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The Mummy Speaks!

This. This right here. This is cool. Nesyamun was a priest at Karnak, Thebes (where Luxor is today) during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses XI, 1099-1069 BC. (Remember that it counts backwards if we’re dealing with BC years.) That means Nesyamun has been dead for over 3000 years. And yet, thanks to the miracles of…

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Simulacra!

Here is the definition of the word, courtesy of Wikipedia, if you are unfamiliar with the term: “A simulacrum (plural: simulacra, from Latin: simulacrum, which means “likeness, similarity”) is a representation or imitation of a person or thing. The word was first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century, used to describe…

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Movie Review: THE CURED

Zombies are so played-out. That’s why, when there is something new done with them, it’s so refreshing. On that note, I am pleased to recommend newcomer David Freyne’s THE CURED. It tells the story of what would happen if there were a zombie apocalypse but then a cure for the condition was subsequently found and…

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Zoltar and Bela

I was in a flea market this past weekend, looking for some quality junk, and they had one of the old Zoltar (sometimes Zoltan) Fortuneteller machines. Of course I had to drop in a couple of quarters to get my fortune. (And fortunately it was good news.) Then, staring into Zoltar’s twinkling glass eyes, it…

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Did A Woman Really Have a Heart Attack During THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

I’ve heard this one for as far back as I can remember. I don’t even remember where and when I first heard it, that a woman had supposedly had a heart attack during the infamous unmasking scene in Universal’s 1925 silent masterpiece THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Chaney. I decided to do some…

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Bela Lugosi

There Are Such Things…

All throughout the Victorian era, ghosts and the supernatural were rampant. Why, then, when movies first came into being, among them Horror movies, and especially with the advent of sound in movies, was it so often necessary for filmmakers to reveal, at the end of their narratives, that the ghosts weren’t real, that it had…

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THE CHOSEN Part One: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 8

Becky Pearl O’Leary had become a nurse out of no great desire of her own, but rather to satisfy what had become a near-obsession to her mother. Margaret Hayes O’Leary had dreamed of becoming a nurse but instead became a housewife and mother four times over. All the elder woman’s dreams and aspirations she had…

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SLENDER MAN Sighting

Finally it looks like someone took my advice and started rendering the fictitious entity’s name as one word, Slenderman, instead of two, which is something I’ve advocated for in the past. This article refers to him as “Slenderman.” It also tells us that he is real, or that there are people who claim to have…

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Collinwood in Miniature

This past Saturday was the last day my favorite store, Nightmare Toys in Madison, Alabama, was open for business. My friends, owners Kristy and Phillip, are moving to Las Vegas, and they’re closing the store in Alabama but relocating it to Vegas with them. The new store will be bigger, and will no doubt draw…

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THE CHOSEN Part One: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 7

Jacob Weiss eased himself into the chair facing the well-ordered desk, on the edge of which rested a bronze placard engraved with the words LESLIE DANIELS, ATTORNEY AT LAW. The woman herself stood on the opposite side, backed by a wall decorated with several degrees and diplomas, a collection of her framed trophies nailed to…

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In Memoriam: John Karlen

I’m sitting here wondering what to write that would be adequate enough to pay tribute to Mr. John Karlen, most famous for the many roles he played on DARK SHADOWS, most prominent among these the role of Willie Loomis, the sociopathic grifter who unwittingly frees vampire Barnabas Collins from the latter’s imprisonment in a chained…

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Doling Out Those Fs

When a movie earns an F cinema score, it means one of two things. It means that either the movie royally sucked, or else the film, for whatever reason, and regardless of its technical proficiency, did not sit well with the audience. In the former category we have such contenders as the recent remake of…

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