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Bedlam, Part the Second

Here we go, as promised. More on Bedlam, the world’s most infamous insane asylum. Courtesy of factinate, here are “42 Horrific Facts About Bedlam, History’s Most Notorious Mental Institution.” I wonder how many of them I already knew. Shall we see? The original title, “the Priory of the New Order of Our Lady of Bethlehem”….

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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA: “The Grey Chamber” and “The Black Chamber”

I’m going to cover the final two installments of the collection together, as they were obviously meant to be read in tandem, the latter serving as a sequel to the former. It’s unfortunate that the anthology should close with two of its weaker components, and it is obvious upon reading them why “The Grey Chamber”…

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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA: “The Ghost of the Departed”

There are different translations available of FANTASMAGORIANA, as indeed there were from the very beginning. The first edition came out in 1812 in French, with an English translation released in 1813. The original contained eight stories. The English version was truncated. “The Ghost of the Departed” or, in its original form, “Le Revenant,” was omitted…

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TV Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

It’s not much of a limb to crawl out onto to assume that you all watched the premiere of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS on Wednesday night (or if you’re like me, recorded it and watched it Thursday night). With that being the case you really don’t need to read any reviews to know…

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Victor Hugo DID Write About Dracula!

Special thanks to Andy Boylan, who put me in touch with Adrien Party, who was kind enough to go through Victor Hugo’s LA LEGENDE DES SIECLES (THE LEGEND OF THE CENTURIES) in its original French to see if indeed there is a passage that described Vlad Dracula and his battles with the Turkish Sultan. Gracias,…

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When Did Dracula Become a Vampire?

The title for this article is truncated due to length. A better title would be “At what point did the historical Dracula, Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes, or “the Impaler,” become linked with vampirism? It was not during his life. People would have no need to attribute vampiric abilities to the man in…

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Know Your Shadows

It ain’t cool to confuse your Shadow People, dudes. They may all look alike—better to say they all share certain physical similarities in terms of appearance—and they may all be manifestations of a singular entity or entities. In fact one and every sort of supernatural entity or intelligence might be different manifestations of one singular…

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Bedlam, Part the First

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “bedlam” I think first of the fantastic Val Lewton RKO movie of 1946 entitled BEDLAM and starring the incomparable Boris Karloff. (It would be the last of Lewton’s classic Horror films; Lewton passed away in 1951.) But the madhouse setting of the film was…

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Sherilynn Kenyon Says Husband Tried To Poison Her

The line between Horror and True Crime is a thin one to begin with. For me, reading details of a True Crime case is the classic Mythic (note the capital M) battle of good versus evil shrunken down to its most basic, distilled to its essence, the Cosmic on the scale of the mundane. Banal…

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US and THE LOST BOYS

Zombie apocalypses are *so* played out, don’t ya think? Thanks to Jordan Peele’s fantabulous new film US, doppelganger apocalypses may just become the next big thing. But there’s a big vampire connection to the movie, too. Did you catch it? The movie opens at an amusement park in Santa Cruz, California, in 1986. This is…

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Movie Review: US

For me, this movie was make-it-or-break-it for Jordan Peele. It was his proving ground. As good as GET OUT was, it got its deserved respect from the mainstream because of the politics of Hollywood. I wanted to see what Peele did next. His next movie would prove whether or not he was for real or…

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The Cadaver Synod

I switched majors back in college. I was originally a History major, but I switched to English. (My original-original plan had been to get a double major in both English and History, but plans change. I wasn’t willing to invest the amount of time needed, not to mention the cost.) As a former History major,…

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