The Hodag Mask

For a few years, I’ve sported a big handlebar moustache, which I waxed heavily and curled into a genuine Old Western B-movie villain mustache. It got me lots of compliments, and I’d get told that I looked like the videogame character Wario, or Snidely Whiplash, or Ming the Merciless. Or Anton LaVey, although I don’t recall ever seeing him sporting the handlebars. Anyway, the downside to having the ‘stache was that I had to keep it waxed all the time to keep it out of my mouth, and I can’t stand it when it gets in my mouth. It’s also uncomfortable to have while wearing a mask, and we’re under a mask order now, and will be for at least the next few months. Thus I made the decision to go with comfort and shaved off the mustache.

I met my friend Kerry when I visited Rhinelander, Wisconsin, home of the legendary Hodag. When Kerrie learned about my follicle sacrifice, he promptly sent me two official Hodag medical masks! What do you think? I think I look suave and sophisticated. The masks are so cool, it made losing the mustache worth it.

Read all about my encounter with the Hodag—which is absolutely a real creature; don’t let anyone tell you different!—right here on this site.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.