We are closer to the November that just passed than we are to the one that is ahead of us, but the NOVEMBER I await most eagerly is the thusly-entitled new werewolf movie from Director Rainer Sarnet. Regarding the feature: “NOVEMBER is based on Estonian novel “Rehepapp” by Andrus Kivirähk, a bestseller of the last…Continue readingNOVEMBER Is Coming
The Tainos were the original, indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean islands, not to be confused with Thanos, the big, purple, death-worshipping bad guy from Marvel Comics and the upcoming AVENGERS movie. Also, the Tainos were not the Caribs; although there is frequent confabulation of the two peoples (I’ve been guilty of it) they were not…Continue readingWhat became of the Tainos? Columbus Ate Them!
I wrote a review of the book series SOMETHING IN THE WOODS IS TAKING PEOPLE a few months back. It’s a fascinating if not particularly well written account of many of the mysterious, sometimes frankly inexplicable, disappearances of people from the woods, oftentimes in public parks. Those sorts of disappearances continue to occur, and I…Continue readingThere’s STILL Something In The Woods
This article is not referring to a werewolf action figure that will glow in the dark after exposure to light. Not that such figures aren’t cool. Glow-in-the-dark toys are an extra special kind of magical. I don’t think I own any glow-in-the-dark werewolf figures, although I do seem to recall that they exist. I do…Continue readingThe Luminescent Werewolf
Let’s do the review thing first, okay? Here it is: The movie is great. There. That concludes the review. You all don’t need me to tell you how amazing the film is; you probably already know. BLACK PANTHER has changed the rules, period. It made way more money than it was expected to make, and…Continue readingMovie Review (Sorta): BLACK PANTHER
That is one damn big pig. And a scary-looking one. Maybe it’s because of my background, growing up not on a farm but surrounded by them, with relatives who owned farms–and hogs–that I find pigs scary. A lot of people don’t realize just how big these critters can get and how potentially dangerous they are.…Continue readingPigzilla
First off, couldn’t they have come up with a better name for the guy than “Cheddar Man“? I know he’s named after the location where his bones were discovered and not after a hank of cheese, but seriously, people. He was the very first Briton. (The first MODERN Brit, anyway.) He deserves a cool-sounding name.…Continue readingMeet Cheddar Man
Just last week I was ruminating over which monster would win in a fight, a werewolf or a zombie. (It was last week, right? Or was it week before last? I can’t remember.) The werewolf came out as the clear victor, any way you sliced it. This week there is news of a new movie…Continue readingA Werewolf Plague in LES AFFAMES?
Well, this is interesting. There is a grave in a cemetery in Salt Lake City. Buried therein a woman named Lilly E. Gray. She was born in 1881 and died in 1958. That would make her, let’s see, 77 years old at the time of her passing from this vale of tears. Or, if we…Continue readingThe Devil Did Her In
Stephen King loved this book. I loved it too. Yes, I was just complaining in a separate post about how many books I have to read, the huge stack waiting to be read, books that people have sent to me to review here or on one of our sister sites. But I chanced upon THE…Continue readingBook Review: THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta
With great power must come great responsibility. I’ve read enough Spider-Man comic books in my time to have had that message ingrained into my moral compass. I realize the full gravity of the power I wield–I have a forum, here, on this and on our sister sites vampires.com and darkness.com. I have a voice. A…Continue readingNew MADBALLS Available
Last night I selected a new book from the stack, the huge, twisty stack, twisty like the church steeple that was twisted by the Devil in Chesterfield, curvy as the beanstalk in the fairytale and, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, surprisingly sturdy. (In other words, I got a shit-ton of books all stacked up,…Continue readingOn Book Reviews
I do consider myself an expert on werewolves, yes. And vampires. And the paranormal in general. No, I don’t have a degree in folklore, in comparative religion, or in cultural anthropology. But I do read a lot. A LOT. And it is my job to be well educated on the subject(s). But let’s keep that…Continue readingThe Answer Man
If you look at the name of the city–it has the word PORT in it–it makes sense that Portland, Oregon would be infamous as the capital of shanghaiing. To be shanghaied meant to be kidnapped and sold as a virtual slave to some ship’s captain. You’d drink something that some creep had spiked with some…Continue readingThe Werewolf of Portland
People who keep up with the latest in Cryptozoology will be familiar with the name Justin Smeja. Smeja is this podunk who claims to have murdered two Bigfoots (there is no other word for it) and then taken a DNA sample from one or both of the bodies (Or was it TWO DNA samples? As…Continue readingDon’t Buy That “Bro Bagged Bigfoot Baby” Baloney
January 27th marked the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of the character Tarzan on the big screen. TARZAN OF THE APES was a silent film starring Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan and Enid Markey as Jane. It is by far the most faithful film adaptation of the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and remained largely…Continue readingHappy Anniversary, Tarzan!
I’ve been so busy celebrating the success of the Horror movie in this year’s Academy Awards nominations–with THE SHAPE OF WATER landing a ton of nominations and GET OUT doing just fine for itself, too–that I overlooked the biggest screwjob of the year, the most egregious, and the most unjust. James McAvoy didn’t get nominated…Continue readingNope. The Oscars Still Suck.
This one pertains to my neck of the woods, but hopefully our international readers, as well as those of you from other regions of the good ol’ US of A, will enjoy this one as a bit of “local color.” Also, if you have ever traveled to the beach by way of Interstate 65 south…Continue readingBring Back My Devil Sign!
I’d been looking forward to this one. I’d wanted to go see it when it came out in theaters, but it was a busy time for me and the movie came and went fairly quickly. Honestly, after seeing it last night, I’m glad I didn’t get the chance. It isn’t that the movie is bad.…Continue readingMovie Review: THE SNOWMAN
The Flatwoods Monster doesn’t quite qualify as a cryptid, by my definition. It would more accurately be designated an alien. (Or an owl and a case of mass hysteria, but I prefer to believe it was an alien.) The Bray Road Beast of Wisconsin, however, is a straight-up werewolf. Both creatures are set to get…Continue readingSupport Your Local Monster (Documentarians)
I’ve given this one some thought, and I just don’t see any way it could go down without the zombie being toast. Zombies, generally speaking, are not possessed of superhuman strength. They retain the strength they possessed while alive, which is to say, the strength of a normal human. True enough that they do not…Continue readingWerewolves vs. Zombies
I’m kinda a misanthrope. I tend to hate my fellow human beings. I tend to love INDIVIDUALS, but when we’re talking about the nameless, faceless masses, yeah, that’s a different story. Things people do, common human behavior, tends to sicken me. Case in point, I despise the typical, knee-jerk human reaction towards violence. When your…Continue readingWhen Bigfoot Attacks
I have said before that the ultimate in coolness is having your own Funko figure, a figure design depicting a character you have played. If this is the criteria, Doug Jones is the coolest man alive. One of the Gentlemen from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. ABE SAPIEN. An alien from THE X-FILES. The Mother Ghost…Continue readingIn Praise of Doug Jones
Scientists have announced the discovery of the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. Intriguingly, it was located in the Holy Land, in Misliya Cave in modern Israel. There isn’t a lot to the remains, just part of a skull and some teeth, but it’s enough for a positive identification. The bones are…Continue readingBrutes and Brains
Do you like cotton candy? I confess that I do. It’s tasty. Sure, it’s 100% empty calories. It’s pure sugar, and it liquefies as soon as it gets inside your mouth. It’s sticky if you get it on your hands and face, and messy as hell if you give it to a kid. It’s the…Continue readingMovie Review: ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
Like I don’t have enough things to want to spend money on, now there’s this. I was never much of a fan of the Garbage Pail Kids when they were just characters on a set of “baseball” cards. (As an aside, I really enjoy how they’re still called baseball cards, when the vast majority of…Continue readingGarbage Pail Kids Get The Funko Treatment