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THE CHOSEN Part One – THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 3

Konrad Selivanov could not tell dreaming from waking. Bound now in perpetual sleep, never certain of his own consciousness, the sensation of falling might have been either memory or nightmare. Likewise the pain, dulled somewhat by the drugs being pumped into his veins, remained constant in both. He heard voices and sounds, all alien, smelled…

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A Christmas Ghost Who is Not Jacob Marley

Also this ghost is not representative of Christmases past, present, or yet-to-come either. And unlike those literary ghosts given immortal life by Charles Dickens, this particular ghost might be real. Like, real-world real. The Cobden’s Hotel in Capel Curig, Wales is said to be haunted, by several ghosts, in fact. One of them specifically chooses…

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White Snow, Bloody Straw

While Krampus continues his yearly infiltration of the saccharine celebrations of Christmas, there are other figures, arguably equal in nastiness, that remain largely unknown outside their counties of origin. Let’s see if we can change that, shall we? Let’s give a little love this week to Hans Trapp, the carnivorous snowman of France. Trapp was,…

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Dracula and Brexit

I recall one of my professors back in college, Dr. Elmore, making a comment in class one day about how those with degrees in English Literature, or Literature of any sort, really, don’t care to watch the news. “It’s the same old stuff,” he said. (I’m paraphrasing a bit.) “We (meaning Literature majors) get the…

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Ms. Siddal’s Hair, a Continuation

Dante Rossetti may not have been playing with all 52 cards in his deck when, seven years after the death by suicide (or so it was suspected) of his wife and muse, Elizabeth Siddal, he ordered her body exhumed so that he could retrieve a book of poetry he had buried with her. His agent…

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Ms. Siddal’s Hair

Ms. Elizabeth Siddal, known to friends and family as Lizzie, was, if you don’t immediately recall the name, the wife of artist and poet Dante Rossetti, in addition to being an artist and poet in her own right. She is perhaps most famous, though, for serving as an artist’s model for the Pre-Raphaelites. (These were…

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Revisiting the (Recent) Classics: WIND CHILL

I had seen this movie several years ago, I was told by a trustworthy source, my lovely wifey. More than that, she assured me that she had watched the movie *with me*. Despite her assurances, I had, and have, no memory whatsoever of this film prior to last night, when I watched it. For the…

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Your Weekly Dose of Stupidity

Yes, another one. This week brings news of another remake of CARRIE. Yes, another one, again. Yes, this will be the third one, when nobody cared about the previous two. They did the one with Angela Bettis, who is herself fantastic in anything she does, but the movie in every way failed to hold up…

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THE CHOSEN – PART ONE: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 2

*Kill it.* The grinding of the Volkswagon’s tires against the wet gravel of the roadway almost sounded like a voice, forming words, whispering to her. Kill it! the Darkness repeated. Rain blew straight against the speeding car as its twin headlights plowed through the night and the storm. On either side of the muddy road,…

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Happy Birthday, Highgate Vampire!

Yes, yes, we know that the Highgate Vampire was supposedly dispatched by Bishop Sean Manchester some years ago, but you can’t expect a vampire to stay dispatched. Thus we will wish the unnamed revenant a happy birthday. Or more accurately, a happy anniversary. We don’t actually know when the vampire was born. And would we…

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Movie Review (Sorta): STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

I’m pretty damn hard to please when it comes to movies. I’m a cinephile and I demand quality. Mine is a discerning palate, and I loved this movie. Adored it. I found it poetic, perfect, delightful. Not that any of you out there need my stamp of approval to go see it. Or maybe one…

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On STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and Fanboy Scum

I will be commenting on the vampiric, wraithlike depiction of Darth Sidious elsewhere on this site, but first I feel a sense of responsibility to comment on a few other things. Bear with me. Any group is a microcosm of society as a whole. That includes fan followings. STAR WARS has the largest following of…

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