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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17:  Writer Anne Rice signs copies of her book "The Wolf Gift" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Get Well, Anne Rice

Y’all don’t really need for me to tell you who Anne Rice is, do you? If you do, you’re probably on the wrong website, anyway. Get outta here before your parents realize you’re surfing sites you shouldn’t oughtta be. For the rest of us, this week brings news that Ms. Rice has been ill. You,…

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Faux-Whitby Harbor – As good as the real thing?

I have a friend who lives along the Gulf Coast. Visiting her a few years ago, I heard her proclaim several times over the course of the week: “If it’s snowbird season, is it okay for us to shoot them?” If you aren’t familiar with the term, a “snowbird” is a person who lives elsewhere…

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Happy Anniversary, Dracula!

I am writing this article on May 4th. If you don’t recognize the significance of this date, permit me to elucidate. It was on May 4th that Jonathan Harker completed his journey to the Transylvanian home of Count Dracula in the novel by Bram Stoker. This latter, published in 1897, is celebrating its 119th anniversary…

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Dueling Gardens of Eden

The Garden of Eden has been found pretty much everywhere at some point or other. Florida, South Carolina, Africa, Turkey, the North freakin’ Pole. Yet the account in Genesis, despite what this linked article claims, is reasonably specific as to its actual location. It lies at the juncture where four rivers converge; problem is, only…

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The Dracula Illegal Gambling Machine

First off and for the record, I have never played any kind of gambling machine. I have never been to a casino and have no desire to visit one. I have never gambled for money. I am, insofar as gambling is concerned, a teetotaler. Does this lend more credibility to my opinion, then, or rather…

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A Virgin Disses DRACULA? Not on MY Watch!

I’ll cut her a little bit of slack, since she’s a friend of mine. But still, this is DRACULA we’re talking about. Of course the character is not bound by and contained exclusively in the novel in which he made his debut, so I could rationalize that Ms. Erin Chapman is not dissing Dracula so…

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Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Danny Sapani as Sembene, Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 8). - Photo:  Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  PennyDreadful_108_0011
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The Perils of PENNY DREADFUL

Having only recently discovered and fallen madly in love with PENNY DREADFUL, I find myself suffering from a terrible malady. I bought seasons one and two, and was able to watch them at my leisure. Problem is, I’m now hooked. I’m jonesing for more. You might be wondering, as PENNY DREADFUL season number three just…

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The Coral Castle of Florida

Located just outside Miami is an edifice worth exploring for all purveyors and aficionados of the strange and unusual, the Coral Castle. It isn’t really a “castle,” as it doesn’t have a roof. Only one small two-story building, a part of the overall structure, has a roof on it, or floors. It would be more…

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A visit to WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY 2, Part Three

Having discussed my initial discovery of WOLF’S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY in Saint Augustine, Florida, and my initial reticence to go inside (look, I had a headache, okay?), what, then, does the M.O.M. have to offer, of the vampire variety? For one thing—though this isn’t actually a good thing—the movie playing in the upstairs theater (available…

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The Exploding Monk

As part of a recent vacation, your intrepid reporter took a ghost tour of historic Saint Augustine, Florida, America’s oldest city. This is a city where the streets—and this is well documented—run right over mass graves of Yellow Fever victims, where history hangs as palpable as the humidity in the coastal air, where it is…

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A Visit to America’s Most Haunted City

It’s a close competition, to my mind, as to which American city has the most ghosts, New Orleans or Saint Augustine. I’d have to give the edge to St. Augustine, though, both because it’s older and because it has the bloodier history. Several centuries worth of massacres, disease outbreaks, Indian uprisings and pirate raids have…

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The Original RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

I’ve been a fan of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not since I was a little kid, watching the TV show, hosted by Jack Palance, in the early 80s. If I ever find myself in a tourist town and if said town has a Ripley’s museum, I’ll probably check it out. They’re all a little bit…

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