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What Mark Hamill Did In The Shadows

If you’re one of the unlucky few who didn’t see this week’s episode of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, first, I’m sorry that you were so deprived, and second, you can go ahead and skip this post. No recaps here, I’m afraid. This sermon is intended for the choir. Did you, like me, instantly…

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Fireside Chats: Stay-at-Home Promos

Here in Alabama, we are now under “safer-at-home” orders, which doesn’t really mean anything, as not much has changed from the “shelter-at-home” order we were under before, except that some stores are allowed to open that weren’t before. You still can’t go into a restaurant to eat, though. Movie theaters are still closed. You still…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 12

Brian accepted the tiny paper cup filled with several pills of different colors. He poured them into the palm of his hand, then tossed them into his mouth. Accepting a cup of water from the nurse, he swallowed. The nurse clasped his chin in her hand as Brian opened his mouth. “Let’s see under that…

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The Return of NOS4A2

To help keep me sane during this period of quarantine I already have WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, which has just started its sophomore season, and THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH on the History Channel. I *did* have TRUE TERROR WITH ROBERT ENGLUND, but they only bothered to film six episodes. (What’s up with…

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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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