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Ghosts and Christmas: An Introduction

Knowledgeable types know that it use to be customary for people to share ghost stories at Christmas. There are those of us who still enjoy keeping this tradition alive. But where did it come from? Like so many of our Christmas traditions, it is a carryover from pre-Christian pagan winter celebrations. Like at Halloween (then…Continue readingGhosts and Christmas: An Introduction

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I Saw Three Skulls

“I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day! I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas Day in the morning!” The traditional carol “I Saw Three Ships” is one of the older ones. So old, in fact, that experts who are expertish in such matters cannot say for sure…Continue readingI Saw Three Skulls

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Wonder Woman and the Vampire

To get in a little review, WONDER WOMAN 1984 is fantastic. And it has a vampire in it. Sorta. I caught the film in the theater, the way it was meant to be enjoyed. (There were maybe a half-dozen other people in the place so I had no problem in maintaining my safe social distancing,…Continue readingWonder Woman and the Vampire

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Movie Review: MONSTER HUNTER

It’s hard to believe that Paul W.S. Anderson is the guy who did EVENT HORIZON. You look at his oeuvre—films like MORTAL KOMBAT, DEATH RACE and DEATH RACE 2000, and 74 out of the 76 RESIDENT EVIL movies—and that one doesn’t fit. He’s known for dumb action/Horror/Sci-Fi flicks, not intelligent, polished output. MONSTER HUNTER is…Continue readingMovie Review: MONSTER HUNTER

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 17

Brian felt sick. An explosion of nervous energy mushroomed in an instant from his solar plexus to his groin, bitter mucus churning up in his throat until he almost gagged. He forced himself to take a deep breath, straightened and tensed, his conscious mind asserting itself. “No,” he said, a lifetime of questions and fears…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 17

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TRUE BLOOD Getting Revamped

Why not? Sure it’s only been, what, a year since the show went off the air? Okay, it’s been six years, actually, but you get the point. It is far too early to be thinking of doing a reboot, but that does seem to be the way of things nowadays. My peripheral pop culture awareness…Continue readingTRUE BLOOD Getting Revamped

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Nosferatu Shaves His Head

When Werner Herzog brought his remake of NOSFERATU to un-life in 1979, enough time had passed that Bram Stoker’s novel and titular character, Dracula, had entered the public domain, and thus the main character in Herzog’s movie could again be called Dracula. In the original NOSFERATU in 1922, trying to avoid a lawsuit from Florence…Continue readingNosferatu Shaves His Head

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 16

“What did you do to all those people?” Gale asked. Selivanov cocked his head. “Do you really desire to know?” he asked. “And could you understand, I wonder?” He adjusted the lever control on his wheelchair, rolling closer to Gale. “It would be nice to discuss the mechanics of it with a mind educated enough…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 16

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 15

Exhaustion alone enabled Gale and Deb to sleep through the night. The floor of the cage left bruises on their skin, a bed of cold steel. Fortunately for Gale at least, she lacked the strength even to dream. She slept as hard as one comatose or one dead, a period of deep slumber without interruption…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 15

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What If…the Marvel Zombies Get Animated?

The wave of the future, it seems, is that every fandom, every geek property, will end up with its own network. Or they’ll share one, the way Star Wars and Marvel are going to be sharing Disney+. Seriously, they’re doing, like, what, fifty new Star Wars series? And almost that many Marvel series? This might…Continue readingWhat If…the Marvel Zombies Get Animated?

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The Halloween Nativity Set

Remember the Zombie Nativity? It caused all sorts of knickers-twisting back a coupla-three years ago. As you can imagine, this new Halloween-themed nativity set from The First Halloween has likewise rubbed some people the wrong way, leading to lots of pearl-clutching on the social medias. The proprietors don’t address the question of whether or not…Continue readingThe Halloween Nativity Set

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Channing Tatum as Dracula? Hell No!

I’ve been paying more lip-service—er, keyboard service—more to the whole thing about Channing Tatum playing one of the classic Universal Monsters in a new comedic take over at our sister site WEREWOLVES.COM, but I’m gonna pick this particular bone right here, since whoever the doofus was who wrote this linked article thinks it would be…Continue readingChanning Tatum as Dracula? Hell No!