AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: What We Loved, and What We Hated

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And by "loved" I mean REALLY PASSIONATELY ADORED. And by "hated" I mean WTF????? Lilith Dorsey and I had nearly weekly video chats about the show, half rant, half rapture. Because, as irritating as we found the show to be at times, we also found it very entertaining and compelling. Say what you will, it is hard to remain indifferent to a show this intense. But its flaws were every bit as dramatic as its charms. So, without further ado: LOVED: 1. The Dialogue. It was often perversely … [Read more...]

TONIGHT! The COVEN Finale. Now it’s time to share YOUR thoughts on the show!

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Hello, friends. Perhaps you've noticed, I have a bit of an obsession with this show. Well, me and my friend Lilith Dorsey. Me, a witch, she, a voodoo priestess; it kinda had to happen! (It helps that we're both media scholars and that Lilith is a filmmaker, too) If you haven't seen/heard any of our video chats about the show, we've been doing them faithfully every week and you can check them out on my Youtube channel, they're all there in reverse chronological order (plus a few random links … [Read more...]

Okay, who wants to chat?

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Christine, our illustrious editor here at the Patheos Pagan Channel, has encouraged us bloggers to reach out and chat with someone we have not actually met in person, but with whom we have had conversations, even debates, with, in cyberspace. The idea is to help elevate the discourse in the pagan blogosphere, and build our intellectual culture, as Christine put it. A wonderful idea, I say! Maybe some of you have seen that Lilith Dorsey of Voodoo Universe and I have been chatting about … [Read more...]

And then there’s the ROSEMARY’S BABY mini-series…

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Yeah, that. Well, at least it's not the dreadful sounding adaptation that Michael Bay was planning to do with Jessica Alba and Doris Roberts (hooray for all the fans who shared their outrage and effectively killed this project); they'd even been planning to change the title to "The Sacrifice." This mini-series version is directed by Agniezska Holland (who recently worked on the excellent American TV adaptation of THE KILLING which was a Danish series), and written by James Wong (from … [Read more...]

Some interesting stuff coming in 2014…

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I don't generally announce forthcoming horror films unless they have some connection to witchcraft, paganism or the occult, and of course I also prefer arthouse and foreign films to mainstream Hollywood stuff, so my initial forecast for 2014 is that there isn't that much coming down the pipeline just yet. But here are a few titles that look interesting and I'll keep you all posted as their debut dates get closer. The film JUNE stars one of the little badass girls in THE WALKING DEAD (Kennedy … [Read more...]

New trailer for WGN’s “Salem”

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A new trailer debuted today for the new series about Salem witches to be broadcast on WGN. The series is not debuting for a while yet, but the network is definitely trying to get some advance buzz happening, and the social media campaign to promote the show has been going strong for weeks now. Because witches! Earlier publicity stills from the show showed "dunking stool" scenes, which is kind of annoying since, as any history buff knows, the dunking stool did not exist in Colonial North … [Read more...]

COVEN chat with Peg & Lilith

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Here for your pleasure and delectation, another installment of our weekly video chats about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN! Lots of fun things to talk about this week, including the opening credits, what's happening with Queenie, who the Next Supreme is likely to be, why we really love Myrtle Snow, and the truly evil Madame LaLaurie... Check it out and share! … [Read more...]

Winners of the Stevie Selfies contest!

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Thanks for your patience, everyone! We'd hoped the mysterious lady in a top hat would share her photo again but alas, it has gone into the ether...like Stevie twirling her shawl in the mist... So here's our winners!! This lovely photo from Nina wins the spell charm from Raven Moon's Oracle! This intense and mystical pic from Cora Reed wins the tarot card reading from Raven Moon's Oracle! The lovely Dio wins the custom designed COVEN t-shirt (made by the brilliant Lilith Dorsey of … [Read more...]

Ten Things You Now Know About Witches, if you watch AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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1. Witches have really nice clothes. No, seriously. Designer shit. Expensive nice togs, impeccably tailored. Unless you're black, in which case your clothes are more likely to be cheap, ill-fitting and garish, unless you're Marie Laveau and have been pillaging rich white bitches' wardrobes for 300 years. And if you're an older witch, your style may be a bit eccentric or old-fashioned, but your duds are still of excellent quality. 2. Witches utter insanely clever dialogue. To wit: "Can … [Read more...]

Announcing soon: WINNERS of the Stevie Selfies contest!

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So, did you watch American Horror Story: COVEN this week? "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" was a very intriguing episode,and Stevie Nicks was simply wonderful, especially in that last scene where she sang to Fiona. Now, I had some issues with other aspects of the episode, and after chatting about them with Lilith Dorsey I will be writing about some of them here, but for now let's focus on our celebration of Stevie's appearance on the show! We received some lovely entries for our Stevie … [Read more...]