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THE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 1

“The way down to Hades is easy. The gates of black Dis stand open night and day. But to retrace one’s steps and escape to the upper air, That is toil, that is labor.” —Virgil, Aeneid Julian Gamier found himself in no favorable condition for spiritual warfare. The meal served on his flight had disturbed…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Four: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE ABYSS, DISCOUNT PRICED Chapter 1

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Movie Review: DR. BLOOD’S COFFIN

Banished from the medical school where he’d been studying because the experiments he was carrying out were morally questionable, young Dr. Frankenstein returns to the village where he grew up to continue those experiments down in the abandoned mining tunnels beneath the town. Oh, wait. His name isn’t Frankenstein. It’s Dr. Blood. Other than that,…Continue readingMovie Review: DR. BLOOD’S COFFIN

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Movie Review: THE BRANIAC

No, this one isn’t about the Superman villain (though the latter is a pretty cool bad guy and I wonder that they’ve never used him in any of the DC movies). Rather the warlock who is the film’s antagonist transforms himself at times into a brain-sucking Chupacabra-like demon creature. This creature uses a hardened forked…Continue readingMovie Review: THE BRANIAC

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Introducing the Journal of Vampire Studies

I’ll let them speak for themselves, firstly: “Journal of Vampire Studies is the official journal of the Vampire Studies Association, a not-for-profit founded to stimulate, disseminate and publish vampire scholarship. In this debut issue, Kamil Stachowski considers vampire etymologies not covered in his sprawling essay; Kevin Dodd, in the first of a two-part article, highlights…Continue readingIntroducing the Journal of Vampire Studies

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Accusations Against BUFFY Fans

“Buffy fans had heard the Joss Whedon allegations–we chose not to listen” So reads the accusation lodged against the collective fandom of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER by the author of this linked article, an accusation to which I must respond thusly: Speak for yourself, dude! I was a big fan of the show. And it…Continue readingAccusations Against BUFFY Fans

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and FRIDAY THE 13th

After one of my articles last week concerning my recent visit to Covington, Georgia, filming location of FRIDAY THE 13TH VI: JASON LIVES posted, my friend Lisa reminded me that Covington also served as the setting for the fictitious “Mystic Falls”, setting for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. I kinda wish she hadn’t, as it sticks in…Continue readingTHE VAMPIRE DIARIES and FRIDAY THE 13th

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In Memoriam: Christopher Pennock

It pains me to type those words, as I’d gotten to know Chris these past few years. Though we’d never met in person, we interacted regularly over the trusty ol’ Internet. That makes the loss even keener, its cutting edge even sharper, its bite deeper. So often when I write these tributes I must by…Continue readingIn Memoriam: Christopher Pennock

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Revisiting the Classics (in IMAX!): THE LORD OF THE RINGS

I caught all three movies in the local theater this past weekend. That’s a whole lot of Tolkien, but I never hit surfeit. Not even close. In fact, seeing all three films together was magical, and it reminds you—well, it reminded me—that the books on which the films are based were in fact just one…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics (in IMAX!): THE LORD OF THE RINGS

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 28

The gunfire began as they reached the fence. A younger male had raced ahead and became the first to attempt to scale the chain-link. The first and the last, as he screamed, jerking in spasms, his fingers locked in a death grip in the wire as several thousand volts passed through his body. Flesh and…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 28

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THE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 27

“Kiss my dimpled white ass!” Dave said. “Then die!” the Darkness said. The worm struck. However, despite the speed of the attack, as the head reached out with curved, clicking mandibles to seize Dave, Manny pushed him out of the way. Dave fell on his face in the dirt, rolled over just in time to…Continue readingTHE CHOSEN Part Three: A STUDY GUIDE TO THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX Chapter 27

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Idols of Clay

The hits keep on coming where Joss Whedon is concerned. David Boreanaz and James Marsters have both broken their respective silences on the accusations made against Whedon by Charisma Carpenter (and then by Michelle Trachtenberg) and their comments were supportive. And Anthony Stewart Head, while he made no accusations of his own to add to…Continue readingIdols of Clay

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Revisiting the Classics: JASON X

I know that a lot of fans didn’t care for this one—it fared more poorly at the box office than any of the other entries—but it remains one my favorites of the entire series. I love it for the same reason that the haters don’t: it’s funny. It’s a black comedy. Most of the FRIDAY…Continue readingRevisiting the Classics: JASON X