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THE CHOSEN – PART ONE: The Floating Cradle – Chapter 1

PART ONE: THE FLOATING CRADLE “The time is out of joint; O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” –Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v. 1. Konrad Selivanov didn’t stop screaming until he hit the asphalt, four floors below his laboratory window. Pain unlike any he could have imagined filled every inch of…

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Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

This story has been done so many times, with varying degrees of success ranging from the one with George C. Scott to the one with Jim Carrey. My first experience with Charles Dickins’s masterpiece was with an animated special that aired on Thanksgiving when I was a little boy. That one, along with the Muppets’…

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Holy Wood

A piece of wood many believe to have come from the manger in which the Christ child lay after his birth in Bethlehem is being sent back there for the Christmas season. The fragment, once kept at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, will be housed at Saint Catherine’s Church, next to the…

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The Fifth Wheel

I got to thinking about how Claire Clairmont often gets overlooked whenever we’re talking about the “Haunted Summer” of 1816, when Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori were, along with Claire, vacationing on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It was there that the contest occurred wherein each of the participants were…

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Mummymania

Do we owe King Tut our gratitude for the Universal classic THE MUMMY? Maybe we do. The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt set off a mummy craze that, if it didn’t outright inspire Universal to make the movie, sure didn’t hurt its chances. The studio wanted…

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Kirkman vs Kurtzman

Because this has proven confusing to me in the past I am going to step out onto a proverbial limb and assume that it has likewise proven confusing to at least some of you. Robert Kirkman is the creator (along with artist Tony Moore) of the comic book series THE WALKING DEAD. Kirkman is an…

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A Foreword from the Author of THE CHOSEN

That author would be me. And the work I am referencing is my first attempt at writing a novel, a manuscript entitled THE CHOSEN. Over two decades old now, as hard as that is to believe. If you’ve read Stephen King’s THE BODY, the novella that inspired the movie STAND BY ME, you will be…

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Revisiting the “Classics”: ORGY OF THE DEAD

I’m not much interested in Ed Wood’s porno movies, the films he was forced to make towards the end of his life just to keep a roof over his head and food on his plate. I don’t think his heart was ever in them. In fact I think he hated them. I think he hated…

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Sanguinarian Survey: The Results Are In

You will doubtless remember the sanguinarian survey that my online friend Erin Chapman from over at VAMPED put together and that I shared here on this site some few months ago. Well, Erin has been hard at work crunching numbers and collating data and the results are now in. Read about it for yourselves right…

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Movie Review: BLACK CHRISTMAS

As was the case with the new CHILD’S PLAY movie released earlier this year—which I flat-out loved, by the way, enjoying it much more than I expected to—this remake of the 70s slasher flick BLACK CHRISTMAS is so radically different that it could have served just as well to title it something else altogether. While…

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Movie Review: THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

I’d thought this one looked interesting based on the trailers but I never got around to seeing it in the theaters. The weekend after Black Friday I was in the local Walmart and they still had some of their Black Friday specials out for sale, including this big bin of DVDs. I happened to see…

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Beware the White Vans

Lots of vehicle news this week to report. If one can claim two articles as “lots,” but that’s two more than we usually have, innit, so yes, I think we can. Previously I reported on the six-wheeled monster hearse known as “Mortis.” Now I must warn all readers about the imaginary threat posed by the…

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