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The Ghost of Bellamy Bridge

Technically I think the hiking trail that leads out to the old Bellamy Bridge was closed. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Neither did I let it stop me that there were more mosquitoes swarming in the area than I had ever encountered before in my life. I just doused myself with…

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My Ghostly Encounter at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

As promised last week, here is my recounting of what I personally experienced when visiting the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp a couple of weeks ago. My lovely wifey and I checked in at the community bookstore, which serves as the hub of the area and from which the daylight historical tours depart. (They also offer ghost-hunting…

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THE STRAIN In Real Life?

Does this sound familiar? “10 sick passengers taken to hospital after international flight lands at Kennedy Airport” reads the headline. And if you saw the series premiere of THE STRAIN, you know that this is exactly how the vampire epidemic got started. The report claims the crew members and passengers affected were suffering from the…

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Color the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

No, that’s not color-IZE. By no means should anyone attempt to alter that film’s glorious black-and-white. It would be like hiring somebody to repaint the Sistine Chapel with cans of spray paint. No, I mean to color it literally. As in, there is now a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD coloring book, with page after…

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The Story That Inspired The Blind Dead

Longtime readers know all about my love for the Blind Zombies. But even a hardcore mark such as I can still learn new things. I only recently became aware that a short story, written by Spanish writer Gustavo Becquer (the most read Spanish writer after Cervantes, I also learned) in 1861, entitled “El Monte de…

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The Lodger and The Shadow

Last week I watched the silent film classic THE LODGER, Alfred Hitchcock’s unofficial first movie (meaning it is the project he claimed as his first real movie, the two preceding it comprising just warm-ups for him) and offered my thoughts on the flick for your consideration. One thing that struck me during my viewing of…

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Revisiting the Classics: THE CORPSE VANISHES

Sometimes when I’m writing about an old movie I will use this tagline, and I will put the word “classics” in parenthesis. You will note that I have not done so in this case. I am not attempting to be ironic. Rather I maintain that THE CORPSE VANISHES, starring Bela Lugosi, is underserving of its…

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Dracula’s Castle in THE NUN?! Kinda!

No, your eyes weren’t deceiving you. That really is Corvin Castle, aka Castle Hunedoara, aka Hunyadi Castle subbing for the haunted convent in the new hit fright flick THE NUN. I knew it as soon as I saw it—and so did the people sitting near me in the theater, as I announced, and not too…

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Movie Review: THE NUN

Now you all know I never would consult a commoner critic when it comes to a genre movie. Only a geek critic can be expected to give a halfway accurate appraisal of a Horror flick, and even then you aren’t guaranteed a quality recommendation. Before going to see THE NUN this weekend, I consulted my…

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A Visit to Spook Hill

I thought about entitling a series of articles this week “In Search of Weird Florida.” But there is already a book titled WEIRD FLORIDA and I don’t want to seem derivative. Suffice it to say that, this last week, I was traveling through the Sunshine State, and, as I always do when I have some…

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A Visit to Cassadaga – Did They Know I Was Coming?

I thought I knew a lot about Spiritualism, but upon completing my visit to the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp near Deland, Florida, I learned a whole lot more. You probably know how the “movement” got its start in the Victorian era, and you may even be familiar with the Fox sisters and their phenomenal spirit rappings….

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Blade Coming Back?

If Wesley Snipes is to be believed, there are not one but TWO new BLADE THE VAMPIRE HUNTER projects in the works. I’m afraid I must remain skeptical. I like Wesley. I do. But the guy’s been to prison since he last played the part, for income tax evasion! How does a millionaire get pinched…

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