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Leave Slains Alone, Dammit!

It’s ripe for exploitation, then it’s protected, now it’s ripe for exploitation again, or could potentially be. What gives, here? Slains Castle in Scotland *might* have been the inspiration for Castle Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel. We know that Stoker was in the area at the time he was writing DRACULA, and Slains LOOKS like…

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The Zombie Squid

I dig on Chinese food, but there’s this one restaurant I know where the food is good and the buffet is plentiful, yet I can’t go near the salad bar because they have dead baby octopuses. It’s both sad and gross. Octopuses have so much personality. Also, they are predators, and I maintain that one…

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CASTLEVANIA Season Two and PATIENT ZERO

The second season of CASTLEVANIA will be available on Netflix on October 26th, and will be twice the size of the first season, eight episodes instead of four. That’s great news, only I haven’t seen the FIRST season yet. Damn livestreaming. Is this series available on DVD yet? At least we can all share in…

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Update on DARK SHADOWS’ Denise Nickerson

Denise Nickerson, who played multiple roles on the seminal DARK SHADOWS series, continues to fight after suffering a stroke recently. She is still struggling and is a long way from being out of the woods, but she is tenacious. Her family members keep us posted via social media, as does her friend, Sharon (Smyth) Lentz,…

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The Hand of God and the Evil Eye Amulet

I used to want to be an archaeologist when I grew up. “Grew up” is relative, since I was in my twenties at the time. I read old issues of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for fun, had cut my teeth on Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, and fantasized about discovering lost treasures like Indiana Jones, or the real-life…

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It’s Rainin’ Blood! Hallelujah, It’s Rainin’ Blood!

Amen! Yeah, it wasn’t really blood, but “It’s rainin’ iron oxide! Hallelujah, it’s rainin’ iron oxide!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, now does it? Locals in the Russian town of Norilsk in Siberia might have feared they were succumbing to a biblical plague, or a buffet call to all Russian vampires, but…

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Carnie Ghosts

Last week I was traveling, and as I always do when I have a little free time to spend, I sought out the local oddities and curiosities. For example, did you know that the world’s only Lunchbox Museum is located in Georgia? Conveniently the grave of the Werewolf of Georgia was within easy driving distance…

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Creature Castle

Last week I wrote about board games, in particular the Barnabas Collins DARK SHADOWS board game. It struck the right nostalgic note with some of our readers, so I thought I’d share with you this week some thoughts on my favorite board game from when I was a kid. It was called CREATURE CASTLE. What…

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Zombie Pig

I don’t know why they chose to call their business “Zombie Pig.” I don’t know if they are Horror lovers, or if they just thought it was funny. Nor do I care. I’m just glad they did. For one thing, any time we can have more zombie references in the world, that’s a good thing….

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Barnabas Collins is a Cartoon Character!

I’ve never watched an episode of the cartoon series BEN 10, but unlike so many of today’s cartoons, it sounds cool. I even own a BEN 10 action figure of the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp in North Carolina. (I wanted a Lizard Man figure and no other company has ever produced them.) Wait,…

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Jared Leto is MORBIUS!

Now this is a piece of casting news I can get excited about. It’s the same kind of excitement I felt when I first heard that Leto would be playing the Joker. Sadly, because Warner Brothers didn’t know how to handle the character and everybody was trying to be a cook and there was no…

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Vampires and Mirrors

Over at our sister site werewolves.com we’ve been discussing the connection between werewolves and silver. There is a tradition going back at least a couple of centuries that silver possessed special metaphysical and healing properties and that this metal could be used to combat werewolves. There are folk stories from the 1800s that mention silver…

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