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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Eighteen

FOUR DAYS AGO: WAXING GIBBOUS MOON The house had three bedrooms which, for Hank Frye’s needs at this current point in his life, consisted of two bedrooms too many. One of these he’d converted to a library when he’d bought the house the previous year. The other he had yet to decide what to do…

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In Search of the *Real* FURY OF THE DEMON

Last week I related the saga of FURY OF THE DEMON. According to the extant lore, the film was the creation of one Victor Sicarius, a protégé of the brilliant “Father of the Cinema” George Melies. Sicarius was a practicing occultist and put a curse on his film. Anytime the movie has been shown, it…

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The “Nazi” Yeti

Supposedly Hitler thought the Yeti, aka the Abominable Snowman, would provide proof of his theory of Aryan genetic descent. (Actually the Aryans were brown-skinned Indo-Europeans who looked a lot like today’s Middle Easterners. Note the similarities of the two words “Iran” and “Aryan”. Not an accident. Iran literally means “land of the Aryans.”) That’s why…

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Where’s The Wolfman Bucket?

Debuting at the New York Comic Con are these retro-style Universal Monsters Halloween candy buckets from super7. Thus far they have revealed only the Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon buckets. (Of the two, I think the Creature bucket is my favorite. Love you, Franky!) But where are the other Universal Monsters? They say…

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Puppet Master vs. Puppet Master

The new PUPPET MASTER movie, the reboot, has just come out on video. I haven’t seen it yet; I’ll let you know my thoughts as soon as I do. One thing about it that doesn’t sit right with me, though, is that the Puppets, and their creator Andre Toulon, are transformed into Nazis for the…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Seventeen

Chaney had just reached the exit, turning off the Interstate into Birmingham, when the feeling came over her. Disquiet, foreboding, and familiar, a nagging sense that something, somewhere, wasn’t right. Am I feeling guilty now, or what? Chaney dismissed the thought, pulling a cigarette free from the pack and lighting it. She turned up her…

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The Necessity of Folklore

Necessary to our shared human history, that is. Necessary to our understanding of ourselves. Necessary to a people’s establishment and maintenance, its common spiritual and psychological identity. It is, along with our recorded histories, the soil in which our cultural roots are sunk, and we will either stand, nourished, or wither and fall dependent on…

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The Curse of FURY OF THE DEMON

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Every storyteller knows this. There was this silent film entitled FURY OF THE DEMON. The film is now considered lost, as are so many of those magnificent old silent movies. In this case, though, it may be for the best that the film…

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Ruminations on the Emmys

Darren Criss won for his performance in AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE, and deservedly so. Judith Light and Penelope Cruz were also nominated for that series, and also deservedly so. And I was thrilled to see my boy Finn Wittrock getting some respect. He competed against Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez—all for…

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A Brief History of Censorship, Part Two

It’s been fascinating, for me, at least, reading up on the subject, learning about it so that I could pass that knowledge on to you, our faithful followers. The milestones along the pathway to the ratings system we have today. A lot has changed in a relatively short time. When I was a kid, and…

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Dead Animals

Three horses—albeit horses of the miniature variety—and a dog in Monroe County, Kentucky were killed by some kind of animal. Two of the horses were found floating in a pond, the third in a barn with its throat torn out. It would seem the ones in the pond also suffered similar injuries, as their deaths…

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Just Take My Damn Money, Already

I’m a sucker for this kinda stuff. A big ol’ sucker. BREAKOUT BEASTS is the new toy line from Mega Construx. You buy an alien-esque plastic egg. The egg is built to pop open at its “equator” and inside is filled with neon-colored slime—and a monster! The creatures are billed as “buildable” so that likely…

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Tarzan vs. the Wolfman

No, that movie never happened. But wouldn’t it have been awesome if it had! There ARE connections between the two characters, though, and not just in the conceptual sense. Both are metaphors for the blurring of the line between human being and animal. Tarzan is a man who was raised by beasts, the latest iteration…

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GLEN OR GLENDA? vs. MANIAC

“Comparing and contrasting the Devil imagery in Ed Wood’s GLEN OR GLENDA? and Dwain Esper’s MANIAC” would have made for a more accurate title for this article, but it was a tad too long, I thought. Last week I watched the latter film, impressed by the depths of inadequacy it managed to plumb. Something I…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Sixteen

There it was. The red Camaro. Candy Paradise. Leland’s heart started to pound. He hadn’t waited long at all. Stay cool. Don’t get excited. Mistakes happen when you get excited. Leland repeated these mental commands in an unspoken mantra. He cranked the van and pulled out. He had to time it just perfect. Candy signaled,…

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Chaney Legacy Cards!

I “met” artist Clay Sayre on a Lon Chaney fan page. Seems like a cool guy, and I really dug his work. Turns out he has contributed his talents to a little project called “The Chaney Legacy” trading card collection. As I am wont to do if I come across something that I like, I…

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A Brief History of Censorship

Alternately, this one could be titled “When was the first porno made?” The answer to that question would be, sometime immediately following the creation of the movie camera. Before film, people were taking “dirty” photographs. Cavemen painted “dirty” art on cave walls, as far as that goes. But we aren’t concerning ourselves with pornography, here,…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: MANIAC (1934)

Had this film not been made a couple of decades before Ed Wood started directing, writing, and producing, one might easily believe that MANIAC is one of his early efforts. It’s that bad, and that “good.” But then there is an undercurrent of meanness in MANIAC that Ed would never have promoted, scenes of animal…

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The Cereal Monsters Are Back!

The kindred spirits over at the collinsporthistoricalsociety join with me this week in celebrating the yearly return to supermarket shelves of our beloved Frankenberry, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Fruit Brute, and Yummy Mummy breakfast cereals. (Not that I ever ate them exclusively at breakfast. And not that you have to, either. You can enjoy them…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part Fifteen

Leland spent a couple hours running the necessary errands. He stocked up on groceries, lots of canned food, beer. All the things he’d need. He wanted to make it so he had to leave the house as little as possible. It would be the worst form of bad manners to go off and leave a…

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I have been to the Black Lagoon!

Last week, I got to take a little vacation. I found myself in lovely Florida, having a lovely time. One of the activities I put near the top of my list of things to do was to visit Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. (The park bears Ball’s name because he sold the land to…

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The Stump-Jumper

When I learned of the existence of a monster known as the “Stump-Jumper,” how could I NOT go off in search of it? When passing through the area (the Florida panhandle) last week, I knew I had to make a detour to the Stump-Jumper’s stomping grounds. This latter comprises the teeny tiny hamlet known as…

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The Mermaid Mummy of Iceland!

Elsewhere this week I wrote about the troubles currently being experienced by Wolf and Ali Mertz, the owners of WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY in Saint Augustine, Florida. Despite the strain of financial uncertainties foisted upon them, though, they haven’t let it slow them down, as they continue to bring to the nation’s oldest city and…

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Two-Toed Tom

Okay, Tom isn’t a werewolf. He’s a monster of a different sort. But I’m going to make an exception this time because Two-Toed Tom, the giant demon alligator of north Florida, happens to share the same home territory as another regional monster, the Two Egg Stump-Jumper, which I also wrote about this week. (Check the…

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RE-visiting the Grave of the Georgia Werewolf

Refresh your memories of my recent visit to the gravesite of Emily Burt, the “Werewolf of Georgia,” before continuing. I mean, you don’t HAVE to, but this article here will make a lot more sense to you if you do. Unless you have a really good memory and can recall all the specifics and details….

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