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Silent Timeline

I wouldn’t expect that you, my faithful, would be interested in all the same things I am, or vice versa. I aim to hit the target as often as I can, and I expect I do; in other words, as we are kindred spirits, I expect the things that I find intriguing enough to cover…

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Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

For a theatre person (NOTE: If you’ve missed it on those occasions where I’ve explained it before, “theatre” with an R-E at the end denotes live theatre, stage theatre, as opposed to “theater” with E-R at the end, which means a movie theater.) I’m in the minority in that I don’t care for musicals. There…

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The Skeleton People

This article refers to them as the “Omo Masalai.” This other article refers to them as the “Chimbu.” Which is it? Are they two separate peoples, two distinct tribes, or is one a subset of the other? Both the former and the latter are said to live in Papua New Guinea, and they both LOOK…

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Zombies or Vampires?

I reported on this news story last week, on the discovery in Yorkshire, England of the island nation’s first “aberrant burials”; these latter, dating back to the Middle Ages, featured skeletons that displayed signs of postmortem mutilation and burning. That this was done is clearly indicative that the living feared these deceased might possibly come…

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How Bela Got Shafted

After the massive success of DRACULA, Universal Studios naturally wanted Bela Lugosi for its upcoming FRANKENSTEIN. Bela wanted to play the crazed scientist, but the studio wanted him for the Monster. Much has been said about Bela’s refusal to play the part, but it isn’t true. Granted, he wasn’t thrilled with the prospect, not because…

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The Haunting of Hell House on the Haunted Hill

News this week that Netflix was planning a new series based on Shirley Jackson’s story THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE inspired this here post. I’m penning it (actually keyboarding it) as a sort of public service, addressing something that has been a bane to me personally in bygone days. I will endeavor to help myself…

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CHUPACABRA TERRITORY

Over at our sister site werewolves.com this week, I waxed eloquent about how certain movies, based on their titles alone, appeal to me, how they sufficiently inform me for me to know with certainty that I will love them. This here is another such example. CHUPACABRA TERRITORY. The title says it all. I don’t need…

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The Humongous Highgate Bonsai

You know all about Highgate Cemetery in London. You know it was where Dante Rosetti infamously disinterred his lady love to recover some poetry he’d buried with her. You know it is believed to have been the inspiration for the graveyard wherein the vampiric Lucy Westenra meets her grisly end in Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. And…

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Some Big (Clown) Shoes To Fill

I’m tired of hearing people bitching about the giant spider at the end of the TV miniseries IT. The giant spider is in the book, too. And, if one bothers to read the book, they will understand that it isn’t REALLY a spider at all. They couldn’t have 86ed the spider without writing a new…

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Billion Dollar Lawsuit over THE CONJURING

ALMOST a billion dollars. It’s actually about a hundred million short of that, but when you get to such an exorbitant sum, that’s chump change. The guy suing Warner Brothers is Gerald Brittle, who in 1980 wrote a book about the alleged true-to-life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the exploits that have since inspired…

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Who Killed DARK SHADOWS—Again

First off, no one “killed” it. The onetime television soap opera is as popular and vibrant today as when it first aired on ABC in the 60s—if not moreso. As to the question of who “canceled” it as a series, this article here quotes the then-president of the network, James Duffy, as taking credit for…

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English Vampires

Vampires have been discovered in England for the very first time! That’s PHYSICAL vampires and not literary ones. Where the literary kind is concerned, jolly old England is the vampire capital of the world. Varney, Ruthven, Dracula: Britain is home to all of these, and countless others. This, on the other hand, is the sort…

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