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Continuity of the APES

The two PLANET OF THE APES prequels, 2011’s RISE OF and 2014’s DAWN OF, have been straight-up excellent, and there is every reason to be hopeful that the upcoming WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out in summer 2017, will be of comparable quality. The prequels can be enjoyed on their own; it…Continue readingContinuity of the APES

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Lycanthropic Link to the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Let me just go ahead and warn you, peeps. This week is going to be heavy on the holiday-related stuff. By the time you’ll all be reading this, December 25th will have passed, but this whole “end-Christmas-at-11:59-PM” movement is of recent vintage and largely commercial in origin. Stores hurrying to strip their shelves and capitalize…Continue readingLycanthropic Link to the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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The Werewolf Conference

Yeah, so this happened last year. I’m only now hearing about it, okay? And it’s not like you were gonna go, anyway. Not unless you were already in commuting distance, and if that was the case then you probably already knew about the International Werewolf Conference to begin with, and you probably went to it,…Continue readingThe Werewolf Conference

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Krampus Assaulted

Let’s see the little whippersnappers try this with the REAL Krampus! A group of teenagers in St. Johann, Pongau, Austria assaulted one of Krampus’s helpers during the yearly Krampus Christmas parade. What’s up with that?! And only one of the brats got taken to jail? And where were the other Krampuses (Krampi?) when their brother…Continue readingKrampus Assaulted

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Turnin’ and Howlin’: Micky Neilson takes on THE HOWLING—and a sequel to THE TURNING

A few weeks back I posted my review of the novel THE TURNING by Micky Neilson. NO reason to repeat that review, since you can just click on the link if you want to read it, but suffice it to say it is one of the finest pieces of werewolf fiction I’ve ever been fortunate…Continue readingTurnin’ and Howlin’: Micky Neilson takes on THE HOWLING—and a sequel to THE TURNING

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The First Murder?

The story of Genesis offers us a mythic, symbolized story of the first murder, when Cain, son of Adam and Eve, killed his brother Abel. Curiously it wasn’t the act of murder that got the first family kicked out of paradise; instead, that first offense, nibbling fruit from a tree at the behest of a…Continue readingThe First Murder?

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Baffled by Baphomet

A “baphomet” is an idol. Since the 1800s it is depicted as a half human, half goat figure, equal parts male and female. It’s recognized by modern Satanists and pagans; actually it’s recognized by a whole lotta people; what I mean is, it has symbolic meaning for those folks, and for the vast majority of…Continue readingBaffled by Baphomet

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Would you survive?

What the hell, I’ve done it for vampires and for zombies, might as well do it for werewolves. This is a silly quiz; answer some silly questions and it will tell you whether or nor you would survive a werewolf invasion. It’s flawed, though. Here’s one classic example: the second question, paraphrased, asks what you…Continue readingWould you survive?

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The Protector of Osmir

My brethren! Kindred spirits! I have found you! Yes, I’m talking to you, you fine folks at Impossible Salt, you twain musical directors Emilia Allen and Parker Genné, et al. And what a name for your company! IMPOSSIBLE SALT! I love it! You see, I too am a theatre person. Writing, directing, and producing are…Continue readingThe Protector of Osmir

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Look out for the Christmas Cat

Yeah, it sounds all cutesy, but don’t be fooled. The Christmas Cat is the stuff of nightmares. If you’re a kid growing up in Iceland, it is. Instead of dreams of sugar plums dancing in your head on Christmas Eve, you might be having nightmare visions of your being eviscerated by the fearsome, fanged feline!…Continue readingLook out for the Christmas Cat

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Altered Beast – Re-altered!

Old video game properties never die. They just get refurbished and re-released in new, high-tech versions. I remember playing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG on the original Sega Genesis system. Nowadays we have SKYLANDERS. The success of the latter may have helped get another old Sega chestnut an upgrade. Remember ALTERED BEAST? It had werewolves and all…Continue readingAltered Beast – Re-altered!

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It’s a Record!

I seem to be on a nostalgia kick this week. More than usual, I mean. I didn’t plan it this way, not consciously. Is my subconscious secretly at play? Probably. It usually is. I’ve learned it’s best to just go with it, if that’s the case. So this week my subconscious recalled to memory something…Continue readingIt’s a Record!

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The Beast Vanishes

If you picked up the title for this article being an homage to the Bela Lugosi classic (ALL Bela Lugosi films are classics, in one sense of the word or another!) THE CORPSE VANISHES, give yourself a gold star! This is a story I heard firsthand during my recent visit to the EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT museum…Continue readingThe Beast Vanishes

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Caught on Camera

Police in the little town of Gardner, Kansas—One wonders how small a town it is; do they have at least one Walmart? A Dollar General? If so, they aren’t THAT small—were concerned after some citizens reported seeing a mountain lion, aka a cougar, aka a puma, aka a panther, on the loose. (Note: Please don’t…Continue readingCaught on Camera

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Don’t f*ck with Nature!

I recall a series of commercials from my childhood; they had the slogan “It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature” or something like that; but I can’t remember what product the commercials were shilling. Anybody know what I’m talking about? Oh! Now I remember! Butter! Or margarine, actually. Chiffon Margarine. (Yeah, I just did…Continue readingDon’t f*ck with Nature!

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Never Try To Pet A Werewolf

Show of hands. Who’s seen the movie THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF? No, not the one done in 2010, which I understand was a Nickelodeon children’s movie. (Or is that redundant?) I’m talking about the one from 1973, which actually was a Horror movie. It’s actually a decent little film. Or at least I remember…Continue readingNever Try To Pet A Werewolf

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The Werewolf of Grosse Point: Another Michigan Folktale

Yes, that’s Gross Pointe, MICHIGAN. And as we all know, Michigan is the home of the Michigan Dogman, a real-life (maybe) werewolf that likely had nothing to do with the legend chronicled in this article. Then again, if the Dogman has been appearing regularly for centuries, it might have helped inspire this legend. Who knows?…Continue readingThe Werewolf of Grosse Point: Another Michigan Folktale

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A Visit to EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT in Cherry Log, GA

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, they say. Seldom have I found opportunities to do this in my life; typically I just end up throwing the lemons and shouting obscenities at the top of my lungs. This past holiday weekend, though, I found an opportunity to squeeze some tasty juices into the pitcher of…Continue readingA Visit to EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT in Cherry Log, GA

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Railroad Stories

Here’s a list of “the creepiest things” reported by train conductors. I perused the list, hoping to find something akin to a Dogman sighting, something to put me in mind of the exquisite werewolf flick HOWL, where a group of passengers on a stranded train are besieged by a pack of hairless werewolves. The closest…Continue readingRailroad Stories

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The Devil Is In The D Chords

Oh, the nostalgia! The longing for those golden halcyon days of my childhood engendered by this article! Oh, how I miss those days, my own personal Wonder Years. Yeah, Millennials, I hear ya grousing, but don’t be too quick to label me a crybaby. I assure you, it won’t be too long before you start…Continue readingThe Devil Is In The D Chords

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The Bride of the Werewolf

Frequent followers of this or any of the other sites for which I provide content will already know that one of my passions is folklore. Combining my reading for pleasure with my work of seeking out content for this and those sites, I chanced, this past week, upon a story I had never before heard…Continue readingThe Bride of the Werewolf

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Krampusnacht!

As a true Horror lover, it tickles me pinkish that Krampus is coming into the mainstream of American pop culture, is getting “over” in wrestling/carnie parlance. Or you could argue that he is ALREADY over, thanks to the excellent “big studio” theatrical film from last year. (Which I bought for less than two bucks thanks…Continue readingKrampusnacht!

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Interview with a Bigfoot Researcher

I’ve written elsewhere this week about my visit to EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT, the Sasquatch-themed museum in Cherry Log, Georgia. Having the opportunity to meet and chat with proprietors David and Malinda Bakara, our conversation quite naturally centered on Bigfoot and other cryptid curiosities. We discussed Dogman sightings, i.e. werewolves, whether or not Bigfoot is able to…Continue readingInterview with a Bigfoot Researcher

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The Freaks Come Out At Night

I miss the freakshow. The carnival sideshow, where you’d commonly see the attractions emblazoned in colorful caricature, fluttering in the breeze. THE BEARDED LADY! THE HUMAN SKELETON! THE HUMAN CATERPILLAR! I missed out on the heyday of the freakshow. By the time of my early childhood in the late 70s (I know I’m dating myself…Continue readingThe Freaks Come Out At Night