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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
July 01
An afficionado of the weird, fantastical, horror-y and speculative with too many mad thoughts on the brain that need to get out of my skull. I don't necessarily review things, I just spew my thoughts on them out....hopefully it will make some kind of sense? Here I will discuss all aspects of horror and fantastical fiction - TV, cinema, film, literature. I may venture outside the genre on the rare occasion. Oh yeah. I'm an Amazon associate.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 2:14PM

REPOST: We Live in Lovecraftian Times.

(This was my second blog post ever on my OS blog, first published March 3, 2010.  With Laura Miller's article on racism and H.P. Lovecraft on - excellent and I fully agree with her - I thought it would be a good time to repost it.)


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 11:10AM

Squeeze Once If You Understand


(Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie; from 9/11: Artists Respond)



Read it.  Read the whole thing here.  It comes together beautifully.

 This is a panel of only one page.  Let's give a bit more context.




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Chainsaws of the Heart:

 A Tale of 

Sister Lucretia Dismas: Noir Nun.

It was hot but this was hotter.  I'm taking about the incident at The Primrose Grill. 

Yeah, it was air conditioned to neo-Arctic levels, to fend off the brutal August heat of Downtown Dallas.&… Read full post »


(source: Safin Hamed/AFP)


ISIS appears to be targeting the Yazidi, an ethnic group with its own distinct religion.  According to this Global Post article, ISIS has overrun the town of Sinjar, an area heavily populated by followers of the sect, who have now fled… Read full post »

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 Sister Lucretia Dismas: Noir Nun

Inquisition on the 25th Floor!


The nun strode past the airy, fresh smelling corporate lobby and into the elevator.  Two men of finance followed her inside. She stood silent and enigmatic, unsmiling, in her full robe and/… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2014 4:59PM

I Am Woman, Hear Me THOR!


I'm basically making this post because I just can't pass up the title that sprang to my mind.  When the first Thor movie opened I also debuted a pun.

From a Marvel Entertainment press release

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 The "Based on a True Story" edition! with spoilers for Deliver Us From Evil and True Detective.  

 Read my last update here.

'Based on a True Story' is a horror fiction marketing ploy that loses its effectiveness when you do your rese… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2014 1:35PM

The Mother of Punk and I (Part 3)


UFOs! Ahhh. I have seen one in '81.

Yeah, California. It was Malibu Beach, and it was a very, very blissful, even ecstatic experience. I was pregnant [with Cosma Shiva] so there was no alcohol or any kind of substance [to impair my judgement].

JUNE 26, 2014 3:17PM

Open Call: Death List 10!


Death List Five


This won't be healthy.  It's going to reopen old stupid wounds that any same and well adjusted person would have healed from by now. Never said I was sane, nor well.  I am - Death Incarnate!



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Heard a fantastic NPR  piece today on monsters.  You can access here.

Scott Poole, professor of history  at the College of Charleston has written about monsters and how they codify our anxieties, and he discusses it on NPR KUER Radiowest. Sure, it's nothing… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2014 10:57PM

The Mother of Punk and I (Part 2)


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 Hagen recorded Nunsexmonkrock in New York with a band that includes both Paul Shaffer and Chris Spedding. To describe it as wild hardly suffices — the drugs-sex-religion-politics-mystical imagery that spills out is nearly incomprehensible in itRead full post »

MAY 16, 2014 1:57PM

The Mother of Punk and I (Part 1)


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   From Wikipedia:

Nina Hagen was born in the former East Berlin, East Germany, the daughter of Hans Hagen (also known as Hans Oliva-Hagen), a scriptwriter, and Eva-Maria Hagen (née Buchholz), an actress and singer. Her paternal grandfather died in the SachsenhRead full post »

MAY 14, 2014 9:11PM

Bringing your country back....

All it takes to bring your country back, Ann - that is, the country you so desperately crave -  is just a bit of necrophiliac sex magick.


Mona Regan courtesy of Rue Morgue's Facebook page  

UPDATE May 2014: On the Salon Article "Exorcism is Back! Meet the mavericks who will teach you how to cure demonic possession"

I just had to pop in quickly to note this Big Salon article about "exorcism being back."   First of all, I/… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2014 9:20AM

UPDATE: A Banner Season for Demons


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I have a lot of catching up to do!  In my blogging hiatus there has… Read full post »


30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 27: Dream Names, Hues, Silver Shamrocks, Mrs. Brady -- too much fun


How am I supposed to choose between my favorite children?

Let's give this one to The Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf.  Because the title. 

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OCTOBER 29, 2013 2:21PM

Day 26: Horror Movie for A Chicken


30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 26: Horror Movie for a Chicken


It was at age 16 when it first dawned on me that movies can be bad, and that the experience of going to a theater didn't always equal magic.  I have since lost that ability to… Read full post »




30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 25: Santa Ain't No Kidder


It's my suspicion that Lois Lane's appeal for Superman back in 1978 was the snarky, earthy sense of humor. 

Perhaps the big blue boy scout could never admit to himself that he laughed heartily at… Read full post »


30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 24: This Time, It's Personal? 


This category begs to be answered, The Cabin In The Woods style.



I have been scholar.  A mediocre one and a longtime one.  But I can't apologize for knowledge for its own sake, e… Read full post »





30 Day  Horror Movie Challenge

Day 23: Simplicity Itself

When horror fiction creators struggle to explain their monsters with convulted, cliched idiotic pseudo-mythologies ("the ancient demon of the blablablabla" or whatever they imagined the poor slasher's mother… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2013 7:15PM

Day 22: Best Death Scene


 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 22: What Not Winning an Emmy For Decades Does to You


Clearly the best death in a horror movie can be credited to horror master Wes Craven.  In the second of his two memorable made for TV cheesefests (I wrote… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2013 2:44PM

Day 21: Favorite Horror Franchise


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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 21: Go Camping!


Favorite horror franchise? My gut tells me it's the Paranormal Activity series.  Yes it's getting old, but its mix of spectral demonism, old school satanic panic and use of unknown actors makes it stand out.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2013 5:49PM

Day 20: Favorite Horror Character


 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Sweets to the Sweet, and Satanic Cougars!


 "Favorite" is too tough to narrow down.  Today, there is a two-way tie for horror characters near and dear to my heart.

1) Who can take a rainbow?





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OCTOBER 26, 2013 5:11PM

Day 19: Best Use of Gore


30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 19: Dangling Eyeballs, Slashed Tendons, Pop Rocks and Wit


Hard as it is to believe, I don't actually care all that much about gore in my horror fiction.  If you don't have mood, tension, suspense and an eerie atmosphere,… Read full post »

 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge

Day 18: Favorite Movie Filmed in Black and White


I'm egregiously behind and playing catch up.  Bear with me for the pithiest posts you've ever read.  

 I don't quite get this category.  It's been thoroughly covered in the Favorite Classic… Read full post »