Monsterkid Heaven

It isn’t just the place we can hopefully aspire to after we slip the mortal coils. Now it has a real physical location. The Long Island Monster Gallery is now open in—you guessed it—Long Island, New York! So what is it? Well, “The Monster Gallery is Long Island’s newest and only gallery dedicated to the…

Freddy and STRANGER THINGS

The long-delayed and long-awaited fourth season of STRANGER THINGS is finally on its way. We know that it will debut sometime next year. (Yeah, that’s not really news and not really specific, either. But it’s nice to get official word that the series *will* continue. Not that we really doubted it, but, I mean, it…

Remembering MANIMAL

It wasn’t around for very long, but it loomed large in my child’s imagination. MANIMAL aired on NBC from September through December of 1983. The opening narration was provided by gravelly-voiced William Conrad: “Dr. Jonathan Chase…wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa’s deepest…

Movie Review: UNCAGED

“There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.” – Nigel Powers, GOLDMEMBER Would viewing this movie, originally titled PROOI (PREY in English) and released in the Netherlands way back in 2016, cause Sir Nigel to deepen his hatred for the Dutch, or would…

Werewolves: Naming the Beast

This is strictly a personal preference, but I have the feeling a lot of you fine folks can get behind this. Dogman encounters seem to be getting more and more press, as, it would seem, the number of sightings getting reported has increased. (Whether or not these encounters are actually happening is another matter altogether.)…

BLACKMANE Chapter 56

The telephone rang. His other telephone, the one sitting on the glass top of the coffee table. Hamm grabbed up the receiver. “Leave me alone!” he screamed. “Um, Mr. Hamm?” Not the same voice. He recognized this voice, or thought he did. “Mr. Hamm, it’s Darlene.” “The secretary?” Hamm muttered. “Yes, sir. I’m sorry to…

BLACKMANE Chapter 55

The cell phone rang. Hamm jumped as if struck. It rang a second time, a third, a fourth. He picked it up. “Hello?” Almost a whisper. “Do you like the pictures, Mr. Hamm?” a voice asked. It sounded raspy, distorted. “How’d you get hold a’ them?!” Hamm demanded. “And how’d you get into my house?!”…

BLACKMANE Chapter 54

When Phil Hamm came home—on “shore leave,” he liked to call it—he lived among the rich. The upper echelon. He liked it that way. He knew his very presence made the neighbors uncomfortable. Phil Hamm enjoyed making people uncomfortable. Getting off the elevator, he was bid a fine goodnight by the elevator operator. Hamm had…

De-Extincting

I just had to teach my computer to recognize “de-extincting” as an actual word, because it’s a thing now. (Then I had to teach it to recognize the word both with and without a capital D at the beginning. Shouldn’t a computer be smart enough to recognize that it’s the same word? If it was…

The R.O.U.S. of THE MUTATION

First, the spiel: “After a deadly experiment on a rat goes wrong, the mutated rat has been let loose in a city and a group of detectives are on the hunt for the beast. Zoologist, Allen Marsh (Ricardo Freitas) must work alongside a grieving widow to help the detectives capture and exterminate the mutated rat.…