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THE WALKING DEAD Is Dead

That’s THE WALKING DEAD, the GAME. Surely you didn’t think I was talking about the TV show, did you, Shirley? Telltale Games has cancelled plans for THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON. Two episodes in, and they pulled the plug. That’s too bad for fans of the game. (It IS a game, right?) Can I…

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Legends of Oblivion

I figure the guy’s just busy, and lord knows I understand how that goes. I reached out to makeup artist Wayne Anderson (who has worked on projects as impressive as STRANGER THINGS, IT, and THE PREDATOR, to name a few) after I chanced upon his work online about doing an interview. His answers to the…

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Translations, the Final Frontier

Remember MAKT MYRKRANNA, the lost-and-then-found Icelandic version of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, with a radically different storyline and different characters from the more-familiar English version? I also recently received, for review purposes, a Turkish translation; the latter doesn’t qualify as a true translation, though, as it alters the plot and characters of Stoker’s novel beyond all…

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DRACUL, a Pre-Review

I received my reviewer’s copy of DRACUL, the new novel by Dacre Stoker (great-grandnephew of Bram) and JD Barker, and while I’m reading as fast as I can, my body unfortunately must surrender to sleep at some point. I won’t issue an official review and recommendation until I finish the book, as I have in…

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Dracula at the Torture Museum

Last week I offered a review of the Medieval Torture Museum, a (still relatively) new attraction in Saint Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest and most haunted city. (Yep, it even beats New Orleans in that department. It has the most violent history, the most dead people buried in unmarked graves, victims of disease outbreaks and…

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The Wedding of the Dead

I meet the coolest people. Michael Sellers is an online buddy of mine. We “met” through our mutual love of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, and I subsequently learned that he and I both hail from the same neck of the woods, the lovely state of Alabama. And now I have discovered that the two of…

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The Real-Life Romanian Ghosts on the set of THE NUN

I remember watching a documentary about the filming of THE EXORCIST a few years back. Father William O’Malley, who appeared in the film as Father Dyer, was asked to perform a real-life blessing on the set after several members of the cast and crew suffered bad luck. For his part, Father Dyer didn’t attribute any…

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE Is Okay…But Do I Care?

I don’t know if the show has jumped the shark or not. I thought that it possibly had after last season. Honestly it’s way too early to tell. We’re only one episode in to the new season (it will be two by the time you read this) and it neither excelled nor failed for me….

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The Count Returns

Last week I performed what has become an annual rite: I purchased my first box of Count Chocula cereal. Yes, as all the Halloween stuff starts hitting store shelves about mid-summer—and this is the only case of such “too-early” product placement that doesn’t annoy me (I swear a couple of years ago I saw Easter…

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A Visit to the Torture Museum

Several of the exhibits on display at the Medieval Torture Museum in Saint Augustine, Florida, the first museum of its kind in the country, are the real deal, the genuine article. Meaning they were really used in the past to torture people. Does some of that psychic residue still cling to the pieces? I’d have…

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The Ghost of Bellamy Bridge

Technically I think the hiking trail that leads out to the old Bellamy Bridge was closed. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Neither did I let it stop me that there were more mosquitoes swarming in the area than I had ever encountered before in my life. I just doused myself with…

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My Ghostly Encounter at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

As promised last week, here is my recounting of what I personally experienced when visiting the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp a couple of weeks ago. My lovely wifey and I checked in at the community bookstore, which serves as the hub of the area and from which the daylight historical tours depart. (They also offer ghost-hunting…

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