Archives for October 2013

Live Chat on AHS COVEN “The Replacements”

Topics for this week’s chat include voodoo fertility rituals, alligators, incest, bestiality, over-sexualization, and of course, chicken. [Read more…]

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Oh, look! Witches are media darlings. AGAIN. (SIGH)

Remember the late 1990s? THE CRAFT? Then CHARMED? Then BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Then THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Then all the witchcraft stuff appearing in episodes of shows like THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, etc.? To quote one of the creepier moments of TWIN PEAKS: “It is happening again. It is happening right now.” [Read more…]

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This just in: CHARMED retread coming to CBS

Well, I guess television has found witches to be hot properties once again (in case you haven’t heard about the wild popularity of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN) these last three weeks. Variety reports that CHARMED will get a reboot from CBS. It will be a “reimagining” which means there may be changes in the story. [Read More…]

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Samhain, Hallowe’en…are both worth celebrating?

Despite wanting to observe Samhain as a solemn festival that remembers our dearly departed and our ancestors, many contemporary pagans and witches also enjoy celebrating Hallowe’en. And since the trappings of Hallowe’en are so evocative of death and the occult, there may be some uneasy feelings about how to bridge the differences or separate the two events. [Read more…]

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American Horror Story: COVEN Reinvents the Witch Archetype

I know, as a media critic and practicing witch and activist, that I am supposed to be overtly critical of media portrayals that trumpet the “evil witch” stereotype, but honestly, isn’t the over-the-top witch narrative something many of us were raised on and that we secretly love, crave, even? [Read more…]

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Live Video Discussion! AHS COVEN Episode 2, “Boy Parts”

Last night Lilith Dorsey (of Voodoo Universe), Tehron Gillis, Jason Mankey (of Raise the Horns) enjoyed chatting about the latest episode of American Horror Story: COVEN. It was a lively conversation about fried chicken, zombies, and, of course, boy parts. [Read more…]

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Live Google On Air chat about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

From here on, we will be using Google Plus Hang Outs On Air, which broadcasts to my Youtube channel. I will also be writing a recap of Episodes 1 and 2 (“Bitchcraft” and “Boy Parts”); stay tuned! [Read more…]

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COVEN and BITCHCRAFT CHAT!

My friend and fellow Patheos blogger Lilith Dorsey, a New York-based voodoo priestess who has strong ties to New Orleans, will be having a live Google Hang Out chat about the show’s first episode. [Read more…]

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EW sez: AHS COVEN is accessible and…funny?

So, some lucky critics got to see a preview of AMERICA HORROR STORY: COVEN recently, and the verdict from Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is that it is the best (read: most accessible and “least weird”) season yet. Apparently there is even some comedy to lighten the mood! [Read more…]

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