THE CHOSEN Part Five: THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS AND THE MORNING AFTER Chapter Four

Gale looked at the ground, running a hand through her hair. “Julian says, well, they all say it, that you’re this great hero.” “I guess I am,” Brian said. He smiled. “But I don’t have a clue how that could have happened. God playing dice with the universe or something, and He rolled craps.” Gale…

The Lady in Black at the Prattville Cotton Gin Factory

Kathryn Tucker Windham in her book JEFFREY INTRODUCES 13 MORE SOUTHERN GHOSTS chronicled the story of little Willie Youngblood, who died at the cotton gin manufacturing plant in Prattville, Alabama, and of his spectral mother, known as the “Lady in Black”. This past week I got to visit the “Prattville Gin” myself for the first…

THE CHOSEN Part Five: THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS AND THE MORNING AFTER Chapter Three

Brian sat in a folding camp chair in front of a tent, staring at the ground but seeing nothing. He wore new clothes that they had given him, dark grey pants and lace-up boots with a black A-style undershirt. Someone had brought him a bottle of soda and he sipped at it without tasting it.…

An Alabama Treasure

I’m not sure just how “over” (wrestling term) Kathryn Tucker Windham is outside of the Southern United States, but ‘round these parts she’s nothing less than a legend. Folklorist, author, and celebrity, she penned numerous books, the most famous of which chronicled vintage Southern ghost stories, allegedly true ghost stories, tales based on authentic legends.…

Michael Myers’ Renfield

This op-ed is supposed to play compare and contrast with the character Dr. Sartain from 2018’s HALLOWEEN and the apostate priest of RAWHEAD REX. Unfortunately the author lost me early on in what would otherwise have been an interesting piece by complaining about the Sartain character’s ethnicity. “I don’t think it’s great that the Michael-worshipping,…

Renaming the Gypsy

Scientists are renaming the Gypsy Moth because the term “Gypsy” is problematic. That’s all well and good, but just how far can this move towards removing the word from modern language realistically go? Listen, there is no question that the word “Gypsy” began as a pejorative. A takeoff on “Egyptian” due to the mistaken belief…

AMERICAN HORROR STORIES and Beetlejuice and Hill House at Horror Nights

The spinoff series to AMERICAN HORROR STORY, brilliantly titled AMERICAN HORROR STORIES (How long did it take them to think that one up?!) now has an official trailer. This one will be exclusive to FX on Hulu, so I haven’t gotten too excited about it. It will have seven episodes in total and will feature…

New Dracula Cast!

This is not the Dracula for the forthcoming Universal Horror movie, nor the other Dracula movie from Chloe Zhao. Both of those are in development, but no names have been revealed yet, no performers cast. No, this is yet another Dracula! (And can we ever have too many? I think not!) This is the Dracula…

Epic Statuary Coolness

Check out these “Premium Format” Dracula and Van Helsing statues in the likenesses of Christopher Lee and Petr Cushing, respectively, from Sideshow Collectibles. “The Dracula Premium Format Figure measures 22.25” tall, and stands on top of a stone-effect base bedecked with Gothic gargoyles. Sculpted with an incredibly detailed likeness of actor Sir Christopher Lee as…