Category Archives: Magic and Supernatural

Good To Be the Ghoul: Zombies

Z Nation will count the body parts when The Walking Dead Season 5 starts up this weekend. (Image from Wikipedia) Kristen Lamb posted an essay on her blog, which I follow (and you should, too) in July about the appeal … Continue reading

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Good To Be The Ghoul: The Werewolf

Of all the creatures in horror films and literature, the werewolf seems to be the least glamorous, the least sexy and threatening. Unlike vampires, witches, or zombies, his identity is not fixed. Even among shape-shifters, the wolf is but a … Continue reading

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Good To Be The Ghoul: The Vampire

Season 7 of True Blood premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. E.D.T. We live in the era of the undead. Consider the vampire. It casts no reflection — like most politicians — charms us with a CEO’s charisma and … Continue reading

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The colonel is dead

The colonel died yesterday. Gabriel García Márquez may have passed away in a hospital in Mexico City, but for many who affectionately called him Gabo, he simply walked into the forest of his Macondo. I call him the ‘colonel’ because … Continue reading

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New England Vampire

Kids will go trick-or-treating, television will run horror-o-thon movies, parents will steal candy from their children, dentists everywhere will bank on the harvest of cavities, and readers will revisit their shelves or libraries to reread Gothic tales, or the corpus … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Spanish cousin

Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937) is not a name that I think most English-speaking readers know. One part de Maupassant for fluidity; one part Kafka for the uncanny or Freud’s das Unheimliche; and one part Edgar Allan Poe for psychological horror and; … Continue reading

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