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LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT found at last? Nah.

I think I may understand to a small degree the way teachers must feel at times. When I have to post certain facts for the benefit of those who might be reading an article and might not already know what I’m talking about, I feel a little tinge of fatigue. “Shouldn’t they already know this…

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EVIL DEAD Coloring Book!

Here’s an excerpt from the press release I found in my email-bag this week. “Space Goat Productions, in partnership with Studiocanal and Creative Licensing, has announced they are extending their license for the Evil Dead 2 comic books for another 3 years. An adult coloring book, art book, and hardcover omnibus based off of the…

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Art Imitating Nightmare

When we sleep, our mind paralyzes our bodies to keep us from acting out our dreams. (I did dream once that I was making out with this hot babe who had the driest mouth when I kissed her, and then woke up to find myself chewing on my pillow, but such things are the exception…

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“Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men?”

I bet you can finish that catchphrase, can’t you? Say it with me, now: “The Shadow knows!” I also bet most of you have never listened to any of the old-school radio dramas from which the character partly originates, or read any of the pulp magazines from which he also partly originates. Sound confusing? Allow…

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Regarding POWERS OF DARKNESS

I’m a little past the halfway point in reading POWERS OF DARKNESS, aka MAKT MYRKRANNA, the lost (and finally found) Icelandic translation of Bram Stoker’s masterpiece DRACULA. Scholar Hans de Roos has done an exceptional job bringing this project to us in the English-speaking world. Dracula fans in general are swooning over it (all the…

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Review: LEGO BATMAN

If you’ve seen this movie, you don’t need me to tell you why it qualifies for inclusion here on this site. If you haven’t seen it, you should. I couldn’t manage to make it out for the film’s opening weekend, though I wanted to, so I made up for it this past weekend. Had I…

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Interview with the Author (and Victim) of HAINT BLUE

You may remember my review of the book HAINT BLUE, and my promise to conduct an interview with one or more of the authors of that book. This week I’m finally making good on that promise. Follow the link to read the review first, to familiarize, or re-familiarize, yourselves with the story, then come on…

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Secret Chamber in Tutankhamen’s Tomb

Are you a believer in King Tut’s curse? I’m really not, yet there’s just enough of the bizarre attached to the whole thing to make you wonder. “Death comes on wings to the one who disturbs the final resting place of the Pharaoh,” the curse goes, paraphrased. If there WAS a curse it was a…

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A Bloody Good Valentine’s

I never celebrated Valentine’s Day before last year. I always WANTED to; I simply wanted to celebrate it MY way. I wanted to throw a party celebrating the anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. I wanted to transform Valentine’s into a second Halloween. My way of thinking never caught on. I could never find…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE INVISIBLE RAY

One of the dozen or so films that Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi made together, 1936’s THE INVISIBLE RAY stands out, for one reason, in that it is a notable exception to the norm of having Bela play the heel. As was the case in 1934’s THE BLACK CAT, in this one Bela is the…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT

I have a theory about it. Two, actually, but one I consider far more likely than the other. The outlandish one involves the Mandela Effect. You’re all familiar with the term, yes? How so many people have clear memories of Nelson Mandela dying in a South African prison back during the 80s, only it never…

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London: On the Page and on the Map

I’ve never been to London, I’m sad to say. Yes, I am a scholar, a student of the world, a connoisseur of all things historic and literary, but my ass is perpetually BROKE and airfare ain’t cheap. Someday I’ll get there, hopefully sooner rather than later, and hopefully when I do get around to getting…

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