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The Count was Innocent!

Count Drakulitz, that is. I’ve written before about the freaky cool bits of serendipity involving Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. Like how the physical description of Dracula provided by Stoker in the novel matches so perfectly the famous painting of Vlad Tepes, the historical Dracula, when in all likelihood Bram had never seen that painting. My online…

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Witch Bottles

A construction crew demolishing a former pub and inn known as the Star and Garter in Watford, England discovered a witch bottle in the chimney, placed there in bygone years by the hands of an unknown individual to ward off the power of witches. The bottle contained teeth, pins, and a “mystery liquid.” The Star…

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

[NOTE: THIS IS THE ONE WHERE THE VAMPIRE SHOWS UP.] Had anyone been present to note the passing of the solitary individual over the low stone wall surrounding the historic cemetery, they would have seen a somewhat tall young man, thin, dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt. And, if his appearance alone proved insufficient…

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The Dracula Parrot

I want one! Okay, not really, as I wouldn’t want to keep one of these beautiful animals in captivity. What I want is one so in tune with me that, while still wild and free, will follow me around and sit on my shoulder occasionally, flying off when it needs to do its business—and “do…

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Krasinski to Tackle BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN?

Man, the news just keeps coming where the Universal Monsters are concerned, and it is very welcome news indeed. We’ve got THE INVISIBLE MAN coming up in a couple of weeks, and last week I reported on a Musical to be entitled MONSTER MASH that will supposedly feature all or most of our favorite Monsters….

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Dracula’s Burial Site (Maybe) and Dracula’s Penmanship

You can find so much on the Internet. Too much, honestly. I have likened it to wading through a sewer in search of treasure. Yes, there are diamonds to be found, big goose-egg-sized diamonds, but they’re floating in all the muck. It takes intent to find the good stuff. Or luck. This photograph above shows…

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Remembering FANTASY ISLAND

As the critical consensus is that the new FANTASY ISLAND movie from Blumhouse is a massive cluster, I chose not to go see it. This isn’t like with BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, for example, or most Horror outings, where the mainstream hates it but the geeks dig it. (You all know how I feel about mainstream…

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Revisiting the Classics: EVIL DEAD

I’m talking about the one from 2013, entitled EVIL DEAD, rather than THE EVIL DEAD, the original, from 1981. When I first watched the former, in the theater, I enjoyed it. But all the while I was missing Bruce Campbell. Watching it again the other night, I think I was able to give it a…

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The Green Knight Cometh

This one has me excited. It takes me back to my college days. As I majored in English Literature, I am more than familiar with the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the Arthurian legends. Like all the Arthurian stories, it has currents running beneath the surface connecting it to older, more…

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

Deb gave a reassuring look to her scowling companion, climbed from the jeep, falling in behind the guard. They splashed along a trail toward a larger building at the far end of the compound. “So,” Deb said. “I can’t help but notice that you’re wearing military fatigues.” The guard glanced over his shoulder at her….

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Bathory Blood

It’s been a year now since my friends Wolf and Ali Mertz lost their home, their beloved pets, and their livelihood, the marvelous Museum of Mystery. They’re doing better these days, I’m thankful to report. They have a new home, which they are busy transforming into a reborn Museum of Mystery. They are acquiring new…

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A Musical MONSTER MASH?

As we wait with bated breath the release of Leigh Whannel’s THE INVISIBLE MAN later this month—at least *my* breath is bated; isn’t yours?—we get word that the Universal Monsters burgeoning cinematic revival continues to burgeon. There are plans for a Musical to be entitled MONSTER MASH and set to star, well, we don’t know….

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