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Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemist Extraordinaire

The term, so they say, comes from “al Khemi,” an Arabic term. “Khem” is the Coptic word for Egypt. Literally, then, al Khemi means “of (or from) Egypt.” The land of the pharaohs is where Science was supposedly born out of magical practices. This search for knowledge, specifically occult or “hidden” knowledge, transported to the…

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Diving into PENNY DREADFUL

What it really comes down to is, I have a busy life. I simply don’t have that much time to spend watching television, certainly not “appointment” television, where I have to allot time each week to sit down and view a favored program. Even if I recorded the programs, I would quickly fall behind. That’s…

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Review: CORRIDORS OF BLOOD

As part of my continuing mission to educate the younger fanboys and girls in the subject of fine cinema, please allow me to recommend to you all CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, starring a pair of screen legends, Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. The film, released in 1958, is perhaps a little misleadingly titled. There’s actually not…

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Sorry, you’re not my “type”

This makes as much sense as any other way of determining whether two people will be compatible for the purposes of a romantic relationship. In fact it makes MORE sense than a lot of them. Pairing up based on astrological signs, whether we’re talking about the standard zodiac or the Chinese one? (I’m a Virgo,…

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Unknown facts about DARK SHADOWS—Really?

I won’t claim to know EVERYTHING about DARK SHADOWS, the cult smash Horror soap opera that ruled the daytime airwaves during its run, 1966 through 1971, on the ABC network. I do know an awful lot, though, much more than your average Joe on the street. Let us delve into this list, then, of nine…

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Iceland’s Museum of Witchcraft—Go see the Magic Pants! (pictured)

Have you heard that thing about Iceland and Greenland? As it goes, the first settlers named Greenland “green-land” to encourage people to come there, when in fact there was nothing there but ice and snow, nothing green at all. Conversely, the first inhabitants of Iceland felt they’d discovered a true hidden treasure, thus they named…

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The Vampire Chair

If you stop and think about it, it’s silly the value we, as human beings, place on certain things, and the criteria we use to determine the value of a thing. Look at diamonds, for example. What is a diamond? It’s a rock. Why will people pay thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars for…

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My review of a review of BYZANTIUM

If you’ve followed my ramblings here on this site for any length of time, you’ve doubtless gleaned that I consider 2012’s BYZANTIUM—directed by Neil Jordan (of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE fame) and starring beauties Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother-and-daughter vampires, respectively—one of the finest vampire movies of recent lineage, a true modern classic….

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The Vampire of Stockholm

As you might expect, I read a LOT of stuff concerning vampires. I daresay I am something of an expert on the subject. Where previously recorded anecdotes and evidence are concerned, I have at minimum a passing familiarity with it, the portions I don’t know by heart, that is. That’s why it is such a…

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Shakespeare’s Missing Cursed Skull

Rendered in modern parlance, it reads: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.” That’s the curse, written by the Bard himself, the greatest writer to have ever lived, etched into his tombstone (a plaque,…

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The “Official” Prequel to DRACULA is Coming

The fact that I put the word “official” in quotations might tip you off to the fact that I don’t much care for this bequeathing of such an honor to any new work. I read and enjoyed DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD, the proclaimed “official” sequel to the classic novel written by Bram Stoker’s great-grand-nephew, Dacre Stoker,…

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Bang! You’re (Robbing The) Dead!

Bad things are often done for good reasons. And “bad” is relative, anyway, when we’re talking about cases of “necessary” evil. Back in the days before people donated their bodies to Science after death, medical schools had a helluva time getting hold of bodies to practice on. They’d frequently be forced to resort to “Resurrection…

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