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Book Review: THE WILDMAN OF KENTUCKY: THE MYSTERY OF PANTHER ROCK

This book suffers from the same weakness as so many independent publications, in that it stands in desperate need of an editor. If you find comma splices and run-on sentences distracting to the extent I do, you’ll have a hard time getting through this one, which is a shame, as the subject matter is fascinating….

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Bad Blood?

Is there such a thing as “murderer” DNA? If both my biological parents were killers, as is the case with the lady profiled in this article, you can bet I’d be worried about it, the same as she is. Then again, if I’m worried about possibly being a sociopath, doesn’t that indicate clearly that I’m…

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Halloween and Human Sacrifice

Here it is. The smoking gun. Proof that those overly-religious uptights who’ve been warning us for years about the evils of Halloween were right all along. In true THE WICKER MAN style, there are rural villages in England where the traditional Halloween celebrations are capped off by ritualized murder. Yep. For sure. It’s true. It…

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STRANGER THINGS Meets SESAME STREET

No, I haven’t been able to catch STRANGER THINGS yet, so keep your spoilers to yourselves. I’ve already heard chatter on social media about some sort of swerve that occurs about halfway through the new season. This is the problem with series that become available all at once. There’s always going to be somebody who…

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New Orangutan Species Discovered – Is Orang Pendek Next?

Scientists have discovered a third species of orangutan; they previously had believed there to be only two distinct species. This newly minted one, PONGO TAPANULIENSIS, the Tapanuli orangutan, is, according this linked article, “genetically, physically, and even behaviorally different than the other two species of orangutans.” Cool. Sadly, though, it is alos the most critically…

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Revisiting the Literary Classics: LORD TYGER

Philip Jose Farmer isn’t as well known today as he was several decades ago, and that’s unfortunate. But he, like Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury, two other of the most prominent names in Science Fiction in the 20th Century, possessed a gift of vision and expression that will keep him relevant as we press…

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Review: PENNY DREADFUL the Comic Book, issues 5 and 6

I’m gonna have to combine my reviews of the past two issues, because I’ve been super busy and had fallen behind in my regular visits to my neighborhood comic shop. I bought both issues together and read then both together. Here are some random thoughts of the series and where it’s going: Chris King is…

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Review: HELLTOWN

I watched Destination America’s HELLTOWN special the other night. It was entertaining. While I took great umbrage when Discovery Channel went the route of creating fake documentaries for their SHARK WEEK a couple’a years ago, and it ruffled my feathers when the much hyped Animal Planet special about mermaids ended up being as phony as…

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The Limb-Ripper Finds A Home!

I like to think I had a little something to do with this. First I gave some press to the Limb Ripper before it ever came out in stores. It would have had to have been beforehand, as the stores wherein the Limb Ripper would be sold, the Spirit Halloween franchise, had not opened up…

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Even Cavemen Knew That Incest Was Wrong

This one’s gonna be tricky. I grew up attending a small country church where biblical inerrancy was staunchly reinforced on a weekly basis. Evolution was a lie and Science was a tool the Devil used to mislead people. The world was only a few thousand years old, and anyone who didn’t believe it was going…

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The Black Market for DARK SHADOWS

Lest we forget, despite its being famous for its vampire protagonist, Barnabas Collins, the classic daytime TV series DARK SHADOWS had its fair share of werewolves, too. Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, zombies, Lovecraftian-esque reptile monsters (only ever glimpsed in shadow), DARK SHADOWS had them all. Combine that menagerie with some truly outstanding acting (and occasionally…

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Consumed by Coyotes

I hope, if any friends or family members of the victim in this story read this, they will forgive the headline. I’m not meaning to be insensitive. I just like alliteration. I caught this show, KILLED BY COYOTES, on the National Geographic channel the other night. I’d never heard this account before, or if I…

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STRANGER THINGS Star Takes A Stand. Plus A New Poster.

No, the STRANGER THINGS star didn’t take a poster. Or if he did, I don’t know about it. This article’s headline actually refers to two different pieces of news. Over at our sister site zombies.org this week, I reported on how a woman used the mentality of the characters from THE WALKING DEAD to fight…

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Book Review: DAWN IN DAMNATION by Clark Casey

Lemme give you the premise first: Damnation is a town where dead cowboys go, and other people, too, folks who weren’t good enough in life to earn a pass into Heaven but weren’t so lousy that they go straight to Hell, either. It’s a sort of purgatory, where the streets are always dusty, it is…

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Sexin’ up STRANGER THINGS

Anticipation is running high for the soon-to-debut second season of STRANGER THINGS. Phenomenal young actress Millie Bobby Brown introduces the latest promo clip here, and the most recent trailer is now available on Youtube. It’s looking crazy good, and the cultural saturation of STRANGER THINGS couldn’t be much greater. This show is as “over” as…

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Will Wonder Woman Save The DARK UNIVERSE?

Color me VERY skeptical about this one, but a new rumor making the rounds states that Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman herself, may be portraying the Bride of Frankenstein. And this after last week brought news that the Dark Universe planned by Universal Studios, the revamped shared universe featuring all the classic Universal Monsters, might be…

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A Visit to ARX MORTIS

Considering that ARX MORTIS in northwest Alabama is the largest haunted attraction in the state, and the most critically acclaimed, and given my rampant fanaticism for all things Horror, it’s surprising that I’d never gotten around to visiting it. (Octobers are insanely busy for me. That’s my only defense.) This past weekend, I decided to…

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Rey Goes To The Wolves

I’m a Horror nut through and through. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a few other pop cultural touchstones as well. STAR WARS, for example. I’ve managed to squeeze in the occasional article here and on our sister sites referencing the film franchise. The hulking Wampa from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a perfect fit…

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A Dark Reflection In The Mirror

An adult male chimpanzee has been captured on video cannibalizing an infant chimpanzee. The article from Newsweek claims “This behavior has never before been documented by scientists”, but that’s bullshit. I recall watching some nature special on TV years ago, in which a large male chimp grabbed a baby chimp off the back of its…

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STRANGER THINGS Videogame

Videogames today are so advanced. Playing one is like watching a CGI movie that you control. People of my generation remember DRAGON’S LAIR, a cartoon videogame you could find only in arcades, as the most amazing thing ever seen in the world of electronic game play. It was like controlling your own Saturday morning cartoon!…

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The Bridge Where Dogs Leap To Their Deaths

I’m surprised I’d never heard of Overtoun Bridge in Scotland before. The bridge is made of granite and is a hundred years old, constructed in 1895, and spans Overtoun Burn, a stream fifty feet below. There are lots of trees and rocks down there, too, below the bridge. The structure itself is creepy looking, but…

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DARK UNIVERSE Dead?

There was this scene from SEINFELD I remember. Kramer had created his own company, consisting of him and one flunky. He had an idea to create a giant rubber bladder to put inside oil tankers to prevent oil spills should the ships ever run aground. To test his new invention, he and his flunky filled…

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Equal Time for Furries

Last week, I posted an article on this pervert who resigned from his job in public service after it was revealed that he was living a “secret” life as a Furry. I don’t know how “secret” it really was, and it wasn’t so much his being a Furry that got him into hot water as…

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Movie Review: THE DARKNESS

This is a fairly ubiquitous title, so to prevent any confusion, I’m talking about the movie starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell and directed by Greg McLean. It came out last year and was supposed to have gotten a theatrical run, but I swear I have no memory of it at all. A limited release,…

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A Visit to the Tinderbox Circus Sideshow

I desperately miss the old-time circus sideshows. They were still around, but fading from prominence, in the years when my earliest memories were being made, memories like being taken to the County Fair each year. Today the sideshow is all but extinct. Almost, but, thankfully, not quite. You won’t see the “freaks” anymore. (Among the…

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