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LEGLESS CORPSE FILM FESTIVAL Part One

If you’ve been following our sister sites vampires.com and zombies.org, you’ve already heard about the LEGLESS CORPSE FILM FESTIVAL that I attended this past weekend (April 23rd and 24th) at the Somerville Playhouse in northern Alabama. I saw some great films, some good ones, and one trainwreck from hell. (More on that one in a…Continue readingLEGLESS CORPSE FILM FESTIVAL Part One

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Werewolf-ology

This could be fun. The fictitious organization FVZA, or the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, has released some pertinent data concerning werewolves. ‘Cause, fer realz, if you live in a world where zombies and vampires are a problem that must be dealt with, it’s a safe bet you’re gonna have some werewolf issues, too. Haven’t…Continue readingWerewolf-ology

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Review: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part One)

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit upfront that I am tooting my own horn, here. This stage play was written by yours truly, directed by yours truly, and produced by Evil Cheez Productions, my theatre company. We just finished a three-week run, and I am pleased to announce that it was a…Continue readingReview: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part One)

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Review: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part Two)

Most all my original productions these days are staged at The Historic Lowry House in Huntsville, Alabama, an antebellum mansion located in the city’s historic cotton mill area. Before Huntsville became home to NASA and started sending people to the moon, it was a cotton town, with no less than three large mills. Each mill…Continue readingReview: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part Two)

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Review: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part Three)

Gilles de Rais is one of the most fascinating characters in all of history, but it isn’t surprising that so few people have heard of him. Everybody knows about Joan of Arc, even if they can’t tell you when exactly she lived or even in what war she fought or why she was burned at…Continue readingReview: BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (Part Three)

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The Alabama White Thang

You can read an overview of the White Thang phenomenon at the link below. (They spell it wrong, though. It’s not “thing” but “thang.” This is Alabama, remember.) However, I thought you all might enjoy my own personal story involving the White Thang. I did not see the entity, whether cryptid or specter, myself. Nevertheless,…Continue readingThe Alabama White Thang

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It’s just a cake!

Anyone who knows me well, and any regular readers of my ramblings here on this or any of our sister sites, can tell you, Horror and food are two of my favorite things, and of the latter, I adore baked goods in particular. I’ve got a monster sweet tooth from hell, which is a sad…Continue readingIt’s just a cake!

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Calling All Filmmakers! Are You a Horror Hound?

HORRORHOUND WEEKEND is a traveling convention, although you probably knew that already. It gets lots of press coverage. It’s a Rondo Award winner! (See this week’s post over at darkness.com for details on the Rondos, if you don’t recognize THAT name, either. You probably do. Heck, go on over to our sister site, anyway.) Anyway,…Continue readingCalling All Filmmakers! Are You a Horror Hound?

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Thrown to the Wolves. (Um, make that “Dog.”)

Seems like a lot of these type stories are cropping up as of late. Killer dog stories, people being mauled by dogs, murderers feeding victims to dogs, etc. Here’s another one for the record books. Newlywed Svetlana Batukova, a 46-year-old Russian woman, murdered her husband, 66-year-old German Horst Hans Hinkles (seriously?) and fed his remains…Continue readingThrown to the Wolves. (Um, make that “Dog.”)

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Survival Tips for Dealing with Psychopaths

Psychopaths, aka Sociopaths—the latest thinking is that both a biological predisposition as well as certain environmental factors are necessary to create such an individual, and thus the two terms are being used more and more interchangeably—are, for the most part, and despite what the movies and the entertainment industry would have us all believe, NOT…Continue readingSurvival Tips for Dealing with Psychopaths

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First Nations Suicide Curse?

First off, please don’t mistake my featuring this topic on an entertainment website, which this one obviously is, as any indication that I am dismissive of the seriousness the subject warrants. I am in no way disparaging the real life tragedy that is unfolding, and has been unfolding for many years now, amongst the indigenous…Continue readingFirst Nations Suicide Curse?

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Happy birthday, Roger!

Roger Corman is a legend. There is no denying that fact. The man has been around so long and done so much, produced so much work and had his hand in so much that is modern Hollywood that even the snooty “Academy” had to acknowledge it, awarding him an honorary Oscar in 2009. Several of…Continue readingHappy birthday, Roger!

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The Devil is in the Details—No, make that the Sirloin

The word for today is “simulacrum,” or, in the plural form, “simulacra.” It is Latin in origin, and according to Webster’s dictionary, it is defined as “(1.) a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance. (2.) an effigy, image, or representation.” In all the cases in which I have encountered the term, it is used…Continue readingThe Devil is in the Details—No, make that the Sirloin

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Giving in to Temptation

I have to, y’all. I just have to. I came across this headline and knew this story was going up here at our website. I can’t NOT report on it. I’ve seen the story, you see, read it, and the only way to purge it from my psyche, to provide myself a catharsis, is to…Continue readingGiving in to Temptation

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Real-Life Frankenstein Monster vs. Real-Life Werewolf? It could happen.

Which of the “classic” monsters is most likely to exist in our mundane “real” world? If you accept that the furry, fanged werewolf of the movies and of folklore is a metaphor for the bestial side of human behavior, a sort of supernatural stand-in, then the werewolf exists ALREADY, and always has. What, then, is…Continue readingReal-Life Frankenstein Monster vs. Real-Life Werewolf? It could happen.

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Review: THE WOLFMAN VS. DRACULA

If you’re thinking, “Wait, what?! I haven’t seen that one? How’d I miss it?!”, you didn’t. It is a movie that was never made. What I am reviewing is the script, written by Bernard Schubert, which WAS completed. The movie was supposed to come out in 1944 and to be a sequel to either FRANKENSTEIN…Continue readingReview: THE WOLFMAN VS. DRACULA

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Equal Time

Pitbulls are not werewolves. The only thing they could possibly be seen as having in common with werewolves is their ferocity. The only times I have written about pitbulls or other dogs is when a human being had been attacked by them—and the attacking dogs in question have all been either part- or full-blooded pitbulls.…Continue readingEqual Time

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Man’s Best Frenemy

Was there ever a time when wolves preyed on our primitive human ancestors? Certainly. (That was a long time ago, though. Today, humans prey on wolves.) More than from predation, however, wolves would have proven a threat to early humans due to the competition they provided, as wolves and humans fed on the same animals.…Continue readingMan’s Best Frenemy

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The Debated Pedigree of the Easter Bunny

First answer (to the first question you’re probably asking yourselves—wasn’t Easter LAST weekend?): Easter SUNDAY was last weekend. But if you belong to one of the high liturgical churches, you already know that Easter is a SEASON and it lasts for 50 days, terminating in the Day of Pentecost. Ergo, any Easter-related post is still…Continue readingThe Debated Pedigree of the Easter Bunny

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Advice for a Werewolf Writer

That’s a writer who wants to write about werewolves, not a writer who IS a werewolf, just to clarify. I received an email this past week from an aspiring author named Taylor, requesting some help. This brings back memories for me. I worked for a time as a submissions agent for a literary agency, and…Continue readingAdvice for a Werewolf Writer

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Werewolf Sightings—Real Ones!

Let’s have a look at this compilation, available at the link below, shall we, and see if these are sightings with which we are familiar? Do these reports, all supposedly true, cover all the known territory, the terra cognita, of real-world werewolf lore? The arrest of Peter Stubbe, the Gilles Garnier case, the Beast of…Continue readingWerewolf Sightings—Real Ones!

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What does a Monster look like?

There’s a scene in the early 90s psychological thriller THE GOOD SON, an alternate take on THE BAD SEED starring Macaulay Culkin as a middle school sociopath that’s actually pretty good, where the protagonist, played by a young Elijah Wood, is trying to tell this woman, a therapist, about Culkin’s character and how dangerous he…Continue readingWhat does a Monster look like?

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Surplus Killing

There’s a new term for you. “Surplus killing.” I’d never heard it used before. Reports are that a pack of wolves killed a total of 19 elk recently outside Bondurant, Wyoming. 17 of those were calves, and 2 adults were females. The carcasses were not eaten, which makes this a most unusual case indeed. Wolves…Continue readingSurplus Killing