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DVD Review: The Night Strangler

Murder in Pioneer Square area

By Kathryn L Ramage

Both this movie and The Night Stalker are on the same DVD. I was originally planning to do both as one review, then cut it into two pieces at the last minute.

After the enormous success of The Night Stalker, a sequel was inevitable. This second movie aired on ABC in 1973, about a year after the first. The plot follows the same general outline as its predecessor: newshound Carl Kolchak investigates the bizarre murders of a number of women and discovers that the killer is a man with supernatural powers, but Carl …read more

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DVD Review: The Night Stalker

Second murder

By Kathryn L Ramage

Now that I’m finished with Dark Shadows, I’ve decided to go on to another short-lived but influential series that began life as a Dan Curtis production and the movie that started it off.

The Night Stalker, screenplay by Richard Matheson, aired on ABC in 1972. According to the interview with Dan Curtis on this DVD, it was a huge success, hitting the highest ratings for any made-for-TV movie up that point. Different from Curtis’s previous work with its gothic settings and trappings, this was a thoroughly modern and cynical horror movie that let …read more

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CD Review: Dreams in the Witch House

Dreams in the Witch House scrapbook

By Kathryn L Ramage

Brown Jenkin has always creeped me out more than any of the betentacled, rugose, crinoid, or even squamose eldritch monstrosities that feature in Lovecraft’s other stories. It’s not Brown Jenkin’s rattiness that disturbs me, but his little human face and tiny human hands and feet, and his nasty way of chittering. Not to mention the gruesome death of the protagonist at the end of this story.

The first time I played this CD, it was during an evening hour with the light slowly fading as the sun went down. The Calico Horrors Part 2 and …read more

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DVD Review: The Dunwich Horror

Wilbur Whately's idea of a date

By Kathryn L Ramage

In some ways, this is a rather silly film as well as a loose adaptation of the original short story, but I can’t be too hard on it. It was, after all, my childhood introduction to the works of H.P. Lovecraft; if I hadn’t watched this movie and noted that it had some unusual elements that I hadn’t seen in other horror movies, and then seen the same title on the spine of a library book a few years later, who knows where I’d be today?

This was on television more than once in the …read more

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Storylandia 15 print review

“Storylandia is the title of ‘The Wapshott Journal of Fiction,’ published by Wapshott Press. The Spring 2015 issue, Storylandia #15 (Wapshott Press pb, 142pp, $7.60), is dedicated to the work of Julie Travis, a writer who will be familiar to older readers from the early days of our predecessor The Third Alternative and possibly from other places as well. It contains five stories, all of them previously unpublished, and which, though the writer admits a preference for the term ‘slipstream,’ have about them much that should appeal to horror genre purists.”
Black Static #53, only available in print.

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Pasadena Oaks, by Jennifer Bentson

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Pasadena Oaks: Pasadena is a pioneer in tree protection and community arts. This book blends the two forces together and shares the community stories about the significant oaks of Pasadena. Learn about the oaks still growing in the middle of the street where citizens have protected them from execution. Like John Muir who first came to Pasadena, learn about the Engelmann Oak or Pasadena Oak as it is often called. The artwork of Jennifer Bentson is full of the splendor of the limbs and settings of the oaks. She like no other artist is very involved in the oak paintings and collaborated with many groups to bring this book to you.

About the author: Jennifer Bentson has an ongoing series of Oak Tree paintings. These paintings are her journey through painting and sketching the oaks of California, which she considers everyday treasures. She has used various techniques to portray the oaks. Her training in art began in college at the University of Arizona and has continued to this day. She has won many awards and has exhibited all over California, as well as in Asia and Europe. www.jenniferbentson.com

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The Abrupt Disappearance of Cousin Wilfrid

By Kathryn L. Ramage

A murder mystery set in the 1920s. This story begins shortly after Freddie Babington’s first investigation in “Death Among the Marshes.”

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Abbotshill had never been Frederick Babington’s home, but he was as fond of it as he was the environs of Marsh Hall. This tiny village ten miles from Ipswich had once been the site of a medieval abbey, now in ruins. In these modern times, a collection of quaint cottages, a post office, and a brown-timbered tavern sat at the convergence of five country lanes on one side of a mill pond. On the other side of the pond was the old mill with its enormous wheel, more cottages, and shops around a green. The Mill Wheel Inn sat adjacent to an on-request railway platform.

Babingtons had owned the former abbey lands since the days of the Reformation and had been a prominent family in the area for centuries. Many of them still lived in the vicinity… which was where the problem began.

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Dark Shadows: The End of Angelique?

Young David Collins has finally listened to the late Dr. Lang’s recorded message regarding the connection between Barnabas and his creation, Adam: the gist of it is that if Adam dies, Barnabas will become a vampire again. Conversely, as long as Adam lives, Barnabas can’t be turned back into a vampire no matter what Angelique does to him. She has tried with her dream curse already, and failed.

Unfortunately, once David discovered the message, he went to Angelique in her guise as his stepmother Cassandra, to ask her what it meant. This gives her the key she’s been looking for.

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