Redrum and the Red Room

This past weekend, I caught Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING at the theater for the first time. The fact that I refer to it as “Kubrick’s” and not as “Stephen King’s” is likely why Stephen King doesn’t care for the film. The movie is probably even more Stanley Kubrick’s creation than it is Stephen King’s. So…

Footprints in the Sand

It makes for a poignant picture. A woman, carrying a small child, through a wilderness rife with dangerous beasts, the kind that could easily kill a human being. Animals like sabertooths and giant sloths. The latter could shred a human almost as an afterthought. They’re freakin’ huge, and they’ve got freakin’ monster claws. But they…

PC Werewolves

I saw this meme the other day on social media all about how you shouldn’t dress up like this or that because it’s not politically correct. It immediately engaged my eyeroll response. The thing is, I do agree with the concept, as a good general rule. What political correctness used to mean was, don’t be…

Monster Cereals, Busted

To celebrate the return to grocery store shelves of Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula this Halloween season, General Mills contracted with sculptor Karlee Morse for her to create three busts, one of each of the three most famous monsters. (Ahem…where the hell is Fruit Brute?!) From the quote by Morse, from the linked article:…

THE SHINING and The Wendigo

Watching THE SHINING again this past weekend, in my local theater, it really hit home with me how much of a factor isolation plays in the narrative. Had he not been cut off from civilization, it’s doubtful Jack Torrance would have been so susceptible to the Overlook’s influence. It’s doubtful that he would have snapped.…

THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF Part 47

The Gamesmaster came to see me, giddy, so pleased he felt with himself and with me, his new celebrity fighter. “Splendid! Magnificent!” he crowed. “Better than I could have hoped! And, oh, the moon is full next week! How much stronger will you become then, my pet? How much more fearsome!” “What will you have…

Look on the Bright Side

I will freely admit that I am, according to some, a pessimist. I would argue that I am a realist as opposed to a pessimist, but I for dang sure can’t be accused by anyone who knows me of being an optimist. Instead of a “glass half-full” kinda guy I’m a “Who the hell drank…

The Missing

I was reading this here linked article about a man’s disappearance in the woods four years ago. Maybe it goes to show that I spend too much time researching things unexplained and of the paranormal variety, or that I’m all too aware of the phenomena of people disappearing in the woods without any credible explanation.…