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THE HUNT Part Sixteen

They were monsters. No doubt of that. But their faces—their faces were those of human beings. They were the faces of men. Each of the beasts stood at least eight feet tall or better, and they were covered in shaggy hair, everywhere except their faces. Cheeks, chins, upper lips and foreheads were all hairless, all…Continue readingTHE HUNT Part Sixteen

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Wolfman Money and Stuff(ed Werewolves)

It’s from the ONION, a satire site, so it’s not real. Too bad. I’d like to own one of these Universal Monsters “Monsters of the Silver Screen” $20 bills. One presumes that all the Universal Monsters would be represented, but the image they chose to offer us is of the Wolfman. I mean, if you…Continue readingWolfman Money and Stuff(ed Werewolves)

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Revisiting the Classics: CREEPSHOW

I’m talking about the original film from 1982, not the new Internet series. Written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero, how could such a project possibly go wrong? (Actually, considering a few of the scripts Mr. King has written for the movies, his involvement might not serve as any guarantee of quality. Anybody…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: CREEPSHOW

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The Best Bigfoot(print), Part Two

At the first annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference, they had a replica of what is perhaps the best plaster casting of a Bigfoot track ever recovered, the Grays Harbor print. They gave away the replica in a drawing that I unfortunately did not win. Even so, we can talk about it, right? The Grays Harbor print…Continue readingThe Best Bigfoot(print), Part Two

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The Best Bigfoot(print), Part One

Having recently attended the first ever (and hopefully first annual) State of Alabama Bigfoot Conference in the Bankhead National Forest in Winston County, Alabama, I heard some convincing stories and saw some impressive evidence, the latter in the form of plaster casts. Most of the casts were originals, made locally, but they also had a…Continue readingThe Best Bigfoot(print), Part One

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THE HUNT Part Fifteen

Dealing with a creature, Sasquatch, Bigfoot, whatever you wanted to call it, that resembled a human being in its basic form (bipedal; two legs and two arms; a head), Saint felt pretty secure in assuming said creature’s physiology would correspond in most ways with that of a human. Take the femoral artery, for example. In…Continue readingTHE HUNT Part Fifteen

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In Memoriam: Robert Forster

Mr. Forster has a lengthy professional biography, appearing in over a hundred films and even getting an Oscar nomination for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s JACKIE BROWN. What stands out the most in my mind, though, are his roles in 1980’s ALLIGATOR and as Sheriff Frank Truman in the third season of TWIN PEAKS. Forster…Continue readingIn Memoriam: Robert Forster

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The Trickster Archetype

I received an invitation to a lecture on “The Trickster Archetype: A Lecture with Storytelling” to be conducted by Dr. John S. Gentile and hosted by the Jung Society of Atlanta. (I dig on Jung and the way he merges issues of spirituality with psychoanalysis. I find his views compatible with those of Joseph Campbell,…Continue readingThe Trickster Archetype

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Colin the Werewolf

Colin the Werewolf reached out to me on social media. Or rather his reps did. Same thing, really. They challenged me to check him out, so I did. Had I found what they were offering uninspiring, I would simply have disregarded the invitation and been on my merry way. I get a LOT of such…Continue readingColin the Werewolf

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Book Review: MOMO: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE MISSOURI MONSTER

While I was attending the first-ever Alabama Bigfoot Conference last weekend (two weekends ago by the time you are reading this, I expect) I picked up Lyle Blackburn’s latest literary offering. I’ve already finished it, and I wasn’t disappointed. Having read Lyle’s books detailing the Boggy Creek monster and the Lizard Man of North Carolina,…Continue readingBook Review: MOMO: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE MISSOURI MONSTER

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A Visit to the Nashville Oddities Market

Standing outside the expo building at the Nashville Fairgrounds this past weekend, I looked around at the crowd of people waiting in line with me to get in and felt such a sense of kinship. All the tattoos, the piercings, the multicolored hair, the mohawks. People carrying strange things into and from the building. “Weirdos!”…Continue readingA Visit to the Nashville Oddities Market

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THE HUNT Part Fourteen

“Are we still on Earth?” Arly said. “You’re not serious?” Pete said. He sounded freaked out, moreso than Arly could remember hearing as long as she’d known him. Saint, on the other hand, seemed amused by it all. “We’re breathin’ the air alright.” The elevator door had slid open and they’d stepped out into darkness.…Continue readingTHE HUNT Part Fourteen

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The Downey Booger

In Alabama, they don’t call it Bigfoot. Or at least they didn’t back in the old days. They called it “the Booger.” In Winston County, Alabama (which has the distinction of having seceded from the Confederacy after the State of Alabama seceded from the Union during the Civil War, thus becoming the “Free State of…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The Downey Booger

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Lyle Blackburn

I have been Facebook friends with Lyle Blackburn for a few years but we had never met in person, so it was cool to meet him at the conference. Lyle’s name is synonymous with the Fouke Monster of Arkansas. I would daresay he is the world’s foremost expert on the Monster these days; the encounters…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Lyle Blackburn

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The White Thang

That isn’t a typo. It is called the White “Thang,” not the White “Thing.” This is a creature from Alabama folklore, you must remember. I have my own personal connection to the White Thang. You can read about it here. One of the stories shared at the Bigfoot conference involved the White Thang. Permit me…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The White Thang

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Paul’s Story, Part Two

This one had me laughing hard, as it did most of the folks in attendance. Paul Hulsey had been pestered by his guy he knew for a long time, the latter wanting to “see a Bigfoot.” At last Paul gave in and took this guy camping with him, to a spot where Paul had previously…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Paul’s Story, Part Two

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Paul’s Story, Part One

I met Paul Hulsey when I arrived at the conference. As he was the organizer of the event, he was the one to welcome me and, since I’d never before been to a Bigfoot conference, tell me a bit about what to expect. I found him friendly and sincere, and possessed of a passion for…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: Paul’s Story, Part One

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Reports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The Arrival

This past weekend I drove out to the Bankhead National Forest and the Lakeshore Marina Restaurant and Lodge near Double Springs, Alabama to attend the first-ever Bama Bigfoot conference. It was a most pleasant way to spend a sunny and still-too-warm-for-October Saturday, where I met some interesting people and heard some interesting stories. More on…Continue readingReports from the First Annual Alabama Bigfoot Conference: The Arrival

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Catching up on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984

A few episodes in, and I’m having a good time thus far. I wouldn’t advise playing a drinking game wherein you take a shot every time a Slasher movie cliché occurs onscreen, though. You’d likely expire of alcohol poisoning. Understand that these clichés are *supposed* to be there, as AMERICAN HORROR STORY is and always…Continue readingCatching up on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984

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Bray and Bray

I think I’ve figured it out. What is it about Bray Road in particular—this is the Bray Road outside the little town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, which I recently visited—that it can lay claim to its very own werewolf, the Beast of Bray Road? I think I know. It’s the name. I don’t know for whom…Continue readingBray and Bray

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STRANGER THINGS Season Four

I am shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn that Netflix has approved a fourth season of STRANGER THINGS. Who could have possibly seen that one coming?! You may recall the rumor that Netflix had “decided” it would cancel the smash hit show after one more season. I hope I debunked that one appropriately. There…Continue readingSTRANGER THINGS Season Four

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THE HUNT Part Thirteen

One would have expected Joe Clark to have been used to the climate by now. He’d lived in the same area his entire life. But being indigenous to a part of the world that saw an awful lot of cold, rainy days had not tempered the effect of such weather on his state of mind.…Continue readingTHE HUNT Part Thirteen

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Tanya’s Island

I kid you not. This one actually exists. It is a sappy love story, the kind you’d expect to see on Lifetime during any given afternoon, and it’s way ahead of its time in that it features a love triangle. As we all know, love triangles are de rigueur these days after THE HUNGER GAMES…Continue readingTanya’s Island

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Movie Review: ABOMINABLE

Not to be confused with the excellent killer Bigfoot film of the same name from 2006, this quiet hit (I’d never even heard of it till a couple of weeks ago) is a “kid’s movie.” As there are quite a lot of monster fans who have children, or who are, like me, simply fans of…Continue readingMovie Review: ABOMINABLE

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Revisiting the Classics: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

This story has been filmed almost as much as DRACULA, almost as much as FRANKENSTEIN. If we take into account all the myriad stories that have cribbed from them all, adapting and altering at will, then possible the tale of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, from the short novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, may have…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE