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(Comic) Book Review: PENNY DREADFUL Issue Eight

I made it back to my friendly neighborhood comic shop much sooner this last time than the time before it, when I had to combine two issues of PENNY DREADFUL into one article. While it was cool having two issues to read instead of one, I didn’t want to have to wait so long for…Continue reading(Comic) Book Review: PENNY DREADFUL Issue Eight

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Alas, Chiller, I hardly knew ye!

NBC sucks. Always has. They’ve cancelled far too many cool shows, shows I enjoyed, for me to ever forgive them. This goes all the way back to the original STAR TREK, which they axed before I was even born, but I’m angry about it anyway. I didn’t know NBC owned Chiller, the Horror movie cable…Continue readingAlas, Chiller, I hardly knew ye!

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The Hairy Ainu

Let’s get our Anthropology on, y’all! I’d heard of the Ainu before. Always in context with the “Atlantis” argument or some such. The Ainu are residents of Japan, but they are clearly of a different ethnic stock than the typical Japanese. They are more “white,” which is just a non-PC way of saying they have…Continue readingThe Hairy Ainu

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The Chicken or the Egg?

Some people do not believe in anything of a paranormal nature. Others see all the evidence–and there is evidence, just not of a physical variety–see that the evidence is overwhelming, enough to stand up in any court a hundred times over, and accept that there must be more to reality than what we are able…Continue readingThe Chicken or the Egg?

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S’long, Chuck.

It’s funny how a person can be totally rotten and still be important. Maybe it SHOULDN’T be that way, but who in the past 500 years has been more relevant than Hitler? It would make Charles Manson smile to know that I referenced ol’ Adolph in a post about him, about Charlie. (Would have when…Continue readingS’long, Chuck.

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Movie Review: ANIMAL

This one came out a couple’a three years ago, but it had completely flown under my radar until this past week. The fact that it is a monster movie was sufficient to get me to watch it. I typically will watch any monster movie, with the sole exception being those new chintzy CGI monster flicks…Continue readingMovie Review: ANIMAL

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Destination America’s TERROR IN THE WOODS: WEREWOLF

I only recently got the Destination America channel. I don’t know HOW I got it, as I changed nothing in my satellite package. One day, it was just there. Similarly, the network “Chiller,” which shows Horror movies exclusively, tends to come and go in a pattern impossible to predict. Sometimes I get it and sometimes…Continue readingDestination America’s TERROR IN THE WOODS: WEREWOLF

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Why’d the Neanderthals look so different from us?

The answer to the above-posited question: high-protein diets! It was HOMO SAPIENS who developed farming, for the most part. Growing and consuming crops. The Neanderthal were carnivores. They hunted, killed, and consumed animal flesh. Miki Ben-Dor, a scientist at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, explains: “During harsh Ice Age winters, carbohydrates were scarce and fat was…Continue readingWhy’d the Neanderthals look so different from us?

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Devil’s In The Details

It’s one of those things that everybody knows. The Devil’s real name is Lucifer. Except that it isn’t. What happened was, the person translating the passage in the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah in which Lucifer is named–“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the…Continue readingDevil’s In The Details

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Spoiler Cops and the IT Connection

Do the kinds of people most prone to getting arrested watch STRANGER THINGS? I wouldn’t think so, normally, but then it does seem everybody in the world is watching the show these days. (Except for me, unfortunately. But I WILL get around to watching it.) If I find that I simply cannot wait, though, and…Continue readingSpoiler Cops and the IT Connection

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Teddy Roosevelt and Bigfoot

Everybody knows that US President Teddy Roosevelt is the most credible witness ever to sight Bigfoot. Except that he didn’t. See Bigfoot, that is. He DID report on a sighting, one that he found credible. Roosevelt wrote a book called THE WILDERNESS HUNTER, published in 1892, in which he recounted the story of a man…Continue readingTeddy Roosevelt and Bigfoot

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DARK UNIVERSE is dead. Long live DARK UNIVERSE!

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the creators spearheading Universal’s new DARK UNIVERSE franchise, have jumped ship. You can’t blame them. Anybody at this point can see that it’s sinking. It’s almost underwater completely. Only a couple of the topmasts are still poking out of the water, and they’ll be gone soon. Universal screwed the pooch.…Continue readingDARK UNIVERSE is dead. Long live DARK UNIVERSE!

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Movie Review: THOR RAGNAROK

Fenris. That’s why I’m reviewing this movie here and not at our sister site, topcomics.com. (I do comment over there on the racist controversy involving the casting of a black woman as the Valkyrie, however, and how a few vocal racists were predicting the movie would bomb. Hint: It didn’t. And that is a massive…Continue readingMovie Review: THOR RAGNAROK

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Monsters in the Trees

The term is “simulacra.” Or “simulacrum,” singular. Webster’s dictionary defines the term thusly: “An insubstantial form or semblance of something.” It has the same root as the word “simulate.” In layman’s terms, it’s something that looks like something else. Typically, something naturally occurring that looks like something else, which may or may not be naturally…Continue readingMonsters in the Trees

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AMERANTHROPOIDES LOYSI

The above-titled species of ape does not exist. Conceptually, yes; it exists as an idea. But it isn’t a real, living, or even extinct, animal. It never existed as such. The infamous cryptid photograph depicting one, albeit a dead one–if you are a follower of cryptozoology, then you will be familiar with the case and…Continue readingAMERANTHROPOIDES LOYSI

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STRANGER THINGS’ Demogorgon In Real Life

No, I STILL haven’t seen the second season, dammit, so I’m reduced to reporting on things with a secondary or even a tangential connection to the series. Like whether or not star Millie Bobby Brown looks too grown up in publicity photos, and whether or not it makes one a pedophile to comment on this…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS’ Demogorgon In Real Life

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Book Review: THE WILDMAN OF KENTUCKY: THE MYSTERY OF PANTHER ROCK

This book suffers from the same weakness as so many independent publications, in that it stands in desperate need of an editor. If you find comma splices and run-on sentences distracting to the extent I do, you’ll have a hard time getting through this one, which is a shame, as the subject matter is fascinating.…Continue readingBook Review: THE WILDMAN OF KENTUCKY: THE MYSTERY OF PANTHER ROCK

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Bad Blood?

Is there such a thing as “murderer” DNA? If both my biological parents were killers, as is the case with the lady profiled in this article, you can bet I’d be worried about it, the same as she is. Then again, if I’m worried about possibly being a sociopath, doesn’t that indicate clearly that I’m…Continue readingBad Blood?

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Halloween and Human Sacrifice

Here it is. The smoking gun. Proof that those overly-religious uptights who’ve been warning us for years about the evils of Halloween were right all along. In true THE WICKER MAN style, there are rural villages in England where the traditional Halloween celebrations are capped off by ritualized murder. Yep. For sure. It’s true. It…Continue readingHalloween and Human Sacrifice

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STRANGER THINGS Meets SESAME STREET

No, I haven’t been able to catch STRANGER THINGS yet, so keep your spoilers to yourselves. I’ve already heard chatter on social media about some sort of swerve that occurs about halfway through the new season. This is the problem with series that become available all at once. There’s always going to be somebody who…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Meets SESAME STREET

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New Orangutan Species Discovered – Is Orang Pendek Next?

Scientists have discovered a third species of orangutan; they previously had believed there to be only two distinct species. This newly minted one, PONGO TAPANULIENSIS, the Tapanuli orangutan, is, according this linked article, “genetically, physically, and even behaviorally different than the other two species of orangutans.” Cool. Sadly, though, it is alos the most critically…Continue readingNew Orangutan Species Discovered – Is Orang Pendek Next?

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Revisiting the Literary Classics: LORD TYGER

Philip Jose Farmer isn’t as well known today as he was several decades ago, and that’s unfortunate. But he, like Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury, two other of the most prominent names in Science Fiction in the 20th Century, possessed a gift of vision and expression that will keep him relevant as we press…Continue readingRevisiting the Literary Classics: LORD TYGER

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Review: PENNY DREADFUL the Comic Book, issues 5 and 6

I’m gonna have to combine my reviews of the past two issues, because I’ve been super busy and had fallen behind in my regular visits to my neighborhood comic shop. I bought both issues together and read then both together. Here are some random thoughts of the series and where it’s going: Chris King is…Continue readingReview: PENNY DREADFUL the Comic Book, issues 5 and 6

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Review: HELLTOWN

I watched Destination America’s HELLTOWN special the other night. It was entertaining. While I took great umbrage when Discovery Channel went the route of creating fake documentaries for their SHARK WEEK a couple’a years ago, and it ruffled my feathers when the much hyped Animal Planet special about mermaids ended up being as phony as…Continue readingReview: HELLTOWN