werewolf, werewolves and lycans

STRANGER THINGS at the Con

Ah, the San Diego Comic Con. For all of us who can’t go—and let’s just call a spade a spade, that’s the vast majority of us—we at least get to enjoy it somewhat by reading about it online and looking at all the photographs taken. The movie trailers released for the SDCC find their way…

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Waitin’ on ANOTHER WOLFCOP

Welp, it’s out on video, finally. It released the beginning of this month. Netflix tells me there is a “very long wait” for the DVD, so it would seem I’m not the only poor sucker still having to watch his movies on DVD. As I wait not at all patiently for them to ship me…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Five

NINE DAYS AGO: WAXING CRESCENT MOON The sound of leather meeting flesh echoed off the sandstone walls of the gully, a dry smack followed by a gasp of pain. The young woman knelt on the gravel of a dried riverbed, her knees and the balls of her feet grinding against the sharp stones. She leaned…

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Be Very, Very Quiet…

A QUIET PLACE is now out on video. It occurs to me that it isn’t quite correct to say “out on DVD” now, as more and more of you are moving away from those pretty shiny discs in favor of this “livestreaming” fad. I’m a collector, down to the marrow, and I will ALWAYS prefer…

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Black Phillip in the Mail! Or, The Mandela Effect Hits Close To Home

You’ve all heard about the Mandela Effect, right? It’s this theory concerning parallel realities, and it explains why lots of people have clear memories of Nelson Mandela having died in a South African prison in the 1980s when he didn’t really die until 2013, or why the Berenstain Bears used to be spelled BerenstEin Bears….

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The Georgia Werewolf and the “Scariest Small Town”

Oh, this is gonna be fun. First, refresh your memories as to my search for, and subsequent discovery of, the gravesite of the “Werewolf of Georgia,” Ms. Emily Isabella Burt. Then check out this site. It’s all about Talbotton, Georgia, the “Scariest small town” in the State. And it’s so packed with false information that…

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STRANGER THINGS Season Three – Steve Goes To The Mall

This commercial is brilliant. This commercial is hilarious. This commercial is also an example of just how clever and creative a show can get when it is as over as STRANGER THINGS. (Wrestling terminology: the term harkens back to the Carnie days, from which wrestling sprung; for a performer to be “over” means that fans…

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Werewolves?! That ain’t Christian!

I have, for the most part, given up wasting time arguing with people on social media. It’s such an easy trap to fall into, and when you are, like me (not bragging, it’s just a fact), good at rhetoric, it’s even easier. It’s tempting to totally tie up some numbskull in logical knots. It might…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Chapter Four

NINE DAYS AGO: WAXING CRESCENT MOON Lucas hated clubs. Not just disliked them. Hated them. On a couple of occasions back in college, he’d been dragged along by his friends to one of their favorite spots. Both times, he’d ended up nursing a soft drink and a growing migraine, sitting by himself and watching them…

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My Devil Sign Is Back!

Last week, I was traveling south on Interstate 65 in Alabama. As I drew near the State capital of Montgomery, I started to keep my eyes peeled, hoping to see it. I’m talking about Alabama’s most infamous and beloved roadside oddity, the Devil Sign. It features a bright red devil, complete with a nasty-looking scythe,…

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Ed Gein wasn’t PC? Say it ain’t so!

Here is an article bitching about—I mean, examining—the ways in which THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS isn’t PC. Typically this kind of thing elicits only an eye roll from me, or, if I’m short on material for the week, an angry online deconstruction of the original piece at this or one of our sister sites….

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Homegrown? Nope, Labgrown!

Probably it’s inevitable. Probably it’s even a GOOD thing. But it sure makes people nervous, myself included. We’re talking about meat created in a laboratory. Yes, it’s possible. In fact it’s happening already. Everybody’s afraid of eating meat that came from an animal treated during its life with hormones, but here we’re talking about meat…

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Djinn and Skin(walkers)

Something that struck me recently is the similarity between the Skinwalker of Native American lore and the Djinn of Arabic legend. They are both known for being shapeshifters, and both tend to be nefarious entities in league with the powers of darkness. The Djinn—from which we get our word “genie”—were beings created by Allah out…

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Hatin’ on Sasquatch

This is something I’ve encountered repeatedly online. There is a real hostility towards the notion that Bigfoot is a supernatural being, rather than just some animal. There are groups on Facebook devoted to all things Bigfoot, but if you were to join in a discussion and suggest that Bigfoot is anything other than some undiscovered…

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The Origins of Larry Talbot

Larry Talbot is, as you will all be aware, the alter-ego of the Wolfman. The Bruce Wayne to the werewolf’s Batman. Last week I went off in search of the gravesite of the “Werewolf of Georgia”—and found it!—which is located in Talbot County, Georgia. This got me to thinking: could Curt Siodmak, who wrote the…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Chapter Three, Part Two

[Note: When chapters are really long, I will be breaking them up into smaller sections.] The Kidde home, located just within the city limits of Ironwood, off Randolph Street, would be difficult to find for anyone unsure of the local geography. A brick wall surrounded the large yard, with a wrought iron gate that opened…

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Hunt like a Neanderthal

Our hulking, hirsute cousins are in the news a lot this week. First I reported on the growing of Neanderthal mini-brains in petri dishes, with the end goal being to wire them into little robots that they will then start to control, and now there’s this. Neanderthals killed their prey with spears. We knew that…

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Neanderoids

I initially thought this was an article from THE ONION. But no, it appears to be for realz. Scientists are growing mini-Neanderthal brains, called “Neanderoids,” in petri dishes, with the next step being to hardwire them to miniature, crab-like robots. Go ahead and read that last sentence again. See why I thought it was a…

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Catching up with the PENNY DREADFUL Comic

I was kept away from my local comic shop for some few months—with “local” being a relative term—due to my not having the time to visit nor having the disposable income to procure my reading material of choice. (I’ve been too busy buying toys, since Toys R Us announced that it was going out of…

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Remembering Koko

She knew sign language. She had a vocabulary of over 2000 words and could even use them creatively. She displayed a sense of humor. She had pets, with a special fondness for kittens. She was friends with Mr. Rogers and Robin Williams. When she was informed of the latter’s death, she mourned for him. Let’s…

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The Lost City of Gedi

It looks like something out of one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels, but it’s real. The city of Gedi is in ruins today and is being slowly swallowed by the surrounding Kenyan jungle. Gedi was a thriving trade point originally settled in the 11th Century AD and had a population of up to 2500…

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“Wolf-Like Creatures”

This made me think of the old GARFIELD AND FRIENDS Saturday morning cartoon series, one of my favorites from back in the day. There were numerous running jokes on the show, sly enough for the adults to appreciate as well as the kids. The Klopman Diamond. The riffs on professional wrestling. And the use of…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Chapter Three, Part One

TEN DAYS AGO: WAXING CRESCENT MOON Hank Frye stood at the head of the classroom, leaning on the instructor’s podium, looking out over the rows of desks, the faces of the students who occupied them, men and women of varying ages and appearances. The majority of them were there because the University required it, of…

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In Search of the Gravesite of the Werewolf of Georgia – Part One

Any of you remember that TV show IN SEARCH OF…? It ran from the late 70s to early 80s and was hosted by Leonard Nimoy, chronicling all manner of unexplained phenomena. The show was a spinoff of the special IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS and its sequels, and inspired a series of books of the…

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In Search of the Gravesite of the Werewolf of Georgia, Part Two

First things first. If you’re ever in the area and are thinking about seeking out the grave of Emily Isabella Burt for yourself, DON’T. Just don’t. For one thing, the grave is located on private property. I had permission to be there. Also, if you’re thinking you can find the cemetery where Ms. Burt is…

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