Neil Gaiman interviewed on NPR about his new comic series “The Sandman: Overture”


The undisputed master of darkness and light in American letters is ready to share his prequel to the best-selling and widely-loved graphic novel series "The Sandman." This prequel series, entitled "The Sandman: Overture" has been long awaited and, amid rumors that the original series may or may not become a mini-series, fans are most likely bouncing in their chairs.Well, I know I am, anyway.This interview on Boston's WBUR with Tom Ashbrook features Gaiman talking about what he knows … [Read more...]

Help Us, Stevie Nicks. You’re Our Only Hope


Hey, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Who Are You to Keep Us Down?Five episodes in, I think it’s safe to say the show’s creators are not terribly interested in portraying modern witchcraft or Voodoo as life-affirming spiritual paths. Consider last week’s episode, “The Axeman Cometh,” which begins with a serial killer’s voiceover. He claims to be a spirit, not of this world, though physically he is a sexy sax player with salt-and-pepper sideburns (Danny Huston). It is 1919, and the exceptional yo … [Read more...]

Coming Soon: “Stevie Selfies” Contest! Channel your inner Stevie Nicks…


Well, here's a thing.Since Lilith Dorsey (of the excellent blog Voodoo Universe) and I had so much fun channelling Stevie Nicks last night during our live chat about the latest episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, that we're going to have a contest. Best "Stevie Selfie" wins a prize!!!If you had not heard, Stevie Nicks will be making a special guest appearance on the show this season. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly online about this exciting … [Read more...]

Tonight: COVEN Chat (“The Axeman Cometh”) at 9 pm EST (Stevie Nicks night)

Lilith Dorsey and I (she of Patheos' VOODOO UNIVERSE) will be chatting once again this evening about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Do join us! We're changing the time tonight, starting at 9 pm EST, going until about 9:30 pm. Next week we should be back to 8 pm again.In honor of the recent announcement from Ryan Murphy that Stevie Nicks will be appearing on the show, Lilith suggested we dress as Stevie Nicks for the chat tonight. So you will definitely want to check us out.Oh my, which … [Read more...]

Drop Everything But Your Pants! STEVIE NICKS is coming to AHS: COVEN


Jezebel posted the news today, grabbed from Ryan Murphy's Twitterfeed: The grande dame of music, diaphanous clothing, high heeled boots and witchery, Ms. Stevie Nicks, will be making a guest appearance on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN.Words cannot express our excitement here at The Witching Hour! We've been playing "Rhiannon" on repeat ever since we heard the news...We hope she wears black...Many thanks to Wren Walker for the news tip... … [Read more...]

Live video chat AHS: COVEN, Samhain Edition!


It is the true cross quarter of Samhain tonight, and so Lilith Dorsey and I will be wearing black (well, we usually do anyway) for our Samhain Edition of  our weekly chat. Here's the link to the recorded video!This show just keeps getting crazier and more intense, doesn't it? … [Read more...]

Witch Cinema: My Top Ten Movies with Witches in ‘Em


You know me, I am not one to shy away from witches in movies, no matter how sensational or stereotyped they may be! (Note: I am not discussing pagan witches here, I will post another list of films with pagan themes next.) The portrayal of witches in films as evil, seductive, greedy for power, bloodthirsty, cruel, well, I think it's all built upon some combination of fairy tales, the horror story that was the Salem Witch Trials, and the paranoid portrayals from the years of the European witch … [Read more...]

American Horror Story COVEN, live chat, Hallowe’en edition~! (with costumes)


Hello, all, here is the latest installment of our weekly live chat series on American Horror Story: COVEN, featuring myself and Lilith Dorsey (of Voodoo Universe).  We decided to a Hallowe'en theme, and next week it will be closer to the true cross quarter of Samhain so there may be more themes in your future...This week's episode, "Fearful Pranks Ensue," was one of the liveliest yet, (and also takes place at Hallowe'en!) and we're left with many unsolved mysteries (like, how will the … [Read more...]

Witch Cinema: My favorite scary movies


In honor of the week of Hallowe'en as it leads into Samhain (November 7th), I'm posting lists of my favorite seasonally-appropriate films. First up; scary films!I've always loved horror films, but honestly they don't always scare me. Slasher films especially, which rely on gore and shock value, don't always manage to leave me feeling scared.1) The Other (1972) Based upon Thomas Tryon's excellent novel, this story of two twins living on a farm is spooky and haunting, even though there are … [Read more...]