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Psychopath vs. Sociopath (Again): Do you know the difference?

The title here may constitute a trick question. There may not BE a difference between the two. As someone who has read extensively on the subject, I can tell you that there is wide disparity in thought and opinion among the experts. According to the information shared in this linked article, data provided by Dr….

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TEEN WOLF Star “Comes Out”

As I am writing this article, it is morning on Martin Luther King Day in the United States. This seems appropriate. I’m thinking now of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, and of how far we as a civilized species have come in fulfilling that dream, and how far, sadly, we still have…

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Mystery Meat

Human beings are omnivorous. We eat both vegetable matter and flesh. We have that in common with chimpanzees, whereas gorilla and orangutans, the other two species of great apes, are strictly vegetarians. Is it mere coincidence, then, that humans and chimps are so notoriously violent while orangutans and gorillas are know to be more timid,…

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The Tale of the Teeth

The most popular candidate for the true identity of Bigfoot is the giant ape GIGANTOPITHECUS BLACKII, which presumably went extinct some 100,000 years ago. Its range, though, in eastern Asia, would have put it in a perfect position, believers point out, to cross the Bering Strait land bridge into North America, the same means by…

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Neanderthals in North Carolina?

The question that first came to mind for me while reading this linked article was, how’d the guy know what a Neanderthal looks like? He’s not a scientist. He’s not an expert. And, as the only Neanderthals we have seen are artistic recreations based on recovered fossils, and those constitute the best guesses of the…

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TEEN WOLF’s Lost Love To Return

The character Allison Argent, fans will recall, portrayed by actress Crystal Reed, is, or was, Scott McCall’s first love, a regular on the series until she was killed off in season three because Reed wanted to leave the show for greener pastures. Either those pastures weren’t so green after all, or else she foraged them…

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Review: THE REVENANT

I hear the questions forming in your mind, dear reader: What does THE REVENANT, the just-released movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio, have to do with werewolves? And, even if I am attempting to make a tangential connection to the supernatural, shouldn’t I be posting this on our sister site, vampires.com? After all, a “revenant” is a…

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Cannibals G(al)ore!

Lots of cannibalism in the werewolf news this week. First I must report on Ocasr-winner Anthony Hopkins’s regrets about reprising the role of Hannibal Lecter after the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, then I chance upon this juicy little tidbit. (And yes, I am aware that using a phrase like “juicy little tidbit”…

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Hannibal Lecter would NEVER apologize!

Actors can be pretty fickle. Trust me, I speak as one gazing out from the inside. I’ve done my share of acting; granted, not on the same level of success as Sir Anthony Hopkins. And I’ve associated with scores of others, perhaps as MANY as Sir Anthony; whether these were unpaid “amateurs” or starving up-and-comers…

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Two-headed Cougar!

Okay, it’s more like one-and-a-third-headed, but that wouldn’t have made for such a snazzy title for this article. Granted, it would be a little more on target for the subject matter of this magazine if the creature involved had been a wolf instead of a puma, but this news story was just too good to…

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Is the Tasmanian Tiger still alive?

I really hope this is true. This witness, Tony Holgate, is far from the only witness to claim to have seen a Thylacine, aka a Tasmanian Tiger, aka a Tasmanian Wolf. For those who may not know, the “Tassy Tiger” is—or was—one of the most unusual and remarkable animals to live in recent times. A…

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Werewolf Captain America

Oh, what insidious, nefarious racism! Marvel Comics is sneaking one by us, fanboys (and girls)! What on the surface appeared a credible effort to fix a minority character (not to say a minor character) in a prominent position at the head of Marvel’s superhero pantheon, the replacement of Steve Rogers as Captain America with his…

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Move over, cuz! There’s enough room in this cave for the both of us!

I’m fascinated by the concept of alternate species of human beings. We know that we, Homo sapiens, at one time shared this planet with numerous other, different versions of ourselves. Neanderthals are the most well known, but there were many others. These were beings so much like us. Relating to them would be so easy….

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Skunk Apes: Bigfoot’s Meaner, Smellier Cousins

Back in my college days, one of my professors was deriding the belief in Bigfoot, but actually being fair enough to admit the far more than common prevalence of sightings by rational people throughout the country and the world. While he was describing the wide geographical range, one student asked him: “How does Bigfoot get…

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Secret Signs of a Psychopath

People with an interest in Abnormal Psychology can debate all day long about the differences between a “psychopath” and a “sociopath.” Both describe a person who lacks the ability to feel empathy. More to the point, a psychopath/sociopath has no conscience. Such a person has a reptile brain, a primitive brain, the kind that, theoretically,…

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Review: SEEKING BIGFOOT

The folks over at Schiffer Books sure do make some pretty shelf swag. Pretty inside and out. The latest selection I was asked to review, SEEKING BIGFOOT, is no exception to this rule. The author, Michael Newton, also penned STRANGE WEST VIRGINIA MONSTERS, which I have reviewed previously, and a host of other monster- and…

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The Moon Beasts

Here’s an interesting little story. I don’t usually look to any particular person’s conspiracy theories as fodder for articles, as I have found such theories, and such people, a labyrinthine miasma from which one can expect to mine little in the way of entertainment value and from which one extricates oneself, having entered therein, with…

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Werewolf Top Ten

Cue the creepy music, the melodramatic voiceover, the (admittedly-effective) howls in the background. It’s the “Top 10 Facts About Werewolves and Lycanthropy!” (Available by clicking the source link below.) Top ten as determined by whom? Who knows. Are they really THE top ten, or just A grouping of SOMEbody’s top ten? Yes to the latter….

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The Demon Housekeeper of Fleet Street, or The Case of the Naturalist and the Missing Head

Today, people know Sweeney Todd from the Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, or, for the less cultured, from the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie. But ol’ Sweeney first made his appearance in a penny dreadful, THE STRING OF PEARLS, written either by Thomas Peckett Prest or James Malcolm Rymer, or both, or neither. No one really…

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Got Your Goat Again

Ah, Christmas traditions. The cutting down (or buying) followed by the trimming of the tree. The hanging of the greens. The wassail. The gift-giving. The torching of the sacrificial giant straw goat. What, you’ve never heard of that last one? If you lived in Gavle, Sweden you’d know all about it. Sweden, like the bulk…

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Waiting for a new Werewolf Classic. (I hope.)

Waiting is not my strong suit. But then neither is change, embracing change. I didn’t buy a CD player until the late 90s, because I was loathe to give up my cassette tapes. (I also kept my bad 80s hairstyle well into the 90s, too, but that’s neither here nor there.) I was slow to…

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The Toys Santa Is Afraid Of

I’ve admitted before my weakness for things equal parts frightening and adorable. (One needs only to check my dating history for confirmation of this.) The murderous marionettes of PUPPETMASTER, the Critters, Gremlins, my collection of (bootleg?) Universal Monsters beanie babies. And I’m a big, burly dude. So if I love that kind of stuff, imagine…

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How Pagan is Christmas?

Beware the confirmation bias! This linked-to article comes to us via an online source promoting the theory—and in this case “theory” is a simile for “hypothesis,” as opposed to the way it is used in scientific terms, as in the Theory of Evolution, for example, where a “theory” is a collection or grouping of established…

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Jaguars and Wolves in the Dungeons!

The Aztecs, along with their cousins the Maya and the Inca, in spite of their trappings of high civilization, their excelling in architecture and the Arts, were a savage, bloodthirsty lot. I mean no denigration by referring to them as such, for they possessed many traits admirable and enviable, but any group known to practice…

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When Predator and Prey Became Pet and Master

Thanks to modern science, DNA studies in particular, we know when it happened—about 33,000 years ago—and where—somewhere in southeast Asia. That’s where and when the relationship between man and dog began, although the first dog wasn’t a dog at all, but a wolf, a member of the genus Canus and species Lupus. A Gray Wolf,…

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