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Movie Review: HELL FEST

This one came and went awfully quickly at the theaters (which is just a nicer way of saying it bombed). I didn’t catch it, and I typically try to see all the decently rated Horror flicks. It’s a shame HELL FEST got lost in the shuffle, because it’s a really good movie. It’s a throwback…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 37

At last, evil had found its true form. The Beast raised its snout, testing the air. A million scents to process, to identify. Some faint, others stronger. The Beast listened. A million sounds, some louder than others, closer. A million heartbeats, coming from everywhere, like a concerto of drums. The Beast licked its chops. Hungry….

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Blue Eyes Howlin’ In The Hills

Coyotes in California have been seen by witnesses, these former sporting bright blue eyes. This would either be a case of a genetic mutation or else a group of stereotypical California surfer girls are in actuality were-coyotes. Folklore is full of accounts of werewolves who were recognized while in lupine form because of their eyes,…

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The Wild Woman of Alabama

I’m from Alabama, as regular readers know (and a fact which many a stereotypical Alabamian has lamented) and I’m a chronicler of Folklore specializing in the grim, the dark, the spooky. Yet I had never before heard of the Wild Woman of Marengo County, Alabama. Maybe this is because she hasn’t put in an appearance…

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People Who Are Wrong

I’ll start with the argument I respect least. This dude or lady—he or she has one of those names that could go for either—offers five reasons why GLASS was a failure. And he or she is wrong on all five points. As I stated in my own review of the film, just because a person…

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Whitewashing Ted Bundy?

I’ve seen criticisms directed at the new Ted Bundy movie EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE that claim the film glorifies Ted Bundy. I have yet to see the movie so I cannot comment directly one way or the other, but as someone who has written about serial killers I will state that it should…

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Frankenstein Returns!

These are exciting times for lovers of the classic Universal Monsters—and who among us isn’t? CBS has just ordered a new pilot for a television program to be entitled FRANKENSTEIN. This one isn’t the familiar tale of the mad scientist and the Monster we all know and love, however. It’s gonna be a cop drama!…

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Help Resurrect the Museum of Mystery

Earlier today I reported that a fire had destroyed Wolf’s Museum of Mystery, one of may favorite places in the world. The MOM had closed up shop in Saint Augustine, Florida but was all set to reopen this Spring in New York state, inside an historic former church building. The owners, Wolf and Ali Mertz,…

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Wolf’s Museum of Mystery Destroyed in Fire

This is breaking news, literally and metaphorically. The to-be location of WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY, a deconsecrated church in Wellsville, New York, was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. Everything is a complete loss. Owners Wolf and Ali Mertz had just gotten there and just gotten everything moved in. They hadn’t even started unpacking…

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In Memoriam: Julie Adams

Most famous for her starring role opposite the titular Creature in the Universal Studios classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (more on that in a second), Ms. Julie Adams, who inspired a little boy still several years shy of puberty to nevertheless feel its first stirrings when he watched her in that film some years…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 36

Mathilda Jackson had done all that she could. She’d said all the prayers, performed the necessary rituals, made the necessary intercessions. *In the good Lord’s hands now.* Mathilda put on her prettiest dress. Not so nice at all, she knew. But it would have to do. She brushed out her cotton-white hair, rolled it up…

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Man’s Best Frenemy

Lycanthropy doesn’t just mean men turning into wolves, or believing themselves to turn into wolves. The were-creature tends to take the form of the most fearsome predator in whatever respective culture it appears. India has were-tigers; Africa has were-crocodiles; Russia has were-bears. But the wolf, and the werewolf, are by far the most prevalent. Perhaps…

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My Friend Sasquatch

As is the case with animals, there’s something freaky about small children, the concept that they might be able to see things that we as adults cannot. Back in college, I remember my Psychology professor, a Vietnam veteran, telling the class about some members of a tribe of aboriginal people that his unit used as…

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Preston’s Werewolf

Remember Dennis Preston? He’s the makeup artiste extraordinaire whom I met at the Legless Corpse Halloween Horror Film Festival back in 2016, I think it was. I’m pleased to announce that Dennis is still livin’ the dream. This past week he was at HAUNTCON: HAUNTED ATTRACTION NATIONAL TRADESHOW AND CONVENTION in New Orleans, Louisiana. And…

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My Visit to the Ray Harryhausen Museum Exhibit

I’ve held off on posting this, but I think I’ll go ahead. Enough time has passed, enough distance achieved, enough water slogged past under the bridge. Also, I’m feeling nostalgic. I took a job writing content for another website. (I won’t name it, nor does it matter, as the website is now kaput.) There was…

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Hell Hath No Fury…

In the interests of full disclosure, Gilles de Rais scholar Margot Juby is an online friend of mine. I am a little something of a Rais scholar myself, as I had to do a bit of research when I wrote my play BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (forgive the shameless self-promotion), but Margot…

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Time to buy a new Car

At the risk of getting autobiographical… I grew up in a single parent home. My mother couldn’t drive. My grandfather did the driving, taking us into town for groceries once a week and such, but by the time I was old enough to start developing memories he was already suffering through the late stages of…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 35

Doc Sullivan took the service elevator down to the hospital basement, to the morgue. He made his way down the hallway, deserted now, every other panel of lights overhead left off to conserve energy. Past locked doors opening into rooms he’d never seen, towards the steel-blue double doors at the far end. They kept the…

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Hey, Hellier, I Thought Of It First!

There’s this new free documentary series called HELLIER. (If it isn’t all true it’s a clever bit of ballyhoo.) It explores the story of the “Kentucky Goblins,” strange little creatures that emerge from a mine shaft. These may be the same little monsters that appeared in the “Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter” of 1955, one of the best-documented…

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The Oscars Blow

Whoever wins the award for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards (and it will probably be Glenn Close) I challenge you to watch her performance, then watch Toni Collette in HEREDITARY, and then you tell me who was better. I know I’m preaching to the choir, here, but I gotta rant. The Oscars does…

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The Super Blood Wolf Moon

As I sit at the computer typing these words, the shadow of the Earth is slipping past the full moon. Only a small sliver of shadow remains. It was too cold here in the wilds of Alabama to stay outside for too long, but I did make sure to go out and see the eclipse….

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Movie Review: GLASS

There’s simply no way to say this and not sound arrogant, so I’m just gonna say it. Those people who didn’t like this movie—I just don’t think they “got” it. Simple as that. Okay, so it isn’t quite that simple, not where *all* of them are concerned. I shouldn’t make blanket statements. Only, those commoner…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 34

Leland came back about an hour later. He seemed to have calmed down. He looked at Marley and grunted, shook his head. “Shit!” Leland said. Marley watched him, having to breathe through her mouth. Her face ached where he’d struck her, her hip throbbed from being kicked. One of her eyelids twitched. *I’m going to…

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Bigfoot Steak and Bigfoot Boogers

Remember Justin Smegma, the wannabe con artist who claimed to have murdered a family of Bigfoots, including a cute little baby Bigfoot? He’s the bozo who then produced a chunk of Bigfoot flesh, termed the “Bigfoot Steak”, for DNA testing. I for one was shocked, shocked I tell you, when the DNA tests revealed a…

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Bring Fluffy Home (aka Don’t Open That Crate!)

What was your favorite segment in George Romero’s and Stephen King’s 1982 love letter to the Horror genre, CREEPSHOW? Ima go out on a limb and say it’s “The Crate.” Am I right? (You’re visiting a site dedicated to werewolves so I figure it’s a good guess on my part.) If you’re like me, you’ve…

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