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Blu-ray Review: The Mummy

Boris Karloff as The Mummy

By Kathryn L Ramage

Ancient Egypt has been on my mind for some time. It was the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre audioplay of Imprisoned with the Pharaohs that I reviewed last spring that made me think about going someday. Curse of the Pharaoh followed, as well as two different versions of Death on the Nile, and various Mummy movies from Hammer and Universal. Eventually, I worked my way back to original film–Universal’s The Mummy from 1932, starring Boris Karloff.

This movie was filmed in California with stock footage of the Valley of the …read more

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Dark Shadows: The Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

By Kathryn L Ramage

“Quentin Collins cordially invites you to spend Christmas in his company. On behalf of all those present here at Collinwood… I bid you welcome.”

It’s not the listeners of this audioplay Quentin extends this invitation to in his opening monologue–although, of course, we can feel free to drop in at Collinwood for the holidays too. The people he’s reaching out to, through means both commonplace and esoteric, are “those loyal to the Collins family” in Collinsport as well as “the missing members of our family” in hopes that they might be “reunited in the coming …read more

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CD Review: Rats in the Walls

Exham Priory: 1261 -1923

By Kathryn L Ramage

“Our host spun quite a ghost story. M.R. James couldn’t do better.”

The Rats in the Walls is my favorite HP Lovecraft story. It’s a wonderful, deeply disturbing tale of a wealthy American named Delapore who restores his ancestral home in England. The sound of spectral rats (which only he and his pet cats can hear) lead him to an ancient stone altar in the sub-cellar of the old priory and a tunnel hidden beneath it; there, he discovers not only the secret that led his ancestor to flee Exham Priory in the early 1600s, …read more

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Please remember the Wapshott Press on Giving Tuesday (especially because PayPal is giving us an additional 1% on all donations)

Hello Friends of Wapshott Press,

Please help support us in 2018 with your tax deductible donation to the Washott Press (http://wapshottpress.org) while PayPal adds 1% to your donation during the holiday season. 1% percent helps us, especially because PayPal doesn’t take any fees from the donation to us. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate to the Wapshott Press. Read on for some ways to for us to thank you for your support. And please feel free to forward this post to anyone you think might be interested, thanks.

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Storylandia 23, “Aerial Views,” by Fred Russell, now on sale!

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Aerial Views

DAILY LIFE IN ANCIENT AMERICA

(From a Report to the Intergalactic Exploration Society)

The planet Earth, as we all know, is the third body in the so-called solar system of the galaxy referred to by its former inhabitants as the Milky Way. That there are similar systems throughout this galaxy is common knowledge. The current report sums up the fifth season of excavations on this dead planet, confining itself to the region known …read more

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DVD Review: Die, Monster Die

Cursed is the ground where the Dark Forces live, new and strangely bodied... He who tampers there will be destroyed.

By Kathryn L Ramage

After the success of Roger Corman’s cycle of films based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, AIP naturally wanted to produce more like them, but they soon had to turn to other sources. There simply aren’t that many Poe short stories easily adapted to the screen, and fewer still that could be stretched into full-length movies. Once they’d used up their best candidates, including a comedic spoof in The Raven and an anthology of short stories in Tales of Terror, AIP turned to HP Lovecraft. In the early 1960s, Lovecraft hadn’t yet …read more

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Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptations

The Book of Temptations

By Kathryn L Ramage

This Dark Shadows audio drama on CD picks up where The House of Despair leaves off: Quentin Collins has returned to Collinsport to find his family home haunted and abandoned, and his family mysteriously gone; he’s summoned up Angelique, who in turn has resurrected Barnabas Collins in a new body (to match his new voice).

While this long-lived and supernatural trio are up at Collinwood trying to figure out what happened to the rest of the Collinses, Maggie Evans, now proprietor of the Collinsport Inn, looks after traumatized Willie Loomis.

Willie had a …read more

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Dark Shadows: House of Despair

The House of Despair

By Kathryn L Ramage

I hadn’t realized when I bought this Dark Shadows audio drama on CD that parts of it would already be known to me. When I listened to it for the first time, familiar phrases jumped out:

“My name is Quentin Collins. I come from an old family–and old families have long-held secrets…”

“I’d forgotten what a strange town this is…”

“…poor people, barely people at all. They seem empty.”

I’d heard these lines spoken multiple times in an ad that appears at the very end of each of the Dark Shadows: The Beginning DVDs, long before I’d seen …read more

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Kolchak: The Energy Eater

Matchemonedo

By Kathryn L Ramage

In spite of the not terribly descriptive title, this is an episode I’m fond of. It features one of those extremely low-budget invisible monsters–but it’s a interesting invisible monster, when the viewer does sort of see it.

The episode begins with Carl Kolchak writing, and narrating, from a hospital bed, about the construction of Chicago’s new Lakefront Hospital. The dedication ceremony to open the place officially and show off the up-to-date medical equipment was a major press event, but once we go to flashback we see that Carl attends only grudgingly. This isn’t …read more

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CD Review: The Haunter of the Dark

Newspaper article about riots over the church

By Kathryn L Ramage

Robert Bloch was a teenager when he wrote a fan letter to author H.P. Lovecraft in the 1930s. It was the beginning of a friendship-in-correspondence that lasted through the rest of Lovecraft’s life and launched Bloch on his own writing career.

This friendship also led Lovecraft to dedicate his last complete short story, The Haunter of the Dark, to Bloch, in response to a story young Bloch wrote about someone rather like him; the protagonist is named after Bloch, with his last name anglicized to Blake.

The Haunter of the Dark, set in Lovecraft’s own home …read more

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Kolchak: The Spanish Moss Murders

Kolchak and some Spanish Moss

By Kathryn L Ramage

Many years ago, a friend and I were driving to Atlanta for a library conference; our route took us across the northeastern corner of Alabama during a moonlit night. When we stopped for gas, she excitedly pointed out some nearby trees draped with what looked like straggling clumps of green-gray yarn that someone had attempted to knit into scarves then tossed over the branches when the results turned out badly, but were actually the outgrowths of a parasitical plant.

“Look,” she said, “it’s that stuff you see growing on trees in movies about the …read more

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CD Review: Brotherhood of the Beast

Nathaniel Ward

By Kathryn L Ramage

HPLHS Radio Theatre 3-disc adventure, based on and alluding to various stories by HP Lovecraft but featuring characters created by Andrew Leman, Sean Branney, and friends back in their game-playing days.

Nathaniel Ward (Leman)

Millionaire playboy adventurer Charlie Tower (Branney)

Jordan Lowell (Pavao),

All three appeared in The Whisperer in Darkness. Ward and Tower have shown up in other radio plays (Dagon: War of the Worlds and Imprisoned with the Pharaohs)

Charlie brings along his latest girlfriend, a smart-talking brassy dame named Jenny Alexander (voiced by Sarah Van der Pol — I …read more

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The Ghost of a Tower

Layer Marney towers

By Kathryn L Ramage

Or, the story behind a cover photo.

The photograph for the cover of Who Killed Toby Glovins? was taken at a place called Layer Marney, which is about 1/2 an hour’s drive outside Colchester in the UK. I went there at the end of the same day I wandered around the lanes of the Suffolk countryside in search of Abbotshill; after I visited Lavenham, I drove south again down around the other side of the city. This was my last stop of the day.

Let’s call this part of the …read more

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The Ghost of a Tower

Layer Marney towers

By Kathryn L Ramage

Or, the story behind a cover photo.

The photograph for the cover of Who Killed Toby Glovins? was taken at a place called Layer Marney, which is about 1/2 an hour’s drive outside Colchester in the UK. I went there at the end of the same day I wandered around the lanes of the Suffolk countryside in search of Abbotshill; after I visited Lavenham, I drove south again down around the other side of the city. This was my last stop of the day.

Let’s call this part of the …read more

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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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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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Storylandia 16 now on sale

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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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Storylandia 13: Three on the Bank

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Three on the Bank
by Kelly Ann Jacobson

Excerpt:

Sam

When Sam was a young boy, he used to play in his grandparents’ pool for hours. Because he was an only child, he had little to do but act out situations, and pretending to drown was his favorite. He would sink to the bottom of the large concrete rectangle, cross his legs Indian style, and push his arms upward …read more

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