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Fireside Chats: U-Haul Zombies

Again, I feel the need to state this. It is not our intent to make light of real-life tragedy, which this assuredly is. This article is intended as gallows humor, an attempt to lessen the stress caused by the global pandemic we are all currently undergoing. Humor does that. Please accept, then, that this post…

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Romero’s Grandchildren

I could, if I were being uncharitable, have titled this one “Romero’s bastards” and perhaps been more accurate. Either “grandchild” or “bastard” implies that there is a familial connection, that the offspring are a part, however indirect, of the bloodline. This is a different thing to something like THE WALKING DEAD, which is simply a…

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Revisiting the Classics: NIGHT OF THE COMET

Coming six years after George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD but one year before its sequel, DAY OF THE DEAD, as well as the bastard cousin of Romero’s films, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1984s NIGHT OF THE COMET can be said to synthesize, to amalgamate, all those films. The humor in the latter…

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Fireside Chats: Have a Drink on Drac

The Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia—which is Mecca to all true DRACULA fans, as it houses Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for the novel—has started a new virtual program, perfect for these times of quarantine, called “Sundays with Dracula.” Every Sunday for 27 weeks, lasting into November (by which time, God willing, we will be free of…

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Jason Gets Saucy

I had to have it. I already own a bottle of lake water from the original Camp Crystal Lake. When I learned that Gemini Crow was offering (un)official FRIDAY THE 13TH hot sauce, I just had to have a bottle. The bottles come regular-style as well as autographed by Ari Lehman, the actor who was…

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Fireside Chats: Batman’s Long Halloween

It was inevitable. With production shut down on Mat Reeves’s THE BATMAN, starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, they simply wouldn’t have had enough time to get the movie finished and ready for its summer 2021 release. If anything it’s a sign of hope that they only moved the release date back to October….

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 11

Sanura Orva finished a hasty prayer, crossing herself with one latex-gloved hand even as she lifted a scalpel with the other. Her conversion to Roman Catholicism had occurred early in life, when her entire village had taken part in a mass baptism that Sanura could scarce remember. Despite her youth at the time, or perhaps…

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A New Look for NIGHTMARE TOYS

I was sad, am still sad, that my favorite store, NIGHTMARE TOYS, relocated from Madison, Alabama, which is within relatively easy driving distance for me, to Las Vegas, Nevada, which is not. But my sadness is tempered by how happy I am for my friends Philip and Kristy, the owners of the store. There’s no…

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Revisiting the Classics: HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

I’ve never seen all the HELLRAISER movies, just the first three. With lots and lots of time on my hands these days, and nothing much to do except watch movies, I decided to order all the series and watch them sequentially. I’ve seen the original numerous times and the third one several, but I’d only…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE ENTITY (1981)

Somehow I’d never seen this one. I was familiar with the case. I had the book. But I’d never gotten around to seeing the movie, probably because I felt like I already knew the story and knew how it turned out. This factors into my thinking sometimes; other times it doesn’t. Sometimes I can’t wait…

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Thieves!

Friends, I must apologize. I sincerely hope none of you tried to purchase one of those vampire mugs I reported on a while back. Or the zombie wallet, which I did end up ordering. Because it was all a scam. When I went in to track my order, to see when I might expect it…

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Fireside Chats: Restless Leg and Night Terrors

I have two maladies that, prior to this past week, I had never considered being part of a combo package. I won’t say that I “suffer” from these maladies, as neither is serious enough to merit that, but I do have them. Both are annoyances, but one actually helps me to combat the other. I…

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