COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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By now you've certainly heard that the third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. As last season's ASYLUM was set further back in time than the first season, this third season goes back nearly three hundred years in its quest to fill an hour of primetime with more sex, gore, violence and perversion than we're generally used to seeing. And I, for one, can't wait. The first "teaser trailer" has been … [Read more...]

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

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Devil's Knot, the feature narrative film about the West Memphis Three (based upon the investigative book by journalist Mara Leveritt and directed by Atom Egoyan), is beginning to receive its first industry reviews from its premiere ¬†screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. It makes sense that Canadian director Egoyan's film debuted at this fest, one of the most respected international film festivals. For those who like to read reviews before attending films (I generally don't), the reviews are … [Read more...]

Ashes to Ashes: Cremation Arose from Occult Practices?

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I don't tend to like sharing pieces from news aggregator Huffington Post (because they do not pay their bloggers, even though they can well afford to); but this fascinating piece, inspired by a cover story in TIME, explores the roots of cremation in America, and how it was first practiced and popularized by one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society, Henry Steel Olcott, a retired Civil War colonel. Author Mitch Horowitz (also an editor at Tarcher/Penguin), notes that the TIME article … [Read more...]

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 are those neat metal car ornaments), we don't tend to think of them as all that pagan. But there's this late breaking story: ¬†"Police break up 'drug-fueled orgy' at Masonic Lodge … [Read more...]

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 as having raged at a state trooper when caught out in a welfare benefits scam. But it's the "voodoo cursing" that may be of interest to The Media Witch's … [Read more...]

The Art of Human Sacrifice

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...or, some wonderful news to celebrate Lammas! 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 (based upon harvest rites and rituals described in Frazer's The Golden Bough, among other sources). 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 … [Read more...]

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. The series revolutionized the graphic novel industry, winning multiple awards and garnering an enormous fan base. It has been issued in multiple editions, including hardcover. The story of a melancholy Morpheus (an immortal being who command the realm of … [Read more...]

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

The Witching Hour: News and Notes from the Media Witch

Put your pants back on! The word on Twitter from the author himself is that the plan to produce six seasons of AMERICAN GODS on HBO is not in any way official: "Seeing news stories about AMERICAN GODS being 'officially greenlit' at HBO. These are just people talking on the internet & not true at all." ¬†(from Neil Gaiman on Twitter) Sorry, folks. Sometimes you have to go right to the source. My thanks to those who have already pointed out the other articles were premature or … [Read more...]

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

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This new album from legendary rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer-instrumentalist Candice Night is the pair's 13th studio album. Like their previous work, the album's 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, although I did … [Read more...]


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