werewolf, werewolves and lycans

The Eyepatch Connection

It’s because TWIN PEAKS looms so large in my mind and heart that I forget. Actor Everett McGill will always be Big Ed Hurley to me, but before he was Big Ed he was in DUNE, and he was the evil Reverend Lester Lowe in SILVER BULLET; that is to say, he was the werewolf….

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A Visit to the Full Moon Cineplex

I’d been wanting to pay a visit to this establishment ever since I first learned of its existence earlier this year. This past weekend, to celebrate Friday the 13th, I made the drive to check out the double-feature of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART THREE (in its original glorious 80s red-and-blue glasses 3D format!) and FRIDAY…

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Revisiting the Classics: SILVER BULLET

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and THE HOWLING are the first films to come to mind when one thinks of the greatest werewolf movies of the 1980s, and rightfully so. But SILVER BULLET, based on the Stephen King long-short story CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF and released in 1985, is right up there near the top…

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Is Netflix canceling STRANGER THINGS?

I’ve seen this rumor floating around the Interwebs the past few days. I should stress that this is still just a rumor. It may, as has been claimed, come from “reliable sources” as such are judged to be by the people making the claims, but in truth the only *reliable* sources for this is the…

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THE HUNT Part 10

“I’m telling you, that wasn’t there before!” Arly said. “I’m not crazy!” They’d gone into the cave and made their way to the drop-off, where Saint had tied the rope around a big stalagmite—(“Is that safe?” Roth had asked. “Shouldn’t you secure that with something? Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be done?” “You worry…

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Storm Area 51 Goes Bust

First the dipstick who started the whole thing tried to start a music festival instead. When he realized that music festivals don’t just happen, that they require a lot of work and planning, he then cancelled the event, and to save face he put the blame on other people. But the ball had already started…

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Movie Review: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Go see this movie. Go. See. This. Movie. You may recall that for a time there were plans for Rambo to face off against a half-human, half-animal genetic experiment run amok in the fifth film of the franchise. That plan was eventually scrapped in favor of the plot for this one, wherein Rambo is pitted…

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A VISIT TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Sasquatch Lake

There are a few different companies offering duckboat tours of the Wisconsin River out of the town of Wisconsin Dells. My lovely traveling companion and I went with the Dells Army Ducks. Each duckboat they operate is a repurposed military vehicle. (The DUKW, or “Duck,” was a military vehicle developed during World War Two for…

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A Sendoff to a Stranger Summer

When I was a kid, the start of school would always mark the end of summer. For most people, the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day. The calendar says that summer ends on the autumnal equinox on September 23rd. I’ve always tended to see the year as being divided up by months, with each…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Beast Beer

Though I lamented the way the town of Elkhorn had failed to capitalize on its resident monster, the Beast of Bray Road, without so much as a local business making use of the werewolf as an advertising mascot, I didn’t have to drive too far to find one that did, and did so with gusto….

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: The Hodag, Part Three—Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hodag

The Ojibway Indians, aka the Chippewa, called it Mishebeshu or Mishipeshu or some other variation thereof. Another name for the creature is “Water Panther.” The physical descriptions of the Water Panther are varied depending on the location and the tribe in question, but there are certain constants, traits that tend to be repeated: a long,…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: The Hodag, Part Two—What the heck IS a Hodag, anyway?

According to a newspaper report from the late 1800s, which detailed the capture of a live Hodag, the beast has “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant [sans the trunk—ED; also, aren’t all elephants “giants”, unless you’re talking about a baby or a pygmy?], thick short legs set off by…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: The Hodag, Part One

The people of Elkhorn, Wisconsin sure could learn a thing or two from the people of Rhinelander, Wisconsin some distance to the north. Whereas I was disappointed to find nothing at all werewolf-related around Elkhorn (though I *did* find some sweet Beast of Bray Road swag not too far away, but more on that in…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Ed Gein’s Traveling Headstone

I wanted to go see the headstone but I simply didn’t have the time. But then it wasn’t the real headstone from Ed Gein’s grave. *That* headstone is under lock and key at the local police station, according to rumor. The one you can actually see, if the Internet reports are accurate, is a second…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Ed Gein, Part Two

Ed Gein’s farmhouse was burned down long ago. Doubtless it was arson, though no one was ever charged with such a crime. Probably the police had no desire to charge anyone with such a crime. There were rumors that the house was going to be purchased and turned into a haunted attraction, a Halloween-style “spook…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Ed Gein, Part One

Wisconsin has some legendary monsters: the Beast of Bray Road, aka the Wisconsin Werewolf, the Hodag, and Ed Gein among them. The latter, the only one of the three to qualify as human, is a celebrity, even if he’s infamous instead of famous, famous for all the wrong reasons. He served as the inspiration for…

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The Micromoon

By the time you are reading this, the Micromoon may have already occurred (probably not), taking place on the night of Friday the 13th! The moon will be at apogee; that is, at its farthest point from the earth. But it will still be a full moon. It will just look smaller than normal. This…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: The Witch’s Tower

Whitewater, Wisconsin has a most colorful history, a history that inspired the name of local business Second Salem Brewing Company. The guy working the brewery the day I stopped by explained to me the town’s history and directed me to its most famous (or infamous) landmark, the “Witch’s Tower” of Starin Park. What it seems…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Introduction

As I sit at the computer typing these words, I am just returned from a foray into Werewolf Country. And if you’re now wondering where, geographically speaking, Werewolf Country is located, just think about it. I’m betting you could figure it out. In recent years, what area of not just the United States but the…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Driving Bray Road, Part Two

As I stated in the previous article in this series, Bray Road isn’t very long. I thus drove up and down in several times. I honestly lost count, just how many. Probably ten, maybe twelve. Several in the day and then I came back at night, after leaving the Walworth County Fair a few miles…

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A TRIP TO WEREWOLF COUNTRY: Driving Bray Road, Part One

If you’ve only heard of Bray Road, near the little town of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, as it relates to the legendary Beast of Bray Road—a creature that has been seen numerous times by numerous people and fits to a T the proverbial physical description of a werewolf straight out of a Hollywood Horror flick—you’d be forgiven…

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THE HUNT Part Nine

“I want you to know, you need to know, that I had a long conversation with the Sheriff last night,” Pete Corelli said. “Is that right?” Saint’s face remained unchanged but his eyes hardened. “I figured, once we were down in the cave, that’d be the perfect opportunity for you to kill me. Or Mr….

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Jackalman (and the Thundercats)

I’m writing it the way they spell it, but it really should be “Jackal Man,” or even better, hyphenated like “Spider-Man.” “Jackal-Man” gives you an accurate idea of what the name is describing. “Jackalman” sounds like an obscure Jewish surname; which, if I remember correctly from the mythos of the cartoons, it may have been….

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THE HUNT Part Eight

“Did you have to wear shorts?” Pete asked, not loud enough for anybody else to hear. “I wanted to be comfortable,” Arly said. “Why?” “You’re chumming the waters.” “What?” “You know, sharks. And those look good on you, too. They fit a little too well, if you catch my drift.” “Why are you looking at…

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THE HUNT Part Seven

Nadie dreaded the winter. Each one seemed to get worse, though she knew that was just her arthritis. The cold got down deep into her bones and set her joints to throbbing. It seemed like she hurt most days of the year now, with a few weeks respite during the all-too-short summer. Out on the…

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