COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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The third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more...]

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DEVIL’S KNOT: Reviews coming in from Toronto Film Festival

Actor James Hamrick as Damien Echols in DEVIL'S KNOT.

Devil’s Knot, the feature narrative film about the West Memphis Three, is beginning to receive its first industry reviews from its premiere screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. The Three were convicted of murdering children during a Satanic ritual, but they claimed innocence and were released in 2011 after new DNA evidence came to light. Some advocates of the Three see them as victims of a modern-day witch hunt. [Read more...]

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Ashes to Ashes: Cremation Arose from Occult Practices?

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The first public cremation performed in the United States was described as a “genuine pagan funeral” and included incense, candles and other trappings of occult pageantry. [Read more...]

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The Freemasons may be more pagan than we thought…

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Of course we all know there are portions of the rites of Freemasonry that found their way into contemporary neo-pagan and Wiccan ritual (like the use of the words “So mote it be”). But aside from their penchant for holding rites in fancy indoor temples and wearing ominous robes and mystical jewelry (and then there [Read More...]

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Drunk driver accused of “voodoo curse” (Tabloid alert!)

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Leave it to the Boston Herald…well, actually, it is a Boston Magazine piece that explains the characterization of a drunk driver by the Boston tabloid known for its sensationalist headlines. A drunk driver who drove a Boston Globe delivery truck off a highway (How many Boston newspapers can this story involve? Stay tuned!) was described [Read More...]

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The Art of Human Sacrifice

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Although it takes place in the days leading up to Beltane, the 1973 film THE WICKER MAN might as well take place at Lammas, which is a traditionally a pagan festival associated with sacrifice. So it’s deliciously appropriate that the news of a newly-discovered complete print of this cult cinema classic (and required viewing for all of the pagan persuasion) should be announced in time for this festival of first fruits. [Read more...]

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THE SANDMAN returns…

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Despite jumping the gun on the rumored HBO production of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS, I feel confident posting this: the Vertigo Comics website announces Gaiman’s groundbreaking story The Sandman will return in graphic novel form this autumn. [Read more...]

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Not So Fast….Neil Gaiman sez…AMERICAN GODS is NOT Greenlit.

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Put your pants back on! The word on Twitter from Neil Gaiman himself is that the plan to produce six seasons of AMERICAN GODS on HBO is not in any way official. Sorry, folks. Sometimes you have to go right to the source. [Read more...]

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Blackmore’s Night “Dancer and the Moon” (Review)

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This new album is the pair’s 13th studio album. Like their previous work, the songs represent an array of styles and genres, while maintaining a unique signature sound that no other rock duo has achieved: a mix of hard rock, medieval and classical -infused art rock, grad-folk, and gypsy stylings. It’s safe to say Blackmore’s Night shows no sign of slowing down or losing their edge. [Read more...]

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