The Beasts of BIRD BOX

Everybody and his kid sister’s cousin’s third-grade teacher has been talking about this movie on the social media the past few days. Some folks are digging it, some are really digging it, and some gave it a resounding “meh.” I have yet to watch it, but I do find the premise interesting. It’s like a…

Homeopathy vs. Lycanthropy

The herb called Angelica was revealed in a dream, so it is said, to be the cure for the plague. (I don’t think it worked to any large degree.) It is called the “Root of the Holy Ghost” and is associated with the Archangel Michael. Consuming it is said to prevent your being poisoned by…

Could it be…Satan Again?

The "Go to Church - or the Devil Will Get You!" sign along Interstate-65 north of Prattville, Ala., is pictured Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Road builder W.S. Newell put the sign on his property along the interstate as a message to travelers. Newell died Saturday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Cue the Church Lady, as portrayed on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE by Dana Carvey. We need her famous catchphrase. A representative of the Opp, Alabama Police Department recently posted this on Facebook in regards to a series of local homicides: “THIS PAST SUNDAY, A YOUNG MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN KINSTON. MONDAY NIGHT, A MOTHER…

Behind the Scenes with Krampus (And the Necessity of Krampus)

I wanted to share with you all this short video showing the preparatory process for the annual (as of last year) Krampus-themed haunted attraction at NASHVILLE NIGHTMARE and other locations around the country. (Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the company that owns NASHVILLE NIGHTMARE, also runs haunted houses and other attractions in various other states.) It…

In Praise of Krampus

I didn’t know anything about Krampus until just a few years ago. Had I known I would surely have loved him all along. A Christmas *devil*? A monster version of Santa Claus? That’s tailor-made for the likes of me. Now that I do know him I can’t get enough of him. This does not in…

A STRANGER THINGS Christmas

Back in 1978, there was no Internet. There were no VCRs or VHS tapes, much less DVDs or live-streaming. People couldn’t watch STAR WARS just anytime they wanted to. To keep the franchise fresh in people’s minds in-between movies, George Lucas agreed to let CBS create THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. The result was the…

The Christmas Werewolf

The “rules” in the folklore regarding the means by which a person could become cursed (or as some would see it, blessed) with Lycanthropy are anything but consistent. There is no one true path, no single means by which it can be accomplished. That’s the cool thing about folklore—maybe I should capitalize that—Folklore—it is a…