The Wabash Cannonball

Have you ever heard of the Wabash Cannonball? For me, first and foremost, it was a rollercoaster, the first such thrill ride I ever encountered. The Wabash Cannonball was located at Opryland USA in Nashville, and I was but a wee bairn when I encountered it. Being too small at the time to ride it,…

CRITTERS: Were They or Weren’t They?

I wrote quite a bit about my visit to the crash site outside Kelly, Kentucky where in 1955 a UFO allegedly brought to our world a bunch of diminutive scamps, the “assault” perpetrated by which against some hapless locals inspired several movies, like GREMLINS, ET, and even POLTERGEIST. The most obvious cinematic inspiration, however, remains…

Dan Aykroyd has Legit Ghostbusting Cred

Sam Aykroyd, great-grandfather of actor Dan Aykroyd, was a member of the Spiritualist movement and an active paranormal investigator. He allowed a medium named Walter Ashurst to live with him for over a decade, during which time he conducted countless séances. He was no sucker, though. Reading through Aykroyd’s personal journals, it seems fairly obvious…

War of the Ghostbusters

Filmation may be the coolest cartoon company ever, alongside Rankin/Bass and Hanna-Barbera. Filmation produced content like HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, BRAVESTARR, FLASH GORDON, FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, and the live action SHAZAM!, ISIS, ARK II, and JASON OF STAR COMMAND programs; they created adaptations of Zorro, Batman, and the Lone…

Vampire or Ghost?

Having reported this week on a couple of sightings of the infamous “Highgate Vampire”, the entity said to haunt the environs of Highgate Cemetery in London, and one in particular where the witness states his belief, or rather disbelief, that what he encountered was a “vampire”, it got me to thinking. Where do we draw…

VAMPED vs. the Bishop

The war of pixels seems to be heating up again. It’ll cool off for a while then flare back up. On one side of the ring is Anthony Hogg, a proclaimed vampirologist (i.e. an expert on vampires) who doesn’t believe in vampires, Erin Chapman, his assistant, and some others, and on the other side of…