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The Sideshow was always the Main Event for me

Like Robert Ripley, I have always been attracted to the odd and the curious. God, I miss the sideshow. Telling my age, here, but I can remember—barely—when sideshows were still a part of traveling fairs. These days only vestiges remain, and these few and far between. You might still find a “Giant Maneating Rat” or…

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The Worst Vampire Movie Ever Made. Seriously.

Vampires, goth chicks and boobs. Need I say more? Well probably, that would be a pretty boring review. There’s good-bad and then there’s bad-bad, amIright? While a true connoisseur of quality Horror films, I also have a big, gushy soft spot for bad Horror. And by “bad” I mean, cheesy, cornball, hokey, silly, superficial—and often…

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North Carolina’s “Vampire Beast” had a taste for doggie blood

On January 6, 1954, the Lumberton, North Carolina, Robesonian newspaper published a sensational article titled “Vampire Strikes At Woman; Police Chief Warns Parents.” I wouldn’t have filed this one under the vampire heading, except that’s what the people in Baldenboro, North Carolina decided to call this critter. If it was a critter and not some…

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Whitewashing Saint George

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — When a gigantic mural of St. George appeared next to a historic church dedicated to the revered figure, many hailed it as a brilliant piece of street art. But the influential Romanian Orthodox Church was not amused. I’m of two minds on this one; granted, one is bigger than the other….

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Theater shooter earned “value points” by killing

“I was worth 12 more people than I was before,” Holmes says. It’s a tricky thing, trying to assign guilt or innocence of a crime based on a suspect’s mental state. The legal definition for insanity is not the same as the medical one. If a person is able to understand the difference between right…

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“Well, it’s not like they’re GOING anywhere!” Funeral Home says.

Toledo Police opened an investigation into Tate’s Funeral Home on Lagrange St. on Friday morning after the discovery of close to a dozen unprocessed bodies. Oh, this is just asking for trouble! Don’t these people know how easy it is to create a vampire? Any impropriety with a corpse will do it. Letting a cat…

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It’s not real blood, dammit!

Urban legends, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, are stories believed to be true and told from friend to friend, acquittance to acquittance about a topic — normally with a twist of irony or shock.  When I was a little boy, I first became aware of, infatuated with, and terrified of the group…

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Richard Chase, the “Vampire Killer”

Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. Few crimes are more disturbing than those of Richard Chase, dubbed “The Vampire of Sacramento.” Most troubling is the fact that his crimes fall into that category which…

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Unholy Terror

Archaeologists excavating a medieval Benedictine nunnery in Oxford have shed light on the darker side of convent life. It’s seems the ladies were naughty. Some of them, anyway. The bones tell the story, along with some historical documentation. This priory, eventually dissolved by the Church, served as home to more than just nuns. There were…

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Why we need, and crave, the darkness.

The darkness Clark Strand is talking about here is literal: the darkness of the nighttime, of a world before electricity, when there was a rhythm to life that followed the sun’s rising and setting. It’s so easy to take for granted. I expect even our grandparents (or great-grandparents, or great-great grandparents, depending on your age)…

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Yikes! This Bat Has Some Serious Bite!

What big teeth you have, my dear! The better to eat insects with—and make one’s own ecological niche. Daaaay-um! Look at those teeth! I personally love bats. I think they’re adorable. And I’m well aware of how beneficial they are to the human race. I’m a big supporter of Bats rights. I say bats are…

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Where the $#%! did THAT come from?!!

A young boy riding his bicycle is surprised at the sight of a coffin on a concrete sidewalk rather than its designated home at a southwest Houston church cemetery. Where do vampires come from? Or, more specifically, what are the origins of the legend? There is no one blanket answer to that question. That the…

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