Werewolf Kittens Return!

I’ve written about the Lykoi, or “werewolf kitten,” before, but they’re getting coverage in the news again, so for those who might have missed it the first time, here’s the skinny on these cute (depending on who you ask) little feline lycanthropes. They are the result of selective breeding processes, and, as there are some…

Cannibals in the Cold

It wasn’t a bad plan, as far as plans go, if one takes any trace of morality out of it, any considerations of human decency, and looks at it from strictly a pragmatic point of view. Russia, under the brutal Bolshevik reign of Joseph Stalin, had lots of land the government couldn’t make use of,…

Kidnapped woman a victim of “blood ritual”

This photo provided by the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff's Office shows Mercedes Salazar. Authorities said Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 that Salazar and three others kidnapped a woman and held her captive for three days in a San Antonio-area home while forcing her to ingest drugs and at one point conducting a “blood ritual.” Police arrested Salazar on Sunday, Oct. 25 _ the other three were arrested within days of the unidentified woman's escape last month. (Bexar County Sheriff's Office/San Antonio Express-News via AP)

This would seem to be a case of standard crime, and thus not warrant mentioning here, were it not for the “ritual” connection. A young woman, unidentified by police, was kidnapped by 32-year-old Mercedes Salazar and three cohorts in San Antonio, Texas about a month back. The 25-year-old female had been dating Salazar’s brother when…

We’ve Created a New Predator – And Why That’s Not Necessarily a Good Thing

Here is the formula: Human beings move into an area, clearing the land, transforming the forests into farmland and killing off the indigenous apex predators: wolves, bears, and mountain lions. These people bring with them their dogs, quadruped companions of our species for tens of thousands of years. It isn’t as easy to kill off…

Demonic Real Estate

I do feel bad for the owners of the house featured in the movie THE CONJURING. (A well-made film, but perhaps a little critically overrated, as the events recounted in the movie, ostensibly based on a true story, are all the same pretty familiar to genre fans.) The house shown in the movie is NOT…

Freedom of Religion – Except For Yours

When you hear some right-wing Christian fundamentalists today crying about persecution, what they are really bemoaning is that they are no longer afforded preferential treatment. And when those same zealots start touting “freedom of religion” as their mantra, what they really are saying is they demand the right to force their religion on YOU. These…

Is it dead, or is it Memorex?

I’d seen something on this before, on Travel Channel or something. There’s a bridal shop in Chihuahua, Mexico, called ‘La Popular,” with a mannequin in the front window that may be the mummified corpse of the previous owner’s daughter, Pascualita. The young woman, so the story goes, died on her wedding day from a spider…

A Werewolf on Mars

The human brain is programmed to recognize faces. That’s why we so often see them in places where they don’t really exist. How many times has the Virgin Mary shown up in cake batter, or in the grain pattern in hardwood flooring? Anybody remember Jesus’s face on that billboard shilling spaghetti? Our tendency to spot…