BLACKMANE Chapter 44

“You will bring him to me, Mother,” Amman said. “The lion-man.” Is that an order? Avni started to ask, but stopped herself. She wasn’t sure she wanted to hear the answer. “Of course I will,” she said. “But it will take time.” “Daisy told me you would say that,” Amman said. “She says that she…

BLACKMANE Chapter 43

Avni had brought her son here to heal. But he is not healing, is he? Avni asked herself. He’s not getting better. He’s getting worse. A footstep caused the floorboards to creak beneath the carpeting. The jousts were rotten, in places. Avni turned. Amman stood in the doorway as if he had been summoned by…

Science Confirms It: Wolves Ain’t Dogs

“Dog puppies are 30 times more interested in unknown humans than young wolves, confirming an evolutionary hypothesis”, claims this linked article. All those centuries of domestication have done some rewiring of wild canine DNA. Dogs really have been programmed to be Man’s best friend. The “Domestication Hypothesis” goes back to the age-old question of Nature…

Readying THE MUNSTERS

Work is well underway on Rob Zombie’s new movie adaptation of THE MUNSTERS, whether we like it or not. He’s building an exact reproduction of the Munsters’ residence at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Well, he’s not building it himself. He’s having it built. He’s even shared the blueprints with us and everything. Cool that he’s opting…

Missing 411: Is It Legit?

Believers will tell you “yes” in no uncertain terms. Skeptics will be just as quick to tell you it’s all bullshit. So what’s the truth? Is David Paulides on to something, or is he a shyster shilling snake oil? I don’t think it’s the latter. I do think he’s mostly sincere. But without me going…

The Great(?) BEHEMOTH

Not to be confused with the totally rad THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, itself a ripoff (but a good one) of the Ray Harryhausen classic THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (which in turn was a partial inspiration for GOJIRA, which became GODZILLA). Both of those monsters were dinosaur-ish. This is a different beast. From the press release:…

BLACKMANE Chapter 42

The faces on the TV screen were arguing. Angry words, like always. The same as she heard on the radio, or read on the Internet. Angry and worried. Some days, she walked down to the dingy gas station on the corner (maybe not a good idea considering the neighborhood, but sometimes Avni had to have…

BLACKMANE Chapter 41

“You think there’ll be more?” Maribelle asked. “More like him?” “It is a certainty,” Judith replied. “In time.” “I guess so.” Judith sipped her tea. “Man had no predators left,” she said, “so we had to go about creating one. As if it all wasn’t fucked up enough.” Maribelle stared. “In all the years I’ve…