Marley woke. *Oh, God.* Her head felt like concrete, too heavy to lift. She opened her eyes to a world of fuzzy colors. *It hurts.* She rubbed away tears, used her hands to examine the damage to her face, her head. It surprised her to find no obvious indications of damage to correspond to her…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 39
There’s that old rule—I don’t know where it originated, but it’s been around for a while—stating that, if you see nudity within the first five minutes of a movie, then it’s a safe bet that the movie is going to be garbage. (Exceptions are rare but they do exist. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, for example.) If you…Continue readingMovie Review: THE CANNIBAL CLUB
The New York Toy Fair took place this past weekend, and oh the delightful offerings that were on display! So much awesome stuff that will be coming out this year! Where to start, even? We’re going to be getting a pair of ReAction Figures of TEEN WOLF, one in his basketball uniform and one in…Continue readingToys toys toys toys toys toys!!!
I hope you all will indulge me, friends. I don’t want to belabor the point, but as I sit typing these words the fundraiser for Wolf and Ali Mertz, owners of WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY, is halfway to its goal. I don’t want to see interest wane, now that a few days have passed. The…Continue readingHalfway There!
Seems like a no-brainer to me. Considering how much STRANGER THINGS mined DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS for inspiration, naming its monsters after characters in the D&D pantheon—the Demogorgon, the Mind-flayer—why would the gaming company not capitalize on the wild popularity of the show? Turnabout is fair play, and all. And speaking of play, it will now…Continue readingDungeons and Dragons Embraces STRANGER THINGS
“Lucas!” No sight, no sound, no sensation. And then, a voice. “Lucas, for God’s sake, wake up!” Insistent, pleading. “If you don’t get up now, you never will!” From somewhere far away, yet strong. Calling to him., drawing him back from oblivion. “Wake up!” It would not let him sleep. “Lucas!” Familiar. “Lucas, listen to…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 38
I have this dream of one day opening a museum of the odd and wonderful, like the Abita Mystery House and like my friends Wolf and Ali Mertz, who own Wolf’s Museum of Mystery. One item I had some interest in acquiring for my museum was Ed Gein’s car, the car he used to transport…Continue readingEd Gein’s Ghoul Car
Some folks, when they learned that the upcoming remake of PET SEMATARY would depart from the plot of the original film as well as from the plot of the Stephen King novel upon which both are based, voiced their dismay. I, however, was pleased to hear it. If I simply wanted to watch the exact…Continue readingThe Wendigo in PET SEMATARY
That recent Super Blood Wolf Moon or Super Wolf Blood Moon or Blood Wolf Super Moon or some variation thereupon inspired the folks over at TV Guide to put together a listing of the top werewolves to appear on television. Let’s take a look at them and see if we agree, shall we? The werewolf…Continue readingTV Guide’s Top Werewolves
James Wan said of his mainstream smash AQUAMAN that the moments wherein he got to really embrace his Horror roots were those involving the creatures from down in “the Trench” attacking Aquaman and Mera. Those toothy, Lovecraftian beasts were the stuff of nightmares. Given the box office success of AQUAMAN and Wan’s enthusiasm, it probably…Continue readingDive Into THE TRENCH
This one came and went awfully quickly at the theaters (which is just a nicer way of saying it bombed). I didn’t catch it, and I typically try to see all the decently rated Horror flicks. It’s a shame HELL FEST got lost in the shuffle, because it’s a really good movie. It’s a throwback…Continue readingMovie Review: HELL FEST
At last, evil had found its true form. The Beast raised its snout, testing the air. A million scents to process, to identify. Some faint, others stronger. The Beast listened. A million sounds, some louder than others, closer. A million heartbeats, coming from everywhere, like a concerto of drums. The Beast licked its chops. Hungry.…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 37
Coyotes in California have been seen by witnesses, these former sporting bright blue eyes. This would either be a case of a genetic mutation or else a group of stereotypical California surfer girls are in actuality were-coyotes. Folklore is full of accounts of werewolves who were recognized while in lupine form because of their eyes,…Continue readingBlue Eyes Howlin’ In The Hills
I’m from Alabama, as regular readers know (and a fact which many a stereotypical Alabamian has lamented) and I’m a chronicler of Folklore specializing in the grim, the dark, the spooky. Yet I had never before heard of the Wild Woman of Marengo County, Alabama. Maybe this is because she hasn’t put in an appearance…Continue readingThe Wild Woman of Alabama
I’ll start with the argument I respect least. This dude or lady—he or she has one of those names that could go for either—offers five reasons why GLASS was a failure. And he or she is wrong on all five points. As I stated in my own review of the film, just because a person…Continue readingPeople Who Are Wrong
I’ve seen criticisms directed at the new Ted Bundy movie EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE that claim the film glorifies Ted Bundy. I have yet to see the movie so I cannot comment directly one way or the other, but as someone who has written about serial killers I will state that it should…Continue readingWhitewashing Ted Bundy?
These are exciting times for lovers of the classic Universal Monsters—and who among us isn’t? CBS has just ordered a new pilot for a television program to be entitled FRANKENSTEIN. This one isn’t the familiar tale of the mad scientist and the Monster we all know and love, however. It’s gonna be a cop drama!…Continue readingFrankenstein Returns!
Earlier today I reported that a fire had destroyed Wolf’s Museum of Mystery, one of may favorite places in the world. The MOM had closed up shop in Saint Augustine, Florida but was all set to reopen this Spring in New York state, inside an historic former church building. The owners, Wolf and Ali Mertz,…Continue readingHelp Resurrect the Museum of Mystery
This is breaking news, literally and metaphorically. The to-be location of WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY, a deconsecrated church in Wellsville, New York, was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. Everything is a complete loss. Owners Wolf and Ali Mertz had just gotten there and just gotten everything moved in. They hadn’t even started unpacking…Continue readingWolf’s Museum of Mystery Destroyed in Fire
Most famous for her starring role opposite the titular Creature in the Universal Studios classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (more on that in a second), Ms. Julie Adams, who inspired a little boy still several years shy of puberty to nevertheless feel its first stirrings when he watched her in that film some years…Continue readingIn Memoriam: Julie Adams
Mathilda Jackson had done all that she could. She’d said all the prayers, performed the necessary rituals, made the necessary intercessions. *In the good Lord’s hands now.* Mathilda put on her prettiest dress. Not so nice at all, she knew. But it would have to do. She brushed out her cotton-white hair, rolled it up…Continue readingTHERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 36
Lycanthropy doesn’t just mean men turning into wolves, or believing themselves to turn into wolves. The were-creature tends to take the form of the most fearsome predator in whatever respective culture it appears. India has were-tigers; Africa has were-crocodiles; Russia has were-bears. But the wolf, and the werewolf, are by far the most prevalent. Perhaps…Continue readingMan’s Best Frenemy
As is the case with animals, there’s something freaky about small children, the concept that they might be able to see things that we as adults cannot. Back in college, I remember my Psychology professor, a Vietnam veteran, telling the class about some members of a tribe of aboriginal people that his unit used as…Continue readingMy Friend Sasquatch
Remember Dennis Preston? He’s the makeup artiste extraordinaire whom I met at the Legless Corpse Halloween Horror Film Festival back in 2016, I think it was. I’m pleased to announce that Dennis is still livin’ the dream. This past week he was at HAUNTCON: HAUNTED ATTRACTION NATIONAL TRADESHOW AND CONVENTION in New Orleans, Louisiana. And…Continue readingPreston’s Werewolf
I’ve held off on posting this, but I think I’ll go ahead. Enough time has passed, enough distance achieved, enough water slogged past under the bridge. Also, I’m feeling nostalgic. I took a job writing content for another website. (I won’t name it, nor does it matter, as the website is now kaput.) There was…Continue readingMy Visit to the Ray Harryhausen Museum Exhibit
In the interests of full disclosure, Gilles de Rais scholar Margot Juby is an online friend of mine. I am a little something of a Rais scholar myself, as I had to do a bit of research when I wrote my play BLUEBEARD: THE TRIAL OF GILLES DE RAIS (forgive the shameless self-promotion), but Margot…Continue readingHell Hath No Fury…
At the risk of getting autobiographical… I grew up in a single parent home. My mother couldn’t drive. My grandfather did the driving, taking us into town for groceries once a week and such, but by the time I was old enough to start developing memories he was already suffering through the late stages of…Continue readingTime to buy a new Car