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Tut’s Coffin

Last week—or was it the week before?—it was Tut’s head, or the head of a statue of King Tutankhamen, one probably smuggled out of Egypt illegally. (Is it possible to legally smuggle something?) This week it’s Tut’s sarcophagus. The Pharaoh’s gold-gilt coffin is undergoing restoration work (it had developed some cracks) for the first time…

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Remembering DAY OF THE DEAD

Seeing it featured in the latest season of STRANGER THINGS got me wanting to watch George Romero’s masterpiece DAY OF THE DEAD again. (Can an auteur have more than one masterpiece? I think Romero did. All three of his Living Dead movies from the 70s and 80s would qualify. LAND OF THE DEAD might even…

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Renovating Highgate

Highgate Cemetery was probably the inspiration for the cemetery in DRACULA wherein Lucy Westenra gets staked and beheaded by Van Helsing and his cohorts, a scene that was possibly inspired by the real-world exhumation of Elizabeth Siddals, mistress of Dante Rossetti, in 1869. Highgate also allegedly had its own real-life vampire at large in the…

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No Regrets

Chris Morgan was an architect for the planned “Dark Universe” shared universe for the classic Universal Monsters. “I don’t [have] regrets or anything like that…I think it’s just, you know, I think it probably was trying to come together too quickly [which is just another way of saying the whole thing was rushed—ED], I would…

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Movie Review: COLD SKIN

When watching this gem from last year, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Leviathans storyline from DARK SHADOWS. A lot of fans didn’t care for this storyline but I loved it. I loved *all* the storylines from DARK SHADOWS. I mean, sure, I loved some more than others, but anyway. I also couldn’t get the…

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ROOK Work

The tulpa I may have unintentionally created of my character The Rook didn’t show up during our last production in the Rook series of plays (all written, directed, and produced by moi) back in June (unfortunately) but he’s been showing up in lots of places nonetheless. Tired of waiting on myself achieving the level of…

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In Memoriam: Rutger Hauer

He will probably be most remembered for his role in 1982’s BLADE RUNNER, where he set the whole hero/villain thing on its head by portraying a character, an android or “replicant,” more sympathetic to the viewer than was than the movie’s protagonist. To the hardcore Horror faithful, he will always be the embodiment of the…

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Most Terrifying Vampire Tales From Across the Pond

Allow me to encapsulate this site for you by listing, sans ads, pop-ups, or page changes, those stories selected by the authors of that there site. They are, in order of list-ation, (1) the Vampire of Berwick: in the HISTORIA RERUM (not “redrum” although that would be appropriate) ANGLICARUM, historian William of Newburgh wrote of…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One of my biggest pet peeves involving things that don’t actually matter in the slightest is the way the stores always jump the gun on holiday merchandise. A couple’a weeks ago I went into a Dollar Tree and they’d jumped over Halloween already and went straight to Thanksgiving. In the middle of July. And Hobby…

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Wesley Snipes to BLADE Fans: “Chill Out”

I’m paraphrasing, but that is in essence what he told them, the fans who were upset after it was announced that Mahershala Ali would be succeeding Snipes as Blade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (“chillaaxx” is the actual word Snipes used.) “To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes…

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Bram’s Signature

There is a plaque on the wall of the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Cruden Bay, Scotland, commemorating the writing of DRACULA. Bram Stoker wrote the first part of the seminal novel there in 1894-1895. Bram is known to have stayed at the hotel at least twice, and he signed the hotel’s guestbook to prove it….

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The Vampire Stump

In New Zealand there lives a stump. “Lives” is sorta a relative term, considering it is a stump and should thus be dead. When a tree falls or is cut down, either it sprouts some new growth to start over or it dies. It doesn’t just remain a stump and remain living. Only this one…

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