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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE LADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Part 15

Dave tossed and turned in his gauzy sheets, sweating despite the air conditioning. His eyeballs twitched behind the lids, indicative of the deepest stage of dreaming. Dave’s mind roamed far away over the planes of the unconscious. Aware that he was dreaming, Dave opened himself to all the dream offered, any insights or omens which…

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Fireside Chats: Coronavirus Hallucinations

It has been theorized that the hallucinations that sometimes accompany episodes of sleep paralysis inspired or helped to inspire the belief in vampires and cases of alien abduction. Accounts of these hallucinations are certainly terrifying enough, but accounts of this new malady called “ICU Delirium” may be even worse. People who got hit hard by…

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Did Bram Disservice Dracula?

I saw something online the other day, posted in a fan page dedicated to the historical Vlad Dracula. Most of the posts in the site are not in English, so I’ve questioned why I follow it. It’s just that they occasionally have some neat photographs, and I can always resort to having Facebook translate for…

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You Don’t Know Bela!

I was talking with a kindred spirit the other day, someone with a love of Horror, a passions for vampires and old genre movies. (I was wearing my Vampira T-shirt at the time, which is what led to me meeting this kindred spirit—“Rad shirt, dude!”—and our subsequent discussion. (Hi, Kevin!) The guy, younger than me…

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Fireside Chats: Idiotic Mutterings

“I think some really brilliant author…needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined we were with Hillary [Clinton] and the anti-Hillary movement…Everyone was at a boiling point. I don’t know if it was having an African American president for eight years that they were teed up, they were just ready to explode…It’s crazy…

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What They Will Keep Doing In The Shadows

Everyone, I’d like to introduce to you our special guest columnist for this post. Please welcome my friend Jackie Daytona! He has some exciting news to share with us. Take it away, Jackie! “Hello, mates! Just popping in to share a tidbit of excellent tidings with you all. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS has…

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Fireside Chats: On the Road—The Fort Mims Massacre

Hitting the road to stay sane during this time of continuing quarantine here in my home state of Alabama. Restrictions have eased up a bit, but all the places I enjoy going—movie theaters, museums, festivals, flea markets and antique shops—are still off-limits. That leaves the great outdoors and the open road. Now, at least, there…

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Fireside Chats: On the Road—Camp Blood

There are two Crystal Lakes. One of them is in New Jersey. It is otherwise known as Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, and is still an active Boy Scouts campsite. The other Crystal Lake is in Alabama, near the little town of Stockton, to be exact. There is a Crystal Lake in Florida, too, but this isn’t the…

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In Memoriam: Fred Willard

Man, I was sure saddened to hear that Fred Willard had died. I loved that guy. I’m a big fan of the Christopher Guest mockumentary films, movies like BEST IN SHOW, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, and A MIGHTY WIND, of which Mr. Willard was a stalwart. I, like most folks, I’d wager, thought first and foremost…

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Fireside Chats: I Know That Face!

A frozen, static, largely featureless visage. If the desired effect is to be creepy or intimidating, it works. It works big time. Check out the image below. The one on the left is from the 1960 French Horror film EYES WITHOUT A FACE, about a woman whose face is horribly disfigured so she keeps it…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 14

For the first time since the planet Earth had been birthed from the womb of Creation’s chaos, since the first unicellular living thing had begun to wiggle in a tiny pool of primordial ooze, for the first time since its absolute dominion had been usurped, the Darkness knew true freedom. Its awareness spread out, becoming…

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Fireside Chats: The Pocong

I reported last week on the creative ways government officials and college students teaming up in Indonesia are trying to keep people indoors during this quarantine period: by dressing up as revenants, known as Pocong, to scare people into staying home. Initially this backfired, as people were going out at night specifically to see the…

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