The Beast of Werewolf Springs

Being a native Alabamian, and still residing therein (for good or ill; while there is so much that I love about my home state, it is, unfortunately, the stupidest state in the country, as both its voting record and the per capita percentage of high school dropouts perfectly attests) I love it when I chance…

Doing Right by the Classics

In this editorial praising and reminiscing about John Landis’s AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, now celebrating its fourth decade(!) if you can believe it, the author makes the following statement: “And if there’s one werewolf story that stands out as the definitive version of the legend, it’s John Landis‘ 1981 classic An American Werewolf in…

BLACKMANE Chapter 53

The mouth of the tunnel is choked with trash, but beyond this the mud floor is clean, save for some occasional clumps of weeds and empty bottles and cans, a shredded plastic bag here and there. Along the left and right sides of the tunnel, the dirt rises to form flat, narrow shelves. This tunnel…

Thylacine Re-seen

Not seen in person, unfortunately, although alleged sightings of the presumed extinct creature continue, not only in the beast’s native Tasmania but also in its once-native-but-that-was-so-long-ago-that-it-doesn’t-count Australia. Cases of misidentification of other animals? Probably, with most of them. Encounters with the *ghosts* of Thylacines? Hey, stranger things have been reported by seemingly credible people who…

BLACKMANE Chapter 52

The darkness is his friend. But he knows that his friend will soon abandon him. He moves with deliberation, keeping to the shadows of this new and alien world. The city. (Atlanta, his mind says. In the state of Georgia.) He has studied it, through newspapers and books, and through television, but the reality is…

Werewolf by Night is Coming!

Not a new comicbook series. We’re talking about a live-action Marvel streaming series, here! And it should be arriving for Halloween of next year! This is a big surprise, as we’ve heard nothing about the project before now. It also makes sense, given that the MOON KNIGHT series is in the works, and Werewolf by…

BLACKMANE Chapter 51

Another dream; another version of the same dream. Heavy clouds massed along the horizon, dark with the promise of rain, lit from within by intermittent flashes of heat lightning. Thunder rumbled along behind the rim of the far mountains, sounding like drumbeats. The smell of the rain was in the air, and a cool breeze…

BLACKMANE Chapter 50

Very close-up portrait of a lion with jaws wide open on black background.

His right forepaw—his hand—strikes the nearest man. The blow snaps the man’s neck, shatters the jawbone and sends teeth rattling across the floor of the cage. Blood splashes over the second man, paints him red, like the telephone on the wall. This man wears glasses. Now he cannot see because of all the blood on…