Not only did the Chieftain deign to talk to a slave, he came to me. The previous night, the beast had been most unhappy to find itself at the bottom of a hole. As I had dug down to sixty or so feet, however, it could not leap out. When it tried to climb out,…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 11
If you spend any time at all studying the unexplained and the paranormal, you will have heard of Skinwalker Ranch. Also known as Sherman Ranch, the site comprises some 500 acres in the wilds of Utah and is a veritable hotbed of supernatural activity. UFOs, cryptids—including werewolves—ghosts, cattle mutilations: you name it, the Skinwalker Ranch…Continue readingSkinwalker Ranch
It doesn’t look that scary to me, honestly. The creature in the photograph looks to have T-Rex arms. But I might well have felt differently had I seen it while driving down Bray Road during my recent trip. Looking at the photo more closely, the creature’s right arm, or right forelimb, looks skeletal, denuded of…Continue readingCaught on Camera: The Beast of Bray Road?
Growing up, I had heard the term vrykolakas used as often in reference to one of the accursed, like me, as to the undead, animated corpse that rose from its grave at night to prey upon the living. The word meant both, or either, an unclean, evil thing driven by bloodlust. In fact the term…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 10
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what director Josh Boone had to say: “I’d say biggest influences for this movie were [One Flew Over the] Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and Dream Warriors. I do love Dream Warriors, I loved the first [Nightmare on Elm Street] as well, but this is very much a…Continue readingYes, THE NEW MUTANTS is a Horror Movie
The irony was not lost on me, how my circumstances presented a perfect metaphor for my life in general. My captors put me to work digging a hole. A well, to be precise. But to find myself standing in one place, digging myself deeper but never going anywhere, filthy, exhausted, muscles aching. My life. If…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Chapter 9
The character, that is, not the plant. Disney has a potential problem with THE NEW MUTANTS. That’s probably why the movie, set to debut here in a few weeks, was previously shelved. If they release the movie and it tanks, then it’s no harm, no foul. Sure they’d lose money, but the movie’s already made,…Continue readingWhere to Put Wolfsbane?
The Wulver is not technically a werewolf, as a werewolf is a shapeshifter, transforming from man into wolf or wolf into man or man into wolf-like beast of some sort or wolf-like beast of some sort into man. The Wulver is always in anthropomorphic beastlike form, or somewhere in between a human being and a…Continue readingThe Wulver, the Mr. Rogers of Werewolves
There’s a virtual reality game called WEREWOLVES WITHIN. Apparently. I’d never heard of it before. And it is being turned into a movie. Apparently. The movie will be directed by Josh Ruben and written by Mishna Wolff…Stop. You’re kidding, right? No? Hey, wait a minute. I *have* written about this game before! It takes the…Continue readingWerewolves Within: From Game to Movie
This cursory article does raise one interesting question: Just how much conflation has there been between sightings of Bigfoot and the Wendigo of legend? The Wendigo has its own unique lore. According to Indian legend, when a human resorts to cannibalism to survive the brutal winters of the north woods, that person is cursed to…Continue readingWendigo or Bigfoot?
It’s Z-s and then S-Z. If I write it down (or type it out) maybe I’ll remember it. Zsasz. As in, Victor Zsasz. He’s a serial killer from the Batman comics. He cuts himself every time he murders somebody, and his body, sporting dozens if not hundreds of scars, testifies to his proficiency. I’ve long…Continue readingMovie Review: BIRDS OF PREY (And the Fantabulous Inclusion of Victor Zsasz and a Hyena)
In a report from the Contemporary Folklore conference covered in issue 388 of FORTEAN TIMES, the go-to magazine for all things paranormal, weird, or unexplained, a complaint is voiced about the “cultural appropriation” of the Wendigo, likening it to the “sexualization” of the Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. (Anything that isn’t outright vandalism…Continue readingPolitical Correctness and the Wendigo
You may recall the article I posted some time back about the Witherell House in Wisconsin and its connection to Jeffery Dahmer. There *should* have been a link in that article. When I pull it up on my computer, there is one. But I was contacted recently by Charlie Hintz over at the Cult of…Continue readingThe Witherell House and the Cult of Weird
The Devil does enjoy his little jokes. The toe of a boot, kicking me in the side, the butt of a spear jabbing me between the shoulder blades, woke me. A voice, barking commands at me in a language I did not recognize. Cold water rolling over me, retreating. I opened my eyes. I lay…Continue readingThe Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf Part 8
When I first heard the news that a remake of the classic was underway, my immediate reaction was a scowl and a snarl. Why, why would anybody think this was a good idea? John Carpenter’s 1982 film is one of the true greats of the genre, though it ironically is itself a remake. 1951’s THE…Continue readingRemaking THE THING?!
I happened across this really cool image, a GIF (that means “Graphics Interchange Format” and is pronounced “Jiff”; I know because I looked it up) from MTV’s TEEN WOLF television series. The image, the concept of it, that is, is not original to that show, though. I recognized it immediately as being from an advertisement…Continue readingThe Shadow
After his daughter was killed by a monster, a beefy barbarian type dedicated his life to killing monsters, keeping their heads as trophies. Years later, he gets his revenge against the one that killed his child, but when he brings its head back to his cottage, things don’t go well. The magic poultice he has…Continue readingMovie Review: THE HEAD HUNTER
It’s slow and the ending is anticlimactic. But man, it’s pretty. The Victorians pulled the teeth from our fairytales, which were, in their original forms, pure Horror stories. Modern filmmakers have undertaken the crusade to put those teeth back into them, and GRETEL AND HANSEL largely counts as a success in this quiet cultural and…Continue readingMovie Review: GRETEL AND HANSEL
I have mentioned before the psychological state in which I found myself while trapped in the form of the Cynocephalus. I can only assume it is the same for all the accursed. Unreasoning, blinding rage, an all-consuming impetus to kill; the bloodlust of the beast leaves no room for rational thought. Most of the time.…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 6
Naked, smeared with blood, the taste of blood—A tinge of sweetness, like grapes…No. That must be only my imagination, tormenting me.—the taste of blood still in my mouth, my eyes raw from weeping, I returned to the water. I intended for myself a final baptism, one wherein I would follow after the Christ in His…Continue readingTHE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part Seven
This seems too good to be true, but it’s vouchsafed by National Geographic so it must be for real. There is a mouse called the Werewolf Mouse—or the “Grasshopper Mouse” if you prefer its more prosaic appellation—and it is, pound for pound, the most badass animal on the face of the earth. This little beast…Continue readingThe Werewolf Mouse
I usually get lots of responses when I talk about Furries. When I have in the past made fun of them—they are rather easy targets, we must concede—I drew lots of heat. It was pointed out to me, though, that amongst the Furry community, only a percentage engage in the type of pervy behavior for…Continue readingFurries to the Rescue!