Recently I had a conversation with a friend about the infamous Alabama “Devil Sign.” He found it embarrassing to the state of Alabama, or, more specifically, those people living in the State who have some degree of common sense. (We don’t ALL support the orange dictator, date our cousins, and have bad teeth, you know.)…Continue readingThe History of the Devil Sign
When I was growing up, the spawn of simple farm folks high atop Sand Mountain, Alabama (slightly above and to the left of the buckle of the Bible Belt, where the appendix would be, if the appendix were located to the left of the navel), a hotbed of Christian fundamentalism with more than its fair…Continue readingGive ‘em Hell, Baphomet!
Have you ever heard the story of Tailypo? This is an Appalachian folktale, and a good one. Once upon a time, there was an old man who lived alone in a small cabin way back in the woods (because no self-respecting cabin-builder would think of constructing one anywhere else), his only companions three hulking, nasty…Continue readingThe Legend of the Tailypo
I don’t typically cover aquatic monsters on this site. For one thing, well, there’s that “aquatic” thing. For a site that caters to werewolf fans, I figure I ought to keep things terrestrial. Terra dry-a. Also, 99% of the time, those “globsters” that wash up on beaches looking all monstrous-like turn out to be nothing…Continue readingThe Furry Globster
They told us to look to the movies that came out in 1985 for clues to the plot of the upcoming third season of STRANGER THINGS. As they had also stated that the season would have a John Carpenter vibe to it, I quickly deduced that, as THE GOONIES came out in the summer of…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Season Three Inspired by Chevy Chase
Hank set a small electric fan onto the coffee table, plugged it into the closest wall outlet and turned it on. Lucas sat down on the sofa, pulling off his shoes. Hank went around to all the windows and closed the blinds, drew the curtains. “That’s not a psychiatrist’s couch,” Hank said. “But it’s pretty…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Twelve
The path of least resistance. The way always chosen by a smart man. And Leland Cooper considered himself to be smarter than most. He saw no need in doing things the hard way when he could help it. If he could just pull this off, he’d save himself a great deal of time and effort.…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Eleven
FIVE DAYS AGO: WAXING GIBBOUS MOON Roosevelt Brewster teased at his cup of coffee, the non-dairy creamer he’d emptied into it liquefying while he stirred. A cinnamon-raisin bagel, split in half and cemented back together with cream cheese, lay untouched on its saucer. Across the sticky tabletop, Ron Whitlow used his fork to vivisect his…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Ten
I’m not going to lose my temper. Chaney Kidde tried to concentrate on the task at hand, to ignore her mother’s voice like white noise playing in the background. She loves me. She means well. Chaney stooped, dipped her paintbrush in the bucket at her feet, tapping it against the side of the can to…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Nine
Thanks to the fine folks over at Bloody Disgusting for bringing this to our attention (by posting an article about it; it’s not like they sent me a private message or anything). Available for purchase over on Etsy, at “Tales from the Stitch,” the online shop of crochet artist Chelsey Scully, aka “The Stitchkeeper,” are…Continue readingCrochet Werewolf
I had this friend—she was more the friend of my at-the-time girlfriend (now wife)—who was, if I’m being charitable, a wee bit naïve. (Were I being uncharitable, I’d say she was as dumb as a fencepost.) My girlfriend-cum-wifey and I went on a double date with her and this goober we named Gomer, who was…Continue readingMy One Degree of Separation To WOLFCOP
I was a tad disappointed to learn that the zombies featured in the forthcoming Horror-Comedy THE SNARLING are of the Hollywood variety. Don’t misunderstand me; the idea of having a werewolf tear its way through a production of THE WALKING DEAD sounds like fun. It just doesn’t sound like as MUCH fun as dropping a…Continue readingSNARLING Werewolf Versus Zombies
The future is looking bloody, according to author Peter Vronsky. Don’t worry, though; even if he’s right, your chances of being killed by a serial killer are paltry at best. Er, worst. But WHY, exactly, does Mr. Vronsky believe we’re in for a population surge in serial killers? By looking back at the “glut” of…Continue readingA Surge of Serial Killers
This is an odd little movie—and I’m not sure how much credit we can give to Ed Wood for that. Largely missing from this one is Wood’s unmistakable, idiosyncratic dialogue. (Lest anyone doubt that this is a true Wood film, however, there are the numerous references to Angora in there to serve as proof!) Wood…Continue readingRevisiting the “Classics”: Ed Wood’s THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST
SIX DAYS AGO: WAXING GIBBOUS MOON The lunch crowd had cleared out of the BLUE PLATE CAFE. Country music emanated from the jukebox, contesting with the hum of the air- conditioner in the window, the racket from the kitchen. A busboy had started to sweep up, and a waitress lowered the blinds over the front…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Eight
I gotta give credit to the folks behind this website here. They’re geniuses. They discerned a niche and set about filling it. And they’ve done their homework, too. Most impressive. Okay, so what you really want to know is, can you REALLY be transformed into a werewolf? The answer is complicated. No, there is nothing…Continue readingHow To Become A Werewolf. Really.
I’ve seen the infamous Patterson-Gimlin film, the footage supposedly showing a female Bigfoot filmed in 1967, the footage that couldn’t possibly be real and yet has withstood every attempt to debunk it in the fifty years since it was released. The creature in the film is a female Bigfoot. Or a guy in a gorilla…Continue readingThe Politics of Bigfoot, Part One: Porn
Ah, all the glorious goodness that came out of the recent San Diego Comic-Con! In addition to the sum totality of all geek culture being present and the unleashing en masse of all news, trailers, announcements, et al relating to everything and anything geek, there was the merchandise. Ah, sweet merchandise—which nobody who wasn’t there…Continue readingOnce You’ve Started Wearing Those Shoes…
ONE WEEK AGO: HALF MOON, WAXING Hank Frye liked to keep to a routine. He sometimes speculated that he had a touch of the obsessive-compulsive to him, in his desire for neatness and order. Though nowhere near a mania for him, Hank found that his day seemed to go better, and his stress level stayed…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Seven
I’d never gotten around to seeing this one from the grand master Boris Karloff, and it was my loss. Filmed in glorious black-and-white, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER features Karloff as a writer who is convinced that the man hanged a few years earlier for the crimes committed by the “Haymarket Strangler” was in fact innocent, and…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: THE HAUNTED STRANGLER
I caught this one on the telly the other night and it brought back waves of the nostalgia, both for the early 90s, which weren’t a particularly good time for me, as well as hearkening back to much better days, the glorious 80s, making me think of the short-lived series WEREWOLF, a show so much…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: THE X-FILES “Shapes”
Ten years ago, the Montauk Monster set off a nationwide panic. Okay, so there was no actual panic. More like nationwide curiosity. And “monster” is probably stretching it a little. It was some kind of animal, a dead one, but not a particularly big one. And unlike the vast majority of actual monsters, this one…Continue readingHappy Anniversary, Montauk Monster!
Lucas Vale sat in his favorite recliner, staring at the far wall, the lights off. He could just make out the pictures there, framed photographs of his parents, his brother, one of him and Marcus with their cousin, Angela. He tried to think. He’d promised the two detectives, Brewster and Whitlow, that he’d come down…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Six
Oversaturation is a concern, but if it applies to STRANGER THINGS it’s not anything that we’re going to have to worry about anytime soon. Possibly it will never become an issue. STAR WARS is a good example of something that is impervious to oversaturation, as if STAR TREK. Tolkien. Werewolves, vampires, and zombies. And, unfortunately,…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Bumped
When I first saw this I would have put good money on it being a case of Photoshop. Turns out it’s the real thing. A gigantic tadpole they’ve named “Goliath”, with “gigantic” being a relative term and “they” being the scientists who captured and are now providing a home for the jumbo amphibian. “A look…Continue readingIt’s Dart!
As of this moment (the moment I sit writing this article), we’ve just had yet another lunar eclipse, aka a “blood moon.” And once again the wannabe doomsayers (who are really the wannabe click-generators, I suspect) predicted the end of days. The same way they do with EVERY SINGLE ONE of these frickin’ eclipses. And…Continue readingAnother Bloody Blood Moon
After all the time spent in anticipation, all the buildup and the hype, could any movie possibly live up to my expectations? Was ANOTHER WOLFCOP worth the wait? Could it excel even its predecessor? The answers to those questions are hell yes, hell yes, and not quite, but it’s close, respectively. If you loved WOLFCOP…Continue readingMovie Review: ANOTHER WOLFCOP
Is this really news? I had thought it was kinda already common knowledge that our hirsute cousins could make fire. Technically this study only proved that they COULD have used their primitive tools to start fires, but it seems like a given to me, since it IS a known fact that Neanderthals USED fire. They’ve…Continue readingNeanderthals Could Make Fire But Didn’t Kill The Gibbon
Lookah here, dammit. Not all of us can go to the San Diego Comic-Con. It isn’t fair that there’s all this “con-exclusive” stuff being offered there. What about the rest of us? We have to wait and buy it on eBay for some jacked-up price by a “flipper.” (I only this past week became familiar…Continue readingThe TWIN PEAKS Tree Puppet
Ah, the San Diego Comic Con. For all of us who can’t go—and let’s just call a spade a spade, that’s the vast majority of us—we at least get to enjoy it somewhat by reading about it online and looking at all the photographs taken. The movie trailers released for the SDCC find their way…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS at the Con