yes, it is. Artist Aaron Corbitt created the work, THE FALL OF DIONYSUS,…

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When the Jersey Devil Went Viral

It was also a kangaroo with fake bat wings. P.T. Barnum would have been proud. When a rash of Jersey Devil sightings occurred in 1909, an enterprising showman named Norman Jeffries announced that he’d captured the infamous beast and put it on display at his dime museum on the corner of Ninth and Arch Streets…

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The Wolfman in US

I wasn’t sure at first whether the mask worn by the little boy in Jordan Peele’s US was meant to represent the Wolfman or Chewbacca. A little careful scrutiny confirmed for me that it was indeed a representation of the classic Universal Monster. We know that Jordan Peele is a Horror fan. As he has…

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North Carolina Woman Killed By Mystery Canine

Initial reports in this case made it sound more exotic than it probably is. A 77-year-old woman named Brenda Hamilton was killed in her backyard in Pantego, North Carolina, in Beaufort County by an animal or animals. At first they only issued a statement saying that the DNA taken from the scene didn’t match that…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 42

Marley Kidde felt like a new woman. She’d hunted through the trailer until she’d found Leland’s keys; easy enough, since he’d left them on his bedroom dresser. After getting the chain off, she’d treated herself to a hot shower. She’d even found an extra toothbrush still zipped up in a small travel case. She’d put…

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HIGH MOON, More ZOOMBIES, and JOHN WICK As A Dog

How is it that this one hasn’t been done already? HIGH MOON. It’s so obvious. A werewolf Western. With werewolf bikers. This looks gloriously hokey in all the right ways. Could this potentially be another WOLFCOP? Not to be confused with ANOTHER WOLFCOP, which was the actual title of the sequel to WOLFCOP. Watch the…

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Science and the Werewolf

If you know any policemen (or women) or hospital workers, chances are they’ll tell you that things get crazy on nights of the full moon. Yet statistics don’t bear this out. Is it strictly a psychological thing? A sort of anti-placebo? There is no scientific reason why the full moon would affect human beings or…

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Cultural Appropriation and the Witchcraft Market

To quote Charlie Brown, good grief! There are some really good reasons not to visit the infamous Sonora Witchcraft Market of Mexico City. For one thing, it’s in Mexico City. That was a joke, designed to have the overly PC wankers already x-ing out before we proceed. In reality I’m sure there are many parts…

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