Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Deadly Mantis (1957)

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


The Deadly Mantis (1957). Directed by: Nathan Juran. Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. I have fond memories of the Crestwood House Monster Series book of tonight’s film, mostly because it had a picture of the titular deadly mantis in …

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Review: Red Equinox

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By Martha Hubbard


Wynne, Douglas. Red Equinox. JournalStone, 2015. 377 pages. ISBN: 978-1-940161.


Set in and around a semi-post-apocalyptic Boston, Red Equinox envelops the reader in a set of circumstances and events that in today’s crazies-filled world are only-too-possible. We first meet our reluctant heroine Becca Philips on her way to her grandmother Catherine’s funeral. “(she) … hadn’t been to Arkham in years, hadn’t worn a dress in almost as long and now here she was stepping off the …

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Review: Letters to Lovecraft

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By Allen Griffin


Jesse Bullington, ed. Letters to Lovecraft. Stone Skin Press (December 1, 2014). Paperback: 280 pages. ISBN-10:1908983108 ISBN-13:978-1908983107.


Letters to Lovecraft is another anthology released in the recent embarrassment of riches available to the modern Lovecraftian. Yet this book, published in December of 2014 from Stone Skin Press, attempts to set itself apart from the pack with a unique concept and great line-up of authors.

Let’s tackle the concept issue first. This anthology neither attempts to directly …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Brain Eaters (1958)

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


The Brain Eaters (1958). Directed by: Bruno VeSota. Starring: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film bore enough of a resemblance to the Robert Heinlein novel, The Puppet Masters, that producer Roger Corman settled out of court for …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

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By Brian M. Sammons


The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). Director: Adam Robitel. Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay.


Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of Cthulhu Mythos or Lovecraftian connections to this movie. Sure, some people see HPL’s influence everywhere, and there may be some here around the edges, but nothing more than that. And yet, this movie, more than any other in recent memory, reminded me of a good game of Call of Cthulhu.

What, you don’t …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.04: Paper Moon

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Nobody needed to see Kate from “Bitten” again, but she’s back, anyway, and in an episode that’s All About Her.


Recap: Recap of werewolves showing why they are so full of fail. Then we get a little recap of Dean’s demon storyline, with some emphasis on how dark Sam went to “save” Dean and culminating in Castiel …

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Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1:07: The Midnight Ride/1:08: The Necromancer

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Sleepy Hollow Season 1

By P.S. Griffin


Summary: Wherein we learn that there are more skeletons in Ichabod’s past or, at least, one very large and menacing one! Yes, that pesky Headless Horseman returns and tries to get ahead (and a head) in this Apocalyptic battle. There are decapitations, history lessons, and both sides do crafts in this fast-paced, two-episode story arc. Two recaps and one review follow as we …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.03: Soul Survivor

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Sam puts Dean through an extremely brutal form of shock therapy to make him human again. It has unforeseen consequences.


Recap: Recap of the first two episodes of the season, including a brief callback to the demon cure scene in “Clip Show.” Which is interesting because Sam? Well, he doesn’t do that ritual quite right. Could be …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.02: Reichenbach

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Crowley tries to strong-arm Dean into executing a deal for him, while Military Guy uses Sam to track Dean down. This turns out to be a huge mistake on both counts.


Recap: Then recap of last week’s episode, as well as relevant history of Dean’s murder by Metatron, the Mark of Cain, and Castiel’s stolen grace.

Cut …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Directed by: Val Guest. Starring: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is a personal favorite of mine, ever since I first caught it as part of Monster Awareness Month back in 2011. It’s my favorite …

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Column: Retronomicon: Dead In The Water: Grimm 3.04: One Night Stand

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Grimm Season 3

By J. Keith Haney


“More and more she grew to love human beings and wished that she could leave the sea and live among them.” – Hans Christian Anderson, “The Little Mermaid”


Recap: The quote above is put against the backdrop of yet more of Portland’s lovely forest area, starting from a tree and panning all the way down to a fallen log by the water. We …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.05: Dog Dean Afternoon

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Supernatural Season 9

By Paula R. Stiles

In keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas (which began on Thursday), I’ll be doing at least 12 Supernatural episode reviews to catch up a bit between now and January 20. Today is number one.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: When the brothers investigate the death of a taxidermist, Dean takes a shaman’s potion to speak with the only witness – the …

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