Ozzie & Harriet Meet Boris & Bela, And Then They Sing

This actually happened: On the March 13, 1938 episode of Baker’s Broadcast, a radio variety show on NBC starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff did a skit and sang “We’re Horrible, Horrible Men,” while Boris read “The Supplication of the Black Aberdeen” by Rudyard Kipling. Here they are, singing together (badly, but still). [Read more...]

Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

apes

On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream. I’m  answering with this: If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably [Read More...]

Christopher Lee Warns Against the Occult

The great actor debunks the rumor that he is an occultist with a collection of 20,000 books on the subject, then delivers a warning about messing with such things at all: “You’ll not only lose your mind. You’ll lose your soul.” I spent the weekend re-watching many of his Hammer movies. The man is a [Read More...]

A Compilation of My Dark and Ghostly Posts

Frankenstein color (220 x 265)

My first writing was in the horror genre, contributing to publications like The Horror Show and Cemetery Dance, and writing entries for the encyclopedia Supernatural Fiction Writers. I even worked for George A. Romero’s Laurel Entertainment film and TV production company for a little while. I think there’s value in exploring dark themes, fear, and even revulsion in [Read More...]

Great Documentary About M.R. James From “Sherlock” Star/Creator

Writer/actor Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock, League of Gentlemen) writes and hosts this fine documentary on the greatest ghost story writer of them all: medievalist and Biblical scholar Montague Rhodes James. Special treats include locations from James stories (such as St Bertrand de Comminges, stuffed crocodile and all), a passing shot of a tombstone for “Mrs [Read More...]

Stoker at 165

  There is some debate about what is truly the first horror, Gothic, or vampire novel, but there’s no debate at all about the most important: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Vampires have become so ubiquitous and cliched that it’s difficult to read Stoker’s tale with a mind unsullied by Buffy or sparkling or other nonsense. [Read More...]

Vampire Grave Unearthed!

Well, let’s take a look at this week’s archaeological blotter and see if anyone has discovered some nice old pottery or … … holy cow …. Vampire Grave Discovered in Bulgaria Bulgarian archaeologists have found a 700 year old grave of a man buried with an “iron stick” in his chest. The Sofia News Agency reports [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X